matthew arnison (maffew): personal and stuff

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Updated February 2009.

Rants

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Average excess greenhouse gas produced by an Australian: 27 tonnes a year. We are the world's number one greenhouse gasser per capita, 25% ahead of the US, and double that of other rich countries. More than half of the 570 megatonnes of gas comes from household energy use and private cars.

You can easily calculate your own greenhouse gas emissions. I'd be doing well below average except for the plane trips. Whoops. That brings me up to smack bang on average.

One way to cut down on your car use is, oddly enough, to rent one.

Meanwhile, I've been cycling a lot further to work lately. One route I take goes through the Wolli Creek Valley.

Unix configuration needs to get easier.

Sometimes I rabbit on for hours about indymedia and media activist history. Sometimes someone has the decency to edit me down a little. And now in June 2002 some of my ramblings have even ended up in a book! It's called Future Active, and I quite like it. Graham Meikle gets it, in a way that so much writing about the net fails to do. More recently Graham wrote an article Indymedia and The New Net News which summarises some of the issues in the book and updates things a little to mention open editing.

There's more to webcasting than meets the eye, I think it's the art of frozen media nuggets. Here's why i volunteer my time to indymedia. And here's how I think indymedia could evolve into a decentralised network that supports creativity, collaboration and diversity.

I turned the contrast up to eleven when I wrote open publishing is the same as free software.

How nutritous is your media diet? Are you keeping a balanced media pyramid?

Evolution of open source - exhibit X: The means to an X for Linux.

Someone says: "A computer is a bicycle for your mind."

The Australian government wants to turn the internet into censor-net. I say, "censor-not!"

Stop paying tax today. It's easy.

My take on the death of broadcasting.

Does the internet make you depressed?

NT. Does it stand for the New Titanic? Here's an idea on how to hit NT 5 on the head before it's even across the starting line.

Ever witnessed Betamax logic? As seen on slashdot.

I wrote a thing about care and feeding for mailing lists.

M$ fish eating up all the diversity Concerned about lack of media diversity? Then be very concerned about software diversity. In the end it comes down to controlling and profiting from info flows. Click on the big fish and you'll find it's bigger and growing faster than you think. Don't despair, there are alternatives, and a new jargon for it: open source.

Concerned about network security? Switch to the Scissors Solution today!

My web portfolio as of 1999.

Trying to avoid becoming a cyberspud. It's better to be there, if you can.

Some almost ancient history.


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