“Email — Should the Sender Pay?” is an EFF fundraiser that takes place this Thursday, April 20th at the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco. It features a debate between Danny O’Brien and Esther Dyson, moderated by Mitch Kapor, that focuses on, AOL’s controversial plan to use Goodmail’s CertifiedEmail, which would charge people when they want to send email to AOL users.
In light of AOL’s adopting a “certified” email system, EFF is hosting a debate on the future of email. With distinguished entrepreneur Mitch Kapor moderating, EFF Activist Coordinator Danny O’Brien and renowned tech expert Esther Dyson will discuss the potential consequences if people have to pay to send email. Would the Internet deteriorate as a platform for free speech? Would spam or phishing decline?
Our Open Letter to AOL is a coalition of individuals and organizations (including Laughing Squid), that opposes AOL’s proposed “email tax”. Of course consistent with AOL’s history of censorship, AOL blocked all email that contained the dearaol.com domain.
In today’s Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle there is an article by Dan Fost on how new internet companies are returning to the South Park area of San Francisco, which over a decade ago was called “Multimedia Gulch” and was ground zero for much of the early days of the web, being the home to Wired Magazine/HotWired, Organic, etc.
There is a look to the South Park crowd: rectangular glasses, ironic T-shirts and hipster shoes that almost look like bowling shoes but are more likely Skechers for men or, for women, Campers or Fluevogs. The most popular shirt is from Mule Design, which discovered that the squid biomass on Earth is greater than the human biomass. The shirt declares simply, “Welcome Squid Overlords”.
I met Dan at SXSW where he was working on his SXSW article at the FUDY Party and I was telling him how it was amazing to me how many of these new companies, like Technorati and Odeo, were all locating their headquarters in South Park (I worked in the South Park area from 1993-1997 during the first boom). At the party I introduced him to Jonathan Grubb of Rubyred Labs and as a result of their meeting, Dan paid a visit to one of Rubyred’s Monday morning Cereal Bar events. He was there doing research on today’s article, which inlcudes a quote from me regarding how parking in South Park has changed through the years, a sign of how the neighborhood has been in transition.
From Bryce’s FAQ:
Do you glue your models?
Simply put, no. Lego is made of ABS plastic which is glued with MEK, a very nasty solvent. Generally it kills brain cells in bulk which I’d rather avoid. Plus gluing is cheating! Just ask any Lego geek. Don’t go asking those Master Builder types though cause they’ve been brainwashed ;-)
Bryce and his art were featured in the now sold-out Vol. 2 of Hi Fructose.
Speaking of Hi Fructose, check out their newly redesigned website.
On Tuesday, April 18th at exactly 5:12am it will be the 100th Anniversary of the great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. There are many events planned in honor of this historic day, including the following:
1906 Great Earthquake & Fire Expo (4/15-4/17)
1906 Earthquake Commemoration (4/18 @ 5:12am)
1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Parade (4/18 @ 10:00am)
Here’s more 100th Anniversary Earthquake coverage from The San Francisco Chronicle. For some great 1906 earthquake history, check out The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco’s comprehensive Great 1906 Earthquake And Fire archive.
Here’s an excerpt from legendary opera singer Enrico Caruso’s account of the 1906 earthquake:
I remain speechless, thinking I am in some dreadful nightmare, and for something like forty seconds I stand there, while the buildings fall and my room still rocks like a boat on the sea. And during that forty seconds I think of forty thousand different things. All that I have ever done in my life passes before me, and I remember trivial things and important things. I think of my first appearance in grand opera, and I feel nervous as to my reception, and again I think I am going through last nightâ€™s â€œCarmen.â€
Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) is an annual Big Wheel race down Lombard Street, San Francisco’s famous crooked street. Now in its 6th year, BYOBW takes place this Easter Sunday, April 16th. Here’s a video by CTP and some photos by robot138.com of previous races.
6th Annual BYOBW
Easter Sunday, 2006
Top of Lombard, SF
Bring your own Big Wheel
No rubber wheels!
Parking is awful – come early to park
No public restrooms!
Please invite your friends and families!
UPDATE: Here are some video and photos from Saturday.