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the government should get online.

November 20, 2007

The best way to make government services more accessible to the public is to make its services accessible online. I am so lazy that I will not take my time to SN@ILM@IL my forms except maybe once or twice a month.

That is why I’m voting for this survey:

“Some city agencies want to reduce online services. How valuable do you consider SFGov? “


I can pay my awesome parking citation online? Sweet! I love you, just like I love my taxes. Seriously, who or what decides the dollar amount of my citation ticket? Is it a happy middle where the people will be the least pissed and the streets will be the most clean? I wish I could see the precise time in history when this particular $40.00 was decided, and by whom. I’d like this information to be retrievable online with the query “policy revision SF-DPT citation amount $40.00”. Of course this is impossible now (i think), even with the new powerset search engine (i think).
If the government were so accessible online, what about “homeland security”?

What type of information is public, what is private, and how do you enforce privacy of sensitive government information? Hmm, you would need all hardware and software to be trusted. You don’t need all your software to be trusted, just enough so that only trusted software can display the trusted content, and that all hardware that can capture the physical displayed result will recognize that the material is private.

It’s as if all private content were red, and all public content were everything else but red. If a monitor could only display the color red from trusted software, and red can only be recorded by trusted software running on the trusted hardware, then you have a good way of protecting privacy in a world with no fluorescence. This is not true for an interesting reason.

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the govn’t

November 18, 2007

the govn’t has the power to restrict your movement. the govn’t has the job of convincing you that no change is needed, but for a good price. there are competing govn’t groups, each with their different monetary upkeep for each individual. govn’t groups compete to sell their govn’t ideas to the people – to frame them mentally. as state changes in the world, preexisting frameworks should be often challenged and replaced, to maximize the gain of value for each constituent. sometimes the govn’t that we have collectively purchased will use the power (money) that we have given them to forcefully silence the voices of alternative govn’t groups. ‘a cheaper govn’t that works just as well as this one? take a beating, see if you surv’v, then if you’re man enough, maybe we’ll consider your opinions.’ alternative govn’t groups won’t disappear suddenly. they will try to win us over with their bl’d. the govn’t has the power to change your mor’l values, so it has power to restrict your movement.


nine inch nails

September 29, 2007

respect these lyrics…  also, i’m happy i don’t work for the man who owns a fucking hummer.

i pushed a button and elected him to office and a
he pushed a button and it dropped a bomb
you pushed a button and could watch it on the television
those motherfuckers didn’t last too long ha ha
i’m sick of hearing bout the haves and the have nots
have some personal accountability
the biggest problem with the way that we’ve been doing things is
the more we let you have the less that i’ll be keeping for me

well i used to stand for something
now i’m on my hands and knees
traded in my god for this one
he signs his name with a capital G

don’t give a shit about the temperature in guatemala
don’t really see what all the fuss is about
ain’t gonna worry bout no future generations and a
i’m sure somebody’s gonna figure it out
don’t try to tell me how some power can corrupt a person
you haven’t had enough to know what it’s like
you’re only angry cause you wish you were in my position
now nod your head because you know that i’m right – all right!

well i used to stand for something
but forgot what that could be
there’s a lot of me inside you
maybe you’re afraid to see

well i used to stand for something
now i’m on my hands and knees
traded in my god for this one
he signs his name with a capital G


If you can read this, you are doomed.

April 29, 2007

The boogie man is here. He has a spear with three lawyers as prongs and the chaos of Public Relations media on its head. It takes calculated stabs at the Legislative Process in the fog of war, thickened by its misdirection campaign.The fact is, the boogie man is as real as you and me. We are replaceable cells in world of the energy, entertainment, food, and labor industry. They exist (and can only exist) by stripping natural rights and life away from individuals, just as we do when we consume plants and animals. This point is so crucial that I must repeat: boogiemen are carnivorous entities that emerge naturally, and they are hungry for a piece of us.

Who is on what side of this battlefield is not so important. As I see it, currently it is simply a matter of numbers. There are simply more carnivorous entities than there are peacekeepers – partly because peacekeepers arise in reaction to carnivorous entities, and partly because peacekeepers are usually not fueled by the forces of capitalism (rather, they feed on moral integrity and empathy).

Even after you read this blog posting, you will most likely not engage in any peacekeeping activity. You will not even be aware of the battlegrounds that you are walking on right now, listening to your streaming radio, burning fuel far away to keep your computer lit. But if you are awake and listening, let us try an experiment. Spread the following message to everyone by copying this blog post and signing it with your name. For if you don’t, you will be doomed to a cold and lonely death in a state of regret.

The message is this: be active in nonprofit activist organizations, and be aware of the carnage that surrounds you. Do not assume that the forces of capitalism can sustain us in cruise control. Probe into each PR campaign and strive to find the truth. Make a better choice in you daily lives to make the world more sustainable, and fight ignorance with effective communication. Say hello to your neighbor and connect with those around you, to make the world community healthier.

Fnordaaa (this is for tracking purposes)

– Jack Gardener


Old news of dead news.

March 12, 2007

The following two graphs appear related. Do you think it’s causal?

News Traffic vs Blog Traffic


artificial intelligence

November 21, 2006

I once wondered whether artificial intelligence would evolve or be designed. Of course such a collaborative effort would not be one or the other, but people rarely think of AI in terms of evolution.

Today we have problems detecting spam mail, spam webpages, spam images, etc. Especially spam mail that has an image attachment with stock related messages in it. Have you seen these images lately? They’re more complex than their simple black and white predecessors. This of course also implies that email providor companies like google and yahoo are putting a lot of effort into blocking spam. Here we have a situation where there is a selective pressure to create more “intelligent” spam, and the complementary selective presure to create better filters.

Spam generators are evolving. Filters are evolving. Evolution of intelligence happens in the  real battlefield of the free (and abused) market. The text in research papers that describe the algorithms are the genes of these virtual lifeforms. Humans are ribosomes. Food for thought.


Free Open Government

November 19, 2006

I have a dream in which governments are as free and diverse as computer operating systems. Through open technological innovations and intelligent specifications we can construct our own governments that we choose to participate in, unbounded by physical land, where decisions are always trickled up from each citizen (sorry, I cannot be represented by any individual but me), where money flow and policy changes are transparent and required by law to be easy to understand, access, and search. Here’s what I worked on yesterday: it defines how to join the virtual nation. Please feel free to comment on concerns and add suggestions. I’ll try to put it in a wiki if enough people are interested. test1

FOG project #1: a minimal democratic virtual nation

Rules of Citizenship

  • to become a citizen, you need the nomination(s) of current citizen(s). The requirements for becoming a citizen shall meet the following requisites:
    1. the requirements are such that there is an incentive to nominate only those individuals that do not yet have citizenship.
    2. the details of the requirements are determined by the people through a [collaborative process]
  • citizens can hold multiple citizenships to other nations, but only one to this nation.
  • citizens may lose their citizenship if they do not satisfy the conditions of citizenship decided by a [collaborative process]

Collaborative Process

work in progress