Code script put together by Julian Oliver which detects Google Glass devices on a WiFi network and blocks them:

This script is a response to a comment by Omer Shapira that the presence of Google Glass worn by audience at an ITP graduate exhibition left him feeling understandably uneasy; it was not possible to know whether they were recording, or even streaming what they were recording to a remote service over WiFi.

The … script will find and detect Google Glass on the local network and kick them off.

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Still bitter about how the obsession with privacy concerns of Google Glass has completely ruined the device’s potential.

There is always the possibility that someone is secretly recording you. That MP3 player I appear to be absent-mindedly holding in my lap? Totally has an audio-recording function, and you have no way of knowing whether I’m using it. Just because people tend to forget the recording possibilities of smartphones unless they come in Glass form, doesn’t mean those possibilities aren’t there. They’re always there.

Using a facial recognition app that scans the faces of everyone you pass by and compares them to a database (a mixture of owner-taken photos and photos copied from Facebook) of people you know to check for matches is perfectly legal and polite and all those other ways of saying “permitted”, but only if you’re running it on a carbon-based computer. People whose carbon-based computers can’t run the app (or can technically run it, but can’t do anything with it due to problems with their on-board cameras) can go fuck themselves.

(It does kind of fascinate me how thoroughly the ban on facial recognition has been spun as “yay privacy” rather than “Google spitting in the faces (so to speak) of disabled people”.)


#Google Glass #prosopagnosia #my usual tag for high-tech stuff is #proud citizen of The Future #but in this case it’s more like #disappointed permanent resident of The Future #currently in the stage of citizenship application where #they bog you down in red tape forever




Douglas Adams is the best when it comes to describe characters

they need to teach classes on Douglas Adams analogies okay

“He leant tensely against the corridor wall and frowned like a man trying to unbend a corkscrew by telekinesis.”

“Stones, then rocks, then boulders which pranced past him like clumsy puppies, only much, much bigger, much, much harder and heavier, and almost infinitely more likely to kill you if they fell on you.”

“He gazed keenly into the distance and looked as if he would quite like the wind to blow his hair back dramatically at that point, but the wind was busy fooling around with some leaves a little way off.”

“It looked only partly like a spaceship with guidance fins, rocket engines and escape hatches and so on, and a great deal like a small upended Italian bistro.”

“If it was an emotion, it was a totally emotionless one. It was hatred, implacable hatred. It was cold, not like ice is cold, but like a wall is cold. It was impersonal, not as a randomly flung fist in a crowd is impersonal, but like a computer-issued parking summons is impersonal. And it was deadly – again, not like a bullet or a knife is deadly, but like a brick wall across a motorway is deadly.”

You forgot the best one though-

“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”


#anything that makes me laugh this much deserves a reblog #may or may not have reblogged this before #Douglas Adams


Tourist: Could you give us directions to Olive Garden?

New Yorker: No, but I could give you directions to an actual Italian restaurant.




Tourist: I came here to have a good time and honestly I am feeling so attacked right now.


#I always did feel bad for the tourist in that example chat post #there’s no need to be so judgey #sometimes you just need some goddamn Olive Garden #like that thing I’ve heard people more widely travelled than I am talk about #where you’re in a very foreign place #and start to get overwhelmed by the strangeness and unfamiliarity of everything around you #and what you do #is you go to McDonalds and you buy some Chicken McNuggets #even if you don’t really *like* McDonalds #because a Chicken McNugget is always a Chicken McNugget #and once you have steadied yourself on that touchstone #you will be able to go out and bear the barrage of newness again #(and even if you are not feeling overwhelmed) #(sometimes you just want some Chicken McNuggets and that is okay) #tag rambles

So I’m thinking about a Sci-Fi story for after I finish pirates: Imagine another world, so much like our own.



Imagine it has a moon or two. And maybe the moon isn’t like ours at all- maybe it has water on it, trees, plants. Hanging up there in the sky, a little world that is out of reach for all of history.

Imagine the fairy tales set on the moon. Imagine the myths, the religions. Is it heaven? The home of the gods? The promised land? What could be up there? 

Imagine thousands of years of history, with people looking up at the moon and wondering what lay there waiting for them.

Imagine a moon, orbiting a planet. A moon with oceans and rivers and forests. Imagine a civilization living on that moon. A whole race of people on that tiny world, evolving there as it zipped around the mother planet.

Imagine what the people on that moon would think of that magnificent planet, engulfing their sky every night. The monsters that might live there, the angels, the miracles. 

As they build villages and castles, palaces and cities. 

Imagine two totally separate forms of life, evolving separately for billions of years,  orbiting each other but completely unaware that the other exists. History rolls on and on and on.

But someday, at least one of the worlds will discover electricity.

Will start to make street lights, lights that shine through the dark. 

Imagine that one day, you look up into the sky….and on that other world….for the first time ever….you see lights. 

Sometimes I write things, and they aren’t feminism or anything, I just want to share them. -shrugs-


#(the following category tag was added retroactively:) #story ideas I will never write


Today is the 100th Anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.  This is a Keystone Stereo View of Sarajevo, from the Keystone View Company’s “The World War” set, probably from the 1920’s.

Interesting side note:  The Keystone View Company used a picture of the wrong bridge! This is not the Latin Bridge, near where the assassination took place. This is the Seher-Cehaja Bridge, about half a kilometer upriver. This photo is also facing south, while the assassination took place on the north side of the river.


#history #neat