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The Geography of Procrastination

Posted in humor, maps, maps & mapping with tags , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by Sunshine Superboy

For those of you who are looking for the ultimate excuse, I sheepishly offer the Bermuda Triangle of Procrastination Productivity!

For my own part, Gmail is my bedrock for jamming out ‘n’ gettin’ shit work done. Not being familiar with “the Twitters”, I try to avoid the more tempting isles of Facebook, which have inspired many a circuitous journey leading to nothing but a lost afternoon. A three-hour tour indeed.

Anyways, thanks for passing through the shallow waters of my wordpress blog. I appreciate the support given that you prolly have more productive things to do.

What are you waiting for, a motivational speech? Git off yr brassy and git focused!

Up up and Away,
Commodore Sunshine Superboy

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the Revolution will not be webcast. Probably?

Posted in maps & mapping, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by Sunshine Superboy

offer your support and solidarity by clicking this orange jawn.

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Are you having trouble spatializing the headlines from the past several days? Sheesh, these reporters and their a-geographic narratives. Well, here:
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Oh, whats that you say? You totally already knew where Iran was cuz the U.S. has been a war with the country just west of it for the past six+ years? Well alright then. How abouts a little flava in ya ear?

… and scene!

I’ve been too busy having my mind blown repeatedly by waves of protest in Tehran to even report on the bunk Iranian elections, let alone come up with something clever to say about it all. Good thing everybody else is all movin’ and shakin’ on the interwebs.

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In case you missed, here’s a recap care of the Bankrupt Times of what all went is going down with the techie revolution while you were texting

I figured, given my last post on social networking (and mapping thereof) it was somewhat salient to follow up on Tehran’s goings on and happenings:

As the embattled government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to be trying to limit Internet access and communications in Iran, new kinds of social media are challenging those traditional levers of state media control and allowing Iranians to find novel ways around the restrictions.

Iranians are blogging, posting to Facebook and, most visibly, coordinating their protests on Twitter, the messaging service. Their activity has increased, not decreased, since the presidential election on Friday and ensuing attempts by the government to restrict or censor their online communications.

On Twitter, reports and links to photos from a peaceful mass march through Tehran on Monday, along with accounts of street fighting and casualties around the country, have become the most popular topic on the service worldwide, according to Twitter’s published statistics.
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A couple of Twitter feeds have become virtual media offices for the supporters of the leading opposition candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi. One feed, mousavi1388 (1388 is the year in the Persian calendar), is filled with news of protests and exhortations to keep up the fight, in Persian and in English. It has more than 7,000 followers.

Mr. Moussavi’s fan group on Facebook has swelled to over 50,000 members, a significant increase since election day.

Labeling such seemingly spontaneous antigovernment demonstrations a “Twitter Revolution” has already become something of a cliché. That title had been given to the protests in Moldova in April.

The crackdown on communications began on election day, when text-messaging services were shut down in what opposition supporters said was an attempt to block one of their most important organizing tools. Over the weekend, cellphone transmissions and access to Facebook and some other Web sites were also blocked.

Iranians continued to report on Monday that they could not send text messages. But it appears they are finding ways around Big Brother. Many Twitter users have been sharing ways to evade government snooping, such as programming their Web browsers to contact a proxy — or an Internet server that relays their connection through another country.

As each new home for this material becomes a new target for censorship, a repressive system faces a game of whack-a-mole in blocking Internet address after Internet address carrying the subversive material. “It is easy for Twitter feeds to be echoed everywhere else in the world,” Mr. Zittrain said. “The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what make it so powerful.”

cool. But so a molotov cocktails. And books. And an unwavering sense of defiance and justice.

and we thought it was gonna be a Dance Dance revolution
Sunshine Superfüry

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Cyber Spaces, Social Geographies

Posted in anthropology, humor, maps & mapping with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2009 by Sunshine Superboy

care of the math/sarcasm/romance & language blogger geniuses, and my friend Shamrock who passed this along for us here at blackmaps:
a Map of Online Communities!
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In case you can’t see it on yr fancy mini laptop, the main banner says
MAP OF ONLINE COMMUNITIES and related points of interest- geographic area represents estimated size of membership. No the survey info that informs this is not exhaustive or complete, but if you’re even thinking that you are totally missing the brilliance of this anyway!

if you clicked above to that blog, the following quote is floating on the original map

I’m waiting for the day when, if you tell someone ‘I’m from the internet’, instead of laughing they just ask ‘oh, what part?

kindred spirits me lovelies.

I mean, there is seriously a bay that says here be anthropomorphic dragons!!!

Right up me alley I’d say. (someone changed their facebook language to pirate english recently…)

The internets have been democratized! Live it up!
Sunshine Superboy

today’s bonus? my #1 ‘thank god the internet is in my life’ (instead of tv) moment of the week:

this is serious stuff folks. serious.