Archive for February, 2008

Penguicon 6.0

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Today, I registered for Penguicon 6.0, which is an annual science fiction and open source software convention held in Troy, Michigan. Last year was the first time that I had attend Penguicon, and I was very impressed by the conference. Penguicon may not be the most technical conference, but it is a good time and the guest speakers are outstanding. I didn’t attend any of the scifi talks, but all of the presentations I went to on open source were good last.

This year some of the big names that will be there are: Jono Bacon, Eric Raymond, Chris DiBonna, Benjamin Mako Hill, and Dr. Peter Salus. This is a unique and extremely good time. I would recommend this conference to anyone in the Mid-west area. Besides Penguicon, this year I would also like to attend HOPE and the Ohio Linux Fest.

Boston Globe Article

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

This January, I went to New Hampshire for Operation Live Free or Die.  The goal of the Live Free or Die project was to help with the Ron Paul campaign leading up to the NH primary. Overall, it was one of the best trips I have ever been on. I was able to meet a lot of interesting people that shared similar views to mine, and at the same time I was able to donate my time to a good cause.

Outside the Ron Paul Campaing office in Concord, NH.

When I was in New Hampshire, I was interviewed by the Boston Globe while working at polling location in Concord, NH. I feel that I am somewhat misrepresented in this article.  I don’t think I ever told the reporter that I had any problem with the press.  On the other hand, I feel that Fox News should not have eliminated Ron Paul from the pre-primary debate.  I don’t have a problem with the press not reporting on Ron Paul. The reason I feel this way is news papers are there to make money, so they report on the candidates that they think the public is interested in. Also, anyone can start a news paper or magazine. Although circulation my not be large at first, there are not the barriers to enter the printing business that there are with TV. In the case of TV news, it is next to impossible to start a television station, because of the FCC regulations.  So, a few large corporations control what the American public watches. As far as the debate goes, because Fox eliminated Ron Paul it probably cost him a number of votes. Fox shouldn’t be able to exclude candidates simple because they don’t like them, when they have a government granted monopoly on the media.