Work Items To Remember

Sometimes I truly cannot remember everything. There have been many, many things going on as of late. Being on medical leave has not been helpful, either.

As we look to the last quarter of 2018, there are some matters I need to remind myself about keeping in the work plan:

  1. Finish the write-up on the research for Outernet/Othernet.

  2. Begin looking at what I need to do to set up a FidoNet node. I haven’t been involved in FidoNet since high school during President Bill Clinton’s second term in office.

  3. Consider the possibility that the folks of DarkNetPlan failed. After looking at this post I honestly need to look at finding a micrographics artist that I can set up a working relationship with. Passing digital data via microfilm sounds old-fashioned but seems more durable these days.

  4. Construct a proper permanent HF antenna for operating. I am a ham radio operator with General class privileges in the United States that remain barely used even though I am only a few years away from joining the Quarter Century Wireless Association.

  5. Figure out what I’m doing wrong setting up multiple HDHomeRun receivers to be tapped by a PVR-styled computer.

  6. Pick up 18 graduate semester hours so I can teach as an adjunct somewhere. This would generally have to happen in a graduate certificate program in the US or at the halfway mark in a master’s degree program.

With my day job being constantly in flux, I am sure I’ve missed something in the listing above.

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And Another Thing

My Zotero database has some unfortunate comparisons and contrasts in it. For example:

Crowe, J. (2018, September 21). Google Employees Considered Changing Search Algorithm to Fight Travel Ban. Retrieved September 22, 2018, from https://www.nationalreview.com/news/google-employees-considered-changing-search-algorithm-to-fight-travel-ban/

Not the happiest of news that, apparently, President Donald John Trump isn't totally unjustified in his paranoia. The blackbox that is search at Google can potentially be tampered with. Without any understanding of what goes on inside Google's "black box" system, there isn't really much to assuage President Trump's fears.

That this sort of a possibility could come up in 2018 should not be surprising. After all, here are some further citations from my Zotero database:

Kellat, S. M. (2006). Intellectual Terrorism and the Church: The Case of the Google Bomb. Conference paper. Retrieved from http://eprints.rclis.org/10147/

Kellat, S. M. (2007). Print-Based Culture Meets An “Amazoogle” World: New Challenges To A Priesthood of Readers. Conference paper. Retrieved from http://eprints.rclis.org/10146/

I suppose I merely wrote about the matter initially in terms of malicious external actors twelve years ago. The idea of internal malicious actors came up eleven years ago in my writing. After that I began following the various color uprisings and the like but forgot to keep writing. I used to be a working academic but for some reason detoured into being a tax collector these days after spending time as a podcaster.

There seems to be low-hanging fruit to pursue again in research about this digital life.

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