Dark Net

imgres.jpgI was watching the series Dark Net on Showtime Anytime and began to wonder if it was a recent program or possibly something from a few years ago that I had been unaware of. So I went to the venerable Google and was presented with many sites and pages dealing with Dark Net. Unfortunately, most of the hits were to the Showtime website itself and were mostly advertising hype. Then I went to a few sites outside of Showtime and found reviews, discussions, summaries, etc. but I couldn’t find any dates posted for the site pages or for the show itself. Oh, I knew it started in January and was on Thursday night but what year?

The difficulty was exacerbated by the persistence of current, personalized advertisements clustered all over the web page: even old out-of-date web pages looked new and up-to-date with all the commercialism.

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Diving Into the Reading Pool

Jeanette and I At B&N (HHI)I used to spend almost as much time in coffee shops and Barnes & Noble as I did at home (not counting the hours of sleep orbed-tossing). Even when I didn’t need to go to Starbuck’s, my wife would take me shopping and drop me off for coffee and several hours of reading. I knew all the baristas and seldom needed to actually order my usual since it was started as I was opening the door and looking for an empty seat.

It’s true that I would put together my very fluid pool of books to read for the next year while relaxing in Barnes & Noble with a venti Americano and a stack of A5 printouts of the contents of my bookshelves.

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Text Messages and Teenage Suicide

SvengaliEver read Trilby by George Du Marier? If not, put it on your list. Trilby introduces us to the character of Svengali (not to be confused with Svengoolie) who, years before Lamont Cranston, was successful in clouding men’s (and especially women’s) minds and getting them to do all sorts of nefarious things. When I was about fifteen I too considered studying mesmerism as a means to control the minds of nubile young girls down at the beach. Of course it never worked and my reward was sadly to wear a towel around my waist most of the day. Puberty was hard.

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Having Drank the Apple Juice

AppleIn 1977 I bought my first Apple computer: a venerable Apple ][ with 48K of memory and eventually my first floppy disk drive (at work we had eight inchers but this was 5.25).That Apple ][ lasted me several years and was eventually replaced by an IBM clone and later sold to a friend for his daughter. During its life I added a memory card (another 16K!!!), a modem card (300 Baud, no doubt), and learned Pascal when Apple made it available. It’s hard to believe now but I had a custom suitcase that allowed me to carry my Apple ][ with three disk drives and a bunch of other stuff which I used when I took my computer to work (there were no personal-type computers where I worked even though I was in the Computer Department). I loved my Apple ][ and the IBM clone only lasted a few months before I was severely strapped for cash and had to sell the whole thing to an accountant who needed to run Lotus 1-2-3.

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