Cool Event: Bike Polo

Sunday November 2nd, at Basketball Courts in Washington Park. Game starts at noon, everyone is welcomed to come play, watch, take pictures, heckle, look pretty, whatever. All you have to bring is a bike, mallets are provided, and if you’re lucky there might be some hot cider as well.

Afterward everyone will be heading out to a picnic on the Mohawk-Hudson bike-hike trail.

Collar City Polo plays pick-up games every Sunday at 1pm in downtown Troy, rain, snow, or shine. All are welcome to attend. Visit CCP at

I will definitely try to make it, hope to see familliar faces, as well as familiarize myself with the non-famillar ones!


Democratic Work!–or is it socialism?

Many wonderful organizations work in the Capital District, ie. Sanctuary for Independent Media, Grand Street Arts, Capital District Gay and Lesbian Center, Troy/Albany Bike Rescue etc., etc. However, every group maintains their own set of mailing lists and calendars.  Those contact informations are at the foundation of a group’s growth, but keeping it all to oneself means the duplication of effort.

I am not, now, proposing the open sharing of each group’s member/participants list.  We would need to obtain permission of everyone already on the lists since no one signed up expecting the wide propagation of their contact information.

The open sharing of events, of program updates, and of general reflective writings should be fairly worthwhile and easy to accomplish.  As always, we simply need the will.  Some groups already accept open submissions, ie CDGLCC and the Honest Weight Coop, but the ease and wide propagation of these publications could be pushed further.

So to readers of this blog, please contact the management of whatever organization with which you patronage.

Let the information (knowledge) flow.

Send yourself or your children to Summer Camp–paid for by Google

Here’s the text:
Passionate about freeing the white space airwaves? Excited about about privacy and data protection? Interested in the debates surrounding net neutrality? If you’re a undergraduate, graduate, or law student interested in in the world of tech policy, have we got a program for you.

After a successful first summer, we are excited to announce the launch of the 2009 Google Policy Fellowship program. The Google Policy Fellowship program is our effort to replicate the success of our Summer of Code program in the public policy sphere and to support students and organizations doing work that is important to the future of Internet users everywhere. Our first class of fellows worked for ten weeks last summer at public interest organizations involved in debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright reform, consumer privacy, and open government.

Those selected as fellows for the 2009 summer will receive a stipend to spend ten weeks contributing to the public debate on technology policy issues — ranging from broadband policy to copyright reform to open government. Our participating organizations include: American Library Association, Cato Institute, Center for Democracy and Technology, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Internet Education Foundation, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, Public Knowledge. We are happy to welcome six additional organizations to participate in the 2009 summer: Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, The Citizen Lab, Creative Commons, Future of Music Coalition, Progress and Freedom Foundation, and Technology Policy Institute.

Check out more details and the application, which is due by Friday, December 12, 2008. And please help us spread the word!