Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This is a 300 year old chunk of solid beeswax at the the County Museum of Tillamook Oregon. What's interesting about it is it came from a wrecked Spanish galleon that sailed from the Philippines when it was a Spanish colony.
Ancient Filipinos use beeswax in making stringed musical instruments called the kudyapi. The Europeans that lost these precious cargo in the Southwest coast of the United States however use it for cheese making, modeling material, sealant for bullets and stabilizer for explosives.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Now that Jimmy Wales' announcement of Wikipedia's participation in the Internet Blackout is out, mainstream netizens will unhear and unsee the various issues surrounding SOPA. Most people have distanced themselves from the pending bill in the US House. Some are unable to connect themselves to the issues. That's not going to stay for very long.
Wikipedia joins Reddit in going dark on January 18th in protest to the proposed law that carries a provision of DNS blacklisting for sites reported to have infringed on copyrights. This will bring the issues home to teachers and students, all wikipedia users ( and I wonder who hasn't visited the site in his internet lifetime).
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