Rock Against the TPP Concert – Boston (10/7/2016)

I went to the Boston Rock Against the TPP Concert last Friday at Spontaneous Celebrations. It was organized by Fight for the Future and a host of groups including the Massachusetts Pirate Party. Two more are coming up.

Here are some of the pictures I took:
10/7/2016 Boston Rock Against the TPP Concert

I showed up late, so I didn’t get pictures of every band, but I did record some of the performances. Here are some of them:

Bell’s Roar

Foundation Movement (Sadly they are all out of focus)

Taina Asili y La Band Rebelde

Evan Greer


Eroc of Foundation Movement

Debo band

The Finale (Get Up, Stand Up)

Lush Concert Videos

I attended Lush’s Boston concert at the Royale Boston.  They remain one of my ten favorite bands and a band that I had never seen in concert before. It was a fantastic show. Tamaryn was the opening act.

Based off a photograph of a playlist someone else took, the playlist was:

  1. Breeze
  2. Kiss Chase
  3. Hypocrite
  4. Love Life
  5. Thoughtforms
  6. Light from a Dead Star
  7. Undertow
  8. Lit Up
  9. Scarlet
  10. Etheriel
  11. Nothing Natural
  12. For Love
  13. Out of Control
  14. Ladykillers
  15. Downer
  16. Sweetness and Light

Which should have been enough, but they were willing to play a first encore which I recorded:

  1. Lost Boy
  2. Desire Lines
  3. Leaves Me Cold

And a second encore with only the song Monochrome:

I recorded parts of other songs, but I only recorded these four completely. I posted two of them on Twitter:

The pictures I took left much to be desired, but I cannot expect much from an iPhone 5s, even from being near the front side. I missed my D-SLR.

Here are pictures of Tamaryn I posted to Twitter. The are impressionistic.

I think I managed the right mix of dancing, singing to the music, taking pictures, recording video and holding my wife who was kind enough to attend it with me.

Save us from Libertarians helping us make better decisions

I was reading the latest Naked Capitalism daily links roundup when I came across a Washington Post review of a book by Jason Brennan entitled Against Democracy. It is everything you would expect from a Libertarian enamored with Plato’s Republic.

Our present government is more republic than direct democracy; more ancient Rome than ancient Athens.  No matter to the author, the wrong people get a meager bit of input into electing our representatives. Most people don’t understand the big issues of the day or are biased by emotion.  We need Vulcans who can vote rationally and dispassionately.

Never mind that we have such people, men really, who vote in unaccountable courts setup by trade agreements and have a tendency to vote in favor of the rich and powerful, especially in favor of corporations. Courts that our present administration wants to expand with agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Brennan wants to replace the feeble democracy we have with election by the knowledgeable.  He even suggests that we have a test to determine who could enter this elite club.  What could go wrong?

To his credit, Ilya Somin, the Washington Post reviewer, a Professor of Law at George Mason University who writes books that extoll “Why Smaller Government is Smarter”, does point out some of the obvious problems with Brennan’s thesis while maintaining that Against Democracy is a “powerful challenge to the conventional wisdom about democracy”.

Yet, Somin and Brennan, as should be expected based on their ideology, leave out the money primary that limits our choice in most elections to those candidates which are acceptable to the 1%.  With the Citizens United ruling allowing the rich (some not even US Citizens or permanent residents) to influence elections in secret, why even bother to limit the franchise to only the capitalist class’ best and brightest?

The president and congress are overwhelmingly made up of millionaires with college degrees.  Government policy from taxes to regulating markets to labor policy have gone the way Libertarians wanted.  Yet, the economy has bumped along rather poorly for most since the 1970s, income inequality has increased dramatically and the effects of global warming continue apace and are becoming blindingly obvious.

Limiting the vote to knowledgable citizens is just a recipe for rule by those with property and would result in us enduring more Libertarian failures.


Intersections: Anila Quayyum Agha

We went to the Peabody Essex Museum recently to see the Rodin exhibit and found this single room Intersections exhibit:

Intersections: Anila Quayyum Agha

Their website describes it as:

Intersections: Anila Quayyum Agha is an immersive single room installation that bathes the visitor in a geometric array of light and shadow. Inspired by traditional Islamic architectural motifs, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s laser-cut steel lantern conjures the design of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, a historic site of cross-cultural intersection where a thousand years ago Islamic and Western cultures thrived in coexistence. Agha, an internationally renowned, award-winning artist, creates mixed media works that engage topics ranging from global politics and cultural multiplicity, to mass media and gender roles.

Here is a slide show of all of the pictures I took:

Intersections: Anila Quayyum Agha

Downloading your images from Typepad

The transition from Typepad to WordPress has been a bit haphazard, but I should have finally removed most of the references.

One of the things you need to move over are the images Typepad hosts for you. Unless they are in a photo album, they will be in the <your user id> directory.  To get them, export the contents of your Typepad blog and save it.  It will be saved as Unnamed_Comet_Asset.txt.

Once I had that file, I used this Bash script (on a Unix OS) to generate another script to get the files. Be sure to replace <your user id> with your Typepad id.

sed -n ‘s/.*\(http:\/\/<your user id>\/\.a\/[a-z0-9]*-[0-9]*si\).*/wget \1/p’ Unnamed_Comet_Asset.txt >
sed -n ‘s/.*\(http:\/\/<your user id>\/\.a\/[a-z0-9]*-[0-9]*wi\).*/wget \1/p’ Unnamed_Comet_Asset.txt >>
sed -n ‘s/.*\(http:\/\/<your user id>\/\.a\/[a-z0-9]*-pi\).*/wget \1/p’ Unnamed_Comet_Asset.txt >>
chmod 755

It is possible that there are other types of files whose filenames do not end with -*si, -*wi or -pi but those seemed to work for me.  Search through Unnamed_Comet_Asset.txt if you want to be sure.

Once is generated, look it over and make sure that it looks right, then run it:


It will dutifully download all of your images.  I copied them over to a .a directory on my hosting provider then updated the references to in the blog posts.  Ideally, you should do it in a copy of Unnamed_Comet_Asset.txt, then import it into your site.

You will need to run this script for each blog you have hosted at Typepad.  Be sure to have a different directory for each blog so that you don’t overwrite either script.

I have a script for getting all of the files from your Photo Albums that I will post about in the future.

GoPro as computer virus infection vector

I came up with an idea of using a GoPro to infect someone’s computer with a virus.  A quick search didn’t turn up anything specifically about it, though GoPros have been hacked to be surveillance devices:

For what it is worth, the idea is below.


Your target is someone who has decent computer security procedures.  Doesn’t trust random USB sticks, keeps OS up to date with security patches, has good passwords.

What is needed

  1. A person to appear to be assaulted.  Considering a GoPro is involved, a bicyclist would be ideal. The person assaulted has to be someone the target will identify with and want to help;
  2. One or more people to assault the first person. My guess is that it would work better if they were police or appeared to be police;
  3. A hacked GoPro that can infect the target’s computer both via the SD card and the firmware via the USB port;
  4. A tote to encourage the target to take the GoPro and report the assault.

The process

  1. Stage the assault where very few people can witness it, but the target will be;
  2. Person assaulted wears the GoPro on a hat (or more likely helmet) and records the assault;
  3. Person assaulted is taken away, but the hat/helmet with the GoPro is knocked off the person’s head and left behind;
  4. Target, seeing the assault picks up the GoPro, takes it home. If target is reluctant to take it home, tote encourages them;
  5. Once home, target plugs in the SD card or GoPro via USB and is infected.

Not to say that this method will always be successful, but it could work for certain targets. Something to keep in mind if you think you could be a target.

So if any Hollywood studios, spy agencies or criminals want to use it, renumeration is not expected, but attribution is always appreciated.

Posted 1/2400 Post-WW2 Naval Miniature Pictures

I have steadily gathered a cache of pictures that I have now archived for your reference and viewing pleasure. Eventually, I will put them in a useful browser order using s jolly H4‘s comprehensive list.

Finding pictures of miniatures, painted or not, via searches tends to turn up very few pictures. The best sources tend to be the few blogs of modern naval miniatures players (av8rmongo being a good one) or people selling them on eBay. The most prolific purveyor of said painted miniatures is gak8346. One of which is shown above.

If you want to share pictures with the collection, would like attribution for your picture, or want me to take your picture down, email me at jokeefe at jamesokeefe dot org.

The musings of Jamie O'Keefe: pirate party activist, geek, father and gamer