Hate your ISP? Help form a community ISP

Today during the monthly Somerville Cryptoparty, will be a discussion on how we can move forward with developing a community mesh network in the Boston area.  It will be from 6-9pm at The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville. The Sprouts is in the garage in the back of the drive way. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible.

On Saturday, February 10th, there will be a Community Meshnet Workshop from 1-4pm at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave, Somerville.  The Somerville Public Library is wheelchair accessible. The Somerville Cryptoparty folks put together this flyer for the February workshop. I would appreciate it if you downloaded it and put it up around your neighborhood. You can also share the Somerville Cryptoparty page or the February Facebook event.

Hope you can make it and please spread the word about these events. Thanks!

Latest update of Modern Naval 1/2400 ship pictures

Finally got around to updating my cache of modern naval 1/2400 scale miniatures. Here are few select images:

GHQ Zumwalt-class Destroyer (Painted by rriggles):

GHQ Zumwalt-class Destroyer (Painted by rriggles)

Picked up this PFC C-in-C Tarawa from ebay. It is missing a few parts that I hope to get from PFC C-in-C. Picture by Noble Knight.

PFC C-in-C Tarawa. Picture by Noble Knight.

Superior Tarawa-class LHA (Painted by gak8346)

Superior Tarawa-class LHA (Painted by gak8346)

Superior Garcia-class Frigate (Painted by gak8346)

Superior Garcia-class Frigate (Painted by gak8346)

Superior Knox-class Frigate (Painted by gak8346)

Superior Knox-class Frigate (Painted by gak8346)

Viking Forge Cyclone-class patrol craft (Painted by rriggles)

Viking Forge Cyclone-class patrol craft (Painted by rriggles)

Updated 1/2400 Post-WW2 Naval Miniatures Pictures

I updated my collection of 1/2400 scale post-WW2 naval miniatures pictures including those people posted at the GHQ Models forum or The Miniatures Page Naval Forum:

PRC CV Liaoning (GHQ)

PRC DDG Taizhou (GHQ)

US CVN Nimitz (GHQ)

PRC FAC Houbei/Type 022 (Shapeways)

Posted by gak8346 on ebay:

US Coast Guard Bear Cutter (Viking Forge)

US Coast Guard Reliance Cutter (Viking Forge)

Or from Odin Arts & Collectables pictures of PFC C-in-C miniatures (thanks ww2navyguy!):

US BB New Jersey

US CGN Virginia

US DDG Arleigh Burke Flight I

US LHA Tarawa

I would very much like to see the Tarawa back in stock, but Randy at PFC C-in-C says it isn’t likely. If you are interested in helping to get enough buyers to convince him, please email me.

Counting the days to Chelsea Manning’s freedom

Originally posted at the Massachusetts Pirate Party blog.

I learned recently from Susan McLucas, a long-time local activist for Chelsea Manning, that president Obama commuted Chelsea’s sentence. She will be released from prison on May 17th. I think I speak for most, if not all, Pirates that we are very happy and relieved that Chelsea will be free in four months.

Thanks to everyone who kept up their support for her and indeed increased it. I personally appreciate the effort of the Chelsea Manning Support Network, Evan Greer, Fight for the Future, Susan McLucas, Veterans for Peace, Pirate Parties and their supporters world-wide, the EFF, ACLU and the millions of people who advocated for her freedom.

Chelsea emerging from prison on May 17th will be a glorious day. However, our support for her must not end on that day. She will continue to need our help from those engaging in character assassination whether trolls or politicians. After so many years in prison and solitary confinement, being a free again will come with its own challenges.

So savor this day and the days ahead, for this one act relied on the support of so many and yet again proves that we are more powerful together.

Solidarity forever.

Vote Aaron James for State Representative

On election day, November 8th, in the next ward over, the Pirate Party is running Aaron James for the 27th Middlesex State Representative district. He is continuing the tradition started by fellow Pirate, Noelani Kamelamela, in 2014.

If you have time this weekend to help flyer or time on election day to stand out or poll watch, please email his campaign or contact them at their Facebook page.

If you are in the neighborhood join us on election night to celebrate.

Thanks!

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