Links and Notes - Tue, May 12, 2020

9:15 a.m.

It's a sunny, pleasantly cool morning. I think that might ideal temp range would be lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s with a partly to mostly cloudy sky.

Temps have been warming rapidly this morning. TOL reported 32 degrees at about 5:00 a.m.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
May 12, 2020 8:52 am EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 45 F
Humidity : 53%
Wind Speed : WSW 16 mph
Barometer : 30.19 in
Dewpoint: 29 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 38 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
May 12, 2020 8:53 am EDT
Weather : Mostly Cloudy
Temperature : 42 F
Humidity : 62%
Wind Speed : SW 14 mph
Barometer : 30.20 in
Dewpoint: 30 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 35 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
May 12, 2020 8:56 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 43 F
Humidity : 65%
Wind Speed : WSW 12 mph
Wind Gust 17 mph
Barometer : 30.18 in
Dewpoint: 32 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 37 F

Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: May 12, 2020 8:08 am

Today: Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 9 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Patchy frost after 5am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northeast after midnight.

Wednesday: Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night: Showers likely after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 47. East wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. High near 74. South wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Showers likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday: A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.


Puscifer – Apocalyptical (Official Video)

Trump Storms Out of Briefing After Bizarre Exchange About China With CBS’s Weijia Jiang, Skirmish With CNN’s Kaitlan Collins

Unreleased White House report shows coronavirus rates spiking in heartland communities

Yesterday, I shopped at Masserant's for the first time, since mid to late March. I'm unsure if Masserant's was open in late March and April, due to Michigan's shutdown orders. Back in mid-March, I bought enough canned food for Barney to last for a while. The canned food ran out late last week. Deb has been buying Pupperoni treats for Barney through Amazon.

Masserant's was busy late yesterday afternoon when I visited, but all customers wore a face mask, except for one.

Unfortunately, Masserant's did not have any of the Cajun-spiced peanuts in the shell for humans to eat.

The only other places that I have shopped at in recent weeks have been the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op and the Almost Human coffee shop. In late March and/or early April, I visited Claudia's health food store a couple times, but the co-op has been the main store that I have visited.

I would like to buy organic lawn food from Black Diamond today or tomorrow.

I cannot imagine shopping at a big box chain store now.

"Caught on camera: Fight breaks out at Target after customers refuse to wear facial covering"

Not wearing a mask is selfish, in my opinion. I don't wear a mask when I'm outside, doing yard work, walking Barney around our neighborhood, and birdwatching. I wear a mask when I enter an enclosed public space, such as a store.

Two Florida teenagers busted for “running around Walmart coughing” and spraying workers and customers with Febreze told cops they were “just trying to be funny and make their videos for YouTube,” according to an arrest affidavit.

the sd governor is unhinged.

"South Dakota governor threatens tribes with legal action on checkpoints"

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Monday threatened to take legal action against two Native American tribes who have set up vehicle checkpoints in an attempt to contain the coronavirus that has impacted other Native American reservations.

The Native Americans are trying to protect their health.

The Republican said during a news conference that she will seek legal clarity in a lawsuit against the nine checkpoints set up by the Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes that she claims have restricted the travel of essential services.

Noem, a Republican, was among the few U.S. governors who did not issue stay-at-home orders.

as someone who eats a plant-based, whole foods diet, except for honey on my hot grain cereals, this does not impact me directly. i'm trying to guess if indirect impacts could occur with people who eat like a vegan.

The Labor Department reported Tuesday that prices U.S. consumers paid for groceries jumped 2.6% in April, the largest one-month pop since February 1974.

The price of the meats, poultry, fish and eggs category rose 4.3%, fruits and vegetables climbed 1.5%, cereals and bakery products advanced 2.9%.

Ahh, the story did not focus only on meat, fish, and diary.

What's the reason for the increase? Shortages in production or hoarding?

Prices Americans paid for eggs, meat, cereal and milk shot higher in April as people flocked to grocery stores to stock up on food amid government lockdowns designed to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Congress Weighs Coronavirus Aid for Local Newspapers, Broadcasters

state-owned or state-controlled state-subsidized media. sounds like a dangerous slippery slope. if the blade (block communications) receives this money, then the blade does not need my digital subscription.

House provision would allow currently ineligible local news outlets apply for PPP loans

Congress is looking to help struggling local newspapers, TV and radio stations qualify for federal coronavirus aid, according to people familiar with the matter.

The coming coronavirus legislation expected to be introduced in the House as soon as this week will include a provision to expand newspapers’ and broadcasters’ eligibility for forgivable small business loans, the people said.

Elon Musk's surprise reopening of Tesla pits business against government

Musk 'restarting' California Tesla factory, defying authorities

Coronavirus: Bryan Adams attacks China as 'bat eating, virus making' source

Canadian pop-rocker conflates various unproven theories about source of disease in expletive-filled rant on Instagram

expletive-filled rant? That's the the tagline for social media.

Introducing an acoustic performance of the song Cuts Like a Knife on his Instagram page, the Canadian singer wrote:

Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than ‘thanks a fucking lot’ is go vegan.

"EXCLUSIVE: 'Today will be your last working day with Uber.' Watch as choked up executive tells 3,500 rideshare employees they are being laid off effective immediately over a three-minute ZOOM call"

Regardless of who has led Uber, the company at the corporate level has been a garbage company. I have never used Uber myself. I have ridden with others who hailed drivers via Uber. When I needed a ride, and I did not want to drive, I used the regular old web to arrange a ride with normal, local taxi service, and it worked well. At least well enough for me.

Top comment:

'They were going based on a lottery, like Russian roulette. The severance package is generous, but they're treating us like they treat the drivers,' she continued, referring to Uber's less than stellar reputation in fairly compensating their independent contractors.

Maybe I am old but it seems to me that woman is super entitled. By her own words the severance package is generous; what else does she want?

Another comment:

but they're treating us like they treat the drivers.

So it's fine to treat drivers bad?

Who enabled this treatment of drivers?

This seems like a stretch.

Jeffrey Katzenberg blames COVID-19 for Quibi's paltry downloads as execs lower projections from 7M users and $250M subscriber revenue estimated for first year

Blaming the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown? If anything, the pandemic shutdown should have helped Quibi, since people have been spending more time at home, watching videos on all screen sizes. - (horrendous web design)

Total Funding Amount $1.8B

1.8 billion dollars in venture capital funding BEFORE it launched last month.

From Wikipedia:

Quibi is an American short-form mobile video platform.

Quibi was founded in August 2018 by Jeffrey Katzenberg and is led by Meg Whitman, who serves as the company's CEO. The service is targeted toward a younger demographic with content delivered in short-form 10 minute episodes called "quick bites". In 2018, the company raised US$1 billion in funding from 11 investors and major Hollywood studios, including The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, WarnerMedia, Liberty Global, ViacomCBS and Alibaba Group.

In March 2020, Quibi announced a partnership with Canadian telecommunications company BCE, whereby its Bell Media division will produce Canadian news and sports content for the service (via CTV News and TSN respectively), and Bell Mobility will be Quibi's exclusive Canadian telecom marketing partner.

The service launched on April 6, 2020. On April 14, the company announced it had seen 1.7 million downloads of the Quibi app in its release week

It took approx 18 months to launch???

Compare to Instagram's early history.

Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost: Katzenberg: Virus Is Entirely To Blame For Quibi's Sputtering Launch
Hamza Shaban / @hshaban: Katzenberg appears to suggest that Quibi didn't realize people like to watch shows on their TVs and that people like to share content online...until the Quibi app went live and they started analyzing user data. 🤔🤔🤔
Jordan Moreau / Variety: Jeffrey Katzenberg on Quibi's Early Struggles: 'I Attribute Everything That Has Gone Wrong to Coronavirus.
Charlie Wood / Business Insider: Quibi's cofounder blamed its poor performance on the pandemic even though other video apps are soaring
Kerry Flynn / @kerrymflynn: Quibi founder has learned people like to share / talk about what they're watching online
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac: Quibi does U-turn, iPhone owners will soon be able to watch Quibi on TV
Stephen Warwick / CordCutters: Quibi to get casting support for iOS this week, and sharing is on the way
Josh Billinson / @jbillinson: No one at Quibi considered that making it almost impossible to share a screenshot or clip of a show would effectively shut down any online conversation about their content?
@maura: anyway here's the full story. i look forward to the book about how this all went down in five years
Tom Gara / @tomgara: Truly, the cluelessness involved in launching a mobile native streaming service in 2020 but preventing users from taking / sharing screenshots of it, it's mind blowing
Sam Adams / @samuelaadams: more like qui-bye
Julia Alexander / @loudmouthjulia: Bullshit. The pandemic is accelerating trends in the space. Things that would have taken years to get to are happening now. We also know the US is streaming more than ever before. Blaming no one being into your streaming service on the pandemic is lame.
Walter Hickey / Numlock News: Numlock News: May 12, 2020 • Office Space, Space Debris, Quibi
Jon Rosenberg / @jonrosenberg: Katzenberg launched a major content service and they didn't consider that it might have hundreds of users hundreds QA is dead
Joshua Benton / @jbenton: A gazillion people predicted exactly this scale of thud months ago, but sure, it's the spike proteins' fault
Rani Molla / @ranimolla: Counterpoint: coronavirus was Quibi's only shot “I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Mr. Katzenberg said. “Everything.” via @NYTimes
Darren Mooney / @darren_mooney: You created an application that couldn't stream from a phone to TV. You designed its contents to be friendly to vital distribution, but prevented users from taking screenshots or making gifs. You threatened to sue those podcasters promoting your product. But sure. Coronavirus.
Arthur Chu / @arthur_affect: I mean it's because the whole business model of Quibi is pretending to their investors they're not a direct competitor to Netflix and YouTube
Tom Gara / @tomgara: Obviously everything Quibi related here is extremely Quibi, but I want to know the logistics of Jeffrey Katzenberg having three breakfast meetings and three lunch meetings every day.
@netw3rk: May all my friends who finagled a quibi bag continue to attain that quibi bag
Josh Sternberg / @joshsternberg: Two months later, the inevitable. The pandemic definitely didn't help, but the company also got caught in peak streaming and its hard to compete in this environment.
Nico Franks / C21Media: Katzenberg blames virus for Quibi woes
Jessica Lessin / @jessicalessin: 1/ 1.3 million users is not where @quibi wants to be but frankly it is higher than I expected, knowing the subscription market. It makes Quibi one of the biggest subscription media services out there. I'm a bit confused by how Katzenberg is playing it.
Eric Newcomer / @ericnewcomer: no one wants short term video in quarantine ... except a constant stream of tiktoks
Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers: “I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Mr. Katzenberg said. “Everything.” Respectfully, No.
Karyn Spencer / @karynspencer: the story of Quibi is very simple from my POV: people with connections and the ability to raise a ton of money should focus on that and then hire a bunch of youngs to make the content and UX decisions. rebooting every show people used to like is not modern innovation.
Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers: There's 10% of me that thinks this is just a bid to keep Quibi in the conversation for one more day.
Ken Yeung / @thekenyeung: When asked if he regretted launching Quibi in April, Jeffrey Katzenberg said: “The answer is, it's regrettable. But we are making enough gold out of hay here that I don't regret it.”
Ken Yeung / @thekenyeung: Katzenberg reveals that soon Quibi content will be shareable on social media platforms. The move comes after users criticized the service for that inability.
Drew Olanoff / @yoda: Run by assholes and mostly trash content would be the right answer.
Farhad Manjoo / @fmanjoo: Farhad Manjoo Blames Pandemic for Monday's Rough Start
Alex Zalben / @azalben: ah yes, the commonly used human phrase “apples to submarines”
Alex Zalben / @azalben: uhhhh is this also weird hyperbole, or does Quibi only have a few hundred users
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter: Jeffrey Katzenberg: Coronavirus to Blame for “Everything That Has Gone Wrong” With Quibi
Will McAvoy / @willmcavoyacn: It's literally one of the only products that should have seen an increase in usage.
Ken Yeung / @thekenyeung: Quibi launched during the pandemic, a time when we're all staying at home. Co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blames COVID-19 for “everything” that has gone wrong with the service to the coronavirus.
Stephanie Ruhle / @sruhle: Blame EVERYTHING on Corona? - Everything - Always - Never David Einhorn once told me it's a red flag when any biz or govt leader uses those words.
Ken Yeung / @thekenyeung: When asked about Quibi vs TikTok: “I don't know what people are expecting from us...To tell me about a company that has a billion users and is doing great in the past six weeks, I'm happy for them, but what the hell does it have to do with me?
Daniel Roberts / @readdanwrite: Jeffrey Katzenberg calls Zoom calls “Zoom-a-roo,” for some reason
Matthewprigge / UPROXX: Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Quibi's Rough Start On The Coronavirus
Raj Kane / Monday Moves: Monday Moves v1.3: A Physical-Digital Future
Samson Amore / The Wrap: Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Quibi's Lackluster Launch on Coronavirus
Chris Morris / Digital Trends: Jeffrey Katzenberg blames all of Quibi's problems on the coronavirus
Greta Bjornson / Decider: Quibi's Katzenberg Blames Slow Start On Coronavirus
Julia Alexander / The Verge: Quibi will add sharing features as the app struggles to find subscribers
more at Techmeme »

"As tourist-centric countries begin testing travel corridors and reciprocal quarantine regulations, American travelers might find themselves locked out of the post-pandemic world."

Travel locally and spend money locally in the U.S. Problem solved.

In this image courtesy of Lauren Carrick, Carrick, a 29-year-old British dancer, and her fiancée Joe Harrison speak for a video log from their cabin aboard the “Celebrity Infinity” cruise ship, on May 4, 2020. The couple embarked the cruise ship on March 14, a day after the US issued a “no sail” order. The ship set sail from Miami with 900 crew members and no passengers and has been wandering the seas since then.

I cannot imagine choosing to board a cruise ship in mid-March.

In the final days of February, I wondered if we should cancel our upcoming trip to Orange Beach, Alabama, due to the virus even though no cases had been reported in Ohio yet, and few areas in the U.S. had officially reported cases at that time. I might have been a worry wort.

The medical professionals in our family did not object to the trip. We left home on Sat, Feb 29, 2020 for the Detroit airport area. We stayed in a hotel near the airport on that Saturday night.

Our flight left early on Sun, Mar 1 from Detroit. We flew to Nashville where we had a three-hour layover. The Nashville terminal was nice, and it was busy with a lot of people. Then we flew from Nashville to Pensacola. We rented a van and drove to our beach front condo in Orange Beach.

We used Southwest Airlines. We came home on Fri, Mar 6. We had a 15 to 20 minute layover in Nashville on the way back. We switched planes both times in Nashville. We had four total flights, and all flights were packed with people.

On Sun, Mar 1, Ohio reported its first case of Covid-19.

If our flight down occurred on Sun, Mar 8, instead of Sun, Mar 1, I don't know if we would have gone. It's possible that some in our group (6 adults and two kids) would have wanted to go, but since I was concerned about going the week before, and since the Covid-19 news had changed rapidly, during the week we were in Alabama, and it changed even more, during the week of March 8, I might have personally stayed home if our flight left Detroit on March 8. If others wanted to go, then I would have said go ahead, but I'm not going.

And if our flight was scheduled to leave Detroit on Sun, Mar 15, then with 100 percent certainty, we would not have gone. First of all, the local hospitals were ramping up for Covid-19 patients. Catherine and Brad would may not have been able to take time off that week. Plus from an overall health perspective for all of us, we would have canceled the trip.

I was concerned about leaving on March 1. Personally, I would not have gone if our trip departed on March 8, although others might have wanted to go on the trip. But definitely, our trip would have been canceled if we were scheduled to depart on March 15.

It shocks me to read stories about people who CHOSE to travel in mid to late March.

"Politico EIC says it is “cautiously optimistic” as more than half its business is premium subscription contracts and it doesn't have a lot of retail advertising"

"Some OAN staff say they were embarrassed by a Friday report from the channel promoting a fringe conspiracy theory, and the segment was pulled out of TV rotation"

Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy: The President is melting down on Twitter, posting a mountain of disinformation on his account and giving life to conspiracy theories — and you would not know it by checking the homepages of major news organizations.
Scott Pelley / CBS News: Trump administration cuts funding for coronavirus researcher, jeopardizing possible COVID-19 cure
Emily C. Singer / @cahnemily: Most shocking thing here is that anyone working at OAN is capable of shame.
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy: What's kind of remarkable with OAN taking down the conspiracy video is that, in this case, the outlet appeared to display higher standards than YouTube, which said the video did not violate any of its rules against Covid-19 misinformation.
Mike Caulfield / @holden: Honestly, imagine how bad something has to be to embarass OAN staffers
Marshall Cohen / @marshallcohen: OANN is not news.
Matt Ortega / @mattortega: How did it get on the air? Just because it has “network” in their name and airs on television does not mean this is a legitimate news network. It is pro-Trump propaganda network and super PAC with 24-hour television access.
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy: It appears OAN has pulled the video from its YouTube page as well. It now says the video is private.
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter: OAN's “population control” segment smeared the Clintons, Soros, Gates, Fauci, etc. Some OAN staffers were embarrassed, and the segment was eventually pulled out of the channel's rotation after an internal rebellion. But how did it get on the air at all? (
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter: Absolutely crazy Covid-19 conspiracy talk on one of Trump's favorite channels... plus much more in this morning's media newsletter: ...

I do not watch TV or any video system for news. I think that TV is the worst method to obtain "news." Occasionally, I watch Sky News over YouTube on our Roku TV. But I don't watch local TV news channels over-the-air. We don't have cable nor satellite TV.

Watching TV for news may be making people more misinformed. TV news at all levels is too sensationalistic and hyperbolic. It's dramatics lean more toward live fictional theatre and movies than informing the public.

Is Meet the Press a real news program? I don't know, since I don't watch it. It sounds like it might be some kind of fictional, comedy program.

The rest of the media seems focused on prez Trump's reaction, instead of the apparent journalistic malpractice executed by Meet the Press.

"Trump calls for NBC to fire Chuck Todd after Meet the Press acknowledges “inadvertently and inaccurately” editing a clip of an interview with AG William Barr"

Donald J. Trump / @realdonaldtrump: Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd should be FIRED by “Concast” (NBC) for this fraud. He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News! @AjitPaiFCC @FCC
Jessica Rosenworcel / @jrosenworcel: This is not how our rules work. The FCC doesn't sanction stations for what journalists say.
@kerrikupecdoj: Very disappointed by the deceptive editing/commentary by @ChuckTodd on @MeetThePress on AG Barr's CBS interview. Compare the two transcripts below. Not only did the AG make the case in the VERY answer Chuck says he didn't, he also did so multiple times throughout the interview.
@meetthepress: @KerriKupecDOJ @chucktodd You're correct. Earlier today, we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr before offering commentary and analysis. The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error.
Joshua Caplan / Breitbart: Report: Acting DNI Grenell Declassifies List of Obama Officials Involved in Flynn ‘Unmasking’
Aaron Rupar / Vox: Trump's latest Twitter meltdown features QAnon, accidental self-owns, and a lot of “OBAMAGATE”
Tom Jones / Poynter: A misleading moment on ‘Meet the Press’ unfairly edited Attorney General Barr
T Ray-Ray / @russian_starr: I really wish mainstream media would start treating Trump like they do leaders of Belarus, China, North Korea or Russia because these reporters have no issue saying “the hermit kingdom” and the “last dictator of Europe” when discussing other places.
Jon Favreau / @jonfavs: The President comforts a grieving nation
Jeffrey Goldberg / @jeffreygoldberg: By tagging the FCC in this tweet, Trump is suggesting that the federal government should have the power to fire journalists he doesn't like:
Dylan McLemore / @voiceofd: @digiphile I think part of this is also about Pai coming down hard on Sinclair last week. Even though that had nothing to do with news content, Trump may not see it that way. Or he may just be calling Pai out to get back on his side.
Alex Howard / @digiphile: No comment by @AjitPaiFCC on the @potus' calls to fire a journalist at @nbcnews, nor @BrendanCarrFCC @mikeofcc @GeoffreyStarks. @JRosenworcel tweeted: Hard not to conclude 1) Trump doesn't understand the law or how @FCC works 2) He's a wannabe autocrat
Alex Howard / @digiphile: May 2020 — The @POTUS said a corporation (@comcast) should fire a journalist (@chucktodd, host of @MeetThePress) who has reported critically on his administration after an error on the show, cc'ed the chairman of the @FCC (@AjitPaiFCC), & called media the “enemy of the people”
David Marcus / The Federalist: Chuck Todd Faceplants With Deceptive Video Of William Barr
@blakehounshell: Why does @realDonaldTrump keep cc'ing Ajit Pai on his complaints about Chuck Todd? Is he asking Pai to do something? If so, what?
Oliver Willis / @owillis: you will likely never see the msm straightforward report that trump called for state censorship of a reporter.
Jennifer Jacobs / @jenniferjjacobs: Trump targeting Chuck Todd again after a segment showing AG Bill Barr talking about dropping charges against Michael Flynn. DOJ accused “Meet the Press” of selective editing. Meet the Press said it was inadvertent, regrets error.
Brendan Nyhan / @brendannyhan: The President is calling for the government to act against political journalists and the news outlets they work for. What would you think if you saw it in another country?
Caleb Ecarma / Vanity Fair: How the Right-Wing Disinformation Loop Helped Kill Virus Research Funding
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate: William Barr Takes a Wrecking Ball to the DOJ, Former Officials Respond With Stern Letters
Rebecca Klar / The Hill: NBC's ‘Meet the Press’ apologizes for ‘inadvertently and inaccurately’ editing Barr clip

Ann Arbor public library is the venue for many of your events. How did that relationship begin?

John: The Ann Arbor District Library relationship began when one of our fellow organizers (Dave) reached out to contacts there and suggested we host some events. Initially we started with the usual cryptoparty workshops, such as security trainings. We’ve added other types of events since then, for example, Dave organized a wonderful screening and panel discussion of the movie, "The Internet's Own Boy’, in honor of Aaron Swartz Day.

Dithering and Open versus Free (