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For those interested in submitting an audio file for the Hack the Airwaves "What is a Hacker" special, I have put together a simple Google Form at

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If I've learned anything this last year, it's that we're not guaranteed anything and we should try to live out our dreams while we're alive to live them out. It is in that spirit that I reached out to a local college radio station (KPSU in Portland, Oregon) and proposed a new show; my proposal was accepted pending submission of a prerecorded pilot episode. The show is called Hack the Airwaves and I aim to explore various facets of hacker culture, hacker ethics, and the multitudes of kinds of hackers there are out there and the amazing projects they're working on.

Now that I've announced that here, I have a request for all the hackers out there (including and especially those who see hacking as much bigger than just infosec). I plan for my pilot episode to be called "What is a Hacker?" and for that, I need help. Contact me if you're interested in participating by sending me a ~1-7 minute recording of what being a hacker means to you.

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Fediverse friends and followers from around the world, I have a huge favor to ask!

If you are out for a walk or drive and you spot a payphone, would you mind sending me a photo of it? (DMs are always open) I will feature it on my thread over on the birdsite and of course give you credit.

When I started this a couple of weeks ago I didn't realize all of my old photos from before 2018 are gone, which means the hundreds of old phone photos I had taken at one point are also gone. But maybe this opens an opportunity to see payphones from around the globe.

This could be a payphone that you spot in the wild that still exists (thank God there are still some of those out there) or it could be a photo you took in the past of a phone that may or may not be there anymore. But please, let me see your payphones!

If you have photos of other cool phone equipment or phones that aren't payphones, they won't work for the thread, but I encourage you to send them my way as well. Phone related stories? I'd love to hear them! Please help me spread this around the world!

All payphones are acceptable, but I especially encourage you to send in any photos you have of payphones from countries other than the US or phones that are unique in some way. Also, PLEASE boost this toot and help me get this call for help out there! Thank you! 📞

Payphone located across the Flume Gorge Visitor Center in the Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, USA. No dial tone.

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Wu-Tang Clan remains untouchable—not even a FOIA request could release their famed exclusive single-copy album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. But FOIA did free some redacted images of the album and its intricate case:

It’s been months since I’ve been around this corner of cyberspace, but alas, I am still alive.

One of the listeners of "Modern Technology Watches," the film podcast of which I am half, is known as @sudoneuron. In an inspired bit of "Julie & Julia" type madness, they have committed to watching each of the films we've covered and blogging the results. Two episodes in and I'm already slightly worried for their health. :flan_popcorn:

Check out their blog at , and our podcast it raids at !

Everyday, we’re exploited for profit through “dark patterns”: online design tactics used to trick you into doing things you probably would not choose to do. Learn more and submit the worst offenders to the Dark Patterns Tip Line:

"Can you tell us in 60 seconds or less why this is important?"

No. If I could explain it in 60 seconds or less, I would have fixed it by now and you would never have known about it.

We wish we could tell you how to go change your settings and make your Venmo friend lists private, but here’s the problem: Venmo won’t let you.

Just seeing all these things about the CDC saying masks are no longer required for people who are vaccinated. News stories say Trader Joe's has already removed mask requirements in their stores. I started wearing a mask as soon as this shit started when the CDC was recommending against it, and I'll be wearing one for many years to come -- possibly even for the rest of my life.

Do I need to start lying about being vaccinated so I can keep my mask on?

I’m not masked while running outside, but that does NOT mean I want you trying to breathe in my face, for godsake.

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As for the morning run, I liked all the bees, but the other passers-by are nuisances at best. Social distancing is NOT over, you maskless fucks.

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