About Me:
I work at the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technology. I'm divorced, with two grown children and 5 grandchildren. I'm a lifelong liberal and a "nonbeliever."
About Me:
I work at the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technology. I'm divorced, with two grown children and 5 grandchildren. I'm a lifelong liberal and a "nonbeliever."

The Monkey Selfie

By: Friday August 8, 2014 5:00 pm

There’s a controversy brewing over a photo that made the rounds in 2011, one of several photos taken by a Macaque nigra (crested black Macaque) monkey. David Slater, an award-winning nature photographer, was in a national park in Indonesia, and left his camera unattended, and apparently a Macaque monkey wandered over and took this hilarious selfie.

Watching You, Watching Me

By: Friday August 1, 2014 6:40 pm

’ve posted here at Over Easy about companies that track our travels on the Web to display ads customized to our interests. They often use cookies, so if you price out an upscale cruise or golf club on one site, ads for cruises or golf clubs follow you around the Web. There are other tracking tools, too, and it is a running battle to stay ahead of them. They’re getting even more intrusive and personal, and it is unsettling to comprehend their reach.

More and more online marketers attempt to track us offline too, by collecting data about our daily lives and habits.

The Senate Is Giving More Power to the NSA — in secret

By: Friday July 18, 2014 5:23 pm

Apparently our elected representatives have learned little from the Snowden revelations except to try to go underground to avoid public scrutiny of what they’re up to. They’re still trying to hand over our private information to the government — but now they’re keeping it vewy, vewy quiet.

Aereo Quacks Like a Duck

By: Friday July 11, 2014 6:30 pm

We’ve been following the fortunes of tiny Aereo vs. the big broadcasters here at Over Easy. You may remember that Aereo doesn’t require rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna — customers rent (for about $8 – $12 per month) a dime-sized antenna in a vast array of TV antennas at an Aereo-owned location that pick up over-the-air broadcast signals and offer a very high speed Internet connection to a DVR-type device in the “cloud.”

Movies the Koch Brothers Don’t Want Us to See

By: Friday June 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Citizen Koch is a documentary by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, who co-directed the Hurricane Katrina movie Trouble the Water. It was filmed during the battle between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and organized labor that culminated in the unsuccessful attempt to recall Walker, and an earlier version premiered at the Sundance Festival in January 2013. We’re now seeing Citizen Koch in commercial theaters more than a year after its debut at Sundance.

The film originally was to be titled Citizen Corp, focused on the aftermath of the Citizen’s United ruling that allowed nearly unlimited corporate spending on issue campaigns, and was intended for broadcast on PBS.

Hanging Out With the Snowden-Bot

By: Friday June 13, 2014 5:20 pm

Back in March, Edward Snowden used a virtual Google “hangout” from Russia to address a big audience at SXSW. The live stream of his talk featured Snowden’s head floating in front of an image of the U.S. Constitution.

Then his appearance onstage at TED 2014 gave him more of a physical form. Although he wasn’t really there, he was controlling a BEAM telepresence robot from his undisclosed location in Russia.

Hiding Political Advertisers

By: Friday June 6, 2014 6:22 pm

In 2002, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (AKA McCain-Feingold) was passed with the support of both parties, and President George W. Bush signed it into law. This law requires individuals and organizations that purchase political commercial TV ads to provide identifying information for the TV stations’ public files. But frequently this identifying information is not provided, making it more difficult for voters to make informed voting decisions. TV stations are ignoring disclosure requirements, and allowing advertisers to play hide and seek with the information.

I’m Mad As Hell…

By: Sunday June 1, 2014 6:26 pm

You have read over the past several days that an unknown person or group has decided to try to silence the independent advocacy journalism espoused and practiced here at Firedoglake by launching DDoS attacks that bring the site down. You’ve read posts by several FDL’ers that describe all of the ways FDL is meaningful to its readers. You’ve read Jane and Elliott and Dakine and Kit and probably others I’ve neglected to mention on the subject of why FDL deserves your support. I’m going to take another approach. This makes me mad as hell, and I don’t want us to take it any more! These anonymous cowards cannot be allowed to prevail. It is just that simple.

Is the New Google Glass Looking at You?

By: Friday May 23, 2014 4:13 pm

Google Glass eyewear (beta) is on sale in the U.S. this month, priced at $1,500 — get yours while current stocks last! It’s the latest wrinkle in the “no personal privacy” world we live in.

Aereo Goes to Court

By: Friday April 25, 2014 11:05 am

In February at Over Easy we talked about tiny Aereo, Barry Diller’s startup company that streams broadcast television over the internet. Now, two years after it began, Aereo is arguing for its very existence before the Supreme Court, and the broadcast TV companies are hoping to shut it down. Even the Obama administration has sided with the broadcasters, filing an amicus brief asserting that Aereo is “clearly infringing” on the networks’ copyright by streaming content without permission.

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