Archive for February 5th, 2004

Back from Berkman


All sorts of fantastic, exilerating ideas flying around the Berkman meeting tonight; public information utilities, Blogging’s Code of Principles, micro-payment systems, video aggregators. Hopefully we will have time to develop some of the threads more fully in coming days. Meanwhile, check out the Agrageek agregator and the Group Blog to keep up with the discussios….

Incidentally, the previous posting (Shark Story) was composed live and under pressure at the meeting as a demonstration of the Dowbrigade technique, which may account for its less than complete coherence. Rather than edit it, we will let it stand as a testiment to performance art, flaws and all…

Endangered Species – Software Developers


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Sharks are one of the wonders of evolution – they remain relatively
uncchanged since the time of the dinosaurs.  However, lately the
changes in the global climate are endangering even this ancient species. 1000
pounds of vicious muscle, teeth and killer instinct, and they don’t have
a chance up againt a Huey…..

The transformation of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems
by humans is well known, but only recently have the impacts of anthropogenic
forces in the open ocean been recognized. In particular, intense exploitation
by industrial fisheries is rapidly changing oceanic ecosystems by drastically
reducing populations of many marine species. For most oceanic species we
lack a historical perspective.

Since the onset of intense exploitation in the Gulf of Mexico in the 1950s, the pelagic shark assemblage has declined by over 80%, and the oceanic whitetip shark, initially the most common species, by over 99%.

from Eureka alert

Gen-Mod Animal of the Day



Some days we just want to pull in our head and hole up in a nice hard shell. Not for that alone has the Dowbrigade long had a thing for turtles and tortises. What other animal, aftar all, comes so fashionably attired in authentic tortiseshell?

Well, now, appearantly, cats do. How functional their genetically enhanced protection proves to be will go al long way to determining the success of this new breed.


Pet Lab Fried by NStar “Hotspot”


Elizabeth Morton woke up this morning to a quiet household, absent the
playful noises of her beloved dog Oscar, a 115-pound yellow
Labrador she had groomed from puppydom.

As Elizabeth and her father walked him in the rain around 8 p.m. Tuesday,
the 6-year-old dog started yelping and writhing and collapsed on the sidewalk
at Warren and Winthrop streets in Charlestown. He appeared to have been

Neighbors quickly gathered, and people who tried to lift Oscar felt small
electrical jolts.
NStar officials were repairing what they labeled a "hot spot," a
portion of the corner that was alive with 100 volts of electricity, according
to a troubleshooter at the site, who declined to be named.

from the Boston Globe