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Joshua Gay
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‎"Liberated Pixel Cup: a teamup between CC, the FSF, and OpenGameArt. Coolest thing ever! http://lpc.opengameart.org/" -- Christopher Webber
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ALERT: Webcomic contest deadline 3/17 -- also, over 26,500 people and 24 orgs have signed statement opposing Microsoft's Restricted Boot!
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Just launched a very cool Webcomic Contest!
In December, Microsoft apparently conceded to public pressure by quietly updating the Windows 8 logo certification requirements with a mandate that a desktop computer user must be able to control (and...
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The Cost of Knowledge. Researchers taking a stand against Elsevier. Academics have protested against Elsevier's business practices for years with little effect. The main objections are these: They...
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Diving Into the Wreck

First having read the book of myths,
and loaded the camera,
and checked the edge of the knife-blade,
I put on
the body-armor of black rubber
the absurd flippers

the grave and awkward mask.
I am having to do this
not like Cousteau with his
assiduous team
abroad the sun-flooded schooner
but here alone.
There is a ladder
The ladder is always there
hanging innocently
close to the side of the schooner.
We know what it is for,
we who have used it.
Otherwise
it's a piece of maritime floss
some sundry equipment.

I go down.
Rung after rung and still
the oxygen immerses me
the blue light
the clear atoms
of our human air.
I go down.
My flippers cripple me,
I crawl like an insect down the ladder
and there is no one
to tell me when the ocean
will begin.

First the air is blue and then
it is bluer and then green and then
black I am blacking out and yet
my mask is powerful
it pumps my blood with power
the sea is another story
the sea is not a question of power
I have to learn alone
to turn my body without force
in the deep element.

And now: it is easy to forget
what I came for
among so many who have always
lived here
swaying their crenellated fans
between the reefs
and besides
you breathe differently down here.

I came to explore the wreck.
The words are purposes.
The words are maps.
I came to see the damage that was done
and the treasures that prevail.
I stroke the beam of my lamp
slowly along the flank
of something more permanent
than fish or week

the thing I came for:
the wreck and not the story of the wreck
the thing itself and not the myth
the drowned face always staring
toward the sun
the evidence of damage
worn by salt and sway into this threadbare beauty
the ribs of the disaster
curving their assertion
among the tentative haunters.

This is the place.
and I am here, the mermaid whose dark hair
streams black, the merman in his armored body
We circle silently
about the wreck
we dive into the hold.
I am she: I am he
whose drowned face sleeps with open eyes
whose breasts still bear the stress
whose silver, copper, vermeil cargo lies
Obscurely inside barrels
half-wedged and left to rot
we are the half-destroyed instruments
that once held to a course
the water-eaten log
the fouled compass

We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to the scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
in which
our names do not appear.

Adrienne Rich 1929--2012
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Pomegranates are one of the best parts of Winter, but they take a lot of work to peel and deseed. YouTube user NaturalMarketer shows us how much time we've wasted by deseeding an entire pomegranate in...
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Only six days left in our fundraiser and $40k left to raise. Also, check out Brett's latest blog post: "Apple's ebook sales restrictions: the newest reason to use free software" http://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/ibooks-author-restrictions
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Campaigns Manager at the Free Software Foundation (fsf.org)
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I am a programmer, activist, and community organizer. My interests revolve around technology, government, education, and user-freedom.
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Mathematics, 2001 - 2005
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