Category Archives: Jungle


Online Privacy Under Seige

Meanwhile, the struggle is underway over the federal government’s (and others!) widespread snooping activities, as uncovered by Edward Snowden.  It turns out that France and England, at least also had major programs for gathering and sifting e-mails, telephone and social media data. 

So, despite the fact that Congress had authorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (Pub.L. 95–511, 92 Stat. 1783, 50 U.S.C. ch. 36), many Congressmen, including some who sponsored FISA and the USA PATRIOT ACT in the first place, are now arguing over how to amend the Act, change the court that issues warrants under the Act, and arguing with the Executive branch over what they intended with the laws they passed.

The ACLU has filed with the FISA Court a brief arguing for a public release of the court’s records.  Fifteen members of Congress have filed an amicus brief in support of the ACLU’s position. 

Here is a handy list of important actions involving FISA, the FISA courts from the Federation of American Scientists.

Atlantic article on how rarely FISA court orders are challenged.

Commentary on some of the proposals in Congress to “modernize” FISA from the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Blog at on FISA courts. on FISA

The decoration if from the movie, 1984, with an image of Big Brother.


Protecting privacy as a human right in the digital world — Roy Balleste

Our colleague Roy Balleste has a great blog post at the always interesting Circleid blog discussing the importance of privacy in the Internet world — he cites the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a source document, in asserting that we must continue to protect individuals’ personal information in our increasingly digital world, even in the face of “security interests.”  You rock, Roy!


illustration friday: jungle



(medium: ink, oil & pen on canvase      size: 20x20cm)

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League of Legends – Jarvan the KING

Huhu Leute,

nach meinem Urlaub hab ich mal wieder krass League of Legends gezockt. Dabei beschränke ich mich meist auf den Jungle. Mein bester Champ ist definitiv Jarvan IV. Er ist einfach ein sehr sicherer Jungler mit sehr gutem Engage und angenehmen Sustain. Ich spiele ihn meist auf Elder Lizzard, danach dann Aegis/Bulwark + Magic Resist Boots . Offensive Items sind entweder Black Cleaver/BotrK oder Frosthammer. Randuins ist noch eine perfekte Ergänzung für das Setup und schon kann man echt krass dominieren. Spiele mit 15:5 oder 12:2 sind kein Problem. Am besten klappt das ganken natürlich, wenn man mit Premates spielt.

Heute konnten wir in drei 5 Mann Premate Matches auch drei Siege einfahren. Und man sieht einfach, wie wichtig es ist eine gute Absprache zu haben. Ich habe für euch auch ein kleines Video (full Game) mit Jarvan hochgeladen. Viel Spaß.



Jungle Baby Shower- Glitter Animals DIY

So one thing I enjoy doing is planning party. In my future I could see it being a nice little side business. This summer I had 3 parties to plan. In May I helped my best friend, Vanessa, plan her sister’s baby shower.

Her sister is a wildlife and fisheries major and absolutely love animals this made the decision on a theme very easy: Jungle. This was our second baby shower that we planned together and again it was a boy lol. We want a girl so we can buy tutus! haha! Anyways we used the colors Brown, Blue, Green, and Yellow as our primary colors for the party

We started the planning process in January but we both are in collage so we did not start actually getting things done until March-April. To get ideas we went on Pinterest and boy are there some awesome ideas! We actually did a lot of things on Pinterest. Looking back on it I think I would have tried doing the projects differently and not exactly like what we had seen. Adding a personal touch to the party makes it unique.

One idea we saw was these little glittered animals. So we went and bought a package of small plastic animals, which actually really hard to find Jungle Animals. I live in Texas so you have a lot of farm animal options available but the jungle ones are pretty limited. In the end Vanessa found them in Michael’s but they were not cheap. Next we bought different color glitters to match our colors. We had green, blue, and yellow. We passed on brown mainly because glitter ain’t cheap haha.

The tutorial we followed used spray adhesive but I hate spray adhesive. It gets everywhere and is just a mess. So we used mod podge that we made (equal part Elmer glue to water). This was a mess too! We put the mod podge on the animals then tried to sprinkle glitter on the animals. They looked awful! I mean awful! They had clumps of glitter and just looked like they were melting plus you could see most of the colors on the animal.

Then I remember a glitter heels DIY I had seen on Pinterest. For the shoes they actually put the glitter straight into the mod podge which makes sense because mod podge dries clear. So we knocked off the clumps of glitter and did it this way and it worked! I think we ended up doing 3 coats before we were happy they turned out great! And with the mod podge you DO NOT have loose glitter everywhere because the glitter was completely coated in the glue. I will post my directions below but first here is a picture of the end results:


DIY Glitter Animals: What you need:

  • Plastic Animals
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brushes (old ones that you don’t mind ruining and one for each glitters)
  • Plastic Cups  ( 1 for each different color glitters)
  • Newspaper or a Drop Cloth


  • On your table lay out the newspaper or what ever you want to use to protect your work area.
  • Next pour some mod podge into each cup and to add the glitter. I like the mod podge to be completely glitter almost like it will be chucky with glitter but don’t make it chucky otherwise your animals won’t be smooth.
  • Mix the glue and glitter.
  • Take the animal and paint a coat of the glue and glitter mixture.
  • Set to dry. While one dries move on to the others.
  • Let the animals dry almost completely before adding another coat. I would do 3-4 coats on each animals. This would give you a nice coverage.
  • And that is it! Very easy!

We placed these animals around on tables including the table where the guest signed in. It is a small simple decoration that adds a lot to the look. They are adorable and I believe they will be used in Baby Jacob’s Room! Next time I would probably get the animals a little bigger but we worked with what we had and it paid off! I used the same method for the centerpieces for my grandparents 50th anniversary party, but that is a story for another time!

Anyways I have to run I was just told I need to find a better shirt for the family picture haha.

Hope you all are well!

Much Love




Today is a Good Day to Start an Adventure

Today I set sail for Costa Rica.  To the land of jungles, waterfalls, and pura vida. Last time I was




Ch-ch-changes — Landlines bite the dust

More unintended consequences. After Hurricane Sandy, Verizon complained that they really did not want to re-install the copper telephone lines that the storm had destroyed along the New York – New Jersey shore.  For one in four US households, that would not be a problem, according to U.S. Telecom, a trade group that is watching trends in this area.  More households are simply relying on their cell phones and dropping the landline entirely.  However, in rural areas where cell connection is poor, and for people who have medical devices that use telephone connections to “report in,”  landlines are still crucial, according to an AP report.

As with so many technology switch-overs that librarians deal with, this is one more where there is an awkward period between the old and new.  Some folks still rely on the old technology and it’s becoming increasingly costly to maintain the old.  In the wake of a disaster like Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed miles of cable, it would cost a very great deal to lay new wiring, which would only be used by a few customers.  Probably even they would only use the landlines for a few years. 

New York state regulators have given Verizon permission to substitute wireless service for landlines in these area.  The result is that folks with pacemakers, shopkeepers and restaurants that need to verify creditcards, fax machines fail.  In June, the New York attorney general filed an emergency petition to halt the switchover in the Catskill Mountains area.  In New Jersey, the state regulators are still considering Verizon’s petition. 

In Washington, D.C., the FCC is considering a similar petition from AT&T to switch customers from landlines to wireless. AT&T is not dealing with storm damage, but is looking at long term economics. They want to select trial areas and see how things go.  This seems better to plan and test the market rather than respond to emergency conditions, at least.

The image of an antique, crank telephone is courtesy of the film liaison of Escambia County, Florida. The caption for the photo notes it is a 1901 telephone that is mounted on a kitchen wall and is still in operation.


Dept. of Unintended Consequences: COPPA

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA, 15 USC §65016506, PL 105-277)

regulations from the FTC are just going into effect.  The Internet is going to be changing, both for those under 13, and for the website/app providers who deal with them. offers a website explaining in some detail how to comply with the new regulations. According to the explanation provided there, the Act applies to any

commercial Web site or an online service directed to children under 13 that collects personal information from children or if you operate a general audience Web site and have actual knowledge that you are collecting personal information from children, …

The website goes on to explain the factors the FTC considers in deciding whether a website or app is directed to children, who is an “operator” and what amounts to personal information.   Then, the folks lay out the requirements of the Act and regulations as cleanly as possible.  This also provides the full text of the Act.

Sadly, despite the efforts to make the Act’s requirements seem less overwhelming, it appears that many smaller businesses operating on the Internet or with online services that either cater to children or to a general population that attracts the under-13 crowd, will be completely changing their business model in response.  AdWeek reports that already AOL Kids has stopped working, and at least one academic consultant is recommending smaller businesses simply change their websites to avoid being covered by the Act.   Some foresee that the final result will be less innovation on the Internet.  I hope they are wrong!  I am sure that is not what the FTC or Congress intended.  But many businesses seem quite shy of the new regs.


Metadata of your e-mail

An interesting interview in Sunday, June 30 Boston Globe’s Ideas Section with César Hidalgo, a professor at MIT’s Media Lab.  He is leading a fascinating project that invites volunteers with Gmail accounts to use their Immersion tool to analyze the patterns of the metadata in their account.  It creates a “people-centric” portrait of the networks in your e-mail life, and how thickly interconnected they are with one another.  The data remains completely within the volunteer’s  control.  There are several key points the Professor Hidalgo makes in the interview: 

You’re seeing all of your network and you’re seeing yourself out of it and you’re seeing it from afar and you’re seeing it in one picture.

You start realizing that, eventually, you are not interacting with people — you’re interacting with webs of people. Because all the people you’ve interacted with, they’re actually connected in tens or maybe hundreds of indirect paths between them.  They exist in your absence. So that out-of-body experience, I’ve found that it was very powerful.  ….

Q: Are there ethical or political lessons about metadata that Immersion teaches?

Hidalgo: … if you’re going to make platforms that deal with personal data, you have to develop ways of doing this in such a way that you can be transparent with the user about the data you have, about how you’re handling it, and about how the user can withdraw the data from your system. 

The image decorating this is not from Immersion, but is a similar sort of graphic, derived from an analysis of a social media network, from .   In this case, the person analyzed her own Facebook network.  I will warn my readers that following the Globe article, Immersion is experiencing very heavy traffic and will take your e-mail address to be notified when they have the ability to take more users. I was hoping to tell you about my own experience, but was not fast enough myself!