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December 28th, 2004 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Dec. 28th, 2004

08:18 pm - Riding His Time: Bicycle Bill shows off his pedal-powered home.

[I've posted this before, but I couldn't find it, so here it is again.]

Riding His Time: Bicycle Bill shows off his pedal-powered home.

Pedal Powered

For bicycle mechanic Bicycle Bill, riding a stationary bike isn't just exercise--it's a way of life. Bicycle Bill lives downtown in a pedal-powered home he designed and built himself. The structure, which is 15 feet long, 3 feet wide and 8 feet high, can travel at 3 to 4 miles per hour but has been parked all summer at the Hub for Sustainable Transportation on Walnut Avenue, where Bicycle Bill fixes bikes.

Bills points out that all the electrical devices in his home could be powered by a stationary bicycle hooked up to an electric generator--although his home is currently power by converted energy from candles.

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11:42 pm - Librarian of Congress: stupid dick

[This is dated 04/15/2000, so attitudes may have changed since then, but this makes me furious. Thank [DEITY] for Google.]


Library of Congress Will Not Digitize Books

(April 15, 2000) The Librarian of Congress, James Billington, gave an address at the National Press Club on Friday, April 14, on the role of the Library of Congress in the Information Age. He harshly criticized the Internet, and stated that the Library will not digitize books. However, the Library has plans to expand its web publication of other materials.
The Library of Congress's forthcoming web site, which James Billington describes as "America's web site", will be located at americaslibrary.gov, starting on April 24.

"So far, the Internet seems to be largely amplifying the worst features of television's preoccupation with sex and violence, semi-literate chatter, shortened attention spans, and near-total subservience to commercial marketing," said Billington.

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11:55 pm - Where do they find these people?

Michael Gorman, president of the American Library Association, is an idiot too.

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