HowTo: Make an archival copy of every page, image, video, and audio file on an entire website using wget

I recently announced that my blog archives will no longer be publicly available for long: Let me repeat that: while I am still “on Tumblr” and so on for now, my archives will not remain available for very long. If you find something of mine useful, you will need to make a copy of it …

Diasposter is a WordPress-to-Diaspora crossposting plugin that looks so natural no one knows that you aren’t just posting from D*

I’ve written a new WordPress plugin called Diasposter that has some additional features which go beyond most other WordPress-to-Diaspora crossposting plugins. With Diasposter, you can: choose an aspect to share with, retract (remove) posts from Diaspora when they are deleted from your WordPress blog completely customize or omit the footer of your Diaspora post crosspost …

The mystery of the disappearing horizontal scrollbar

A classic exchange from the WordPress Support Forum for one of my plugins: Them: Hi, When I first installed this plugin, there was an automatic horizontal scrollbar so that users could move to see all of the columns. However, it has now disappeared which means one of the columns is not fully readable. Can you …

HowTo: Download movies, games, books, and other digital media freely and anonymously using BitTorrent with public proxies

Note: This guide assumes you never used BitTorrent before, and that you want to start learning about it with a safety focus from the outset, but it does assume you understand basic computer and Web lingo like “website address” and “downloading.” If you’re new to BitTorrent and don’t care about staying private, then LifeHacker’s “A …

David Whitehouse on the disturbingly intimate relationship of policing and schooling

In part of a larger talk on “The Origin of Police” at the Annual Socialism Conference in June 2012, David Whitehouse spent some time pointing out the disturbing connections between policing and schooling: First of all, we need to put policing in the context of a bigger ruling-class project of managing and shaping the working …

How would you design an online social network that was hostile to abusers?

Everyone realizes that the Internet’s public squares have a harassment problem. No one seems to know what to do about it. I argue that’s because they don’t know how to think about online harassment and abuse—or even power, more generally. I argue that I do. But don’t take my word for it. Take my ideas, …

There’s a world of difference between “taking drugs” and “drugging people.” Best know which one you’re doing.

unquietpirate: ritavonbees: unquietpirate: maymay: A comment of mine, cross-posted from Facebook, replying to a friend who shared a link to this HealthyPlace.com article about Bipolar Disorder: So, as a person diagnosed first with unipolar depression, then a slew of “social anxiety” labels, and finally bipolar disorder, first at the age of 12 and then continually …

“To Fix School, Make It Consensual,” which is to say, abolish school

Long commentary on this news item is long, but worthwhile. privileged-person: socialjusticevegan: gincoffee: socialjusticevegan: After that lesson, I thought back to my entire K-12 schooling experience. Despite the number of kind-hearted and well-intentioned people who played a part in it, how many ever asked for my consent? How many asked me (and seriously engaged me …

Dear friends, please help. I am asking you for help.

Yesterday I posted Professor Kevin Westhues’ “Checklist of Mobbing Indicators,” and, as if by clockwork today I was mobbed on Twitter in a thread that matched 13 of the 16 indicators, point for point. I’ve been the target of what Westhues describes as mobbing, which is evidently a sociological term that sometimes also goes by …