Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project

From Creative Capital:

Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project is a self-surveillance project. A former subject of an intensive FBI investigation post 9-11, Hasan Elahi is developing a network device, GPS tracker, and website that will make his exact location continuously available to anyone with access to the Internet. Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project builds on a series of installations, performances, and websites that use Elahi’s self-surveillance to critique contemporary investigative techniques. A second innovation in this work is its embrace of surveillance for its subject’s own protection; Elahi has protected himself from unwanted scrutiny by making his entire life and whereabouts publicly accessible.

Sounds interesting but his website is almost impossible to navigate efficiently.
(Thanks Gaby)

Help Mat Find This Song

Mat writes:

Dear Chris,

I’m a longtime reader who is in a very desperate situation. My fiancee and I are searching for the facts behind our proposed wedding song which we discovered in a Romanian brothel that we had mistaken for a hotel. We’ve got nothing but the melody which I have uploaded onto my blog in the hope that someone out there might know the song and reveal the title or artist in the comments. It’s a longshot, but at this stage we’ve tried everything else.

Thanks kindly,


Ah yes, the old, “I swear I didn’t know it was a brothel, I thought it was a Holiday Inn” excuse.

Ok Cynics, if anybody out there wants show off their knowledge of Romanian songs, here’s your chance.

David Eddings Accidentally Burns Down His Office

Oh dear. I’m a big fan of his Belgariad series.

An acclaimed novelist lost his office in Carson City on Thursday when he threw a lit piece of paper into gasoline.

Fantasy writer David Eddings, 75, said he was using water to flush out the gas tank of his broken-down Excalibur sports car, when some fluid leaked. In a lapse of judgment he readily admitted, Eddings lit a piece of paper and threw into the puddle to test if it was still flammable. The answer came in an orange torrent.

The fire raged through the garage and a quarter of the way into the office that occupies the lot next door to his home. His 95-year-old mother-in-law inside the home, came outside to find the juniper trees lining the driveway had gone up in flames, too.

Eddings said his intention to was to prevent a fire – he was afraid to leave a tank full of gasoline in a car that had gone kaput – but instead he did the opposite.

(via SF Signal)