Monday, June 28, 2004
Friday, June 25, 2004
I looked on the web at the University of Illinois on-line computer MCS program just now and a few hours ago.
I could apply to law school this fall and should get that process started but actually law school as I explained to my dad last night would not be a good idea for me and I find that with the hidden job market out there picking something classical like being a lawyer is not really a good idea.
I am at the point where I can decide to stop my law studies at this point with a three year degree completed or I can continue studying in this undergraduate program and complete a four year honours degree. While this may seem like a great achievment for someone with chronic schizophrenia it is I think a typically type of happening for a great number of people these days.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
I have read the outline and first article in Wall, David S. Ed. Crime and the Internet (New York, Routledge, 2001). The first chapter, Cybercrimes and the Internet is the outline and was written by the editor David Wall who is a the Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice studies at the University of Leeds. The second chapter is by Ken Pease and is titled, Crime futures and forsight: Challenging criminal behaviour in the information age p. 18-28. Ken is or was a visiting Professor in the Jill Dando Institute at University College London. I completed reading that article on Wednesday. This morning I have read the third article: Grabosky, Peter & Smith, Russell. Telecommunications fraud in the digital age: The convergence of technologies p. 29-43. Grabosky is a Professor in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University and Smith is the Deputy Director of Research at the Australian Institute of Criminology.
But rather than start to take time off I borrowed the first term source book for the public law course to start to study for that remaining second year core course public law. I also borrowed Unix in a Nutshell to study for an LPI 101 exam this coming July 10th. I am calculating that I will have two weeks to study for that and that should be enough time. I will have to register for the exam and pay for it to force myself to go through with it. I helped my dad network two Linux machines on the weekend, in fact, on Father's day I helped my dad.
Sunday, June 20, 2004
I read some Internet crime studies today. Last night I read about Electronic Evidence. Saturday's Globe and Mail has two articles and one editorial about Child Porongraphy. These are connected to the Holly Jones case.
I gave a copy of Cyberselfish to my brother and my dad.
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
I am going to read the R manual now inspired by a criminology research methods book. The R home page is here at www.r-project.org. I am going to try crunching some data now with R on the eMacIntosh. I will also write some more of my essay before 1:00 am, when I will mark STAT3502 assignments for an hour or two.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
I am buying some more ink for the Epson Photo Stylus 700 this week. I was able to print my essay on the Epson colour stylus 440 ok. It seems I now need to print at best quality to get perfectly readable text. I think this is perhaps the age of the printer causing it to degrade but it could also be the quality of the ink I am using.
I posted two emails to the OCLUG, this weekend and Monday. Both emails were status reports rather than problems described.
My essay is nearly done and I am up early this morning just finishing off some facts and police opinions on closed circuit video cameras.
I just read the preface and introduction of Andrew Silke, ed. Terrorists, Victims and Society (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2003). There are few dedicated researchers of terrorism and few psychologists working in this field. I am a statistician working in this field and a legal studies student. I should be focusing on risk and insurance but am instead looking at information in terms of keeping it secret and also in terms of exposing the security apparatus.
Monday, June 14, 2004
Sunday, June 13, 2004
I have an article from the Ottawa Citizen, speaking of media, quoting the Chief of the R.C.M.P. on video cameras used for crime control. I also have a copy of a Video CD from the New York Surveillance Camera Players about video surveillance cameras in New York City. Both of these could be put in my paper along with Jon Coaffee stuff, as opinions on whether intelligence information should be secret or not. But only the academic Coaffee really gives facts. The Chief gives weight and counter opinion to his profession. The NYCSCP give some facts that might be good enough for the paper but I am not sure. Do I want to go to video cameras and combine that with GIS? Are these both cyborg techno fixes?
What is the true social change here the videos cameras, the suppression of information or the opening of information? Where does this leave the people in my debate? Where does it leave space? Where does it leave capital; and where does it leave the workers? I tired to write about video cameras in terms of information exposure and got off some logical or illogical argument. I need to arrest this thread.
I am reading last week's newspapers.
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Friday, June 11, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
I have installed the base system and I think a few compilers on the Thinkpad 360SC. So I have a functioning basic Linux system now.
Xandros is now available as a free download. This was mentioned on the Ottawa Canada Linux users Group email list today by someone from Xandros. I will download it later.
Today I have to use a data projector at school. I will play a slide show from Open Office on my laptop and show my presentation on GIS and emergency response in class tonight. I have also printed the slides on paper using a laser printer at the school's library. I printed on both sides of the page. I chatted with Heather Cross our library help person. She has a sociology MA and a Law and sociology BA from Carleton.
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
I write some more of my paper and checked with a disabilities counselor about it. I also emailed the instructor about it. I have gotten permission to use a projector for the laptop at school on Thursday and my presentation is done now. I completed it in about an hour last night then spend an hour or two perfecting the colours of the writing and testing the print out and also preparing to take the file to school today to print handouts. I prepared it with Open Office a free office suite that is interoperatible with Microsoft Office. You can find it here www.openoffice.org.
I also attended my lecture last night and borrowed books from the library. I also then had to read these books. That reading was relaxing.
I have been reading David Wall on cybercrime this morning or rather his intro chapter to Crime and the Internet that he edited. I don't like all the cyber hyphenated words he uses and insist again that we keep cyberpunk literature in its place and that we use words like network and computer instead. This will greatly reduce media hype in computer criminology which is one of Wall's cavets to this new field of study I hope to master in my MA program in legal studies.
I also read a little of Bruno Latour's Pandora's Hope this morning. I picked this up after reading Chris Habel Gray's rejection of Latour's personification of objects. I did agree with Gary when I read him. I also did not like Latour's writing when I first read it last winter, 2003. I found he did not respect his reader. Gray makes a good point about politics depending on real human bodies but Gray is a bit of a crack pot Neo American constitutionalist and I don't need that.
Also this morning I read an article from Downey, Gary Lee & Dumit Joseph Eds. Cyborgs and Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences and Technologies (Santa Fe, NM:, School of American Research Press, 1997) about an HIV knowledge study amongst IUD users in Baltimore.
Last night I read about Time Series Analysis. I have borrowed three books on this topic. One book has programming exercises.
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Monday, June 07, 2004
I have been asked to help research and draft a response for my Green Party candidate in the federal election to the University of Ottawa's information law institute for their web page at http://www.cippic.ca/election2004. I have started an answer that promotes local creative economies. I also think copyright should reward arists and scientists not companies similar the the Cyborg Bill of Rights as written by Chris Hables Gray.
I read two chapters now of Gray, Chris Hables. cyborg citizen: Politics in the Posthuman Age (New York: Routledge, 2001). This book cyborg citizen has a web site here at this URL http://www.Routledge-ny.com/CyborgCitizen/. I am just starting to explore it this morning.
I am also expecting my cyborg url www.cyb.org to be live soon. This will cost me about 75$ for one year to have a cute URL for my computer web log book.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
- Wall, David, ed. Crime and the Internet (London, Routledge, 2001).
- This book suggests that neither a big crime or no crime has occurred because of the Internet. Rather a lot of minor small crimes have occurred and we still aren't sure what, where, why, who, when and how the Internet is existing and changing existence. It is a collection of papers about Internet crime by criminologists from the UK. I have not read much of it yet.
- Grabosky, Peter & Smith, Russell G. & Dempsey, Gillian. Electronic Theft: Unlawful Acquisition in Cyberspace (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001).
- This book examines cybercrime but in particular theft using computers.
- Rigakos, George S. The New Parapolice: Risk Markets and Commodified Social Control (Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press, 2002)
- This book is a study of Intelliguard services in Toronto. From the looks of it the demographics are not very deep. The statistics seem superficial. There is a lot more to the book that I haven't looked at yet though.
- Zylinska, Joanna ed. The Cyborg Experiments: The Extensions of the Body in the Media Age (London: Continuum, 2002).
- I don't know what this book is about yet.
- Gray, Chris Hables. cyborg citizen: Politics in the Posthuman Age (New York: Routledge, 2001).
- This book examines briefly all kinds of cyborgs but the main theme is the politics of the cyborg age in particular participatory politics. So this book is both maybe a green politics book and also in the subfield of political science studies that I place my own political science studies. I am tempted to read more of this book but also tempted not too.