Monday, June 28, 2004

I am watching CBC and trying to guess the election today. CBC have a count down clock showing when Newfoundland's polls will close and we will get our first results. I surfed the web site and read up on the ridings in Newfoundland. They might all go Liberal. Only one typically goes Tory.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Like I say I am relaxed and I was able to publish two of my recent law essays to my web site. They are here at this freshly edited web page. I used the same software I created the essays in Open Office to make them into web pages. Because I am relaxed I seem better at doing things like operating this computer to do web publishing. I also was able to read four days worth of front sections to our local city newspaper. I read a fair amount of letters to the editor and also crime and other court news. I also read the high-tech section for the week.
I feel great having completed another law course. I have not felt stressed all night except when helping R shop for a network hub for his xbox. I was chatting with him on-line using yahoo messenger.

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 just been learning R. It works fine in WinXP and also works without graphics on the Thinkpad 360 running Debian 3. I was able to read the preface and work through part of the beginners sample. I would like to use R for graduate school. If there was ever a more vauge statement to make that must be it. I have been trained to use SAS at a very basic level. I can it seems teach myself to use R using the help files available.

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.

I got some feedback from our instructor who said I needn't worry about my mark in the course. Thursday is our last class.

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 have 4 more questions to mark for 42 assignments in STAT3502. I need to start these tomorrow night at 10PM. I will do the marking until it is done hopefully before Wednesday.

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.

I printed a copy of my essay nearly done and gave it to a detective and doctor in the family to read.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

There is discussion ging on this morning about discussions and decorum on the email list OCLUG, the Ottawa Canada Linux Users group general email list.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

I did not mark assignments nor did I use R or read much about it. I did finish the first chapter in criminology research methods book. I did re-read an essay about cyber-terrorism which has yet to exist. I completed my paper in rough draft and am going to see a writing tutor at school in two hours. Her name is Megan. She will have a read of my paper. I am also buying some ink today for one of my printers. Then I either sleep or attend my city hall meeting and then sleep.
I agreed with a Muslim student in our criminal justice and social policy summer school, tonight that resistance is allowed in UN civil and political rights codes but not terrorism. He said Islamic law also allowed it to defend one's people. I also tend to agree with his definition that rock throwing by kids is resistance where as blowing one's self up is terrorism. Another student thought the difference had to do with the target where resistance was targetting soliders and terrorism was targetting civilians.
I just read a few books completing some chapters.

I am going to read the R manual now inspired by a criminology research methods book. The R home page is here at 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 was able to install R version 1.8 on the Thinkpad 360SC. It seemed to work. But also installing it on the eMac showed that when demo(graphic) was used as a command version 1.9 of R ran screens of charts and pictures that of course just did not show up on the old 486.

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.

Studying terrorism is dangerous and our school and building where our classes are held has been attacked by at least a hoax during our course.

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

I attended the Small Press bookfair selling my wife's poetry. I got a CD of poetry and music from the the cofee house art group. This is their web site I also got a video CD from the No frequency of the New York City Surveillance Camera Players ( and their camera tour of New York city. I am going to include some of their statistics in my essay for LAWS4701.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

I am printing off minutes for the community coalition that I attend as part of my duties in volunteering in local government. Speaking of government, I can't help but admire Ronald Regan and Brian Mulroney. Because that is the way the media present them to me. The underground present them in quite a different light.

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

I just read some pages from Pauline Borsook's, Cyberselfish (New York: Public Affairs, 2000). I first read this book in a library copy cover to cover in 2002 after I graduated from my first degree. I found it for sale at 3.99 and bought two copies on it in paperback this past month.

Friday, June 11, 2004

There is nothing like studying a summer course in any subject even remotley political when the instructor has agreeable politics and there is an election happening. Not only myself but many others in our class are performing at their best. I am working so hard on this course. I am highly motivated to work on this course. I have also had a good rewrite of my paper after class last night and have included many more ideas that are on my mind for many years about security. I have also been able to clarify my presentation around information and the charging of terrorist suspects. I am proving that a lefty can take a practical law and order approach but not be moving to the right. I have now worked about 70 hours out of class time for 20.5 hours class time. My presentation has been given and was similar to another presentation but different showing I am not off base at all. There maybe a left field and I may be standing in it but I am not "out in left field".

Thursday, June 10, 2004

So as of this morning I have put in 68 hours out of class study time into my course. This is after an appointment with the writing tutorial service yesterday. I need to rewrite my paper for more clarity. I will rewrite the paper today making another 4 hours possibly meaning about 72 hours and after class tonight we will have had about 20.5 in class hours. So tonight's ratio will be less than 4/1 so it will be slipping below the ideal of 4/1.
I may need to use R for statistics. R is available for GNU. Therefore I need to get a GNU machine working.

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

This is stressfull. Up at 2 PM yesterday then up all night until about 4 PM today. I realise this is working within my symptoms so is experimental. Some suggest we will be hospitalised if we don't get enough rest.

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

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 just read my paper over again. I have some ideas of what I will still add to the paper from my original research. The paper is also provoking some thoughts and I will follow these arguments and try to clarify what I am saying. Mostly I am building a single layer dot plot of arguments where the first layer is the work of others. The second layer, in other words, places where there are two observations of the same point occuring in the paper are limited, in fact, this really only occurs where the law of disclosure is looked at. Also in this section I need one more footnote from Kent Roach but don't have his book now. My own ideas are more in the gathering of these ideas and putting them together into a debate rather than any great thoughts.

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.

What will you do to create new affordable housing and new social housing? This is the question suggested by my landlord that we ask of our political candidates.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

I worked about 6 hours today on my essay for LAWS4701 with Chris McNaught. So I have done about 62 hours out of class work now. We have had about 14.5 hours class time amd I have missed 4 hours of that. So 62/14.5 is 4.42 out of class to in class ratio.

Monday, June 07, 2004

I woke up at 2:30 this morning. I have been writing entries on my blogs and emails. I have been researching politician's blogs. I have used the school's disabled student centre's on-line forum. I have read a little research and done a few small corrections to my paper. I still, this morning need to enter a few summeries for my class presentation this week. Later this morning at 9 am I need to to attend a community meeting of agencies involved in disability support. I am powering up my Palm Vx to keep minutes at this meeting. I have written a poem this morning for a writers group exercise. The writers group is later today at 16:00. I will give a tutorial later today on probability as part of my work.
I completed reading the intro chapter of Grabosky, Peter & Smith, Russell G. & Dempsey, Gillian. Electronic Theft: Unlawful Acquisition in Cyberspace (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

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 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 I am just starting to explore it this morning.

I am also expecting my cyborg url to be live soon. This will cost me about 75$ for one year to have a cute URL for my computer web log book.

I have a full six pages of written text now for my paper. I have four articles left to review for my slide show. I took a picture of a bus emergency exit to add to my presentation for an intro or extro to the slide show.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

These are the books I borrowed on Thursday night after my LAWS4701 class taught by Chris McNaught.
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.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

I read a paper last night and summerized it on half a slide for my presentation to my LAWS4701 class on June 10th. The paper was Bruzewicz, Andrew J. Remote Sensing Imagery For Emergency Management in Cutter, Susan L. & Richardson, Douglas B. & Wilbanks, Thomas J. eds. The Geographical Dimensions of Terrorism (New York: Routledge, 2003) p.87-97.