Apparently the Department of Justice wants an internet provider, Dreamhost, to turn over IP addresses of everyone who visited a website built to coordinate protests of Trump’s Inauguration.

The request also covers emails between the site’s organizers and people interested in attending the protests, any deleted messages and files, as well as subscriber information — such as names and addresses — and unpublished photos and blog posts that are stored in the site’s database, according to the warrant…

This is some chilling shit right here. Dreamhost responds:

We intend to take whatever steps are necessary to support and shield these users from what is, in our view, a very unfocused search and an unlawful request for their personal information.

I’m happy to say I use DreamHost for my personal website, and if I can get my act together, I’m going to move Idiotking there too.

Date posted: August 15, 2017 | Filed under housekeeping, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

A quick housekeeping note for myself: I used this article to fix the Add Media function within WordPress, which was disabled with the installation of Jetpack. Jetpack is handy for lots of small things, so I had to get the two to play nice. One parameter string changed and we’re back in business.

Date posted: August 12, 2017 | Filed under housekeeping, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Wow, I could spend days on this site: the Great 78 Project is digitizing old shellac-based 78’s before they disintegrate. There’s a wealth of music here, from Jazz to Blues to everything in between.

Date posted: August 10, 2017 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Jalopnik dives into two iconic LEGO Technics sets to determine which cars they were based on. I was given the 8860 set in 1980 and it was one of the best Christmases I ever had. Spoiler: the closest they can figure is that it’s from a Tatra T97, which makes it that much cooler.

Date posted: August 1, 2017 | Filed under cars, history, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

The American Homebrew Association released a list of 50 commercial clone beer recipes today, sized for 5-gallon batches.

Date posted: July 20, 2017 | Filed under brewing, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

We’re going to be at the beach for the eclipse, and I’m already trying to sort out how we can best view the event. I’m kind of giving up on trying to photograph it, but viewing it through a pinhole viewer might be the way to go. (via)

Date posted: July 12, 2017 | Filed under shortlinks, travel | Leave a Comment »

A former employee of the Gap has compiled playlists of the in-store music they played from 1993-2006. While for some this might be a torture worse than death, I think it’s quite interesting. And there’s this picture of douchebags to laugh at.

Date posted: July 7, 2017 | Filed under history, music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

This is what it says on the label: A Comparison of the DJI Spark, Mavic Pro, and Phantom 4 Pro Video Quality. Honestly, I find it hard to see the difference in quality between the $500 Spark and the $1200 Mavic Pro, which could be the deciding factor in the model of drone I buy next.

Date posted: June 29, 2017 | Filed under photography, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

President Trump’s Lies, the Definitive List – via The New York Times

Date posted: June 23, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

I’ve mentioned VW Harlequins here before and how my Scout resembles one. This is a story, told in Instagram photos, of a guy who bought one across the country from a junkyard and got it running with expertise and volunteer help.

Date posted: June 14, 2017 | Filed under cars, Scout, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »