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Catching up

I’ve been sick since the weekend.  Missed a couple of days at work.  Now I’m trying to catch up. 

I spend a lot of time at the computer.  Probably more than I should.  Still, while I do spend a fair amount of time online reading blogs and doing research, it is rarely more than an hour or so a day.  But I’m pretty consistent about it.  I don’t always feel moved to write, but I usually check my regular website list (there are currently 21 sites in my Morning Coffee).  I don’t always read everything posted on them and a couple of them are cartoons, but I almost always check them.  I’ve been so sick I didn’t even open my Morning Coffee for two days, hence the catching up part.

So, what caught my attention tonight?

An article at The Register about installing surveillance cameras in Scotland to monitor the surveillance cameras that catch speeders on the highways.  (I guess some people have taken exception to being ticketed by remote control.)

Which brings me to an article at Samizdata I saw last week comparing a heated debate in San Francisco (that bastion of nanny statism in the US) about the police installing 25 more surveillance cameras (for a total of 58) to the news that the police and Home Office in Britain are pressing for regulatory powers to require all 4.2 million CCTV cameras in Britain to be upgraded and put at their disposal.

Speaking of surveillance (via the Adam Smith Institute blog), check out this actual government poster photographed outside a London Metro station.  Is it me, or is there something (aside from the obviously chilling message) vaguely ’50’s Science Fiction about this?

And, (via Q and O) a series of graphs on the demographics of who exactly it is out there who is reading political blogs.

Finally, I finished up with Wil Wheaton’s Geek in Review articles for the last 3 weeks at Suicide Girls. (If you don’t instantly know who Wil Wheaton is, you probably aren’t the type to read the articles anyway.)

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