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email the entire Wisconsin state legislature if you want

Ever wanted to send a message to every Wisconsin state senator and representative in the legislature? Here are their email addresses:

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results of a recent wardrive

During a recent Sunday afternoon cruise, I collected the names and locations of all the WiFi routers in range of my car. Some of the access point names are creative, listed here. (I omitted the many openly vulgar ones one would expect to find in a college town.)

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Pretty Fly For a WiFi
So fly for wifi
WiFi Art Though Romeo?
WiFi? Why not Zoidberg?
4OH!4–Dont Trust Our Wifi
4Fer my wife-i
99 Problems, but WIFi ain’t one
A Lannister always pays his wifi
Bill Wi the Science Fi
The Creepy Wifi from Doctor Who

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user experience

Remember when designing anything: users will find the most efficient way to use your product, even if it’s not how you intended.

Test your product by pretending you have no time to deal with it.

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Internet Explorer use vs. murder rate

Just sayin’…


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comma separated list of United States counties

In case you need a complete CSV list of US counties for your next… killer app or whatever:

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the real originaldougal

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At originaldougal, we care about your privacy. Your connection to is now secured with 256-bit Secure Socket Layer encryption. The connection uses TLS 1.0, encrypted using AES_256_CBC, with SHA1 for message authentication and DHE_RSA as the key exchange mechanism.

In short, this means that the data coming from my website to your computer can’t be decoded if it is intercepted, and that this is the certified official originaldougal. Legit.

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internet & population


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ms. data

Star-Trek-TNG_510x317I saw that the entire series Star Trek: The Next Generation is now available on Netflix streaming. I’m not that into the show, but I remember being fascinated with the ideas about the nature of androids presented in the show. So, I was wondering which episodes center around the character Data. I thought this might be kind’ve a long shot to Google but given the level of knowledge some people enjoy collecting regarding Star Trek, I thought it might be worth trying. Lo and behold, I was right. Google link number five is a post on the “Trekkie Board” at, posing this very same question. The asker, user-named “Ms. Data,” posted at 10:01 PM, followed by a plea for help at 1:31AM the same night. “Come on people! I need answers!!!” Not even an hour later, “DeannaTRiker,” apparently the third-shifter on duty, replies with a concise list of episodes focusing on Data, organized by season and including films. Thanks, Trekkies.

I like to imagine that Ms.Data is a 20-something woman who finds Data extremely sexually attractive. In a late-night heat of fantasy involving her favorite android, she logs on to the Trekkie Board and frantically poses her question, a desperate plea for help, and then isn’t heard from until the next afternoon, with a “Thank you SOOO much! ;-)” at 12:37PM.

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