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I know this is hard to see, but the round piece on the left side of the triangle is ucsb.
John Lawrence gave a presentation this evening on WTFITI: whut da f is da internets. And it started with a short history lesson on how the internet first came to be.
This was the 1969 diagram of the internet, then just a few universities connecting into a 4-hub web. And check it: ucsb is one of them.
Ok, here's a larger version, sorry I know it's still blurry.
I'm sure one of the other squiggles represents a cat.
By 1977, the internet looked more like this:
And of course in current times it's just a big mass of lolcats, porn and affiliate marketing.
The presentation was given at the Pescadrome, down in the funkzone. In addition to John Lawrence, two other fellows had time up in front of the crowd.
This is Jan Lundberg, the founder of the Sail Transport Network. His topic was peak oil and where we're headed. We've all heard the doomsday talk of the collapse after peak oil, but Lundberg considered himself an optimist - that the collapse won't create an anarchist society of guns and cannibalism (ok, it will at first but guns do run out of bullets eventually) but a drastic culture change which will be community driven. He pointed out that low density areas, near rivers or the ocean, would be ideal in the new world order. Hey, I know a city like that.
Best word from the audience during Lundberg's talk: "Lamestream media."
The third speaker was a subversive type named Alex, who spoke briefly on Hackivism. You know, like Wikileaks, Pirate Bay, Anonymous. While hesitant to give up the specifics, it appeared he had a role, via Telecomix, in developing and implementing an information distribution system to assist the uprising in Libya. I do recall seeing tweets about this. The group collected fax lines in Libya and sent them translated pages containing emergency information, how to send updates to free phone numbers in other countries and messages of solidarity to the protesters. How cool is that.