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2014-09-04 by Stephen Michael Kellat, tagged as announcements, roughcuts

The following message was sent as an ALL-CALL to all members of Ubuntu Ohio regardless of their subscription status to the team's Launchpad-based mailing list.

This is an all-call to Ubuntu Ohio.

For the purposes of Ubuntu Global Jam I would like to schedule regional keysignings. Setting up an all-state single gathering is not looking doable at this time. With our not participating in Ohio Linux Fest this year setting things up regionally would seem appropriate.

For those living in any of the following counties I want to set up an event in perhaps Kirtland, Kent, or somewhere in Geagua County: Lorain, Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Geagua, Lake, Ashtabula, Wayne, Stark, and Mahoning. It will be ideal if anybody in the community with proper connections can get us space to meet in on Kent State University's Kent Campus. Relative to Kirtland as a meeting point, I can either contact Kirtland Public Library or talk to Lakeland Community College to get space. As to Geauga County for a meeting point I will be open for suggestions.

No, we will not attempt to go for an inconvenient location such as The Lodge at Geneva State Park in Ashtabula County for the group of counties listed above.

For other portions of the state, I am open to ideas for organization as to where you would like to get together and how wide a net you would like to cast. Please contribute those on the community's mailing list at

If you are interested in participating in this face-to-face event you need to express interest on the mailing list and indicate both what county you live in and your preferred date to get together. We need expressions of interest by NO LATER THAN 10 PM local time on Friday night. Ubuntu Global Jam runs September 12th-14th and Monday will be a day to scramble to get meeting places set up. Instructions on what to bring for the keysigning would be provided by Tuesday night so as to prepare if enough interest is expressed.

For the purposes of this all-call, "enough interest" is going to be defined as a minimum of 3 people other than the person heading up the keysigning session commiting on-list to attend.

If there any questions, please contact the Ohio leadership team by way of this contact form:

Thank you for your time and patience.

Stephen Michael Kellat
Leader/Point of Contact, Ubuntu Ohio


2014-08-19 by Stephen Michael Kellat, tagged as miscellany, roughcuts, thoughts

Eventually even a blog can be brought back to life. A simple list may be best in order, for now, at the very least:

From the draft speaking script for LISTen 209

2012-08-29 by Stephen Michael Kellat, tagged as roughcuts

From the draft speaking script for LISTen 209...

Before I get into the news miscellany I need to address a major point. As we record this episode preparatory to upload and release on LISNews, Hurricane Isaac is bearing down on Louisiana. By the time you hear this, landfall will be old news. In a mere matter of days, remnants of this storm are expected to head north and by Sunday we will potentially see effects here in Ashtabula according to the last 5 Day Forecast Cone we were able to view.

This program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license. We made this shift going forward when the Arab Spring kicked off. Under this license, you are fully free to go ahead and redistribute this program. Reformatting this program to being on a burnt audio compact disc or lining it out to conventional cassette tape is not just possible but encouraged. In a time when people are shunning conventional media for Internet-based streams, little thought is given to what happens when the streaming infrastructure goes away. As with any significant weather event, this is a possibility as the straight line wind storm that hit the eastern seaboard of the United States knocked out even Netflix briefly earlier this year.

A variety of content providers release material online under Creative Commons licenses that can be reformatted and shipped into affected areas. This program is one example. Other programs that can be relayed through lower-tech means by dint of a Creative Commons license include but are not limited to:

  1. Free Speech Radio News.
  2. Rathole Radio where Dan Lynch plays an eclectic mix of music.
  3. Any program produced by Leo Laporte's own TWiT dot TV network.

Between those three sources, you'll be able to help somebody in an impacted zone with having something to listen to. Cassette tapes and compact discs are easy to transport and use when a computer network faces weather woes.

Again, you are encouraged to do this and you don't even need to tell us you did it. This is going to be an interesting week.

Lets pause for a moment for words from the US Peace Corps so I can catch my breath and dive into the news miscellany.

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