Travis and I

Earth Keepers Interview: Josh and Katie

Here’s a first installment in a series of videos from and interview with EMU Earth Keepers co-presidents Katie Jantzen and Josh Kanagy. Here they give a little overview of their role in the club.

SOPA: an attempt at the ultimate ‘Firewall’

SOPA or “Stop Online Piracy Act” is a bill that was introduced to the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011.  This bill, if passed would create a new authority to monitor intellectual property on the internet.  It would make it so the government could bring down punishment on users who stream or “use” creative content without direct permission from the creator.

Supporters of this bill are companies that make their money off of selling copyright including the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Macmillan Publishers,Viacom, and other companies and unions in the cable, movie, and music industries.

Opponents of the bill include Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, the Brookings Institution and human rights organizations.
Right now the actual definition of what will be criminalized is very vaguely defined.  Since the bill doesn’t outline who qualifies as a violator of it’s newly defined rules, for me, it makes it hard to support.  Personally it sounds like the great Chinese firewall, where they can take anything offline whenever they want.  In my opinion I think that legislation comes from lobbyists who’s main interest is making money off of those who create.
Here are some recent articles and videos including a dyslexic man talking about the issue:

This article talks about the growing opposition to this bill and how it hopefully could be coming to an end.

This one talks about how one person tries to defend the bill by using a extreme metaphor, calling copyright infringement is the equivalent of child porn.


Isaac Bikes

EMU grad and current Assistant Residence Director Isaac Shelly agreed to talk a little about his biking experience in and around EMU.  In the above video, he talks about how he began biking in Harrisonburg, when he got involved in the EMU Bike Co-op, and why it’s good to bike when you can.

Isaac stands with his two personal bikes. The grey and red one to his left is one he built from a used steel frame and various parts from the EMU Bike Co-op.

The rack Isaac put on his custom bike.


On Thursday afternoon I went and visited Abigail Ewing at her home in Harrisonburg.  I was referred by a friend who has read this blog and thought that she would be a great person to talk to about re-using things. Abby specializes in sewing old pieces of fabric from discarded bits of clothing and making new creations.