1 Dec 2003 Ankh   » (Master)

Went (along with my partner and Larry, a friend from Oswego, NY) to a Pow Wow, the first I've ever been to, at the Toronto Skydome. They had over 600 dancers, and I got to see and learn about a lot of aboriginal things, although it's only scratching the surface really. Someone was selling tee-shirts saying, Homeland security: fighting terrorists since 1492. If I felt slightly out of place (unlike Clyde and Larry, I can't plausibly claim any Native blood inside me at all) I did not feel unwelcome, and for once my wandering around dressed in bright orange and bare feet didn't make anyone bat an eyelid.

Larry is a song-writer, so he went to the Music Industry Workshop and said afterwards it was pretty helpful. I had been going to suggest that he put some of his music on mp3.com, but with that being bought by CNet, maybe iTunes is looking better.

An aboriginal event was an interesting contrast from a week of meetings in Japan. Now I think I need to sleep a lot.

Before I do that, though, I've tried to rescue www.valinor.sorcery.net, a web site where I had a list of IRC clients and a glossary that were quite widely linked to. The ISP decided to close port 6667 (used by IRC) without any explanation, and several months later when I finally got an answer, it was that the port (and port 7000) was closed for security resons for all of their customers. I mind that less than that it took months to find out, and the only refunds they are prepared to give are credits for a service I've no intention of using. It's not worth the small claims court, but I wouldn't use Interland again. It's a shame, because HostPro, the original hosting company I used, was very responsive, but Interland bought them.

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