26 Apr 2004 dyork   » (Master)

PGP/GnuPG Keysigning at Networld+Interop in Las Vegas? - I created an event entry at biglumber to see if there is any interest from others in having a PGP/GnuPG keysigning during Networld+Interop in Las Vegas from May 11-13. If there is interest, I would certainly be open to helping set one up... I think I'll reach out to some of the LUGs there to see if there is any interest.

If any of you are going to N+I and would like to participate, please e-mail me or add your key to the keyring.

Geek Test - 38.06706% - Major Geek

Journey Through The Land of Abandoned Dreams - As we travelled along Route 11 in rural upstate New York... parallel to the Canadian border... I couldn't help but think of all the dreams lying in tatters on the side of that road. There on the left is a huge barn tilting to the side with boards missing and hay still visible in the opening where the doors used to be. There on the right a dilapidated house that looks to have been vacant for many years. Over there what looks to be the remains of what must have been a fairly big farm operation. There a barn mostly falling down and farm machinery lying all around in varying states of decay, while someone lives in a aging trailer in front with multiple junk cars around it. And all along the rock walls now falling down and in some places long overgrown.

You can see these sights all along route 11 from about Malone over to near Lake Champlain and the Vermont border. I just wonder... what are the stories here? What made people abandon their dreams?

Did the farms die because of the usual reasons... inability to compete with mega-corporate farms of today? Lack of interest by a younger generation in continuing the farm? Death or disease of the principals? Inability to find buyers?

Or were there other reasons? There are so many sites along this stretch of Route 11, it just does cause one to wonder. What stories those old beams could tell....

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