Over the years on Cryptogon, you may have noticed quotes and research from a source I have referred to as TR. Tony is a friend of mine. We met and worked together at a biotech company back in 2001. I
was the IT department for the company. Tony
was a software engineer.
Tony is an interesting guy. He has a PhD in Cognitive Science. His undergrad degree is in Computer Science. His research has been published in leading scientific journals. I think he has something like 15 years of programming experience. He has worked for Silicon Valley PHBs, Fortune 500 swindlers and crackpot upstarts from inside the asylums of academia and elsewhere. All in all, Tony has done a decent job of maintaining appearances over the years...
Friends, Tony's days of maintaining appearances are over.
You see, he's had it. To make a long story very short: Toiling in a cubicle, in the service of evil, isn't living. He can't play that game anymore. His immediate hopes for buying land in Oregon were dashed by the diabolical behavior of his last PHB
. Stuck between a landlord---demanding a rent check---and having to sell himself to the next criminal PHB, Tony was facing some tough choices.
Folks, as of today, October 1, 2005, Tony is living in a mid-1980s era, 23-foot-long RV that he just purchased with a few thousand of the dollars that he managed to save up. His immediate plans range from outlaw parking lot camping to staying at an ecovillage to squatting on BLM land...
Which brings me to the point of this post:
I spoke with Tony a couple of days ago. His five-year-old laptop is in the process of dying. The motherboard has a power problem and a few of the keys aren't working. He tried taking it to a PC repair place, but they told him to junk it. He has dissected the system in a futile attempt to check connections and clean contacts, etc.
When Tony isn't learning how to make paper or sewing up a pair of homemade pants or teaching himself Latin and Ancient Greek, he will have all kinds of weird and interesting wisdom to share with the world. He's going to need a way of getting his message out of the verdant ecotopia of Western Oregon and onto the Internet for the rest of us to see.
I proposed the idea of holding a fund raiser on Cryptogon to see if we could get $500 together for a new computer. Tony thought I was kidding at first. But I thought about those good, old fashioned barn raising
parties. Why not? Many hands, people. Many hands make light work.
If we all pitch in just a little bit, Tony will be able to get a reliable computer system. He's aiming for either an Apple Mac Mini or a Dell Inspiron 1200 (upon which he would immediately install Linux). I want to try and get him $500 toward the purchase of a system.
When Tony decides to fire up a site, I will be able to host his domain on the vast Cryptogon datacenter. (HA!)
$500 is a very ambitious goal, but we have the entire month of October to reach it. So come guys! Let's all lend a hand and get Tony a reliable system so he can share his insights, wisdom and crust with the rest of the world.
I'm going to kick this thing off right and throw $50 into the jar.
Many hands, people. Many hands.
Note: If you happen to be looking for a land custodian in the Eugene, Oregon area, Tony is the guy for you. He's looking for an arrangement where he can exchange some amount of labor for the ability to park his RV without fear of being busted by cops. He has experience with organic agriculture, horses, chickens and has recently been acquiring wood working and carpentry skills. He may (or may not) be willing to do C/C++/java/php/mysql development, Linux networking, high level algorithm design, signal processing, neural networks, etc. if your goals are not overtly evil and your land is extraordinarily beautiful.