Charles Fort’s entire note collection becoming available “soon”

via Above Top Secret

The collected notes of Charles Hoy Fort are not the easiest research subject to come by. They are kept at the New York public library under limited access, and visitors may only take their own notes in pencil: the mother lode of Fortean reference has never been digitised and, priorities being as they are, probably won’t be anytime soon.

Fortunately, through the ’70s and ’80s, a man by the name of Carl Pabst took the time to individually copy the 60,000 (!) handwritten (!) notes onto index cards — in type this time, bless ‘im. It is this collection that has now been obtained by the WISE institute that aims to make it available online.

Scanning all of those cards in archival quality is a daunting task, not even counting OCR and proof reading for searchable access, which is why I put the time frame of the title in quotes. Having (a copy of a copy of) Fort’s research available will be a terrific resource, but better have it done right than soon.

In case you missed it, or, lost chance to see

I have a scene written in one of my many abandoned comics scripts, set in Kathmandu’s Durbar square. A lot of research reading went into that as I didn’t see any chance of raising the funds to go visit in the flesh, and I was absorbed for a few months in the history, geography and religious lore of Kathmandu.
Somewhere I have a 5ft wide panorama of the sprawling temple complex, pasted up from photos found online, and a map scrawled over with details of each building’s origin, renovation history, the deity it was devoted to and its meaning.
All of that went into a (probably much too expositional) five page sequence of characters chit chatting like tourist guides exchanging local trivia. There’s a reason I left that script to simmer a bit longer…
On Saturday, Nepal was struck by a major earthquake (7.9 Richter was the last I heard), and the temples of the royal temple square were reduced to rubble by the disaster. I wonder, is it possible to miss a place you’ve never been? Beyond the requirements of the story I was writing, I had no particular interest in Kathmandu, but the more I learned of the city, and that specific location, the more I appreciated — and almost knew it, almost remembered the square to the limited degree my research allowed. There is a Durbar square in my mind that no longer exists in the real world, and I’m going to miss the fancy that I might go there someday. My deepest sympathies, Nepal.

Good morning Jurassic Dork!


This forum post gives basic information on accessing the root folder of Windows web servers via Google search…
On one hand it’s deeply disturbing how easily you’re hacked, on the other I’m in awe at the technical agility of some people circumventing the security complex. Cut to archive footage of Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park: “Life will find a way—”

Security company tested the spread of personal data on the darknet.


[…] when the 12-day experiment was over, the data had traveled to more than 22 different countries and been viewed nearly 1,100 times.

The experiment conducted by security vendor BitGlass was aimed at getting an inside look at just what happens after cyber criminals siphon personal information from retailers and other breached organizations. BitGlass researchers generated a list of 1,568 phony names, SSNs, credit card numbers, addresses, and phone numbers, rolled them in an Excel spreadsheet and then “watermarked” it with their code that silently tracks any access to the file.

What Happens When Personal Information Hits The Dark Web
Via @YourAnonNews

Never not spied upon

It’s well established that accurately identifying a subject is trivial when you have access to that person’s daily location information.

—  Kaspersky Lab Official Blog How To Make Private and Anonymous Phone Calls

Good thing nobody knows where you are all the time — oh, wait, *cough* google *cough*

The article linked to above relates an artist’s proposed method for making a completely anonymous phone call. It’s a complicated process that requires Faraday Cages, quasi-darknet purchases and other clandestine behaviour — and not least buying a new burner phone each time you want to talk truly privately with your mom.