Monthly Archives: December 2005

free as in beer

no surf today. the swell was still too big for the beaches. the 43 degrees today made this the hottest december on record. just heard about librivox.org where you can download audio books that are in the public domain.. that means free people !!!

an early morning surf

out of control gunna click for larger photo big lefts cyrills got up at 4:40 and had a pre work morning surf. the beaches were out of control so we headed point leo way and ended up at cyrills. nothing too fancy but better something than nothing. tomorrow its going to be 42 degrees so another early surf and get back home before it gets realy warm and don’t move..

its a stinker today

central ave a surf with roh and lee. we ended up at central ave. because the waves were too big for anything else. not a great surf. today it is going to be 35 degrees and as i'm typing this the cicada's are starting up.

Profile of NSA ‘listening post’ for communications spying

Xeni Jardin: Snip from NYT story by James Bamford: Deep in a remote, fog-layered hollow near Sugar Grove, W.Va., hidden by fortress-like mountains, sits the country’s largest eavesdropping bug. Located in a “radio quiet” zone, the station’s large parabolic dishes secretly and silently sweep in millions of private telephone calls and e-mail messages an hour. Run by the ultrasecret National Security Agency, the listening post intercepts all international communications entering the eastern United States. Another N.S.A. listening post, in Yakima,Wash., eavesdrops on the western half of the country. A hundred miles or so north of Sugar Grove, in Washington, the N.S.A. has suddenly taken center stage in a political firestorm. The controversy over whether the president broke the law when he secretly ordered the N.S.A. to bypass a special court and conduct warrantless eavesdropping on American citizens has even provoked some Democrats to call for his impeachment. Link. Above, a photo snipped from this related item on John Young’s Cryptome today: Eyeballing Sugar Grove Echelon Station, with satellite photos and maps of the site profiled in the NYT piece. [Boing Boing]

23rd of december and still no snow in sight

surfies point close up an after work surf at the island. we ended up surfing flynns reef. not too bad. nice and glassy about 3 foot and better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. lee,roh and me.

surf at gunnamatta

we surfed the left hander after 4 weeks finally some surf. about 3 to 4 foot at gunna with a very east north-easterly. just roh, lee and me for the first hour.