So, decided to cave in and get that grocery store discount card that makes Ben & Jerry’s a buck cheaper, but hate the fact that you’ve just given them a window into your buying habits?
Benjamin Mako Hill has the answer. He and some compatriots put together cardexchange.org so you can meet up with people and swap cards. Yeah, they’ll still collect information, but it’ll be kinda strange.
John’s a Debian developer, and I keep up with his blog through the Planet Debian aggregator.
I was very interested to read his post on Amtrak funding.
I think having public transportation is a significant public good–one of the things I have liked most about the times I have lived in large cities (Boston, Miami, DC) is the ability to get to places without a car. That public transportation occasionally provides Chet with an opportunity to note, “That woman had pierced nipples.” (a fact I had not noticed in my still-somewhat-hung-over state) is just icing on the proverbial cake.
That one of the few downsides to the place I live now is miserable air quality because of excessive automobile traffic just reinforces this for me.