cite as: F. Bi. 2009. You are in a maze of twisting little think-tanks, all different. Intl. J. Inact., 2:81–82
Well, a while back when I was exploring the network of ‘policy think-tanks’ which oppose global warming regulation, I floated the idea of writing a computer program to collect information about the think-tank web sites and their IP addresses so that they can be cross-referenced. I then wrote up an initial version of the program and uploaded it, but unfortunately I managed to stash the hyperlink into an excerpt of Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Anyway, I say all this because Brian D just asked me for the program — so I thought I’ll now provide a link to the latest version, and stash it in another excerpt of Milton. 🙂
But what if better counsels might erect
Our minds, and teach us to cast off this yoke?
Will ye submit your necks, and choose to bend
The supple knee? Ye will not, if I trust
To know ye right, or if ye know yourselves
Natives and sons of Heaven possessed before
By none; and if not equal all, yet free,
Equally free: for orders and degrees
Jar not with liberty, but well consist.
— Satan to his angel-followers, in John Milton, Paradise Lost
Anyway, some notes on the program:
- It’s a Perl script. It’s not buzzword-compliant, it doesn’t have AJAX or Java or .NET or whatever, and it doesn’t come with a pretty-looking Windows installer. Sorry. (However, it may have a bit of object-oriented stuff in it.)
- It requires the
DBD::SQLitepackage, and possibly the
Crypt::SSLeaypackage, in order to work.
- Running the program with no parameters gives usage instructions.
- You can stop the web exploration at any time by terminating the program (with Ctrl-C), and then resume the exploration later by rerunning the program.
- The development of this program has not been funded by any conspiracy of Marxists or Islamists or UNists or alternative energy tycoons or evil reptiles.
In other non-news, the self-styled “Climate Science Coalition of America”, which reportedly was formed on 18 Jul to be a “new, impartial voice in the U.S. climate debate” (ahem!), has a web site hosted at the same IP address (188.8.131.52) as the International Climate Science Coalition, the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, and the Australian Climate Science Coalition.