This day in history

2004, 2009, 2014, 2019, 2023.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readFeb 20, 2024

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I’m on tour with my new novel The Bezzle! Catch me next in SALT LAKE CITY (Feb 21, Weller Book Works) and SAN DIEGO (Feb 22, Mysterious Galaxy). After that, it’s LA, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and more!

#20yrsago GreyTuesday: mass mirroring of the Grey Album https://web.archive.org/web/20040220061627/http://www.greytuesday.org/

#15yrsago Terry Pratchett gets a knighthood https://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7896865.stm

#15yrsago Irish cops finally “catch” Prawo Jazdy https://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7899171.stm?lss

#10yrsago Ukraine security forces torch #euromaidan’s IT tent, kill journalist, beat tech protester to near-death https://web.archive.org/web/20140302031342/http://it-namet.com.ua/news/zayava-it-spilnoti-shodo-podij-19-lyutogo

#10yrsago Survivors of the Florida School for Boys return to the site of legal kidnapping, torture and murder of children https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/02/returning-to-dozier-florida-school-for-boys/

#10yrsago XKCD’s brilliant explanation of Fermi Estimation https://what-if.xkcd.com/84/

#10yrsago NH legislator introduces bill to stop small-town cops from buying tanks https://www.techdirt.com/2014/02/18/new-hampshire-state-legislator-hopes-to-push-back-against-police-militarization-with-new-bill/

#10yrsago Detailed analysis of Syria’s network censorship with logs from Blue Coat’s surveillance boxes https://arxiv.org/pdf/1402.3401.pdf

#5yrsago Scientists finally explain why microwaved grapes emit glorious bursts of plasma https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1818350116

#5yrsago “We take your privacy and security seriously” is the “thoughts and prayers” of data-breaches https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/17/we-take-your-privacy-and-security-seriously/

#5yrsago Study suggests that Flat Eartherism spread via Youtube https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2018/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/21432

#5yrsago Publisher of Alabama newspaper calls for the Klan to ride on DC with “hemp ropes” https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/02/18/alabama-newspaper-ku-klux-klan-to-night-ride-again-linden-democrat-reporter-goodloe-sutton/2910436002/

#5yrsago Ontario parliamentarian calls for Right to Repair legislation https://mobilesyrup.com/2019/02/18/ontario-mpp-right-repair/

#5yrsago EU Commission calls opponents of Copyright Directive a “mob,” as thousands take to the streets for the #Artikel13Demo https://torrentfreak.com/eu-commission-deletes-article-13-post-because-mob-understood-it-incorrectly-190218/

#1yrago Twiddler https://pluralistic.net/2023/02/19/twiddler/

#1yrago Pluralistic is three https://pluralistic.net/2023/02/19/drei-drei-drei/#now-we-are-three

A yellow rectangle. On the left, in blue, are the words ‘Cory Doctorow.’ On the right, in black, is ‘The Bezzle.’ Between them is the motif from the cover of *The Bezzle*: an escheresque impossible triangle. The center of the triangle is a barred, smaller triangle that imprisons a silhouetted male figure in a suit. Two other male silhouettes in suits run alongside the top edges of the triangle.

Come see me on the tour for The Bezzle!

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