Buckminster Fuller’s FBI File

Matt Novak shares Buckminster Fuller’s FBI file:

Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, math-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now.

Redacted file.

Turns out the FBI was interested in him because of his association with Soviets during the Cold War.

Carbondale interview.

Pretty cool to see my hometown of Carbondale, Illinois all over his file. He lived there in a geodesic dome, which I remember from my childhood.

New Look

Working from the backseat
You might have noticed the new look on ReidBurke.com. I worked on most of the styling while on the long drive from Southern Illinois to Wisconsin, going there and back. A nine hour drive can get boring after awhile, so in the last few hours of the trip I got out my MacBook and started to work. Pretty good use of time, I think.

It’s based on Grid Focus by Derek Punsalan if you’re interested in using something like this. I hope you enjoy the new, simplified and clean feel.

Verizon Doesn’t Know The Difference Between Dollars and Cents

A Verizon customer was quoted 0.02 cents per kilobyte of data usage and was charged 0.02 dollars instead. That is, he was charged 100 times more than he was quoted. However, Verizon apparently doesn’t know the difference between dollars and cents, and all of the reps he speak to believe that $0.02 is equal to $0.0002. (Google’s calculator gives the correct conversion.) He has posted a recording his conversation with Verizon that is difficult to listen to: at one point, the floor manager admits that she’s “not a mathematician” yet still insists that the billing was correct.

This is interesting, because some Verizon Wireless documentation notes that picture messages cost 0.25 cents. Technically, that should mean I should be charged $0.0025 per message; however, I assumed that the pricing was in error and they really meant 25 cents. Maybe this guy will force Verizon to fix these errors, and if he does, I should call about the hundreds of dollars I’ve been overcharged in the last few years…