Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: first, to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; last to not only fighting for personal privacy & the freedom of information, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. She is a poet, always. All these efforts find representation here: "ah, Mephistophelis" is so named after the last line of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, whose heretical success flouted the censor for a time.

Another Web Guard Hack

Web Guard (I spoke of them here), tried to keep me from the Internet Archive on my new T-Mobile ZTE Hotspot.  I repeat, the Internet Archive was blocked, and none of my old hacks were good -- or fast -- enough, so I tried my hand at a new one.

Fuck censorship.

This requires you know the URL you want, and have the ability to cut, (how can anyone live without this?) see your address bar (not your search bar!), paste, and load without your paste being altered. You don't need to be able to read the source of the blocked content (though it gives you something equivalent to the ability to write it). 


How anyone can manage to go for even a dozen pages without viewing the source of a page is beyond me.  (Or disabling styles for that matter...)

I tried to be fancier; I did not succeed. This, however it looks, however awkward the interface, works. I decided to call this... application FWG* for  fuck Web Guard. Go there and paste your URL.

Hixie (Github).

N.B.:This self-contained version of the tool, alas, does not have the option of entering a URL.  A tip of my hat to Mr. Simon Willison for the elegance: I was more envious until I noticed the Tumblr trick.  Still, nice. Sure wish I could have, or you had, figured out the url functionality no one else seems to include...

No one except the venerable Ian Hickson, my hero, who wrote the underlying utility, which changed my life.  Seriously.  Thanks Hixie.

Be seeing you.

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