Here is a good overview of the underground battles on the Western Front during WWI.
The difference is whomever is behind the Great War iPhone App actually got it done.
@spotonlocations followed me on twitter on Sunday. They create battlefield apps for WWI and WWII.
Check details of the Western Front app here.
They promise more apps. I will post a review soon.
Would still like to create an app for a Canadian visiting the Western Front.
On Tuesday, April 9, I tweeted around #vimy and #WWI.
My idea was to present the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge as a current event.
I figure most Canadians are aware of the battle.
However, beyond the knowledge of its Easter Monday launch, that it was an all-Canadian assault and that it worked, most know little around the details of the attack.
I thought twitter would be a good chance to break things down – humanize it. Show where British Columbians were at Vimy Ridge. Name the dead, their address, their family.
I tweeted about 50 times. Check them out here.
Veterans Affairs site was the best. Gives a brief on all servicemen who died on a certain day and you can use the archive to learn more about them.
@mferg1917 asked his couple hundred followers to see what I was doing, as did another, but that was it. No other reaction or response. My own paper’s social media didn’t retweet my work.
So, was it a waste of time? I have 1,600 or so followers, but how many of those noticed the tweets? Not many.
What was my message? It was about detailed remembrance. A new way to report old events.
Next time I will plan better.
The author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, has written another WWI story.
This time a play about the Christmas truce of December 25, 1914.
The trustworthy Independent says a short version of the play will be performed some time soon at the site of the truce out front of Ypres.
I met Matthew Keys on the night of March 11, two years ago, through Twitter while covering Japan’s nuclear tsunami from the web desk at theprovince.com.
Matt, a freelancer at the time, provided a link to Al Jazeera which had for unknown reasons the best live footage at the time. He racked up a lot of followers on Twitter that night.
I sent Matt a note afterwards thanking him and we exchanged a few messages via Twitter as he moved from freelancer to TV in San Francisco then to New York at the start of last year to work a prestigious online job at Reuters.
It seemed just deserts for a hard-working journalist.
Anyway, on Thursday afternoon buzzfeed gave me a shock.
A breaking story that “Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys” was in big shit for allegedly giving Anonomous – the legendary hacking group with social aims – access to the LA Times website in December, 2010.
The Department of Justice says Keys, 26, told the hackers to “go fuck some shit up”. I assume they have a digital record of that. And yikes.
The government say Keys was “terminated” from a Sacramento TV station in October, 2010, and later in an online chat gave login credentials to an Anonymous member that allowed brief and eventually thwarted access to the LA Times website (part of the same chain that owned KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento). A headline was changed to read “Pressure builds in House to elect CHIPPY 1337″.
Keys is charged with transmitting information to damage a “protected computer” and if found guilty (there are three charges in all) faces hard time and a massive fine under new anti-hacking laws.
He could say he got drunk, gave away log-in details to spite a former employer, did something he deeply regrets and has moved on to better things – a seat in the Reuters newsroom in New York: very credible.
But his dealings with Anonymous seem deep and acrimonious. And know that Anonymous (which did great work in British Columbia outing the online predators that circled suicide teen Amanda Todd) is no friend of the US Government.
So, two things have emerged.
One. The indictment claims Matt somehow got into a secretive chat-room used by key Anonymous members – including And Suba (aka. Hector Xavier Monsegur) – in late 2010. He gave them the login info gained to gain their trust then took screen captures of the chat discussing planned hacks.
Monsegur turned FBI agent in late 2011 and subsequently blew the whistle on Keys.
The second is the dangerous yet valuable relationship Keys has with his beloved social media.
Supposedly, he lost his first job for a controversial tweet that led to a newsroom blowout with the manager. He then wouldn’t hand over the passwords for the station’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
At Reuters last year he created a mocking Twitter page that led to a rebuke of some sort.
He tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he learned of the indictment via Twitter and Monsegur ratted Keys on Twitter.
Was Matt infiltrating Anonymous for a Reuters story?, is he colateral damage in the government’s fight against Anonymous?, or a young ambitious guy who tried to play both sides and got burned?
I don’t know, but Matt, if you read this. Good luck and stay strong. There’s a New York Times bestseller in this for you.
I watched the movie again the other night. Such a good film.
Anyway, this time around I was taken by the words recited at the end as the boys walked forward into the mist that become part of their myth.
It is as follows.
“The warrior sank in the dust and his armour fell around him. Blood stained the gold of his hair.
He is as a handsome tree that stands against each blast of wind and blossoms thickly with white flowers until there comes, suddenly, a wind so fierce that the tree is torn up from its roots and is laid out, its whole length, upon the earth.”
Loved those words. So powerful, but what do they mean?
Obviously it speaks of a fallen soldier who was once so strong but is now down.
So, I will have to read the Iliad and will post here again when it is complete – in around 2025. Apparently it’s a tough read.