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August 2001 Archives
Bruce Sterling's Idea of What Every Well-Appointed "Cyberpunk SF" Library Collection Should Possess (circa September 1995)
You all know me. You all know how big a fan I am of the gay community. You all know the respect and fascination I have for gay culture and practices. I've said in many an interview, from 'Chasing Amy' onward, that the only reason I never dabbled in homosexuality when I was younger was because I wouldn't know what to say to a guy after he blew a load in my mouth - a sentiment that says more about my social awkwardness than any socially awkward stereotypes that've been unfairly hung on the gay community.After having seen the movie on Satruday gotta say it was great. Lots of laughs and all. Like engel said after leaving the theatre, "I can't believe he got away with it". I'm not surprised that GLAAD is displeased with the movie but it is a shame that they do have to be displeased.
Gay or straight has never been a big issue with me. Sex is sex, as far as I'm concerned. Some cats dig on the opposite gender, and some cats dig on their own. Sexual identity will always be as mystifying as why 'The Dukes of Hazzard' was once the number one television show in our country: there's no point in getting bent out of shape about it; it just IS. Some cats will always gravitate toward Daisy Duke, and some will always pine over Boss Hogg.
Anyway, I told Scott all of this during the course of our conversation, and asked what we could do to allay his (and GLAAD's) fears. He said he'd be asking Miramax to make a substantial donation to the Matthew Shepherd Foundation (Matthew Shepherd is the Wyoming student who was beaten to death for being gay in one of the worst hate crimes in recent memory; the Foundation's aim is to educate the public on the dangers of homophobia). I said I'd be happy to make a donation as well, as it's a great cause, and one I believe in strongly. He asked how much I'd like to donate. I queried how much he intended to seek from Miramax. He said two hundred grand. I admitted I don't have pockets as deep as Miramax. He suggested I donate ten grand, and I said "Done."
The Orson Scott Card Salon interview, My favorite author, my worst interview
Card laughs. "Well, let's put it this way. Most of the program of both the left and the right is so unbelievably stupid it's hard to wish to identify myself with either. But on economic matters, I'm a committed communitarian. I regard the Soviet Union as simply state monopoly capitalism. It was run the way the United States would be if Microsoft owned everything. Real communism has never been tried! I would like to see government controls expanded, laws that allow capitalism to not reward the most rapacious, exploitative behavior. I believe government has a strong role to protect us from capitalism. I'm ashamed of our society for how it treats the poor.
Didn't realise Card was a Mormon. Oh, and K5 has a discussion on the article, mostly how the interviewer gives Card the shaft for having opinions differing from what she expected.
I occasionally get a kick out of strange and funny photos. You know, like the street signs that are misspelled or placed in really funny positions. So the other day, when I found a link from Zgeek to a site full of funny pics, I started to peruse them. First I found this picture from a Lexington high school. I remember seeing this sign when it was up back when I was living in Lexington. Glad somebody caught that on film. When I stumbled across this pic of a young man expressing his displeasure with Microsoft, I thought..."Hey, that looks like Alan."
Ok, maybe it was the cold rainy day but the Aliens vs. Predator 2 - demo was the scariest game I have ever played. Yea maybe I'm a wimp but the 5 minutes played had me looking over my shoulder like the scenes in Alien where Captian Dallas is a in the duct work all by his lonesome. It had me so freaked that I quit playing.
Flawfinder "a program that examines source code looking for security weaknesses" which should make it useful for many C coders, especially ones that work for a secruity company. Also by the same author Secure Programming for Linux and Unix HOWTO which should be useful for all security concious programers.
Your general IQ score is 134.
A person whose IQ score falls in the range of 129-143 is considered to be "highly intelligent".
Now I wonder what they tell the folks that get a 50 :)
Marketers of Technology are turning to cold war socialist and communist images to promote their products.
Tutorial: Building an Online Community: Just Add Water By Matt Haughey of Metafilter fame.
Bruce Sterling has a blog Schism Matrix
Thanks for showing up at the exciting premiere of my brand new weblog, Schism Matrix. I would like to take this opportunity to explain what it is that I think I'm doing here.
lidn.org - Linux Developer Network, looks pretty usefult for a Linux C coder.
"If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." - Albert Einstein
recently seen in a .sig
Talking Moose on The Blog Design House
Now that content management is free (or nearly that, the Talking Moose is running on software that costs $900, or just a few dollars more than Adobe Photoshop costs) you will see a lot of sites moving toward it.
Will the designers make the switch? Or will they become irrelevant?
Oh, and there is a little Zeldman rant to go along with it all.
"The Internet - Libertarian in the good sense!"
May tie into engel's "geeks/net exerting political muscle" conversation on the ride into work.
This paper presents a brief overview of the Python foundation of UO2*, the next-generation massively multiplayer virtual world from Origin Systems, Inc.
Game studies. Issue 1, 2001. the international journal of computer game research
Be has found a buyer for its operating system and the development team behind, sources close to the company have told The Register.
Hope whoever it is they do something that I wil actually be able to get my hands on. Been wanting to actually use Be OS for years.