June 2002 Archives

Islimac Culture vs. Western Culture

Rant comparing Islam and Western Culture.

Are You Depressed or Not

Dave's an ex-smoker

Dave Winer
I am now an ex-smoker. I want to say that in public. Of course I still really want to smoke.
Well congradulations on joing the ex-smoker club.

Semen, the Anti-Depressant

Can semen cure the blues? Nothing conclusive but some intresting info.

Friday Five: Living Situation

  1. Do you live in a house, an apartment or a condo? Anapartment til next week then a house.
  2. Do you rent or own? Rent for now.
  3. Does anyone else live with you? Currently must myself.
  4. How many times have you moved in your life? 11 times, but only once before before my 18th birthday.
  5. What are your plans for this weekend? Finish getting everything ready to move.
the friday five
Last one before I leave Canada.

Buchanan Right?

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I feel dirty for saying this but Buchanan might be correct, saying "right" would be an understatement. He pulls some examples of terrorism that worked and stopped. It is all aboutbeing somewhere you are not wanted. Leave and it ends.

They let others fight

The Chickenhawk Database, those that will not fight but love to order others fight.

Repealing the Estate Tax

Opening A Trillion- Dollar Hole , how congress is tryign to remove the Estate Tax, which currently only affects 2% which are only the incrediably large estates. Really liked the Roosevelt statement.
The estate tax was signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt, who was stunned by the vast fortunes being accumulated in the first decades of the industrial age. Roosevelt had the quaint notion that great inequality of wealth was unhealthy for a democratic society, and -- foolish man -- he even believed that young people were better off making their own way than living off the fruits of their parents' success.

The Rise & Fall of the American Empire

How the Great Fortunes Grow: The State Lends a Helping Hand, a review of Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich, by Kevin Phillips. Intresting sounding book best summed:
Ranging from chapter to chapter across oceans and centuries, Mr. Phillips constructs a complex analogy between the United States at its superpower zenith and its imperial predecessors in Spain, Holland and Great Britain. His argument isn�t easily summarized, but in essence he�s warning us of certain symptoms that eventually grip all the great capitalist powers: concentration of wealth, polarization of classes, irrational speculation, excessive luxury, technological mania, government corruption, market idolatry and political alienation. He believes that we are being led down the same spiraling path, toward the same dead end.

Disturbing Lynching Images

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Photographs and Postcards of Lynching in America, warning images were intesely disturbing. I was not able ot go through them all, it was just so disturbing. As far as i got the majority were black males and all were in the south. The thing is I have heard stories and knew that lynching was a part of the South's history but to see postcard pictures of the event just begins to illustrate how bad the situation was then.

Some Defenitions

terrorism
The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
the systematic use of violence as a means to intimidate or coerce societies or governments
unlawful, in reference to the first definition for terrorism
1. Not lawful; illegal.
2. Contrary to accepted morality or convention; illicit.
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1: not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention; "an irregular marriage"; "improper banking practices" [syn: improper, unconventional]
2: contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law; "unlawful measures"; "unlawful money"; "unlawful hunters" [ant: lawful]
3: not morally right or permissible; "unlawful love"
4: having no legally established claim; "the wrongful heir to the throne" [syn: wrongful]
5: contrary to or forbidden by law; "an illegitimate seizure of power"; "illicit trade"; "an outlaw strike"; "unlawful measures" [syn: illegitimate, illicit, outlaw(a), outlawed]
For my own clarification spured on from a discussion with engel over the weekend.

Fsck'n Texas Republicans

Republicans debate state party's makeup
The Republican platform also reaffirmed the state party's belief that the nation needs to "dispel the myth of the separation of church and state."
Yep that was the quote.

Now the following seems to really hit the problem with the Republican party nationally as well as in Texas.
"You're lucky to have six people of the 100 come back, and those six are typically the Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Christian Coalition religious zealots and they elect themselves delegates and then pass these resolutions of the most extreme type," Wentworth said.
So openly commenting on how the "Moral Majority" is holding the Republican party, and the country hostage.

All this crap is one of the reasons I do want to head back to the states. Hopefully to add one slightly more reasonable vote to the mix. But on the down side to have to put up with the crap will suxor.

Zip Code Identity

You Are Where You Live or what marketeres "know" about based on your zip code.

One for the crazy cat people

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JabberConf News

Doc blogged Jeremie's talk at JabberConf. The big highlights:
Apache 2.0 mod_jabber - you can run a jabber server inside an apache server, and administer it through Apache functions, logins, extensions, etc. It integrates jabber funct into the apache world
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Apple's new iChat... In Jaguar release of OS X iChat will integrate AIM funcitonality, and will contain jabber funcitonality, not yet exposed to users. It will use the Jabber protocol when iChat is communicating with ohters in the local system. (The global server is AOLs, he told me last night.) iChat has Jabber protocol elements implemented inside of it as well, so perhaps they can turn on iChat as a Jabber client at some point. Jeremie is appealing to people who know people at Apple to open communications with Jabber.org folks. (Last night we talked about how this should be happening in much the same way as Apple is working with the Darwin/BSD community and other outside open source efforts (e.g. the gcc) � in a geek2geek way. Organic, among peers interested in seeing the common infrastructure developed and carried forward as better foundational stuff.

A Right Job?

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Given all the "Homeland Security" jobs out there it sure is nice to see systems administrator supporting human rights using open source and free software as a job listing.
[via genehack]

Great 404

i-like-pie the 404

Movie Saturday

Went with the crew to see The Bourne Identity and I liked it, really liked it.

Also saw Behind Enemy Lines, which was pasable as a total brain turn off, and
Best in Show
which if you are in the right mood and want to laugh at the absurdidy of dog shows was pretty cool.

Patent Abuses

A couple of good articles, Patently Absurd and The Smother of Invention over at Forbes.com. I think the first is best summed up
Too many patents are just as bad for society as too few.
It lays out the why things started to get bad in the 80's and a bot of the how.

Corporate Wiki

Nice Wiki in the suits article.

AxKit Wiki

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AxKit now has a native Wiki. Intrestingly it uses POD (Plain Old Documentation) instead of Structured Text for it's formating language.

Release Announcement:
I've written a very simple Wiki clone using AxKit XSP. There's a live Wiki on http://axkit.org/wiki/ that you can play with (and we'll be putting the AxKit docs up on there). The source code is on CPAN (just uploaded this morning, so you may have to wait for it to mirror). I think the code is a pretty nice example of an MVC-like design in XSP, with the XSP as the Controller, the XSLT as the View, and a perl module as the Model.

Friday Five: Laundry Days

  1. How often do you do laundry? Once every 2-3 weeks.
  2. What's in a typical wash load? Typically clothes, ocasionally bed sheets and towles when I think about it.
  3. Front or top loader? Powder or liquid detergent? The washer is a top loader at the apartment. Use the cubed powder detergent.
  4. Do you use fabric softener in the rinse cycle? Have not ever used fabric softener, would probably put it in at the wrong time if I did.
  5. Dryer or clothesline? Dryer, but parents used to have a clothes line at the first house.
the friday five

Eric on Sex

Must read Eric Raymond's Sex Tips For Geeks.
[via scripting news]

Also of note Eric is blogging over at Armed and Dangerous.

Resume Tips

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DivX Players for Consoles

Well this came up at the FVLUG "meeting"/Mozilla Party last night so I thought that the obvious google reference should work.

I'm outa here

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Well since things came to an end with Merilus, back twords the end of March, I have been trying to decide what to do next. So far it has been a very frustrating job search. And the situation is a bit more frustrating because I don't have work authorization, and it is hard to get it given the current climate. Oh, and to make matters a bit worse I don't qualify for Unemployment, or Employment Insurance as they call it up here in Canada.

I have been going round and round about the situation. First there was deciding that I did not want to stay in Canada permenately. Next I thought about going back to school. There was some appeal to the idea but only doing school just doesn't feel right, maybe my mind will change later.

So that leaves the job search, which I have been doing from here but it is getting expensive, not being allowed to work and having to pay rent and such. Which kinda leads me to my decision.

I'm going to head back to Kentucky, gave notice to be out of the apartment by the end of the month. I will continue the job search from there, have cheap/free rent and be able to catch up with family and friends.

To all the Canadians I have worked with, made friends with or just meet, I'll miss ya'll Aah :)

mod_perl and ISPs

Jackie and Accessiability

Great accessiability story, Day 1: Jackie, over on dive into mark

Enneagram types

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Just another silly online personality type test. You be the judge if the results are on or not.



take free enneagram test

Type 2, Score 18, Summary
Twos are defined by their empathy of other people. They are uniquely gifted at tuning in on the feelings of others. This makes them great networkers, but being too caught up with other people can cause them to lose track of their own personal well being. Two charity is really a projection of how they want others to care for them.

The Hair Page

For the whole story, or what he is willing to share on the web, Arc's Hair Page.

America's Arcade

Penny Arcade ahs a great one on the America's Army, "The Offical U.S. Army Game."

Almost a Year

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Was chatting with a friend who is still in Kentucky and realised that it is almost one year since I quit smoking. My last cigarette was smoked on the morning of June 15, 2001, in case you were wondering.

Neighbourhor

Weblog Neighbourhood Explorer with Blogdex for fozbaca.org via DJ's Weblog.

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