Thursday, January 31
Wednesday, January 30
Things I have lost:
1. one nimh aaa battery. This is maddening. Only three left now.
2. Brian Street's Literacy and Development Why didn't I just buy this book? Now the library gets $55
3. My enthusiasm for much of life. (I know I left it around here somewhere)
Tuesday, January 29
You see this conflation, for example, in Foucault's talk about the
"production of subjects". The idea is that, by becoming a doctor
or a citizen or a psychiatric patient, you become inserted into an
all-encompassing social being -- a way of seeing, thinking, acting,
interacting, talking, writing, feeling, and so on. There is, to
be sure, some truth in this: to become a doctor is certainly to be
socialized to a significant degree into ways of thinking and acting
and so on. Much of this lies beyond individual consciousness: it
happens so complicatedly, and in so many different ways, and with
so much nonobvious structure, and with so many appeals to emotion
and reason, and with so much seclusion from the outside world, that
it is bound to change you. In fact, the very difficulty of becoming
a doctor is part of what causes it to change you so completely:
the skills require effort to master, and demands rain down upon
the emerging doctor from so many directions that great dedication is
required to integrate them all by slow degrees into a smooth everyday
``She was already dead,'' Chen says of the day he arrived in Japan. He helped with the funeral and handled the bureaucracy of death. Then he brought his mother's ashes back with him to Cupertino.
Then you haveThomas Sowell. His columns in Forbes rarely make logical sense, but the logical problems are not evident at first because he writes with such assaultive hostility that you feel like you've been kicked by a mule. It took me years of reading his columns at the newsstand before I managed to penetrate their toxic surface and search for an actual argument.
Translation: Nixon should never have turned over those tapes 30 years ago, and by god I'm not going to make the same mistake today.
Monday, January 28
[I don't know what to make of this paper. It's the strangest thing
I've ever written. It grows out of many years of careful observation
of the process by which I do whatever it is I do for a living. But
its significance is not just personal. I believe that everyone has
an intellectual calling, and for years I've evolved methods to force
students out of an attitude of passive conformity, doing whatever the
professor wants, and instead to discover what it is they really care
about, so that they can articulate in intellectual terms a calling
that they really feel, really believe in, and really get up in the
morning to act on.
It's Clear Bush Tax Cuts Have Hurt Americans
by Paul Krugman
Shortly after Sept. 11, George W. Bush interrupted his inveighing against evildoers to crack a joke. Bush had repeatedly promised to run an overall budget surplus at least as large as the Social Security surplus, except in the event of recession, war or national emergency. "Lucky me," he remarked to Mitch Daniels, his budget director. "I hit the trifecta."
Lucky him, indeed. The Enron analogy will soon become a tired cliche, but in this case the parallel is irresistible. Enron management and the administration the company did so much to place in power applied the same strategy: First, use cooked numbers to justify big giveaways at the top. Then, if things don't work out, let ordinary workers who trusted you pay the price. But Enron executives got caught; Bush believes that the events of Sept. 11 will let him off the hook.
He had ordered massive draperies to conceal the offending figures. But initially not only could the story not be confirmed — it was strongly denied
Friday, January 25
I found out last night that my estranged 25 year old sister had a brain tumor taken out a week ago and is recovering. Her eight month old son is in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. I don't know if it would be possible for her or her family to experience any more stress right now.
Thursday, January 24
by Brett Milano
I just want to lay the hint out there that there's another way of living. It goes beyond materialism, and it goes beyond girls with navels selling millions of records.''
In an exercise, police dressed as hooligans were successfully restrained using the gun, the newspaper reports.
Wednesday, January 23
"The nice thing about a Wiki is its simplicity."
While the story and comment format is fine for discussions, there's a whole class of collaborative work that can't be done with a standard Slash site. Occasionally, it's useful to have a brainstorming session, where getting ideas down coherently is more important than following a traditional call-and-response question format. Business people call this "synergy," but it really means something here.
Though I can't prove it at the moment, I suspect that's what lead Ward Cunningham to come up with the idea of a Wiki. It's like one of those smart whiteboards, where anyone can write anything and erase anything, but there's still a record of all revisions. The theory goes that putting simple but effective tools in the hands of smart people and staying out of the way can produce great results.
``He appeared to be a younger man,'' said Jerome, who has witnessed the ritual for 20 years. ``He stood erect and walked quickly.''
The man made no gestures, other than the secret signal he sends Jerome to show he is the genuine Poe Toaster, as he laid the tribute.
It's the XP 'product activation' slavery agreement that drove me, finally, to Linux. And fortunately, a lot of the newer Linux distros now install nicely on any x86 machine. I've been able to install it successfully and then refer to the documentation to tweak it properly, just as I used to do with Microsoft's products before the cheap bastards shrank their documentation to a mere glossy advertisement brochure.
Tuesday, January 22
Monday, January 21
"Every current artist who says they hate computers has a secret computer room labeled 'top secret' where it's ok to use computers."
Friday, January 18
``The spiders unfortunately are territorial carnivores. They eat each other, and this has caused them to resist all forms of domestication,'' Turner said.
The perils of spider farming.
Thursday, January 17
Strained relations / Business magazines struggle to maintain objectivity under pressure from their biggest tech advertisersSilicon Valley heavy hitters PeopleSoft and Sun Microsystems sank their teeth into Forbes and Fortune, respectively, in some cases threatening to pull their ads in protest of hard-hitting coverage, according to reliable sources
Wednesday, January 16
Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration. I try to learn certain areas of computer science exhaustively; then I try to digest that knowledge into a form that is accessible to people who don't have time for such study.
Thursday, January 10
In our disappointment of grand riches, we have failed to see the miracle
>on our desks. Ten years ago, it was easy to dismiss visions of a wondrous
>screen in our homes that would provide the whole world in its magical
>window. The idea of a universal information port was considered
>uneconomical, and too futuristic to be real in our lifetimes. Yet at any
>hour of today, most readers of this paper have access to the full text of
>the Encyclopedia Britannica, precise map directions to anywhere in the
>country, stock quotes in real time, local weather forecasts with radar
>pictures, immediate sports scores from your hometown, any kind of music
>you could desire, answers to medical questions, hobbyists who know more
>than you do, tickets to just about anything, 24/7 e-mail, news from a
>hundred newspapers, and so on. Much of this is for free. This abundance
>simply overwhelms what was promised by the most optimistic guru.
Wednesday, January 9
ZAHN: And this book points out that the FBI's deputy director, John O'Neill, actually resigned because he felt the U.S. administration was obstructing...
BUTLER: A proper...
ZAHN: ... the prosecution of terrorism.
Monday, January 7
1. Put the oldest, crustiest emails at the top. This will help you remember to get rid of them.
2. Delete all spam (without opening it).
3. Go through all personal messages from friends and family (the most important emails). Read them, enjoy them, delete them. If you must keep them, copy and paste the text into a text editor and save it in your hard disk as "'initials of sender' 'date' 'keywords'".
4. Your inbox now contains email of middling importance only. Sequentially engage each email to remove it from the inbox:
- If the email is a to-do item or appointment, copy and paste it as a to-do or appointment into your calender program. To-do items should be tied to specific days, so Outlook users are out of luck. Delete email in inbox
- If email is a item of correspondence tied to a project, save it in the folder for that project as " ". Delete email in inbox.
- If the email is reoccurring (newsletter, list), read the email and enjoy it if you have time, else delete it. You'll be getting a new one tomorrow anyway.
5. Continue until your inbox is empty, and keep it that way.
Saturday, January 5
Durand filed a False Claims Act lawsuit in May 1996. The government intervened, and earlier this year, Durand was awarded $77 million as his part in the recovery of the lawsuit.
Friday, January 4
Returning to the war, the airstrikes quickly turned cities into "ghost towns," the press reported, with electrical power and water supplies destroyed, a form of biological warfare. The UN reported that 70% of the population had fled Kandahar and Herat within two weeks, mostly to the countryside, where in ordinary times 10-20 people, many of them children, are killed or crippled daily by land mines. Those conditions became much worse as a result of the bombing. UN mine-clearing operations were halted, and unexploded U.S. ordnance, particularly the lethal bomblets scattered by cluster bombs, add to the torture, and are much harder to clear.10
Thursday, January 3
The new chairman and chief executive, Eric A. Benhamou, has vowed to correct the missteps of 2001. "We simply did not innovate enough," he said this month. "We have made it a priority to correct this trend."