Saturday, December 01, 2001

i once thought i really liked logo. later i thought i really liked basic. then later i thought i really liked turbo pascal. i've also thought i really liked applescript, lingo, c/c++, javascript, vbscript, perl, ocaml, and (just yesterday) python. and then i realized that i just really like programming languages.
via slahsdot: "Vipul's Razor is a distributed, collaborative, spam detection and filtering network." but does it work?
metafilter has some good world aids day links.
today is world aids day.

"Link and Think is an observance of World AIDS Day in the personal web publishing communities."

Friday, November 30, 2001

second, is time really money? i mean, is there any reason we can't exchange hours instead of dollars as a means of determining value? it looks like all these people do it. at first glance, that would seem to me to solve a lot of problems. but that's only at first glance - must read more.
two questions i'm wondering this morning:

first, do most americans hold these truths to be self-evident: 1) that all men are created equal? 2) that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights? or 3) that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

i suspect most americans don't find any of this self-evident ("Requiring no proof or explanation"), but rather requiring of very much proof and explanation.

Thursday, November 29, 2001

unless you're a programmer, you almost certainly won't find this anywhere near as interesting as i did: "Okay, my conclusion is that type checking, as practiced by C and Pascal, is a failure." the connection here is that not even programming is dead. we can still find better ways to solve problems.
15 days ago my blog came up under a google search: "IS IT GOOD TO BOMB AFGHANISTAN" (i need to read my logs more often.) that makes me wish i'd been a bit more clear back then about my opinion on the subject: i think it is not good to bomb afghanistan.
brent simmons writes "I’m a big fan of usability guru Jakob Nielsen—but I don’t go to his site very often because I find it hard to use." ironic but true.
tolerance.org has hidden bias tests. i was surprised by my results on the two i took. it said i'm anti-arab, but have little or no gender bias. i would have thought the opposite.
gratuitous sax and senseless violins is just such a clever blog name.
ian black on guardian news writes "Israel flatly rejected the right of a Belgian court to try its prime minister, Ariel Sharon, for war crimes...its own official investigation in 1983 into the Lebanon deaths was adequate. That inquiry found Mr Sharon indirectly responsible for the killings and forced him to resign as defence minister...Militiamen entered the camps, ostensibly to search for Palestinian fighters, and massacred between 800 and 1,000 people, including many children, in a 36-hour spree." why isn't israel on america's terrorist list?

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

wow. i think i live just about in the center of this.
"paean \PEE-uhn\, noun: 1. A joyous song of praise, triumph, or thanksgiving. 2. An expression of praise or joy."

i thought fuel prices were much more sporadic than this shows.
sherrilyn ifill on afro-american national news notes "After Timothy McVeigh was arrested in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing, there was no mass detention of crew-cut-wearing White guys known to be associated with White supremacist groups." (via unknown news)
james carroll on common dreams asks (rhetorically) "Does this intervention break, or at least impede, the cycle of violence in which terrorism is only the latest turn?"

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

two interesting websites aki pointed to: exploding dog & nobody here.
"It is urgent that students and professors who support the war effort not be intimidated." i would think it would be obvious to anyone on a college campus these days that those who support the war effort are not the typical objects of intimidation. here's the list of unpatriotic statments by university students and professors as a pdf file.
getting scared of living in the land of the free and the home of the brave? here are some places you can go.
until about thirty minutes ago, i had always thought "ménage a trois" meant something like "one and two." but then i found out that "trois" means three - not two. "ménage a trois" actually means "eternal triangle." it's very difficult to figure out what something in a foreign language means when you even don't know how it's spelled.

Monday, November 26, 2001

jonathan watts of the guardian writes "Raising suspicions that the baby is already known to be a girl, the Liberal Democratic party - usually a bastion of staunch male conservatism - has started studying revisions to the succession law." while the change in law would certainly be good for women in japan, no one seems to be mentioning that the emperor (or empress) has little real power anyway.
i'm looking for opportunities at idealist.org.
now something more personal again:

for those of you confused, aki and i broke up a few weeks ago. she's been writing about it on her weblog, so i assume it's okay that i do the same. blogging is currently our only means of communication. i've talked to her a few times since then, but the conversation always ends abruptly with her saying she doesn't think she can talk to me. which i'm okay with. but then she writes on her weblog "only a few people become so tough on you when you break up." i assume this is in reference to me. for what it's worth, i'm not trying to be "tough." i'm just not sure how to be nice to someone who doesn't seem to want to talk to me.
eun-kyung kim writes: "In recent days, Wolfowitz and other top officials, including national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, have again hinted that Iraq may soon be a target, regardless of whether the United States can definitively tie the nation to the Sept. 11 attacks." the thing is, we're already bombing iraq (and it's not helping at all). chris allen-doucot writes "American, and occasionally British, warplanes bomb Iraq on average every other day." khalil osman writes "US and British warplanes have returned to pound targets in northern and southern Iraq at the previous rate of three or four raids a week."
uwe parpart on asian times writes: "Afghanistan's best chance for attracting foreign capital rests with its strategic location as a potential major transit route for Siberian and Central Asian oil and natural gas exports to South and East Asia." what a coincidence - that's also america's best chance for exploiting afghanistan.