Thanks to Brendan for this:
Am I the only one that treats my interests field as a word association game? Too bad it re-sorts the contents....
spork, my 333MHz iMac, is running a custom GNU/Linux OS based off of an ancient Yellow Dog, or some other Red Hat-derived system, with all the implied pain that entails. However, in the time after installing the base OS (and beating the init scripts into working shape, because Red Hat just doesn't know what to do with itself if you don't want GNOME, even if you're installing from files you downmloaded over a modem...) I got it running quite nicely, and recently I updated all the major klibraries and applications I use. About the only thing I might add is possibly a bigger HDD.
Currently I'm very happy with it (other than my bad luck with CD drives continuing to plague me), especially since my current living situation doesn't really permit me to have computer components strewn on, around, and under the desk. Occasionally I'll see a newer stock iMac, and sometimes think that if the idea of charging $129 for a simple operating system with no source license didn't seem so outrageous, I'd plunk the plastic on the counter and grab a copy of OS X. But then I read things like this, and I'm quite happy leaving it alone:
The happy ending to my story is that I used the unreliability of my iBook as an excuse to try out Yellow Dog Linux. I figured if *that* didn't work I'd take the machine back to the Apple store for another one.
That was 6 months ago and I don't think the machine has crashed or locked up once. I'm running Mozilla and Apache and PHP and all sorts of things that never worked right under OS X.
For example, did you know that GE stoves are
Personally, I don't care what brand my stove is as long as it
works and it has an actual flame, not some goofy glowing
coil. And the oven had better have a timer with actual numeral
I've heard of Yerba
Maté before, but I haven't yet had a chance to try it.
There are a couple of organic food stores around here; one of them
has to have the stuff loose. I'll have to be careful not to do
like Joie does with coffee
and fill up a 64oz mug before heading to work, what with the higher
cancer risk for
Still, anything must be healthier than the 2.5gal of chocolate milk I got for free at the store this morning....
Travelers with bad
credit may soon find themselves walking (you need a valid
photo ID to ride the bus or the train; do you think this isn't far
behind once it's established for air travel?). The
ACLU is bleating
a permanent blacklisted underclass, but it's obvious
that this will increase security, because terrorists from
country that was that blew up our buildings are prone to
running up high credit card balances and having their cars
It will also stop scumbags like myself from flying, because I had the nerve to do business with credit card and cell phone companies that decided not to process my change of address and to drag their feet on dispute notices. And just when I had started getting used to cash, too.
So the 9th Circuit has decided not to touch their earlier ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance. Now it's quite clear that they're a bunch of godless commies and all, but speaking as a Christian, I'm quite puzzled as to why more of my fellow believers aren't worried about the apparent idolatry involved in swearing allegiance to a piece of cloth.
You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them[...]
— Exodus 20:4-5a (WEB)
Furthermore, it seems quite unfair to force children, unaware of the consequences of their words, to swear to anything.
[...]but I tell you, don't swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God; nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black.
— Matthew 5:34-36 (WEB)
Not to mention the loyalty issue.
Then Jesus said to him, "Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'"
— Matthew 4:10 (WEB)
I remember as a kid they were all about the
Russia, loyalty oaths swear YOU!, and children's books
liked to talk about another piece of cloth on a
liberty and justice for all, I don't know
anyone who doesn't think that handing
over the Kurds wasn't the price for Turkish cooperation. Oh
well, it's not like they're going to be too friendly after what we did to them in the last
war, so they're expendable. Again.
I put all the memory back in the laptop in order to figure out whether it was the memory or the slot; it crashed 0 times with only 1 SO-DIMM in it, and 2 times during long usage with both modules in place. So for now I'm guessing it's the slot, although for some reason bed rest seems to have calmed it down.
I put the 2nd module into spork.
Mem: 158316K av, 136760K used, 21556K free, 0K shrd, 8128K buff Swap: 131064K av, 0K used, 131064K free 61816K cached
Tee hee hee.
Well, they've gone and done it now, haven't they. I've expressed my reservations about the rush to war, and hopefully managed to spark some thoughts on the issue that may substitute for the sort of bland jingoism lite that so many in this country seem to maintain as a substitute for genuine consideration. I've avoided pushing the issue, choosing to just inject my concerns when a discussion comes up; there are a number of conversations I've just walked away from rather than deal with the raw bloodlust in their eyes.
I honestly don't believe there's anything any individual citizen could have done to stop the juggernaut of war. The administration's desire was too strong and the population was too complacent (and had their corporate masters leading them by the nose, in some instances) to even create awareness of alternative views before time ran out. But I'm sure that the hint of a different viewpoint in a reasonable discussion is far more likely to effect change than infantile antics and self-congratulation.
Just for the record, I've never been blindly anti-war, I can see the value in a justified preemptive strike, and I'm not nearly naïve enough to believe that inspections would ever "work", in terms of permanently declawing Saddam. (And it has been pointed out that consideration should perhaps be taken when one finds oneself siding with Saddam.) However, I also believe that the Bush administration lost what little international favor it had with its disingenuous pretenses to working with the inspectors and the UN, not to mention its horrible sledgehammer-style diplomacy.
As much as the the United States might like to simply wave the flag of manifest destiny, justifying war — especially an offensive war — is not merely a convenience, and the administration has done an extremely poor job of it, no matter what the justification du jour is that it's trying to back up. By embarking on this war without compelling justification, the administration has forfeit the goodwill of other — even formerly friendly — nations, goodwill which would have come in handy when this war turns out not to be as quick and clean as glibly predicted; further, this lack of justification itself acts as justification, no matter how feeble, to those who would commit further terrorist acts against the United States.
And might I point out, briefly, that NBC weapons haven't been used yet? I read an article the other day saying that Saddam had ordered his troops not to use chemical weapons unless Baghdad was under attack; can't find it now, but try this on.
I'm just praying this can be finished soon without getting too messy.
Meanwhile the domestic march of the legislators, in lock-step to violate their oaths of office, continues unabated:
Among the more extreme powers Patriot Act II would grant the executive branch: The ability to strip citizenship from an American who supports a group the feds label as terrorist. Secret arrests--the government could avoid revealing the location of, charges against, and evidence on someone it was holding. Far looser checks on search-and-seizure activities of law enforcement. And a DNA database for people deemed to be terrorist suspects.
Other than maybe ELT StoreFront.
The webcam is back, now coming to you live from the backyard window! It's really intended for indoor use, so the image quality might not be the best, but now you can see what kind of weather I'm having.
Here are some other cams of interest in the area: