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Mon, Dec. 27th, 2010 12:56 pm

I was looking at this chart:
cut to save flist from image and political musingsCollapse )

Short form: the all-volunteer army seems to be considered by nearly everyone to be a good thing. I think it will soon be time to have an all-volunteer economy.

Now if only I could figure out how to profit off this transition ;-)


Tue, May. 5th, 2009 02:06 pm
So apparently there was a recent uproar in the Ruby on Rails community about a presentation that was clearly written with the assumption that the audience was male and sexualized women make excellent props for technical discussions. The up side is that it has lead to the best feminist technical post I've seen. It is always nice when someone makes my arguments for me, and more articulately than I ever could.

That blog post said everything I would have said, with one exception. My additional observation...Collapse )

Current Mood: contemplative contemplative


Tue, Feb. 10th, 2009 10:54 am

feminist analysis of The Dollhouse, the new show from Joss Whedon, and a related discussion of DeadwoodCollapse )


Tue, Jan. 20th, 2009 12:49 pm

I think everyone, of any political belief, can unite around how crappy that poem was.

No wonder no one thinks poetry matters any more; that was like a giant pile of rotten fig leaves mulched across raw meat and larvae. I know there are better poets. I've heard many of them read. Couldn't they have gotten Lucille Clifton? Or Stanley Kunitz? Someone who understands the music of language, or at least that awkward sentence structure =/= poetry.


Mon, Nov. 3rd, 2008 06:34 pm

I'm moved! There are some things I am not bringing with me which, if you want them, are available as long as you can get them from Cambridge by Thursday.

1) Queen-sized boxspring. It doesn't fit up the stairs, so we will be acquiring a split boxspring.
2) Corner desk. This was from Staples originally; it's a reasonable desk, but larger than I need and not well designed for two computers.
3) Silverware. No, really, there's a bunch of silverware we ended up not liking much and never using. This will probably end up out in the trash, but I figured I'd offer here first.


Mon, Mar. 17th, 2008 02:56 pm
photo behind the cut: toilet paper prayer flags in LhasaCollapse )


Fri, Mar. 7th, 2008 02:23 pm

Some people impulse buy clothes or food or electronics; I signed up for the GREs.

Hmmm, maybe I should look at a review book before then...


Thu, Nov. 29th, 2007 11:43 am

Reading scientific papers on video games and violence is interesting. Whereby "interesting" means "incredibly annoying". Slashdot linked to a newpaper article that quotes a guy who published this. Now, his quoted beliefs aren't in the peer-reviewed article, but he doesn't bother to clarify that. I read through all of the previously published assumptions section and it's skimming okay, until I get to the one line in the paragraph that's not cited: "Children are also spending an increasingly large amount of time playing video games, most of which contain violence."

because this got really, really longCollapse )

And I really like the idea that playing Lemmings makes you less violent. And I have published science to support me! Though is it bad that my favorite move was the one where they blow themselves up?

"Oh no!"

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed


Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007 01:13 pm

If you have a little patience and are interested in code, http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/podcasts/invited-talks/keynote0104-50-in-50.mp3 is the audio of a history of programming languages presented at oopsla. Some parts of it very much ache for the video, but I haven't found one yet, and some parts of it are appreciatable with only audio. There were some excellent visual gags that are missing, though.

Looking for that video I found his talk on language design: http://research.sun.com/jtech/pubs/98-oopsla-growing.ps Guy Steele is a poet; content and form to prove a point. I love it.

I'm currently embarrassed at the state of the things I work on. An error today was because an old format of cost file is still accepted, and shows no indication that it's an old format, but it won't do what you expect. *sigh*


Tue, Oct. 9th, 2007 03:28 pm

And two really struck me. First:

"Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one."

And secondly:

"Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry."

Damn straight.

Current Mood: cynical cynical