November 13th, 2007

Semiformalishmaybe

Feline Tricolour

This is what I get from listening to old rap by House of Pain... While asleep I dreamed of "taking nerdcore to the next level". I present what was part of a much longer rap that faded from memory before I could type it down (the lost bits got into much more technical stuff about SPARC and MIPS and maybe a few other architectures).

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I've been frustrated with how funding for services work in the university - how some types of grants require extremely detailed accounting for their use and nuanced notions like "equitability". It looks like the department is trying to set up a shared computational resource, but these rules clog what should be a simple matter with the need for CPU/access quotas, possibly segmented hardware for specific people, and similar. I understand that lack of financial accountability creates a risk of waste of money, corruption, and similar, but that doesn't make the right level of accountability obvious nor does it make it pleasant to live with these rules in the meantime. Presently thinking about how this ties into anti-corruption efforts in China and northeastern Europe....

  • Current Music
    House of Pain - Shamrocks and Shenanigans
Semiformalishmaybe

Virtual Recession

I've been thinking again about economies of virtual worlds. Collapse )

I was all excited about teaching coworkers the fundamentals of SQL today and it turns out they wanted to learn other things instead. :(

Semiformalishmaybe

Defrayed and Refrayed

Seen in newspaper vending machine: Pittsburgh has already seen over $900million in gambling, over the time period of one year. Collapse )

I'm amused that the whole dispute in Myanmar that's created so much international press is actually about the end of gas/oil subsidies (not that their government is particularly enlightened). It's unfortunate that Musharraf is facing so much international criticism now as well, especially that Bhutto (who's a much better politician than he is, and also rather corrupt) seems to be instrumental in organising a lot of it. Pakistan needs a strong, principled leader with an eye to modernising society and a lack of interest in personal gain - Musharraf seems to be such a leader, and he has dramatically improved Pakistan over his time in power. If what democracy would bring would be a weak leader like Karzai (Afghenistan) or a shrewd, deceitful and corrupt leader like Bhutto, then may Musharraf reign as dictator until he either becomes corrupt or is no longer interested/able to serve. Serving the public good is more important than listening to public voices.

On the upside, at least the birthplace of the Solidarity movement is dying.

Cats continue to have increasingly bad fights - need to figure out what to do about that.

Sometimes my laptop's video card gets confused to the extent that rebooting won't fix it and even GRUB is illegible - the system needs to spend at least 15 minutes off to recover. I wonder what's going on when that happens - I don't think it relates to overheating (it only happens once every few months and generally hasn't happened when I've done things that should cause the system to overheat)...

  • Current Music
    MST3k - Tubular Boobular
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