Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
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Laugh and Shove

I step back, see my life, and take steps to try to make it simpler,more open, honest, less painful, and yet the universe, amused at mydetermination, takes its broad hand, reaches into my life, and shovesme back, laughing as I tumble backwards. I laugh too -- when the universelaughs, why not join in.. I know what I want, but I can admit there'ssomething tragically comic at my efforts. Embrace the boot, and the antbeneath it.

I was told my bike'd be done this morning. I stopped by, and they hadn'tstarted yet, so I went to work. On the way there, the shove happened..And I found myself breaking, in a sense, a very new pledge. Well, Iguess I'll try harder, unless things resolve very differently than I expect.

Some Ohio Lawmakers are worried that the Iraqi reconstruction will hurt the economy,taking funds from them. Their fears are well-founded, I think -- the wars andtheir aftermaths have resulted in fewer federal funds all over the place,threatening some non-federal areas of government with bankruptcy, and closingor lessening a lot of important programs. Way to go, BushJr... but, and this isan important but, now that the U.S. has opened this huge can of worms, ashorrible a mistake as it was to do so, I think there's now a responsibility tominimize the damage and try to put things back together reasonably well. BushJrshould be impeached and tossed in jail (as it's been so aptly pointed out,lying about fidelity is certainly no worse than lying about leading a countrydown a path of war), but using an analogy of a Dissociative Personalitysufferer, when sanity returns to the helm and we see what a mess we've made,we should try to put things right. No, that doesn't mean putting Saddam back inpower, or funding Osama and pals again, it means we should set up a reasonablyquick transition to a stable, non-despotic government there, and be willing tocommit resources for awhile to fix any instability. It would probably helpa great deal if our glorious leader (pretzels be unto him) wern't simultaneouslytrying to figure out a way to use the reconstruction to put more money intoall the transnational companies he and his pals run and fix things.. A prettygood case has been made to me that that's why he's resisting greater involvementfrom other countries -- a company town is pretty lucrative.

Speaking of shady politics, how about fake letters to newspapers,managed by some commander, sent forth to boost the war? Schmuck. I'm glad hegot caught... I wish it would end his career.

The saudis are in an interesting position, politically. Some factions in the governmentwant to modernize, well, there's a snobbish word.. westernize, perhaps..And like in Iran, which was in this situation not so long ago, they're facinga balancing act between the conservatives and the more liberal factions intheir government. Saudi efforts at reform are going to be fascinating to watch,like the continual Russian efforts to modernize, although with more of acultural focus.

I dunno about the content of this article, but the picture's pretty funny.If the quip at the end is right, Clark's revealed some things that might gethim into trouble. Also, looks like the U.S. has been acting stupid">with regards to its nearest neighbors.

On a completely different note, want to see something insane?Grab [http://www.cpan.org/authors/Tom_Christiansen/scripts/ckaddr.gz and take a look at the truly insane regex at theend of it. It's designed to determine if a given email address format isRFC-(2)822 compliant, a topic that I'm currently touching on a bit at work. It's about 10 pages of really ugly regex. *shudder*

I've really noticed recently how some things said in the Women's Studies classI took back in University were correct, in particular the 'second gender effect'.Specifically, I've noticed how, when I think of an arbitrary person, I tend toautomatically give it the attribute of being male. Apparently, this effect isnearly universal in our culture, but it still bothers me, I think partlybecause I'd like to see myself, and spread to the rest of society, as beinggenderblind for most purposes.

I have a midterm tomorrow. Nervous...

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