Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Cultural Gymnastics

In Search of Fading LightPeople can touch infinity for a moment,And spend a lifetime trying to get it back..Is it worse, though, to give up the pursuit,and lose sight of it entirely?

How can eternity look so differentfrom young eyes? How could it change so much?It is because we do not hold it in ourselves,that our eyes move along different paths.

A sunset changes the eyes little, replenishing the heart, like a cup of cold water.Nearly ten thousand sunsets have I seen,and grows in me a hunger.

It looks like Linuxant has some competition.When need is great enough, the open source community provides foritself.. Linuxant, if you recall, wrote wrappers allowing Linux users touse Windows drivers for their wireless network cards, and sells said wrappersfor $20. I happily purchased a license -- my laptop's built-in wireless cardgets better reception then the PCMCIA card I had (which I've since mailed offto a friend who has a use for it), and that card was suffering from beingstuffed into my computer bag repetatively.. Do I regret spending the money?No -- the Linuxant people didn't overcharge, they were supporting thecommunity, and they were trying to get funding from the hardware vendors sothey could provide their work gratis. Might I switch? Maybe. Economically, itwon't make a bit of difference -- Linuxant already has my $20, and for theconvenience I've had since switching, they've more than earned it. On theother hand, the linuxant driver does have some funny license-key stuff thatmakes it work, so to avoid that, if/when the open driver becomes mature, I'lllikely switch.

Looks like McBride is feeling the effects of his attempts to steal thelivelihood of the open source movement. Interesting that Ransom Love, theprevious poobah of what now passes for SCO, disowns the company. Still, it's not enough, and it's right that McBride feel great friction forwhat he's doing. And McBride has greater aspirations -- he wants togo after BSD too. Information shall be free. All of it. In the end, proprietaryinformation won't be owned, but Linux and BSD, these are the things that we'vemade, playing by the unacceptable rules of IP. Like the spammers, we'll makelife uncomfortable for you, Mr McBride. Protesters will hound you to the endof your days.. "that is the man who tried to imprison the penguin and the daemon".Here's an economist attempting to rephrase opensource in economic terms.It's just enough of an analogy to be honey to the mind.

Looks like the Dutch police may soon be frustrated by cryptophones.As always, this is a trade-off -- it will indeed, as mentioned, make it harderfor dutch police to tap phones, and apparently they feel strong needs to do so,tapping phones more than anywhere else in the world (?). It's interesting howtheir phones being opensource makes it harder for governments to use shadydeals with manufacturers to insert backdoors. Freedom is a double-edged sword,but I'll argue that in cases of censorship, we should, outside of a few narrowlydefined cases, always accept the downsides as necessary for a good society.

In the news:New Species of Whale Discovered, Republicans everywhere rejoice ata new creature to hunt to extinction!

Like quarrelling lovers, Taiwan strikes back against China, sayingthat it's interfering in internal affairs. Of course they'd say that, andof course the Chinese government would say that they're rebelling. Steeped inthe right terminology, arguments become much stronger.. which is a perfectsegue into an Israeli analysis of one-state solutions to theIsraeli-Palestinian conflict. The opposition calls it a seductive idea, andsome of the analysis suggests that it's a way for the Palestinians toignore the steps the Israelis have taken to make any Palestinian statevery small and marginalized. While I feel these things would be a good thing,as I do see the current moves to be a not-so-subtle power grab that will thenlater be undoable because of the status quo that's being built, it has led meto reexamine a phrase that's been put to me several times by several people."Do you support the right for Israel to exist?". I've come to the conclusionthat this question is as tricky as defining women's liberation, and all thethings it could mean are almost as diverse (hence the segue from languageissues). I used to give a qualified yes, now I can't even say that (or no, forthat matter). I think there should be a state there, and what it's called isuninteresting to me. Should it be a Hebrew state? One thing is clear -- itcannot be reserved for Hebrews, nor can it have racist policies that favourthem. Ethnic protections are unacceptable. I don't want to deport anyone(although land reperations of some kind should be addressed, and the settlersshould be scooted back into Israel proper, or perhaps into prison for theft).So, in one sense, I'm anti-Israel, in the sense that Israel is defined as aethnically pure Hebrew state with racist laws. In another sense, I'm pro-Israel,in the sense that Israel is defined as a single state covering the traditionalland of Israel, with many of the institutions already there remaining. I'mcertainly no longer pro-Palestine..

As predicted, Schwarzenegger's car stupidity is already hitting thebudgets of cities in California. Oh, and here's star treatment for you --Michael Jackson, in his sex scandals, is negotiating his surrender to police.How nice. I kind of wish the rest of us had that luxury. "Oh, sure, you canarrest me ... but maybe next friday? I'm busy until then.."

Looks like Microsoft has Google News envy.While on the topic, looks like South Korea is planning to one upthe networking experiment over here, providing nationwide internet access.This is very cool, and might prove to be one of the best nonbasic infrastructureinvestment possible. Any nation willing to make internet a public utility,laying it out all over is really looking to the future with open eyes.

I recently stumbled upon this news site. I might become a regular visitor.. hmm..

On the topic of Gay Marrage, which has been in the news a lot recently overhere, I have this to say to gay people in long term relationships:Gay marrage is a cultural battle, and while the laws are an important metric,it's important to press on ahead of them. Call yourself married, evenif the laws don't recognize it, and you'll have 60% of what you'reaiming for

I have something I was going to write, but it'd hit a bit too close to homeon some people I know, so I'm going to just abstract it in private here.Sorry.
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I'm still chewing on picking up another language... and might go lookingfor tutors for Hebrew, Arabic, Yiddish, or Russian.. I was looking at takingclasses outside of the university, but my schedule is too fluid for that.It probably won't be too hard to find someone -- this area is crawling withpeople who speak those langages.. although the particular flavours I'd beinterested in might not be so common. I'd like to learn Yemeni Hebrew, orfailing that, Ashkenazi. As for Arabic, the Saudi dialect might be interesting,although 'standard Arabic' might be good too. As far as I know, Yiddish doesn'thave dialects, and I'm just interested in standard Russian. Heck, Gælic mightbe fun too. I recently found out that Scottish Gælic isn't the same thing asthe Scots language -- Scots is a germanic tongue that was spoken in southernScotland that was mostly wiped out/assimilated into English, while ScottishGælic is, obviously, a member of the Gælic family of languages.

I know I must've linked it a dozen times before, but the song fromthis is irritatingly catchy...

Firewater is kind of my 'new goth', Bad Religion is my 'new punk'. I orderedthe Firewater cover CD, but what I'd really like to see is Bad Religion singsome Firewater songs, and vice versa.. it'd be really interesting.

Tags: israel, philosophy, poetry, tech

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