Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

The Spiritual Leanings of Soil

The hands move over the dead body, so still... a gentle touch, flesh againstflesh.. or is it flesh? A gathering of life, touch of food on the body,gentle splash of body.. Not demanding an exception to the rules of life,not expecting, just no thought, and a quiet gift. Can it breathe again?Can the abused body become a living being? Grandson of Herb, I reach outto you again, borrow from Gaia your share.

A few nights ago, I had dinner with a friend who's leaving town,heading to California. It seems that everyone's going to the west coast..I wish her well -- she's been a good friend.

I've been reading a bit about Halal, the Islamic notion of a 'proper/ethicalway of life', including ways of eating, dressing, acting, etc. In connectionwith the changes at work, and my work experience in former workplaces, Ithink it's important to think of a pervasive system of good living that canbe applied to the workplace, an analogue of 'halal management', perhaps. Toprovide some context, Kosher and Halal dietary restrictions are partly abouthumane ways of killing for food. In each, animals are still killed for food.As such, ways of managing businesses might be found that are the leastdehumanizing but still workable.. as a brief aside, I notice here that the term'humane' and 'dehumanizing' both tie the notion of good living with being human,and while I like good living, I think the linguistic tie is bad. We don't livein 1984-land.. Anyhow, while business school presumably teaches people the mostefficient way to run a business, managing people and resources most effectively,I find myself wondering whether they put effort into making the workplace asfulfilling as it might be for people. Like Capitalism in a pure form is adisaster for the environment, efficient management in a pure form is a disasterfor the people who are so managed. What do people cherish in day-to-day worklife, and how can businesses be arranged to best provide that without becomingmonstrously inefficient? We might start this search many ways -- examining whatmakes the people with the money happy, or what discontents the masses.. It'spossible that people really want different things, but there may be some strongcommon threads of things that make people happy/unhappy. Of course, there arealso the people who see work as just something to pay the bills. Ideally thingswould be arranged so that people resemble wild horses more than broken ones.I don't have any answers on this yet ... I know what makes me unhappy, at least,some of said things, and have ideas on how they might be fixed.. but I'd liketo be able to speak more comprehensively before I say more..

The coloured sand blew gently over the hills, a foot pushes forward, throughthe sand.. (but when we think of a foot, do we actually think of a bare foot,or do we think of shoes and some pant leg?) .. Apocalypse is over, and thosewho have seen the end are back again, battered gods with a new world to shape.Some of them clustered in places that were familiar.. York or Leeds, buildingfires, trying to feel the bones of the dead beneath their feet. Others movedfurther out, settling in the countryside.. is this a way to spend eternity?An endless trampling of past gardens?...In this new realm, the game is different, and I saw you.. had a chance toexplain myself.. you looked back at me, sympathy was in your eyes, but youdidn't say anything, didn't tell me how it could be better. I waited for whatI thought you would say, but the conversation drifted to the trivial, and,disappointed, I wandered off alone.

An insight -- tweak my mail client so the timestring thing remembersthe last number it handed out and increments by exactly 1. This will, na klar,mean that the timestring doesn't tightly resemble the recieved time as muchas it does now, but it's still close enough on the scales I'm interested in thatit's not a big deal, and, more importantly, it makes it easier for wildcards tomatch related messages... It also should make mail retrieval faster... I decided to just implement it really quickly, and it indeed does make maila lot faster (previously I was sleeping 2 seconds between each message reciept).I did it with closures instead of with a global variable.. not bad.

Miguel is still wondering why nobody is coming to his Mono party.Arnold is unhappy that his face is on a bobble-head.I've always found it very irritating that the government has decided that actorsand the like 'own' their likeness, and images of them or too close to them, orreally anything that might be connected to them is something they can control.It's even to the point, as noted in the article, that sounding too much likesomeone can be problematic. Sure, roll your eyes, and say that without suchprotections, we wouldn't have people in the field. Better I think that we losesome niceties and have a lot of freedoms in this regard than commit ourselvesto being a wealthy but enslaved people. A bunch of Microsoft/SCO-funded folk,the Torquemada institute, as I'll call them, have been trying to dig up dirton Linus, and got caught. On their site, as I visited it again to BLOG it, Icame across an advert for the following funny project. Speaking of voting,this person is perhaps in trouble. She's done us a publicservice, pointing out that Diebold is among the most dangerous type ofcorporation -- a corrupt company with close government ties and a direct lineto mess up one of the most vital instruments of our nation.

Israel's been having fun, destroying homes,killing protesters, and expanding support of settlements. Nicht genugLebensraum, ich denke.. Es wurd gut, die Israeli-Hawks denken, ob die ganzeHoligestadt hat nur ein reines Volk. Of course, BushJr, being the decisiveleader, has decided to "urge restraint". In other news, as I predicted, aslap on the wrist was given to one of the people guilty of the abusesat Abu Ghraib.He was booted from the military and is to spend a year in jail, which isapparently the maximum penalty. Such a small price to pay for the kind ofdamage he did to those prisoners... Some Muslims call for his death, and whileI'm iffy on the death penalty, I think life imprisonment would definitely beappropriate. Instead, the guy will just bear a year in jail, will go back hometo his drinking buddies, and probably be congratulated for "giving thetowel-heads what they deserve". The real problem, for the administration, isthat they were dumb enough to take pictures and film of their atrocities, notthat the atrocities happened. It's massively inappropriate for the U.S., which,along with Europe, and moreso than Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Syria (mydecreasing rings of how civilized places seem to be), puts forth a lot of effortin being tolerant, liberal, and culturally advanced, to care so little forhuman dignity in its prisoners. Anything like that happening over here wouldcause large scale riots.. Perhaps it's mostly an appearance thing -- regressivenationalism is big in America too..Fortunately, the Europeans are working on ways to keep Americans frompeeking into their communications. On Perlmonks, there's anotherfun idea on how to frustrate the law when it comes to demand your data.I am impressed that Colin Powell has the guts to admit he was wrongin his push for war in Iraq. I would be amused to see the 2nd Iraq war noted inhistory books as the "Oops!" war.

Sorry for this groaner title I'm creating..American Anti-Obesity Programme Fails to Fit Through the DoorWhile we're being silly, imagine people enduring eight years of a sexlessmarrage (blah blah normal spelling sucks blah blah). Sex is an important partof relationships.. well, most relationships. In this case, the couple probablycould've used a cluestick.Some clever Germans have made a mockup of classic MacOS in Flash.For the conspiracy buffs, here are 50 fishy things about the beheading ofNick Berg. I *really* want to see this film -- the Edukators.

If you're using CVS or Subversion, it's probably a good time to upgrade.I've been meaning to try Subversion a bit more -- I'm going to upgrade mylaptop to Fedora2 when I get the time to back it up -- after that I'll probablystart using Subversion regularly. You might want to donate to

Russian class is turning out pretty well -- the language has a really neatsound, the professor is really cool, and .. I think I've missed learninglanguage things.

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