Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Brain Dumps

I feel a bit odd beginning the process of comprehensively passing on Unix lore to someone else, It's strange that something which I enthusiastically share in pieces is something I feel a bit posessive of when the idea that someone could get a complete(ish) imprint from my sharing. After a bit of prodding around at it, I think it might be that it's some part of my identity, and the idea of spreading that fellowship around feels a bit diminishing. If this is actually what's going on in my head, I don't approve of that thought pattern - it's something I've long actively fought. Still, it's interesting to see it as another one of the bits of scaffolding and structure that's part of us as individuals - tension between wanting to be distinct and wanting commonality between our peers, expert-level teaching as a self-dedistinctifying role. This is still distinct from basic/functional Unix knowledge (can use a GNOME/KDE desktop comfortably) - everything from a set of awesome little tricks to make typing faster/smarter (e.g. escape-underscore) to debugging and systems utilities (xrandr, screen,...) to how X/xauth/etc work. I think it'd be nice if that information was very available, even as it would make the community of people who know much more broad. Not odd for me to say, but odd that there's a bit of me that's hesitant.

I wish I could say I'm disappointed in Avigdor Lieberman for his efforts to make impossible the already-difficult go at a reasonable Israeli-Palestinian settlement, but he's always been a disgustingly jingoistic fellow on par with Ze'evi. There are hawks on both sides that must be bulldozed if there's even to be a chance at peace - likely most of Hamas and many right-wing Israeli political parties. Plus all of the settlers. It would be worthwhile for Israel and Palestine to both suspend democracy sufficiently long to create a peace and allow it to gain inertia enough that those against it would understand the cost of the conflict (if they could trust each other to actually manage it and the peace were equitable, that is). When democratic or semidemocratic cultures are at each others throats and cause this much conflict, the cost of nondemocratic means is less than the cost of this mess continuing. Whether that would mean an externally imposed peace or just sufficiently good leaders with the right enabling legislation to stifle barriers to peace does not matter. The cost of this conflict, both indirect and direct, is far too high to permit it to continue.

Trying to order a book that sounds like a fantastic survey of logic called 「Sweet Reason」 - problem: second edition has not yet been published, despite being used at a certain university. Persuading them to mail me a copy will be interesting.

Installed GoogleChrome onto my laptop - felt faster, but Firefox is just as fast if I disable all the extensions. Why do extensions slow Firefox down so much? I understand that they use all these hooks that otherwise are no-ops, but I'd guess I have about a 40% speedup when they're all ofline. Sigh.

Hopefully tonight's jog will go ok - I will have to wrap one of my toes that hasn't quite healed up yet, but otherwise I suspect I'll be fine. Body is continuing to apprach the shape I want it to have, and apartment is getting oddly clean. w00.

Tags: israel, tech

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