May 2006 Archives

Thanks to Medley for pointing out that I left the links out of the last two posts. I think I’m going to chalk that up to just being rusty after that little posting break there… yeah, that’s it…

Athenae lays it out:

You want to talk backlash? I’ll give you a backlash, you paunchy ex-jock hanging out at the Alumni Club afraid some guy is gonna hit on you because he’s blinded by your sex appeal and can’t see what all the women in the place see: a guy who listens to Springsteen’s “Glory Days” and actually gets nostalgic about high school, you fucking kitchen appliance. I’ll give you a backlash, you upright churchgoing family of 2.5 and a dog that thinks seeing something that makes you uncomfortable constitutes an intrusion of some sort. You know what? Seeing stuff you don’t like is called America, and if you want to start outlawing stuff you don’t like, get in line behind me, pal-o-mine because I’ve got a list of shit that pisses me off that I’ve been making for years, and every time you mention your goddamn sacrosanct throat and what’s getting shoved down it, you move closer to the top. You want to see a backlash? Keep talking.

Preach on, preach on…

This was a refreshing read:

I think it’s time to get serious about the role God plays in human affairs, and evaluate whether it’s appropriate to let everyone in on the bad news: God doesn’t exist, never did, and the closest thing we’ll ever see to God will emerge from our own collective efforts at making meaning. … Like any other public health crisis, the belief in religion must now be treated as a sickness. It is an epidemic, paralyzing our nation’s ability to behave in a rational way, and - given our weapons capabilities - posing an increasingly grave threat to the rest of the world.

Go, Read The Whole Thing (tm)

Anybody coming to town for LISA in December?

Way, way behind on this story, but here’s the original EFF press release on the topic, and Wired just posted all the documents from EFF’s primary witness:

The documents, available on Wired News as of Monday, consist of 30 pages, with an affidavit attributed to Klein, eight pages of AT&T documents marked “proprietary,” and several pages of news clippings and other public information related to government-surveillance issues. The AT&T documents appear to be excerpted from material that was later filed in the lawsuit under seal. But we can’t be entirely sure, because the protective order prevents us from comparing the two sets of documents. … The court’s gag order is very specific in barring only the EFF, its representatives and its technical experts from discussing and disseminating this information. The court explicitly rejected AT&T’s motion to include Klein in the gag order and declined AT&T’s request to force the EFF to return the documents.

I was in the Post again, a month or so back. One of my cow-orkers now refers to me as “the index card guy”. I haven’t yet tried to explain that I know the real index card guy.

One of the raindrops in what lately seems to be a deluge of outrage from our fair government:

New federal guidelines ask all females capable of conceiving a baby to treat themselves — and to be treated by the health care system — as pre-pregnant, regardless of whether they plan to get pregnant anytime soon. Among other things, this means all women between first menstrual period and menopause should take folic acid supplements, refrain from smoking, maintain a healthy weight and keep chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes under control.

On the plus side, here’s another activity to avoid: scooping the litter box — toxoplasmosis, don’tcha know.

On the minus side… well, the mind sort of boggles at where to start the list. sigh

Reading between the lines, there have been some major shakeups in the Catalyst dev team organization. I haven’t been doing too much Catalyst stuff recently, because the pace of change of the project was just too high for me to keep up with. It sounds like one of the side effects of this shake up might be a slowdown, which would be nice.