Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Sat Jul 12 13:00:00 2003
OSCon Report (aftermath)

I'm on the plane back east. Early in the journey, I saw a mountain peek up through the cloud cover. It was frosted in white, and now we're over sand mountains. I was surprised to find they're not charging for headphones for the in-flight movie -- it's that Martin/DanaAdams comedy Bringing down the House. Today is to be a boring one, but it provides me a chance to reflect. The ORA Conference was missing something. I'm still not certain what was there -- a lessened sense of community, a more serious mode, I'm not sure. I learned a lot, and did have a good trip overall. Hmm.

A thought -- there was talk, in the open source business model, about choke points in technology, and using them for revenue. It seems as if toll bridges are a good model for this, and open bridges threaten such control. Profit inspires construction of bridges, true, but it also inspires new, deeper chasms. Wealth accumulation is both about giving capabilities and taking away quality of life. In one clause, it's about creating as wide a gulf as possible between life with cooperation of vendor, and life without. Capitalism, unbounded, is not clearly a plus or minus for society, but it's elements are only rarely neutral for everyone.

Yesterday, on the way back from dinner, I came to the brick park I described earlier, and there was a festival, with sand scultures. And, as is the custom, there were evangelicals with megaphones and signs there to make sure nobody could enjoy themselves.I sat for a time and talked with some of them. We talked philosophy, and it was fun, but I now wonder if they realize how obnoxious it was for them to be there, disrupting a charity event. *shrug* They also said that they knew of Brother Jed, and that he was not a Christian, and one of then told me his impression of my future. Apparently, I'm to move to Italy. Hmmmmm.

Earlier that day, Stonehenge Consulting arranged a party at an arcade called Ground Kntrol, with ancient videogames. Quarters were provided by Stonehenge, and it was a lot of fun. Some games I had played on PC ages ago, and had forgotten. Before that, some of us went to the zoo. Fun. But now I'm on my way home, to be with my cat and sleep on my futon for the first time in too long. I also can check on my friend, and have some quiet time. My mom said on a recent phone call that a family reunion may happen soon on her side.

Well, we're descending, and it's pretty down there..