Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Tue Nov 25 20:40:31 2003
Found on the Church Door...

Yes, it's Christmas, the time to give the "Bad Religion" Crossbusters Logo a workout, for it's that time of year when Christians wear their religion on their sleeve :) To do my part, I've temporarily changed my desktop background from my sigil to their logo, and it's visible at Coffee Tree. :)

Oh, by the way -- I'm cleaning off packages from my laptop and from dachte that I don't need, and notice that.. yes, pax is there. RMS and his GNU Project are normally pretty sane, but in this case, like with GNU Info, they've produced a stupid, pointless program. Info is the result of what happened after lynx and man (a web browser and the standard documentation viewer on Unix) got drunk one night, and produced an ugly, disfigured child, inferior to both its parents. And pax? What does it do? Well, it can make and extract from cpio archives.. oh, but cpio can do that! Well, it can open tar archives too... oh, but why not use tar for that? Ahh, but it can also open gzipped tar archives.. oh, but tar can do that too! Yes, pax is stupid. Like info, it's what happened when two perfectly fine pieces of software, in this case GNU tar and GNU cpio did something foolish, and produced a child that's less useful than either of the parents. My advice? Take that piece of junk off of your system. I might see exactly how open the new Fedora process is, by suggesting that RedHat remove it from the standard distribution.

Oh, a warning to windows users -- yet another trojan *snicker* horse is going around. Word on the street is that the "anti-spam" bill recently passed is anything but, and is actually seen as a good thing by the spammers. *sigh*

One of my favourite comedians, Steven Wright, has some new DVDs for sale. They're, oddly, not on Amazon.

Oh, here's a fun quote by a dead white guy... "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people... it is true that most stupid people are conservative." -- John Stuart Mill I found it on this page..... I really love all the quote collections on the net..

In fairness to the opposition, here's a link to a bunch of christians who've spent a lot of time attacking science that says things that hurt their religion. I found it by stumbling across this subpage on thermodyanmics, and while they're wrong, they're wrong in ways that most causual sciency folk won't see through it. Go ahead, my readers, sharpen your teeth on this (rare) set of sophisticated arguments between Xians and others.

Here's another comic for you. Here's something that *is* comic.. Some more stuff on pre-Mosaic religion of the Hebrews...

The government grows ever scarier -- now they can demand logs from service providers, and demand that they not tell the spied-upon person. You might notice that I don't have a privacy statement on my webpage. It's my server, and I'll do whatever the hell I want with it. As of right now, I don't actually collect any data that you're likely to need to worry about what I do with it, and anything I do collect, you'll just need to decide, based on what you know of me, if you want to give it to me or not -- barring any particular understanding between us, I make no promises. However, let me tell you this.. I, Pat Gunn, hereby do swear on the same standard of honesty and integrity that binds me as a philosopher, that if the government attempts to get my logs, that I will do my very best to 'lose' them, and that I will make a good effort to tell the world about it, provided that I don't think you're someone who deserves to be caught.

Some people are too sensitive. I'd hound such people, if only I knew who they are. It's called a motherboard, not a mainboard, and I'll do my best to avoid buying disks that use the wrong terminology.. but, alas, one of the things about markets like this is that if there arn't counterincentives, the distributed cost of irritating millions of geeks with politically correct terminology is less than not being able to do business with a lucrative partner. I guess though, in any bunch there're some .. *characters*. Here's a nod to people from my ex-party, the Libertarians, who had some people protesting affirmative action by selling cookies to people, at prices that vary by the race of the buyer. For the record, though I'm no longer Libertarian, I still agree with them on this point, and think the symbolism is appropriate, the metaphor apt.

During the cleaning of the bookmarks, I found that Jonathan Brandis, an actor I liked, suicided about 20 days ago. Oh well. I guess, unlike most people, I don't view suicide as being a taboo topic, nor do I think it deserves the knee-jerk dismissal that so many people give it. The thing is, barring superstitious notions attached to it, suicide is not something that can really be judged very well from a subjective POV -- in life, we evaluate things according to our ends, but this style of thought simply has no way to consider elimination of the self, outside of what one wants for society or others, and while those factors often do play a large role in how we make big decisions in life, usually we also pay a lot of attention to how our experiences will be altered by our actions. With no meaningful direction from there, a type of experience that is at least not silent on every other topic of life, how can we really say that one can ever judge one's own death or suicide rationally or irrationally? It is, by nature, a very special type of decision where the regular practices and rules don't apply.

Heh, amusingly, as much as it amuses me to be doing so, I appear to have given you a stocking-stuffer style entry again :O