Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Thu Dec 11 13:44:08 2003
Unwelcome insight

I've recently come to understand a few things with people I've known.. My worst enemy, from middle to high school, the cruel clown... Also, some more insight into what went wrong recently. My thoughts have wandered around the map, once freed from the desire to absorb everything sent my way. Yeah, Pat, you messed up a bit, and she continually messed up, but she warned you too, during moments of clarity. It was always your choice.. maybe it wasn't the wrong gamble to make, but it was complex. You've already established a new foothold here, now all there's left, for her, for him, and for everyone else, is to understand those you've judged, and make sure you're not just seeing what you need or want to see.

The dead month continues.. places close, people leave town, campus is bare. Days get shorter, colder... it's hard to wake up. There was an old science fiction story, scientifically silly, but good reading, about entropy increasing, spread over all of space... people, nature, everything grew tired, it was hard to stay awake. The world was coming to an end, and they were doing desperate research to try to pull things together... was it an asimov story? I think the story must've been written in winter... on the topic, someone stopped by, and I gave them some spare books I have that I had been trying to ditch on half.com for awhile. We ended up talking philosophy for about 2 hours, over tea. Enjoyable..

Some music for you... The punk version of "God Save the Czar" is particularly nice.

For those of us who have a hard time thinking that people who like Solaris/Intel exist, there's this guy. Wow. To fill in some more detail, he got a MIS degree, and he takes care to accent the 'e's in his spelling of the word resume.. ;)

ICANN, everyone's favourite and oh-so-open group, is apparently playing victim, being shut out from some U.N. committees that want to internationalize some core net services that currently are

fan of those companies, but I do wonder if the U.N. could do better -- one of the things that makes me think it might be a bad thing is that WIPO might be on one of the controlling committees. Of course, I have wondered if the U.N. is more about making the world safe for business than to provide a safer world with liberal notions of freedom more widespread..

I recently stumbled on a webcomic I might start regularly visiting.

On the topic of China-Taiwan, China eventually rattled its sabre enough that Taiwan blinked, and then on a visit to washington, got some lukewarm support for their moves. Taiwan isn't too pleased.

Here's an analysis on how Putin is managing the economy.. it's portraying it as a mixed market similar to that of Japan, and of course, being the Washington Post, tosses in a snide dismissal at the end. What are we to think of mixed markets? We live in one, China lives with one, and there are endless shades of 'how managed' and 'to what end' things can be arranged. Should there be guiding principles for how to lay the foundation?

Go Dean! It's interesting how large that figure we first saw on TV a year ago has grown...

Redhat recently had a change in direction for how their linux distro is to be branded and maintained. While in all I think it was a bad move, both for them and the community, I do wonder what the end results of Progeny's intent to sell support for their old releases will be. As customers, we don't need to think about the health of the businesses -- they extract enough wealth from imprisoning their users through their desires that they'll survive, or something similar may come about. On the borders of capitalism, I worry that there's more fragility, as they attempt to exploit less.

In Zimbabwe, no doubt you've heard that when the Commonwealth suspended the country, Mugabe had it quit the organization. Blair warned that Mugabe might lose his knighthood. Nice one there Blair, I'm sure the loss of that title will do what expelling the nation from a political/trade body didn't. It is interesting though, that parliament, by the warning, might be able to strip people of knighthood -- how does that work exactly? Traditionally, the royal family has been the one to grant it...

Ok, just got a phone call, and apparently the chess game is over, and I've won. Now I can let you in on what's been going on. When I moved from Columbus, I was living in a large, dumpy, cheap blue house (that was, nontheless, very cool). After falling in love with Debb, and deciding to move to Pittsburgh, I quickly made arrangements to transfer the (2-year) lease to some other folk.. I returned my cablemodem, cancelled the utilities, and high-tailed it outta there, settling down in Pittsburgh::Shadyside (and have since moved to Pittsburgh::Squirrel_Hill). Eventually my parents got a letter.. from Columbia Gas. They apparently didn't record that I called them, and had a bill to my name for $1400, for about 8 months of gas service. Since then, I've been talking to lawyers and a few other people who've been helpful. I've been hoping they would just disappear -- the communications have been pretty sparse (partly due to them not having my current address). The thing that finally put an end to it was my contacting the Public Utilities Commission, issuing a formal complaint. That got an entirely new person on the phone, someone at ColumbiaGas who seemed interested in working with me to resolve the issue. After a lot of information exchange between me, her, and my old landlord, it was found that not only do I not owe them any money (yay!), they owe me a (much smaller but still significant) bit because I overpaid (yay). Thanks to everyone who helped me out through this (especially Jason).

Radiation is a major concern for manned missions to Mars... It'll be much more of a concern if, as some futurist-minded folk suggest, we're to eventually inhabit the moons of Jupiter and Saturn...

Ahh, BushJr is out to win more friends. Yes, this is the same dolt who wonders why few other countries are willing to help with the peacekeeping.. And, na klar, if these contracts wern't ways to reap fat, inflated profits as a nod to businesses BushJr (pbuh) likes, companies wouldn't be so keen to get their hands on them.