march against dark ages and betrayal...

from today's toronto star, turkey split in bitter struggle:

At least 700,000 people marched against Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's candidacy in Istanbul yesterday, waving the red national flag and invoking Turkey's long secular tradition. Powerful generals hinted they might step in to resolve the deadlock over Gul in parliament, which elects the president.

i wish i was at that march...

[reports from family members put the attendance numbers well over a million...]


recently noted quotes

You must not use ReiserFS v3 for your recordings. You will get corrupted recordings if you do. -- MythTV howto

my nephew kept saying he didn't want anything to do with fista. what is fista? is it a street gang thing? -- anonymous elderly

I've been using UNIX & Plan 9 for 26 years, and not once have I wanted to chop the tail off a file. -- tom duff (2000)

Many (open source) hackers are proud if they achieve large amounts of code, because they believe the more lines of code they've written, the more progress they have made. The more progress they have made, the more skilled they are. This is simply a delusion. -- suckless.org (about)

meat is food.
vegetables are what food eats.
fruits are vegetables that try to trick you by tasting good.
fish are fast moving vegetables.
mushrooms are what grows on vegetables after food is done with them.
-- source unknown [told by henry]

I asked why no recognized experts on radiometric dating were invited to participate in the conference, given that none of the speakers had any training or experience in experimental geochronology. He was candid enough to admit that they would have liked to included one on the team, but there are no young-earth geochronologists in the world. -- todd feeley [reporting from RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth) creationist conference.]

the unfortunate and inevitable concomitant of "bring it on" is "how do you like it now?" -- david mamet [bambi vs godzilla]

recommended reading: security engineering

ross anderson's highly regarded [and somewhat expensive] book security engineering: a guide to building dependable distributed systems is now available online. there is even an audio book in progress.

some good new books in the library...

most anticipated books this month were hitchens's god is not great: how religion poisons everything, taner edis's An illusion of harmony: science and religion in islam and hofstadter's i am a strange loop. hitchens is proving to be one of the most important and stimulating reads of the year for me. edis's book is very familiar in many ways; turkey [author's and my country of birth] is a convenient and dominant source for the book, and i read some of the draft chapters last year. i thought he was pulling his punches a bit. [i like edis a lot. his previous ghost in the universe is an excellent addition to an atheist's library] alas, all this is taking my reading time away from the other 327 books on the pile... [but i shall first finish onfray's intensely sharp and entertaining Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.]


recommended reading: mercurial book

a good book in progress: distributed revision control with mercurial by bryan o'sullivan. source code is in a mercurial repo at http://hg.serpentine.com/mercurial/book.


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an individual relates himself in action to his society through the use of tools that he actively masters, or by which he is passively acted upon. to the degree that he masters his tools, he can invest the world with his meaning; to the degree that he is mastered by his tools, the shape of the tool determines his own self-image. -- ivan d. illich (tools for conviviality)

you are coming to a sad realization. cancel or allowed? -- vista security guy

there is a little immaturity stuck away in the crannies of even the most judicious of us, and we should treasure it. -- roger ebert [review of the mummy]

there is music in everything, if you know how to find it. -- imp [terry pratchett, soul music]

It's always "but why do you want that" and "you don't want that" or "we can already do that" or "we tried that, it didn't work" and back to "but why do you want that". -- ron minnich (plan9 mailing list)

We all want our lenses to be tack sharp, period end period. -- bjørn rørslett

Unspeakable and unpronounceable Norwegian words, often with the odd Finnish phrase inserted, then rip apart the darkness around me. -- bjørn rørslett