i am impressed with some of the essays even after the preliminary scan. i know i would want another volume, with essays from, say, jeff bonwick, henry spencer, sam leffler, richard stallman, marshall mckusick, william clinger, guy steele, radia perlman...
see also: bryan's blog entry about the book.
[sigh, i did not know about the book until i saw it on geoff arnold's now reading sidebar. thanks geoff!]
the path between darwinism and nazism may not be ineluctable, but it is more ineluctable than the evolutionary path from monkey to man.
[ineluctable: lawyer-speak for inescapable]
Well, then, let’s face it. You’re a porker yourself. And then the liberals sue doctors to keep them from delivering babies! At least that’s an improvement. Liberals used to eat babies. Maybe that’s why they got so fat.
bernhard edmaier, patterns of earth
richard morgan, black man
loise antony (ed), philosophers without gods: meditations on atheism and secular life
jerome groopman, md, how doctors think
natalie angier, the canon: a whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science
gerd gigerenzer, gut feelings: the intelligence of the unconscious
[for sf readers, black man is very highly recommended, but be warned that it is not a lightweight read.]
the inhabitants of this great wilderness may live and die without ever having contact with humanity. long may it be that way. -- david attenborough [planet earth]
You know what I love about the GPL? Regular lawyers can't understand it. -- groklaw
attention conservation notice: i know nothing about music and have no taste. -- cosma shazili [random notes from the tail end of the montreal jazz festival]
Q: You have run into criticism from certain religious groups who regard you as subversive, with the Catholic Herald describing your work as 'worthy of the bonfire.' Do such emotional responses concern or upset you or does it please you to generate strong reactions?
A: I'm delighted to have brought such excitement into what must be very dull lives. -- philip pullman [about the writing]
precious! precious! oh my precious we loves you. we loves you! -- brent on his new iphone [pvp]
whether or not the jesus phone achieves worldly success, it will succeed in its own way by convincing people that the world can be different. -- ed felten [behind the iphone frenzy]
no man treats a motor car as foolishly as he treats another human being. -- bertrand russell [has religion made useful contributions to civilization?]
release early, release often, repent! -- me
do not eat or open desiccant
do not consume if having certain allergy -- san feng yuan peanut package warning
the frenchwoman has become americanized; she speaks seriously about serious matters, she takes life seriously, she rides on the rigid saddle of modern manners, dresses poorly, tastelessly, and wears corsets of galvanized tin which can resist most powerful pressures. -- jules verne [paris in the twentieth century]
turn off everything. patrol your house to pull the plugs on the tv, the radio, the fax, the e-mail-transmitting computer and its ingrown internet. go sit on your porch with a glass of vodka lemonade, a pad and pencil, and truly think. -- ray bradbury [bradbury speaks]
ursula leguin on serious literature and on a sad critic named ruth franklin.
new scientist environment: climate change: a guide for the perplexed. [a pointer i need to send to at least one canadian right-wing rag in denial.]
council of europe's report on dangers of creationism in education, june 2007.
Type the login and the password -
Found the system even slower
Even slower than the first time
(Just as though some evil spirit
Had reprogrammed all of UNIX
In the language LISP or OCCAM -
Which among the cognosenti
Are not fames for running quickly
Rather for their ponderous slowness
Like a third year CS student
Trying to make out a theorem
Such as that of Church and Rosser).
Peter's often highly unconventional stewardship of the countless students, researchers, and advisees he has touched is the stuff of graduate student legend. His penetratingly insightful (and potentially hazardous) questions and comments, combined with a paradoxically unflinching loyalty, consistently have led those under his tutelage to the pinnacle of achievement in security, systems, and networking.
Those of us who have come forward with our names and photographs represent countless others who are unable or unwilling to do so because of the threats faced by those considered 'apostates' - punishable by death in countries under Islamic law.
- support for symlinks
- improved tag handling
- improved merge handling of file and directory renames
- improved named branch usability
- numerous improvements to commands
- generic pre- and post-command hooks
- improved Windows support
- basic BeOS and OpenVMS support
- numerous bug fixes
related reading: mercurial book in progress
lisp: no description provided -- freebsd package install
if there is one lesson that i have learned well along the way, it is simply this: the place to live is in the here and now. -- freeman patterson
obscurantism in an academic subject expands to fill the vacuum of its intrinsic simplicity. -- Dawkins’s Law of the Conservation of Difficulty
If I see another compact camera where the down-key on a Direction pad brings up a Focus menu so that you can get to the Close-up focus mode, I think I’ll puke. -- thom hogan [thom's compact challenge]
i like dull. it lasts. -- glod glodsson [soul music]
why program by hand in five days what you can spend five years of your life automating? -- terence parr's motto
we have met our alien overlords, and they are us. -- cosma shalizi
it had a tossed-in-the-air-fruitcake quality ... -- owen gleiberman [on dead man's chest]
at the end of the movie, adults and kids were standing up and clapping...