All stick and no carrot, since ought-three.
`Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on ``I am not too sure''.' -- H. L. Mencken.
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Thu, 12 Feb 2004
(From my good friend Lex Luthor)Fri, 23 Jan 2004
Heh. http://deangoesnuts.com/Sat, 17 Jan 2004
Holy shit. I have just seen the dilemma that has occupied my mind for the past two years—which started as a nagging doubt once I left college, only to grow like a fast-spreading fungus to become my daily angst—what I thought was my own personal, bizarre hell—described on paper, in lucid and exacting detail.
Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham.
Every single sentence in this essay is like the tolling of some great Bell of Truth in my head.
Identity crisis: resolving, slowly.
Paul Graham has written a fantastic essay called What You Can't Say about taboo topics within society. He pulls together, in a elegant and cohesive manner, several ideas that I (and, I'm sure, many others) have had about at one point or another about taboo topics: the historical constancy of their existence within society, the fact that every generation invariably considers itself
He discusses how one might discover the taboo topics of one's own generation, and how, more often than not, these topics are the ones that that society has mistaken beliefs about.
I think one of the things that really reverberated in me about this article is the fact that I know I'm more aware of these things than most people, and Paul Graham is too, and for the same reasons. We are both nerds:
And we are both (god help me) scientists:
See, I can tell he's a scientist from this note:
Anyways, it's definitely worth a read.Fri, 09 Jan 2004
Comcast, which provides the All-Thing with cable modem access, called me a few days ago, out of the blue, to say that, in some kind of bizarre airline-style price-fixing scheme, if I add basic cable, then my total bill would go down by $5 a month. Which is completely nonsensical, but in this day and age of foiling terrorists via nail-file-breaking and duct-tape-buying, I have long since abandoned my foolish attempts to believe that the world conforms to the antiquated notions of
Of course, they fuck up the installation, and internet access is suddenly gone. I have to call to request someone else to re-fix it. I was half expecting them to tell me it would take two weeks, which I would have answered with the sound my seppuku dais being dragged into place, but they had someone here within 24 hours, and, to Comcast's credit, he was completely professional and knowledgeable and fixed things within 15 minutes.
Apparently the change that the first guy was supposed to make he did at the house box, rather than at the pole box where it should have been, presumably because it was too cold out, and didn't bother to check that it worked...
(I should have just said to them in the first place: how about you just charge me $5 less and not install the tv stuff and we'll call it even.)Wed, 07 Jan 2004
My kind of humor.
The entire strip is worth checking out.Sat, 03 Jan 2004
(from dph)Mon, 22 Dec 2003
This is great!
Some really neat
(From MetaFilter.)Wed, 17 Dec 2003
I imagine this must have been all around the blogosphere, but I just stumbled upon it today:
What kind of markers can we place to deter our post-apocalyptic posterity from entering a radiation waste site for the next 10,000 years? Read Excerpts from Expert Judgement on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Pretty fascinating stuff.
(Or buy the t-shirt.)
Craigslist more aptly described: http://boston.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/20274505.htmlFri, 12 Dec 2003
You'll never look at them quite the same way.
(And, incidentally, from the comments section, this image.)Tue, 09 Dec 2003
Yes, those are real rat fetuses. From http://www.greggman.com/japan/designfesta2002-05/designfesta2002-05.htm, which has a bunch of pretty cool stuff.
(from jwz)Sun, 07 Dec 2003
It's true! So, so terribly true! Who will be eaten first?
(from bb)Fri, 10 Oct 2003
I've just paid good money to add a couple more DNS servers pointing to masanjin.net because people have been complaining about failed DNS lookups when emailing me (which is completely bizarre, but whatever—I've got to assume it's a problem on my part when multiple people report the same issues.)
One thing that really irked me was that every dynamic DNS provider that I looked at—DynDNS, No-IP, ChangeIP, etc.— all had basically the same usage agreement, including this ridiculous provision:
Now seriously. Besides the fact that it doesn't really make any sense AT ALL to speak of
Well, whatever. I'm more than happy to click the agree button to nonsensical service agreements. It's almost like I'm not agreeing to anything! Tee hee! Fucking morons.Mon, 29 Sep 2003
Now that bluegrasscountry.org has turned into a non-stop loop of soulless, generic, watery gruel I've been checking out other sources of music. I hit the jackpot with BeatBasement —I have yet to hear a track I haven't dug. Solid underground hip-hop.
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. -- Mark Twain