Skellywag

Friday, September 30, 2005

Thought works

I remember clearly a decision I made early in career, just as I went independent. I decided then that I wouldn't work with unpleasant people, however capable they might be. I wouldn't fight them, just avoid them. I decided that whatever the advantages it would bring to hang around with able jerks, it just wasn't worth the hassle. I've never regretted that decision,

Martin Fowler on why People Matter Most


Saturday, September 24, 2005

Spellbinding

In search of (apparently elusive) witch art, I came across these fantasy images by James Ryman. The thief is particularly good, likewise the Blackweave Witch.


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Almost-pointless

An ex-housemate of mine in Sicily is going to open a Chindogu cafe/bookshop. That is the height of idle cool!


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I do not own a single loyalty card: here's why

"Companies such as Experian, Claritas and Equifax have databases on individuals and Crucible collects from them all. Any questionnaire you may have completed, any reader offers you responded to, are bought to build up a picture of attitudes and habits. Crucible also trawls the electoral roll, collecting names, ages and housing information. It uses data from the Land Registry, Office for National Statistics and other bodies to generate a profile of the area you live in. Zodiac is employed to provide a more detailed profile."
http://money.guardian.co.uk/ news_/story/0,1456,1573990,00.html


Ghetto

Related to the genocide in New Orleans, a tale of third world living in the USA:

"Metaphors of caste like these are everywhere in the United States. Sadly, although dirt and water flow downhill, money and services do not."

"So there is, in fact, no exit for these children. East St. Louis will likely be left just as it is for a good many years to come: a scar of sorts, an ugly metaphor of filth and overspill and chemical effusions, a place for blacks to live and die within, a place for other people to avoid when they are heading for St. Louis."

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/ Third_World_US/SI_Kozol_StLouis.html


Friday, September 16, 2005

Virtuous, me?

As attributed to Larry Wall:

Three Virtues of Programming

  • LAZINESS: The quality that makes you go to great effort to reduce overall energy expenditure.
  • IMPATIENCE: The anger you feel when the computer is being lazy.
  • HUBRIS: Excessive pride, the sort of thing Zeus zaps you for. Also the quality that makes you write (and maintain) programs that other people won't want to say bad things about.
From http://kw.pm.org/talks/0204-modules/slide013.html and elsewhere.

I am pleased to note that I qualify on all three counts.


.NET 3.0 has inbuilt query language operators


Friday, September 09, 2005

Israeli soldiers confirm shoot-to-kill policy

Israeli soldiers confirm shoot-to-kill policy

Note: this is shoot-to-kill children


Doppelganger

My Oxford namesake has published a novel: Endymion Spring [750Kb]

A random girl from Paris once emailed him, threatening to come over and screw him silly. He generously forwarded the mail to me, not recognising her name. More generously still, I suggested we could share ;)


Hurricane Katrina: Why is the Red Cross not in New Orleans?

The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane.

http://www.redcross.org/faq/0,1096,0_682_4524,00.html#4524

I am so grossed out by the Katrina stuff: the reaction of Bush, I mean. It doesn't exactly surprise me that Bush is acting like this, but the SHEER INDOLENT THUGGISH TROGLODYTE GALL with which he ignored the poor/black in N.O. is sickening. I hope he and his cronies get typhoid and rabies and leprosy and spend their last days wretching their guts up and scratching their eyes out.

The Media are being denied access to New Orleans.
What does the US Govt have to hide? Thousands of bodies, is the sickening answer.

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...an entire city destroyed by an incompetent leader who cut levee money so the richest could have a tax cut and then stayed on vacation instead of focusing on saving New Orleans.

And since when have Combat Operations been classed as 'help'?


Lipshot


vision by benjamin kaufmann

from foto_decadent


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Fw: [ukquake] Swiss Karl makes love to his HD

> ok....
>
> First you work your way around the outsides...moistening the MBR..then
> you move inwards...zero'ing sectors as you go....you thrust at the
> partition tables...quicker and quicker....the disk moans....it begs
> for more, for you to finish your formatting.  it's back arches, at the
> same time you let flow your final move, "quit and save
> changes".......she is motionless, and empty again. waiting to be
> filled up and the whole process repeated.


Friday, September 02, 2005

I have to see this band

http://www.titsofdeath.com/

TITS OF DEATH – Five women, two bass guitars, two synths, one guitar. And the dirty box! Tits of Death was borne out of not much more than the simple desire to jump around and act out the deepest, darkest, most Spinal Tap-esque of rock fantasies. And yet the beast has grown to become the dirtiest, sexiest girl rock’n’roll group in town. If you’ve been wanting a band with the Runaways / Suzy Quatro / Girlschool kind of spirit then this is the group you’ve been waiting for!

http://www.dirtywaterclub.com/losers


My life is like this...

Girl: Did you really fuck that other girl?
Guy: No, not really. She fucked me.
Girl: Oh okay. You're really an asshole, you know that?
Guy: Sure.

http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/002514.html

self.Deprecate();


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Out of action

On Wednesday, Nagin called for a total evacuation of New Orleans, saying the city will not be functional for two or three months and that people would not be allowed back into their homes for at least a month or two.

Hang on... A MONTH OR TWO? This is a city in the 'most developed' country in the world, and a city is closed down for a month or two. Apocalyptic stuff. I expect roving bands of preachers claiming that the world is about to end ;)

Seriously, though, what do they expect? Iraq was hit with massive sanctions, and then roving bands of US Marines turn up and terrorize the fuck out of the ordinary folk. You can hardly be surprised at this mindless violence when there is so much, err, midless violence ENDORSED my Dubya et al.