Sunday, March 25, 2012

E-mail to a friend...

I write my friend in Ca from time to  time, and then realize it could be a post, so...

I'm sorry to hear about you losses.  Sadly, we are the age where that becomes more frequent.  It's weird being the 'elders' at family gatherings now.  I'm glad to hear that your parents are still with you.  Why is your mom in hospice?  And, how is your dad?  Tell them I said "Hello", please.

I'm doing OK.  Met a nice lady on line... we've gotten together a few times in the last month - 1/2 and enjoyed it.  Just hangin' together, but it's been fun.  No rush to take anywhere in particular, which is nice.  I finally found a decent MD, and I'm back on NSAIDs for arthritis in my hands, so I haven't been hurting so much since the first of the year.

Working at two schools as an adjunct, looking for more class hours, or, better yet, a full time gig w/ bennies.  The new doc wants me on Lipitor, but I can't afford it right now, what with the head and hand meds.  He does have me on low-dose aspirin, and I'm generally in good shape.

Arrgh!  Sound like an old guy, talking about all this health shit.

Going to make a business proposal to my lady friend - she has been very successful in sales, and I'm going to ask her if she would try to sell me as a consultant to local small businesses.  I'll go back to being a computer geek whore, and she can be my pimp.  I got a call out of the blue Friday... someone in the DC area code wanted to know if I'd like to be a UG drafter for him.  Going to call back Monday.

Well, that's about it.  Did I send you the link to Eric Raymond's political manifesto?  If not, it's on the blog.  You guys ought to take a look at it.

Say "Hello" to your lovely wife for me!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I've long been a fan...

...of Eric Raymond.  I first discovered him when I picked up a copy of his New Hacker's Dictionary at the MIT Press Bookstore many years ago.  I thoroughly enjoyed The Cathedral and the Bazaar, and I enjoyed his comments in the film Revolution OS, about the early history of Linux.

But this is amazing.  He's captured pretty much everything I've thought in the last 11 years.  Go read =>, or click the AIM button on the right.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Reading List

I got a comment on the old post about the NPR reading list, and responded back with an e-mail.  Then, I thought to my self, "Self, post your own reading list."

I enjoyed the movie "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", based loosely on a comic book of the same name.  What tickled my brain about it was that all of the main characters were from various 19th and early 20th century novels:  Alan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer, Mina Harker, Ishmael, "M", Dr. Jekyll/Mr Hyde, Dorian Grey, and the Invisible Man.

Up to that point, I had read 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Tom Sawyer, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and Moby Dick.  So, in the summer of 2004, I hit Amazon for the titles I hadn't read:

King Solomon's Mines (Alan Quartermain) by H. Rider Haggard

The Invisible Man, by H. G. Wells

And, for completeness, the ones I'd read (in italic, just to be different)

Dracula, by Bram Stoker,

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Which ones have you read??

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sluts Everywhere!!!

Rodger has this up at his place, which prompted me to send this:

Hi, Tami,

I assume that, since MSNBC's Ed Schultz called Laura Ingraham a "slut", that you will not be sponsoring his show, if it  does come back on the air?.  I can only assume so, based on  Mr. David Friend's 3/2 statement (and 3/3 update) about the use of the word by another talk show host Lifelock sponsored.

Will Mr Friend be scheduling a "face-to-face meeting" with Mr. Schultz as well?

Thank you,

That's the name on the e-mail I found at Lifelock:

 I'm just curious to see if Mr. Friend is consistent in his application of outrage.  No one the media should ever call anyone a slut.

Among our other burdens, we need to better behaved than our inferiors.

(See also sondrak for the text of Mr. Friend's statements.)


...added a couple of new comics and web sites to the lists, and changed what gets shown on the lists.