31 May 2003 @ 8:13 AM 

Just to remind you of the Pornolizer.

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 30 May 2003 @ 7:34 PM 

The Friday Five was less lame this week…


  1. What do you want to be remembered for? Humor and joy.
  2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life? If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
  3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year? The first full-system certification of a SIGINT platform for interoperability. Sad, isn’t it?
  4. What about the past ten years? Toughie…The course rewrite for the 98GKP course, I guess. Nothing else jumps out at me.
  5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would it be? Think hard about your decisions, and don’t look back.
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 29 May 2003 @ 3:16 PM 

Aircraft carrier for sale, “cheap.”

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 29 May 2003 @ 3:06 PM 

If I don’t get a bunch of sales on my store, Cafepress says they’ll steal my commissions! C’mon, people, help me out here!

Or not, and I’ll use the accrued commission to buy myself a t-shirt or something.

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 29 May 2003 @ 11:46 AM 

Following up my previous post wondering why CSS is harder to make behave than a table…

Anyway, I just decided to fake it by moving the archive listing to its own page, making the right-hand column incredibly shorter. Odds are, if I have even one post now it won’t get wacky on me. And if it does, maybe it’s telling me I should write more.


Update: With the assistance of the inestimable Gringo, I think maybe it’s working now. Of course, if I don’t shut up for a while, I’ll never know. 🙂

Thanks, Dave. Looks like a good fix. Damned floats…

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 28 May 2003 @ 8:35 PM 

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 28 May 2003 @ 6:53 PM 

Just to prove my geekiness, I now have Acrobat Reader on my Clie, and I’ve put the PDF version of Atlas Shrugged on it. It makes that book much more portable. Too bad I can’t take my Clie to work any more – I need something to keep me awake there.

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 28 May 2003 @ 4:48 PM 

Anyone out there with enough CSS savvy to explain why my main page looks like crap if I don’t have a lot of entries in my weblog? If the links column is longer than the content column, the links ease into the left side. I’ve tried playing with the “height:100%” style, but that only seems to work in IE6. In Netscape/Mozilla and Opera it’s broken. I’m sure the browsers aren’t broken, but why does the code not work quite right? I’m not going to use tables like 1996 to align my page content…

Help? Anyone?

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 28 May 2003 @ 11:30 AM 

Iran arrests Al Qaeda terrorists and President Bush says he’s not impressed.

Anyone surprised?

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 28 May 2003 @ 11:29 AM 

SCO says, We own Unix!
Do Not!
Do Too!

And so it goes…

In response to my musing about what Raymond and Stallman think, Eric Raymond has posted some interesting reading.

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 26 May 2003 @ 5:10 PM 

Whoever ordered from the Spoiled Brat store, thanks. I was beginning to think nobody remembered that it was there. Of course, the Che Guevara store is gone now, but I have others. Just go to my store to see the options.

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 23 May 2003 @ 6:34 PM 

I was going to post the Friday Five, but it was just too lame for words this week. Off to San Antonio this weekend.

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 21 May 2003 @ 8:18 PM 

Both Arianna Huffington and Tom Tomorrow make the correlation between the Spin Doctors of 1600 Pennsylvania and the Matrix Reloaded. Guess it’s not too much of a stretch, considering how the administration’s views on most international events seem at least slightly off from the objective reality.

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 20 May 2003 @ 3:45 PM 

Cafepress has been told I’m violating the copyrights of Albert Korda with an image of Che Guevara I was using on some products that nobody ever bought. Apparently Señor Korda’s estate is more interested in his intellectual property than he ever was. There are many concepts involved in this case, and I’ll lay them out for you.

  • Korda said specifically that he wanted people to copy and spread the image of Che Guevara, as seen in this quote:

    I am not averse to its reproduction by those who wish to propagate his [Guevara’s] memory and the cause of social justice throughout the world,” Korda said in the autumn of 2000.

  • The concept of benign neglect reigns. If someone does not attempt to defend their copyright, even in the face of many highly public uses of it, the right to defend it is hard to manage. Consider how many times you’ve seen the Che Guevara image on posters, t-shirts, etc.
  • The Berne copyright convention is the means for reciprocity between countries and their varying internal copyright laws. Cuba has never signed the Berne convention, because Castro said it was a tool of the capitalists. Korda lived until his death in 2001 in Cuba, and was a proud Cuban citizen.
  • The image I used was not the photograph of Che that Korda took, but a stylized rendering of that image. It is a unique work. To claim that any image of Guevara infringes on Korda’s copyright implies that Guevara’s likeness is ownable and, further, that it is owned by the estate of Señor Korda.

Of course, none of this matters, because the store has been removed and it never made money anyway. Just another example of lawyers bullying people into doing things that aren’t right, merely expedient.

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 18 May 2003 @ 9:22 AM 

Time enough for love
You belong in Time Enough For Love. You are older than you look. Your wit and wisdom are prized by others. People throw themselves on you, begging to be with you.

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 17 May 2003 @ 11:02 AM 

Yet again, some company (Disney) is trying to replicate the “success” of the ill-fated Divx DVD self-destruct format that Circuit City tried years ago. They never learn.

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 17 May 2003 @ 10:52 AM 

The WSJ has an article about a US Army Major who has been relieved of duty for not following orders. This is a toughy…
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 17 May 2003 @ 10:29 AM 

“Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” – George Orwell

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 15 May 2003 @ 9:27 PM 

According to Wired, SCO is suing everyone. For those not keeping score, here is a short timeline of things in SCO-land…
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 15 May 2003 @ 5:10 PM 

If your name is David Nelson, Don’t fly anywhere. The TSA is compiling watchlists of suspicious people, but they don’t bother to include photos or identifying characteristics. Wonder how many David Nelsons there are in the US…
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