How do you create reputation without compromising privacy? Ideally, you would like to trade goods with people using BitCoin directly but how can you know if the other party is trustworthy? You can take a “web of trust” approach where the people you trade successfully with sign some sort of document that described the transaction but then everyone else can see your trading partners. That’s obviously undesirable. Any thoughts?
I switched from MOG to Spotify now that they have a Linux client in beta. I have to say, the music discovery and friend integration is much better and I have *WAY* more friends on Spotify. MOG’s web client worked terribly on Linux and most other platforms from what I read. Streaming would constantly choke and stutter. I ended up mostly listening on my Android phone, which is OK but isn’t really the service I was paying for. Now that I have a working desktop client I find myself listening to a lot more tunes.
Of course, I wish the desktop client was Open Source but at least there is Linux support and at least it works and works well!
I started running Debian around 1995 after starting on Yggdrasil in 93 and playing around with Slackware for a while. Once I found Debian, I didn’t switch again. I’m typing this on my Debian desktop at home and will go get on my Debian workstation at the office in a bit. All our servers, both in the office and at the Via West colo, run Debian. I wish my phone did too.
This Ken Ham video is so interesting. In his mind, the evolution vs the Bible argument comes down to a question of authority rather than an argument of facts. Watch the “view promo” link on this page:
I get that his job is to promote the Biblical perspective as he sees it but its still a little shocking to hear it stated the way he does. Its not about whether its right or wrong but about *who* says its right or wrong. I hold the exact opposite view that he does because I think young people are walking away from the church because its authority figures are setting up religious belief against scientific facts. That’s a terrible idea, because science puts computers in your hand and men on the moon. Anyone who spends any time looking into the problem is going to figure out that science works.
U.S. District Judge Sim Lake should
not be re-elected* should be impeached! If you haven’t heard the bad news, Houston citizens Ashley Nicole Richards and Brent Justice have been making ends meet by producing videos of themselves torturing and killing kittens, puppies and other small animals.
Certainly these warped mental throwbacks should be allowed to draw cartoons, tell stories and painstakingly describe animal cruelty in whatever manner their sick and stomach turning imaginations can contrive. The guarantee of Free speech, however, does not somehow magically make acts of animal cruelty legal.
I understand that there are legal implications for slaughterhouses, wild game hunters, research labs and all kinds of other questionable consumers of animals. I eat meat, so my hands aren’t clean. These kinds of businesses require you to obtain licenses. I would pray that any slaughterhouse that puts up videos of themselves maximizing the pain of their livestock as entertainment would not retain their license for long.
* District Federal judges are appointed. Thanks Avi.
I gave up drinking for Lent since its one of the only vices I struggle with. I’m not a Catholic but I do love Carnvial and I’ve grown to see Lent as a worthy exercise for your will power. Its hard to make a change in our routine, even temporarily, so its refreshing to exert some control over something in your life where you know you are a bit too self-indulgent.
One of the neat things about getting interested in Carnival (or Mardi Gras if you prefer) is that its made me aware of the constellation of seasonal Christian festivals that I would probably otherwise be unaware of. For instance, Lent ends on Holy Saturday (or Easter Eve or Black Saturday as you prefer) and is, according to legend, the time when Christ descended into Hell to retrieve the souls of the righteous. The Wikipedia page on the “Harrowing of Hell” is an entertaining and informative read.
Unfortunately, I’m very, very busy with some commercial deadlines so I can’t really properly relax and indulge myself. I’ll probably have a drink with dinner but that’s about it. I can’t wait to clear my plate and sit around my neighbor’s brand new pool with an ice bucket full of beer. Hopefully that can happen later this week.
If this post makes you mad, think it through. Change starts with you.
Legendary animator Ralph Bakshi is trying to Kickstart a new animation effort. You can get an original cell from any of his landmark movies and even original drawings, depending on the level you support it at. The effort is a hair’s breadth from succeeding and has just a little while left. If you have ever been a fan of his work this might be the ideal time to pick up a more personal piece for yourself and be a part of his next effort.
I bought in at the $250 “original cell and character drawing” level. You should too!