Category: Society

Today’s New Word: “Tuttled”

April 1st, 2006, 5 Comments

So remember Jerry Taylor, the man from Tuttle, OK that threatened to call the FBI on a Linux vendor because an unrelated hosting company had misconfigured Apache? Well, this story is just getting funnier and funnier. First off is this story from the Tuttle Times. It basically repeats Taylor’s view that the CentOS people were […]

Tuttle, OK city manager offered choice about being an idiot

March 25th, 2006, 2 Comments

I just read a story on The Register entitled Oklahoma city threatens to call FBI over “renegade” Linux maker. Quite hilarious. Apparently Jerry Taylor, city manager for Tuttle, Oklahoma, noticed that the city’s webpage wasn’t working right. He got the default “test page” for the Apache webserver on CentOS. Instead of calling the hosting company, […]

Cliff, This Link’s For You

February 4th, 2006, 2 Comments

I haven’t had a chance to check this out much yet, but it sounds interesting, and I think Cliff would love it: The Fray is a site where people tell stories and others comment on those stories, and once a year there are worldwide gatherings to do open-mic storytelling live. (from a post on the […]

Control Room

October 18th, 2005, 2 Comments

Have you ever wondered why so many Arabs hate Americans? Why they view us as occupiers? Why they want to be rid of both Saddam Hussein and us? We watched Control Room tonight. What a fascinating documentary. There was no narration. Just journalists talking. Arab journalists, American journalists, Pentagon spokesmen. Lots of different viewpoints. Lots […]

Small Town Festivals

August 15th, 2005, 2 Comments

Just over a week ago, Threshing Days took place in my hometown (population: 550). Yes, the event that causes the town’s population to swell to many times its normal levels for a few days. This year, I had no camera with me. So you will not see a photo of the line of 1930-era tractors […]

Amish and cell phones

July 11th, 2005, 1 Comment

Wired has an interesting story about the Amish, their philosophy towards technology (it’s a lot more complex than you might think), and the approach to cell phones (which are starting to appear).

24-hour news == crap

June 1st, 2005, 1 Comment

Today, CNN turns 25. To that I say: bah. CNN was once useful. As we were traveling last week, we spent time in different waiting rooms. One had Fox news on; another, CNN. I had never really seen Fox broadcasts, and haven’t watched much CNN in the past 5 years either. The lack of any […]

YAPGE: PR Firms

April 22nd, 2005, No Comments

In today’s installment of Yet Another Paul Graham Essay, he’s talking about PR firms. The article begins like this: “Suits make a corporate comeback,” says the New York Times. Why does this sound familiar? Maybe because the suit was also back in September 2004, June 2004, September 2003, November 2002, and February 2002.

The Long Emergency

April 8th, 2005, No Comments

The Long Emergency is a fascinating account of one author’s predications of shrinking oil capabilities and the results on American life. Sounds plausible to me; but even if you don’t agree, it’s still a fascinating read.

Women in Computing/Linux

April 7th, 2005, 2 Comments

Hanna Wallach wrote recently about the article HOWTO encourage women in Linux. I had read that article some years back, maybe in 2002 when it was first written, but it is interesting to re-visit it. It is a good read, and a thought-provoking piece even if you disagree. I find myself mostly agreeing. There are […]

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