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11 October 2006

The Revolutionary War and the Destruction of the Continental - Mises Institute

The Revolutionary War and the Destruction of the Continental - Mises Institute: "Harlow continued:

To be sure, depreciated paper would inflict irreparable damage on some individuals, but what of it? So too would the war…. And as for the ethical principle involved in partial or complete repudiation, that, judged by the accepted standards of war-time morality, is a small matter. In every department of wartime activity except financial, we have long accepted the maxim that the war justifies the means. The public becomes resigned to extraordinary practices: the suppression of private privilege, compulsory military service, the most abandoned distortion of facts to stimulate and maintain the necessary war spirit, in general the purposeful cultivation of a deep and far-reaching spiritual and intellectual dishonesty. For ages all this has been taken for granted as a part of the necessary trappings of war.

So, really, what's the big deal? During wartime you're being lied to, conscripted, killed — and you're complaining about inflation?"

09 May 2006

suspension chart

  1. know it's perfect.

Suspension Report Card

  1. FSR (True Four-bar)
    • Full range of bump compliance: A: From stutters to big hits, Four-bar excels in bump compliance.
    • Pedaling efficiency: B: With its near-vertical wheelpath (but not perfectly vertical), the compressing rear wheel pulls back slightly on the chain when in the smallest chainring.
    • Braking Independence: A: This type of suspension remains completely active even under heavy braking.

06 May 2006


What is BlogThis! ?

BlogThis! is an easy way to make a blog post without visiting blogger.com. Once you add the BlogThis! link to your browser's toolbar, blogging will be a snap. Or rather, a click. Clicking BlogThis! creates a mini-interface to Blogger prepopulated with a link to the web page you are visiting, as well as any text you have highlighted on that page. Add additional text if you wish and then publish or post from within BlogThis!

There are two ways to use BlogThis!: if you use Windows and Internet Explorer, you can use BlogThis! straight from the Google Toolbar. If you're on another browser, just drag the link below to your browser's Link bar. Then, whenever the mood strikes, click BlogThis! to post to your blog:

BlogThis! <-- drag this link to your browser's Links bar

This is what BlogThis! looks like:

26 April 2006

Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone: Conflict Journalist & Video News

Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone: Conflict Journalist & Video News: "BOGOTA, Colombia - Gustina Roma watches the boys play in a sunlit, upstairs room in a house on a quiet Bogota street. Her 8-year-old grandson Jonathan picks up a yellow Lego block with his left hand and snaps it into place with the stump where his right hand used to be."

24 April 2006

Debian Administration :: Filesystems (ext3, reiser, xfs, jfs) comparison on Debian Etch

Debian Administration :: Filesystems (ext3, reiser, xfs, jfs) comparison on Debian Etch: "These results replicate previous observations from Piszcz (2006) about reduced disk capacity of Ext3, longer mount time of ReiserFS and longer FS creation of Ext3. Moreover, like this report, both reviews have observed that JFS is the lowest CPU-usage FS. Finally, this report appeared to be the first to show the high page faults activity of ReiserFS on most usual file operations.

While recognizing the relative merits of each filesystem, only one filesystem can be install for each partition/disk. Based on all testing done for this benchmark essay, XFS appears to be the most appropriate filesystem to install on a file server for home or small-business needs :

* It uses the maximum capacity of your server hard disk(s)
* It is the quickest FS to create, mount and unmount
* It is the quickest FS for operations on large files (>500MB)
* This FS gets a good second place for operations on a large number of small to moderate-size files and directories
* It constitutes a good CPU vs time compromise for large directory listing or file search
* It is not the least CPU demanding FS but its use of system ressources is quite acceptable for older generation hardware

While Piszcz (2006) did not explicitly recommand XFS, he concludes that 'Personally, I still choose XFS for filesystem performance and scalability'. I can only support this conclusion."

14 April 2006

Why Python? | Linux Journal

Why Python? | Linux Journal: "Why Python?
By Eric Raymond on Mon, 2000-05-01 01:00. Software

Cardinal Biggles had Eric in the comfy chair for over four hours before wringing this confession from him...

My first look at Python was an accident, and I didn't much like what I saw at the time. It was early 1997, and Mark Lutz's book Programming Python from O'Reilly & Associates had recently come out. O'Reilly books occasionally land on my doorstep, selected from among the new releases by some mysterious benefactor inside the organization using a random process I've given up trying to understand.

One of them was Programming Python. I found this somewhat interesting, as I collect computer languages. I know over two dozen general-purpose languages, write compilers and interpreters for fun, and have designed any number of special-purpose languages and markup formalisms myself. My most recently completed project, as I write this, is a special-purpose language called SNG for manipulating PNG (Portable Network Graphics) images. Interested readers can surf to the SNG home page at http://www.catb.org/~esr/sng/. I have also written implementations of several odd general-purpose languages on my Retrocomputing Museum page, http://www.catb.org/retro/."

Boot with GRUB | Linux Journal

need to convert all of my machines...

Boot with GRUB | Linux Journal: "Boot with GRUB
By Wayne Marshall on Tue, 2001-05-01 01:00. Software

Especially useful for multiboot, partitioned systems, GRUB offers flexibility and convenience for startup.

GRUB: it's neither larva, fast food nor the loveliest of acronyms in the GNU herd of free software. Rather, GRUB is the GNU GRand Unified Bootloader. And, it is truly the greatest loader for booting Linux and practically any other OS--open source or otherwise--you may have scattered on your platters.

GRUB is independent of any particular operating system and may be thought of as a tiny, function-specific OS. The purpose of the GRUB kernel is to recognize filesystems and load boot images, and it provides both menu-driven and command-line interfaces to perform these functions. The command-line interface in particular is quite flexible and powerful, with command history and completion features familiar to users of the bash shell.

GRUB is in its element with the multiboot, multidisk systems typical of Linux and open-source adventurers who may simultaneously test or track several Linux distributions, the BSDs, GNU/Hurd, BeOS and perhaps that vestigial partition for Mr. Bill. Even if you stick with LILO as your system's primary boot loader, it's smart to keep a GRUB boot floppy handy as the best and fastest way to get your system back if you otherwise cream your master boot record (MBR). If you have done any number of multiboot installations, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Should you need any more reasons for considering GRUB, check out the sidebar, ``Why GRUB''. Let's get started!"

13 April 2006

Adivasi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Adivasi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Adivasi
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Ādivāsīs (आदिवासी), literally 'original inhabitants', or tribal peoples comprise a substantial indigenous minority of the population of India. Tribal peoples are particularly numerous in the Indian states of Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, and in extreme northeastern states such as Mizoram. Officially recognized by the Indian government as 'Scheduled Tribes' in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of India, they are often grouped together with scheduled castes in the category 'Scheduled Castes and Tribes', which is eligible for certain affirmative action measures. During the 19th century, substantial numbers converted to Christianity."

12 April 2006

Toronto Gharana/Music

Toronto Gharana/Music: "Modern Rag Creations
Shantha Benegal,
John Campana, Arijit Mahalanabis

Although there are only four raags listed here, there are many more 'created' raags that need to be noted and notated. It is however their durability in time that will earn them the honour of being a droplet in the vast ocean of music.

Some raags have already crossed gharana barriers, and if they were instrumental creations, they have been heard also sung. Hemant by Baba Allauddin Khansahib is one such raag."

07 April 2006

Second law of thermodynamics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Second law of thermodynamics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The second law of thermodynamics is a law about macroscopic irreversibility. Boltzmann first investigated the link with microscopic reversibility. In his H-theorem he gave an explanation, by means of statistical mechanics, for dilute gases in the zero density limit where the ideal gas equation of state holds. He derived the second law of thermodynamics not from mechanics alone, but also from the probability arguments. His idea was to write an equation of motion for the probability that a single particle has a particular position and momentum at a particular time. One of the terms in this equation accounts for how the single particle distribution changes through collisions of pairs of particles. This rate depends of the probability of pairs of particles. Boltzmann introduced the assumption of molecular chaos to reduce this pair probability to a product of single particle probabilities. From the resulting Boltzmann equation he derived his famous H-theorem, which implies that on average the entropy of an ideal gas can only increase.

The assumption of molecular chaos in fact violates time reversal symmetry. It assumes that particle momenta are uncorrelated before collisions. If you replace this assumption with 'anti-molecular chaos,' namely that particle momenta are uncorrelated after collision, then you can derive an anti-Boltzmann equation and an anti-H-Theorem which implies entropy decreases on average. Thus we see that in reality Boltzmann did not succeed in solving Loschmidt's paradox. The molecular chaos assumption is the key element that introduces the arrow of time."

Pequot History

It's important to know local history.... no?

(revised 7.15.97)

[Note: This is a single part of what will be, by my classification, about 240 compact tribal histories (contact to 1900). It is limited to the lower 48 states of the U.S. but also includes those First Nations from Canada and Mexico that had important roles (Huron, Micmac, Assiniboine, etc.).

This history's content and style are representative. The normal process at this point is to circulate an almost finished product among a peer group for comment and criticism. At the end of this History you will find links to those Nations referred to in the History of the Pequot.

Using the Internet, this can be more inclusive. Feel free to comment or suggest corrections via e-mail. Working together we can end some of the historical misinformation about Native Americans. You will find the ego at this end to be of standard size. Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to your comments...Lee Sultzman]"

Pikes Peak!

That's me on Pikes Peak, in 4 degrees above zero, 24 Nov 2005!
I want to do it again!
IMG_2280 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

06 April 2006

The Indian Economy Blog

The Indian Economy Blog: "Economics Blogs

* Becker-Posner
* Brad deLong
* Brad Setser
* Cafe Hayek
* Dear Economist
* Demography Matters
* Econbrowser
* EconLog
* MacroBlog
* Marginal Revolution
* Roubini's Global Economics Monitor
* The Big Picture
* The India Stock Blog
* The World Bank Blog
* The World Economic Forum Blog
* Vox Baby"

Ning | About Us

Ning | About Us: "Ning
About Ning

Ning is a free online service for cloning, customizing and sharing Social Web Apps. Check out what we mean by Social Web Apps by taking a spin here. Since we are a new service, we thought we'd tell you more about us and why we're passionate about making Ning the easiest place on earth to create your own Social Web Apps.
A little about us

My name is Gina and I run the joint. Marc and I co-founded Ning a little while ago and we've been out there in the world since Oct. '05. We've been lucky enough to put together some of the top developers and creative types we've ever worked with to bring you Ning. Even better, they come from all over the world so we're reminded daily of the diversity we need to support with this little service.
Why we work hard"

05 April 2006

Bloggers Blog -- November 16-30, 2005 Archives

Bloggers Blog -- November 16-30, 2005 Archives: "Housing Bubble Update 11-30-05

Here is a roundup of some of the latest Housing Bubble news from the blogosphere:

# Econbrowser provides an overview on how the economy is performing backed up with several graphs. But Econbrowser says housing remains a mystery:"

. dd-wrt firmware project

The firmware for the WRT54G comes from these guys. Pretty cool company by the way:
. dd-wrt firmware project

James Stephens � Iptables On A Linksys-Cisco WRT54GL Broadband Router HOWTO

... and this is my home router (for a reason!) so I will be working through this soon...
James Stephens � Iptables On A Linksys-Cisco WRT54GL Broadband Router HOWTO: "ollowing on from the announcement of a renewed commitment to Linux by Linksys-Cisco and the release of the Linux-compatible WRT54GL series broadband router (discussed here), this post details how to run Iptables on a Linksys-Cisco WRT54GL router via firmware from DD-WRT. A fully functional example Iptables script is provided to get you started.

There are various aftermarket firmware options available for the WRT54G series routers. We are going to run the DD-WRT firmware which comes with Iptables as well as boasting an extensive feature set beyond the factory default firmware that comes installed on the router. It really is a very impressive firmware and it almost seems there is no end to the list of things you can do with it from the management GUI. I ran into a few difficulties in trying to run some custom Iptables commands but managed to find a way in the end ….

1. First we need to switch out the factory installed Linksys firmware for the latest DD-WRT firmware. I downloaded both the standard firmware and the mini firmware here. The files may be unpacked using unzip."


SiliconBeat: Is there room for another classified site? Vast thinks so

SiliconBeat: Is there room for another classified site? Vast thinks so: "As noted elsewhere today, Vast.com is the latest entrant into the online classified ads space. It's interesting to see how all these sites are taking slightly different approaches, from Google Base, to Edgeio to Oodle and now Vast. Meanwhile, Craigslist keeps chugging along with its years-old business model and legacy technology. But we digress.

Vast is super web crawler site. It scours the web looking for structured or unstructured classified info. 'It's more akin to how Google used to work, which is you leave your data where it is, and we'll find it,'' said founder Naval Ravikant. 'And what we do which is hard is extract the structure out of unstructured data and make it searchable.''"

David Graeber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

David Graeber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "David Graeber is an anarchist and anthropologist. He is an assistant professor of anthropology at Yale University, although Yale has controversially declined to rehire him.

He is the author of Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology and Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams. He has done extensive anthropological work in Madagascar, writing his doctoral thesis (The Disastrous Ordeal of 1987: Memory and Violence in Rural Madagascar) on the continuing social division between the descendants of nobles and the descendants of former slaves. As of May 2005, he is preparing two books for future publication: Reinventing Revolution and Direct Action: An Ethnography.

Graeber has a history of social and political activism, including his role in protests against the World Economic Forum in New York City (2002) and membership in the radical labor union Industrial Workers of the World.

In May 2005, the Yale anthropology department decided not to renew Graeber's contract. Graeber's supporters, including fellow anthropologists, former students, and anarchists, pointed to his highly-regarded anthropological scholarship in accusing that his dismissal was politically motivated. Detractors argued that Graeber's dismissal was in keeping with Yale's policy of granting tenure to few junior faculty, and that he was widely known as a chronically late professor who often appeared unprepared for class.

In December 2005, Graeber agreed to leave the university after a one-year paid sabbatical. He will teach only two more classes: an introduction to cultural anthropology and a course entitled 'Direct Action and Radical Social Theory.'"

India Uncut

Interesting site, I like sites that give you that feeling that you live in the neighborhood:

India Uncut

04 April 2006

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Are US campuses in the grip of a witch-hunt of progressives asks Gary Younge

Oh yes, there is a "conspiracy," and sadly, yes it does involve many who should be opposed...

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Are US campuses in the grip of a witch-hunt of progressives asks Gary Younge: "As chair of African American studies in Yale, Paul Gilroy had a similar experience recently after he spoke at a university-sponsored teach-in on the Iraq war. 'I think the morality of cluster bombs, of uranium-tipped bombs, [of] daisy cutters are shaped by an imperial double standard that values American lives more,' he said. '[The war seems motivated by] a desire to enact revenge for the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon ... [It's important] to speculate about the relation between this war and the geopolitical interests of Israel.'

'I thought I was being extremely mealy-mouthed, but I was accused of advocating conspiracy theories,' says Gilroy, who is now the Anthony Giddens professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics.

Scot Silverstein, who was once on the faculty at Yale, saw a piece in the student paper about Gilroy's contribution. He wrote to the Wall Street Journal comparing Gilroy to Hitler and claiming his words illustrated the 'moral psychosis and perhaps psychological sadism that appears to have infected leftist academia'. The Journal published the letter. Gilroy found himself posted on Discoverthenetworks.org, a website dedicated to exposing radical professors. The principle accusation was that he 'believes the US fabricated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein'."

Bona tempora volvantur--by Guy Kawasaki: The Art of the Executive Summary

Bona tempora volvantur--by Guy Kawasaki: The Art of the Executive Summary: "
Several people have asked me for a blog entry about executive summaries. My colleague at Garage, Bill Reichert, wrote this explanation, and it's as good as it gets.

Writing a Compelling Executive Summary

By now, you’ve probably already read several articles, web pages—even books—about writing the perfect executive summary. Most of them offer a wealth of well-intended suggestions about all the stuff you need to include in the executive summary. They provide a helpful list of the forty-two critical items you should cover—any entrepreneur worth his or her salt should be able to address these points in less than 100 pages—and then they tell you to be concise.

Most guides to writing an executive summary miss the key point: The job of the executive summary is to sell, not to describe.

The executive summary is often your initial face to a potential investor, so it is critically important that you create the right first impression. Contrary to the advice in articles on the topic, you do not need to explain the entire business plan in 250 words. You need to convey its essence, and its energy. You have about 30 seconds to grab an investor’s interest. You want to be clear and compelling."

03 April 2006

Batman (1989) - Screenplays for You - free movie scripts and screenplays

Batman (1989) - Screenplays for You - free movie scripts and screenplays: "JACK Carl, can't we send somebody else? The fumes in that place... GRISSOM Jack, it's an important job -- I need someone I can trust. You're my number one guy. (beat) Now don't forget your lucky deck. Jack, resigned, pockets the deck and leaves. GRISSOM (wolfish grin) My friend, your luck is just about to change."

Wired News: A Pretty Good Way to Foil the NSA

Wired News: A Pretty Good Way to Foil the NSA: "How easy is it for the average internet user to make a phone call secure enough to frustrate the NSA's extrajudicial surveillance program?

Wired News took Phil Zimmermann's newest encryption software, Zfone, for a test drive and found it's actually quite easy, even if the program is still in beta.

Zimmermann, the man who released the PGP e-mail encryption program to the world in 1991 -- only to face an abortive criminal prosecution from the government -- has been trying for 10 years to give the world easy-to-use software to cloak internet phone calls.

On March 14, Zimmermann released a beta version of the widely anticipated Zfone. The software is currently available only for OS X (Tiger) and Linux, though a Windows version is due in April.

The open-source software manages cryptographic handshakes invisibly, and encrypts and decrypts voice calls as the traffic leaves and enters the computer. Operation is simple, and users don't have to agree in advance on an encryption key or type out long passcodes to make it work.

Would-be beta testers must provide Zimmermann with an e-mail address. That seems an odd requirement for a privacy product, but the process itself was painless, and an e-mail with a download code arrived immediately.


31 March 2006

Recommended LAME - Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase

Recommended LAME - Hydrogenaudio Knowledgebase: "his article describes the Hydrogenaudio recommended settings to be used with LAME for highest quality MP3 encoding.

These settings require LAME 3.94 or later. LAME 3.97beta found on this website is the recommended version (check here to download).

Avoid using alpha (a) versions of LAME. More often than not those are exclusively for testing purposes. Use them only if you want to help developers with feedback.

Note: The rule of thumb when considering encoding options: at a given bitrate, VBR is higher quality than ABR, which is higher quality than CBR (VBR > ABR > CBR in terms of quality). The exception to this is when you choose the highest possible CBR bitrate, which is 320 kbps (-b 320 = --alt-preset insane), but this produces very large filesizes for very little audible benefit.


Idiot World - 5 algorithms you must know

Idiot World - 5 algorithms you must know: "Especially if you're a coder, but does come up in real life too. Algorithms are underrated and probably underused - it comes up maybe 1% of the time, but in that 1% of the time, it's 100% important. These are real algorithms, with real-world application, but the lesson is in the paradigm..

Sorting - The most fundamental thing in algorithms, and it's almost a given. (And it means the same in English as it does in Math, so no explanations needed, I hope.) There are tons of crazy sorts out there, but quick sort is the one everyone should be familiar with, merge sort is the one that comes in handy when you can't fit everything into RAM, and introspective sort is important to learn, because it teaches us an important paradigm - you don't need to find an algorithm that does everything the best - use the best algorithm for each test case!

Real World Application: You're in a library, given a bunch of books. You want be able to look for books without looking at every book every time. Sort them and do quick checks!"

Should you bother picking stocks? A simple Excel Spreadsheet || kuro5hin.org

Should you bother picking stocks? A simple Excel Spreadsheet || kuro5hin.org: "
You Know...

When investing in the stock market, tracking one's returns accurately is the most important thing no one does.

This article will show how regular investors can track their returns against the S&P 500 index. Any other index could be used.

The instructions in this article give the steps necessary to create an excel spreadsheet that will show two things: the total return on investment of all stock transactions, and the hypothetical return of those same transactions if the funds were instead invested in an exchange traded index fund (in this case, SPY).

Many investors are not aware of what this delta is, and therefore they have no method to measure themselves as a stock picker. It could very well be that they are wasting their time and money when they could simply invest in an index fund and achieve greater performance."

Debian Administration :: Monitoring windows systems with munin and snmp

Debian Administration :: Monitoring windows systems with munin and snmp: "irst we need to install snmp on these boxes. I did this a long time back for mrtg - but - more info is available on the munin website:


In brief (copied from munin's site at the above URL):

* Install SNMP service: Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components, Management and Monitoring Tools, Details, Simple Network Management Protocol, OK, Next, insert CD or supply a directory with WinXP installation files.
* Configure SNMP service: Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services, look for SNMP Service in the list, Properties, Security, Send authentication trap, Accept SNMP packets from any host (or specify vesta host here), Apply.

Now we need to install the correct client node plugins. This needs to run on a munin-node box - either your main server - or another client. For my network the best place to run them is czar.home.chrissearle.org."

30 March 2006

First Brazilian in space as new ISS crew takes off

Hooray! Good job Brasil, it's time!! Congratulations

First Brazilian in space as new ISS crew takes off: "Moscow - A new long-term crew for the International Space Station (ISS) blasted off from Kazakhstan early Thursday with Brazil's first astronaut also riding aboard the Soyuz rocket.

The launch went normally despite problems receiving telemetric information as the Russian spacecraft went into orbit, said Vladimir Solovyov, head of the flight control centre by Moscow.

'But we didn't lose contact with the cosmonauts even for one minute,' he stressed, adding that Brazilian test pilot Marcos Pontes and 13th ISS crew members Pavel Vinogradov of Russia and US astronaut Jeffrey Williams felt well.

There were scenes of jubilation in Brazil, where television stations relayed the event live. Pontes' family also followed the launch from his hometown of Bauru."

29 March 2006

Softpanorama Java Critique Page: Java vs Scripting Languages

Yet another "java rots" page.

Softpanorama Java Critique Page: Java vs Scripting Languages: "Java is a rather backward language that has all attractiveness and advantages of Cobol in the sixties of the last century. It succeeded partially due to hype, not a substance. Here we will discuss it in the context of existing scripting languages but even in comparison with best compiled languages Java is not impressive and generally lucks expressive power (good old PL/1, which fell victim of structured programming fundamentalism (and subsequent rise of Pascal and later C) was a solid, small by today standards and expressive language with its incredible quality of optimizing and debugging compilers on IBM mainframes: real masterpieces of software engineering)."

coyote: Dynamic language support in NetBeans

coyote: Dynamic language support in NetBeans: "Description
Coyote image courtesy of New Hampshire Public Television

The goal of this project is to develop a set of NetBeans modules to help developers write code in dynamic languages using the NetBeans IDE. Initially, we are targeting the the Groovy and Jython languages, but we anticipate a common framework allowing support for more languages.

The coyote is a quiet, efficient animal that thrives in urban and rural settings without any particular encouragement, and once established in an ecosystem, is virtually impossible to eradicate."

ONJava.com -- Tips for Scripting Java with Jython

ONJava.com -- Tips for Scripting Java with Jython: "You have a programming dilemma.

Maybe you're writing a Java program, and you need to do a quick one-off script to clean up your database. Sure, you could write it in Java, but that can involve a lot of overhead for a quick script. You could write it in an outside scripting language, but you'd really like access to the business logic already in your Java program.

Or maybe you’re writing a servlet, and the requirements are changing quickly. Your data model is changing, and you're having trouble keeping all the type information consistent.

Or maybe you’re writing a standalone program, and you'd like to use the large variety of tools already written for Java, but you'd also like to use a tool that makes your program 25-50 percent shorter, and easier to write and maintain.

Jython is the tool for you.

Jython is a complete re-implementation of the Python programming language, written in 100 percent pure Java, which runs on any Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Python is a high-level, interpreted, object-oriented scripting language which combines elegant syntax rules with powerful built-in objects to create a language that is very easy to write, read, and maintain. Python is perhaps most notorious for its use of indentation to mark the beginning and end of statement blocks.

There are usually two reactions to this description of Jython. Some people ask, 'Does it really work?'

It really works. Anything you can do with the Java SDK can be done in Jython, including standalone applications, applets, servlets, and beans. Arbitrary Java code can be called from Jython, Java objects can be used as-is, or can be subclassed in Jython. You can even write an object in Jython that can be used or subclassed by other Java code. In addition, nearly all of the modules of the standard Python library are available to be used from Jython.

Another common reaction is to ask why Jython is needed, since Java already exists. Java, like every programming language, is a tool, and it has its uses. But it can't be all things to all people. Outside of the Java world, you can use C/C , Python, Perl, or any of dozens of other languages, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Jython gives some of the same flexibility to the Java programmer.

Here are 11 specific features of Jython that can be particularly time-saving or exciting for Java programmers."

ongoing � Jython

Jython Start Page - lots of links
ongoing � Jython

28 March 2006

Linux App Finder

If you're on Debian/Debian derivative, you might like this....
Course, it only found one app for "gantt" : which was Planner, but "apt-cache search gantt" returns

libkgantt0 - KDE gantt charting library
libkgantt0-dev - KDE gantt charting library [development]
opensched - Tool for project management
paje.app - generic visualization tool (Gantt chart and more)
planner - project management application
libjfreechart-java - Chart library for Java

Which of course includes non-executable libraries, but also includes at least two other apps... even from my pathetic apt sources.list. Well, it's new.

They also say: "Thanks to the folks at DesktopLinux.com for the nice write-up and welcome to everyone visiting Linux App Finder. Some of you may be trying searches on the site through Google and not getting many results. It looks as if they have not finished indexing us yet. Please use the search feature on the category pages (http://linuxappfinder.com/testing/category1.php) for more up to date results. Only a single word or exact phrase will be matched though. If you search from within a subcategory, only results within it will be returned. Go to All Applications if you need to search the entire site." so maybe it will get better soon, although their search engine didn't find me anything new either.
Linux App Finder

Wired 14.04: You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired!

More on the power of gaming in learning:
Wired 14.04: You Play World of Warcraft? You're Hired!: "Gaming tends to be regarded as a harmless diversion at best, a vile corruptor of youth at worst. But the usual critiques fail to recognize its potential for experiential learning. Unlike education acquired through textbooks, lectures, and classroom instruction, what takes place in massively multiplayer online games is what we call accidental learning. It's learning to be - a natural byproduct of adjusting to a new culture - as opposed to learning about. Where traditional learning is based on the execution of carefully graded challenges, accidental learning relies on failure. Virtual environments are safe platforms for trial and error. The chance of failure is high, but the cost is low and the lessons learned are immediate"

Money Creation

More from the Canadian Mind Products Site:
Money Creation: "Where does your money come from? You do favours for other people, and in return they give you money. They in turn got their money by doing favours for people in return for money.

But where did the money come from in the first place? In Canada, it comes from two sources:

1. The Bank of Canada, owned by the federal government.
2. The chartered banks, such as the Royal Bank of Canada and the Toronto Dominion Bank.

Both these groups have the legal right to create money out of thin air without doing anyone a favour in return."

Roedy Green’s Java & Internet Glossary

Nice repository of java information, I've used his info on keysigning using the java keytool:
Roedy Green’s Java & Internet Glossary


nest-index: "We are developing an Open Experimental software/hardware Platform for Network Embedded Systems Technology research that will accelerate the development of algorithms, services, and their composition into challenging applications dramatically. Small, networked sensor/effector nodes are developed to ground algorithmic work in the reality of working with numerous, highly constrained devices.

Main elements of the platform consist of :

* The hardware required for low-cost large-scale experimentation of Network Embedded Systems,
* The nodal OS that supports not just applications, but debugging, visualization, communication, low-power consumption, and remote monitoring and control ,
* The infrastructure services for time synchronization, storage, computing and even large-scale simulations,
* A powerful simulation environment that can effectively explore adversarial situations and worst-case environments,
* A debugging and visualization environment specifically geared toward large numbers of interacting nodes, and support event-centric development
* Mechanisms for composition of finite-state machines that enable modular design, and
* A macrocomputing language that simplifies programming whole collection of nodes."


CENS_Home: "

'We envision a world where researchers, students, industry and goverment routinely use distributed sensor and actuator networks to understand and control both natural and artificial systems.'"

WSJ.com - New Sensor Line Inspires Start-Ups

A sensor industry is gradually evolving in the San Francisco area. One mote maker is Moteiv Corp., a closely held company a few blocks from Arch Rock that was founded in 2003 by former students of Mr. Culler at UC Berkeley. Another is Crossbow Technology Inc., a San Jose, Calif., maker of sensors and other products that received funding from Intel.

WSJ.com - New Sensor Line Inspires Start-Ups

Daily Kos: Questions and Answers

Now here is a man I would vote for: Jimmy Carter:

Daily Kos: Questions and Answers: "Early this month, I had lunch in Plains with a family from Panama City, and a high school girl asked me why she should be a Democrat. I asked her a series of questions that all bloggers should use in discussions: Do you prefer peace or war? Do favor tax breaks for the richest Americans or working families? Would you rather destroy the environment or protect it? Do you approve the torture of prisoners? Do you think our government should secretly spy on your family? Do you think we should abandon every nuclear arms control agreement negotiated since Dwight Eisenhower was president? Do you approve of your part of the national debt now being $28,000 and increasing by $300 each month? Do you think we should meld religion and government? She gave me the Democratic answer to all the questions, and I believe that most Americans will agree, no matter if their state is red or blue."

TIME.com: Sex in the Syllabus -- Apr. 03, 2006 -- Page 1

So this is why everyone "knows" about porn nowadays... because it is a "serious" subject:
TIME.com: Sex in the Syllabus -- Apr. 03, 2006 -- Page 1



08 August 2005

Samba and Kids in Sao Paulo

Originally uploaded by Sean Erickson.
Samba and Kids in Sao Paulo

25 November 2004

Operation Save The Kittens


Sourceforge Projects I'm Interested in

2. Azureus - BitTorrent Client

Azureus is a powerful, full-featured, cross-platform Java BitTorrent

3. eGroupWare: Enterprise Collaboration
eGroupWare is a multi-user, Web-based groupware suite developed on
a custom set of PHP-based APIs. Currently available modules include
email, addressbook, calendar, infolog (notes, to-dos, phone calls),
content management, forum, bookmarks, and wiki.

4. 7-Zip
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. The
program supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, RPM,
and DEB formats. Compression ratio in the new 7z format is 30-50%
better than ratio in ZIP format.

16. FCKeditor
This HTML editor (DHTML editor), for ASP, ASP.Net, ColdFusion, PHP, and
JavaScript brings to the Web many of the powerful functionalities of
known desktop editors like Word. It works with Mozilla, Netscape, and

21. Inkscape
A Linux and Windows vector graphics editor (SVG format) featuring
transparency, gradients, node editing, pattern fills, PNG export, and
more. Aiming for capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, Visio,

24. FreeMind
A mind mapper, and at the same time an easy-to-operate hierarchical
editor with strong emphasis on folding. These two are not really two
different things, just two different descriptions of a single
application. Often used for knowledge and content mgmt.

20 November 2004

RU 486

Lets learn some more:







2004 Election Results

Wikipedia page:



Boycott Diebold until it supports paper trails on e-voting machines:

Bev Harris site:

Do Not Concede:


NYTimes: "Fraud theories quickly buried" article: (I beg to differ)

05 August 2004

Me an Brian at the James Gate

Originally uploaded by Sean Erickson.
Sometime last winter...

Opening Post

I'll get this started soon.

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