De omnibus dubitandum
10 Aug 2006
The recent news about the foiled terrorist plot in the UK has left me enraged, frustrated and desperate. Not because of the actual facts – kudos to Scotland Yard for stopping this particular batch of would-be martyrs – but because of the incredible amounts of fear, uncertainty and doubt the media and authorities are creating. Instead of rejoicing that deaths have been prevented, what is happening is exactly what the terrorists wanted. People are afraid, international air traffic is in chaos, and all over the world headlines are filled with it.
We are handing victory to these terrorists. We are doing their work for them. They don’t need to succeed in blowing stuff up anymore, they just have to get caught and we’re doing the rest.
Especially in light of the paper I linked to in my previous entry, what is happening now is enough to boil my blood. Can’t the media see what they are doing? Don’t the authorities realize that by imposing these ridiculous ‘security’ measures they’re creating the same chaos that the terrorists wanted to create?!
We should all calm the fuck down.
8 Aug 2006
This is something every American should read, and everyone else whose government is curtailing civil liberties in the name of ‘security’ and the ‘war on terror’ and whose media are fanning the flames of fear.
The paper was written in 2004, and it’s discouraging to see how we’re still being manipulated and abused by our governments in the name of a minor, insignificant threat.
11 Jul 2006
Someone wrote a compelling review of An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary where Al Gore explains in no uncertain terms that unless we do something about global warming soon, we’re doomed. An excerpt from the review:
In my darker moments, it sometimes seems as if the entire world is in the middle of a fierce backlash against the Age of Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution and the ideological challenges they posed to the old belief systems. The forces of fundamentalism and obscurantism appear to be on the march everywhere – even as the moral and technological challenges posed by a global industrial civilization grow steadily more complex.
4 Jul 2006
Pet peeve: HTML pages that don’t set their background color properly.
I have my browser set so that the default background color, when none is defined in the HTML code itself, is a light gray. So every page that fails to have a proper background color tag shows up with a light gray background to me. It’s a common error, and to me a sign of a lazy web developer.
Take this site for example. With a project like this you’d expect the web developer to make sure his code is in order, the intended audience being of above average geekitude. The background color is obviously supposed to be white, but the color isn’t set, so it’s gray to me.
Yes, most people’s browser settings show the background as white by default. That’s not my point. If as a web developer you want your page to look right, with the colors and fonts that you picked, you need to code that into the page. If you don’t you’re being lazy or ignorant or both.
So set your damn background color, people.
29 Jun 2006
22 Jun 2006
Most Geekasm worthy combination of two of my favorite geekologies: Star Wars meets Transformers.
22 May 2006
I got to get me one of these.
And if I ever descend to these depths, please kill me. Gruesomely.
Edit: those two links are entirely unrelated. Really.