Mon, 03 May 2004

  • Got stymied over the weekend by !@@!# perl, but did figure out the basics for a very fast stack trace duplicate finder. Not perfect, but should mostly be isolated enough to not matter.
  • Lessig’s new book rocks so far. Factoid: I knew Disney lifted all the Brothers Grimm tales, but I did not know that even the first Mickey Mouse talkie (Steamboat Willie) was a parody of Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr.- which had come out only a year before. Live and learn.
  • “We’re losing the ‘war’ on terrorism b/c it’s a horrible way to define the scope of a conflict. Common nouns like ‘terrorism’ (or drugs or crime or poverty, for that matter) can’t surrender and promise never to attack again the way that proper nouns like Germany or Japan can.” –Paul Sholtz.
    Brilliant summation of a whole lot of failures.