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Borrowed Words

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I hear some people apologize for their inability to express themselves, and pretend to have their heads full of good things which they cannot bring out through lack of eloquence.  This is a delusion.  Do you know what I think?  These are shadows cast upon their minds by some half-shaped ideas which they cannot disentangle and clear up inwardly, and therefore are unable to express outwardly; they do not yet understand themselves.

Michel de Montaigne, as translated by John M. Cohen

Fuck, he‘s right.

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May 31, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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Magnificence

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Heck yes, the magnificent bastard agrees with me: ballet flats are tops.

And since it’s springtime, a reminder.  Ladies: burn your capris.  I’ve disliked capri pants since I first noticed them back in high school.  They are possibly the first fashion item I worked up enough energy to actively dislike.  Not quite shorts, not quite pants, completely half-assed and look silly.  More importantly, they tend to make girls’ legs appear shorter.

Written by Barry

May 29, 2008 at 12:32 am

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Unaware and Don't Care

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I drove with a friend to Kent, WA to visit another friend last weekend.  Aside from getting high blood pressure when I found out my longtime friend is a Republican who voted for Bush and yet haven’t even heard of Scooter Libby or Abu Ghraib, and getting a painfully annoying sunburn, I also tried to explain what open source is to my friends.

During the course of conversation, Jeff, my friend Steve’s fellow SCCA Time Trial racing and Subaru STi owning friend, mentioned a couple of open source projects that allow him to flash the Engine Control Unit (ECU) of his car, which is friggin’ sweet.

I was slightly surprised later to find that neither of my friends knew what open source is.  That was because I know a bunch of geeky people who work on software and know what open source is and know IE is responsible for the death of Jesus.  (They are also left leaning, Democrat voting, socialist-commies!)  It was a reminder that outside the circle of software developers, CIOs, and tech company executives and lawyers, not many people know what open source is.  Or even care.

That’s totally okay.  It doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is the quality of the software.  How many among the millions of Firefox users use it because of it’s open source?  Or even know that it is?  (Please save Jesus by using Firefox.  Or Opera.  Or Safari.  Or…OmniWeb?  Just stop using IE!)

Anyway.  I don’t think I explained open source very well.  I used a counter example with Windows.

How would you explain open source to people who don’t know about software development?

Written by Barry

May 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm

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