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Saying American cheese has "arrived" is like saying wine from Ontario is great.

It's probably true in some cases but not enough to elevate to the point of fact.

So, let's ask the obvious question: Why on earth would fermented foods like cheese be enjoying such a wave of popularity at a time when microbial anxiety is running so high? The threat of bioterrorism lingers in the back of our minds, new diseases like West Nile virus and SARS freak us out, and antibiotics that have kept us healthy for years seem to be losing their efficacy. Perhaps the thought of microbial cultivation, a sort of micro-agriculture, is comforting. Cultivating microbes confers an idea of control: It reassures us that we've lived with microbes for a long time and always found a way to manage them.

Some day I hope to understand why Americans go all crazy in the head whenever the subject of cheese is at hand.

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The bloodrage will do that to you, I hear.

When I grow up, I want to be Ed.

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Is that Thomas Friedman, or just David Frum wearning Groucho Marx glasses?

Sundays seem to be the day that Thomas Friedman likes to show the world just how much he is suffering from "I-am-the-story-itis" and otherwise losing his grip on reality. I was going to write something the other week when he waxed poetic about Europe, smoking and GMOs but Tom Cosgrove did a better job of it than I would have.

Today, Friedman is likening the U.N. Security Council to a poof-ball professional sporting event and suggesting that France be replaced on the U.N. Security Council by India. Now, I have nothing against India being on the Security Council, per se. But Friedman's suggestions ignore two important, not to mention "serious", issues.

The first is that giving India a permanent veto on any subject that comes before the council (Kashmir, anyone?) is practically an open invitation for Pakistan to start lobbing nuclear weapons at its neighbour to the East. I'm sure Friedman has some clever and witty solution to this problem; something along the lines of : "Let them eat Big Macs".

The second is the idea that, however borked the U.N. already is, a U.N. Security Council without any European representatives would somehow be better. This is where the annoying little right-wing pencil-necks in their Topsiders and comb-overs start having seizures and sputtering that if Britain and Russia aren't European enough for me then they don't know what is! I can only presume that what they're trying to say is that the former is "Old Europe" before it went sour and Russia is the culmination of all the potential inherent in whatever the "New Europe" is supposed to be.

Britain, for all its charm, is only barely beginning to consider itself part of Europe and would probably integrate the pound with the U.S. dollar before it did the same with Euro. Europe has so far done a remarkable, if nascent, job of putting a thousand years of squabbling, back-stabbing, bloodshed and two World Wars in the past and just getting on with it. I am pretty sure that if you scratched the surface you'd find reasons for any one country to be upset that any other, especially France, had a seat on the Security Council but I'm also pretty sure that Europeans as a whole would balk at the notion that England holds its interests to heart on anything with the possible exception that Russia is part of Europe.

Let's back up for a second. There are lots of things to fix with the U.N. and with the general bad behaviour of any one country, both past and present. The whole idea of a permanent Security Council has always struck me as not unlike wanting to have your cake and eating it too. I am not so naive as to believe that the U.N. would have ever survived the chaos that a vacuum at the center would have invited. Look the Security Council, in its current form, is a product of history and not very hard to parse: 1) the winners 2) the ones who were too big to push around (translation: they either already had nuclear weapons or were fast on their way to getting them) 3) not German. (That France and Germany are doing anything in concert is amazing enough on its own, but we'll save that for another day.)

This is pretty much why everyone else still wants nuclear weapons. Period. But Friedman seems to think that we should set up some kind of standardized test to measure "democracy and seriousness" as the criteria for membership. Presumably a day will come when all countries are democratic; just some will be more democratic than others.

(I don't give it too much credibility, but apparently some of the more hawkish hot-heads are suggesting the U.S. "liberate" China when everyone else on the Axis of Evil has been redeemed. If the mere mention of that idea doesn't give Americans pause to wonder that they're not being led by idiots, I don't know what will.)

Friedman's primary grievance with France seems to be that they've never thought America was god's gift to civilization, that it has always looked after its own interests and (warning, news flash!) just generally acts wily and duplicitous. Excuse me if I point out that almost perfectly describes the problem that everyone else has with America these days. Or to put it more bluntly : no one trusts that the Bush administration is pursuing policies for the reasons it says it is.

That may be difficult to understand for people who enjoy saying things like "When the President says jump, I don't ask 'how high?' but rather 'when should I come down?'", but there you go.

It is true that without America's participation in the second half of World War Two, Hitler's army might have conquered Europe. (The bit about the U.S. "winning" the First World War is just such conceited and self-congratulatory drivel that I'm not even going to go there.) But it carefully ignores two salient facts:

1) America had no interest in participating in the first half of the war and had to be dragged in by force and not conviction.

2) Anyone who's read any history knows that it was only due to accidents of circumstance (Hitler's over-estimation of the British radar system during the Blitz and his three week detour to crush the Yugoslavians on his way to Moscow which, it turned out, was the window during which the Russian fall became winter) that there was even a Britain and a Russia left to liberate by the time the Americans decided to do anything.

The clever wits in the Brooks brothers jackets are probably foaming at the mouth, by now, ready to accuse me of actually being a hawk on Iraq despite myself. If I didn't think that the people who are championing the war were largely the root causes of it, if I believed that the war was going being fought for principles (there is some not unconvincing evidence that the NATO bombing of Serbia served as an effective deterrent against any further genocide like that seen in Bosnia) rather than carefully scripted sound bites designed to mask raw national interests, and if I believed that the U.S. was going to stick around and fill the vacuum in the aftermath (in fairness, they have in a few notable exceptions like Kosovo) I just might be able to get behind the idea.

Put simply, I do not have any confidence that the current U.S. administration is acting in good faith and the fact that Saddam Hussein is a "bad guy" doesn't go very far to balance out the scales.

Whatever else happens, though, by his deft and skillful use of the "Survivor" metaphor to describe foreign policy Friedman has all but assured himself the 2003 Shut the Fuck Up Award.

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From the "Art is Your Friend" department: Christa Donner

I wonder how much longer it will take art-weenies to discover RSS feeds. It's a double-edge sword, really, because then we'll be subjected to the dorks at Artforum deconstructing the syndication nerds. Hmm, that might just be worth it...

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Meanwhile, the New York Time starts a photo-blog

Each week, staff photographers around the world send thousands of images to the editors on the picture desk at The New York Times. Only a fraction appear in the newspaper. Margaret O'Connor, picture editor, and Mike Smith, deputy picture editor, will select their favorites each week – both published and not – and tell the stories behind them.

see also : WBUR pictorial roundup And yes, I am planning on scraping the fuck out of these site. I may even publish RSS feeds if you're nice...

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Me : HTML::RSSAutodiscovery.pm 1.1

Added a locate method which implements an ultra liberal RSS locator . Why Because you shouldn't need all that white space to do cool stuff ;-) As always, until the CPAN listings are updated you can grab a copy over here . see also : docs

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Damn, I want to be "wack old-skool" too!

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : bagatelle

Bagatelle \Bag`a*telle"\, n. [F., fr. It. bagatella; cf. Prov. It. bagata trifle, OF. bague, Pr. bagua, bundle. See {Bag}, n.] 1. A trifle; a thing of no importance. Rich trifles, serious bagatelles. --Prior. 2. A game played on an oblong board, having, at one end, cups or arches into or through which balls are to be driven by a rod held in the hand of the player. web1913
bagatelle n 1: a light piece of music for piano 2: something of little value or significance [syn: {fluff}, {frippery}, {frivolity}] 3: (British) a table game in which short cues are used to knock balls into holes that are guarded by wooden pegs; penalties are incurred if the pegs are knocked over [syn: {bar billiards}] wn

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YASB : Yet Another SVG Browser

"The application uses the Perl/Tk GUI, LWP, SVG::Parser, and the source code is less than 300 lines long (130 statements, of which 20-30 are GUI housekeeping. The intended userbase for this application is bored people with too much time on their hands."

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Me : Image::Shoehorn::Gallery.pm 0.21

Bug fixes and breadcrumbs. Woot!

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The random pseudodictionary.com word of the day is : skanktastic

A girl you know you should stay away from but you can't help yourself.
ex. I know I shouldn't go out with Betty, but she sure is skanktastic.

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : sobriquet

Sobriquet \So`bri`quet"\ (s[-o]`br[-e]`k[asl]"), n.[F. sobriquet, OF. soubzbriquet, soubriquet, a chuck under the chin, hence, an affront, a nickname; of uncertain origin; cf. It. sottobecco a chuck under the chin.] An assumed name; a fanciful epithet or appellation; a nickname. [Sometimes less correctly written {soubriquet}.] web1913
sobriquet n : a familiar name (often a shortened version of a person's given name); "Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph" [syn: {nickname}, {moniker}, {cognomen}, {soubriquet}] wn

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Props to the Creative Commons gang on their launch.

Maybe I should change the © symbol on the aaronland pill to one of the "custom license" symbols . At any rate, I will study the docs and see what, if anything, is applicable to past and future artworks .

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The dictified dictionary.com word of the day is : propitious

Propitious \Pro*pi"tious\, a. [L. propitius, perhaps originally a term of augury meaning, flying forward (pro) or well; cf. Skr. pat to fly, E. petition, feather.] 1. Convenient; auspicious; favorable; kind; as, a propitious season; a propitious breeze. 2. Hence, kind; gracious; merciful; helpful; -- said of a person or a divinity. --Milton. And now t' assuage the force of this new flame, And make thee [Love] more propitious in my need. --Spenser. Syn: Auspicious; favorable; kind. Usage: {Propitious}, {Auspicious}. Auspicious (from the ancient idea of auspices, or omens) denotes ``indicative of success,'' or ``favored by incidental occurrences;'' as, an auspicious opening; an auspicious event. Propitious denotes that which efficaciously protect us in some undertaking, speeds our exertions, and decides our success; as, propitious gales; propitious influences. -- {Pro*pi"tious*ly}, adv. -- {Pro*pi"tious*ness}, n. web1913
propitious adj : presenting favorable circumstances; "propitious omens" [ant: {unpropitious}] wn

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Me : www.otlml.org

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Neil McIntosh : "It's the beginning of the end of free at Blogger."

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John Dean : Military Tribunals, A Long and Mostly Honorable Tradition

I mean, frankly, the title pretty much sums it up. But, let's look at the reasons why the military tribunals, as proposed by Dubya, are apparently okay. #1) They're expedient. I kid you not:
The potential of having to mete out justice to possibly thousands of alien enemy terrorists, or unlawful combatants, who are openly violating the common law of war makes the use of these military proceedings very appealing.
The good news, of course, is that by this logic we'll have a proven and ready means of clearing of the backlog of cases that already exist in the citizen's court system. #2) That guy, in the Civil War, who opposed military tribunals, well he was just wrong:
...Lee's view, however, was quickly challenged and overruled. Indeed, Lee was legislated out of a job by Congress, and President Lincoln...
Indeed. #3) Bad council:
Rehnquist seems to suggest that if the government had had better counsel it would have prevailed in Milligan.
Because, you know, the customer is always right. I am eagerly awaiting the flood of court decisions that will overturned with this argument. I am told that, in some cases, this is actually a valid argument. In this instance, however, it strikes me as a bit of a strech. #4) Nuremberg:
There were hundreds of these proceedings. Many of them - like those at Nuremberg, to mention the obvious - remain models of fairness and justice.
It is interesting that we don't hear mention of this one made more often. It is, perhaps, the closest thing to a compelling argument made to date. But not really. There were still those, at the end of World War Two who had lived through the justice meted out on Germany after the First World War and had seen what the economics and political conditions it engendered had given rise to, namely Hitler. There was a real incentive to prove, pretty much to all the parties involved I think, that the war had been fought and won on principles and that those principles extended both to the victor and the vanquished. And the U.S. was gunning up for the Cold War so it needed to make friends with the Axis, some quick. #5) Franky got cake; why can't I? :
Both Lincoln and FDR had the blessings of Congress.
This is supposed to be a compelling argument? Congress has also blessed a whole littany of ill-conceived and ridiculous laws in it's long and storied past. Just because Congress says something doesn't mean it's right; that is why laws are sometimes deemed to be unconstitutional. #6) Someone else agrees with me :
For example, as one federal court noted in the 1972 case of Atlee v. Laird...
That's great. People say stuff all the time. What was the outcome of this case? Was it overturned? Was the comment even directly related to the case? Anyway, I can name a few people that agree with me too. What's next, the tyranny of the majority?

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From the Tower of Babel department :

come the Value Chain Markup Language, AccountReceivable-AccountPayable Markup Language and QuickBooks Markup Language. This is not anything I would have normally thought I could be interested in, but I increasingly find myself rolling my own budget/finance tools so...wonk wonk wonk.

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Me : What is Aaron thinking about?

So, I've set up hooks that allow you to slurp an RSS (1.0) file for an aaronland category widget . The URL scheme is as follows : http://aaronland .info /weblog/category/(NAME|ID)/rss . You can see an example of where all this nonsense might get interesting at the perlblog . You is all still in the proof of concept stage, so you should expect breakage and random weirdness for a while yet.

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is cabal

| source : web1913 | Cabal \Ca*bal"\ (k[.a]*b[a^]l"), n. [F. cabale cabal, cabala, LL. cabala cabala, fr. Heb. qabb[=a]l[=e]h reception, tradition, mysterious doctrine, fr. q[=a]bal to take or receive, in Pi["e]l qibbel to adopt (a doctrine).] 1. Tradition; occult doctrine. See {Cabala} [Obs.] --Hakewill. 2. A secret. [Obs.] ``The measuring of the temple, a cabal found out but lately.'' --B. Jonson. 3. A number of persons united in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in church or state by intrigue; a secret association composed of a few designing persons; a junto. Note: It so happend, by a whimsical coincidence, that in 1671 the cabinet consisted of five persons, the initial letters of whose names made up the word cabal; Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale. --Macaulay. 4. The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; intrigue. By cursed cabals of women. --Dryden. Syn: Junto; intrigue; plot; combination; conspiracy. Usage: {Cabal}, {Combination}, {Faction}. An association for some purpose considered to be bad is the idea common to these terms. A combination is an organized union of individuals for mutual support, in urging their demands or resisting the claims of others, and may be good or bad according to circumstances; as, a combiniation of workmen or of employers to effect or to prevent a change in prices. A cabal is a secret association of a few individuals who seek by cunning practices to obtain office and power. A faction is a larger body than a cabal, employed for selfish purposes in agitating the community and working up an excitement with a view to change the existing order of things. ``Selfishness, insubordination, and laxity of morals give rise to combinations, which belong particularly to the lower orders of society. Restless, jealous, ambitious, and little minds are ever forming cabals. Factions belong especially to free governments, and are raised by busy and turbulent spirits for selfish purposes''. --Crabb. | source : web1913 | Cabal \Ca*bal"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Caballed} (-b[a^]ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Caballing}]. [Cf. F. cabaler.] To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot. Caballing still against it with the great. --Dryden. | source : wn | cabal n 1: a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue [syn: {faction}, {junta}, {junto}, {camarilla}] 2: a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot) [syn: {conspiracy}] v : enter into a conspiracy; "They conspired to overthrow the government" [syn: {conspire}, {complot}]

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Bertrand Badie : "Et surtout, nous ne devons pas oublier cette règle d'or,

qui va devenir l'aune des relations internationales: l'aspiration à l'égalité. Un homme vaut un autre homme. Je n'ai pas vu beaucoup de réactions, cette semaine, devant la mort de plusieurs Palestiniens... Et lorsque nous saurons réagir au génocide de 500 000 Rwandais comme nous avons réagi au sort tragique des victimes emportées à New York, nous aurons fait un progrès dans la régulation de la vie internationale. Or nous sommes encore dans un monde où un homme ne vaut pas un autre homme; c'est en ces termes que le Sud réagit à la catastrophe de New York. La mondialisation aggrave les inégalités mais suscite une aspiration à l'égalité comme il n'y en a jamais eu. Parce que chacun a désormais les moyens de se comparer aux autres."

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Me : rss2blogger 1.0

or RadioUserland in 220 lines (including newlines and comments) of Perl. But seriously, from the docs : "This is a simple program that fetches a list of rss feeds and posts them to a Blogger account. I wrote it as a debugging tool for Blogger.pm and figured it might be of interest to someone else."

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Sjoerd Visscher : Organizational charts

This is very cool. Some day, I would like to add the ability for the code to read and write data as XML across the network. With that, and some thoughtful file locking and error handling, things could very interesting very fast.

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Harlan Hile and Drew Perttula : Toilet Paper

"When a motion sensor detects a visitor in the hallway outside, toilet picks from a list of sounds to play to encourage a visitor to enter. If toilet has a visitor, it plays appropriate sounds based on state from the seat positions, the laser beam across the seat being broken, the light switch being off, etc. It scrolls news headlines across the LCD panel. When the toilet is flushed, the lights flash and the music fades. If the seat is left up when the door is opened, a reminder sound plays. Toilet also serves web pages to the outside that allow us to view history from the database, request specific CD tracks, control the volume, and send messages to the LCD screen."

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Leigh Dodds : Validating XML using XSLT

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Chris Nott : The 1k DHTML API

via glish

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Larry Wall : "What I will be revealing in these columns will be the design of Perl 6.

Or more accurately, the beginnings of that design, since the design process will certainly continue after I've had my initial say in the matter. I'm not omniscient, rumors to the contrary notwithstanding. This job of playing God is a little too big for me. Nevertheless, someone has to do it, so I'll try my best to fake it. And I'll expect all of you to help me out with the process of creating history. We all have to do our bit with free will."

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Tim Waugh : The Selfdocbook

"is a self-documenting introduction to DocBook DocBook book. It includes its own DocBook SGML source in the appendix, and so can be used to learn DocBook by example. ...if you see something that you want to know how to do, you can simply flip to Appendix A to find out how it is done." On the subject of things wonkish, there is no dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day today because the word "small beer" is actually a phrase. Since I didn't think I would need to add hooks for this kind of error checking (it will be fun!) in the code that generates the dict-ified rss feed, the word of the day will have to be wonk . Wonk wonk wonk.

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M.J. Dominus : ArrayHashMonster.pm

"manufactures an object that can be used as either an array reference or a hash reference. Why would you ever want such a thing? Well, it's the natural way to present an ordered hash. You could then use $orderedhash->[7] to get item number seven, or $orderedhash->{key} to get the item with the specified key." mmmm .... data structures.

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Storing RDF in relational databases

"This page summarizes some current approaches to storing RDF in a relational database. ... To goal is to come up with the best way of storing RDF in a relational database, or identify a set of solutions that are suitable for particular needs."

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Ben Schochet : Homesite editor for Zope [ alpha ]

Meanwhile, BBEdit 6 won't play nicely with Zope . Accordingly to tech support : "...BBEdit 5.1 is not designed to do this either. IF it worked in 5.1 this was purely by accident. The FTP tool in BBEdit currently only connect [sic] to the standard ftp port." Duh.

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Teleweb.org

"LE SELF-MEDIA, c'est l'idée que chacun est en mesure d'inventer son propre média avec les nouvelles technologies d'aujourd'hui sans se soucier réellement du coût du matériel ou des logiciels ... c'est aussi la défense des idées qui ont fait d'internet un outil privilégiant la communauté, l'échange des savoirs et les réflexions quant à la mise en place de nouvelles formes d'économies et de comportements sociaux. Teleweb est une initiative de transformation des circuits classiques de médiations (producteur, distribution, diffusion), un proposition artistique d'espace public en réseau."

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Talking to Americans : Do you, the American people,

actually care whether your political candidates are sitting at a desk or standing behind a podium? In the short day that I've been back, it seems to be the only thing the media circus talks about when they discuss this evening's presidential debate.

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I think websites

should be presented in Marijuan-o-scope .

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Jeff Hawkins, Handspring

"The Springboard slot was really designed for wireless communications. And you will see a cell phone module available before the end of the year." From the complain and you shall receive department.

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Mordecai Richler : O, woe is Montreal

"In Montreal, only Schwartz's is capable of warning us of the horror that could be coming our way. So, if you should drive past and see a FERMÉ/CLOSED sign in the window, start your cars, Montrealers. Quit town. The end is nigh." To his long list of accolades, Mr. Richler can now add the much sought after and prestigious Aaronland Shut the Fuck Up Award. This is either just incoherent gibberish about a couple of professional sports teams or nostalgic pining for the olden days when everything was better; atleast better than it is now. Worst case, it is both. The 60's and 70's are over, kids. Montreal and Quebec are different places now, and we don't all think singing Gens du pays or going to the pubs on Crescent Street will solve all our problems.

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Wired : The Medium is the Community

"Most information that people might find useful is not considered to be newsworthy, [Preecs] said, because it stretches over a longer period than the daily news cycle most of the press adheres to. He recommended using lots of volunteers working over the Internet to cover local issues and events, and delve into subjects that do not follow a daily news cycle."

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You'd almost think they were talking about weblogs...

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National Post : Canada is cyberterror hotbed: U.S.

"They see Canada as a conduit they don't have control over and that's what unnerves them. We're further increasing the integration of our economies and at the same time they do not control how we approach security issues."

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You'd think I'd won an award or something

I'd like to thank Grim Skunk for making music that helps on days when your hands hurt and your eyeballs are all tingley and you keep clutching your face like it's melting. I'd also like thank symbolic links for many of the same reasons. Finally, I'd like to thank spring for making an impromptu appearance today so that I could take a walk and cool off. Most people thought I was nuts to move back to Montreal in February, but it's worth it to be here when the warm weather finally comes. (It's only March, I will be surprised if it doesn't snow atleast once more.) The leaves are on the trees and people are outside and happy and giddy and psyched and it's great to be around. When I lived in Halifax, I used to wonder how many times I could say "I hate this place." Now, it's pretty much the opposite. Hee hee hee hee...

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digitalMass : A coder's worst enemy

"But today, in an odd twist, programmers may be turning that same sword on themselves, creating the killer app that proves their undoing: Website development tools."

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Speaking of Python

the Proceedings of the 8th International Python Conference are available online.

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Perlmonth : The DOMinant Technique for Parsing XML

"A DOM parser translates an XML document into an object model that allows a program to randomly access and alter sections of the document.... The containment (not inheritance) hierarchy of the object model corresponds to the hierarchical structure of the document."

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the anxiety building
While I was Montreal, I popped my head into the newly minted SoftImage offices and quickly dubbed [them] The Anxiety Building . The whole thing looked like it was built expressly to make even to most ardent Techo-fetishist and Believer feel inadequate and worthless. The ground floor also houses the Cinema Parallele / Cafe Melies combo which used to be up the street in slightly more humble and human environments. Now they both look like they are straight out of Blade Runner. When you buy tickets for a movie, you don't actually look at a human being but rather a port hole shaped computer monitor that displays a distorted video feed of the cashier taken with a webcam located on the other side of the monitor/window. Caro and Jeunet , here we come!

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Charles Naylor has a vision

"that would see Northeastern American states like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont split from the United States and form a confederacy with the Atlantic provinces in Canada." There are actually quite a few people in Quebec --or atleast Montreal-- who think Vermont should secede from the U.S. and form a new country with an independent Quebec. I've always been fond of the idea, but I've also wondered whether contemporary North America has managed to avoid many of the conflicts Europe has lived through over the centuries, by virtue of having so few countries. Look at a map of the world, [we] are something of an anomaly.

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NY Times : Columbia, Guggenheim and BAM Consider New-Media Arts Program

"Officials ... say they are discussing the formation of a new-media arts consortium, an initiative that would bring three major New York City institutions together to explore the intersection of technology and culture." An interesting piece, once you make your way past the buzzword bingo .

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I had no idea that

America is running out of pennies . real audio.

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Mordecai Richler

"The ineffable Bernard Landry, digging into our pockets, has found money to service a $100-million loan for the Expos. He has also discovered sufficient funds in his little tin box to enable clowns from the Office de la Langue Francaise to tour golf clubs to demand that a golf cart should now be called a voiturette de golf and a grass bunker a fosse d'herbe. But hospitals have to be closed and nurses must be denied a living wage. "Quebec's wealth is not unlimited," and neither is its ability to make itself a laughingstock, most recently on the links."

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Jorn Barger : The First-Cut Manifesto

"The goal is to make at least one full pass over a document, and classify every character into some meaningful category, with a high level of robustness when faced with bad human editing." Interesting, but the "It" that does all this work sounds more like a human than a computer. If someone had figured out how to make computers be "very flexible at reading dates in human formats", we wouldn't have thousands of programmers sifting through lines of legacy code looking for the year 1900/2000. via kottke.org .

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My Most Scary Canada Day

Here we go again. A chorus of anxious Canadians pleading to not break up "my" country. I can hardly wait for the next love-in .

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