Alba

posted by devin on 06.04.10 at 07:24, Absurdities, coffee, null, Leave a comment Permalink
As cool as the pale wet leaves 
    of lily-of-the-valley 
She lay beside me in the dawn.

Holy Crap!

posted by devin on 05.05.06 at 10:08, Absurdities, coffee, Leave a comment Permalink

It's getting harder and harder to be a fundamentalist in the 21st century.

In the Best Interests of the Child

posted by devin on 05.05.04 at 17:44, Absurdities, Leave a comment Permalink

The story of a 13-year-old girl who wants an abortion, but Florida DCF, her nominal "parent," doesn't want to let her. (Collin this is what I was telling you about last night).

Interesting Article About Meth Addiction in Montana

posted by devin on 05.04.24 at 13:28, Interesting, news, 1 comment Permalink

An interesting series of articles about the intersection of prostitution and meth addiction in a small town in Montana.

 

“Methamphetamine is a disaster. We know that 13.9 percent of the kids from 13 to 17 in Montana are using it. We are the number two state in the nation for illicit drug use, number two for suicides. We had a needle exchange going in Kalispell that had 250 people in it in 2002, and by 2003 there were 900.” Then, Clem adds, with a look of pure frustration, “They cut off the funds, because the health department didn’t want to be seen as fostering drug use.” He continues, “67 percent of the women and 85 percent of the men in Montana’s prisons are there because of meth-related crimes."

But what should be the sanction, legal or otherwise, for enabling addiction, for feeding the meth economy, for taking advantage of weak, desperate people for your own gratification, for abusing a position of trust? And what's the lesson of a case in which a long series of “victimless” crimes somehow resulted in a lot of victims?

The meth problem, and it's ultimate cause, the loss of good jobs from timber, mining, and manufacturing, has brought about a social transformation in rural America. It's no longer the case that a small town is the safest place to raise a family (although, was it really ever?) and it seems the rural ideal will inevitably be replaced by that of the exurbs.

Via Mark A.R. Kleiman.

Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=3
A little town surounded by farms.
Permalink 04/26/05 @ 22:41

Collin's Favorite Senator

posted by devin on 05.04.12 at 12:33, Absurdities, null, coffee, math, books, 1 comment Permalink

"Sen. Joseph F. Biden, Jr., D-Del., who is leading the fight to block the nomination, responded angrily to the accusation of mistreatment. Anytime a senior official calls in a lower-level one 'and reams him a new one,' he said, 'that's just not acceptable.'"

Via the New York Times.

Biden would be Secretary of State today if Kerry had won.

Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=3
Speaking of Cuba and biological "weapons," I read an article a while back in Wired about Cuba's pharma program. The jist of it is after the collapse of the USSR, Cuba couldn't get a lot of drugs because of our embargo. So scientists there said, "Well shit. We'll have to make our own." And this became some what of an economic engine for Cuba. Some lines that stuck with me:

One beneficiary was Concepcion Campa Huergo, president and director general of the Finlay Institute, a vaccine lab in Havana. She developed the world's first meningitis B vaccine, testing it by injecting herself and her children before giving it to volunteers. "I remember one day telling Fidel that we needed a new ultracentrifuge, which costs about $70,000," Campa says. "After five minutes of listening he said, 'No. You'll need 10.'"

As much as I dislike Fidel, what with the jailing of journalists and suppression of dissent, you gotta smile at something like that. If my first line confused anyone, Biden is reffering to Bolton getting pissed off at some analysts who disagreed with him about Cuba's "bio weapons" program. Which makes one wonder if the fact that they're doing a lot to sneak pharma equipment around the embargo, which threatens government policy and not national safety, has anything to do with Bolton pushing a position that was not backed up by evidence...
Permalink 04/12/05 @ 13:20
posted by devin on 05.03.23 at 23:05, Technical, null, Leave a comment Permalink

This is a fascinating paper on Failure-Oblivious Computing, in which bad memory writes are ignored and bad reads return manufactured results. The authors contend that in servers this increases availability and (!) security.

I'm not sure what I think about this, yet, but it is an interesting read.

The Gatekeeper Model

posted by devin on 05.03.22 at 14:02, Interesting, null, Leave a comment Permalink

There is a great excerpt from an interview John Batelle (BoingBoing!'s web/ad guru and search engine watcher) did with Barry Diller (former CEO of Paramount and Fox; his company has just bought Ask Jeeves):

JB: For now, there are still vast differences [between traditional media and the internet]: Old media tends to be closed; the Web is open. Will the closed model stand?

BD:The gatekeeper model? No, it can't. How can you trust a gatekeeper when you know the purpose of a gate is to open and close? . . .

Barry Diller has a bit part in a book I've been reading, Disneywar, about Michael Eisner's rise and fall at Disney. It's been fascinating to to read about the fallout when "new" and "old" media combined (AOL and Time-Warner, Disney's disastrous go.com). Diller sounds like he gets it (at least as much as anyone really does).

Man Finds Satan in Turtle

posted by devin on 05.03.21 at 21:57, Absurdities, null, 2 comments Permalink

And it makes cnn.com.

Lucky the Satan Turtle
Comment from: marco [Member] · http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~barreno
Satan my ass. The face on the turtle is quite obviously that of Bowser, King of the Koopas.
Permalink 03/22/05 @ 10:35
Comment from: marco [Member] · http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~barreno
And you can also bid for his amazing story on eBay, starting bid only $499 for one DVD.
Permalink 03/22/05 @ 10:43