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Archive for December 2006

A citizenship to die for

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You’ve heard about Green card loteries. Now comes the US citizenship russian roulette: fight in Iraq, if you survive – you’re welcome to the US.

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December 30, 2006 at 11:05 pm

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the Peacemaker trailer

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100 years of violence in 30 seconds. Can change the story?

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December 18, 2006 at 5:05 pm

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This is a passage from the play (Oper…

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This is a passage from the play (Operetta, really) “the enchanted pig“:

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December 16, 2006 at 8:49 pm

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Menu for Hope III

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Pim does it again:

Every year, Food Bloggers from all over the world get together for a fundraising campaign. We call it ‘Menu for Hope’. Last year, we raised $17,000 to help UNICEF. This year, Menu for Hope III raises funds to support the UN World Food Programme, which provides hunger relief for needy people worldwide.

Its a raffle, with $10 a ticket and a long list of amazing foodie prizes. Sure beats the school hamper!

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December 13, 2006 at 2:09 am

OLPC Human Interface Guidelines: yeah!

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Finally, a system design that get it. OLPC guidelines work out of the assumption that people use computers to *do stuff* and they do it in a *social context*. Vygotsky is dancing a foxtrot in his grave. Even if these machines never catch, the guidelines should be copied.

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December 12, 2006 at 12:00 pm

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War on terror: out, War on kiddy porn: in

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digg tells us that

A new bill introduced by Senator John McCain last week would require all registered sex offenders to give their e-mail addresses, IM screen names, and chat room handles to the government.

and there’s some good comments too, like:

This is nothing more than Legislative masturbation: It doesn’t really accomplish anything, but you feel kinda good afterward.
The only thing this will lead to is people being harassed. Let people serve their term and leave them alone.

But I think this is worse. You don’t need more than 1000 lines of perl code to catch the baddies. No, this is about something else. Its just another excuse to get your identity tracked. War on terror is loosing its charm, you know – all those boys (and girls) killed and no WMDs, let’s look for something even those liberal fags can’t possibly object to. Like, protecting children from sexual predators. On the internet. Oooo that will scare the jibbers off them.

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December 12, 2006 at 11:23 am

O the Chimneys (Koppenplatz, Berlin)

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O the Chimneys (Koppenplatz, Berlin)

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And though after my skin worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh shall I see God. JOB 19:26

O the chimneys
On the ingeniously devised habitations of death
When Israel’s body drifted as smoke
Through the air –
Was welcomed by a star, a chimney sweep,
a star that turned black
Or was it a ray of sun?

O the chimneys!
Freedomway for Jeremiah and Job’s dust –
Who devised you and laid stone upon stone
The road for refugees of smoke?

O the habitations of death,
Invitingly appointed
For the host who used to be a guest –
O you fingers
Laying the threshold
Like a knife between life and death –

O you chimneys,
O you fingers
And Israel’s body as smoke through the air!

Nelly Sachs
Translated by Michael Hamburger

Thanks to:
http://www.telisphere.com/~cearley/sean/camps/chimney.htm
http://www.berlin-hidden-places.de/yuba_web3/regional_en/mitte/mit_verlraum_en.htm

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December 3, 2006 at 2:27 pm

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