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· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · October
· · · · 12 (2 entries)

My Tribe · The recently-ended Foo Camp has been well-covered all over the Web and cer­tain­ly doesn’t need me to write any­thing more about what hap­pened there. I’ll say in clos­ing, though, that it ful­filled a need that I didn’t know I had, the need—sometimes—to go trib­al, to hang out with your own kind. For which, thanks to the or­ga­niz­ers and to my fel­low camper­s. Ob­vi­ous­ly I’m a geek, but as a mat­ter of choice I’ve spent a lot of time on oth­er path­s, be­ing a busi­ness­man and fam­i­ly man; and I don’t re­gret those choic­es. But it’s sweet for a cou­ple of days, among fel­low spir­it­s, to share con­cerns and jokes and val­ues and then the im­por­tant thing, the cen­tral thing: nev­er need­ing to ex­plain “why.” What we’re do­ing here is worth do­ing for its own sake, nev­er for­get it.
 
Another Whack at Spam · What hap­pened was, I was at a ta­ble with Jere­my Za­wod­ny, Dave Sifry, and Doug Cut­ting, which is prob­a­bly around fifty ag­gre­gate years of big-iron ex­pe­ri­ence. So as usu­al we were bitch­ing about spam, and we had an idea that would shut it down for sure. [Up­dates: Pri­or art and an im­prove­men­t.] ...
 
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