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· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · January
· · · · 12 (3 entries)

Slippertje gemaakt? (Antislipschool) · What hap­pened was, I was sit­ting up late and saw a new bot hit­ting the site; first of al­l, the bot said it came from TranSGeniK, a French Te­cho/Am­bi­ent mu­sic site which has some OK tracks to lis­ten to (have I just fall­en vic­tim to ref­er­er spam, I won­der) but then I see that the bot’s be­ing run out of ovh.nl, which near as I can tell is a bunch of Dutch au­to en­thu­si­asts who have lunch and prac­tice anti-skid driv­ing tech­niques (y­ou can get “slipcertification” it seem­s). And they need to run a French bot at on­go­ing. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
 
Hunter’s Martian Eyes · In Bar­ry Lopez’ Arc­tic Dreams (a beau­ti­ful and wise book) he laments the pas­sage of the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween the hunter and the land­scape; A hunter—a re­al hunts-to-live hunter, not a plaid-clad sub­ur­ban­ite gun nut—has to as a mat­ter of life or death study his sur­round­ings with great care. I quote: “But the metic­u­lous in­spec­tion of the land that is the mark of a good hunter be­comes most ev­i­dent when he us­es a pair of good field glass­es. Long af­ter the most in­quir­ing non­na­tive has has grown weary of glass­ing the land for some clue to the move­ment of an­i­mal­s, a hunter is still scour­ing its edges and in­ter­stices. He may take an hour to glass 360° of the ap­par­ent­ly silent tun­dra, one sec­tion at a time.” In that spir­it, go vis­it the very good Quick­time VR panora­ma of the Mar­tian Sur­face, set the scene in­to a slow, slow drift (it’s easy with a track­pad), cul­ti­vate that hunter’s eye, and spend a half-hour look­ing at the hori­zon, and the sand, and the stones.
 
TPSM-10: Happy Programmers · Pro­gram­mers are the foot sol­diers in the tech­nol­o­gy wars: the clos­er you get to the big-money de­ci­sions in the cor­ner of­fice, the less peo­ple ac­tu­al­ly care about code and coder­s: get the busi­ness pri­or­i­ties right, the think­ing goes, and then wor­ry about mak­ing the tech­nol­o­gy hap­pen. I ac­tu­al­ly have some sym­pa­thy with that think­ing. But there are a lot of pro­gram­mers and they make a lot of ev­ery­day de­ci­sion­s: do these add up enough to make them im­por­tant in­flu­encers of tech­nol­o­gy suc­cess? ...
 
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