· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · May
· · · · 08 (2 entries)

Get Up, Stand Up · I was at a con­fer­ence near Wash­ing­ton re­cent­ly, at­tend­ed by a sam­pling of geeks from across the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty; ev­ery three-letter agen­cy you’ve ev­er heard of plus lots of mil­i­tary and some law en­force­men­t. They were talk­ing about de­ploy­ing com­put­er ap­pli­ca­tions and, one af­ter an­oth­er, de­scribed about how they would “stand up” the doc­u­ment repos­i­to­ry or the search en­gine or the mes­sage router or what­ev­er. Over the years I’ve heard a lot of peo­ple talk­ing about work­ing on a lot of ap­pli­ca­tion de­ploy­ments, but this us­age is new to me. I won­der if it’s a de­fense/in­tel­li­gence thing, or some­thing that’s out there in the cor­po­rate world too, these days? It works well in con­ver­sa­tion, so I think it may spread.
Torture · I’m one of the small mi­nor­i­ty of Cana­di­ans who thought in­vad­ing Iraq was a good idea. But if I’d had to write a one-liner as to why, it would have been some­thing along the lines of “to stop the tor­ture and bru­tal­i­ty in the Bagh­dad hellholes.” Wel­l, so much for that ...
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