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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · June
· · · · 04 (3 entries)

Go Visit Phobos · Hey, I see that Rober­to has pushed some ac­tu­al soft­ware bits to the Pho­bos site. Pho­bos is a server-side script­ing frame­work that runs on the Ja­va plat­for­m. Right at the mo­men­t, it’s all JavaScrip­t, but the hooks are there to wire in oth­er lan­guages. I’ve been a ma­jor Pho­bos cheer­lead­er for a year or more in­side Sun, but my on­ly ac­tu­al con­tri­bu­tion is the as­tro­nom­i­cal lo­go. There were peo­ple here who were con­sid­er­ably am­biva­lent about show­ing Pho­bos to the world, and for good rea­son; they asked “What is Pho­bos, actually?” and won­dered about its re­la­tion­ship to the rest of GlassFish. I’m not 100% sure what Pho­bos is my­self, but it’s in­ter­est­ing as a thought ex­per­i­men­t, show­ing that you can do the kind of lightweight zero-deployment things that peo­ple don’t think Ja­va does. The Red­dit/Do­jo mashup de­mo is se­ri­ous­ly cool. Fi­nal­ly, while the server-side JavaScript no­tion is pret­ty weird, go have a look at the code; writ­ing an AJAX app all in one lan­guage is se­duc­tive on the face of it.
 
Seventeen Years Later · June 4th is the an­niver­sary of the Tianan­men Square mas­sacre. Go search YouTube for Tien­an­men, lots of good stuff in­clud­ing sev­er­al ver­sions of the fa­mous guy-and-the-tank footage. The best book I’ve ev­er read about the spring of 1989 in Chi­na is Jan Wong’s Red Chi­na Blues. It still seems to me that China’s cur­rent po­lit­i­cal struc­ture is flim­sy, tee­ter­ing, and ready to im­plode.
 
The Toronto Bombers · This sto­ry has Cana­di­ans shak­ing their head­s. It turns out that it was a sting, the po­lice sup­plied the 3 tons of am­mo­ni­um ni­trate that you could use to make a McVeigh-style bom­b, on­ly big­ger. The Toron­to Star has a sto­ry (it’ll prob­a­bly van­ish be­hind the pay­wal­l) that in­tro­duces each of the peo­ple charged. They turn out to be most­ly sub­ur­ban, most­ly Cana­di­an; two of them are ac­tu­al­ly in jail af­ter plead­ing guilty last Oc­to­ber to sneak­ing a cou­ple of guns across the bor­der. For a mo­ment I won­dered if the cops were go­ing over­board, en­cour­ag­ing a bunch of wannabe-jihadi wanker­s; but then I re­al­ized that these are de­mo­graph­i­cal­ly an aw­ful lot like the bunch that blew up the Lon­don Un­der­ground; so it’s prob­a­bly an ex­am­ple of good polic­ing. Even if we man­age to stop the bleed­ing in the Mid­dle East, some eth­nic group some­where in the world is al­ways go­ing to be op­pressed and get­ting beat up; let’s hope the fu­ture bombers liv­ing among us are as clue­less as this bunch.
 
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