Archive for August, 2010

Photos at Woodlands 2010-08-29

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Here are some photos from a lovely weekend at my parents’ house. It was very nice to see so many of the tribe.

2010-08-29 Woodlands

Script for Listing Etexts from Project Gutenberg

Monday, August 16th, 2010


I’m a big fan of Project Gutenberg and have downloaded many of their etexts over the years. However, their etexts have numeric file names, which aren’t very human friendly. In order to keep track of the etexts that I have saved on my computer, I’ve written a little perl script to extract the author and title from the etexts and generate an HTML file to list them.

The code’s release under the GPL, so feel free to tinker with the code and share alike.

Charlotte and Jim’s Wedding

Sunday, August 8th, 2010
2010-08-07 Charlotte and Jim's Wedding

Michael’s Barbecue

Thursday, August 5th, 2010
2010-07-18 Michael's Barbecue

Strawmen on the Internet

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

“If Liberals love the state so much, why don’t they go and live in North Korea.”
“If Libertarians hate the state so much, why don’t they go and live in Somalia.”

Breath in. Count to ten. Let go of the anger.

This is what I must do whenever I come across strawmen arguments between what Americans call “Liberals” and “Libertarians” in comments on the internet.

What the sensible cybernaut learns from these sorts of spats is that life at the extremes is hell. He can also safely assume that just because he doesn’t see exactly eye-to-eye with another, the other is probably not advocating the most extreme position.