behind

i've fallen behind in my lj. i have some things to say that fell off my mind.

At any rate, I've been offered and have accepted a job administering Linux boxen at Tybrin Corp. at Eglin AFB. It's three hours west of Tallahassee and 45 minutes or so east of Pensacola. I'm boxing things up for the move; I start on 28 March, but I won't move over there till I find an apartment.

This is my first 'real job.' The first time I really live on my own, and the first time I'll end up paying for everything instead of everybody buying stuff for me. I'm trying to balance my need for independence with a willingness to listen to the wisdom of those around me who have done this before, and trying to balance simplicity and frugality with false simplicity. I'm trying to start without much because I've seen it accrue, and I want to see if I need it.

So eh please pray for me and my parents.

One of the most relevant things I've come across in the last few days is zestyping talking about how in the world of blogging, recency supplants relevance. Everything is sorted newest first, but newest isn't necessarily best. This is good to remember when I feel like I'm not up with the blogging revolution and it's passing me by, and when I feel like I don't know enough news and haven't heard enough opinions. New doesn't mean important. Somebody I read said that the up-and-coming types fear history, because it will judge whether they and their thoughts and breathless gossip meant anything. (Don't worry, we're not 'up-and-coming'; zestyping says LiveJournal isn't hip :)

ghossip

memegack!

I am so enraged! jeffthewookiee told me that tomalynne told whitesilk and shadowjade that they saw me talking to springdove and talking crap about jdbailey. What a crock!

What sucks is that everybody has asked why I'm leaving the trekkie fandom but the answer is simple: Some of you know who you are and why I'm leaving FOREVAR.

Oh and I am so going to kick springdove out of the house. They wore my favorite furry shirt when jeffthewookiee was visiting. I've never been so embarassed in my life!

-- chosen from the writings of The LJ Drama Generator thingy

man. come on! the furry shirt? argh. how could you. you can't live with me anymore. just... arhg.
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libertarianism rears its ugly head! ruaarrr

Grounded: Millionaire John Gilmore stays close to home while making a point about privacy

I knew about John Gilmore and his attempt to either fly without an ID, or actually see the law that requires him to show it. What I didn't know, which this article fills in, is John Gilmore's history in computers and the Internet.

I talked with Kristi about this issue today as we drove to get Jones Soda, and I got that annoying thing that presidents in a debate get where they can't listen to the other person's point and they have to get their word in edgewise. (I'm sorry, dearest.) But whether or not you should have to show your ID to get on a plane, the deeper issue is whether you should have to obey a law you aren't allowed to see. We're supposed to be under the rule of law (as opposed to a king or dictator), and we're supposed to be able to see and even challenge that law. I'm glad there's a guy that's rich enough who wants to fight this. I guess our country isn't socialist enough that just anyone could do it. Miranda wouldn't have made it to the Supreme Court except that somebody figured out his lawyer wasn't lawying.

For other things to get fired up about, check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation. For other things to get fired up about, that are outside the box of middle-class America, and are gobs more important than whether I'm allowed to watch a movie on a DVD I just bought, see AllAfrica.

aids, uganda, condoms, abstinence

Uganda: Condoms Outshine Abstinence in Aids Battle - Researchers

Compare/contrast Uganda AIDS Prevention Success Being Undermined by Infuriated UN Condom-Pushers. Discussed here, found by hymnia.

lifesite is written from a conservative standpoint which values abstinence and marital faithfulness and kinda hates condoms (at least for public health purposes). the condom outshining article above is published by the UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), the "infuriated condom-pushers" themselves.

the people quoted are maria wawer from columbia university (a "condom-pusher," i can only assume), and edward c. green from harvard, who is a chief proponent of the ABC approach (Abstain, Be faithful, or [last] use Condoms), and also a proponent of alternative/complementary/indigenous medicine. he puts "modern" medicine in quotes all the time. and he's a redhead. wawer is b&w.

the study findings that the IRIN mentions are from the Rakai Project, which Wawer has led since its concep -- er, inception in 1995. whereas green has been working in uganda since 1987, and attributes lower STD incidences over the period from then till now to the ABC program he built. i think it went up in the early 90s judging from this Ugandan ministry of health report.. maybe that was when the epidemic was catching on.

i didn't read all of green's stuff but i have to hand it to him, he's got a lot more of it available than wawer.

the rakai project is mentioned in this CDC page about the STD-HIV link. basically if you treat other STDs, HIV incidence goes down.

looks like some great stuff here.

btw phone numbers in uganda start with 011 256.

yeah i saw it on slashdot

the kyoto protocol comes into effect today. lots of countries but not the US have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

apropos to that - an article about the consensus that the earth is getting warmer, and the reason is people. in the conservative circles where my parents run everyone says there is no such consensus, and that consensus is wrong. Also see Wikipedia on climate change, global warming, and the Kyoto Protocol.

helter skelter

it's all crazy. three days have gone by without my consent or approval. they didn't ask me! how mean. so now i need to leave to go to atlanta tomorrow, but it's way too late to get an early start and i wasn't ready to go anyway. it's very cool, i'm going to meet my mission year people, but i told one of my people in atlanta i'd do some computer stuff while up, and i didn't tell another person in atlanta about some stuff i've been preparing. and so i'm trying to get that stuff together before leaving. i wanted to go early to get the computer stuff done and not have it supplant meeting with people (!), but this was early.

i've found two or three other places in tallahassee i'd like to work if not at aegis. fun! but i haven't geared up my resume for them or sent anything or gone to see them. boo hiss.

my computer is dead, again, expensively this time. last time the power supply died; this time it's the motherboard, and there's no telling what else is fried, or whether it will fry another computer if i put it in it. it's like the parts of my dead computer have a dread contagion. so now instead of $50 it's $500, and i haven't any money.

because i took my cat to the vet to get his cast off and they charged me $100. and my dearest and i had dinner at manna, a verra-nice and expensive restaurant, on valentine's day. and there's the matter with melissa coming to the mission year reunion, about which i have not told everyone at all yet. so yes dearest you are right. i have no money, because i have no job. not long ago i was rich; today i am poor relative to then; this happens when you don't get money all the time i'm afraid.

mr. t loooved the ride to the vet's office in my lap. he was kinda fidgety trying to look out the window but he purred all the way and rubbed his face all over me anywhere he could. even after the shots were administered, he was scared but still liked me. but after the cast came off he was like a red-haired wood chipper with his little super-buzz-saw-claws. and of course the leg that was in the cast was all atrophied and stank and shedding all over me. he licked and furiously nibbled it all the way home instead of trying to look out the window. i haven't seen him since then (tuesday).

i knew, all through the last three days, that i wasn't getting what i wanted done and i would regret it. yet sometimes i have no self control. bleh.

i've committed to leave my house every day for lent. it was something i need to do anyway - and it doesn't seem very ascetic or self-denying - but i thought of Vinoth Ramachandra's exposition on Job in Gods that Fail, and how he says that at the end when Job says, "I repent in dust and ashes," it really means something more like, "I repent from dust and ashes," i.e. having heard what i needed to from God, i can cease to mourn and question, and i can trust and be happy again. that's what leaving my house is like. stopping bellyaching about how i never see anyone, doing something about it, and being happier. make sense?

so. to all who haven't seen me online, the reason is because my computer's dead. i'm on my mom's right now; it doesn't quite work right in every case. (??) and i'll be gone to atlanta all weekend, w00t!

1984 craziness

i just read 1984. yes that's correct i did not read it in high school. perhaps because my english teachers liked socialism more than Orwell. :) liberal conspiracy theories aside - it screwed me up. then i listened to darlene zschech + choir + brass + band sing worship songs. and i started to think maybe orwell hated christianity or religion in general. or maybe he just hated socialism and i think christianity and socialism have a lot in common :) so here are the parallels i found.

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