It's a massive totally random one this week.
An argument raged last week about the media's coverage of the US occupation of Iraq characterizing it as one sided, showing only the bad things. Some people actually tried to say journalists in Iraq were reporting from their balconies rather than going out on to the ground to report on the good things going on in Iraq. I think this argument is distasteful and call shame on those who are making this argument themselves from the safety of America. These reporters in Iraq who are constantly under threat of death, as is evident from the many reporters who have died in Iraq, are reporting what needs to be reported about Iraq. A school or hospital opening is well and good but when its the backdrop of constant violence which is the most important things to the people in Iraq and people back here in America.
It can be hard to grok the open source movement and in particular Richard Stallman but here is a transcript from groklaw of a recent keynote Richard gave about the future of free software.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's a spy drone!
The hugely successful PSOne with 100 million shipped worldwide is produced no more.
While many continue to not recognize global warming the rest of us know it is a real threat. Even NASA acknowledges its effects. While perhaps it does no one any good to talk in such overtones like DOOM, it does no one any good to ignore it and wait for 100% 'evidence' when such will likely be damaging and way too late. Better be safe than sorry and start now to clean ourselves up. We don't have to be smug about it though. Smug can be just as bad as smog.
And yes the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42!
posted by dharh 9:45 PM Apr 2nd, 2006 via idt
What has happened throughout the history of earth? What happened in the past to put us where we are now? What has happened in the past of man?
Throughout history we have learned many things in the areas of science and technology, have heard many people of philosophy put forth their ideas, and have endured great tragedies of war. Some people say it is important to learn history in order to learn from past mistakes. Others have said that we are doomed to repeat history. Some have said that it is important to learn about our history so that we can know where we come from and understand where we are going into the future. Yet others have said the only thing that matters is the here and now.
A Trip Through the 5000 Years of World History
History means dates of happenings and names of people. History began in the Nile Valley, in Egypt, where a priest called Manetho wrote about it, naming the ruler or pharaoh of the country as Menes.
The Years Before Christ (B.C.)
3200 Menes and the First Dynasty of his successors the pharaohs in Egypt.
2500 The Egyptian Pyramids built
2000 The Code of Laws of Hammurabi in Babylonia in the Valley of the Tigris and Euphrates.
1250 The Invasions of the People of the Sea. Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and the Achaeans' Siege of Troy. Aryans by land in Persia and India (the Rigveda). First dynasties of kings in China. Moses led the Jewish tribe of Israel out of Egyptian slavery into Palestine.
750 Homer lived and the First Olympic Games were held in Athens. Romulus and Remus first kings of Rome.
500 Rome a Republic. Greek civil wars and against the Persians. Athens against Sparta. Herodotus the Father of History. Socrates and Plato in Athens. The Persian Empire - Zoroaster. Buddha in India. Confucius in China.
333 Aristotle taught Alexander the Great, who conquered the Persian Empire and penetrated India.
44 Julius Caesar assassinated in Rome after conquering Egypt and dealing with Cleopatra. Civil war.
31 Caesar's nephew Octavian became the Roman Emperor Augustus.
The Years (A.D.) Since the Birth of Christ in the Reign of Augustus
33 Jesus Christ was crucified in the reign of Tiberius
325 Constantine the Great converted the Roman Empire to Christianity and then dedicated Constantinople as his capital.
452 Attila the Hun threatened Rome, but was warned off by Pope Leo the Great. Invasions of the other Barbarians across Europe.
476 Romulus Augustulus last Roman Emperor in the West.
622 Mohammed and the beginning of the Moslem Era. The Arabs overran North Africa and penetrated Spain. Great Tang Dynasty in China. Imitation of China in Japan.
800 Revival of the Roman Empire in the West by Charlemagne, King of the Franks. The Viking Age began. Canute the Great. The Varangian Rus and their conversion to Christianity
1000 Leif Eriksson discovered America in Newfoundland.
1066 The Norman Duke William conquered England. Feudalism. The Crusades to recover Jerusalem from the Turks.
1233 The Mongols of Genghis Khan overran Russia, but in China, Kublai Khan began a dynasty, and was visited by Marco Polo.
1453 Constantinople fell to the Turks, but in Venice, Milan, and Florence the Renaissance continued in full flower.
1492 Conquest of Granada from the Mohammedan Moors under Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, and they sent Christopher Columbus to discover America anew.
1519 Charles King of Spain first Habsburg Roman Emperor. Luther began the Protestant Reformation against the Popes of Rome.
1588 The defeat and destruction of the Spanish Invincible Armada by the English under Queen Elizabeth.
1643 France supreme in Europe under Louis XIV - the Sun King.
1760 Canada and India ceded by France to the British Empire.
1776 Declaration of Independence of the U.S.A. from Britain.
1789 The French Revolution, which produced Napoleon.
1815 After failing in Russia, Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo.
1837 Queen Victoria began the Victorian Era in Europe.
1914 The First World War began, with Britain, France and Russia against Germany, Austria and Turkey
1917 Lenin seized power in Russia. The Communist International
1918 The end of the First World War, and the end of the Austrian and Turkish Empires. Hitler came to power in Germany.
1939 The Second World War began with the conquest of France by Hitler, who then invaded Russia, whilst Japan struck at the U.S.A.
1945 Germany was defeated by Britain, the U.S.A. and Russia
1945 Japan was defeated by American atomic bombs, but then began the Cold War in Europe, with Britain, France and the U.S.A. against the U.S.S.R. under Stalin. The U.S.A. was to fight the Korean and Vietnam Wars, in effect against Communist China under Mao.
1991 The U.S.S.R. and Communism were found to be completely hollow after Gorbachev had come to power and introduced Glasnost (Openness) and Perestroika (Reconstruction). The U.S.A. became the sole great power in the world, but the European Community led by Germany, France, and Italy prospered economically, as did Japan, whilst the United Nations reaffirmed its universal role in politics.
posted by dharh 1:24 PM Mar 21st, 2006 via idt
MPAA gets ripped a new one during an sxsw session. Listen to the audio. Organ harvesting Chinese Concentration Camps. Did the Blackstar exist? Should we have open internet tests?
posted by dharh 7:31 PM Mar 17th, 2006 via idt
Part of the passion in my life, besides life itself, is programming and computers. I especially like the idea of smart computing through smart programs and smart OSes. Which is what I want to focus on in my career, creating intelligence to various degrees to help create better and more efficient user experiences using computers.
Bellow is a table of various code snippets and articles organized by language.
15 Exercises for Learning a new Programming LanguageThis is an exercise to both learn a language, but also to compare different languages. The original idea can be found here.
posted by dharh 2:06 PM Mar 15th, 2006 via idt
I've been doing TWI... for a couple weeks now. TWI... is sort of a play on TWIT though I never could cover as much as they do and as good as the people over there could. However, the point of my friday TWI... is to post the various things of interest that I find on the internets every week as well as any comments I've made on other peoples posts.
I take this post to heart. Part of the reason for my site is communication with the outside audience. Not necessarily for personal gratification of other people viewing my content, but being genuinely interested in peoples comments about various topics I am interested it. Whether that's some bit of philosophy, science, code, or application I put out there I wanna hear what other people have to say about it.
Doc Searls continues to talk about and advocate the new journalism.
posted by dharh 7:08 PM Mar 3rd, 2006 via idt
I continue to expand the code for indeepthought and have implemented more of wiki markup. If your curious about wiki markup you can see two competing standards here and here. Which one am I using? Neither really, there are parts of both I don't like and since neither is an excepted standard by the community of wiki I am basically using my own derived form based off wikipedia itself.
posted by dharh 6:50 PM Mar 3rd, 2006 via idt
Original wonkette Ana Marie Cox continues to make funny and witty posts in her weekly Chatology. Seems the US intelligence agencies can't make up their minds whether to classify or declassify documents. This is a little late, I saw it last week, but I found this page on The Rise & Fall of Object Orientation interesting. Someone posted an interesting response to the events surrounding the cartoon of their Prophet Muhammed at Kuro5hin. Can hydrogren producing mutant algae solve our energy problems? Fox does it again by asking if an Iraq civil war could be a good thing.
Finally, this is an interesting analysis about watermarks and I agree with the authors conclusion that watermarks aren't well suited for DRM. I think watermarks should be used only to find out who shared the file later.
posted by dharh 11:21 PM Feb 24th, 2006 via idt
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