The Rants of Issachar

Friday, December 31, 2004

If you're interested in P2P software and copyright, there's an interesting article on Wired about what they're calling "The Bit-Torrent Effect". I'm on a bit of a theme here with my dead on arrival article on, and I found the Wired article interesting. They're a bit dated though. A lot of big Bit-Torrent indexing sites went down on the 19th, and this being only a January article, they don't mention that.

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Six more hours until the end of 2004. Have I done enough this year? Probably not, but the year went by anyway. Happy New Year everybody. I hope the party goes well tonight.

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Apparently my blog must die. Okay I don't use Movable Type, but the criticism rings true. :P

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Man the world is messed up. I'm sitting here posting to Kuro5hin, trying not to go to sleep and looking for some links. I get reminded of that 5 year old Israeli girl who was killed in back in '02 hiding under her Mickey Mouse Bedsheets. Apparently her name was Danielle Sheffi.

Palestinian gunmen dressed as Israeli soldiers slipped into a quiet Israeli settlement near Hebron on Saturday morning and, moving from door to door, sprayed bullets through windows and walls and killed four people, the Israeli army said. The gunmen entered the home of 5-year-old Danielle Sheffi, who lived with her parents and three siblings. After they left, the little girl's room -- decorated with a Mickey Mouse doll, bed sheet and poster -- was scarred with bullet holes and stained with blood.
She's not the only one who died that day nor is she the only child to die but this case just reminds me of how sad this world is sometimes...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Semi-credited quote of the day... I got this from Kirsten.

Vegetarians are meant to be cured.

Sorry for all the anti-vegetarian quotes. I'll try to change my theme.

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Ah... Skiing at Big White is just how I remember it. Skiing in cloud. Okay it was gorgeous, but it was the snow that did it. The visibility? Not so much. :)

I watched The Magnificent Seven tonight. Very good, and very similar to the movie it's based on which is also excellent. If you haven't seen either of these I recommend them.

I'm still posting away on K5. I go by issachar over there as well. And try to check out Gauntlet. It's dying due to lack of readers, but I still have hope. At least I hope I won't have to try to create a site like that myself if Gauntlet goes down for good.

I'll be back in Coquitlam tomorow. Luke's giving me a ride back. It's been a very good Christmas break. I saw Jim & Mellisa Fenton last night. They were back at their dad's place for Christmas. I haven't seen them in years. Melissa was called Missy last time I saw her and she was probably about 10. It's great to see old friends again don't you think?

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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Gorgeous day today. I went up skiing at Telemark with Kirsten earlier. I need to work on my skating technique quite a bit. They've done some great work on the trails up there though. I love Christmas.

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Boxing Day and it's still snowing!

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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas everyone!

We got snow in Westbank for Christmas morning, and it's still going. Not very deep snow mind you, but the ground is white and that's the most important thing. The Okanagan is the typical Christmas overcast, but we can't have everything.

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Well I just can't keep my nose out of things. Give me some free time over Christmas and I start posting online again. This time it's Kuro5hin.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I finished up my story on copyright and submitted it to gauntlet. Now I get to see if there's enough interest in the topic to get it posted to one of the discussion pages. (Or enough users on the site at all, they haven't had a new story up there in ages). I may eventually post the text of the story here, but until then you can always follow the link.

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

The whole family's back in Westbank for Christmas. Laurie flew in from Ottawa yesterday, Dad and I drove back from Vancouver this afternoon, Shona flew back in to Kelowna from Asia this evening and Kirsten drove back from Fernie. A full house is really quite nice. This will also be the first Christmas we've had in Westbank for a while as we've spent the last two Christmas' in Hawaii. Mum's got this 5'5" tall tree with a 4' bear climbing it in the living room now. I guess if I don't come home for Christmas for two years things change. Anyway, we're about to have dinner, so I'm going to toss up a photo of Shona's arrival in Kelowna. (Pictures were the point of leaving blogspot after all).

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Uncredited Quote of the Day...

Isn't it a bit unnerving that Doctors call what they do "Practice" ?

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Ah... The last day of work before the Christmas break... and it's over!

It was a good day today. The grade 8 kids made served us lunch today, (teacher appreciation and all that), so I got some good lasagna for lunch. My server rooms is looking tolerable again, but I really need to get the walls painted. Between the morning assembly and the afternoon of getting everything wrapped up for the break it was a pretty relaxing day. And we've had more sweets delivered to the staff room this week than you can shake a stick at. I'm not sure where those truffles came from, but it's probably better than I don't know anyway. Very good...

Anyway, I was listening to the CBC 6 o'clock news on the way home and it had something about Gord Mackintosh the Attorney General in Manitoba wanting to make stiffer penalties for drunk drivers who have kids in the car at the time they're drunk. On a sidenote for a moment, the CBC's website is a pain in the butt. Finding a reference on their site to a newscast that was live only 4 hours ago should be easy. As it is all I could find was a real audio clip *shudder* of the most recent World at Six broadcast which gave me enough specifics to do a search on the Manitoba governments website. Now even if text on the site for all news articles is too much to ask for, surely they could have an mp3 stream for those of us not wanting to deal with the unholy crap that is Real's excuse for a privacy policy? Well those of us not using Real Alternative anyway. Why do they use real at all? Practically everything plays mp3 streams but playing a real stream on anything except real player is a pain.

But back to the subject of the story. Should we have tougher penalties for those driving drunk with kids in the car? Well why not? Isn't driving druynk with your kids bad? Of course it is. But then so is driving drunk without kids in the car. If you get in accident, obviously the kids in your car will be hurt, but then if you leave them at home, you still run the risk of killing the kids in the car of the soccer mom driving home. Driving drunk should be penalized. Period. Making special cases for scenarios that make the infraction worse seems silly because there is not particular reason to stop making special cases. Driving drunk with a 12 year old in the car is worse than driving drunk with your buddy, but then driving drunk with two 12 year olds in the car is probably worse than only have one kid in the car. Driving with four kids in the car is even worse, so the penalty should be worse right? Riiight...

I suppose what irritates me about this is that it's a foolish idea for a change in the law that probably won't get opposed. Opposing it carries the danger of being accused of not caring about the lives of children but simply going along with the proposal won't cause the sky to fall. Law should be based on good ideas, not feel-good fuzzy logic.

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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Uncredited Quote of the Day...

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Humanitarians scare me.

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

I finally got my blog hosted properly, so now I can post pictures and all that. If you're still looking at this on blogspot you're in the wrong place. Check instead. will be put together when I actually have something to put there, but I have no idea what that will be.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

why is nothing in life simple? I'm currently looking for a web hosting company to host this blog, (so I can get it off blogspot and post some pictures), and also to host my idea for a scoop site. Of course it looks like scoop won't work on most hosting companies as it has a few more requirements than other systems. I suppose a real techie would roll his own linux server out of duct tape and binder twine, but I really just can't face that. $5 per month hosting just seems so much easier. On a lighter note, I just finished watching Hero with Desmond. Good movie and gorgeous cinemaphotography. I'd definately recommend it. I noticed reading on imdb that Zhang Ziyi is going to be in an upcoming production of Memoirs of a Geisha. Koreen, if you're reading this what do you think of having a Chinese actress playing a Japanese woman (and in her first english speaking role) in a movie based on a book written by a white guy?

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