privacy, choice, and sledgehammers

I really do believe that it is when we believe that we have no choice — when we believe that we have no ability to change our behavior — that we give up our choice, we give up our free will. As long as we remind ourselves that we can change our our destiny, we still have the power to do it. When we deflect this responsibility to some other, omniscient force, we’re done. Game over. They’ve won. So you can worry all you want about people invading your privacy. Just remember that you’re the one who’s letting them in.

puppy TV

Which of course has little to do with anything. This entry, in honor of, among other things, a six-yer anniversary, is all about unconnected things that on the face of it have little to do with anything. So let’s get on with it.

today i am a geek

Dana just bought me a clock that tells time in binary. That’s right binary. And I know I must be officially be a geek because not only did I know it was a binary clock before I even read the packaging, but I thought it was just about the best present ever.

where are you?

I know I know. I never call, I never write. It’s like I’ve dropped off the face of the planet. That’s how I’ve been feeling as of late, anyway, despite the fact that I have been keeping in relatively good touch with a lot of people lately. But mostly because I’ve been extraordinarily busy. Busy busy. Idle hands, and all that.

viva la revolution!

Both governments [Cuba and Venezuela] say they are trying to wean state agencies from Microsoft’s proprietary Windows to the open-source Linux operating system, which is developed by a global community of programmers who freely share their code.