September 2006 Archives

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Google

September 28, 2006

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Google: sci fi short story from Austinite Bruce Sterling. Includes the first Smiths-reference I've ever seen in fiction.

Debbie: why do you access me, when you know that makes things hard for me? Why do you tag, and link to me? Why do you telephone? And why, why, why do you write me silly notes on paper? I am so sick of you, Debbie. Why, why do you hack me? It is just to see the things that you know I am writing about you...

Probably first person to ever allude to The Smiths and Rush in the same piece. Definitely gets the mind thinking about the real-world-social implications of online-social networking, massively multiplayer games, etc. Makes me thankful that I came into the Internet in the beginning of its mass popularization and not well into the curve.

Then again, as I think back to the mid '90s, I was pretty heavily involved in newsgroups, discussion forums and mailing lists. Social networking. And it never distracted me too much. I got bored with it and moved on. There weren't that many other teenagers around there at the time (almost no one I knew had an Internet connection), so even though I was doing quite a bit of "social networking," I don't know that I can really compare that experiene with what's available to kids today. Of course, we always think it was better back in the day.

Enjoying My Week Off

September 25, 2006

So I have a week off of work while in between jobs. Got out into the yard a bit today, though not enough for the beautiful day it was. Getting cold again on Wednesday (mid 50s instead of upper 60s), so I better get out more tomorrow.

New Job!

September 13, 2006

The universe has been kind to me. I have been blessed in so many aspects of my life and I do not give enough praise and thanks to God for that. For the past two years, one of those blessings has been working at Augeo Affinity Marketing. The people I have worked with and the skills and experience I have gained are invaluable. And yet I it is time for me to move on. Thus on October 2, on what would have been my second anniversary at Augeo, I will begin the next phase of my career as a Senior Programmer at Personix.

Review: The Bábí and Bahá’í Religions, by Peter Smith

September 5, 2006

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The Bábí and Bahá’í Religions: From messianic Shi’ism to a world religion is a thoroughly researched, academically rigorous, and yet accessible overview of the development, growth, and dominant motifs of these two religions. Its author, Dr. Peter Smith, is a researcher and professor in sociology and religious studies. Himself a Bahá’í, he takes great care to execute a balanced treatise, particularly with regard to subject matter where no substantial “neutral” sources are available. In this reader’s mind, it is an exemplary introduction for any student of the newest of the “world religions.”

The Lost Arm of F. Stewart

September 4, 2006

Seen recently by my sister at a cemetery in rural north Texas:

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