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As schoen said, this is funny. Just reposting the link in case someone missed it. Hee.

In other news, I've been maintaining my diary at my narcissism site, if you're wondering if I'm alive/dead, etc., all the details are over there (hint: I'm alive).

Now, for something even more completely off topic:

WTB: second-hand Nikon FM2 camera body, ideally in excellent condition. Send me a note if you have one lying around that you'd be willing to sell. You probably don't, but it never hurts to ask.

A request: I'm looking for recent salary surveys (ideally Canadian...those wacky California-centric ones really don't do me much good) that cover "new media" jobs (ie: web developer, web development manager, blah blah). If you know of one, please send a note to [dria at dria dot org].

Thanks muchly.

Busy. Dropped into late December through a timewarp wormhole in mid October. Somehow it's Xmas next week. I am wildly underprepared.

Wildly. Underprepared. I cannot even begin to describe how unprepared I am for it to be Xmas already.

work : fun

not work : fun

reading: lots

holidays: soon

fun: much

hooray!

Met mbp on Friday. A bunch of us went out for lunch at this groovy Thai place. I couldn't make it for dinner because I basically passed out after work, having only got 2 hours sleep on Thursday night. Woke up long enough to make and eat some food at around 11:30p, then promptly crashed again. All told I think I slept for 14 hours last night, which is Good. I've been keeping some pretty wack hours lately.

For further silly details, read my proper weblog.

Nice to see they've still got plenty of crack in California.

Hey, be a good open sourcer and go beat on the Linuxchix Alpha Site for a while. Lots of new features since I mentioned it here last, and I'm going cross-eyed from staring at code and need it to be sanity checked (for functionality at very least).

Went to see Tony Levin play tonight. I won't bother with the non-technical details since I have already exuded at length over on my personal weblog. To make a long story short: it was a fantastic show and Tony Levin is a god.

Um, spent the rest of the weekend hacking and entirely failing to do laundry. The former I've already mentioned once (above), and the latter will be tomorrow night's Domestic Task Of The Day.

27 Oct 2000 (updated 27 Oct 2000 at 23:38 UTC) »
graydon: the key issues here are: a) most people do not want to take responsibility for their actions, and b) most people in this part of the world were raised in a society where selfishness is considered to be a highest virtue, and thus cannot put aside their own petty concerns long enough to see the larger picture.

And thus, we are so dead it's not funny.

Editorial comment: replaced "survival trait" with "highest virtue" as was my original impulse, curbed by fears of Selfishness is a Virtue Randians jumping on my head.

27 Oct 2000 (updated 27 Oct 2000 at 03:40 UTC) »
graydon: Ah. Yes. Well. Same goes for about a billion other things.

I happen to agree with you, I just wasn't sure what exactly you meant. Personally I can think of several thousand ways that the world could be made a better place simply by people not doing something. And I strongly agree that most people need to slow down, give their heads a shake, and take a good long look around. Not just "people", but People. All of us. Collectively.

We've made an awful mess of things. What's scarier, however, is that almost no one seems to give a shit. Even on a personal level people are becoming increasingly fucked up by the sheer pace of things. Everyone with their cellphones and PDAs and laptops and pagers and microscopic attention spans and some seriously screwed drive to Do More Faster Now! And for what? I mean, really, for what? What's really being accomplished here?

Scratch that. What positive things are being accomplished? How many of our personal lives made better and more fulfilling by working 12-16 hours/day, 6-7 days/week? How is life improved by the continual acquisition of more and better electronics and communications gear? Do this many people really need cellphones? Do people really need multi-thousand-dollar home entertainment systems? Do people really need all the console gaming systems? Do people really need another new car? Do people really need to buy this many goddamned shoes?

I'm as guilty of this as anyone, although less so since I started paying attention to it. I haven't had a TV since I moved to Montreal, thus no VCR or DVD player. I don't have a PDA anymore. I have no car, and no desire to get one. I'm going to drop one of my phones (either cell or landline, haven't decided which yet). I don't wear a watch anymore. I don't check my email obsessively anymore. I unsubscribed from 9/10ths of the mailing lists I used to be on. I don't work all the time anymore. I've been reading more, writing more, walking more. Paying attention more. I've been making a fairly deliberate attempt to slow down, and I'm a much happier person for it.

This all began when I came to the realization that I had no real reason for pushing myself to Do More Faster Now. That I was caught in the classic trap of consumerism, believing that I could somehow make my life happier and more fulfilling by Buying More Stuff. It never worked. Not for years. I'd buy more stuff, play with it for a while (like a kid on Christmas morning), and nothing would change and I'd just have another "thing" to put in the box with all the other unused "things", and I'd still be generally discontent with life and, worse, I'd usually be further in debt.

"Well that's stupid", thought I. So, I've started cutting out the deadwood, cutting out the extraneous activities from my life and allowing myself to, as you (graydon) said, sit still. I'm not even halfway there yet, and things are already significantly better than they were before. Less stress. Less insomnia. Fewer headaches. And those are only some of the purely personal benefits. If everyone would do the same and just Consume Less, even by 20%, things would get better. We would still be consuming too much by a long long long shot, but it would be better. Maybe one small 10-20% reversal in consumer spending habits would be the pebble that begins a landslide.

So, yeah. I could go on, but, um, I won't.

graydon: how does running a website contribute to the destruction of the planet? Everything else you listed makes perfect sense to me but (maybe I'm just being defensive as one of those people who tends to keep building new dorky websites) the "don't operate so many websites" thing made me pause.

I don't get it.

Put up an initial alpha version of the new Linuxchix.org site for testing. It's incomplete. There are borked bits, there are a few bugs, there are a few missing features. On the other hand, there is a lot of stuff there (the core of it at very least) including:

  • user accounts
  • personal profile pages
  • chapter info pages
  • news submission system
  • personal weblogs
Yeah. Anyhow, if you would like to go break my site, you can check it out over at http://www.osdi.org (temporary location for alpha testing, of course). Send feedback/bug reports to me (deb at dria dot org), etc etc.

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