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zeevon asks whether petroligarchy is my own neologism. The answer is yes. Yes yes yes. Please use it often -- it's one of my favorites, too, and it seems to fill a need.

27 Jul 2001 (updated 29 Aug 2001 at 17:04 UTC) »

Use These Words In Full Sentences!

  • one-man/one woman monkey patrol *personal descriptive* - A menace, permanent or otherwise, real or exaggerated. Example: ``Have you seen the Steve Ballmer dancing videos? That guy is a one-man monkey patrol!''

  • petroligarchy - Government, or effective rule, by a small group of oilmen (petroleum industrialists). The Dubya administration in the U.S. provides a good example. Example: ``The worldwide petroligarchy might destroy the Kyoto Accord.''

  • haircut blog - A Weblog that is filled with descriptions of mundane activities such as getting a haircut. By extension, a complete waste of time. See The Pseudodictionary for credits.

Congratulations to dyork on having begun French lessons! Picking up an expressive language (as opposed to a functional one) after childhood is always difficult -- you have to accept bewilderment for quite a while. Bonne chance, Dan! (And thanks for the advice re projects.)


  • How to apply the philosophies of Oriental martial arts in the world of OSS; i.e.: use one's opponent's force to one's advantage.
  • How to transform sesame bagels into a sqare meal.
  • How to apply the wiki tag into my page.
4 Jul 2001 (updated 4 Jul 2001 at 22:20 UTC) »

I see dave0 has started an OCLUG project page. How can I add my name to it as a contributor? Or to any other project, for all that?

4 Jul 2001 (updated 6 Jul 2001 at 04:24 UTC) »

First entry.Working mostly on the website for the Ottawa Python Authors Group. The site's not live yet, but will be soon. Other members include dyork.

I'm also psyching myself up for returning to school on July 23. I'll be attending the Praxis Training Institute here in Ottawa, Canada.

I have one or two articles in Linux Journal on their way.

So long for now!

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