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10 Jan 2003 (updated 26 Feb 2003 at 04:42 UTC) »

Had to quit reading Ben Bova's book, 'The Precipice' (c) 2001 at page 42. Not a picky reader, I consume mass quantities of science fiction and mysteries to compensate for not watching any broadcast TV. Here's the offending passage:

"What about your cook?"

With a laugh, Dan said, "She goes with the van, old buddy. She only speaks Japanese, but she's terrific in the kitchen. And the bedroom."

Frieberg flushed deep red. But he did not refuse Dan's gift.

I've read plenty of books that were racist and sexist. I've enjoyed them. Some of them (Ivanhoe, Tarzan) had the (thin) excuse that their authors were working within the prevailing mores of their lifetime. Others lacked even that excuse (Casino Royale et al).

So why am I so heated about the admittedly tame passage quoted above? The problem is that Bova actually has a decent scientific idea (the greenhouse effect is accelerating catastrophically) but he throws in this offensive crap that has nothing to do with the plot. It's like he thinks he has to bribe me to read his book (time out while we all fantasize about giesha.) Spare me, pal!

17 Sep 2002 (updated 21 Nov 2002 at 22:50 UTC) »

OK, my first python script is done.

Given a name, it creates a directory if none exists and puts a pickled state file (currently just a counter) in the directory.

Good meeting with Ellen today, we've narrowed things down a bit.daunting but nice to have someone express high expectations when I'm functioning at the apprentice level.

9 Aug 2002 (updated 17 Aug 2002 at 07:48 UTC) »

Well I seem to be lurching toward a thesis topic. Should be fun, I'm looking at developing an improved archiver for Mailman, specifically one that supports searching.

Current to do list:

- Develop my a simplistic archiving tool to get my feet wet w/Python.

- Research how pipermail tracks threads, report to Ellen.

- Research current archiving method from message reception to storage. Starting point=ArchRunner.py

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