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Customer (deliberately): Have you in fact got any Linux systems here at all?

Owner: Yes, sir.

Customer: Really?


Owner: No. Not really, sir.

Customer: You haven't.

Owner: No, sir. Not a scrap. I was deliberately wasting your time, sir.

(How long till VA changes its name? Answers on a scrap of cheese.)

Customer: Well I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to shoot you.

Owner: Right-oh, sir.

(The customer takes out a gun and shoots the owner.)

Customer: What a senseless waste of human life.

We're using Wiki for our Burning Man postmortem. Boy, is it ever super-cool.

If any of you Spock Mountain Research Lab types are out there, can I buy you beers and pick your brains on gray water reclamation?

Sorry to everyone I didn't see at the show. On Tuesday I was going quietly mad, so I wrote everything up, packed the car and was in Black Rock City by moonrise Wednesday.

Still there in spirit.

27 Aug 2001 (updated 27 Aug 2001 at 19:56 UTC) »
"Women aren't human, Bill. Or perhaps, more precisely, they're a different species than men, with different wills and different purposes on Earth. You know this instinctively, Bill, and it's your instincts that make you such a good operative."

The earlybirds set off this morning, reducing the population of Moonbase Alabama from fifteen to two. It's heavenly quiet. I'll be at the damn show till Wednesday - tell me, what were they thinking? Then it's off to Moonbase Nevada, part of the Spiral Oasis, at 4pm and Infant. We'll have Tim Tams, so drop by.

August is ending, and the new college graduates have started work in PR. The phone rings off the hook, but it brings me no news. Actual excerpt from actual mail:

"Dear Error! MergeField was not found in header record of data source.,

Following is the latest press release from Oracle..."

Moonbase University is holding a public seminar on space exploration on Thursday September 20 at Cellspace. Peter "the rocket scientist" Cheeseman of NASA and Manfred Bester, head of Berkeley's High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager team, will take the podium.

Science geeks, wannabe astronauts, interplanetary archvillains and Bad People of the Future are all warmly invited to attend.

I was hoping to serve Space Food Sticks, but they're defunct.

23 Jul 2001 (updated 24 Jul 2001 at 00:20 UTC) »

Excellent news. Just got off the phone with Will Doherty of the EFF. Adobe has agreed to withdraw support for the criminal complaint against Dmitry Sklyarov. Without Adobe, the government will have a hard time pressing charges. With luck, Sklyarov should be out of jail soon.

Anyone else coming to San Diego? We should have an Advogatomoot.

I'm so much bouncier after my holiday that Jeremy decided to take me on another one. I'll be working from our London office from August 6, then wandering aimlessly around France for a while, avoiding network jacks.

I'm planning to interview Troll Tech and SuSE, and any other European open source companies I can find. If that's you, and if you'd like some techno-journalistic attention, by all means mail me on rachel dot chalmers at the451 dot com.

Tiens alors!

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