Quote of the Week

January 24, 2008 at 6:17 am (computers, entertainment, Knowledge, Opinion)

Stephen Hawking

“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.”

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Quote of the Week.

January 9, 2008 at 6:42 pm (entertainment, Knowledge, Opinion) (, , , , , , , , , )

The new weekly KAOSE feature

This week: Bill Hicks

“The Supreme Court says pornography is anything without artistic merit that causes sexual thoughts, that’s their definition, essentially. No artistic merit, causes sexual thoughts. Hmm… Sounds like…every commercial on television, doesn’t it? You know, when I see those two twins on that Doublemint commercial? I’m not thinking of gum. I am thinking of chewing, so maybe that’s the connection they’re trying to make.”

Thanks to The Konformist for putting these all in one place.

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Zen Habits Moves to Open Source Content.

January 8, 2008 at 2:36 am (BlogNews, entertainment, News, Opinion) (, , , , , , )

Following the path

In a move sure to impress quite a few people (and anger some others, I bet), Zen Habits author Leo Babauta has declared all of his websites content Open Source! In his own words:

I release my copyright on this content.

From now on, there is no need to email me for permission. Use it however you want! Email it, share it, reprint it with or without credit. Change it around, put in a bunch of swear words and attribute them to me. It’s OK. 🙂!!!

To show my appreciation for this move, I:

  • Left a comment on his blog, thanking him for siding with the Open Source movement.
  • Stumbled his blog, and wrote a positive review.
  • Turned off Ad-Block (on his site only) and clicked ALL of his ad links (something I have NEVER done before).
  • And, of course, wrote this blog post, linking back to his site, and the article.
  • I’ll have to think about donating on payday.

    I encourage everyone that reads this to head on over to Zen Habits and check out the rest of Leo’s article (which I won’t repost in it’s entirety). He has some great reasons as to why he’s making this move, and I agree with him 100%.

    One last Thing

    I also release all of my content on Kaose (https://kaose.wordpress.com) from any and all copyrights, and ask only that any of my content is given credit back to me. You don’t have to, of course, but that really doesn’t bother me (although I’m sure that you, dear reader, will link back, :). I’m not blogging to make money. I’m blogging to make a quality site. Zen Habits has the quality I hope to achieve.

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    I No Longer Support Ron Paul (For President).

    December 15, 2007 at 12:26 am (Knowledge, News, Opinion, politics) (, , , , , )

    And I will probable get flamed for it…

    But hear me out first

    When I first heard about Ron Paul, I did what many people have done on hearing his message. I listened to the anti-Iraq war, anti-IRS, and pro-improving the dollar rhetoric, and thought to myself, “Here’s a man I can support.” I did something else that many others have done, namely: I didn’t bother to find out much more about him. Why? Because the man is captivating. His speeches on Iraq, and the other issues he choses to talk about, are powerful. However, I didn’t check his voting record. I believe that many other Ron Paul supporters are making the same mistake. For the past couple of days though, I’ve done some research, and what I’ve found, I REALLY didn’t like. What, exactly did I find? Well, first, a little bit about where I stand.

    I’m a little to the left of Ghandi

    There is a great site to help you see what your political leanings are. It’s called The Political Compass”. It shows you where you stand compared to other famous people and leaders. My political compass puts me to the bottom left of freaking Ghandi! My score is Economic Left/Right: -6.75, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.44. In other words, I am Economically Leftist, and Socially Libertarian.

    What does that have to do with Ron Paul?

    Dr. Paul, on the other hand, is Economically and Socially Libertarian. He feels that corporations should be free to do just as they damn well please, and no one should get any help from the government. I just don’t agree. There are some aspects of society that just should not be a business. Take health care, as an example. Does anyone think that running health care as a business has been good for America? I know I sure don’t. The American problem of rising health care costs will NOT be fixed under a Ron Paul presidency. If anything, it will just be made worse.

    Other examples

    First, many thanks goes out to Orcinus for putting these all in one place. Let’s look at a small sample of Ron Paul’s voting record, shall we?

    First off, Ron Paul is extremely anti-abortion. I can understand this up to a point. After all, Dr. Paul has delivered something like 4,000 babies. Also, he is a religious fundamentalist (more on that in a bit), and those types tend to hate abortion. On the other hand, for a man who says he supports the Constitution above all else, he sure is quick to try and make a CONSTITUTIONAL amendment banning abortion. This is something that I just don’t agree with AT ALL. I wonder how many liberal Paulite’s would want to have that little plan happen.

    Next, he is against same-sex marriage. Another fundamentalist idea that I think is just stupid. If two people are in love, than what business is it of the Governments to get involved in that? Here I thought Ron Paul was trying to get Government OUT of peoples lives. I guess that only applies to people that follow the fundamentalist idea of what love is.

    Moving on, Paul is against some forms of protest, such as flag burning. To the point of make ANOTHER Constitutional amendment banning it. Gee, for a guy who wants to preserve the Constitution, he sure wants to make a lot of changes to it, huh?

    What else? Let’s see, getting rid of OSHA. You know, that pesky act that says that companies have to make a safe work environment for their workers. The act that was put into place because market pressures weren’t enough to keep them in line to do it themselves.

    Also, he hates labor unions, and we’ve all seen what the loss of labor unions has done for America (just look at Wal-Mart).

    No more minimum wage, under Ron Paul. Hope you like making wages along the lines of what you would get in a third world country.

    Forget social security with Ron Paul.

    No more anti-trust. In fact, he would strengthen the ability of hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to work together so that they can screw you over on costs, even more than they do now. Because, you know, we don’t pay enough in health care cost already.

    He would make it so that people born in America to non-citizens do not get citizenship.

    All environmental protection would go right out the window. Because corporations are such wonderful stewards of the environment. Yeah, right.

    He’s against almost all forms of international law. Not to mention the UN.

    About the only thing I agree with him about (aside from Iraq and the IRS) is his stance on gun laws. I’m pro-gun, in that I believe owning a gun is my right, (and protection) and no one should have the right to take that away from me. Gun-free zones do not work. If you don’t believe that, just look at all the school shootings. Those are all gun-free zones. But that’s a topic for another blog post.

    The list goes on…

    There’s much more over at Orcinus. I highly recommend that any Ron Paul supporters do the research on where he stands on all his policies, not just the one’s you agree with. This was a tough idea for me to come to grips with. I know, I wanted to like the guy, but he’s not what I hope for America, no matter how much I agree with him on a couple of views.

    Dennis Kucinich, FTW

    So, where does that leave me? I putting my vote to Dennis. He supports all the same ideals I do. I wish more liberal Ron Paul supporters would look around and see that there is another candidate that wants the same things that they do. Just without all of the crazy fundamentalist, pro-corporate free-for-all plans. Take a look, you might just change your mind, just like I did. For the sake of America, I sure hope so.

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    Croc’s attack children with help from escalators.

    September 17, 2007 at 9:19 pm (entertainment, News, Opinion)

    WTF?!?

    That’s what I said. Actually I’m talking about “Crocs” footwear, those ugly monstrosities that some people, for whatever reason, chose to wear. Turns out that the material that Crocs are made from sinks into the cracks of the escalators, trapping your foot. This can injure you, should you fail to remove said feet before you reach the end of the escalator. Serves you right for wearing Crocs. You’re an adult, and should know better. Unfortunately, in what I can only describe as mild child abuse, most Croc related injuries are to children, whose cruel parents made them wear these horrible things.

    “If I had better fashion sense” is what she should have said.

    An example of Croc related injuries can be found at The Associated Press:

    Four-year-old Rory McDermott got a Croc-clad foot caught in an escalator last month at a mall in northern Virginia. His mother managed to yank him free, but the nail on his big toe was almost completely ripped off, causing heavy bleeding.

    At first, Rory’s mother had no idea what caused the boy’s foot to get caught. It was only later, when someone at the hospital remarked on Rory’s shoes, that she began to suspect the Crocs and did an Internet search.

    “I came home and typed in ‘Croc’ and ‘escalator,’ and all these stories came up,” said Jodi McDermott, of Vienna, Va. “If I had known, those would never have been worn.”

    They should have never been worn in the first place, lady. Did you look at what you were putting on your child’s feet? Here’s a picture for those of you who have not seen them:

    I feel sorry for the kid. Who knows what else she is dressing him in. A sailor suit, perhaps? School will be so much fun for this little guy.

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