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Went out last night with a guy I know from juggling caled
"Catastrophe". He's in the video business, and is interested in
open-source, geekdom, and linux.

We go out for sushi. Seems a noble goal, really. It's pretty disarming
when you get there, and he's talking to the Japanese people, in Japanese,
and everyone's smiling and laughing except me who doesn't understand a
single word of what's being said. Which is nice. But it was good, and seems
that's in danger of becoming a regular thing. Which would suit me pretty
much just fine.

Over dinner, we ended up discussing mostly the merits of open-source, and
what the various licenses are.

He's currently reading "Free As In Freedom" to give himself first lessons
in Open-Source. Which I would say is a lot like reading Mein Kampf to
learn about keeping unemployment low.

So all that was good.

We then went to a "British Pub" in Santa Monica, "The King's Head".

The door man was wearing a shell suit, which took a whole lot out of
the experience, really. Mostly it was pretty good, and they had pint
glasses. I got whupped at darts, but then I never was any good.

I'd give it a 9 out of ten for effort, and roughly 4 and a half for
implementation. I have a feeling I'll be going there again, as I did
enjoy it, after all.

It was nice, too, to hear a liverpublian lass sounding off about
Alex Ferguson.


OK. Since I've had one or two responses about yesterday's comment:

Firstly, my machine did not get 0wned; Nor did any forums that I run.

Basically, I had an argument online with someone, semi-publically.
[Dagnammit. It was a 5-letter correction sent in a patch to a mailing

He then wrote an article with what I took to be a backhanded attack on
me in it [relating to our argument]...

I posted a reply on the forum, and it was changed to be completely
contrary to what I'd written, while keeping it in my style of
writing. Which just really pissed me off, since it could genuinely have
been mistaken for me saying something I very much didn't.

In all fairness, the forum is anonymous/unauthenticated in the first
place, and people have written stuff as me on more than one occasion.

Someone else pretending to be me doesn't annoy me, so long as they're
either clearly not serious, or at least not writing something that I
care about or have an opinion on.

I've also sent an apology to the guy for me making an ass of myself,
although I still stand by my points.


On the acceptable use of technology.

It's not, in my humble and considered opinion, acceptable to
electronically permanantly change statements made by someone, because
you disagree with what they've said.

Doubly so when it is changed to something that still seems to be from the
original author, and is completely contrary to what was written before.

Hell; I don't change my OWN statements from the past, even though some
of them are flagrantly wrong/shortsighted/whatever.

The idea of someone else changing them for me just seems a little...


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