News Zen

Two headlines, very close to one another, about very different stories.  They may seem related, but I hope for teenage girls they aren’t related:



Weatherproof Solar Powered Lights?

As I’m watching Discovery HD Theater tonight, one of those “As Seen on TV” type commercials comes up for solar-powered spotlights for your yard.

They advertise them as totally weatherproof, but I disagree – they won’t work if it’s always cloudy, raining all the time, duststorm, tornado picks ’em up. They’re pretty damned reliant on the sun, yes?

“If you don’t mind my asking…”

Why is it that always when a question is preceded by “If you don’t mind my asking…”, it’s, well, something that I would usually mind someone asking. And people know that, because they’re including the disclaimer.

How do you get out of that one without sounding snarky?

GPLv3 Draft Out

Looks like the discussion draft of the proposed GPLv3 has been posted for review. The ironic thing, in my mind, is this nugget just before the preamble:

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Now, clearly, I'm no lawyer, but that seems to me to be a bit ironic. The GPL — which is all about offering anything up in the public domain, free to change (so long as you redistribute your changes) — is not freely changable.

Bizarre. Why isn't the GPL, well, GPL'd?

More Political Irony

While reading the new George Carlin book I bought yesterday, I stumbled across this very fitting quote by Herman Goering:

Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.

Incidentally, Mr. Goering said this while on trial for war crimes at Nuremburg. And it's true, as per

Irony of Politics

As reported and seen on CNN this morning:


Yep, no early recount allowed in Ohio as per a probably “non-activist” judge. Oh, wait, what's that breaking news item up there? Bush administration says the Ukrainian election was a sham? Funny, we didn't listen to anyone else in 2000 when they said that about our election.