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Required reading, and golf - Jason Lindquist
Idle ramblings of an idle mind
Required reading, and golf
1) I caught a reference today to Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, released two weeks ago. He's written it as a "young adult" release, so you won't find it next to Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom. Don't let that stop you. It's not at all watered down, its protagonists are simply 17 years old. For those of us that have been in the industry for a decade or so, the tools and scenery are old standbys. But there's another generation that needs to be exposed to this stuff, the tools, the mindsets, the history, and the politics. Marketing it as YA is exactly the right idea--that's how it finds its way to the people that need to see it. The rest of us will find it because Cory wrote it. And everybody who's anybody in the networking, software, or security fields is quoted on the dust jacket. And Bruce Schneier wrote the Afterword.

This now goes on the list with Hitchhiker's Guide and Snow Crash as essential geek reading.

b: Gave up golf? Fuck you, Mr. President. Fuck you up your stupid ass.
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nekosensei From: nekosensei Date: May 15th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read on another article that, in reality, he gave up golf because of some knee problems he was having last summer. It turns out that he had a muscle tear and/or a tear in his meniscus. So...not only was this entirely inappropriate, it was also insincere.

I really can't wait until January 2009 when he's out of there.
jonroma From: jonroma Date: May 15th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

The idiot in the White House

From Michael Paul Williams in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Mr. President, here's a news flash: No one has died because you spent a day out on the links.

If this shallow gesture is the best you can do to display solidarity with bereaved families, you should have kept hacking away. It's yet another insult to those who have sacrificed the most in Iraq.

It's doubtful that the families of the 4,077 U.S. troops who have been confirmed dead in Iraq take any solace from your abstaining from golf.

Upon leaving office, you can hop back in the golf cart while your successor attempts to pull this nation out of the quagmire you so willingly plunged us into. But some 30,000 wounded troops may no longer have the physical, mental or emotional dexterity to play golf. Some have lost an arm or a leg or are no longer ambulatory. Others are waging inner wars with traumatic stress or depression. The last thing on their minds is a pitching wedge or a putter.

"Solidarity" suggests a unity of purpose, interest and feeling. Do you think giving up golf is the same as a family sacrificing a loved one or an enlisted man or woman losing life or limb?

The sand trap at the country club is a day at the beach compared with the desert storm in Iraq. Surrendering golf is a poor excuse for wartime sacrifice. But it's a fitting metaphor for a nation off course.
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