Previous posting

None of this will make sense unless you read this first.

The content of the previous posting was directed at the Open Letter to America from a Canadian. I was, I will admit, a bit hurt when I read Allan’s postings about this letter and this did act as a catalyst for my posting, but the content was directed at the letter. Allan did not mean me or any of us personally when he wrote his postings. I know this. You all know this.

I don’t regret the post I wrote. If anything, it does show that this all is, ultimately, very personal. “You Americans” is personal when fingers are pointed at us because of our government’s policies that abbrogate our country’s responsibilities to the rest of the world. It’s personal because ultimately, it is up to us to do what we can to ensure that “You Americans” really does represent We Americans and not a few who have power by default.

But being personal does not mean me personally attacking Allan nor him personally attacking me — nor anyone attacking anyone else when, as was pointed out so eloquently in the comments by so many, we’re all on the same side.

I am not apologizing for the posting, because I believe everything I wrote and stand by it, but I am apologizing to Allan for putting him in an uncomfortable position because of my writing.

I won’t ask Allan to forgive me, but if there was any irritibility between folks as a result of my writing, I hope you all will “kiss and make up”. Because, as you told me, we are all on the same side.

Update There was a second letter written by the same author a few days later in time (original letter was written last May). The author really admires Bill Buckley Jr. Second Letter (thanks to MeFi).


Love, love, love

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.

Have you all ever noticed that many Beatles lyrics fall flatter than a bad souffle when you read them out of context?

Speaking of which…

AKMA, cuz you asked me nice, I won’t use the love blog as a test case for ThreadNeedle.

But you ruined the illusion I was building, of you and Margaret on a mountain top…in Canada. You in a red jacket (white collar, natch), looking tenderly into Margaret’s eyes, singing When I’m calling you-oo-oo-oooo-oo.


Free link

Well, since love is out (“all you need is love…”), I guess I’ll have to focus on links, instead.

Speaking of links, in a posting earlier this week, I didn’t link to the webloggers that I referenced, and I noticed that AKMA did that in some recent postings, as did Mike Golby. A big benefit from all of this is that the writing flows so much more nicely without all the underlines or bolded or contrasting color text.

Seems to me that when referencing a weblogger in a generic sense, just using the person’s tag line or name (or however they’re addressed in the blogroll), should be enough. If addressing a specific post, then it makes sense to link to that posting.

Yeah, this isn’t the war on Iraq or a writing of great beauty, but damn, that’s all I have at the moment.

(I guess I’ll have to alpha my list if I do this. Sigh.)

All you need is links, all you need is links,
All you need is links, links, links is all you need.
Links, links, links, links, links, links, links, links, links


The geeks have it

Jonathon has become the latest recruit to the Geek Force. I’ll have to send him an autographed copy of Unix Power Tools 3rd edition as soon as it’s published. Just think, Jonathon– 1200 pages full of tips!

(Makes a good doorstop, too.)

And now Jonathon can join us in the most important debate of geekdom:

Which is better? vi/vim? Or emacs?

Blood has been spilled over this issue, so use caution when responding Jonathon. In fact, there are many items that generate an almost religious ferver within the Unix world as you’ll find out…soon.