inessential by Brent Simmons


Manila festival roll call. Will we see you there?

Brian Behlendorf on mod_rewrite: "The great thing about mod_rewrite is it gives you all the configurability and flexibility of Sendmail. The downside to mod_rewrite is that it gives you all the configurability and flexibility of Sendmail." Post of the Day: "Having cash without debt is a powerful way to control what you can do with your life."

The new Mariners commercials are up. I voted for the one with Edgar in it.

Sheila: Edit this Dream.

Congrats to Jason Levine, who'll be doing his residency at Columbia, his top choice.

LinuxNewbies: More On Installing Software. "First we'll look at possibly the hardest and most frustrating process you will ever face in Linux: installing software from its source code."

GNOME's not Microsoft: "'The birth of GNOME happened about two and a half years ago,' explains de Icaza, 'when Microsoft showed me a component-based application [Internet Explorer] which, instead of a huge bloated single-component application, was a huge application bloated with small components.'"

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Demotivators from "It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black." "Never understimate the power of stupid people in large groups." Via stewart himself.

I like these as antidotes to the current era of sunny, self-esteem-raising slogans. Maybe they're great as propaganda for kids, but adults use the stuff too.

Thinking more about slogans, one of my favorites is "violence never solved anything," which I've been hearing since I was a kid. It's probably been around even longer. It's a sad day, like learning that Santa Claus doesn't exist, the day you learn that violence, far from being a poor problem-solver, is actually remarkably effective and popular. Very unfortunately.

On the other hand...