I just checked out the Activity Log for my blog. I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the MT-Blacklist module that I installed back in February has been doing its job. The bad news is that in that time it has detected and blocked 5,109 trackbacks and 854 comments. (In…Read More Blogspam: good news and bad news
A less sanguine, and probably realistic, assessment of the filibuster compromise…. (Via Majikthise.)Read More Munich 2.0
Professor Stephen Bainbridge (a law professor at UCLA) points out, correctly, that “The filibuster is a profoundly conservative tool. It slows change by allowing a resolute minority to delay – to stand athwart history shouting stop. It ensures that change is driven not ‘merely by temporary advantage or popularity’ but by a substantial majority.” That,…Read More A conservative admission over the filibuster issue
Herewith an almost complete list of the books in the philosophy of mind section of my collection:Read More Phil. of mind books
Over the years I have gradually expanded my horizons where single malts are concerned. I started with Macallan, went down-market with Bowmore Islay (excellent value), then ventured into the salty mysteries of Laphroaig and Talisker. Glorious! And I’ve tried various others, never straying far from familiar territory. A few were disappointing, but none were undrinkable.…Read More How do you find interesting new single malt Scotches?
One of my favorite ex-Sun execs seems to have been ousted by her new employer, Salesforce.com. The Register reports Prez Sueltz leaves Salesforce.com: “One source said Sueltz was ‘devastated’ over the parting of the ways with Salesforce.com. Sueltz joined the firm believing she would be groomed for the CEO position. Sueltz did not return our…Read More Whither Pat?
During my recent Philosophy of Mind course I acquired a number of fascinating books in the field. In a couple of cases I read the book immediately from cover to cover; for most, I merely dipped into the book when I bought it, promising myself that I’d return to read it properly when time permitted.…Read More Book recommendation: "Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness" by John Perry
Just finished watching the Monaco Grand Prix. Traditionally, this is a race where it’s almost impossible to overtake, because the streets are so narrow. Not this year – just ask Villeneuve, Alonso, Heidfeld, Webber, Schumacher…. Congratulations Raikkonen and McLaren (sponsored by Sun). BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula One | Live: Monaco Grand Prix Lap…Read More Monaco Grand Prix
In Craig McMurty’s blog entry that stirred up discussion of Indigo and Jini, he mentions a piece by Don Box, in which “the four fundamental tenets” of service-oriented development are laid down. Craig further asserted that ‘The “services” that one can construct with Jini do not conform to any of those four tenets’. Really? Well,…Read More Jini, Indigo and the "Highlander Fallacy"
My colleague Warren posted a thoughtful and comprehensive response to Craig McMurty’s piece on Jini and Indigo. I just wanted to point out another angle on one of Craig’s assertions. Craig says, “In the years since Jini, though, we have learned a lot about how NOT to design those programming models, and those lessons suffuse…Read More Wrong premise, misleading conclusion