May 2005

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

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…

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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"