Monthly Archives: March 2012

A quote from “Dreams from my Father”

The shooting of Trayvon Martin – by all accounts because he was black, and young – reminds me of this quote from Barack Obama’s memoir, “Dreams from my Father”. At the end of chapter four, Obama’s grandmother (he was living … Continue reading

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Undulatus

I’ve updated my twitter client, undulatus. It no longer uses sqlite via sqlalchemy, but instead shoves all the tweets into a CouchDB database. This fixes an annoying problem with threads and locking, and also makes it much easier to do … Continue reading

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Book review: Red Mars

Red Mars (by Kim Stanley Robinson) is a “hard” science fiction novel about a human settlement on Mars. The novel spends a lot of time exploring the science and technology that would be required to travel to Mars and establish a permanent … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Finkelstein report

Today the Finkelstein Independent Media Inquiry reported. Here are some quick thoughts. The report includes a section titled “Whatever the rational, free speech is not absolute” (2.47). Rather irritatingly Finkelstein repeatedly quotes Oliver Wendell Holmes; Hence there are laws which … Continue reading

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