Sunday, June 16, 2013

My BlogWare Is Broken

And I'm reduced to uploading these files by hand. I've been fiddling with Jcraft's Jsch all weekend and I can't get it fixed. Worse comes to worse I'll script and exec WinSCP; I know that will work.

Meanwhile, don't miss Frank J. Fleming's Why Does the Government Hate Conservatives?
Once we take measures to not be threatening to the government, it should finally stop harassing us. And then maybe we can learn to live together in peace, simply paying the government whatever tribute it demands and abiding by whatever rules it decides to impose. And while we may witness the government committing some atrocities in the form of spending excesses and insane regulations, we will have to resist the urge to once again try to invade it and fix things. Because any future political attacks on the government will only give it reasons to come after us.
Isn't that right, Dhimmi?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Not To Be Missed

Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere

Via Instapundit

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Marielle’s Valedictory Speech

Parents, Teachers, Family, Friends, Staff, and all the rest: Thank you. Thank you for all the times you have guided these graduates, for all the times you received thanks, and for all the times you didn't.

Dear Graduates,
Thank you as well. Thank you for having the determination to earn your spot on this stage and to earn the little paper you will be given after that proves: You made it! I know I am ready to get that and go. But also, graduates, thank you for the good memories. While I don't want to stay any longer, I will miss those moments where good memories were made. I echo Winnie the Pooh's observation, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” I don't want to keep you here, because there are greater adventures ahead of you.

Imagine we sit down together for a cup of tea, and you tell me that you are going on an adventure. You can't tell me what kind of adventure you are going on. You just know that it will be an adventure, one like everyone else's, but at the same time, not like anyone else's, and do I have any advice? I can't tell you it will be easy. Few people have easy adventures. There is no elevator to success. You must take the stairs. But if you work for it, even after it seems hopeless, I promise it will be worth it.

When hope is hard to find, look for it in the little things—good things other people might not notice. David Foster Wallace told a story about two young fish who swim past an older fish, and the older fish says, “morning, boys, how's the water?” The two young fish swim on for a while, but eventually one looks at the other and asks, “what's water?” Sometimes the most important things are the things we have gotten used to, the things that are repeated over and over. Collect the hopeful moments, notice them. Don't let beautiful sunsets simply become 6pm. The moments you notice will be different from the moments that others notice, and what you choose to look for creates who you become.

Creating who you are is more important than being who you are or becoming who you are. Remember that you know more about your life than any other person, but others might know more than you do about life in general. Listen to advice from people with differing opinions, but keep in mind that you are traveling a unique path, and decide for yourself what you believe.

So go! Be brave! Don't throw your life away! Notice signs of hope. Create your you. Remember the old. Start new. Start soon. Listen to others. Thank your fathers and mothers. Decide what is you and what is me, and always pause and take time to finish your tea.

Thank you.