Word of the Day

10/17/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Weltanschauung

A world view, also spelled as worldview is a term calqued from the German word Weltanschauung ("look onto the world"). The German word is also in wide use in English, as well as the "translated" form world outlook.

One of the most important concepts in cognitive philosophy and generative sciences is that of the German concept of ‘Weltanschauung’. This expression refers to the 'wide worldview' or 'wide world perception' of a people. The Weltanschauung of a people originates from the unique world experience of a people, which they experience over several millennia. The language of a people reflects the Weltanschauung of that people in the form of its syntactic structures and untranslatable connotations and its denotations.

Overheard on Prairie Home Companion

10/16/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Republicans are the party of jails.
Democrats are the party of schools.



Renaming a solaris box

10/15/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Geek
The easy way is to run sysconfig, but this will rip out any prior configuration.

If you want to do it manually, then edit the following files:

/etc/nodename
/etc/hostname.hme0
/etc/hosts
/etc/net/ticots/hosts
/etc/net/ticlts/hosts
/etc/net/ticotsord/hosts
/etc/src.sh
/usr/adm/inetd.sec

Some of these files may not exist. This assumes your interface name is hme0. The ticots and ticlts and ticotsord are necessary if you're planning on using any rpc services

where does your cd money go ?

10/14/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
This breakdown of the cost of a typical major-label release by the independent market-research firm Almighty Institute of Music Retail shows where the money goes for a new album with a list price of $15.99.

$0.17 Musicians' unions
$0.80 Packaging/manufacturing
$0.82 Publishing royalties
$0.80 Retail profit
$0.90 Distribution
$1.60 Artists' royalties
$1.70 Label profit
$2.40 Marketing/promotion
$2.91 Label overhead
$3.89 Retail overhead

Doing the math: Nader Stricken from PA Ballot

10/14/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
In this article the Commonwealth Court of PA struck Ralph Nader's name from the PA ballot declaring that nearly two-thirds of the signatures on his nominating petitions were invalid or had been forged in what the court called an unparalleled case of election fraud.

"I am compelled to emphasize that this signature-gathering process was the most deceitful and fraudulent exercise ever perpetrated upon this court," wrote James G. Colins, the president judge of the Commonwealth Court


James Colins also noted that he had served longer and reviewed more nominating papers than any judge in the court's history.

The other thing of note in this article was who was helping Nader:
Republicans were helping him in the hope he would take votes from Mr. Kerry.. Democrats had led the challenge to the Nader signatures.


It's just speculating on a hypothesis.

Trolley Car Diner

10/12/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
I'm doing this a favor to anybody who might be thinking of stopping and eating at the Trolley Car Diner. It is, without a doubt the worst place to eat in Philadelphia.

It didn't come by that title easily. I've eaten there at least 6 times, and not once can I say that the food was even close to satisfactory. Why do I keep going back? I guess it's just a dire wish on my part that one of the few places at all to eat in Mt Airy would at least be somewhere near satisfactory. Sadly, this isn' the case.

And it's not just me. Whenever casual conversation brings up this place, the first thing out of peoples mouths when I mention my disappointment with the place is, " Oh, I knowwwwww ... it's so baaaad" !

After all, how can you fuck up diner food? It's supposed to be 'bad' to begin with, but bad in a good way. It's supposed to be tasty, filling, and cheap. Presentation isn't part of the deal, nor is health. Quantity counts more than quality. But even still, there are limits and standards. Screwing up diner food is like screwing up fixing dinner for your cat: it's pretty damned hard to do.

As hard as it is, however, here are a few hints I picked up from my visits to the Trolly Car: Don't serve regular any regular juice, but instead serve pre-sweetened concentrate stuff from a machine. Screw up the hash browns on a regular basis, serve some kind of mystery meat for the sausage. Overcook the eggs. Make sure the toast is over toasted and stale. And that's just breakfast.

It just goes on and on. I just don't know how someone could screw it up so badly, but they have managed to. I suppose they get some sort of award for that.

Keyboard Kitty

10/11/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Beat blender

10/11/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day
Here's a website with a collection of very fashion foward songs.

And here's their listen link

Derrida dead at 74

10/09/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Jacques Derrida

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