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We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others. — Will Rogers

Establishment Clause? What Establishment Clause? 2006.09.30.23:14
# [/politics/religion]

Keith Olbermann on Bush: "The Textbook Definition... of Cowardice" 2006.09.27.03:07

Keith Oblbermann's comments on the Clinton/Wallace interview, and the portrayal of Clinton as "crazed" by the Bush Glee Club that is Fox News:


(Link via Google Video)

We needed someone saying these things 4 1/2 years ago.

# [/politics]

So Going to Hell 2006.09.23.06:17

The following coversation just took place in the house. Note that housemate ("HM") is a Christian working for a faith-based non-profit, and occassionally does catering on the side (she's an excellent cook and baker). This weekend, the two overlap as she's been contracted to make a lunch spread for a social event involving some of the non-profit's board members.

The array of foods she's making includes a few dozen sugar cookies (from scratch, of course), which she's cut out into various shapes: hearts, flowers, stars, and of course crosses. Because these people are protestants (as was I, when I considered myself a person of faith), and for us protestants kitsch is as important a part of the daily diet as vitamins and minerals. A fifth food group, you might say. So she finishes the cookies and decided to turn in for the night. Realizes that they'll dry out in the "crisp" Colorado fall air (it's hella dry here once the temperatures start coming down). Dilemma: how to keep them from drying out without coming back downstairs? Solution: ask the housemate ("ME") to wrap things up:

HM: Can you wrap up the cookies in about 15 minutes, so they don't dry out? Just put them in zip-loc bags, that will work.

ME: Ummm, sure. Should I throw them in the fridge or leave them on the counter?

HM: Counter-top is fine. Or, you can just put them back on the cookie sheets and cover them with plastic-wrap.

ME: No, I'll put them in bags.

HM: OK, but be careful. Don't break them.

ME: Can I break the arms off of an inverted cross, in rejection of-


ME: sighs

So touchy...

# [/funny]

Who Am I:
Randy J. Ray
Software Engineer


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Programming Web Services with Perl

I've also contributed three chapters to:

Computer Science & Perl Programming

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Reading and Re-reading
· The Annotated Thursday: G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Would Be Thursday, G.K. Chesterton, Martin Gardner
· The Feeling Good Handbook, David D. Burns
· Organizing From the Inside Out, Julie Morgenstern
· XML Schema, Eric Van Der Vlist
· BEEP: The Definitive Guide, Marshall T. Rose

High in the queue
· Silk, Caitlin R. Kiernan
· Coldheart Canyon, Clive Barker
· Idoru, William Gibson
· Shared Source CLI Essentials, David Stutz, Ted Neward, Geoff Shilling

Recently finished
· Planetary Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century, Warren Ellis, et al

Recommended favorites
· The Cowboy Wally Show, Kyle Baker
· Lost Souls, Poppy Z. Brite
· The Alienist, Caleb Carr
· Quarantine, Greg Egan
· The Authority: Relentless, Warren Ellis et al.
· Planetary: All Over the World and Other..., Warren Ellis et al.
· American Gods, Neil Gaiman
· Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
· Neuromancer, William Gibson
· A Philosophical Investigation, Philip Kerr
· Say You Want a Revolution (The Invisibles, Book 1), Grant Morrison et al
· You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of..., Oswald T. Pratt and Scott Dickers
· Cryptonomicon, Neil Stephenson
· Rising Stars : Born In Fire (Vol. 1), J. Michael Straczynski

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