There are a few interesting cases that will be brought before the US Supreme Court in the coming months. They include patents on Mickey Mouse, a decision on the U of M affirmitive action case, and whether or not states can fine gays and lesbians for sex acts that the state deems abnormal even if they occur in the privacy of your own home.
The two that us Internet users should pay close attention to are the Mickey Mouse patent case, which revolves around how long a patent should be valid for. Currently it’s only supposed to be 20 years I believe, but they can be extended on a case by case basis. The other involves filters in libraries. I’m torn on this issue. Sure a kid could browse to a porn site while visiting the library, but how many actually would? I, personally, would not browse explicit sites and if I did I would think a librarian should be close by to tell me to stop it.
In other news I’m moving. I’m finally getting out of this hell hole of an apartment and moving into a nicer one a few blocks away. We should know if we were approved by the end of today.
Colin Powell, in an amazing display of arrogance, has attempted to tell the nation that the nuclear fiasco in N. Korea is not a crisis.
How this can’t be a crisis I don’t know. Here is an extremely hostile country, who has been caught red handed proliferating arms, that could have a few nuclear warheads within a year or two.
Something interesting that the article points out is that China isn’t happy about this either. Pissing off your biggest ally isn’t usually the best political move.
I’ve recently found myself addicted to DVD’s. That, combined with my recent fascination with books, is going to proove quite time consuming. I especially am interested in boxed seasons of my favorite shows.
In other news I’ve been ponding some upgrades to the site. Top on my list is the ability to add funny quotes to each posting (a la starkdavingmad.com) as well as fulltext searching. If you actually use this site let me know what you would like to see.
I’m over at Paul‘s house swapping files and geek tales. Of course, no trip to Paul’s house would be complete without having to do major upgrades to zebulon. In the end we had to reinstall qmail, dist-upgrade, and recompile PHP/Apache. If I wasn’t so tired from that I’d upgrade to MySQL 4.0. All of this because the Debian maintainers decided to throw in a buggy version of libc6 the other day.
I received quite a few books for Christmas, which makes sense since that is mainly what I asked for. I’ve started reading Running with Scissors. It’s a book about a young boy growing up in a very unusual environment.
I’ll warn you that this book is not easy to read. If you are homophobic, do not like reading about feces, or just plain believe June and Ward Clever are the norm of family life, you should not read this book. You find yourself nervously laughing just to keep from getting too upset at the storyline. Basically, Augusten is left to grow up in his mother’s psychiatrists home. Needless to say, a household where “Bible Dips” are used instead of Magic 8 Balls can give a person a distorted view of life.
Maybe I’m not the only one worried about North Korea. There is a story running on CNN about North Korea violating the DMZ between North and South Korea. The story also briefly covers Nor th Korea’s recent decision to boot the UN nuclea watchdogs and restart its nuclear program
This brings me to my main point: Who else is worried about North Korea? At least Iraq is letting us send in inspectors, though he may be giving us a smoke screen again. On the other hand North Korea is basically saying “We want nukes, and when we get them we are going to use them as bargaining power”, which is a dangerous proposition with the current U.S. leader.
I hope everyone has had as good of a Christmas as I have so far. I’ve recieved some really nice presents from Lauren’s family. Lauren bought me a desktop refrigerator that is going to be promptly placed on my desk when I get to work. Hope all is well!
My latest article on using PEAR in your classes and applications. This article mainly covers the PEAR, PEAR_Error, DB, and Log class included with PEAR. If you work with PHP you might want to check it out.
If you drink massive amounts of caffeine you might want to check out the caffeine FAQ. What I never realized is you can DIE from too much caffeine and that there are documented cases of this actually happening.
I’m not known for being the person that listens to the coolest bands before they become cool, but I’ve found a gold mine. I just finished reading a recent interview on the band Injected who I first saw opening for Default.
When I first saw them I was instantly struck by their amazing stage presence. You can just tell they truly love playing for the audience. The best quote in the article follows.
You want to get back at someone who treated you badly in school? Show up at your high school reunion driving a Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL. That’s revenge.
When they came to Detroit I got to meet the band and get their autographs. They were very cool guys without a doubt. They have a fresh sound that is an interesting mix of powerful lyrics and heave metal solos. If these guys don’t become stars it will truly be an injustice. You can pick up their CD from Amazon.com.