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Monthly Archive March, 2012

Who stood their ground?

March 27, 2012

The Trayvon Martin story has now developed into two narratives: one, that neighborhood watch captain trigger-happy goon George Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed 17 year old for being in the wrong place (at any time) or two, that Zimmerman, by carrying a gun in unlawful pursuit of an unarmed 17 year old, provoked the […]

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hey, I wrote some code

March 24, 2012

This is a shell script wrapped around a line of AppleScript that I can to put an OS X machine to sleep. I used at(1) to generate all the housekeeping stuff (paths and variables): the actual command is the very last line. #!/bin/sh MANPATH=:/opt/local/share/man; export MANPATH TERM_PROGRAM=Apple_Terminal; export TERM_PROGRAM GPG_AGENT_INFO=/Users/paul/.gnupg/S.gpg-agent:776:1; export GPG_AGENT_INFO TERM=xterm-color; export TERM […]

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A future without currency, where workers earn work units they can spend that are supposedly impossible to steal or separate from the person who earned them. What happens when someone loses access to theirs? Stolen or just “lost” due to some error. How do they recover their wealth or find out who took it?

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Living in the past

March 18, 2012

Imagine a future world, complex and technologically advanced, where children are forced to grow up ax previous generations did, with manual labor, poor sanitation, all the privations and risks that the present society was built to improve upon. The idea: that no one grow up without realizing why things are as they are, without entitlement […]

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