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3rd-Feb-2009 02:48 pm(no subject)
Canadians are a bunch of godless heathens, apparently.

Almost a quarter of Canadians don't believe in any god, new poll saysCollapse )

Huh. Who knew?

That still doesn't mean it's safe to be anything other than a WASP outside a major urban centre, though.

Keep in mind, abandonment of god en massé does not equate embracing a secular humanist philosophy, but it IS nice to see the scourge of humanity being cast aside. If only a little bit. In a small country of 33 and a half million people.

Of course, that also means that 3/4 of Canada IS devout.

The Atheist Bus Campaign has been given the go-ahead from the TTC. Apparently, we can expect to see signs up mid February sometime. The slogan reads, "There probably is no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

I actually was completely blindsided by this, as I was following the trials and tribulations of people trying to get a similar campaign going in that backwards, fundamentalist country to the south of us. Not knowing this campaign even existed, it was an interesting surprise to find out their advertisement had been approved. Expect soon bitching and whining about how Christians' rights are being oppressed, freedom of speech stifled, hostile liberal media, hostile atmosphere, etc., etc.
1st-Feb-2007 12:15 pm - I need to follow...
Italian politics

Former Italian PM begs wife's forgiveness
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2007 | 9:04 AM ET
CBC News

The way to an Italian politician's heart is through a newspaper that has been a persistent critic of the man.

That's the route that Veronica Lario took in sending her husband, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, a message about his wandering eye.

It started last Friday when Berlusconi, a very rich 70-year-old media executive, made flirtatious comments to women at a party after a TV awards show.

"If I weren't married, I would marry you immediately," he reportedly told Mara Carfagna, an Italian TV actor and MP for Berlusconi's right-wing Forza Italia party.

He told another woman, "with you, I'd go anywhere."

Lario, 50, wrote a letter to the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper on Wednesday, saying his comments offended her dignity. "To both my husband and the public man, I therefore demand a public apology since I haven't received any privately."

By late Wednesday, Berlusconi had replied, in public. "Forgive me, I beg you. And take this public show of my private pride giving in to your fury as an act of love. One of many."
28th-Nov-2006 03:23 pm - Ouch
Wikipedia takes a lot of flak for the fact it's a relatively open dictionary - that is, it's possible to edit the entries. But they do have dedicated editors who at least try to maintain a degree of consistency with the entries, even if they have to get rid of some real gems, i.e. those found here - Wiki entry on bad jokes

For instance:
From Egyptian languages

A dead language that eventually not even Egyptians could read. The end.

And later:
From ixi jim ixi

So, does that make Latin a dead language that eventually not even latinos could read?

Ah, lovely.
16th-Nov-2006 02:24 pm - No, it wasn't just Duracell hype
Have you seen that commercial where Duracell is proudly claiming to help conservation efforts by powering GPS units in the Amazon? Turns out it wasn't all hat and no cattle afterall. GPS + GoogleEarth + Indians. (news.mongabay.com)
Amazon natives use Google Earth, GPS to protect rainforest home
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
November 14, 2006

Deep in the most remote jungles of South America, Amazon Indians (Amerindians) are using Google Earth, Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping, and other technologies to protect their fast-dwindling home. Tribes in Suriname, Brazil, and Colombia are combining their traditional knowledge of the rainforest with Western technology to conserve forests and maintain ties to their history and cultural traditions, which include profound knowledge of the forest ecosystem and medicinal plants. Helping them is the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), a nonprofit organization working with indigenous people to conserve biodiversity, health, and culture in South American rainforests.

Rest of the article's a little lengthy. But the weird thing is, as a result, there's more up-to-date images of the rainforest than there is of, say, downtown Sao Paulo.
14th-Nov-2006 02:26 pm - CAP strikes again!
Last week's Globe and Mail had an article about the national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples claiming the woes of the aboriginal peoples are the fault of too many chiefs. Snippet below:
Too many chiefs,' aboriginal leader says


Tuesday, November 7, 2006, Page A4

OTTAWA -- Aboriginal poverty still exists because Canada has "too many chiefs" championing the existing reserve system, according to Patrick Brazeau, who was acclaimed national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples this weekend and won an extra $1.3-million in federal cash.

The article expounds further about how the corrupt and despotic chiefs are the primary cause aboriginal woes, but how CAP represents all aboriginal peoples. In keeping with the Globe's highest journalistic integrity standards, the authour of the article went on the present an alternate view on how the bwahahaha, I'm sorry. I can't do this anymore with a straight face.
11th-Nov-2006 09:54 pm - I vote yes
Hang Helo.
11th-Nov-2006 05:46 am - Writer's copout

So, there's some human-Cylons that haven't been revealed yet.

Oh, I know, there's rampant speculation on who's-who. Maybe Starbuck! Maybe Apollo! Maybe... *gasp* Adama!

Oh noes!

Thinking about it... who shives a git. Let's say the writers go and do it - make Adama a human-Cylon. OK. It would change the storyline from that point forward. But honestly - when the chips were down, and humanity was at stake, who planned (and pulled-off) the craziest shit to keep humanity alive? An Adama. *looks* Looks like a human. *sniffs* Smells like a human. *pokes* Feels like a human. *watches* Acts like a human. *licks* Tastes like a human! Damn! At the end of the day, all the shit Adama pulled to keep humanity alive IS human.

This the speculation I do when I'm waking up from my subway ride to work.
I figured I'd share with my many, many dedicated readers one of the little projects I'm working on..

I'm a Unix administrator in charge of several geographically distant sites. Each site has it's own Unix box, along with a whole slew of Windoze boxen doing Windows things. (I don't know, I don't do the Windows stuff.) As it stands now, we're using flat files (i.e. passwd and shadow) for authentication, which is fine if each site's users need only login that site. Problem is, each site's users have to login to the each other site's server. And THAT means creating logins on each server, which is a pain in the ass, even after automating it as much as possible.

After reviewing all the possible options, and disregarding all of my suggestions, we've decided on using openLDAP. (No, I'm actually not annoyed by that, it's just a decision the team made, so here we go...) After setting up a main LDAP server, and setting up a client on a test box, it worked fine, including failover. Each 'client' is actually a slave server, receiving updates from the master server. So when the master server goes down for any reason, i.e. network connectivity loss, each Unix server can continue to authenticate via itself.

After setting up an actual production client and propogating the master LDAP server with real accounts, we scheduled a time with the remote site to do some off-hours testing. The idea was to have some people login with the LDAP setup, then take down the master server, and try the test again. It should've Just Worked(TM). So, of course, it didn't.

No idea why. *I* could login, and my account existed in flat files and in the LDAP directory. A test account which existed only in the LDAP directory could login. Nobody else could. Turned on some debugging options and tried again, so, at least I got a whole pile of detailed log files. Since it was getting close to production time, I had to back out of everything so the staff could login normally.

So now on Monday, I look forward to sifting through debug-level logfiles, comparing patch levels on both servers (a stupid-ass oversight on my part), comparing configuration files, yadda yadda.

I know, it's very exciting and glamourous.
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