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Friday, August 19, 2005

Off to Tokyo 

I just finished my last day at firm #2.

Early tomorrow morning I leave for Tokyo to meet up with Jess, Kenji, Alex and Jolene.

I'm so excited I'm about to jump out of my shoes.

I'll try to blog some from there with pictures if I can. If not, pictures when I get back.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Persecuted Christians 

Just for the record, this is what it looks like when a government persecutes people for being Christian.

This kind of thing doesn't happen in the United States, and when anything resembling it does happen it's considered a horrible crime. Why? Because the same Amendment that protects me from having someone else's faith crammed down my throat protects those who practice their religion peacefully from being discriminated against on the basis of doing so.

Those who try to dillute that Amendment to press their faith on others do themselves a disservice. When that protection is gutted, and another group gains power, they may find themselves trying to use the shield they broke. That is why the separation of church and state is so important...for people of all faiths and those of no faith.

And I guess my break from political blogging is over, but I'm still going to try to do some less political stuff more often than before this summer. Mix it up a little more and all that.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Intelligent Falling 

The Onion...priceless as usual.

via Leiter.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Google Library Project Put on Hold 

This is too bad. Google should be flexing its muscles here, not giving into the demands of publishers.

Just another sign that IP has overstepped its bounds and needs serious overhaul. Of course, as long as the content industry runs shit in Washington that won't be happening. I had hoped having large players like Google on the side of enhanced access (for its own self-serving motives, of course, but the proper side of the debate nonetheless) might change the balance of power some in this ongoing debate.

I still think they will, but it looks like it'll take more time than Google and I first thought.

Weekend 

I went and saw the first pre-season Texans game in Houston with my folks Sat. evening. It was fun...we had front row seats. I'd never sat front row at an NFL game before. I was amazed to see so many people there...Reliant Stadium (which I'd never been inside before) was HUGE and 2/3 full even though it was a pre-season game. Pretty nuts.

I'm glad Houston has a football team again.

I'll be spending the week working late (!) on some stuff and spending my "free" time getting ready to travel to Japan. Man am I excited.

The one thing I do promise to do around here is to post some on music I'm diggin' right now. I realized recently that I never do that here despite the fact that music is a huge, important part of my life. So get ready for that. Lesson #1 will be Nostalgia 77. His/they're (it's a guy who fronts a band) new album, "The Garden" is a stroke of unadulterated genius and deserves more than these few words. And it'll get just that, with a proper review as soon as I have time.

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