Saturday, 31 May 2008

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Friday, 30 May 2008

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Thursday, 29 May 2008

“Lola”? No, “Yoda”

Weird Al. Who else?

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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

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Tuesday, 27 May 2008

What really matters

Rebecca Walker is the daughter of founding feminist, and The Color Purple author, Alice Walker. Rebecca recently reflected on her life, and her disownment by her mom because she decided to become a mother herself. After reading this article, I’m left wondering what kind of person Alice Walker must be, to have been so selfish, and most recently, so hateful, toward her own daughter and grandson. She has never seen him.

Then I recall that selfish pride is the oldest sin in the Book.

Here are some choice bits:

The truth is that I very nearly missed out on becoming a mother - thanks to being brought up by a rabid feminist who thought motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman.

You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale.

In fact, having a child has been the most rewarding experience of my life.

I’m so grateful I never had to experience, as a child, being told by my mother that I was enslaving her, that she bore me as if a millstone.

I was raised to believe that women need men like a fish needs a bicycle. But I strongly feel children need two parents and the thought of raising Tenzin without my partner, Glen, 52, would be terrifying.

As the child of divorced parents, I know only too well the painful consequences of being brought up in those circumstances. Feminism has much to answer for denigrating men and encouraging women to seek independence whatever the cost to their families.

Walker goes on with a litany of how her mother’s feminist ideals robbed her of a normal childhood: divorce; being at the bottom of her mom’s priority list; being left when relatives while Alice vacationed for two weeks in Greece; feeling utterly alone in her femininity, not having an attentive mother to talk to and connect with; having sex—with her mother’s knowledge—at the age of 13, and becoming pregnant at age 14. She had an abortion, which “haunted me for decades. It ate away at my self-confidence and, until I had Tenzin, I was terrified that I’d never be able to have a baby because of what I had done to the child I had destroyed. For feminists to say that abortion carries no consequences is simply wrong.”

When she learned she was pregnant, Rebecca was hesitant to tell her mother, but she did:

Although I knew what my mother felt about babies, I still hoped that when I told her I was pregnant, she would be excited for me.

Instead, when I called her one morning in the spring of 2004, while I was at one of her homes housesitting, and told her my news and that I’d never been happier, she went very quiet. All she could say was that she was shocked. Then she asked if I could check on her garden. I put the phone down and sobbed - she had deliberately withheld her approval with the intention of hurting me. What loving mother would do that?

I could go on and on, to the point where I’d quote nearly the entire piece, and I encourage you, dear reader, to read all of it yourself.

Ultimately, Rebecca has abided by her mother’s wish to not have contact with her. She’s accepted it for the better, that despite the good things feminism has done for women, for the well-being of her son and herself, “I can no longer have this poisonous relationship destroy my life.”

It’s a shame a child has to say that about her parent.

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There must have been a lot of holes

An Upstart Challenges the Big Web Browsers:

Browsers have always been viewed as crucial on-ramps to the Web. Nevertheless, after vanquishing Netscape, the first commercial browser developer, Microsoft waited five years before releasing the sixth version of Internet Explorer in 2006. Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer group, says the company was focused on plugging security holes during that time.

[Emphasis added. —R]

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Monday, 26 May 2008

Let us remember

“[L]et us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.” —Dwight Eisenhower

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Thursday, 22 May 2008

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Wednesday, 21 May 2008

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Tuesday, 20 May 2008

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Sunday, 18 May 2008

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Thursday, 15 May 2008

“High Tech Noon”

Pretty good:

[Wave of the phin to Bruce Webster.]

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Tuesday, 13 May 2008

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Sunday, 11 May 2008

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Saturday, 10 May 2008

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Friday, 09 May 2008

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Wednesday, 07 May 2008

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Tuesday, 06 May 2008

Matrix Guy

What do you get when you mash up Family Guy with The Matrix?

Fun fact: Both of these pop culture dynasties debuted in 1999.

[Wave of the phin to Dan.]

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“No. I like it in here.”

This is my all-time favorite movie trailer.


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Monday, 05 May 2008


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What’s the goal?

Josh Harris:

Moments like this are reminders for me that the songs and trappings of Christian culture are not the hope of the world—Jesus is! We need to make him known. We need to love and seek to serve the world around us through prayer, through faithful evangelism, and through Christ-like service of those in need. Our goal is not building a more air-tight evangelical bubble. Neither should our goal be hoping that our subculture will burst out into the broader culture to great acclaim.

Instead, our goal should be to proclaim Christ and him crucified to the people we go to the school with, work with, and live next door to. Our goal should be to preach the gospel and live lives worthy of that gospel. Our goal should be to use our gifts in every sector of society so that God is glorified.

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Friday, 02 May 2008

The theme yesterday was “fire”

I mean to post this yesterday, but totally forgot…

Jonathan Wight asked how many covers of “Ring of Fire” one had in one’s iTunes library. For me, the answer is two: Joaquin Phoenix’s from the “Walk the Line” soundtrack, and the oldie but goodie from Social Distortion.

This led to the following random tracks being played after shuffling the results of a search in iTunes for “fire”:

  1. Ring of Fire” — Joaquin Phoenix, Walk The Line Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  2. “City of New Orleans” — Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire, Disc 2
  3. Consuming Fire” — Third Day, Offerings: A Worship Album
  4. Ring of Fire” — Social Distortion, Social Distortion
  5. “Fire Woman (N.Y.C. Rock Mix)” — The Cult, Fire Woman EP (import)
  6. Far and Gone” — Day of Fire, Cut & Move
  7. “Waiting” — Fireflight, The Healing of Harms
  8. Shine” — By The Tree, World On Fire
  9. Reborn” — Day of Fire, Cut & Move
  10. Wake Me” — Day of Fire, Cut & Move

Apparently, my copy of iTunes has a thing for the Man in Black and Day of Fire. I can live with that.

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Thursday, 01 May 2008

ATPM 14.05

The May issue of About This Particular Macintosh is now available for your reading pleasure.

Wes has a great round-up of the Mac blogosphere’s reaction to the Psystar Mac clone, as well as bits on Adobe Creative Suite, e-mail clients, Apple’s proceeds from Google referrals, profitability of potential iPhone software sales, and user interfaces. Finally, the blog about the column returns as Son of Bloggable. It’s about time, Wes!

Mark’s understandably unhappy with actions of the MBG (Britian’s RIAA), and notes the fallacy of DRM in light of the closing of MSN Music. Ed has a revised list of GTD applications in this month’s Next Action, while Lee dodges and burns up Photoshop for the Curious.

This month’s desktop pictures are courtesy of David Siebecker, and are from a six-day hike through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. All seems lost for Cortland and company as Lisa makes a last bid for victory, any way she can take it.

Yours truly pounds out a review on Apple’s latest keyboard, while Linus grills Blue Crab. Sylvester is impressed with Drive Genius 2, while ATPM’s Official Pilot™, Flight Officer Lawson, puts the Flipp Premium Leather Case for his iPod through its paces. ATPM is a labor of love, with no staffer receiving compensation, so we really can’t complain when Paul takes time to play with SpacePig.

As always, About This Particular Macintosh is available in a variety of formats for maximum reader comfort. Thanks for reading!

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