November 16th, 2008


Dover Books

I've got students and friends (e.g., zengeneral) who swear by these, and they look like interesting monographs, but all I can get out of them when I ask why is that "they're cheap" (i.e., much cheaper than textbooks) and "they're good".

Anything more specific? If anyone's got specific recommendations, especially a representative reading list, I'd love to hear it.


Kelley School: Ezekiel 25:17

I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the LORD when I lay My vengeance on them.
                -Ezekiel 25:17 (NASB)

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.
                - Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), Pulp Fiction

Meaning: Collapse )

Also, Quentin Tarantino will gladly play fast and loose with the Old Testament in order to make Samuel L. Jackson look like more of a badass.

This is part of the David E. Kelley School of Advising series.


Clusterduck: Ubuntu on Clusters?

(The title of this post made more sense when Dapper Drake was the current version, but hey, I'm only... five distros out of date, right? I'll get caught up...)

I've designed Kaos I so that it can dual-boot as a unit in an Ubuntu cluster. Anyone else have a Beowulf cluster of atomic supermenLinux cluster? What do you use it for?

ETA, 08:35 CST Mon 17 Nov 2008 - The systems were built in the days of Edgy Eft (6.10). When Abhijit and Vikas finally installed Kaos I with Vista Business and Ubuntu in spring and fall of 2007, we were using Feisty Fawn (7.04), and I think Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) is what is actually on most of the Project Kaos systems. Now that Hardy Heron (8.04) is the latest long-term stable release, it's probably time for an upgrade. I'm more interested in getting as many useful months and cycles as I can out of Kaos II, and getting Kaos III built, than borking with systems that are now about four or five years obsolete.



Anyone follow this television series? It's one of my 0300 "midday" shows on YouTube, when I can find (and cue) all the pieces.

ETA. 08:45 CST Mon 17 Nov 2008: It was cancelled after the second season was interrupted by the writers' strike, making it one of a few total casualties. I thought it was interesting for its introspection into the disastrous mindset of the tabloid editor, and its storytelling from the POV of an often paranoid and delusional schizophrenic (the paparazzo, Don Conkey, who plays a friend of Courtney Cox's lead character).