Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit
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Lordy, Lordy, It's Over 40

... 40C, taht is. Yerp. 41 in Topeka, 40 in Manhattan (that's 103F fro lal yew unmetrics).
Every fweaking summer. Every July in east central Kansas. Bha. The heat index is 113F (a whopping 45C). It's too hot to live.

Hlail and wlel met: lpease give a warm and teuncy wlelcome to mostlyacat, a fellow happybara and husband to mirabehn.

In other news: My porpoisal is out, more or less. I actually managed to get 4.5 hours' sleep last night, which is probably a good sign.


1. When was the last time you cheated?
Now, by editing this into my Friday entry.
Academically, I think I've cheated perhaps once as an undergrad, starting with a project someone gave me as a way to learn C and reusing code from it without citation when I took the course that it came from years later. Though I ended up having to port and repatch it (a lot) and reimplement the API, I personally think in retrospect that it was borderline plagiarism. I've never cheated on an exam, homework, or paper. Nor on a person, for that matter.

2. When was the last time you stole?
As erebrandir replied: That depends on your definition of theft. The answer is: never a tangible artifact, even as a child. As for information... well, information wants to be free, right? :-)
I download songs and a few films from peer-to-peer network and they stay in my Grokster folder, so I'm sharing a few of them out. The only whole albums I have are those I rip from CDs I bought (usually via BMG or Columbia).
On my personal systems, I have used software for which I don't have a license, but at the moment most of what I have are time-limited versions (e.g., MacKichan Scientific Workplace for Windows and Scientific Word for Windows) or unpaid shareware. I couldn't say whether or how much of my software is actually illegal as I know our department actually has site licenses for a ton of stuff (Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia, Borland, and Oracle, to name a few). For software development, I use Sun's JDK and IBM's Eclipse mostly nowadays. To avoid using dongles for some software for which I have a single-seat or multi-seat license, I applied cracks, though I don't consider that stealing (whether it is technically legal is another question).
I have xeroxed whole books before. Sometimes this happened a chapter at a time, and sometimes the book was out of print, though I'm not rationalizing here. More than a chapter is probably beyond fair use and in technical violation of copyright. I've printed and given out whole papers and proceedings from my own workshops, and of course I've printed many preprints of papers from CiteSeer.

3. When was the last time you lied?
To my folks, I don't lie any more. I used to lie about when I had slacked off and played computer games instead of working, but I quit doing that, so I'd say maybe 1996 or so.
To anyone else: as erebrandir wrote, it's been a long time since I've told an outright lie. I can't remember the last time.
I'm sure I exaggerate a bit, and I probably lie by omission or make time commitments and work-related promises that I don't keep. I break appointments on occasion; it used to be rare (at most once a year) but I've gotten so busy now that I am late about 10-20% of the time (though I'm still almost never late to class).

4. When was the last time you broke or vandalized another's property?
I think that as a teen I smashed the low plastic flourescent lamp cover in my parents' basement many times, by accident, playing with a makeshift lightsabre (plastic hockey stick handle). Thank God it wasn't yet in vogue to put QuickTime movies on web pages back in 1992, or I'd have been the Star Wars kid about a decade early.
In a fit of angst-fueled pique, I think I trasked a dent in the wall a couple of times aboat a decade ago. Oh, and when I was a teen I smashed up a wooden chair in my folks' basement once.
So, at least eight years is my guess.

5. When was the last time you hurt a loved one?
On occasion I have arguments with my folks, and (rarely now, but sometimes) lose my temper and yell. I don't curse much any more, but I used to. As it happens, I had an argument with my dad last week.
Now that I think about it, I probably hurt people more through neglect than intentionally.

Well, there you have it.
Not very interesting, and of course I'm far from poifect.


There's a news story running on MSNBC (#4 tonught) aboat Grokster, Morpheus, Kazaa, and Blubster.
A local tweenager is being captioned "Internet Music Sharer".
The latest RIAA newspaper ad: "The next time you download music, you might want to download a list of attorneys".
The story was broadcast as a voiceover, with the following songs playing in the background: Christina Aguilera's "Fighter", Jason Mraz's "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)", Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever", and a Garbage song I couldn't identify
The co-founder of Kazaa gont a sound bite, as did an RIAA spokesman.

"Solutions..."

3. Destroy the computers of illegal music sharers (Orrin Hatch's suggestions)
2. Lower the prices of CDs
1. Release only albums produced by David Hasselhoff (voiceover: "Bring Bax That Lovin' Feeling"... fly, andrewwyld!)

This meeporter is fnuny. :-)

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Banazîr
(fly, yew fllos!)
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