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Journal: Canada's Awesomest Foremostest Editorial Artist ( CAFEA! )

Journal by DancingSword

Serge Chapleau ( JavaScript and Shockwave, or Flash, required, but you get to see 'im's face, ah, though, he's a little weird... )

CyberPresse.ca Editorial where his works appear ( interleaved with another artist's works, this is in French... )

Many of them cartoons ( this is the link you want, to see 'em all, though
you'll probably need BabelFish to translate from Quebec French to American, for you... )

Hardware

Journal: SerialATA or parallel? CHOOSE SERIAL-ATA! Holy Cripes FAST!!

Journal by DancingSword

Lost Circuits Benchmarks, yes these are MS-Windows, yes the filtering-drivers make a big difference, but the lack of useless redundancy and blocking, lack of overhead and legacy-braindamage, and the newfangled SATA filtering-drivers, etc, combined, make a stunning difference...

... and .. CyberCPU.net benchmarks .. a parallel-ATA drive connected through a serial-ATA adapter, which I'd 'ave thought would slow things down, with the extra-link-in-the-chain, but the CPU-usage drops, hugely, which sort-of explains the "filtering" drivers' results in the first-benchmarks-link, eh?

Wild. I'm going for SATA/SCSI from now on, never any more parallel-ATA drive-based-systems again ( unless there's some other significant reason to do so, like .. mini-ITX motherboards simply don't have SATA yet ... ).

If you're after penguin-friendly adapter-cards, try Silicon Image chip based ones, like this one made by IWill ( Promise is absolutely opposed to open-source drivers, and Highpoint seems opposed, too, but SiI is being helpful .. 2.6 fully supports the 3112 chip of theirs )

User Journal

Journal: Fluid Studios .. Freeware ( win ), includes FSRaid ...

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Their Freeware page links to their FSRaid program page, and their FSRaid program implements protection for your files, against FileSystem corruption
- if you get Blue-Screened, and when you reboot your machine's-filesystem is corrupted, scandisk will probably create a few 'File0001.chk'-type files, with pieces of whatever it was that had been corrupted.

But, how are you supposed to know what got corrupted? MS-Windows doesn't tell you, and if it's part of Windows itself, your system's going to corrupt itself ( or fail-to-function-right ) continually, now...

With FSRaid, you will be able to make sure that you can
1. know if a file is corrupted ( a piece of a program, a document, anything ), and, if you're lucky ( the corruption wasn't catastrophic ), then
b) you will be able to recover the correct file and get-on-with whatever you really are about doing..., and
iii, you will be more free-from-bother, and therefore more able to gripe about my, ahem, mixing semaphores in this posting.

: )

Toys

Journal: Canuckian Resources ( insurance-quotes, cellular-quotes... )

Journal by DancingSword

The Canadian Marketing Association's **DO-NOT-CONTACT LIST**
you need this!

Kanetix where one can discover the cheapest insurance for one's conditions, for popular kinds of insurance.

CompareCellular.com, bloody obvious what they do, both plans and phones...

Google.ca, translated into Muppet Sveedish Chef...

Ahem.

An Independent bookseller, named McNallyRobinson.com.

A Canadian-currency version of Lee Valley Tools.

Bank Of Canada, Today's Bank-Rate
.. and the Officious Bank Of Canada Exchange-Rate page ( all currencies! ).

and CanadianISP.com for discovering what internet service provider you want to be dealing with ( in terms of plans, anyways, but double-check everything, since the plans/prices that the ISPs themselfs post aren't always accurate ).

and .. here's the journal of Canuckian s20451!
( thank-god I didn't grow-up with a name like that, sheesh! )

.. anndddd .. Environment Canada's Weather for Ottawa! .. so you can see why today's legislation was even odder than normal...

( if you want your city from the Great White North, then just change the airport-letters, YOW in this case, to whatever your city's nearest airport-code is... )

hehehe ... you may have heard of Comrade Black, eh?
here's the current loquation of Blak Envy, a site dedicated to glorifying his gloriousness, with actual quotes of 'im

( the peculiar speling I use for the site-name is deliberate:
the in-k-to-me search-engine, among possibly others, blacklisted the original site, because quotes of 'im were detrimental to his reputation, so he asked that that part of the 'net be .. disappeared .. from findability, and the only reason I know /that/ is because ..
of an article by Frank Mag stating that this had been done, and asking one to see if one could find the site using said search-engine, or, for that matter, ANY 'net-search based on that engine...

Graphics

Journal: Best commandline colourspace utils for Linux? ( help! )

Journal by DancingSword

What are the best colour-space utilities, command-line preferred, for us linuxen?

I've glanced at
Linux Links - Graphics Tools, and
Linux Links - Graphics Tools, Conversion, and
ArgyllCMS ( which may do such conversion ( but it's kind-of listed as beta, and last-updated a year ago... ), and
Generic CMS, which is alpha...

Should I just go with a GIMP script/batch?

Argyll's Color Related Stuff ( a util there looks like it's what would be ideal, maybe, I'll dig into it later.. ), and, just for the hell of it...
PNG Crush and
Scanner CAlibration ReaSonably Easy, which hasn't been updated in a couple of years...

User Journal

Journal: DancingSword's VERY recommended books...

Journal by DancingSword

I'm PROVISIONALLY an amazon.com affiliate.
I'm giving you these links because I figure that the more you know and own your worth, the better the world we live among.
Should they accept me as an 'associate', then if, and only if, you purchase from them, using these links, they will pay me ( 4.5c on the dollar that you choose to buy with, via these links ). Why am I doing this?
Simple: I intend to get me OFF social-assistance/disability however I can, even somewhat, AND I've now seen that slashdot book-'reviewers' can both use such associate-links *and* not state that they are doing so ( rather dishonest, that.. ). Since that -is- permitted, then my putting such links here, out of the way, -and- stating directly their nature, oughtn't be a problem to anyone. If it is, then tell me directly, why, please, as I've listed my e-mail address above...
Note that if you want to grow your worth while not contributing to my economic independence, or if you are offended by my choice of association, then you are entirely free to get these works from your local second-hand bookshop or anywhere else, eh?

I'm recommending these because they are good.
Whether you choose to know them or not is your choice, whether you choose to know them by getting them from these links is your choice. So long as enough someones choose to be growing worth, livingly, World is happier, and human-worth is known more, heart-worth has more home among our world.

Not all of these have I read, yet to the best of my knowing these are ALL very worth knowing, and in every case I'm making sure that the linked-to version is the best version I know of ( as in: paperback rather than more-expensive hardcover, recent rather than older, or, were I recommending some book that un-improved recently, such as now-dumbed-down reference books, then I'd link to the better older versions of 'em rather than the recent-est )... If you know of a better version, or some work that is better than any of my recommendations, tell me, please
( again, e-mail is above : )

Having seen much damage from the stacked-game our civilization/culture/society is ( as created by privilege protecting its habit ), accommodating more damage onto an entire category of human worth, just because some prefer to continue getting 'profit' ( to use the mugger's term ) from continuing the damage, .. is not on.
The Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Women Can Avoid: How to Protect Yourself, Your Children, and Your Assets ( Marilyn Barrett ).
Actually, it was Games Mother Never Taught You ( Harrigan ) that clued me in to how our culture sets-up for damage, harm, helplessness, futility, victimness, etc. anyone who isn't contributing-enough to male-culture: until that book I didn't see it, let-alone understand how fundamental it is ( as I'm still learning... )

I'm a big believer in Learn From The Most Experienced And The Best ( they aren't identical, see ), and this one's likely to contribute to the most wonderful means of commuting and trekking ever invented... Bicycling Magazine's 900 All-Time Best Tips: Top Riders Share Their Secrets to Maximize Fun, Safety, and Performance ( Ed Pavelka )

I've heard some say how this isn't excellent because it communicates the heart of it, rather than communicating an infinite list of technical details, but it IS the heart of any understanding that makes difference, so... The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference ( Malcolm Gladwell )

Economic activity is HUMAN activity, and human-worth is the heart-worth, not 'human-worth is a satellite of economy', as some have it... Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered ( E.F. Schumacher )

I grew up critical, and I'm leaving that statement there... Asking The Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 6th edition ( M. Neil Browne, Stuart M. Keeley )

Or how about The World's Greatest Ideas: An Encyclopedia of Social Inventions ( Albery, Bowen, Temple, Wienrich, et al )

Antisocial Behaviour in School: Strategies and Best Practices ( Colvin et al )
.. I wonder if they take into account the school-culture? ( some school-cultures are so determinedly inhuman that humanity is ostracised/considered less-than-worthless, so best-practices in such case would mean .. removing the school-culture before dealing with the symptoms? .. I don't know, but it's a resource I'd bet many parents wish they had at hand... )

Pretty much anything in the Blackwell management series I'd consider reading ( their Encyclopedic Dictionary of Strategic Management is something I think should be in high-school as an elective, because it'd grow-up our ecology/economy and ungrow braindamage that we all pay damages to/for... ), and this link is for Employment Law: The Workplace Rights of Employees and Employers ( Blackwell HRM Series )

Because our culture ignores, hard, anyONE who doesn't have the 'proper' appearance ( because our culture hasn't the guts to mean honesty... ), How Will They Know If I'm Dead? Transcending Disability and Terminal Illness ( Horn, Koop )

If you don't read these two, you probably don't-know an entire dimension of human-condition that many women ( and others ) are subject to, embedded-in. The mode-of-mind I'm referring to .. some entire cultures are embedded in the mode. No spoilers, so here they are: Women's Ways of Knowing: The Development of SELF, VOICE, and MIND ( Belenky, Clinchy, Tarule, Goldberger ) and Knowledge, Difference and Power: Essays Inspired by Women's Ways of Knowing ( Belenky, Clinchy, Tarule, Goldberger )

Ha! Effectiveness isn't something that ought be kept from everyone, eh? so here's for the ( to be ) self-employed... Streetwise Finance and Accounting: How to Keep Your Books and Manage Your Finances Without an MBA, CPA, or a Ph.D ( Suzanne Caplan )

This one is for everyone. Period. ( simply because it's the single book here that can contribute to most people's knowing their own worth, quickly, effectively, capably ) Corps Business: The 30 Management Principles of the U.S. Marines ( Freedman )

( saving the awesome for last, see.. : )
If one values one's whole-mind capability, and prefers pattern-knowing to spastic logic, then work through The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain ( Betty Edwards, Ph.D ) .. it gets one the mind-mode of SEEing, so that one is-knowing what is, rather than what logic/assumptions posit ought be, see...

The Courts

Journal: Wanna contribute to SANITY of laws in the US? then...

Journal by DancingSword

hit OpenLaw to contribute to the ideas, draftings, arguments, etc. used to open law for human world ( as opposed to closed corporate/state-corporate world )...

And, here's the Stupid-Security-Rules VS Intellegence-At-Work ( mental-intelligence, that is, rather than Maxwell Smart type 'intel' ... ) page, over at uThe Inquirer ( that's supposed to be a 'mu', or a 'micro' symbol in front of the The, see )

News

Journal: Ah HAaa! Now HERE's a bundle'o'links for Iraq war commenters

Journal by DancingSword

Radio Netherlands Worldservice America/Muslim/Iraq issues&organizations links. Hmmm...

And here's a Guardian UK article that gives real understanding of Osama Bin Laden's human effectiveness within the muslim frame-of-reference ( from our perspective ).

and here's an article on how we have already used containment instead of war, and how it'd, in this case, make much more sense

true insight, over here in the India Times...

And, FINALLY, someone states the obvious ( that we're using Iraq-war as pretext for global-domination and suppression-of-that-nuisance democracy ): here

here's another link, the story being that conservative celebrities in the US are using their position-of-broadcast to concert action against liberals who use their position-of-broadcast to speak-out-against-war....

Note that R.Limbaugh ( one such conservative commentator ) once said, in the 90's, on his TV show:
"How can men and women be equal? They're different."
... thereby showing he didn't accept equality-of- human-validity .. if our bodies are different...

... which ties-in, quite well, with an insight I caught 'round here, earlier: that conservative-cognition ( whether politically 'Left-' or 'Right-' -wing ) judges from circumstance inward, and liberal-cognition judges from whatever is assumed-to-be 'heart' ( usually 'belonging', actually ), outward.

I wonder how that Commie Jew, who's now called 'Jesus', woulda felt about this kind o' stuff...

Here's another, though it brings up the question of:
"Isn't Free Speech .. merely a means for 'liberals' to communize the world?", and
"Isn't Free Speech .. merely a means for 'conservatives' to rigidify the world?", and
"Isn't Free Speech .. merely a means of discussing issues?!??"

Here's an 'Arab' view of what's really going on, I quoted the term, Arab, because it's as propagandist as anything published in north america nowadays, but it is very different in view.

UnFuckingBelievable[tm]:
The Negation of the UN, the US's World, etc. was planned 10 years ago!

It's a Good Thing[tm] God Obeys America, eh?
: )

User Journal

Journal: Whomever ( or WHATever ) this someone is... Humour Rules!

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http://slashdot.org/~$$$$$exyGal/journal/#naked

( Warning: she's got a driven one-track mind, seems, and her links oft Aren't Safe For Work., but sometimes she gets it so right... )

Right. Amendment One, here, then:
I rigged this someone as a 'friend' on this system, because I found her humour refreshingly different from what normally goes-down here
( like the link of women wearing house-cats, that she labelled 'pussy', and if you've never been in-relationship-with woman to know female-humour, and that it stands on-its-own, and is different... )
It doesn't negate her humour if her body appears to be the body-of-a-woman, the body-of-a-gay, or even the body-of-a-bloomin-houseplant!...
... and I don't get the hatred stacked against her.
Like her mind's effect on your mind, or not, and that's that, isn't it?

Isn't it?

The stunning list of ones who determine that she's inherently offensive...

.. or this?

Dear Cripes!

I use 'friends' setting to flag anyone who's shown me some insight, or offered good information, or undermined a cultural ignorance from in me, and the 'geeks' involved/involving in this .. act like nerditudinal politicians?
( ah, the sysadmin FAQ of usenet, of loooong ago, may clarify that jape, or maybe not, if me memory's porous in these, me aging years... )

She shows herself to someone .. just to prove she's a girl ( and this kills me, since her mind's different from guy-minds, and even with a 50%/world==female that isn't good-enough for slashdotters? )

The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold

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