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Journal: Me. 8

Journal by byolinux

I just realised that I am not really sure if people on /. know anything about me.

I am Matt. I am 23. I live in Exeter, UK. I am a Debian guy. I like Macs. I run cnuk.org. I work for the FSF as a web guy. I am single (bah).

What else do you know about me?

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Journal: McDonalds and Racism 3

Journal by byolinux

Have you ever seen Ghost World? In it, Steve Buscemi's character works for a fictional fast food chain called Cook's Chicken, only the restaurant was previously called Coon Chicken and their logo was a stereotyped sinister looking African American.

This prompted my memory last night, when I was talking to Dr Cousens about fast food, and how different it would be if we had our place, when I remembered my Grandmother (who sadly passed in 1997) telling me that McDonalds was owned (globally) by Ronald McDonald who was a real clown that had made it big. She also told me not to eat there because he was really a black man who tried to make himself look white to be successful. She also said his real name was Sambo. Sambo McDonald.

Naturally, by this time in my life I wasn't ready to believe such an obvious lie, but it got me thinking about how many kids grow up hearing crazy stories and urban myths and believing them as fact.

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Journal: The fun of zoo.pl 4

Journal by byolinux

Every day on Slashdot, you see posts that you disagree with, you read posts and sigs written by people you'd dislike if you knew them in real life, but occasionally you find people who are trying to do something destructive.

One such user is Profanity Blacklist, who adds people to their foes if they post vulgarity on Slashdot. To me, this is dumb. Really fucking dumb. It's censorship and I don't like it... when I discovered this, I added all the fans of the user to my foes list - thinking that I'd cause some of them to sit up and take notice. However, what I forgot to do, was check the foes list too as some of the people on there are also listed as fans.

This is an interesting situation: It seems that if you get added as a foe by this user, and then add this user as a friend it might do something out of the ordinary.

But I didn't check.

I added people to my foes list and then today, I find someone's left me an offline message on ICQ...

Eh, this is SeanDuggan from /.
I noticed you've marked me as a foe. Since I don't think I know you from Adam and a quick browsing of the post history doesn't seem to indicate we've stepped on each others' posts, I'm curious as to why the relationship change. You're perfectly welcome to, of course, but I'm always curious as to the whys of things. Heck, could be it's some negative personality trait I can fix.

Seems friendly enough. I check him out - sure enough, he was added as a foe and sure enough, he has a blog post explaining that suddenly - he has two foes and one is the Profanity Blacklist. Whoops! Now, I actually bother to check, I see that not only is he a pretty cool guy, but also he posted something that made me laugh when George Carlin said it, and made me laugh again on Slashdot when I read it back, which is a rare thing indeed.

Anyway, I'm going to keep myself as his foe until I've spoken to him, explain why I'm a trigger happy Brit at times and hope we can go for some cold ones sometime.

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Television

Journal: Submitted this today... 1

Journal by byolinux
Macworld UK are reporting that BBC2, here in the UK are to show Steve Jobs and Bill Gates head-to-head on December 4th. Show presenter and financial analyst Alvin Hall will try to quantify the merits of both men. The show features "helpful insights from those who know them best", and will declare "who emerges at the top of the technological pile," show information says.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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