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Journal: Google + 2

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Hey everyone,

It this time the herd might have really moved on?

I've tried to scavenge as many email addresses as I could from my friends list and added them to my google+ /. circle. I'm going to send out a message on it to see how many of those addresses still work.

But in the mean time, feel free to add me if I couldn't find you. You can find me on Google+ with my email address, noble.oblige at gmail.

That means you chacham, superyooser, etc...

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Journal: Staying ahead of the curve

Journal by On Lawn

So I've been looking back on my career. It is amazing to me the technologies that I was innovating with before their day.

I've been working on Linux since it was a toddler (pre 1.0). I've been doing automated image installation since before Ghost and Kickstart; windows and Linux unified directory services with LDAP+Kerberos before Centrify; and unified network on a scalable hardware platform before HP, Dell, Oracle, Microsoft and the like.

Comment: Re:A comment - or two. (Score 1) 3

by On Lawn (#36558862) Attached to: Creation

Thanks for your comments,

I don't think that I outlined a purpose in marriage other than the equal recognition of the contribution of the man and the woman.

The need for that equal recognition comes from the unique needs of having children.

Its probably a small distinction, but to me it is very significant. Not the procreation itself, but the need of civilization (unique from a natural circumstance) on top of procreation.

And, I'm not saying it is a unique need for egalitarian recognition, many other relationship types have that demand -- and I believe an investigation will find they are all civilized types of relationships. My point in this is that it is most evident as a need, and as such perchance the seed of civilization itself, to recognize that in the complementary unification of man and woman and the establishment of responsibility passed between parents and child. It is part of what I meant that Eve may have been the mother of necessity for history, that decree of need is its own construct though rooted in specific natural processes.

There is no need for me, after outlying the separation of our species from direct dependance on nature (and that separation being civilization in a social-industrial sense), to require that kin altruism or egalitarian model should be recognized as natural to procreation (or as I understand your words "flows from procreation"). But the need is nonetheless naturally recognized and understood in urgency because of the natural products which combine to procreate and transfer the responsibility of civilization from one generation to the next. It is that union of civilization and natural that creates another intersection of duality that adds gravity to the notion of it being a seed of civilization itself.

I'll take an exception to one other matter where you say, "The bond is not a function of which genitalia we are equipped with." I'm not talking about dividing gender down to genitalia, nor do I find it a productive pursuit in understanding the full sum of meaning that a sexual bond has between two people.

Gender is much deeper then genitalia. Gender is itself a construct which is recognized psychologically, biologically, and genetically. A realization of this comes from asking yourself the question, could a gay guy have the same bond with a woman that he has with is partner? How about a lesbian with a man? Certainly the psyche plays an influence on the bond created, and it is heavily influenced by the gender (however identified psychologically) of the other person.

But this is just a mirror of the biological or genetic processing of those differences between a man and a woman which is the difference, categorically, between creating another human being or not, or other characteristics built into our species sexual dimorphism.

Another experiment, go to a Doctor and tell them you are infertile. If they ask you how you know this, say because you are in a gay relationship and haven't had a child yet. His response is likely that homosexuality and infertility are completely orthogonal. So an infertile couple requires a man and a woman, so does sterility.

Infertility can have an effect on that bond, so does gender, so do many other things which we understand and want in a romance.

I'm not saying what importance there should be on those differences, I'm just noting they exist.

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Journal: Creation 3

Journal by On Lawn
Adam and Eve are the center of the creation story we all know well. God creates a stage with everything we see naturally occurring. It isn't until a man walks across the stage, however, that the plot starts. And the first act is to create a woman. And unlike other stories that woman is not someone to save from a dragon or someone to clean a house as neither are yet introduced in the story.

Comment: Re:For a school superintendant (Score 1) 505

I would like to think that we could hope for rather more than “gets his point across” in this context. The gentleman is in the education business, after all. Furthermore, the sentence is atrocious: one doesn’t say “the most than.” One says either “more than” or “the most.” It's the difference between a comparative and superlative, and Mr. Superintendent doesn’t appear to know the difference.
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Journal: The Oldest of the Old 3

Journal by On Lawn

Ask Slashdot:

Where can I search through the most ancient of the Slashdot archives? I'm talking about the olden days before logins were required and we could just put our name on each comment we wrote manually. The days just after Bits and Chips.

I need to find a specific comment I wrote way back then.

Comment: Re:Oy vey (Score 1) 9

by On Lawn (#35709762) Attached to: Solving Culture war issues by making Legal Code more like C

There, you might have something.

In writing that piece, I felt the strong pull of the muses to write the IFDEF based on identity politics. Perhaps the "I'm a homosexual so I am eugenically supposed to exclude the other gender from a marriage" identity basis for rights really does have its closest mirror in the "I'm a white and I'm eugenically supposed to exclude the other race from my society".

That you drew the parallel also seems to validate that identity politics is not equality, and hence invalidate neutering marriage for the sake of homosexual identity politics as equality.

Comment: Re:Oy vey (Score 1) 9

by On Lawn (#35693276) Attached to: Solving Culture war issues by making Legal Code more like C

Everyone I've argued with has at their core a sentiment like Captain Splendid, marriage has nothing to do with procreation or the equality between the man/woman/child they potentially have together.

Everyone I've discussed this with that defends marriage thinks that marriage equality should mean the equal recognition of the rights and responsibilities of the man/woman/child they potentially have together.

Those are distinct realities, and the only compromise can come from writing two different set of laws, depending on which reality they wish to project. Either that or one side is going to be thrown under the bus (in their own eyes).

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Journal: Solving Culture war issues by making Legal Code more like C 9

Journal by On Lawn

Ever thought that the reason we are fighting over things like same-sex marriage, is because our legal system is a dinosaur of code? While programming languages have made many leaps and bounds over decades, legal code is still stuck in the dark ages. With just one simple feature common to all programming languages, we can make a real compromise.

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Journal: From Cloud back to the CLI

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It is hard to remember the early days of Linux. A time when the greatest struggle was finding applications that did what we could do in Windows, applications like Office, AutoCAD, Outlook, etc...

There are three kinds of people: men, women, and unix.

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