The Death of Crucifixion

This Slate article suggests that it was another product of the Roman Empire interfering with Early Christianity. Is it true? I don’t know, I just know (or is hope the right word?) that it’s no longer happening today. People are still hung, tortured and killed in a multitude of ways today. Would our modern society really be as desensitized to crucifixion as we are to other forms of violence and harm today?


Just Because It’s Friday – Wishes

I like to believe that I’m mentally prepared for things that would never happen. Why? Well, what if I’m wrong? What if "never" becomes "right now"? What would you do if found a lamp with a genie inside? You only get three wishes, my goal is to get as many wishes as possible.

I don’t know how magic would affect time travel and the wishing situation so I don’t bother with it. So far I’ve come up with the following:

Try wishing for more wishes.
Try wishing that I could wish for more wishes. (if the last item isn’t permitted)
Try wishing for more genies.
Try wishing that I could wish for more genies. (if the last item isn’t permitted)
Wish for a real Death Note then wish for the genies name.

That’s it, I’m stumped. There has to be more loop holes to this 3 wishes thing. I’d also like to not have to kill a genie to get infinite wishes – but I would. Post your ideas!

Misquoted – Randomly Heard Quotes

“If we all reacted the same way, we’d be predictable, and there’s always more than one way to view a situation. What’s true for the group is also true for the individual. It’s simple: overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It’s slow death.

You talk about redefining my identity. I want a guarantee that I can still be myself.

There isn’t one. Why would you wish to? All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.

Maybe someday your “maker” will come … haul you away, take you apart, and announce the recall of a defective product. What if all that’s left of the “real you” is just a couple of lonely brain cells, huh?

I guess once you start doubting, there’s no end to it.

Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket.

It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself. Life has become more complex in the overwhelming sea of information. And life, when organized into species, relies upon genes to be its memory system. So man is an individual only because of his own undefinable memory. But memory cannot be defined, yet it defines mankind. The advent of computers and the subsequent accumulation of incalculable data has given rise to a new system of memory and thought, parallel to your own. Humanity has underestimated the consequences of computerization.

If a technological feat is possible, man will do it. Almost as if it’s wired into the core of our being.”


It’s all from Ghost in the Shell, why aren’t you reading it or watching it?


Good Piece On Red Flags In Dating

This is part 1 of a series that has so far reached 3 parts. What’s the topic you ask? Red flags in dating profiles. It’s as humorous as it is deadly serious. I’ll share a point from each part below. Some of the points you may agree with and some of them you may vehemently hate. This is the internet, a great equalizer and sharer of ideas. Check out the entire series and try to understand the authors intentions before expressing your opinions.


#5: “New to the area and looking for friends” 

Why it’s a RED FLAG: It’s been seen on quite a few fake profiles, and may cause people to write you off as another fake. This is because it’s so generic. Anybody could say that “they’re new to the area” as a convenient excuse.

Resolution: Instead of openly saying it, implication may be of use. For example, “I just got my education degree from Michigan and now I’m a 5th grade teacher in Chicago” tends to send the message enough.


#10: First Date ideas include professional sports games or known expensive/fancy/upscale/exotic locales

Why it’s a RED FLAG: This one’s a thinly-veiled admission that they want “the finer things in life” and “nothing but the best will do.” Many people will invariably read it as if you’re saying “if you don’t have a lot of money and are willing to spend it all on me, go away” and treat the user as a “greedy gold-digger.”

Situations where it’s NOT (necessarily) a RED FLAG: if one’s on a site for wealthy singles, then this may or may not be more of a norm.

Resolution: Unless one’s on a wealthy-dating site, remove it. It’s an easy way to scare people away from your profile, and frankly most people aren’t going to want to spend a lot of money on a first date unless the bond’s guaranteed to last.


#16: Saying “If I don’t respond to you, I’m not interested”

Why it’s a RED FLAG: It often means that they’re not likely to reply unless you really excite them in certain ways. A slightly-more-polite way of saying “if you’re an average Joe/Jane, go away.”

Resolution: Drop it from your profile. You can always politely tell prospective suitors who message you that you’re not interested (and hell, even make it into a “form letter” to copy-and-paste).

Bye, Bye Oracle!

We will really miss you… not!
Okay, so I was kidding. Oracle isn’t in any real danger of disappearing, they make too much money from supporting their enterprise customers. They also have a ridiculous amount of highly skilled developers under their roof, it just seems like management is the real issue.

The programming community has become more wary of anything that Oracle does now. They recently sued Google over the use of Java api’s in Android and were shut down by a judge whom also happened to be a programmer. Judge Apatow, you’re a hero. You helped to uphold the right’s of programmers everywhere and stopped a dangerous precedent from taking place. It would be the equivalent of making hamburger sales illegal by assembling them in bun, condiment, veggies, patty, cheese then bun order. It was ridiculous.

Oracle has essentially been the opposite of Sun in their dealings. Of course, Sun had to sell themselves to Oracle so that may not be a 100% bad thing. Still, I learned how to program in GW BASIC using a Sun Workstation in middle school. Sun will be missed and it’s kind of awful that OpenIndiana is a project of necessity and love instead of just love. With Oracle discontinuing OpenSolaris, closing the source and only selling Solaris (poorly) we no longer can use one of the greatest works to come from our departed but beloved Sun Corporation.

Now MySQL, a backbone of the webs LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) configuration for websites is being abandoned by more users and organizations everyday. It’s very important that linux distro’s support MySQL for it to continue to exist. Since most of the web is served by linux servers, a switch to MariaDB by the biggest players will form its’ eventual death. Sure, admins and organizations can continue to use Oracle’s product but why bother when they can get better support and integration with a tool that’s going to receive a larger amount of support and development in the future and is arguably a good stand-in replacement for MySQL now?

Oracle needs to stop pissing on the hand that helps to feed it if it truly cares about making money. They can’t just take everyone else’s work, slap their name on it and try to sell support for everything. Or can they?