The worst kind of publicity

Published on Sun, 2016-10-09 - 13:12

Flying to and from DrupalCon Dublin, I noticed something new in the preflight briefing. It's been widely reported already, but it was the first time I heard it in person, and it made me wonder if this is not in fact the worst kind of publicity possible.

The message was something to the effect of:

Please note that the use of Samsung Note 7 phones is not allowed on this flight.

…and going on a bit about how said device needed to be completely powered off.

Please stop saying “Not all X are like that”

Published on Fri, 2015-01-09 - 00:07

I'm so tired of seeing “Not all X are like that”. Not be cause its untrue. But because it is stating the obvious. It is completely unnecessary to say.

I wish humanity could progress to the point that it was understood that generalisations do not apply to everyone. It's a bit like me saying “ducks can fly” and you protesting this with a story about a duck that can't fly because it's broken a wing, or lost its feathers.

Please think of that, next time you have the urge to derail a conversation with a “not all ducks are like that”.

Catalonian independence

Published on Mon, 2014-11-10 - 10:48

First, congratulations to the people of Catalonia, on their referendum yesterday. The right to political freedom is essential in any non-tyrannical society, and I find it very instructive to see how the central government of Spain is trying to deny the people of Catalonia that freedom.

The message could not be more clear. The plebs are allowed to vote on which politicians gets to lord over them from afar, and through the EU, also allowed to vote for giving more power to politicians in other countries.

On Gratitude and Taxes

One of the most damaging ideas of recent history is the idea that taxes are about paying your debt to society.

Originally, taxes was for services rendered. You paid taxes to the king, and he in turn protected you from enemies and enforced law and order. At least, that was the idea.

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Installing LedgerSMB with Homebrew on OS X

Published on Tue, 2013-07-16 - 22:25

I use LedgerSMB for doing the finances for Drupal Danmark and Högh I+O. I recently moved my installation to a Mac, and reinstalled it with Homebrew.

I thought my installation notes might be useful to others, so there they are. Shell commands are denoted with $. The $ is not part of the command, so leave it out if you copy and paste.


American comedy movies – idiocy distilled

Published on Sat, 2013-06-08 - 21:42

A concept that periodically fills me with dread, wonder and frustration is American comedy movies, or perhaps just a certain subgenre of it, depending on where you draw the line.

You probably know the kind of movie I'm talking about, where the protagonist, usually a male white anglo-saxon protestant, usually around 30 years of age, is trying to woo his potential or keep his current girlfriend. And the supposedly funny part is where at crucial plot points, he act in the most idiotic ways to his target's obvious frustration.

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