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Archive for January 9th, 2009

not even a force quit will save me now

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Because I’m a Very Important Person, I now have a Very Minor Admistrative Role where I work.

It sucks. You can tell it does because I have to work with spreadsheets.

The only thing that makes working with spreadsheets a tiny bit better is being able to work with them using OpenOffice, because it serves a miniscule slice of anarchotechnist utopianism into the tedious number crunching.

But…. I just worked on a sheet for an hour and a half only to have the fucking thing lock up, and lock up like nothing ever ever does on my Mac. Lock up such that I can’t even force quit it, such that it bungs up other running programs, such that I have to restart the computer. So using open source software, in this case, feels just like it used to feel to work on a Windows machine. So I redid the damn thing in MS Excel, another hour and a half.

Please source us open source stuff that works, please! We want to use it and feel pure and happy, fair tradey and politically potent as we tap away at rosters and registers!

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January 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm

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too weak to stand up

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From an op-ed by Rashid Khalidi Wednesday in the NYT:

This war on the people of Gaza isn’t really about rockets. Nor is it about “restoring Israel’s deterrence,” as the Israeli press might have you believe. Far more revealing are the words of Moshe Yaalon, then the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, in 2002: “The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.”

From the WSJ today:

Aid workers used a second, three-hour humanitarian cease-fire Thursday to reach neighborhoods that have seen some of the heaviest fighting. Health officials in Gaza said 50 bodies were recovered Thursday from rubble.

The International Committee for the Red Cross said it found four small children, too weak to stand up, lying next to their dead mother and 11 other corpses in a house that had come under heavy Israeli shelling.

Should go to the demonstration tomorrow. Went to basically all of them in NYC before my daughter was born, as uncomfortable as they make me, but I haven’t been since. When we were in Memphis we took her to the Lorraine Motel, and now she’s obsessed with MLK, the marches, his time in prison, and his death. (MLK might well be her introduction to the very concept of death…. There was at first a lot of “and then what did he do” after the point in the story when he dies…) And people with “black skin” and what this means and has meant in a place like Memphis… Or really anywhere we’ve ever been. Classical liberal parenting, whatever whatever. Maybe if my parents had taken me to this sort of thing (just the thought!) I’d be a bit better person in some ways than I am today. Or maybe not. Who knows, who knows….

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January 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

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