trouble in mind… (3:32, Johnny Cash, Unearthed Disc 2, 2003)

Državni je proračun usvojen na jučerašnjoj sjednici i vlada je bez ikakvog problema odbacila 304 amandmana kao nepotrebne, suvišne ili s objašnjenjem kako oni ne bi suštinski ništa promijenili. Proračun je veći za nekih skoro pa 8 milijardi kuna što je po nekoj matematici oko 7-8%. Tih osam milijardi kuna očekuje se prikupiti kroz rast BDPa i dodatne izvore (privatizacije i tome slično) i po mom skromnom mišljenju (koje ionako ništa ne znači) ovakav rast je totalno nerealan i izvan svake pameti. No u predviđanja za 2006. ću ubaciti i neki rebalans nerealnog proračuna.

Zanimljivo je kako Sanader (a Letica kojeg inače teško podnosim je to dobro uočio) napravi svinjac i onda uz nevjerojatni media-spin on postane spasitelj situacije dok su svi ostali krivi za svinjac u kojem se našao. Tako nekako i izgleda ova cijela priča s ratifikacijom granice s bosnom ili priča o namirenju imovine za protjerane njemce (kako se njemci piše ispravno u množini?). Obzirom da je s web stranica vlade maknut tekst sporazuma (“biti će objavljen naknadno”) malo je teško rekonstruirati timeline i što je vlada u stvari odlučila, nije odlučila ili je propustila odlučiti.

Inače kada je riječ o granicama mislim da bi tu trebali biti malo pragmatičniji. Ako npr. imamo situaciju s bosnom koju imamo (a ja pojma nemam jer se time nisam bavio niti me to u ovome času osobito zanima) onda ne bi smio biti problem “zamijeniti” nekoliko kvadrata teritorija sa suprotnom stranom kako bi i jednima i drugima bilo oblje ili lakše – osim naravno u slučajevima kada bi takva zamjena donijela ili odnijela neku stratešku prednost. Dakle, ako imamo par tisuća kvadrata s druge strane Mure i to zamijenimo s par slovenskih tisuća s ove strane – ne vidim zašto bi to bio osobiti problem učiniti. Budimo realni, slovenci i bosanci moraju na neki način doći do otvorenog mora i neovisno o načinu na koji je to regulirano oni to pravo jednostavno imaju i svaki dobri susjed bi im to morao omogućiti. Hoće li to biti neki koridor koji ćemo im osigurati i nekom međunarodnom zavrzlavom osigurati slobodni prolaz kroz taj prostor, ili ćemo im iznajmiti neki koridorčić na 100 godina, ili ćemo jednostavno zamrznuti neki donekle prihvatljivi za 50 godina i onda neka naša djeca odlučuju s time nakon što svi koji su originalnu kašu zakuhali odapnu – sasvim je svejedno – no minimum fleksibilnosti moramo imati (ne moramo je nužno i pokazati dok ne ostvarimo kvalitetni dogovor, ali volja za kompromisom mora postojati).

Anyway, imamo proračun kojeg niti pepeljuga sa svim trikovima ne bi uspjela izrealizirati, predsjednika vlade koji donosi svoje stavove nakon što vjetrovi zapušu, predsjednika države koji ima svoje stavove ali oni očigledno nisu osmišljeni do kraja (iako se čini da su na ispravnom tragu) i granice koje su dugačke, neravne i teško odredive. Moramo biti dobri sa svima, a nitko ne želi biti dobar s nama. Uvjeravaju nas da nam ide na bolje a pogled kroz prozor kaže drugačije.

Jel netko čitao Alisu u zemlji čudesa?

Misao dana:
Who is Keyser Soze? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

firestarter… (4:39, The Prodigy, The Fat Of The Land, 1997)

Za one koji su noć prespavali; izašao je novi Firefox 1.5. Možete ga nabaviti na www.getfirefox.com.

Misao dana:
Jack planted the magic beans and in one night a giant beanstalk grew all the way from the earth up to the clouds–which sounds like a lie, but it can be done with genetic engineering, and although a few people are against eating gene-engineered foods like those beans it’s a high-paying career to think about for when you grow up.

inner smile… (3:52, Texas, The Greatest Hits, 2000)

Malo povijesti (za one koje to interesira), originalni link na punu diskusiju je ovdje;

Original Bboard Thread in which :-) was proposed

Here is the original message posted by Scott Fahlman on 19 September, 1982:

19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-)

From: Scott E Fahlman

I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:

:-)

Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark

things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use

:-(

The entire thread is reproduced below. We didn’t have formal newsgroup threads in those days, but these are all the messages that mention the need for a joke marker or that use the :-) symbol.

This was retrieved from the spice vax oct-82 backup tape by Jeff Baird on September 10, 2002. The period covered is 16 September 1982 through 21 October 1982.

Credits: Here is the account by Mike Jones describing how this ancient post was retrieved. It’s an impressive piece of digital archeology, with many contributors. I am grateful to Mike, to Jeff Baird, and to all the others who played a role in this effort. It is great that we can view this bit of Internet history once again.

Many people were involved in this computing archaeology success story. I (Mike Jones) kicked off the effort in February 2002 by looking through some old bboard program (Bags) sources, figuring out the filename that the post would likely be found under (/usr/cmu/lib/bb/general.bb), and asking Howard Wactlar, the former CMU SCS facilities director, whether the file could still be restored. Scott Fahlman provided data narrowing the probable span of time during which the post was made. Howard and Bob Cosgrove, the current director, determined that backup tapes from that period (1981-1983) still existed and asked Jeff Baird of the facilities staff to try to find and restore the post. Dave Livingston of facilities located a working 9- track tape drive and a machine to use it on. Kirk Berthold and Michael Riley in CS operations managed retrieving tapes from off-site archival storage. Grad student Dan Pelleg’s FreeBSD machine was used to read the 4.1BSD dump format tapes using a compatibility mode in the restore program. (Later in the effort a NetBSD machine was used to do the same thing.) Dale Moore looked for the post on Tops-20 backup tapes from CMU-20C. But by all accounts, Jeff Baird should get most of the credit for doing the hard work of locating and retrieving the data. He kept asking for more tapes, reading those that could still be read, narrowing the date range, and sticking with it until the post was found. Thanks all for your efforts to restore this part of computing history, and especially, thanks Jeff!

Note: There apparently were a few posts prior to 16 September (not on the tape that was retrieved) that posed various physics questions about what would happen to various objects in an elevator if you cut the cable. Given the quality of the elevators in Wean Hall (then and now), this was more than idle speculation.

Apparently someone had posed the problem of what would happen to a helium balloon in free-fall, someone else had asked about pigeons flying around in the falling elevator, and someone had then asked what would happen if the birds were breathing the helium…