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Name: Linas Vepstas
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What can I say? I'm obsessed (as are many) by the idea of archiving information: of knowing it, acessing it, finding it, storing it, documenting it, cataloguing it, preserving it, and preserving it not just for years, but for centuries.

I'm also obsessed with the question of the meaning of life, of a scientific insight into the nature of spiritual existance in a physical world. What is it about atoms that allows us to transcend? And, billions of years from now, how will the universe transcend? And how can I be there, be a part of it, know it and surrender and immerse in the totality of it all? When do I go to that place from which I can never come back?


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I keep planning to add diary entries, but its always late and I'm tired by then. This week's obsession: 'napster for money', i.e. using p2p technology for ecash/emoney/egold distribution ...

The Anti-Mac discussion is the tip of a bigger iceberg, a bigger revolution in computing:

Clearly, I can't figure out how this thing works. How the *HELL* do you post comments to this damn thing? Can I associate this diary entry with some particular article? And what's with this master/journeyman crap? Seems awfully elitist to me. Elitism sucks. Take a look at the the "I'm smarter than you are, and my membership in this 31337 organization proves it. I'm a Master!" Screw that!

My suggestion to whoever runs this thing: get RID of the certification program! It sucks! It demeans everyone involved! Think about it: were you part of the "in" crowd in high-school? On the football team? If you were, then you think elitism is OK. No, Elitism sucks, and most people who've endured high-school know that. Are you the boss, the CEO where you work? If so, maybe you think elitism is OK. It SUCKS! Just ask your employees. Do you live in a gated community in the suburbia, drive an expensive SUV, and go golfing? Then you think Elitism is the Republican way. It sucks! But you wouldn't know, never been to the ghet-to. Do you go dance-clubbing in Paris? Are you a fashion victim? Then of course you think Elitism is natural. But when you're kicked out of Les Bains-Douches on a Saturday Night, you know: Elitism Sucks! Do you write proprietary software? Of course! Elitism is great!

Elitism is a pervasive part of Human Existance. It permeates all social interaction. It distinguishes geeks from jocks. It turns ordinary people into social outcasts. I've been a social outcast all my life! So have most people on this planet! Good lord, why-the-hell would you want to promote an elitist system? You should be promoting Community! Belonging! Accepatance! Openess!


linas certified others as follows:

  • linas certified linas as Master
  • linas certified cbbrowne as Master
  • linas certified dneighbors as Journeyer
  • linas certified dmarti as Journeyer
  • linas certified jamest as Journeyer
  • linas certified jmeskill as Journeyer
  • linas certified dres as Journeyer
  • linas certified jhasler as Apprentice
  • linas certified pjf as Journeyer

Others have certified linas as follows:

  • linas certified linas as Master
  • ncm certified linas as Master
  • jelle certified linas as Master
  • pjf certified linas as Master
  • lerdsuwa certified linas as Master
  • bagder certified linas as Master
  • cbbrowne certified linas as Master
  • dneighbors certified linas as Master
  • Wilddev certified linas as Master
  • besfred certified linas as Journeyer
  • vivekv certified linas as Master
  • murajov certified linas as Master

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