55. Squeegee of Righteous Justice. 10 February, 2006 — Writing.
At a particular busy intersection on my way home there is a man, often shirtless and with a cigarette between his lips, who washes the windshields of passing cars.
51. Good Samaritan. 25 January, 2006 — Writing.
Decades ago social theorists in the USA explored the notion of a Good Samaritan.
46. Die for your country. 13 January, 2006 — Writing.
“Nately was instantly up in arms again.
43. Japanese Nigerian Scam. 08 January, 2006 — Writing.
This is a Nigerian Scam that is new to me, seeing as it implicates Japanese people.
42. Religious obsolesence. 07 January, 2006 — Writing.
Here’s a thought: if we lived in a utopia, would religion become unnecessary?
40. Computed Democracy. 02 January, 2006 — Writing.
So we know two things: that democracy is intended to give the lowest members of society a say in the running of the society, and that this can only be done if politicians represent the concerns of their constituents and nothing else.
Alvin Toffler got it exactly right in Future Shock.
24. Parts of a GUI: the button. 30 November, 2005 — Writing.
Buttons are an integral part of a Graphical User Interface because they provide a clear metaphor of interaction: buttons exist in the real world so when something looks like a button it is immediately apparent that it can be ‘pushed’.
A great poem by Rudyard Kipling, Danny Deever: “What are the bugles blowin’ for?
The apostrophe (’) is used for indicating possession (my friend’s dog); to form plurals of abbreviations (M.