I just received some spam-mail from the IPv6 summit, titled "The Future of Military, Homeland Defense, and New Economic Opportunities
Focus of New Internet Summit".
Granted, the good old US DOD started this whole 'Net thing, and I suppose I shouldn't rain on their parade. But as a lifelong pacifist, I found myself rather offended. And, rather than feeling helpless (the DoD will fund what it...
on May 11, 2005
Just read Clay Shirky's talk, A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy". It reminded me of something else I've read. There's an insane theologian named Walter Wink who wrote a series of books called the "Powers Triology", in which he essentially equates demon possession to the organizational inertia of large groups.
It's a very weird idea, and in many respects, Wink is just nuts. But he's one of those...
on Jul 25, 2003