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October 30, 2006

mtcolor butt cheese

I decided to check into my referrer logs tonight just to see how much bandwidth the MySpace kidz are using hot-linking to my photoblog images (just wait until I come up with a fun image to replace them all with! Suggestions -> me) when I noticed that syntax highlighting stopped working again. This happened because I updated perl and the Syntax::Highlight::Universal module went AWOL again. Getting mtcolorer working continuously could have it's own highly paid crack support staff working 24x7. It's a terrible foundation this thing is built upon.

Long story short, I needed to rebuild the module by hand. A few modifications have to be made to the module source in order to get it to compile on a recent Linux distribution:

  1. Add -fpermissive to the CCFLAGS parameter of Makefile.PL.
  2. Use perl Makefile.PL to build a Makefile.
  3. Edit this makefile and change whatever *-gcc entries to *-g++; otherwise gcc will not generate the shared C++ symbols correctly.
  4. Edit ./colorer/common/Hashtable.h and change references to capacity and bucket on lines 22-23, 64-65 to this->capacity and this->bucket (scoping people!).
  5. make ; make install Voila!

After that it was smooth sailing; and time for bed!

    printf("And to all, a %s.\n", "good night");

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Main > Diary > Politics

October 29, 2006

The Midwestern Backyard Mentality

A coworker of mine shared an interesting observation about the Midwest in the corporate cafeteria last week. He moved to the Midwest from New York and I asked him what it was like adjusting to our lifestyle. He said it wasn't terribly hard but it was moderately difficult adjusting from the "front-porch" neighborhood mentality of the upper-east coast to the "backyard" mentality here in the Midwest

When I asked him what he meant he explained that in the east, in New York, people from the neighborhood always collect out-front on the porches in a common space. As a result, people are always watching the neighborhood--who's coming and going. As a consequence, he told me, people might be more inclined to let their kids run around in the front yard or on the front sidewalk and interact with the other neighbors.

The Midwest on the other hand, he explained, feel more stilted. Suburban streets are clear of foot traffic. Everybody collects privately into their private space in the backyard. The neighbors seldom interact. The neighborhood feels less watched. This, he claimed, made him more reluctant to let his kids run off and explore the neighborhood.

Of course this situation is what programs like National Night Out are trying to remedy but I see his point. There is a cultural difference here. However, I don't think it's always been this way here in the Midwest.

Something happened here. I think it happened sometime in the '90s. I think it was sometime after the abduction and disappearance of Jacob Wetterling but I can't be sure. We just stopped hanging around the front of our houses. I hope this changes.

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Buddha's Nostril at Todaiji Temple

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A brother pushes his reluctant sister toward enlightenment.

The hole bored through this pillar in Todaiji temple is said to be the same size as the nostril of the statue of the Great Buddha found under the same roof. It is said that anybody who can pass from one side to the other through the hole is guaranteed certain enlightenment.

With my hips, obviously I wasn't intended to reach enlightenment this life time!


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October 8, 2006

St. Mary's (1909), New Trier, MN

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On the drive down to Winona we stopped and took pictures of this fine old and historic Church. St. Mary's of New Trier was built in 1909 as a replacement to the stone church that was orginally in the same spot on Mary's Hill 1864. The stone church was itself a replacement for an old log church that was built in 1856 by the original German immigrant community.

The town of New Trier still has a rustic old Minnesota farm commnuity feeling to it. It's quiet save for the pickups and combines. If your're passing through the area on MN-50, you must eat dinner at Wiederholt's Supper Club at the intersection of highway 61 in Miesville, outside of Hastings.


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October 7, 2006


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I had only exposure of black and white pack film left and was itching to switch to color to try and capture some of the fall leaves and colors around the Winona bluffs area. I saw this little gal and kindly asked permission to take her picture.


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October 1, 2006

Entry to Todaiji Temple

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The weather in Nara was clear and hot. We braved the deer park to see the world's largest bronzed Buddha in the world's largest free standing wooden structure. One doesn't normally think of world's largest when it comes to Japan, do they?


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Under My Thumb

Cross post from The Bard's Blog.

Sitting at the computer, I was listening to my music set on random. Up comes "Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones. I listened to the lyrics and thought, "my goodness, this is The Taming of the Shrew!" Of course, I was not the first to ever have this particular thought.

I didn't have to go further than Wikipedia to read from the Under My Thumb entry:

The song's lyrics, an examination of a sexual power struggle, were very much in tune with the rebellious, vaguely misogynistic attitude that the mid-'60s Stones had cultivated, though the concept of "Under My Thumb" is arguably more sophisticated--even psychological--than any of the other controversial the Stones had released up to that point.

Jagger's lyrics celebrate the satisfaction of finally having controlled and gained leverage over a previously pushy, dominating woman. The lyrics, which savor the successful "taming of the shrew" with glee (comparing the woman in question to a "pet" and a "cat"), definitely provoked negative reactions among some listeners, especially feminists, who objected to the suppressive sexual politics of the male narrator. It can be reasonably argued, however, that the song is a vignette, or simply an examination of sexual malevolence and tension, and that the maliciousness of both the lyrics and Jagger's performance is theatrical and doesn't seriously advocate male domination. Many listeners also note that the woman who is the subject of the song was previously the dominant figure in the relationship, and that the narrator was originally submissive to her, making the implications of the song more complicated than simple chauvinism. Jagger later reflected on the track in a 1995 interview: "It's a bit of a jokey number, really. It's not really an anti-feminist song any more than any of the others.... Yes, it's a caricature, and it's in reply to a girl who was a very pushy woman."

This leads me to wonder, can we view the entirety of the Taming of the Shrew in the same light as, "a bit of a jokey number," or must we be outraged as feminists?

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