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September 2001

School Leavers

“I once read somewhere that Sean Connery left school at age 13 and later went on to read Proust and Finnegan’s Wake and I keep expecting to meet an enthusiastic school leaver on the train, the type of person who only ever reads something because it is marvellous (and so hated school). Unfortunately the enthusiastic school leavers are all minding their own business.” From The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt. I feel like this almost every day, although maybe not always in reference school leavers… What about you?…

“I fear no evil, for You are with me.”

Backlash begins… and doesn’t stop.

Salon is running an AP story headlined “Arab-Americans fear backlash” in its sidebar of wire stories. Apparently the headline writer didn’t bother to read the article, because it lists several anti-Arab-American hate crimes that are already happening. That’s all Salon’s carrying on the topic of hate crimes; apparently it doesn’t warrant further analysis (though I hope the morning edition will prove me wrong). Meanwhile, the major news media keep replaying the same footage from yesterday of Palestinians celebrating the attacks; Salon, not so liberal that it can’t add fuel…

Attacks on United States

It is a truly horrific day: the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York have collapsed after two planes collided with them, an aircraft has crashed into the Pentagon building in Washington D.C., a passenger plane has crashed in Pennsylvania, and I have heard other reports, probably spurious, that haven’t been confirmed by any news organizations. My professor, who was due for a trip to Europe Thursday, was visibly shaken this morning; before class, I overheard students expressing their fear but also chattering already about how “we…

“They are buying your happiness. Steal it.”

A Democratic senator from South Carolina and lobbyists from the entertainment industry are planning to introduce a bill that will require manufacturers of computer equipment to embed federally “certified security technologies.” According to Wired, the bill, called the SSSCA (the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act), will make it a felony offense to distribute copyrighted materials with security measures disabled or to even attach a computer with disabled copyright protection to a network. Creating, selling, or distributing “any interactive digital device” (read: hardware or software) that does not utilize…

Random

School has begun again in the magical land of Chom and hazel still doesn’t have a job and thus no internet access, so we won’t be updating at our usual relentless pace. Rumor has it that Doug and Kate have the ability to post on this site; maybe they will save us. Yesterday I learned that “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” is a grammatically correct English sentence. At about $600 a class and about 43 class days a semester at UT, I figure that my professor…