quickies 3

I'm finding I really like this "quickies" bullet point format. I'm not saying every entry here is going to be like this, but it does let me get over the "must have something big and weighty to say" hump of posting reactive energy, and that's really the important thing, isn't it?

  • The Linux Journal's 2003 Reader Poll is open for voting.
  • OS News has the first of a promised three parter on package management in Slackware.
  • The DC Metro Blogmap hit the big time in Slate. No mention of weblogs-social-dc, of course... (Props to Missy on the Slate link tip.)
  • Pages Within Greg has the most important info about the Demo candidate field: what OS and web server they're running (or, rather, were running as of 1 July 2003).
  • The Public Library of Science gets a big boost from the Sabo Bill:

    "We must remember that government funded research belongs to, and should be readily available to, every person in the United States," said Sabo in his remarks to the House of Representatives when introducing the bill. "Lifting restrictions that prevent the widespread sharing of federally funded research can only speed scientific advancement."

  • Never hurts to remember about The Perl job site. Not lookin', just sayin'.
  • You know you've been screwing around in shell too much when you want to close an <li> tag with an </il>.
  • Tyler Hamilton is staying in the Tour with a broken collarbone. Go Tyler.
  • One (ex-)military viewpoint on the "Bring 'Em On" gaffe.
  • This week's Economist has a great, stunning Lexington column, titled "Red George". I can't link directly to it, as it's "Premium Content" (maybe only for this week?), but I will pullquote the best bits:

    Every year Mr Bush has either produced or endorsed some vast new government scheme: first education reform, then the farm bill, now the prescription-drug benefit. And every year he has missed his chance to cut federal pork or veto bloated bills.

    There's even a bit for the Frog-haters:

    As Veronique de Rugy of the Cato Institute points out, federal spending has increased at a hellish 13.5% in the first three years of the Bush administration ("he is governing like a Frenchman"). Federal spending has risen from 18.4% of national income in 2000 to 19.9% today. Combine this profligacy with huge tax cuts, and you have a recipe for deficits as far ahead as the eye can see.

    Anyway, worth looking at if you happen to find yourself near a newsstand; it's on page 30, and is only one page long.