This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
Novell which is an amazing company, and also
Dell who in days of yore provided me with a
free laptop for Gnome development / conferences.
Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten
yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if
you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.
Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up early, J's lie in. Played with the babies, trained Dad on
the uber-slow, but functional laptop. Off to St. Annes Wells garden
in the afternoon - lots of slides & swings to play on. Slugged,
watched the olympics a little. Robert feeling unwell sadly.
Watched some of Dawkins on the TV, interesting - must get
around to reading his latest book, if I can get it second hand
somewhere. Sadly, he reminds me of myself age 16 - irritated by being
made to study the arts, and wanting to focus solely on maths &
science. Luckily later in life I discovered that, in fact, science has
answers only for part of our experience, and that studying romance,
history, art, theology is highly valuable. Amused by some of the hubris
and misrepresentation applied to Rowan Williams - and the
apparent lack of grasp of the history of thought on these topics for
the last millenia: eg. the action of chance in producing us - who has
not heard the stories of the meeting of people's parents as if at
random, and been glad that < insert improbable event >
occured, lest we not exist at all ? My personal favorite experience of seeing
emminent scientists (eg. the UK's Chief Scientist) tying themselves
in conceptual knots, and failing to understand was at a small lecture on
a basic topic from the head of the History & Philosophy of Science
faculty at Cambridge, an undergraduate course highly recommended before
over-prognostication in public on these matters. As a banal analogy
Ali G's demand to a vegetarian Eat this chicken, or I kill this
other chicken ! condenses a fine moral dilema worthy of detailed
consideration into a forum where an answer simply cannot be provided
or even explored.
In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Novell, The
Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to
realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences,
Michael Meeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)