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Seder - went to my first ever Passover Seder last night, and it was wonderful.  So much food, and the company of chaiya, hakamadare, and some other folks whose LJ names I don't know (or have only guesses at :).  Thanks to a few months staying with abce and gmpe last year, I was able to follow along pretty well, if only because certain Hebrew phrases now sound to my ears like language, rather than meaningless sounds.  Good conversation and good dinner.  Thanks, chaiya!

D&D - I finished off my insane week of too many games all happening at once, and feel stronger for having come through it.  Saturday was really good.  The two games I ran for almost complete strangers at Your Move Games were fun and reasonably well pulled off, I think.  I felt like their failure to figure out a mystery was my failure to provide the clues in my role-playing, but...  I also left some very open-ended "are there any other questions you would like to ask?" moments sprinkled here and there, and nothing came out.  So I guess that's my excuse, and I'm sticking with it.

Various bits of news:

Taking gene stuffing to a new level...  at some level it seems such a bad idea, forcibly sharing our genes' benefits down to other species and giving up one little piece of our advantage over the rest of the planet.  I don't know.  It's all in the name of tossing more herbicides on our food, too.

RMS has commented on the Linux Bitkeeper "debacle" - and it is a debacle.  The current situation is exactly what people like to say can happen when one accepts "free as in beer" help.  RMS is a fanatic, but he is also right.  And he is right to thank Larry McVoy for demonstrating so precisely what he warns against. 

Political rant forthcoming in separate post

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fyfer
Apr. 26th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
forcibly sharing our genes' benefits down to other species and giving up one little piece of our advantage over the rest of the planet

Sorry, what? That's an argument I haven't heard before. I guess I fall pretty strongly on the "human genes are not superior" side of things, from a biology perspective, though.

(I'm not strongly in favor of GM food, for reasons more like your second statement, about herbicides.)
crs
Apr. 26th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
Well, see, it's like this. We, um, evolved or something, and... uh... the plants didn't... and we get to...

uhh...

I think it may have made more sense when I was finishing up a day of work.
seborn
Apr. 26th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
I dunno, it sounds pretty cool. If it's causing rice to produce an enzyme that breaks down these herbicides in human livers, that means they'll be tossing herbicides that my body can handle well on my food instead of herbicides that it can't. I don't seriously think not doing things like this will cause them to stop tossing any herbicides on my food.

Of course, this is my ill-informed interpretation of a news story that has probably already played telephone with the facts, so throw a few grains of salt on too.
thomb
Apr. 26th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
Would that RMS would realize the same principles apply to documentation.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 26th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Would that RMS would realize the same principles apply to documentation.
gmpe
Apr. 26th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun at the seder and I am happy that we were able to help you feel more at home at it. Lots of food and wine. What could be better? :)
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