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5th December 2011

10:04pm: Working a machine.
Working at a typewriter is much easier in the digital world. Plastic keys provide a fine spring. This is not a lot of work. Pushing a machine has become the isolating factor in modern society. From tractors to drones, throughout manufacturing and service sector, everybody earns their daily labor respite by punching away time in the enslavement of the baser elements, from hard iron up through silicone. Air hammer, rivet punch, countdown timer and Zamboni. I get paid to shift around electrons, putting them in neat little stacks that translate into a printable "object" capable of being dispatched electromechanically through the open air to receivers thousands of miles away at the institution of my employ.

29th November 2011

8:20pm: Holy shit, I just spent almost a year absorbed in a MMORTS!
Seriously. I't been almost a years since I was here.

6th December 2010

4:57pm: How to win at Lacuna Expanse.
Hello readers. I have been asked to explicate somewhat on the process of playing Lacuna Expanse. Rather than focus on how to do a single particular thing thing in the game, I'm going to focus on the strategies that I've used to thus far in an attempt to win the game.

1) Wide habitability set up in my genome. Lacuna offers players the chance to set their own genome. One of the settings affects which orbits of planets you can colonize. I made sure to set my genome so that I can colonize planets in any orbits. This makes searching for planets to colonize that are close to my home-world trivial, and allows me to grow faster because my travel times between colonies are much shorter, so resources are more liquid across the empire.

2) Focus exclusively on the University on the home planet. My home planet is 38 squares, and does nothing but work on upgrading my university and my capital. Having the capital and university on the same planet means that your production and storage can grow in direct proportion to your university, which is important as the game gets further into the higher levels. All ship production should be moved off the home-world as soon as possible, so that it can simply focus on getting the university better and better.

3) I have a standardized layout for my colonies, with one resource set up in each direction, radiating from the central command post. This makes it easy to check on each colony quickly and not have the game eat up too much of my time.

4) Fleet shipping. As a trade-off in the genome construction, I turned my Trade affinity down to 2, which made it hard to build big cargo ships. Instead, I leveled up my space ports and built large fleets of 4k capacity dories. This worked well to distribute supplies until I was rich enough to buy large cargo ships on the open market.

Hope that helps, and I’ll see you all on the Expanse.

8th November 2010

9:37pm: Lacuna Expanse
Hey everyone. I just wanted to point out that you should totally check out Lacuna Expanse. It's an awesome new browser-based real time strategy game. You can check it out by clicking here.

4th July 2010

6:50pm: Still alive.
This account is still alive. I don't read it or log in anymore. I don't know if that's a contradiction right there. Whatever. I logged in to go browse LJ political macro. Haven't had much use for LJ since the kickbanned me.

7th April 2010

1:41pm: Now officially writing for Gadgetrivia.com
Hola Livejournal companions. I have been far away on a magical book tour, unable to post they type of lengthy screed that is the backbone of livejournaling. Everything was compressed into spanish status updates. I am back here, now, and also writing for Gadgetrivia. My hope is that I can use my LJ as a place to wax poetic about the gadgets I'm reviewing, as the facebook-integrated nature of Gadgetrivia is more focused on graphical flair and concise, factual brevity.

Hope you are all doing well; I'm now faced with the prospect of reading 7 months worth of old friends' posts...

29th July 2009


17th July 2009



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2nd July 2009

4:41pm: Further to my last post.
So I tried to cash out the bank draft I was given by our old landlord, only to have TD inform me that they don't trust TD money orders to clear.

19th June 2009


16th June 2009

10:24am: 2009-10: owenf "possibly down by the river" tour. Pre-booking announcement.
Come August my contract is up and my lovely wife and I will be on tour promoting my book, driving west across Canada and then south on the west coast, living in our van, possibly down by the river. We are looking for people to hang out with and possibly mooch shelter from in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Kamloops, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and all points in between. Doubleextragood if you know some local bookstores I can send reading requests and promo packages to.

See you then, possibly down by the river.

11th June 2009

11:58am: Our Wedding Soundtrack
Our wedding soundtrack is now available as an .mp3 torrent for your downloading pleasure:


2nd June 2009

10:53am: Auschwitz survivor: "I can identify with Palestinian youth"
Adri Nieuwhof, The Electronic Intifada, 2 June 2009

Hajo Meyer (Christiane Tilanus)

Hajo Meyer, author of the book The End of Judaism, was born in Bielefeld, in Germany, in 1924. In 1939, he fled on his own at age 14 to the Netherlands to escape the Nazi regime, and was unable to attend school. A year later, when the Germans occupied the Netherlands he lived in hiding with a poorly forged ID. Meyer was captured by the Gestapo in March 1944 and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp a week later. He is one of the last survivors of Auschwitz.

Adri Nieuwhof:What would you like to say to introduce yourself to EI's readers?

Hajo Meyer: I had to quit grammar school in Bielefeld after the Kristallnacht [the two-day pogrom against Jews in Nazi Germany], in November 1938. It was a terrible experience for an inquisitive boy and his parents. Therefore, I can fully identify with the Palestinian youth that are hampered in their education. And I can in no way identify with the criminals who make it impossible for Palestinian youth to be educated.

AN: What motivated you to write your book, The End of Judaism?

HM: In the past, the European media have written extensively about extreme right-wing politicians like Joerg Haider in Austria and Jean-Marie Le Pen in France. But when Ariel Sharon was elected [prime minister] in Israel in 2001, the media remained silent. But in the 1980s I understood the deeply fascist thinking of these politicians. With the book I wanted to distance myself from this. I was raised in Judaism with the equality of relationships among human beings as a core value. I only learned about nationalist Judaism when I heard settlers defend their harassment of Palestinians in interviews. When a publisher asked me to write about my past, I decided to write this book, in a way, to deal with my past. People of one group who dehumanize people who belong to another group can do this, because they either have learned to do so from their parents, or they have been brainwashed by their political leaders. This has happened for decades in Israel in that they manipulate the Holocaust for their political aims. In the long-run the country is destructing itself this way by inducing their Jewish citizens to become paranoid. In 2005 [then Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon illustrated this by saying in the Knesset [the Israeli parliament], we know we cannot trust anyone, we only can trust ourselves. This is the shortest possible definition of somebody who suffers from clinical paranoia. One of the major annoyances in my life is that Israel by means of trickery calls itself a Jewish state, while in fact it is Zionist. It wants the maximum territory with a minimum number of Palestinians. I have four Jewish grandparents. I am an atheist. I share the Jewish socio-cultural inheritance and I have learned about Jewish ethics. I don't wish to be represented by a Zionist state. They have no idea about the Holocaust. They use the Holocaust to implant paranoia in their children.

AN: In your book you write about the lessons you have learned from your past. Can you explain how your past influenced your perception of Israel and Palestine?

HM: I have never been a Zionist. After the war, Zionist Jews spoke about the miracle of having "our own country." As a confirmed atheist I thought, if this is a miracle by God, I wished that he had performed the smallest miracle imaginable by creating the state 15 years earlier. Then my parents would not have been dead.

I can write up an endless list of similarities between Nazi Germany and Israel. The capturing of land and property, denying people access to educational opportunities and restricting access to earn a living to destroy their hope, all with the aim to chase people away from their land. And what I personally find more appalling then dirtying one's hands by killing people, is creating circumstances where people start to kill each other. Then the distinction between victims and perpetrators becomes faint. By sowing discord in a situation where there is no unity, by enlarging the gap between people -- like Israel is doing in Gaza.

AN: In your book you write about the role of Jews in the peace movement in and outside Israel, and Israeli army refuseniks. How do you value their contribution?

HM: Of course it is positive that parts of the Jewish population of Israel try to see Palestinians as human beings and as their equals. However, it disturbs me how paper-thin the number is that protests and is truly anti-Zionist. We get worked up by what happened in Hitler's Germany. If you expressed only the slightest hint of criticism at that time, you ended up in the Dachau concentration camp. If you expressed criticism, you were dead. Jews in Israel have democratic rights. They can protest in the streets, but they don't.

AN: Can you comment on the news that Israeli ministers approved a draft law banning commemoration of the Nakba, or the dispossession of historic Palestine? The law proposes punishment of up to three years in prison.

HM: It is so racist, so dreadful. I am at a loss for words. It is an expression of what we already know. [The Israeli Nakba commemoration organization] Zochrot was founded to counteract Israeli efforts to wipe out the marks that are a reminder of Palestinian life. To forbid Palestinians to publicly commemorate the Nakba. ... they cannot act in a more Nazi-like, fascist way. Maybe it will help to awaken the world.

AN: What are your plans for the future?

HM: [Laughs] Do you know how old I am? I am almost 85 years old. I always say cynically and with self-mockery that I have a choice: either I am always tired because I want to do so much, or I am going to sit still waiting for the time to go by. Well, I plan to be tired, because I have still so much to say.

Adri Nieuwhof is consultant and human rights advocate based in Switzerland.

28th May 2009


27th May 2009

12:14pm: Starting to sell my library
So, as we're moving to smaller environs, I'm having to sell parts of my library. I'm going to list stuff here first, for my friends, and, if nobody wants it, I'll list it on the ebay.

First up is my antique gynaecology library, pictured here:

Included in the library are:

Surgery of the Ambulatory Patient, by L. Kraeer Ferguson, 645 Illustrations. 1st edition/date unknown (see pictures 1950s?)

The VD handbook, published by The Handbook Collective, Montreal, 1972

The Birth Control Handbook, 2nd Edition, 2nd Impresasion, The Students' Society of McGill University 1969

The Birth Control Handbook, Revised Edition, 3rd Impression, The Students' Society of McGill University 1970

Physiology and Anatomy, Esther M. Greisheimer, 6th Edition, with 478 illustrations including 52 in colour.J.B. Lippencott & Company. Includes many (compleete) fold-out pages and diagrams. 1950s?

Gynecology for Nurses, by George Gellhorn, 1st edition, with 145 Illustrations, W.B. Saunders & Co. 1930

Public School Physiology and Temperance, by William Nattress, authorized by the education department (ontario) 3rd edition, ~1920?

Uterine Haemorrahage, by Samuel Cameron and John Hewitt, Macmillan Company, ~1915?

The Canadian Mother and Child, by Ernest Couture,director of the child and maternal hygiene division ~1925?

Gynecological Diagnosis and Pathology, by A.H.F. Barbour and B.P. Watson, 2nd edition, with eight colour plates and 202 figures, William Green and Sons, 1914.

Operative Gynecology, By Howard A Kelly, with 11 plates and 703 illustrations, 2nd edition, Appleton and Company, 1906

A pocket Gynecology, S.G. Clayton, 2nd edition, heavily marked up (see photos)

Pathology of Labour the Puerperium and the Newborn, McCormick, date/edition unknown.

I'm looking for $350 US or $400 Canadian for this lot, which includes shipping to wherever you happen to be. That works out to about $30/book. Make me a counter offer if you think that's excessive.

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25th May 2009

10:56am: Knives update.
Well, time for an updated picture of the knives I'm using. I tried to lay out this one as more of a still life.

11th May 2009

11:26am: Honeymoon shopping...

Best $80 I ever spent...

From left to right:
1.5 lb Morbier, 2 lb Blue Shropshire, 1.5 lb Cambozola, 1 lb Manchango, 2 lb Leidse kaas, 1 lb 7-year-old Cheddar with Caramelized Onions, 1.5 lb Paprika Friulano.
Current Mood: Cheesy
11:21am: from lj_user=Yokes

(click for photos)
Current Mood: Married

27th April 2009

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