Lars Wirzenius: September, 2007


Monday, September 24, 2007

Personal life: Job

Today I started working for Canonical, on Ubuntu QA.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Random thought: Free Thursday

I don't usually announce Free Thursday gatherings in my web log anymore, the dedicated web page and mailing list are for that. If there's interest, I can even set up a dedicated RSS feed.

However, since I'm always the first one there and the first few people seem to find the thing by finding me, I figure I should announce widely that I'm probably not going to be there, this time, due to a cold.

So, anyone attending Free Thursday, the monthly "have a beer, talk about free software" event in Helsinki, Finland, please find each other anyway.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Random thought: 911

Today is the sixth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attack commonly known as "911". This is its legacy: the use of fear as justification of the erosion of human rights. This time, it's the EU, but it's happening globally.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Photography: Artistic mini-epiphany

The single most destructive impulse I've consistently observed in amateur photographers, after working with them more or less continuously over 22 years, is their insecurity about not being liked or understood, and their concomitant anxiousness to please others. That may, indeed, be the principal legacy of a good art school education: the crucial insight that it is only by pleasing herself that the artist can ultimately please others.

—Mike Johnston, Creative Livings, 2007-09-09

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Random thought: Corruption and OOXML

Interesting. EFFI correlates OOXML yes-votes with the Corruption Perceptions Index scores. Result: corrupt countries were more likely to support OOXML.