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Non-Violence November 20, 2005

Posted by decode in Culture, Politics.
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In the sermon this morning, the pastor made reference to the increase in violent crime that our culture has to face and deal with. Fortunately, violent crime in the U.S. has been on a decline for over 10 years. Here are US Department of Justice charts and numbers describing these trends:

Violent Crimes
Violent Crimes by Gender
Property Crimes
Firearm Related Crimes

Text summary:

  • The violent crime rate decreased 2.2% from 2003 to 2004. From 1995 to 2004 the rate fell 32.0%.
  • The property crime rate decreased 2.1% from 2003 to 2004. From 1995 to 2004, the rate fell 23.4%.

Heard: The Chemistry Set November 19, 2005

Posted by decode in Heard, Music.
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Name: The Chemistry Set
Site: thechemset.com
Reminds Me Of: Sixpence None the Richer on instruments, and The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers on vocals.

XUL Examples November 16, 2005

Posted by decode in Web Technology.
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Need to know how to do some GUI element in XUL? There is a page that has tons of them with working examples and source code.

Ceasar Beware November 15, 2005

Posted by decode in Computers.
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MD5 has bit the dust. (At least for digital signing.)

Dilbert’s Views on Intelligent Design November 13, 2005

Posted by decode in Politics.

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, wrote an interesting blog post about Intelligent Design and Darwinian Evolution. He actually takes a fair look at the debate.

What I found far more interesting was a comment in response to the post. This comment very clearly lays out the domains of Darwinian Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Materialism. I found it to be one of the best thought-out things I’ve read all weekend. Bravo John Nelson, whoever you are.

Nice Jewel November 11, 2005

Posted by decode in Fun Stuff.
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If you’re looking for a Christmas present for that special someone in your life, you should look no further than online shopping. Amazon has a great deal on a 5.01 carat diamond right now, and it’s only $99,865.00. So, pull out your credit card with the $100,000 limit and make a purchase. Interesting to note, the Sales Rank says: Today: #9 in Jewelry & Watches. You know, based on the price of this diamond and the sub $10 trinkets that fill most of the Jewelry Top Sellers Page, I find that unlikely.

Wiki Spam November 11, 2005

Posted by decode in Web Technology.
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Today I came across Wiki Spam for the first time at the Alauda Linux Driver site on SourceForge. I’ve taken a screenshot for when it gets cleaned up. I’m actually surprised I haven’t seen a lot more of this. What I do find surprising is that the page uses Wikka Wiki, not exactly the most popular Wiki software. So, the spam was probably either entered by an actual human, or a very thorough spambot writer.

Searchable Comics November 7, 2005

Posted by decode in Fun Stuff, Web Technology.
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I like web comics. Questionable Content and Dinosaur Comics are two of my favorites. And now both of them are searchable (at least in part) over at Oh No Robot. Pretty cool. Hopefully lots of comics will have full-text searching soon.

Heard: Go Sailor November 5, 2005

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Name: Go Sailor
Website: Lookout Records
Reminds me of: The Beach Boys + The Softies
If you listen to only one track, it should be: Together Forever in Love

Doomsday Movie November 4, 2005

Posted by decode in Politics, Sustainability.
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I saw a good movie last night called The End of Suburbia. If you get a chance, you should see it. It talks about how the entirety of suburban life depends heavily on oil, and since almost all the geologists are predicting that global oil production will peak by the year 2020, that’s going to have to change. It was a little too dystopian for my tastes, but it raised a number of interesting points.