8 Mile

Sara and I watched 8 Mile this weekend. It was a pretty decent flick. I think that in the future, all international disputes should be settled with rap battles like in 8 mile. I wish someone would compose some battle raps involving foreign policy and post them in the comments.

Open Letter to All Disenfranchised Writers

As many of you know, the high school paper in our small town of Adrian has been cancelled indefinitely. As a former high school newspaper editor, former Media Law student and journalism grad, I feel that I have a vested interest in this issue, as well as in the lives of these student writers. To these students, I would like to say this:

In high school, I wrote an article about a friend who was killed in an auto accident. I was not willing to compromise my integrity, so I wrote truthfully: the accident was caused by this young man's alcohol consumption. To make a long story even longer, the article was published by a national magazine and I finally saw my name in print. What I didn't know was that several issues of the magazine were sent to my school and distributed. My first byline brought great pride, and also a great amount of personal turmoil. For a few days, I was ostracized by many. Now, for the point of the story:

My high school English teacher, Mrs. Cackley, pulled me aside and shared some words of encouragement. To paraphrase, she said, "Sara, when you decide to write, two things will happen. One, you will open some people's eyes and provide a public service for them. Two, an even greater number of people will hate either what you wrote, you personally, or possibly both. This is a choice you must make. To write, or not to write. I think you should continue to write, and to write for the first group."

This is my challenge to you: Write. If you are truly a writer, you will never be able to keep inside the feelings you have. Writers are more observant than most; it is in their blood. Unfortunately, these observations are often seen as unwanted criticism of established ideas. Forget the people who say that. You owe it to the public, however small the appreciative portion may be, to share your unique view and style with them.

Click below to read my letter to the editor of the town newspaper

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I posted a few days ago about picking a new domain name, and I finally settled on one: personman.com.

I was going to try and fix it up a little before I shared it with the world, but eh.

TechTV, you are dead to me

Maybe you're getting tired of me talking about the way that G4 has messed up the best network and the best show on tv, but I had to post this link: Check out this mp3. Leo Laporte, former host of the Screen Savers and TechTV / ZDTV veteran actually refers to the G4 programming as "garbage." He also predicts that they won't be on the air much longer. I wish it would go off the air so the people responsible for killing TechTV could lose their money. But the network is already dead to me.


I've been learning a new game recently. And by new I mean that the game is 3000 years old. Go is a two player board game originating in China. The rules are pretty simple, but the strategy can get very intense. GoBase.org is a good site for more information, including a good introduction to the rules. This other site has some good interactive lessons (requres Java). I've been playing the game on my Pocket PC and routinely getting my butt kicked, so I'm going through the lessons to see if I can get any better.

Go is known as Weiqi in China, or .

ROTK shipped

Help me pick a domain name

I think I'm going to register a domain name with no-ip.com. I don't have to have a static IP address and it's only $30 a year. But I have to choose a name:

brendoman.com forums ->Vote in the poll

Dave Barry heals the nation

Herald.com | 12/12/2004 | Can't we all just get along?

The nation suffered a wound during the recent presidential election as a result of the rift between the red states -- defined as 'states where `foreign cuisine' pretty much means Pizza Hut'' -- and the blue states, defined as ``states that believe they are smarter than the red states, despite the fact that it takes the average blue-state resident 15 minutes to order a single cup of coffee.

After you read this column, be sure and check out Dave Barry's Gift Guide

wiki wiki

Now I have some actual content on my wiki. I put up a page that describes all of the websites I've made or helped with: Links - PrsnmnWiki. I also wrote a brief introduction to creating a wiki page in the help section. I'd love to see some people make pages and link to them from the wiki's main page. Have fun.

My new webserver, Media Wiki

I'm getting some things added to my new webserver, including a gallery and an installation of Media Wiki. If anyone wants to use this stuff, feel free. I don't have a purpose in mind for the wiki other than testing right now. If you have a bit of web software you want to try, or if you want a Movable Type blog that you can use to test things on, let me know and I can set something up for you. I can also create user account for my friends so they can store things and have their own web space like this: prsnmn.hopto.org/~dan. Since you can telnet in and have a Linux command line interface, it could be a good way to learn a bit about Linux. Let me know if you're interested.

So I'm having fun with Linux and I'm also having a great time at my job. One of our point-to-point T1 connections to a branch bank went down this week. Today I was on the phone with Cisco and I made a loopback cable by cutting an ethernet cable in half, stripping some wires and twisting them together. We were testing the router using hyperterminal to send commands from my laptop. I felt like I was in way over my head, but I'm learning a lot.

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