The famous incident of the

The famous incident of the “Forty-Seven Ronin” of 1702… A minor daimyo, humiliated by a shogunate official, drew his sword within the Edo castle, for which offense he was forced to commit suicide and his domain was confiscated. His retainers, now made “masterless samurai,” disarmed official suspicion by two years of dissolute living but then fulfilled the medieval code of ethics by assassinating the Edo official in vengeance for their lord. The public was thrilled, and the event became Japan’s favorite dramatic theme, but the authorities coldly forced the forty-seven to commit suicide. Law and order triumphed over loyalty.
From Japan: Tradition and Transformation.

Andrew Leonard on Red Hat

Andrew Leonard on Red Hat and VA IPOs (Salon):
If, in the long run, Red Hat and VA Linux never earn a dime, and stockholders start pulling their hair out and analysts begin announcing downgrades, the world in general still stands to benefit immensely. That’s because, right now, companies like Red Hat and VA Linux are substantially increasing the amount of software that belongs to the whole world. Software that solves problems, leverages creativity and intelligence, and, bottom line, is free. The companies may go away, but the software won’t. What we are currently seeing, in essence, is the largest-scale bilking of the “free market” ever perpetrated, for the purpose of creating a common infrastructure of software tools that will be to the lasting benefit of all humanity. Merry Christmas, everyone.

Ok, I think I’ve seen

Ok, I think I’ve seen most of the good ones so here are my top ten movies of the year:

  1. Fight Club
  2. Princess Mononoke
  3. Being John Malkovich
  4. The Phantom Menace
  5. Man on the Moon
  6. American Beauty
  7. Eyes Wide Shut
  8. Three Kings
  9. Run Lola Run
  10. The Winslow Boy

Honorable mentions go to:
Bringing Out the Dead, Sleepy Hollow, The Sixth Sense, The Matrix,
The Blair Witch Project, Hideous Kinky, Summer of Sam, Election, Dick, and
South Park.