Man gets jail for pig-stabbing

Edwin “Louie” Deason got 90 days in jail for stabbing a pet Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.

Prosecutors pinned the crime on Deason solely based on his drunken, belligerent comments to sheriff’s deputies. One deputy testified Deason was covered in blood and had pig feces all over him when he said, “I cut it, so what?”
Assistant State Attorney Cynthia Simpson emphasized that even if slaughtering the pig for a meal, it was not being done quickly and painlessly.

If you think farm animals are slaughtered quickly and painlessly, think again.

Aarrgghh!

Well, there is turmoil here in PlasticLand. On Tuesday I got laid off, then the next day I discovered that my car had been stolen. It’s okay though because I got it back (the car not the job). Anyway, I should have more time to blog when I get my life back into some semblance of order.

War Still Sucks

The Arrogance of Power
Senator Robert Byrd again speaks out against war.

What is happening to this country? When did we become a nation which ignores and berates our friends? When did we decide to risk undermining international order by adopting a radical and doctrinaire approach to using our awesome military might? How can we abandon diplomatic efforts when the turmoil in the world cries out for diplomacy? Why can this President not seem to see that America’s true power lies not in its will to intimidate, but in its ability to inspire?

OSS

Boston Consulting Group is studying how to apply the general lessons of open source software to other businesses.

And what have they discovered? So far the group is focusing on three areas: the way open source takes advantages of networks like the Internet, the influence of the lowered transaction costs that come with these electronic networks, and the motivational factors that inspire thousands of programmers to work on projects for free.

Save Farscape!

Can Farscape fans reinvent TV?

On the one hand, it’s heartening to see the do-it-yourself ethic of the Internet applied to the sick-unto-death broadcasting industry. It’s also sad to reflect that no one even considers involving government agencies — like the Federal Communications Commission or the Federal Trade Commission — that once upon a time were meant to help safeguard the rights of consumers and the public interest in broadcasting.

To me, the most interesting thing about the save Farscape campaign is The Viewer Consortium‘s effort to fund an episode of the series with viewer donations. I pledged $50, and I encourage you to pledge something and see what happens.