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You can look at my home page for more information, but the short answer is that I'm a dilettante who likes thinking about a variety of subjects. I like to think of myself as a systems-level thinker, more concerned with the big picture than with the details. Current interests include politics, community formation, and social interface design. Plus books, of course.

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Sat, 11 Dec 2004

Interesting discussion
Dave Policar has been having some interesting discussions over on his journal about religion and politics, thinking about some of the same issues I've been struggling with. The comments and discussion on yesterday's post were particularly interesting. Several people including myself got involved with a variety of viewpoints. There are some really tangled issues here which could use quite a bit of thinking about. We need more fora where people have such discussions, where they can take out their assumptions and look at them with a more critical eye. Reading and commenting on the discussion definitely helped me clarify some of my gut reactions. So take a look. And tell me where to find more such fora.

posted at: 10:39 by Eric Nehrlich | path: /rants/politics | permanent link to this entry | Comment on livejournal

New laptop
So my laptop finally came yesterday. I had to make one more phone call this morning, because they only refunded the bogus shipping charges when it shipped, and forgot to refund me the $25 for the coupon that they first accepted, and then denied. But they agreed to do that after leaving me on hold for 15 minutes. Wankers.

I like the laptop, though. I got my wireless network set up last night with astonishing ease. Pull the thing out of the box, hook it up, change a few settings, and boom, I have wireless. For those of you with wireless networks, do you use WEP? I set mine up with that, mostly because I figured some security is better than none, but I don't really know anything. And, hey, now I can have houseguests that won't scorn my lack of wireless!

I got all of my files transferred over this morning, and I'm happily typing away while lying on the couch. Life just became even more indolent. Whee!

posted at: 10:33 by Eric Nehrlich | path: /journal | permanent link to this entry | Comment on livejournal