Wednesday, June 11, 2003
I heard a teacher read Kahlil Gibran's On Children to many parents. Thankfully, the complete piece is available on the web...
Kahlil Gibran On Children -- "You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in you dreams."
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Review of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything -- "Bill Bryson's latest tome, A Short History of Nearly Everything, delivers exactly what the title suggests, beginning with the origin of the universe and the anatomy of an atom all the way through the often curious and catty natural sciences to the origins of mankind. It's nothing short of a miracle that we're even here, Bryson tells us." [more]
Review of Nadine Gordimer's Loot -- "Nadine Gordimer has been part of South Africa's literary landscape for 50 years. There are two aspects of her work which intrigue me particularly. One, more often discussed than the other, is her close reading of the society in which she has lived. The other, less often discussed, is her sensuality. Her new collection of 10 short pieces, dedicated to her beloved husband Reinhold who died 18 months ago, demonstrates both aspects very clearly." [more]
In Star of the Sea, Joseph O'Connor suggests that we can tolerate pain and suffering around us. What do you think? Are we that insensitive...?
The Wireless-Security Balancing Act -- "Wireless LANs have been billed as the great security wasteland. But thanks to the 802.11b Wi-Fi community's frenetic activity in the last year, an abundance of good security choices now exist, with more on the way."
Cisco Beefs Up Wireless Security --"Cisco has extended its network security framework to support wireless networks."
Monday, June 9, 2003
Internet calls to challenge telephone companies -- "Over time, VoIP is going to be a problem for the telephone industry as now constituted, because it's an obvious substitute. So we can expect elements of the telecommunications industry to look for government help -- that is, they'll probably try to regulate VoIP competitors out of existence, or capture control over it somehow. That would be a terrible outcome for the rest of us."
Most of the schools in the Philippines will begin classes on June 16, while others begin today. You can almost see it in the eyes of kids -- summer is over. Adi tries to put up a brave front even though he knows there'll be some serious curbing of TV-time, but I guess it helps that he does enjoy school. To some extent. Heh. [more]