Here's What You Should Think

This seems especially fitting right now…


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream and not make dreams your master,
If you can think and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
– Rudyard Kipling

Here's What You Should Think, Tech

It’s Just “wired magazine” Now

Effective with this sentence, I, Chris Finke, will no longer capitalize the “W” and “M” in wired magazine.

At the same time, Wired News becomes wired news.

Why? The simple answer is because there is no earthly reason to capitalize any of these words. Actually, there never was.

True believers are fond of capitalizing words, whether they be marketers or political junkies or, in this case, techies. If It’s Capitalized, It Must Be Important. In German, where all nouns are capitalized, it makes sense. It makes no sense in English. So until it becomes Die Wired Nachrichten, I’ll just follow customary English-language usage.

Still, the decision wasn’t made lightly. Style changes are rarely capricious, since change plays havoc with my sacred cow, consistency.

But in the case of wired magazine, wired, and wired news, a change in my writing style was necessary to put into perspective what wired magazine is: another medium for delivering and receiving information. That it transformed human communication is beyond dispute. But no more so than moveable type did in its day. Or the radio. Or television.

This should not be interpreted as some kind of symbolic demotion. Think of it more as a stylistic reality check.

But now, by lowercasing wired, wired magazine, and wired news, I, Chris Finke, am simply giving the medium its proper due.

Chris Finke is an Internet user, a Web surfer, and an e-mail sender.

Here's What You Should Think, Politics

Common Sense and Logic for President in 2020

In case I forget, here’s my platform for when I run for President in 2020:

  • The metric system: we should use it. All measurements must be have metric equivalents listed by the end of my first term. The U.S. will be metric-only by the end of my second term.
  • College textbook prices: they’re ridiculous. A cap of $.10 per page will be placed on all textbooks; none of this $ 120 for a 250 page book on hamster psychology.
  • Vehicle mileage. Under my administration, it will be illegal to sell a consumer vehicle (ie. not applicable to semis, U-Hauls, etc.) that gets less than 30 mpg. Electricity is here; let’s use it.
  • Broadband Internet for everybody: all libraries and schools will have government-provided broadband Internet access and current computer hardware.
  • Television stations will be required to have their average volume set at a standard level. The volume buttons on my remote don’t work so well, and I’m tired of leaning in to hear one channel and having my eardrums blown by the next channel.
  • Bike lanes will be mandatory on all roads on public University campuses. I’m sick of almost getting mowed down on Washington Avenue just because I can’t bike on the sidewalk.
  • In order to receive welfare, government-subsidized student loans, or any other sort of federal cash, the recipient must have voted in the last federal election. If they were not old enough to vote, they must at least be currently registered.

If we can focus on and achieve these goals, the U.S. will be a better place. Admit it; you agree with me.

Here's What You Should Think

Fahrenheit 9/11: Film Disguised as Crap, or Vice Versa?

I just watched Michael Moore’s new film, Fahrenheit 9/11. I can honestly say that it is the worst movie I have ever seen. I don’t mean that it was bad like uninteresting; I mean it was bad like just bad. Poorly written, poorly produced, and poorly conceived. It is just plain boring. This is coming from someone who spends hours every day reading technical and news-related information; I don’t need a $200 million blockbuster to keep my attention. It seems less like Moore is trying to inform, and more like he is trying to wage his revenge on Bush for Bush’s comment that Moore should “get a real job.”

anyInventory, Here's What You Should Think

Results – They Keep Going, and Going, and Going…

A couple days ago when I started keeping track of how many results Google returned for “anyinventory”, the total stood at 99. Today, 4 days later, we’re up to 420. This is mostly due to the announcement of 1.7.1 being posted to the front page of SourceForge, but there’s a couple sites linking independently. No interesting links today though, sorry.

Update: I am no longer involved in the development of anyInventory.