[UFO Chicago] Meeting Notes: MUAs, Bill Joy and the Future

Brian Sobolak brian at planetshwoop.com
Fri Aug 29 08:54:43 PDT 2008

First, per our discussion of "all MUAs suck", I am giving pine a spin 
again.  Took me awhile to figure it out since they don't distribute binary 
packages and the alternative, 'alpine', was listed as alpha quality.  But 
it's fun to use pine again.

Second, the book I was discussing was Next: The Future Just Happened by 
Michael Lewis.


The last chapter was the most interesting one -- where he discusses the 
idea of 'colonizing the future' and quotes Bill Joy quoting the Unabomber.

It's quotes like this that made me enjoy the book because there's a 
simplicity to it *and* it's an idea worth considering:

"The only thing capitalism cannot survive is stability. Stability -- true 
stability -- is an absence of progress, and a dearth of new wealth."

There's lots more quotes like that.

The first 3/4 of the book is decent, but I really liked the last chapter. 
It is cumulative, so it helps to read the rest of it, but I read the whole 
thing in a few hours; it's fast reading.


Brian Sobolak
brian at planetshwoop.com

If you print it on the side of your backhoe, it must be true.

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