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I have been thinking of the relevance of the Pirate party and Veblens farm, so now that this has gone slightly off-topic anyway I will introduce it with my latest Pirate-diary. If you prefer to read in proper order, the links to earlier Pirate-diarys are at the bottom of this diary.

I do not know if you were around when I wrote them, but anyway we are a political party with a core constituency of computer geeks. And we are more or less treating the politics as a system we are trying to hack.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Mar 18th, 2007 at 07:56:18 PM EST
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I have a cousin who was studying physics at Tulsa--a BIG school for scientists needed to find oil, so physics is taught as a serious job-related skill.  As I explained a little of the producer / predator dichotomy as manifest in the differentiation between the Technology and Liberal Arts schools, he tells me of the night his buddies organized a cross-campus raid on the liberal arts school.  "It was a simple matter of wanting to apply standard tests for the presence of intelligent life," he explained.

So I think I understand your Pirate party.  I have often wished some hackers would cancel third-world debt or some other computer "crime" that would benefit humanity.


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by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Mon Mar 19th, 2007 at 02:28:59 AM EST
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