Hacker Wisdom

Hackers built the Internet. Most of them don’t break into your computers or send you viruses or spam— cybercriminals do that, and hackers, in general, aren’t malicious. Hackers do neat things, and they like to share what they know with other hackers. Many hackers are programmers, but relatively few programmers are hackers. Hackers are often makers, activists, artists, pranksters, or social engineers. Sometimes hackers are well known, and sometimes they are anonymous. Hackers are passionate.

Experienced hackers are wise.

Hence my latest microblog: Hacker Wisdom

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The Atheist Christmas Carol

I’ve posted this before, but it bears repeating.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.

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Vienna Teng: The Atheist Christmas Carol

It’s the season of grace coming out of the void
Where a man is saved by a voice in the distance
It’s the season of possible miracle cures
Where hope is currency and death is not the last unknown
Where time begins to fade
And age is welcome home

It’s the season of eyes meeting over the noise
And holding fast with sharp realization
It’s the season of cold making warmth a divine intervention
You are safe here you know now

Don’t forget
Don’t forget I love
I love
I love you

It’s the season of scars and of wounds in the heart
Of feeling the full weight of our burdens
It’s the season of bowing our heads in the wind
And knowing we are not alone in fear
Not alone in the dark

Don’t forget
Don’t forget I love
I love
I love you

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Five from Philip Jeays

Philip Jeays’ songs are by turns bitter, funny, sad, and touching. His web site has more songs and downloadable MP3s.

Death Bed

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Oh To Be a God

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Seven Signs of Ageing

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Love and Marriage

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We Can Fly

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The Joy of Patter

All my life I’ve loved and collected songs that have quick, intelligent, and tongue-twisty lyrics. Back in 2005 I even started a thread on Ask Metafilter requesting recommendations for such songs. But I only recently learned that this style of lyricism has a name: the patter song. Here is a selection of patter songs old and new on YouTube. All are safe for work and fun for kids.

I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General — Pirates of Penzance

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Rock Island — The Music Man

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Hardware Store — Weird Al Yankovic

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Pinch Me — Barenaked Ladies

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The Name Game — Shirley Ellis
Mad Dogs and Englishmen — Noel Coward
One Week — Barenaked Ladies
The Elements — Tom Lehrer
Yakko’s World — Animaniacs
The Presidents — Animaniacs
State Capitols — Animaniacs
Be Careful What You Eat — Animaniacs
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious — Mary Poppins
It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) — R.E.M.
• We Didn’t Start the Fire — Billy Joel [official vid] [slide show]
Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) — Reunion

More? Here is Wikipedia’s list of patter songs.

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