In Honor of National Poetry Month

When I have Fears that I may Cease to Be

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love;–then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

John Keats

One of the most romantic poets IMHO.

Markets in Everything

An Australian computer scientist has devised software based on game theory to divide up property of a couple when they divorce in the best way for both parties based on their interests. This has to be better than divorce court.

Homeland Security Remains a Joke

It’s hard to take the Department of Homeland Security seriously when the deputy press secretary of DHS is arrested for solicitiing a minor. This is just too much. It reminds me of the movie Mars Attacks where the VP (Martin Short) goes around picking up hookers and showing them the White House. Un-fucking-believable.

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More Expensive, Less Service and No Flexibility? Sign me up!

Heard about MovieLink? It’s this great new service where you can download movies if you like to pay twice as much as you would for DVDs, to not be able to play them on your TV because your DVD player won’t recognize the format, to only be able to play them on a limited number of computers (do people really watch movies on computers?) and to generally get screwed.

On top of that, the site doesn’t support Firefox or Netscape. Who thought this was a good business idea? I can’t think of one thing good about this. This sounds like something that just wasn’t even close to ready for prime time and they rolled it out anyway. Maybe the economy is turning around if business ideas like this can get funding.

Ennis Protesters Barred From Prom

I’m not sure this is the best way to encourage kids to get involved in civic activities. While I’m not completely sympathetic with what they were protesting, it seems a bit heavy handed to suspend students for exercising their right to organize. Granted, the rules were fairly clear and they broke them. However, in an age with increasing apathy and disinterest in the polictical process, what message does it send when students are suspended and barred from their senior prom for standing up for something they believe?

This seems like a typical bureaucratic overreaction to a situation someone was unprepared to handle.