Gnome and free software under attack

A month ago Gnome was hit by patent troll for developing the Shotwell image management application. They stated:

It’s the first time a free software project has been targeted in this way, but we worry it won’t be the last. Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC offered to let us settle for a high five figure amount, for which they would drop the case and give us a licence to carry on developing Shotwell. This would have been simple to do so; it would have caused less work, cost less money, and provided the Foundation a lot less stress. But it also would be wrong. Agreeing to this would leave this patent live, and allow this to be used as a weapon against countless others. We will stand firm against this baseless attack, not just for GNOME and Shotwell, but for all free and open source software projects.

This is very important cause worthy to fight for. We should support the Gnome Foundation so that patent trolls should never target free software by making a donation to the GNOME Patent Troll Defense Fund.

Varšava

Jesenski odmor smo iskoristili kratkim putovanjem do poljske metropole. Curice nisu bile pretjerano oduševljene jer Varšava ne rangira na visokoj poziciji kad je riječ o popularnim destinacijama, ali Amra i ja smo bili veoma zainteresovani da je istražimo.

Iznenadilo smo se kako je Varšava čista i mirna, iako je puna turista. Amra je bila u gradu poslovno prije petnaestak godina i bukvalno nije mogla prepoznati mnoge dijelove grada. A i kako bi kada smo na svakom ćošku vidjeli gradilišta, dok su mnogobrojne višespratnice uzdizali prema nebu.

Noćni pogled na Varšavu s balkona našeg hotela.

Kada smo tek došli, dočekala nas je gotovo ljetna atmosfera i 23 stepena. Nakon što smo se vozom prebacili od aerodroma da glavne željezničke stanice i dalje do našeg hotela, uhvatila nas je noć, a i glad, pa smo se bacili u potragu za restoranom. Pronašli smo jedan s imenom Shrimp House, a s obzirom da Amra obožava škampe, nije bilo puno oklijevanja.

Gladni u Varšavi

Sljedeći dan smo krenuli u istraživanje grada, pa smo prošetali od hotela do Centralne želj. stanice, a odatle smo se uputili prema fenomalnome gradskom parku Lazienki Park. Osim što je ogroman, zaista je čist i lijepo uređen. U njemu smo vidjeli nekoliko živopisnih jezera, veliko igralište za djecu, dvorac, a tu žive i vjeverice i lisice. Ugođaj sa prekrasnim jesenskim bojama je bio vrhunski.

Lazienki Park

Ubrzo su curice ogladnile pa smo odlučili da pronađemo Halu Koszyki, nekadašnju fabriku u kojoj su danas smješteni mnogobrojni street food restorani i barovi. Nakon dobre gozbe, krenuli smo nazad ka središtu grada. Na Centralnoj stanici nismo uspjeli pronaći autobusnu liniju koja bi nas odvela do Starog grada, pa smo uzeli taksi. Shvatili smo da se u svakom slučaju isplati uzeti taksi u Varšavi, jer uopšte nije skup (3,5 km cca. 25 zlota ili 6 eura).

Stari grad

Kada smo došli u Stari grad, prvo smo se osladili sladoledom, a onda smo prošli kroz grad, uživali u atmosferi, a onda sam odveo cure u Muzej Iluzija u kojem smo se fino zabavili par sati.

Sljedeći dan smo odlučili provesti u šoping centru, da ispunimo želju curama.

Shopping centar Zlote Tarasy na lijevoj strani. Monumentalna Palata Kulture i Nauke na desnoj.

Sve u svemu, iz Varšave smo otišli prekrasnih utisaka i u svakom slučaju bih volio ponovo doći u grad i dodatno ga istražiti jer ima tako puno zanimljivih mjesta.

The Resistance

The English rock band Muse released their fifth album The Resistance in September 2009. I remember that I was pretty impressed with the most of the songs from the album. I just found a piece of paper with apparently my grading of every song from The Resistance. Five stars is the highest mark. The album as a whole scored 4.27/5. No too bad.

The poet Mr. Data

Not a big fan of cats, but Mr. Data’s poem from the episode “Schisms” (s06e05) is just great:

Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature;
Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses
Contribute to your hunting skills and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
A singular development of cat communications
That obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
For a rhythmic stroking of your fur to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
You would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aid in locomotion,
It often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behavior you display
Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

Words when you were born

Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler has created a website where you can select your birth year from the drop-down menu, which will give you a list of words that were presumably used for the first time in print that year.

These words were first used in print in the year when I was born:

body piercing
butterfly effect
couch potato
cosmic background radiation
digital camera
dream catcher
Ebola virus
endorphin
exit poll
meme
pooper-scooper
video card
wannabe
white zinfandel

Epic collection, eh?