Via reddit, a three part documentary called “The Power of Nightmares” on Google video – part 1, part 2 and part 3.

They do adopt a Michael Moore-esque “propaganda against propaganda” style – the imagery is sometimes almost farcically divergent from the narrative but the general views it takes feel consistent, filling in some of the elusive reasons behind things like why G. Bush Snr. stopped before toppling Saddam, while G Bush Jnr went the distance or why Osama bin Laden switched from being “America’s man” to “America’s most wanted”. And portraying the neocons and the islamic fundamentalists as two sides of the same coin is an effective approach.
My conclusion: it’s time to dispell thinking about “the masses” from all discourse – there’s no such thing as a “mass” anyway, and this is always a cover for dangerous, fanatical world views.


From Ruby to Perl?

July 26, 2006

No criticism of the author intended but reading this is a little strange. Ruby itself seems (from second hand sources) about the most inspired by Perl, compared to Python and PHP. I guess there’s a generation swapover happening, Ruby being the choice of the new crowd. Perl is worth learning.
What needs saying is if happen to meet an old Perl programmer, show some respect and, better yet, listen carefully. These guys have a habit of knowing what they’re about – like really knowing what they’re doing – from the days before Universities taught Java.