[conspire] Impending CABAL meeting. Ubuntu release. Off-topic forwarded msg.

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Jun 7 22:11:55 PDT 2006

Seeing that the forwarded post is entirely off-topic (albeit believed 
inoffensive), I'll add:

I've burned CDs of Ubuntu v. 6.06 Dapper Drake (both Desktop and
Alternate CDs) for i386 _and_ AMD64, for 

o  Ubuntu (GNOME flavour)
o  Kubuntu (KDE flavour)

Mostly because of my G3 iBook, I've also burned "Xubuntu" (Xfce flavour) 
disks, again both Desktop and Alternate, for PowerPC.

"Desktop" is a Live CD disk image.  It includes an optional, slick, 
new GUI installer program, with some limitations.

"Alternate" boots into the traditional ncurses-based installer program
Ubuntu borrowed from Debian.

CABAL meets _this Saturday_!  (There is less cardboard, which is good
news because mosquito season is getting started in earnest.)

----- Forwarded message from Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> -----

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2006 21:50:54 -0700
To: tag at lists.linuxgazette.net
From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
Reply-To: The Answer Gang <tag at lists.linuxgazette.net>
Subject: [TAG] OT: Too darned much democracy

Chez Moen is in the middle of a polity (Estados Unidos de Norte America)
that just had a minor election.  Taxonomically, we're in:

   [no city]
   County of San Mateo  <- a corporation established by the state
   State of California  <- smallest sovereign entity in this stack
      voting precinct #3402
   BushCo Empire (or whatever it's called, these days)

...plus six miscellaneous special districts, each with its own tax

For a while, I've felt sheepish over _not knowing_ all the governmental
bodies I'm asked to vote on, what offices exist, what their terms of
office and expirations are, etc.  So, I decided to fix that, for my
household with this reference page:


Prepended at the top of the page is a quick-reference list of emergency 
contact telephone numbers, of various sorts.  Please ignore that.
(That's the part that's printed out and taped to the wall of the
kitchen.  No, I _don't_ expect people to fire up Firefox following a
major earthquake.)

Having completed this labour, I'm struck by a couple of things:

1.  That's a very large number of people to vote on.  Ye gods!
    The American mania for voting on everything yet lives.

2.  Notice the ethnic diversity among surnames:  Chinese, Hispanics, 
    Irishmen, Scandinavians, Slavs, Frenchmen, Scots, Assyrians, 
    Armenians, Japanese, Englishmen, Italians, Germans (and one noted 
    ex-Austrian), Welshmen, Jews.

I have no larger point, but, for those of you who live in distant parts
of the world, my page might be of anthropological interest.  ;->

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