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Friday, August 16, 2002
This is too funny

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Tuesday, August 13, 2002
More on the anonymity thing

The 'Demosthenes' who prompted the anti-anonymity screed by Steven Den Beste has posted a reply to it, and it has already been Instapundited!

Monday, August 12, 2002
On anonymity

Steven Den Beste rants against anonymous bloggin on 'important' subjects on his USS Clueless page, which I usually like very much. He claims that it is cowardly to hide behind a pseudonym, because if you want to have (strong) opinions, you shouldn't be afraid of the social consequences. I dissagree with this. I'd like him to tell that to the people in Iran or Saudi Arabia who blog anonymously. Should they just 'pay the price', as he puts it?
Granted, in the West the price of expressing your opinon probably isn't as high as in other parts of the world, but there are more than enough bigots, loonies and 'well-meaning' friends to make life miserable for those with a differing opinion. What if your boss dislikes gays and doesn't know you're one? Should he be able to find out via your blog? What if you risk losing friends over, say, the abortion debate because they're totally opposed to your point of view?
I'm certain there are many more examples like this. And anyhow, how can we be sure 'Steven Den Beste' is not a clever pseudonym anyway?

Italy rant

My vacation together with my girlfriend in Italy was terrific, but I still need to vent a bit about Italian roadside signs. They're terrible! I've had it happen countless times that I wanted to follow a sign, but I could only read it when I should already have chosen my lane. And no, my vision is not terrible, and I don't need glasses. The signs are just too damn small, and placed at intersections instead of a bit before them where you could actually read them in time. Oh, well, at least I got to take a number of 'scenic detours' because of this. And boy, they sure have some scenery over there!


Those ten days proved to be a bit longer, because I also spent nine days in northern Italy and didn't have a chance to update the blog in between those two vacations. Anyway, regular blogging should resume from now on. And, having spent all my remaining vacation days for the year, I suppose I will have loads of opportunities to blog from work...