Did I mention I bought a laptop? A nice HP Pavilion dv6500 w/ an AMD 64 Athlon X2 processor. I’ve got it running Ubuntu and Windows XP, but mostly I’m using Ubuntu. I had to hack around and compile/configure the correct driver for my wifi and sound card, but I’ve got the hardware all sorted out now. I’m working on getting the system setup to be a good development machine for me.

So far I’ve installed Perl, Python, and Ruby on Rails. Over the weekend I’ll get PHP installed and also set up an Apache webserver and MySQL for testing purposes. Oh, the fun I’ll have!

I’m staying busy lately aside from work. The English-language practice on Mondays is dying off because nobody comes, but I’m still going to Bible study/potluck on Wednesday nights. Friday nights I’ve had assorted activities; a couple weekends ago I hung out w/ a couple of guys from SaturdayHouse. Tomorrow I’ll be heading to a gathering of “Seattle Tweeters” — Seattle users of Twitter — because a girl I met last Saturday (at SaturdayHouse/Six Hour Startup) invited me to come since I’ve been using Twitter a lot and messaging her and some other SH people on there.

Plus, coming up in March… a party for Battlestar Galactica. Oh yeah!

I’ve found community. I love it.

Homeschool vs. Not

Jake’s got a couple posts (first, second) about a bill in the Nebraska State Legislature, LB 1141. According to Jake:

From a quick read, what I gather is that his new bill would require students in unaccredited school situations (read: home-school) to be tested on an annual basis at the parents’ expense in order to ensure adequate progress is being made. If not, parents can be required to enroll their students in a public school.

I don’t really have a lot to add, but if this is something you’ve ever heard debates about it’s worth looking at his posts.

Ann Coulter for Hillary

YouTube Preview ImageAnn Coulter for Hillary: segment from Hannity and Colmes

I’m not exactly thrilled about McCain taking the Republican nomination, either. Huckabee still has a shot, but his policies don’t seem well defined if even existent and I’m not sure what he’s got going for him other than a good personality and some Baptist fire.

Obama makes good speeches. Inspiring speeches. I don’t agree with all his policies, but with all his campaign’s focus on hope he manages to generate some. I’d like to have hope. I’d like to believe Obama can bring the change America needs.

With politicians, it’s always safe to be skeptical. Then when things go wrong later, you won’t be disappointed.