Isqua Istari

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Starship Log: 017

Posted in Starship Log by Ziggy Wednesday June 15, 2011 at 10:43

The mission is going forward! The whole maintenance team spent the day re-tuning the drive nodes for orbital insertion. I had a bit of trouble with the doors; It seems they recognized my crew ID and went into high-security mode. I had to get Dirk to clear me for access. Not sure why security is such an issue; I’d feel safer if everything was unlocked.

Lunch in the arbor was pleasant. Cathy and Don spent most of it talking about possible alien pathogens and how they could be counteracted. As far as I can tell Cathy prefers inoculation while Don supports designed counter-predators. I’m just hoping that there aren’t any bugs to begin with.

As I was writing this log, the service fee came in for having lunch served in a non-standard public area. Figures there’s a reason no-one else is doing it. It’s not prohibitive though, and the arbors are really pretty. It reminds me of my mom’s garden back on Shohs. Still though, I can visit after hours without incurring fees. Why are there fees anyhow? It’s not like the bots are doing anything in their free time.

Bastiat’s Ideal First Speech of Office

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Monday June 13, 2011 at 13:16

I’ve been reading through the writings of Fredric Bastiat. There are so many great statements in there, and whenever I find one I want to tell everyone. My resistance to quoting him has been waning, and it finally snapped today.

Although he states a very specific case, I believe this is his idealization of the speech that any government official should make, from the heart, on taking office. From Economic Harmonies by Frederic Bastiat:

“We have tried so many things; when shall we try the simplest of all: freedom? Freedom in all our acts that do not offend justice; freedom to live, to develop, to improve; the free exercise of our faculties; the free exchange of our services. What a fine and solemn spectacle it would have been had the government brought to power by the February Revolution spoken thus to the citizens:


Dinas Dwr

Posted in Other by Ziggy Friday June 3, 2011 at 16:00

So I’ve wanted to live on the ocean for a while now. The reasons are complicated, but it involves adventure, freedom, opportunity, ingenuity, and a bit of the “pioneer spirit.”

Anyway, I put up a site, that has some of my ideas on it. Right now it’s mostly a placeholder, but if you’re interested you can read it there. Then, if you’re still interested, you can post comments here.

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