5 Things

by Robert Cooper

Since Josh asked:

1. I agree with Hani on the whole 5 things meme.

2. I once wrote a templating system called Rectal Gloves, featuring the Rectal Gloves Encapsulation Language, or Rectal-GEL. It became a running theme.

3. I am a complete flaming liberal, and I think nuclear power is a good idea. I think the reactionary hippies make me ill, and given suspension and pebble bed reactor technology, I think the fact that people are still so violently opposed to nuclear power is heinously short sighted. And the people around Yucca Mountain can just deal with it.

4. In one of those classic southern ways, I am related to nearly everyone in Trigg County Kentucky.

5. I don't forward meatloaf. Ever.

13 Comments

Aaron
2007-01-08 12:14:58
This is the single strangest thing I've ever read on a tech blog. Are you ill man?
cooper
2007-01-08 12:22:57
That assertion has been made many times. :)
James
2007-01-08 13:51:28
The anti-nuclear hippie crowd is a largely nothing more than a well-established straw man. The number of people who oppose nuclear power is actually very small, those who care enough about it to act even smaller, thus their political clout is almost non-existent.


Those entities who currently reap great financial rewards from the current system are the ones at whom the daggers should be directed.

cooper
2007-01-08 14:18:22
The anti-nuclear hippie crowd is a largely nothing more than a well-established straw man. The number of people who oppose nuclear power is actually very small, those who care enough about it to act even smaller, thus their political clout is almost non-existent.

There is likely more truth to that than not. However, if you stand around a bunch of self-identified environmentalists and mention that one of the best options we have to reduce carbon emissions in the reasonably near term is nuclear energy, you can expect a good stoning. I think a lot of people can look at a VIC-20 and a Mac Pro and see the difference 30 years of technological progress makes, but nobody applies that to what a modern nuclear facility is like. Indeed, the new initiated thorium reactors can even be run on the waste products from the old reactors, reducing the threat our old radiological materials pose. Nevermind the fact they literally can't "melt down".


As someone who leans pretty far to the left in almost all political areas, it makes me sick when "my" side tends to view an issue in entirely reactionary terms.

Joe Attardi
2007-01-08 14:27:26
So if you agree with Hani, why are you helping perpetuate this irritating meme?
JD Evora
2007-01-09 01:32:32
nuclear power is a big risk right now, but another issue is what do you use for power the plans:


From:http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,1978786,00.html


The biggest producers of uranium are Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia and there is thought to be up to 70 years of supply left at present consumption rates.

Henrik
2007-01-09 05:02:35
I take it Java has ceased to be an interesting topic...

2007-01-09 13:57:15
The anti-nuclear hippie crowd is a largely nothing more than a well-established straw man. The number of people who oppose nuclear power is actually very small, those who care enough about it to act even smaller, thus their political clout is almost non-existent.


You can teel that to North Korea...

Anonymous
2007-01-10 11:38:28
I've been wondering for a while, why I keep ONJava in my RSS feeds. There's never much happening and when it does, it's usually pretty lame. I guess this makes removing it a pretty simple choice. Please let your editor know that straying from the topic into your personal demons is costing readers.
HappyHippo
2007-01-11 15:39:03
in contrast to Mr. Anonymous 2nd, I like the site, even though I like java.net more. But this post let me think of visiting more times, just because the post is really ... funny.
Thanks.
Willem
2007-01-12 02:27:01
Does this blog have any relevance whatsoever to anyone?
kyle91
2007-10-29 06:46:25
u r homo
Anton
2007-11-01 19:22:50
I couldnt agree more with you on #3.Those die-hard opponents of all things nuclear are just a bunch of ill-informed, unscientific hippie faggots who's time has come and gone. I REALLY hope those losers are in the minority and its time to STOP allowing their propaganda dictate energy policy.