One needs music for healthy hacking, especially in a noisy office. Monotonous, repetitive tunes are especially well suited for this kind of activity. Electronic genres like drum&bass, downtempo, dub and deep house spring to the mind. And the very kings of these are non other than the “Wiener Klassiker” who’ve just turned 16 years old:
Peter Kruder & Richard Dorfmeister
In true Free and Open Source fashion, they have released not one but two albums, freely and legally downloadable in mp3 format from G-Stoned’s website until 16 May. The CDs are in the shops from 17 May:
- 13 F**king New Tracks
- 12 F**king Classics
I’ve just started listening them, they rock… erm… downtemo.
I happened to activate the “Source” repos in Synaptic today and then downloaded the Linux 2.6.28 source code. Just for fun.
I also happened to have a look into CREDITS. It turned out to be an interesting read. It seems Linux comes from the happier parts of the world. Let’s see:
++ I'm proud to announce four Hungarian kernel hackers
++ But the happiest part of the Eastern Block seems to be the Czech Republic
++ The North rocks, or rather hacks (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Canada)
++ The bulk comes from the West (USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy)
++ Eric S. Raymond is there (a.k.a. Master Foo)
++ Japan in da house
++ The Republic of China (Taiwan) beats ...
-- ... the People's Republic of China (only one hacker for 1 billion people)
-- India, just one? Come on! (Even he is Malaysian)
-- Same for Israel. Although I always knew Haifa is the best place there
-- Absolutely zero from Islamic countries.
I have a theory about the effects the “Religion of Peace” has on the human brain. It seems to be confirmed.
The Camel Book has arrived. It does not reach P. G. Wodehouse’s joke density (3 per word), but it’s close. And it’s 1000 pages. So Larry may have beaten Pelham Grenville in the overall joke count.
I’ve ordered the Camel Book. Can’t wait…