Archive for March, 2007

Democracy in action

March 28, 2007

Today I participated in a protest march against the New Zealand government’s “anti-smacking” legislation. Reports on numbers range from 1000 to 2000 people marching on a rainy Christchurch day. I enjoyed it despite getting a little wet. Gary McCormick, who spoke against the legislation, is a favourite of mine for his great humor. It would be truly a tragedy if he doesn’t make it to heaven.

This legislation will basically make any use of force by parents to correct a child into an assault on that child in the eyes of the law. The most stupid piece of legislation I have ever had the misfortune to come across. I seriously consider that any member of parliament who votes for this legislation is defacto unfit for public service. Notwithstanding that around 80% of New Zealand (according to all polls ever publicized on the issue) do not want this legislation, the New Zealand Labour party, the Green party and the Maori party are set to push this through. Even Peter Dunn, the united future leader who warned Labour before the 2005 election he would not tolerate any further “social engineering in private members bills” is slated to vote for the bill. This is despite his own party’s statement that “united future will not be supporting the bill”. The Labour party are refusing to make this a conscience issue despite the obvious clear divide within the country, and are forcing a number of their MPs who would oppose the legislation to vote for it. I hope for the sake of democracy in New Zealand that the politicians will heed the voice of the people.

The christian position should always be defined by the bible. Here are the most pertinent scriptures.

Proverbs 23:13-14

Do not withhold correction from a child,
For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
14 You shall beat him with a rod,
And deliver his soul from hell.

Hebrews 12:7-11

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.


Aidan & Zoe’s new birth

March 23, 2007

Two of my children, Aidan (9) and Zoe (10) were baptized into the church of Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 18.

The Lord provided a beautifully sunny gap in between the rain of the morning and the thunderstorms of the early afternoon for us.

Strange keyboard problem

March 23, 2007

I had a problem in windows where firefox would scroll whenever I moved the mouse. Wierd. Booting up into linux I saw an error message, which some other guy had encountered and resolved. In my case the “keyboard” error was the scroll wheel on my mouse. It was stuck in a depressed state. 🙂

Things found in pursuit of a KDE bug

March 17, 2007

I reported a bug in konqueror, the KDE web browser. The problem was already fixed due to some good work by one of the other “eyeballs” on the web. The surrounding trail leads to an interesting javascript code library, jQuery; and a javascript code packer/obfuscator to boot.

RedHat EL 5 Released

March 16, 2007

A nice writeup from linux format.

Daniel Robbins & Gentoo Linux

March 13, 2007

Having recently returned to Gentoo after a sabbatical at Microsoft, Gentoo founder Daniel Robbins has quickly left Gentoo again.

Following this news item I came across a very interesting insider written by Daniel on creating the Gentoo distro.

Creating a patch in Linux

March 9, 2007

diff -Naur src/old.c src/new.c > old_to_new.patch

And to apply the patch, in the directory above src:

patch -p0 < old_to_new.patch


patch -Np0 -i old_to_new.patch

xdelta and Arch Linux

March 5, 2007

When an Arch Linux package is updated it can be quite a large download to pick up a small point release. For example I have three versions of glibc-2.5 on my system all of which were 10Mb downloads. Some experimentation with xdelta 1.1 shows that the move from glibc-2.5-3 to glibc-2.5-5 which cost 20Mb to download would have been 1Mb using xdelta patches instead.

Perhaps Arch will consider going to an xdelta based system for these minor upgrades?

The Lads

March 4, 2007

We enjoyed “The Lads” band as the supporting act for Rebecca St James a while back. Recently I came across their website which includes a page with a couple of my favourite songs, “creator” and “call my name”.

Studying Genesis

March 2, 2007

In our weekly bible study we are studying the book of Genesis. I have written a study on Genesis 1 & 2.

The purpose of this study is to elaborate on the message of Genesis chapters 1 and 2. My main aim is to interact primarily with the scripture itself, and to bring in cross references where applicable. As part of my study for this work I examined the Greek Old Testament (LXX) translation alongside the English, and occasionally I reference interesting variations from the Hebrew. I do not set out to interact with the arguments or views of others on the message of these chapters, rather I simply try to be faithful in expounding the message that our Lord placed there. I pray that my work will be found faithful to our Lord’s intent in these chapters.