Xmas Xultations!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2005-12-25 22:40

I am writing this at lunch-time, Friday December 23 in New Zealand. A preposterously dark sky is being lit up by lightning flashes. Thunderclaps rend the air, and it's raining at a rate that would startle even Noah.

It's been that kind of year for SOLO!

The sun came out for SOLOC 4. Galt, did it blaze! Then, thunder and lightning, rain and more rain ... and weather-weary dejection.

I'm not going to look back on the year and pretend that it was not a great one!

Painful, yes ... excruciatingly so. But great.

How so?

The Credo speaks of sincerity, of the rejection of mind-games, of saying what one means and meaning what one says. It speaks to the "rationally exuberant and exuberantly rational." It disdains the reason/passion dichotomy. It is my provisional assessment that the floods have cleansed SOLO of those who embrace such a dichotomy. In particular, the especially pernicious notion that evil substance may be overlooked if the style is "good" (meaning "tempered") has been purged. Vileness can no longer expect to be applauded just because it is expressed politely.

Recent Comments:
Merry Christmas — by Marcus on Sat, 2005-12-24 19:56
Congrats — by sjw on Fri, 2005-12-23 22:36
Three cheers for loafing Linz! — by Joe Idoni on Fri, 2005-12-23 13:24

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Season's Greetings

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2005-12-22 20:22
Season's Greetings

Happy Holidays!

Recent Comments:
Happy Holidays! — by sciabarra on Fri, 2005-12-23 11:14
Jeez, Joe, are you taking — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2005-12-23 06:28
Finals — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2005-12-23 03:41

Jimmy Wales

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Submitted by Ciro D Agostino on Thu, 2005-12-22 16:16

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Wales

I wonder why on the English version of wikipedia it is not mentioned that Wales is an objectivist,while on the italian version it is  mentioned that he is an objectivist, and also that he was the moderator of an objectivist mailing-list forum.

He has a daugther named Kira!

Are people afraid to say that are onjectivists once they become famous?

 

CD

Recent Comments:
 I think he simply wants to — by Ciro D Agostino on Fri, 2005-12-23 21:04
Jimmy Wales — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2005-12-23 16:09

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We Three Kongs

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Submitted by Ed Hudgins on Thu, 2005-12-22 14:41

Let's have a discussion about New Zealand's latest great export, after Linz, of course! By the way, which role did he play in the new Kong movie? -- Ed Hudgins

Link from TOC/TAS website
http://www.objectivistcenter.o...

The article:
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We Three Kongs.
By Edward Hudgins

If art holds a mirror to reality, the original 1933 King Kong, the 1976 remake and the latest version by Peter Jackson, show a culture that swung from a romantic optimism to cynicism and now perhaps is returning to a healthier sense of life.

The original Kong very much reflected the values of its maker, Merian C. Cooper.

Recent Comments:
I agree with Marcus — by Ed on Tue, 2005-12-27 23:20
Marcus -- Glad you liked the — by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2005-12-24 23:01
Kong too long — by Marcus on Sat, 2005-12-24 20:33

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Beer

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Submitted by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2005-12-22 03:48

Since there has been recent interest here in beer, and since I'm the leader of SOLO Thrust, I decided to search out some internet information about beer. I did not get far when I stumbled upon this we

Recent Comments:
Jeff is right — by Kenny on Wed, 2006-08-30 17:42
Drink Locally Is Right — by jriggenbach on Tue, 2006-08-29 22:14
Think globally, drink locally. — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-08-29 20:57

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Aussie adman says Merry Xmas, and pull your socks up

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2005-12-21 21:07

A Christmas message from plain-talking Australian ad-man Sam Kikovich, a man whose ads have sold "shitloads of Australian lamb."

"Frankly," he says, "bad ads are un-Australian." Smiling

Watch Quicktime here.

Recent Comments:
hehe — by Joe Idoni on Fri, 2005-12-23 13:00

Silent Night

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Submitted by Derek McGovern on Wed, 2005-12-21 12:20

This is a cut & paste job from the forum of the world's greatest tenor (Mario Lanza Forum), but I'm sure the poster in question won't mind this festive indulgence!:

Recent Comments:
Pretty good, huh? — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2005-12-25 05:19
by Mario Lanza"My Suppressed — by Ciro D Agostino on Sat, 2005-12-24 02:10
Stille nacht, heilige nacht — by Robert on Wed, 2005-12-21 14:06

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Machan's Musings - Federal Judge Dictates Content of Biology Course

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Submitted by removed on Wed, 2005-12-21 06:02

Here you have it, the result of government education: Academic freedom is dead—a federal judge decided what Pennsylvania teachers may teach in biology classes.

As MSNBC reports, “The Dover [PA] Area School Board violated the Constitution when it ordered that its biology curriculum must include ‘intelligent design,’ the notion that life on Earth was produced by an unidentified intelligent cause, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III ruled.” No, I do not believe Intelligent Design makes sense—you need to have a brain to design anything intelligently or otherwise, and since Intelligent Design is supposed to have created brains, the idea is viciously circular.

Recent Comments:
No disagreement — by removed on Fri, 2005-12-23 15:27
Truth in Teaching — by AdamReed on Fri, 2005-12-23 07:48
AF again — by removed on Thu, 2005-12-22 23:55

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Ayn-Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher

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Submitted by Erika Holzer on Wed, 2005-12-21 01:50

“Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher,” by Erika Holzer. Madison Press, 2005, 303 pages.

Reviewed by Stephen Cox

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was her generation’s largest influence on libertarian thought. She was also a powerful novelist and a king-sized American personality. In this year of Rand’s centennial, many of her friends and acquaintances are communicating their memories of her. I think it’s especially fitting that Erika Holzer, herself a novelist (“Double Crossing,” 1983, and “Eye for an Eye,” 1994), has contributed a memoir of Rand as a writing teacher. To tell the truth, I am on record as one of the many people who urged Holzer to do it.


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Clapton on Robert Johnson: In the flow

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2005-12-20 18:42

What an odd mix is Eric Clapton. A reserved, almost donnish Englishman, and still one of the world's great guitar heroes. Born and raised far from Mississippi or Chicago, yet he wields unquestionably one of the finest blues guitars the world has heard.

And he understands the psychology of creativity too, about which more below.

Recent Comments:
Mvardoulis — by HWH on Sun, 2007-06-17 03:14
Most definitely. — by Prima Donna on Wed, 2007-06-13 19:02
No tangent — by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2007-06-13 04:42

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In Good Company

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Mon, 2005-12-19 20:39

So I watched this movie last night entitled "In Good Company" and honestly I can only remember one portion of it. At the climax of the movie, the father character stood against the CEO known as Teddy K. and gave an empassioned speech regarding the treatment of people as people and not as objects. He continued to comment on 'bottom-line' thinking and how that affects morale.

I have often heard commentary from my own employees, although rarely so passionate. And honestly, I can't say that I disagree. But I suspect that my motivation is slightly different.

In my company, and I suspect many others, I'm often faced with the decision between how to keep people happy and satisfied in their job and my own responsibility to complete projects within the designated budget. I of course work for me, but as a result I produce for the company and that is why they keep me employed.


R. W. "Bill" Bradford, RIP

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Submitted by jriggenbach on Mon, 2005-12-19 19:35

I received the following e-mail about twenty minutes ago:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dear friends,

I am grieved to tell you that R.W. Bradford, founder of "Liberty," died
on Thursday, December 8, at his home in Port Townsend, Washington. He
was 58 and had fought heroically against cancer for many months.

Bill was surrounded by friends and family, and by the good wishes of his
many friends throughout the world.

An upcoming issue of "Liberty" will feature a commemoration of Bill's
life. His work will continue.

Stephen Cox
For "Liberty"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Stephen Cox, professor of English at the University of California at San

Recent Comments:
Bill — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2005-12-19 03:04
"Bill initiated an — by milesian on Mon, 2005-12-19 01:04
I worked for RWB — by algernonsidney on Sun, 2005-12-18 23:47

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The social implications of fuzzy-facedness

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Mon, 2005-12-19 10:03

I'm growing a beard.

The first comment I received about this personal statement was from my girlfriend. It went something like this, "You look great either way, but you look better with it trimmed."

Well I'll be damned. You see, I don't understand where this began, but I'm pretty sure where it will end. This sort of social convention is completely baffling to me. Do people think that my unwillingness to shave makes me a lazy person? Or maybe having my face hidden (naturally, I might add) makes me dishonest?

Well I say screw that. Shaving is a serious pain in the neck. And if anyone can disagree with this, then I invite them to step up. I won't even limit this to men since women have just as much of a difficult time shaving their legs (although they may argue this point).

Recent Comments:
Damn apostrophe's — by Joe Idoni on Thu, 2005-12-22 16:41
Priorities — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2005-12-22 09:10
Damnit! — by Joe Idoni on Wed, 2005-12-21 10:43

Ahh

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Submitted by Joe Idoni on Sun, 2005-12-18 23:03

Well it seems that there is either no one in Maryland except myself -or- no one wants to go bowling. I can't imagine that it's the latter Smiling, so until someone steps up to coordinate for other areas, I would like to invite the Washingtonians and Virginians to speak up! I know you're out there.... If there is just one, then I will immediately set a recurring meeting date.

And I promise that bowling will not be involved.

Idoni

Recent Comments:
The congratulations should — by Tim S on Wed, 2005-12-21 09:59
Damn Rght — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2005-12-20 22:38
SOLO-UK — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2005-12-20 20:16

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This week's best from the blog that's 'Not PC'

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2005-12-18 21:58

Here's your chance to catch up on some of the best posts from PC's blog this week, and to send this link of the week's best to everyone you've ever met.


Friend of a Friend

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Submitted by Marty on Sat, 2005-12-17 10:25

 

It mattered that he lived and died -

A wild, kicking stallion,

Who lusted, laughed, defied and cried

He roared like a battalion.

 

Friend he was to a friend of mine -

A rock! a tower! giant of a man!

In a flash, he lost life number nine

But he left a trophy in the race he ran  

Of wisdom and warmth, of dance and song

Of memories, legends, wise words to impart.

His scroll unfurls in a banner so long

Writ with his soul and sealed with his heart.

 

Soar to the stars, friend of my friend

Recent Comments:
Art — by Marty on Wed, 2005-12-21 09:26
This is beautiful Marty. — by Tim S on Tue, 2005-12-20 10:13

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Discussion And Knowledge: A Case From The Philosophy Of Law

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sat, 2005-12-17 02:55

One of my favorite quotations was from Nikola Tesla: "Be alone - that is how ideas are born." And then I learned from experience that ideas are often born from and refined by discussion. Like most people here, I first joined Internet (then usenet) discussions for social interaction, and to get questions answered by people who had information that I didn't have. But I soon discovered that if I kept my mind open to hints, discussions often led to solutions I could not have arrived at, sometimes as quickly and sometimes at all, by being alone.

A recent discussion here on SOLO makes a good case study in how this process works. Ayn Rand did not develop a philosophy of law as such, but her occasional statements in this area indicate that she considered it a fertile field for the application of Objectivist epistemology, ethics and politics. In particular, her position on the conditions for ethical application of the death penalty, as published in The Objectivist Newsletter, appeared to be a good starting point for understanding the epistemological underpinnings of rational and ethical decisions in the area of criminal justice.

Recent Comments:
Aloneness does not mean — by Robert Malcom on Mon, 2005-12-19 18:27
A different approach — by sjw on Sun, 2005-12-18 19:13

Article About Censorship of Rand's Books in the Phillippines

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Submitted by Casey on Fri, 2005-12-16 22:25

http://www.humaneventsonline.c...

Here is a fascinating article about how Ayn Rand's books were banned in university libraries in the Phillippines. Not all Rand-bashing emanates from the Brandens, of course, and not all Rand-defending consists of Branden-bashing, either. This is definitely worth a read!

Recent Comments:
Urban Legend — by AdamReed on Mon, 2005-12-19 05:02
AdamReed, to be honest, I — by Titan on Mon, 2005-12-19 04:41
Erik - you write, "in French — by AdamReed on Mon, 2005-12-19 03:13

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Machan's Musings - Capitalism and Environmentalism

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Submitted by removed on Fri, 2005-12-16 19:37

Political outlooks rarely get put into practice completely, without many compromises made in their principles. Even Soviet-style socialism had a lot of free market elements interspersed with it when nearly 40% of farming was done on the black market. And there is no such thing as capitalism in America or anywhere else, not full-blown, no-holds-barred laissez-faire capitalism.

Still these political visions can be tested by way of thought experiments and some careful history, to see which would be best to try to achieve in practice. And one of the major challenges put before champions of a fully free, capitalist political economy comes from those worried about environmental degradation.

Recent Comments:
Correct, Tibor, and let's — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2005-12-17 08:51

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An Honest Man in Hollywood

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Submitted by Max on Fri, 2005-12-16 13:20

This is a blog-entry by Ron Moore, screenwriter for ST:TNG, ST:DSN and BG (which is SF slang for two Star Trek franchises and Battlestar Galactica), who happened to be an amateur in the writer's business, but still got a job for one of the big studios. And the impression he recounts in this entry may be especially interesting to the Objectivist crowed, because it shows an honest truthful man inside a snake-pit of liars (well, Hollywood). It reminded me of Dagny's situation in Atlas Shrugged, so here is the link:

http://blog.scifi.com/battlest...


Machan's Musings - Hollywood, History, and Economics

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Submitted by removed on Fri, 2005-12-16 01:58

When Plato warned that artists cannot be trusted about truth because they deal with images, fantasies, not facts, he could have been talking about today’s Hollywood celebrities who are making movie after movie feeding the public half-truths and out-and-out misinformation. The latest one to join in this orgy of anti-capitalism and Neanderthal economics is George Clooney. Frankly I liked Rosemary much better since she tended to stick to what she knew something about: singing. George is now out there, taking over Martin Sheen’s role as the wise political sage who will awaken us to what we need to know about world economic and political affairs.

Recent Comments:
Hollywood and political fantasy — by removed on Mon, 2005-12-19 16:53
Hollywood as Fantasia — by Mark Humphrey on Mon, 2005-12-19 00:45

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"Tailgunner Joe" reviews King Kong

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Submitted by tailgunner_joe on Thu, 2005-12-15 22:09

Peter Jackson is an odd animal. His first three movies proved that, given dedication, drive, vision and a sense of humour, he could indeed make amusingly bad, unconvincing, off-the-mark parodies of splatterpunk movies. Heavenly Creatures was good, but he went straight from that to a harmless bench-piece he knocked out to demonstrate that he had the chops to re-do King Kong—but had to take a long, involved, three-picture detour when the re-make of Mighty Joe Young monkeyed Hollywood out.

His most notable failing, however, is his singular inability to grasp or respect any pre-existing narrative. The Parker-Hulme murder is a fascinating story, but he filmed it as a vehicle for Richard Taylor’s blandly impressive special effects. And this is, let’s not forget, a man who just spent five years trying to make a comic-book movie out of a 1,100-page discussion of socio-linguistic teleology. Giving him one of cinema’s most beloved properties as a vanity piece is an odd move indeed.

Recent Comments:
TGJ, Proof of One Thing — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2005-12-21 20:50
PJ has balls! — by Marcus on Wed, 2005-12-21 20:03

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Emerson and "compelled" testimony

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Submitted by removed on Thu, 2005-12-15 21:54

The following is actually wrong: "Emerson called consistency the bugbear of small minds." Emerson said that "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" (http://www.bartleby.com/59/3/f...).
As to compelling information of a crime or testimony about it, it is arguable and fully consistent with the principles of citizenship in a free country that when a matter of justice is at hand, anyone who is aware of material information has in fact committed himself or herself to making that information available. Anything else would be obstruction of justice. This is a complicated matter, of course, which cannot be fully hashed out here.

Recent Comments:
None of this "we" bit for me! — by removed on Sat, 2006-01-14 04:55
Don't Feed the Troll — by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-01-14 01:08
Government, States, and Credit Where It's Due — by jriggenbach on Sat, 2006-01-14 00:37

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The Pope, Objectivism ... and "The Best Within."

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2005-12-15 05:18

[Reprised from SOLOHQ]

Recent Comments:
O/ism & Xianity — by 0 on Wed, 2011-10-19 11:40
Good — by James Heaps-Nelson on Sun, 2005-12-18 02:36
That which is true of — by Robert Malcom on Sat, 2005-12-17 22:20

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Gay Films

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Wed, 2005-12-14 19:53

I started a thread on this at the old SOLO. Got a lot of informative info thought it was worth reposting.

I may as well be honest about my reasoning for this... in my comic the first and highest profile romantic couple in my comic is a lesbian couple... not being a lesbian myself, I'm positive that without proper research I'm going to be getting things wrong right and left.

Recent Comments:
Beautiful creatures? — by Landon Erp on Mon, 2008-01-14 06:39
Transgender Films — by thewingmaker on Sun, 2007-04-08 19:21
Priest — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2007-04-01 23:44

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Machan's Musings - Death Penalty for a Reformed Man

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Submitted by removed on Mon, 2005-12-12 22:32

The decision by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger not to commute the death penalty sentence of multiple murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams was as right and it could be under the circumstances. The case had attracted much attention because the man had been something of a model prisoner though not because he had asked forgiveness—he never admitted to the crime—but because he had become a rather well-regarded children’s book author.

Whatever the details of this case, there should be no death penalty, however. Not because some people do not deserve it or it’s cruel or barbaric but because we ought to reduce the chances of a mistake as much as it is possible. It’s a matter of prudence, not justice. (If we had infallible knowledge, it would make sense, though. But we do not.)


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Trade versus Conquest

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Mon, 2005-12-12 21:47

Here's a lesson from history on the subject of trade and conquest, and which one of the two methods of inter-human interaction works best. Think about it:

Recent Comments:
That's presuming — by Robert Malcom on Sun, 2006-01-08 22:51
A very eloquent example — by Phil on Sun, 2006-01-08 06:46
Excellent Post — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2005-12-14 19:48

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Happy Birthday, Frank!

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2005-12-12 06:34

Born on 12 December, 1915, if Francis Albert Sinatra hadn't died in 1998, he would be 90 years old today.

A man possessed of a magnificent, swaggering confidence, a supremely powerful yet wonderfully controlled & precise voice and a sense of life that manifested itself through his interpretation of popular song, dedication to his craft & a palpable ebullience that's inspired three generations of fans & imitators galore.

And in that spirit here are three of Frank's best swinging albums. Put these on for Christmas & let The Chairman of the Board rock your house the way only he can.

Happy birthday, Frank!

Recent Comments:
Jeff, yes, we have a couple — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2005-12-13 21:11
I have loved Sinatra for as — by seddon on Tue, 2005-12-13 17:45
Sinatra on DVD — by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2005-12-13 15:44

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Volunteer webmaster needed

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Mon, 2005-12-12 06:21

SOLO needs a third webmaster! Julian & I are both going to be away for much of the Christmas period & New Year, which means there won't be anyone 'on deck' to deal with technical problems.

So - is there a SOLOist out there with some time & expertise to donate? Please feel free to email webmaster@solopassion.com with any questions. If you're interested, we're running a PHP-based content management system with a SQL backend. There's little to no coding required on a regular basis, as most of the configuration handled through the CMS.

Any offers would be greatly appreciated, & would go a long way to lowering Lindsay's blood pressure Smiling


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Reprise—Provocative Post!

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Submitted by Casey on Sat, 2005-12-10 21:15

[Note from Linz: Here is a gauntlet being laid down by Casey Fahy.

Recent Comments:
Hmmmmm... — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sat, 2005-12-17 19:52
Edit — by eg on Sat, 2005-12-17 17:02
The same to you — by Michael Stuart Kelly on Sat, 2005-12-17 10:10

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