Thursday, 23 December 2004

Linux, libertarians, and lust

Will Baude asks:

Does anybody find libertarian Linux-users sexy?

Heidi Bond responds that at least the Linux-using part may increase perceived sexiness, but also adds that ”[t]here are plenty of people who run Linux who I wouldn’t date.”

Undoubtably this is a pressing question for our time—not to mention our blog. Presumably Brock’s wife finds him sexy, although I don’t know that Brock would consider himself a libertarian; if pressed to judge, I’d say Brock is tall and handsome, and thus probably considered “sexy” by women, but neither of those attributes derive from his politics or his choice of operating system.

Robert runs Mac OS X, as does Heidi Bond’s boyfriend, which may count as “Linux usage” for sufficiently vague definitions of “Linux” (i.e. operating systems that use a lot of GNU software and use a kernel patterned after that of the Unix operating system). I have no idea whether Robert is sexy, since I’ve never met him and don’t generally judge the sexiness of other guys (not that there’s anything wrong with that), my assessment of Brock notwithstanding.

Nobody has called me sexy lately, but for the most part I haven’t gone to great lengths to advertise either my libertarianness or my Linux usage in the “real world”; there may be individuals who think I’m sexy, but they haven’t told me that or otherwise indicated they think I’m sexy in an unambiguous manner—defined in my world as “not made blatantly obvious,” so I could be oblivious to such matters.

So, Mr. Baude’s question is now in order. Let the debate commence.


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Well, for any female readers I’m hung like a horse mule typical guy, but with more brains than is typical and an aptitude for useless knowledge. That’s why I blog.

We seem to have some blog personals going here.


And, for the bony chicks out there, I love Zydeco and am in need of a washboard.


Who’s “we,” kemosabe? ☺

You know, these are the times I wish I was blogging under a pseudonym on some livejournal site rather than under my own name.

Ugh, I should be in bed before my evil PT appointment in the morning.


Good Lord Robert:

What red-blooded female…err…chick… could resist hot pickup lines like “I’m hung like a typical guy…” and “for the bony chicks out there…I’m…in need of a washboard”.

I’m feeling positively twitterpated….

I was going to spend the day doing regression fits on software data, but with all these lurid mental images filling my mind, even those hotly anticipated joys begin to pale by comparison.


Since Heidi hasn’t answered my question in her comments yet, maybe you can, Chris.

Heidi says she recovered the files that she accidentally removed by replaying her reiserfs journal. Do you have any idea how she did that?

I thought that the journal was just there to avoid the need for a time-consuming fsck when an unclean filesystem was mounted.


Hmm. I suppose she could have had an old journal on the filesystem (or more likely, on an external filesystem) that got accidentally replayed. Or it’s possible reiserfsck accidentally replayed a journal that had already been committed, though I’m pretty sure there are checks for such things.

To be honest, I don’t use reiserfs that much any more, since it displayed some deeply weird flakiness on one of my machines a while back… I’m more an xfs man these days (jfs was also pretty flaky when I tried it out a while back, and the ext2/3 stuff is so passe these days).


Ah, ignore my previous comment, I misunderstood what Heidi did. Now I just need to figure out what she did do.



This goes a long way towards explaining my luck with women. Of course, that comment would make more sense if you read the comments here. On the penis-size thing, if it helps I wear a size 12 shoe!?!?

XFS rules!

XFS support for debian installs is also great, but I wish Redhat would get with the program and start including it with their enterprise Linux offerings.


That does help a bit… I admit to being a bit mystified as to the bony chick/Zydeco connection but as I’m not into masochism I wasn’t about to ask :)

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