Idiocracy is Mike Judge’s new live action movie. Well, I say “new”; I gather it was pretty much finished in 2004, and since then he has been battling with 20th Century Fox to get it released. Right now, it’s showing in a handful of cities, probably a contractual obligation release before it gets shuffled off to DVD or buried outright. One of the cities is Austin, so we went to see it last night.

GPL v3: The Missing Piece

There has been a lot of GPLv3 discussion on tech sites. Perhaps predictably, a lot of it has missed the point or miscategorized the changes. If you read the history of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Public License, you discover that it all came about because Richard Stallman found himself having to use broken software that he wasn’t allowed to fix. The entire purpose of the GPL is to ensure that everyone who uses a piece of GPL-licensed software can change that software, use the changed version, and distribute it to other people.

Let’s talk about Butts

The local supermarket chain is H-E-B. They’ve been around for 100 years. If you look at the bottom of the web site, you’ll find out why they’re called H-E-B: Copyright 2001-2005, H.E. Butt Grocery Company Yes, H-E-B is H.E. Butt, founded by Florence Butt, and still owned by Butts today. Obviously I find this endlessly amusing. The generic products they sell are pretty good quality, so we buy them a lot.