Editor kitty proofreads a columnWednesday had a horribly long morning with all kinds of hassles attached to it. Apparently, some stuff was supposed to be set up, but I hadn’t received any mail, IM conversations, carrier pigeon messages, or any documentation at all about the stuff that had to be set up. This was. . . suboptimal. Other people finally found the right documentation and sent me a copy, but that took far longer than it should’ve. It was relatively easy and quick to set everything up after that.

There was no rock on Wednesday, because Steve had other stuff going on and said it’d be better to have rock next week. Stephanie and I had pork chops and “Babylon 5″ instead.

Thursday, there was more silliness, at least in the morning. I got it all working properly, but it took about an hour, mostly because it took over an hour for a piece of monitoring software to realize that stuff.example.com was now 5.6.7.8 instead of 1.2.3.4 because we’d made a DNS change. The rest of the day was fairly routine. I did find a typo in a set of disclaimers, though: “. . .including technical failures of any king.” Dangit, I tried to transmit data through Richard III, and all I got back was “My kingdom for a horse!”

I got about halfway through Madame Prosecutor before giving it up. You’d think prosecuting people accused of genocide in Yugoslavia and Rwanda would be an interesting story, but the writer or editor of the book seemed determined to remove all the bits that would make anyone want to keep reading. Instead of interesting details, there’s page after page after page of bureaucracy, name-dropping, and tedious boredom. I skipped to the epilogue, since I thought there’d be a summary of stuff. Carla del Ponte says that war crimes should be prosecuted ASAP, even if war’s still going on in (wherever), because justice is orthogonal to peace. Current geopolitics says “Peace first, at whatever cost, then justice,” and Carla says this doesn’t work at all and actually encourages and prolongs conflicts. I don’t have the experience necessary to judge whether that’s true or not.

It does make me wonder whether some folks want to prolong conflicts instead of solving them, though. Governments and politically-connected people can reap great political and financial benefits out of prolonged hostilities.