Catholic School Cracks Down on Blogging: WTF?

Well it seems that a certain principal (Fr Kieran McHugh) of a certain Catholic High School (Pope John XIII Regional High School) in New Jersey has decided that blogging is inappropriate for school age persons. This would be perfectly fine if the principle was talking about blogging using the schools equipment, but if this was true why would I be writing/blogging about it? EXACTLY! It turns out that the principal threatened to suspend and/or expel any student that has a blog. After hearing this some concerned blogger who attends the school posted in his blog that “pope john kicks you out once you think freely”. Once the school administration found the comment on the internet they expelled the student.

First off even though the school is a private institution they are not allowed to infringe on another person’s rights to preserve their own. Therefore the school should be shut down by the federal government for the restriction of the first amendment. But the fact of the matter is that since it is a private school one is not required to attend that particular school. In the United States we have a particularly good public education system, well at least in my area, in which those whom want to do well are able to learn far more then in the local privatized institutions, and those whom are inclined to work at McDonalds for the rest of the lives are allowed to pursue their own destiny with out holding the more determined students back due to their lack of determination. The school brings up a good point in which I made a while back about blogging, blogging is cool and can be used to replace a hard-copy journal but posting too much personal information on your blog, including address, phone number, picture containing oneself and/or family/friends, and your full name are all not very smart things to do. In my case I post my full name to maintain my claim for the name/word mtekk and the ‘m’ logo which are both my intellectual property.

One has to be smart while blogging, if a teacher can google for your name and find your blog within the top ten google results and then find a picture of you, or enough information that directly links you to your blog then you may be giving out too much information. In my case my blog, mtekk’s crib, happens to be the first result in google when searching for John Havlik and with a little research in my blog and in google results will turn up my state and the city in which I live. My age isn’t too difficult to figure out from previous blog entries and my interests well that one isn’t too hard to figure out, well some of them at least. The thing is that you don’t want to mess with me on the street, let alone try to break into my house. First off I can and will out run you on the street; second I can and will severally injure you in self defense; third I have several guns, including shotguns, with plenty of ammunition to break through even military grade body armor and I’m a excellent shot. Not only those but I’ve other ‘tricks’ up my sleeve to avoid abductors. I post no pictures of myself for obvious reasons, and the internet contains no picture of me. As for many people at my school the same cannot be said, even you-knew-who falls under the category of those whom share too much private information on her “blog” though she is too ignorant to comprehend that it is in fact a blog and what she is doing is blogging not xangaing, which degusts me.

Here is the link: Daily Record – Blogging Ban

-John Havlik

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Building KDE 3.4

Well since about 9:00 pm last night my Gentoo 2005.1 server has been compiling KDE 3.4.1. I though that the kernel taking about two to three hours was long until I compiled Xorg-x11 which took something like three to five hours. Now KDE is officially the longest compiling thing I’ve compiled. It’s at about 19 hours in and still compiling, I expect it to complete by tomorrow morning. The next program to emerge after KDE is all up and running is TightVNC and then Apache, MySQL and PHP.

I had a problem with Xorg-x11 before, it kept crashing but that is because I have an entirely USB system that I’m installing it on. It had issues finding my Microsoft USB optical mouse, yeah I know MS and Linux don’t really go together, but I have several just laying around not in use. I had to manually configure the mouse and screen resolution and then x11 worked.

-John Havlik

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Gentoo 2005.1 + Old Gateway P3 800 = New Print Server

Yeah, I finally got the thing working. After replacing an IDE cable and the hard drive and still receiving the same error I was getting before I actually looked at what the kernel was trying to do. This lead me to the problem, fixed a simple fstab script—the default script had issues/fillers that I forgot to fix. In particular a /dev/ROOT instead of what should have been /dev/hda3, after fixing that it booted. I go to emerge xorg-x11 and the sourceforge server is having issues so I can’t get some required files. Right now, I’m recompiling my kernel so that it natively supports my Intel 810 integrated graphics, USB mass storage devices, and USB printing. So in about an hour I’ll be able to reboot to the new/custom kernel and then hopefully emerge X11 and KDE so that I get a nice GUI ;) .

-John Havlik

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Mtekk: v. to understand something in a big fashion.

This is just one of the wacky definitions found via the Infinite Teen Slang Dictionary. There are some more fun definitions such as the one for my buddy Jmweirick;

Jmweirick: v. to intentionally buy a teacher.
Thasp: interj. an exclamation used in celebrating a victory.
XCmiler: interj. expression of disbelief.
CKchaska: v. (vulgar) to kill someone.
PLchaska: n. complicated acronym, meaning ecstasy.
JErm: n. a teacher which the speaker wants to love.
Buu: adj. getting ready to eat something.
Jark: v. to intentionally chase a thong.
Spyed: v. to borrow something in a superior fashion.
Leflaw: n. an old-school term for LSD.
JD: v. to share things, with no purpose or reason.

Those were just a few of the fun definitions that I found at that site. No, their definition of mtekk is incorrect so that’s just too bad.

Here is the link: The Infinite Teen Slange Dictionary

-John Havlik

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iWood Nano

So I don’t like apple products, and in particular their deceiving advertisements. However, I have to hand it to them, they do know style. Now iPods don’t have the best audio quality for output, I know from experience, but one cool thing I found for them is a fully wooden case. The case is carved from solid wood blocks of various hard woods with interesting grains including maple, mahogany, pear, weng, and walnut. Personally I like the maple, pear, and walnut cases the best but it’s cool what this person is doing. The cases include a single hole for your earbuds to connect in while the case is closed, and with the case open you can also connect the data link cable into it as well.

I came across this and though it was cool and I am some what inspired, possibly an oak or maple case or stand for my Zen micro, who knows? I’m already planning to make a Plexiglas stand/cradle for it in my truck, this wood one would look cool on my desk, and possibly other wood mods, *cough* speakers *cough*.

-John Havlik

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