When you're a vegetarian, just about any "sides" made in large enough portions can become Main Courses, but I'm going to make an effort to have a separate section for them anyway.
I bake potatoes by piercing their skin several times with a fork, brushing them with olive oil and sea salt, then baking them directly on the oven rack at 400F for 45 minutes. Then I load them up with fixings like soy margarine, soy cheese, tofu sour cream, vegan bacon bits, salt, fresh ground pepper, hot sauce, steamed broccoli, green beans, canned veggie chili, salsa, black beans, avocado, corn, etc.
I'm trying to change the way people approach knowledge and information in
general. I think that to try to own knowledge, to try to control whether people
are allowed to use it, or to try to stop other people from sharing it, is
sabotage. It is an activity that benefits the person that does it at the cost
of impoverishing all of society. One person gains one dollar by destroying two
dollars' worth of wealth. I think a person with a conscience wouldn't do that
sort of thing except perhaps if he would otherwise die. And of course the
people who do this are fairly rich; I can only conclude that they are
unscrupulous. I would like to see people get rewards for writing free software
and for encouraging other people to use it. I don't want to see people get
rewards for writing proprietary software because that is not really a
contribution to society. The principle of capitalism is the idea that people
manage to make money by producing things and thereby are encouraged to do what
is useful, automatically, so to speak. But that doesn't work when it comes to
owning knowledge. They are encouraged to do not really what's useful, and what
really is useful is not encouraged. I think it is important to say that
information is different from material objects like cars and loaves of bread
because people can copy it and share it on their own and, if nobody attempts to
stop them, they can change it and make it better for themselves. That is a
useful thing for people to do. This isn't true of loaves of bread. If you have
one loaf of bread and you want another, you can't just put your loaf of bread
into a bread copier. you can't make another one except by going through all the
steps that were used to make the first one. It therefore is irrelevant whether
people are permitted to copy it--it's impossible.
-- Richard Stallman, interview in BYTE, 1986
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