“Dacryphilia is a fetish in which one gains sexual arousal through the tears of one’s partner.”

I’ve had reference to this word on 3 occasions today. The first was in learning the word this morning while reading Phrack 58-0x05 for my research log where the author describes a set of tools for encrypting binaries. The idea being a tool created by hackers for the sake of making it more difficult for hackers (causing tears in their eyes, or something to this affect). The second was in a meeting with a client. We had a short discussion about creating a secure system only to have it hacked, only to fix it and have it hacked again, and this endless cycle of mutual dacryphilia. The 3rd and final was while listening to a NPR interview with Dr. John Marburger (scroll down, click listen button for Marburger interview), President Bush’s Science Advisor. I’m getting the feeling that the white house has an unknown dacryphilia fetish. Forget the fact that Marburger laughed after every serious question he was asked, or the fact that he said science didn’t equal politics and yet he argued that science could deal with social issues. I agree with him that politics is not solved nor should it be an issue for scientists (professionally). However, there are cases where such rules must be dispensed, especially when the facts that science present are being ignored or watered down. Case-in-point was made when he was asked about the issue of global warming. You know… maybe it was just his freakin fake laugh to every serious question that I’m really having a problem with.