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Caren Made Me Do It [29 May 2007|12:21am]
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An Old Story; Still Relevant [21 Oct 2006|06:53pm]

The Right To Read

By: Richard M. Stallman

For Dan Halbert, the road to Tycho began in college--when Lissa Lenz asked to borrow his computer. Hers had broken down, and unless she could borrow another, she would fail her midterm project. There was no one she dared ask, except Dan.

This put Dan in a dilemma. He had to help her--but if he lent her his computer, she might read his books. Aside from the fact that you could go to prison for many years for letting someone else read your books, the very idea shocked him at first. Like everyone, he had been taught since elementary school that sharing books was nasty and wrong--something that only pirates would do.

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The Results of This Quiz are Undermined by Our Ability to Interpret It [06 Oct 2006|07:13am]
You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Mankind is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.

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Existentialist

81%

Postmodernist

75%

Materialist

75%

Cultural Creative

63%

Romanticist

50%

Modernist

50%

Idealist

25%

Fundamentalist

13%

What is Your World View?
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Heard On NPR--Garrison Keillor [06 Oct 2006|06:45am]
Dear Abby:
      My father is a businessman who travels.
      Each time he returns from one of his trips,
      his shoes and trousers
      are covered with blood—
      
      but he never forgets to bring me a nice present;
      Should I say something?
      Signed, America.

--Tony Hoagland
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RSS Feed [21 May 2006|01:46pm]
I've XMLified my Livejournal page here. I am using the LiveJournal RSS feed, which can be found by putting "rss" after the LJ link, like so. From there I style it up however I want with divs and such.
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An Interesting Article [21 Jan 2006|09:33am]

The article below came from a rather unusual source, but the content of it is at least interesting. Though I wouldn't count on any of the academic analysis being accurate, I think the author makes some interesting points about the legal construct of a corporation as a living entity. Have you ever thought of what kind of a person a typical corporation would make? Try it. Then read this piece of rather disturbing prose...

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Ode To Spot [16 Jan 2006|02:57pm]
Felis Cattus, is your taxonomic nomenclature.
An endothermic quadraped, carnivorous by nature?
Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills--and natural defenses.

I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.

A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.

O Spot, the complex levels of behaviour you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

o Data, "Schisms"
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Weird Pi Method [25 Aug 2005|09:35pm]
Consider the Geometric Mean:

G(a,b) = sqrt( ab )

and the Harmonic Mean:

H(a,b) = 2 / ( 1/a + 1/b ).

Now set a(0)=2 (lower bound on pi) and b(0)=4 (upper bound on pi) and iterate as follows:

a[n+1] = G(a[n],b[n])
b[n+1] = H(a[n+1],b[n])

As n increases, a and b converge to pi.

(Discovered by James Gregory in the 1600's)
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Tribute to Borf [13 Aug 2005|08:15am]
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Purity of Essence: Need I Say More? [05 Aug 2005|08:25pm]
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This headline just makes me smile.. Is that bad? [25 Jul 2005|11:12pm]
http://it.slashdot.org/it/05/07/25/1745212.shtml?tid=111&tid=218
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[16 Jun 2005|07:12am]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/4096562.stm

Are these folks absolutely retarded? Here we have a drug detection machine in which 2 out of the 3 politicians who were used for demonstration tested positive, despite their claim to not have been using drugs. Apparently, they think it is useful to give a police officer probable cause. In other news, I heard a rumor that a large percentage of 20 dollar bills have trace amounts of cocaine on them.
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Patriot Act Modified to Disallow Investigation of Terrorist Reading Habits [16 Jun 2005|06:53am]
"At last, I can finally go to the library and check out Fahrenheit 411, Mein Kampf, Catcher in the Rye, 1984, and The Manifesto of the Communist Party. When placed in a pentagram, given the proper incantation, these books form Anti-America Voltron, and will raise my army of the dead and conquer America!" -Action Replay Nick

Of course, I'm not sure what Fahrenheit 411 is...
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Alcoholic? [21 Mar 2005|01:04am]
Bourbon
Congratulations! You're 130 proof, with specific scores in beer (40) , wine (116), and liquor (104).

Screw all that namby-pamby chick stuff, you're going straight for the
bottle and a shot glass! It'll take more than a few shots of Wild
Turkey or 99 Bananas before you start seeing pink elephants. You know
how to handle your alcohol, and yourself at parties.



My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 50% on proof
You scored higher than 84% on beer index
You scored higher than 97% on wine index
You scored higher than 95% on liquor index
Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid
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Really Fast Prime Number Test [15 Mar 2005|09:23pm]
Got this from Wolfram and Donald Knuth. It finds essentially arbitrarily large prime numbers with certainty better than losing the lottery. Well, below doesn't because it doesn't need to. for numbers less than 3.4e14 or so, it is guaranteed to give the right answer. This same algorithm will be implemented using bignums when I get around to finishing it.

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My crazy vendor situation for the week [01 Mar 2005|08:46pm]
Ok, everyone.

Maybe I am being cheap. In this case its not much money, but the Half.com system is trying to screw me! :)

1) You are allowed to get discounted shipping on multiple items from the same seller.
2) The seller is allowed to cancel items.
3) When this happens, the e-commerce software takes away the discount automatically.
4) When it does this, it doesnt ask the buyer to reconfirm the new price.
5) The buyer pays more for the item.

This happened to me, and I think it is messed up. What do you think?

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Really Bad Code [21 Feb 2005|04:32pm]
This function prints the binary representation of an integer. It is extremely bad code. Why? Look at it! Only 57 characters long though.

b(a){return a?(printf("%d",(b((unsigned)a>>1),a&1))):7;}
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Reunion [20 Feb 2005|10:13am]

Gah!

10 year HS reunion.

Yahoo! groups has this thing where people can e-mail each other. I've already received one from someone I do not remember.

"gradnight was along time ago. boy this list brings back things i have not thought abought in a long time. heck i dont remember if we had a class to gether or not. all i remember now is the fun with tyler andd the rest at grad night. cathy thomsen (eileen bunker)"

  1. Is this e-mail to just me, or everyone? I can't rightly tell... The grad night thing is kindof a non sequitor.
  2. She changed her first name? What's up with that? Witness protection program? Which one should I be racking my brain to remember?
  3. I remember hanging out with some people at grad night who I didn't know very well, but don't really remember what we did or who they were.

Anyways... As you may be gathering, I have a strange interest in this reunion thing, because I basically ceased to talk to 99% of the people I went to high school with upon graduation and due to going into the Navy, never saw them again. I am kinda curious what happened to some of them--even ones I didn't know that well. Esp since a few I have found out about ended up nothing like I would have guessed. Not sure the satisfaction of this curiosity is worth a plane-ticket. Also, encounters like the above might get embarrasing, since I don't remember anything.

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Newton's Method in C [13 Feb 2005|08:11pm]
I was bored. Two lines of code. Tail Recursion.
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This goes with the Scheme code below. Of course, this doesn't compute to arbitrary precision.
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I knew it. [04 Feb 2005|08:40am]
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/02/03/enron.tapes/index.html

And so many people thought that the mention of energy price fixing in CA was conspiracy BS. Guess not!
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