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Electronic Elasticity

Thursday, June 30, 2005

My Guild Forum Got Updated

With Avatars!
This is mine!


Gir is Supreme!

By the way, the site that I got my quiz results from yesterady was: here
Canada day tommorrow.
I will blog it, uhm, Sunday, after hangover recovery mode.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sparknotes Results!

My Love Test - 13% ("Lustier than most")
Is it a bird? A plane? Is it a boy? A girl? Is it love, or is it lust? Ah, you. You are that rare mix of sensitive and sensual, romantic and randy, pride and prejudice, etc. When you see your crush, you waffle like a Belgian, unsure of whether you'd rather paint their toes or suck on their toes. Poets have long been puzzled by your kind. You'll never fall for robots or nymphos, but you will suffer longs bouts of marriage.

Dating Test- 67% Dateable!
That's higher than the Worldwide Dateability Average of 62%!
Attractive and confident, witty and charming, a healthy ambrosia-based diet... you're wanted in the 48 contiguous states, you slayer. Call me. Seduce me. Not only do you know how to turn the engines on, but you also know how to oil, lube and rotate them. You put the "elation" back into "relationship," and the "night" back into "one-night stand."

Vice Prez test
Your VP Personality is:
Invisible-Essential (Dick Cheney)
Aren't you a sneaky one? You know where the real power lies, not in front of the TV cameras but behind closed doors. You're the one pulling the strings, and the president trusts you because you don't seem to have the ambition (or the ability) to take over his job. These are the characteristics that have made Dick Cheney one of the most important vice presidents ever.
As a Vice President, you would be:
43% Criminal
60% Invisible
13% Expendable
50% Idealistic
56% Essential
27% Electable
Compared to 117,940 other test-takers:
57% scored lower than you
12% scored the same as you
31% scored higher than you

Death Test!
Mark your calendar or Palm V. You can expect to die on:

Saturday, December 10th 2050
At the tender age of 66 years old.
On that date, you will most likely die from:

Alcoholism (15%)
Homicide (13%)
Cancer (10%)
"Cleaning your Rifle" (7%)

My Morning was interesting

I ignored my alarm clock this morning. Woke up at 8 am. I am supposed to work from 8 to 4. Good jobby Lanky!

I somehow managed to get to work for 8:45 am though.
And I dont know if anyone noticed... so I am going to act like I wasnt that late at all! ha!

I also got paid today! wheee!

Rifts tonite. And I get to see Kitch more after as well. I need to sleep well thursday night I think though.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Hawkings versus the College Dropout

Several years ago, I gained a rudimentary understanding of temporal and quantum physics from reading Isaac Asimov's work, both fiction and non. Although his personal life and triumphs are interesting, it appears Stephen Hawking is basically wrong about time, apparently... so is Einstein.

Enter: Peter Lynds. (normally I would not like to an article about him when he has a webpage, but some smart ass decided black font on dark blue was somehow readable?) In any case: Having read (and even partially understood, WTF, his paper) peter's main thesis is that time cannot exist in a continuum because moments in time cannot be calculated as if they were photo snapshots. Instead, time must be utterly fluid for anything to actually "move" at all, and once that is proven mathematically the concept of linear or cyclical time can no longer exist. It is instead a function of how our brain understands the world around us.

Neat stuff if you have time to read it.
Yes I know, this makes me look amazingly bored.


New Meaning for "Hydro-Electricity."

Cold-water Energy is now a reality.
Im impressed.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Canlearn Just Got Hacked!

Funny shit! By the time you click here to check it out, it is likely that we will not have fixed the problem (goooo government!).

"Hacked by 23Erdem" "Warriors of Islam." "Turkish Hacker."



"DreamWeaver Sucks, You end up with messy code!"

Quote of the Day from my co-worker. Apparently very experienced with these things...


I have delved into the vast newsgroup dustbin that is usenet. Somone toss me a rope!

The Turing Test.

Read up on the philosophical question: "Can Machines Think?", this morning. Even did a little reading on self-adapting computers. There is a lot of Wired inspired buzz about the coming advent of intelligent code and adaptive hardware. But Im not so sure it is that easy. There are a few logical problems in the way, that even an incredibly ignorant arse like myself can see:
  • To program an adaptive and "thinking" segment of code, you would need to not only declare variables that the user inputed and constants for the computer, but you would also need variables for three other categories: the result of human/computer relation (not new), variables gathered from outside or inside stimulus that could become constants, and variables that responded to changes in any of the other sets of variables. And that is just to write a program that knows what to respond with by accepting what you type into a text prompt.
  • The constant/variable construction of "brain-dead" code is set in stone. It knows how many numbers it needs, and that amount stays the same. Even computers saving vast amounts of information still know how much they will have, that magical maximum amount that can be used as a constant in programming.
    "Intelligent" code would not have that luxury. It would have to continuously declare new variables and delete old ones on a scale currently unprecedented. To put it in perspective, the human brain intuitively declares millions of "variables" (stimuli) each minute, and examines each with a capacity still unmatched by computers. If closely examined, the computer declaration process would be very similar to what we call rudimentary "learning".
  • So the big issue is this: What standard do you hold an artificially intelligent entity to? They will have a better memory than you. Their "right-brain" will be immensely bigger than yours. But that will be about it, and I suspect code-monkeys know it. You cant really program a computer to compose original poetry that will make any sense whatsoever.


Friday, June 24, 2005

Music that is Really Blowing Me Away This Week

Two Bands: Two new Ablums: Grooving together I think they could kill a man.

Foo Fighters: In Your Honour
Gorillaz: Demon Days


News: I Have Today Off. Cosmic Balance Upset

Friday. Usually a day associated with half-assedly working for 6.5 hours and eating lunch and procrastinating for the other 1.5. Not this chap! Quebec has a frenchy holiday today, and I get to ride coattails! I think I shall clean house awesome (my residence, 3 roommates, all awesome, hence the name).

Yesterday, Kitch and Birdy rolled up rifts characters for the nurd game I play every wednesday. I was delighted that both of them were interested in playing, and fully intended to drop by the local nerd bar (a.k.a. "wizard's tower) and chat them up during char creation. No dice. (ha!) Head hit pillow and Lanky slept from 6 to 9pm on thursday. Apparently sitting at a computer all day is hard... ...?

In any case, I leapt out of bed to call Kitch at 9, and in so doing, promptly put my hand into my moving overhead fan. Suitably chastised, I left a message and browsed the internet.

Is not my life exciting?
I have discovered the joys of Miller Genuine Draft recently. Tasty shit.

In any case. Should I be so inclined, I shall further update this weblog later today. For now, umm, Breakfast!


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Virtual Worlds

Ed Castronova wrote:
"I would argue that virtual worlds are neither fantasy (constructions of the mind) nor reality (impositions of nature). They are Artistry: mental constructs expressed by their creators in whatever media
the physical world allows." Read more

Sources: Castronova's (apparently famous) essay on virtual economics, and Terra Nova.

Second Life


Dear lord god. I dont think there is anything that can compare to this "game". It is created by it's residents.

Wednesday. Lunch hour has arrived and with it, my update.
I have managed to literally waste the entire morning by alt-tabbing between several different websites and forums. Hopefully I do not need to continue to do this in the afternoon. Working for the government, I find, is rather slow.

Tonight's menu of non-work activities is
  • Having Dinner
  • Meeting Kitch and Birdy at 6:30 pm.
  • Poking both of them repeatedly until assaulted.
  • Proceeding to my friend Tom's house to play Rifts.
  • Sleeping

Some News today caught my eye. I interpret this as a move to begin isolating North Korea more directly in Foreign relations. The comment made in the article about increased trade also fails to relay the relative size of the increase. Vietnam is still a footnote in the United States Trade profile.

For those of you interested in obscure internet antiques, take a look at the conversatron, one of the oldest Q&A forums on the internet.

Songs up for consideration as the most amusing to listen to over and over:

  • Are You Ready for Love? by Elton John
  • Jean Luc Picard Song.
  • Da Funk. Daft Punk.
    Put you suggestions in the comments section and I will post them!

I also recently read up on the disease that Stephen Hawking has. Fascinating man really.

I actually have the Day off on friday, meaning I will be able to do all sorts of wonderful things.

Ill bet you were totally expecting something bad there.


Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Post 1 (one) !1one!

Whoa. Monumental. Dawn of a new epoch even. First Internet weblog of a self-designated InterWeb addict.

Goals? Entertain and inform my friends and the random people who have any cause to peer this far into the depths of the internet.

Methods? Humour, wit (if managable), random commentary, the occasional insight gleaned from the bottom of a bottle or discovered in the dark recesses of my tangled mind.

  • (Since I am as profoundly ego-centric as every other human being) Myself and my life/friends/nefarious capers.
  • Academia and/or information of interest (I will be updating this thing during my working day)
  • Any literary composition by yours truly (read: bad poetry).
  • Humour (most likely stolen from thesejokesarebad.com and not referenced)

Perhaps an impromptu discourse shall emerge in this weblog, I can guarentee that at the very least my inane ramblings will be mildly amusing.


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