|log (2004/01/23 to 2004/01/29)|
Thursday, January 29, 2004
Remember back in the day, when I'd apologize when a day went by without a log entry? Where did I get all that time, back then? Or, where does it all go, now?
Daze Reader points us to a good first-person piece about working in a brothel: The Answers to All Your Brothel Questions - Now, Piss Off (which has a more recent followup to which I've posted a couple of my usual pedantic comments).
And to the very photographic the American skin dot com, which at a brief look (remember that about time?) seems to contain (after navigating through a confusing popup or three) some noteworthy images of various parts of life that I (at least) don't regularly see. (I suppose I should say "Not Safe For Work", but then that depends where you work.)
Widely blogged, but noteworthy: The MATRIX is real. (Exactly what form of cluelessness would lead someone to give this kind of organization this name? Or maybe they're just being painfully honest.)
Ciaalris (Sunper Vioaegra) takes affuect rigght away and laosts for davys!
Have you bought any books for Farm and Wilderness yet?
I remembered one reason I had a negative impression of Kerry; last year we noticed him saying: "Marriage is an institution between men and women for the purpose of having children and procreating", which is clearly stupid in context. On the other hand he's said not to be too bad about gay rights in general:
Additionally, Kerry was one of 14 senators -- and the only one up for reelection in 1996 -- to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of gay marriages, according to his campaign's Web site.
So who knows. I dunno. I do know, though, that I'm seriously thinking of voting Democratic for president, whichever of the current crop of candidates gets nominated. For a change, I think the expected benefit of whatever tiny contribution that vote might have toward ousting ("ousting") Bush might well outweigh the expected benefit of giving the Third Party of My Choice a slightly higher vote-count and thereby making both major parties fractionally more nervous.
Next Synthetic Zero Loft Event: Wednesday, February 4, and Saturday, February 7, 2004.
I had suspected this for a very long time, but I only became fully aware of it during this past year. I suddenly felt that it really made no difference to me whether or not the world existed. I began to feel with my whole being that nothing had happened while I'd been alive. At first I felt that, to make up for it, many things had happened before. Later, however, I realized that this was an illusion -- nothing had happened before either.
That's Dosto(y)evsky, natch, from "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man". Odd feller, Dosty.
Taunt CBS about their ad-running decisions!
Not Making This Up Dept: Microsoft creator to be knighted:
The king of computer software Bill Gates is to receive an honorary knighthood from the Queen for his contribution to enterprise in the UK.
(This is the man who said confidently:
"Two years from now, spam will be solved," Gates told delegates to a World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland last weekend, AP reports.
On a roll, our Billy is.)
Subject: parsons detest caliphate fling prostheses
Those parsons; so set in their ways!
Have I sent you to Illegal Art lately? Note the yummy popup license agreement.
So "Finely tuned" doesn't seem to have been very inspiring; although the sole relevant entry, "shoe", has a certain ring to it. "Finely tuned shoe."
Readers are (reader is?) more impressed with the new full-entry RSS feed:
Thank you for the full-text RSS!
Talk to Steve about Plurp. I made the Plurp RSS hack for myself, mostly, and just announced it to the world because I'm kind. I have no interest in a full-text RSS feed for Plurp for myself (that's not how I use RSS feeds), but if someone persuaded Steve that he wanted one... *8)
Subject: cottonwood phony attorney craze
Unfortunately, "Watergate II" is already taken:
A technician hired by the new judiciary chairman, Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, apparently made a mistake that allowed anyone to access newly created accounts on a Judiciary Committee server shared by both parties -- even though the accounts were supposed to restrict access only to those with the right password.
A reader writes:
On the St. Petersburg Paradox, and related topics, I would submit to you that even an infinite amount of money has a finite utility.
That's another one of the ways out mentioned on the page I cited the other week. It's plausible, although I'm not entirely convinced that it's true, or that it's true enough to explain the very small amount we're actually willing to pay to play the game. Not that it's a bad method; I just like the "you know whoever's offering the game doesn't actually have more than a billion dollars" one better.
And that's really all I have lying around in my to-log file or my (ha!) brain. I spent most of today playing yet another game of Alpha Centauri (at the easiest level, as Santiago, carrying humanity to the usual next level of evolution after a drawn-out but quite satisfactory virtual war with Miram and the Believers, who had become very powerful due to their good luck in initial landing site). The kids spent most of today playing Kingdom Hearts, a very strange PlayStation 2 game that mixes animé and Disney cartoon characters in what could have been an interesting way, but which in fact seems to be almost entirely mindless battle sequences.
So we've been very virtual around here this weekend. Hibernating, pretty much. It was cold outside. The moon was pretty.
Back when I used to play Agora Nomic, I liked the gender neutral pronoun system they used there, with "e" and "eir" and "emself" and all. Turns out this is Spivak; I'm not sure if I knew that.
Going down the stairs to lunch the other day, I for some reason thought of and mentioned the Poul Anderson story ("story") that showed what English (and science writing in particular) might sound like if we used no Latinate words. (Oh, I remember! We were thinking of silly ways to get papers to fit inside the page limit, like using nothing but short words (which would of course be likely to have just the opposite effect).) The only phrase I remembered for sure was "the roundaround board of the" something. That was enough for Google, though, and now I've found lots of references to it (turns out "uncleftish" is an even better search term), including what looks like an entire copy in the Google cache.
(And relatedly, here's a pleasing meditation on what English would be like without French.)
From Brian Bechtel, Remarks by the President to the Press Pool; Nothin' Fancy Cafe; Roswell, New Mexico. Ribs.
Martha Stewart is on trial for covering up evidence of a crime that she has not been charged with. For some reason, this has confused the jurors. Silly jurors.
1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
The top slots show how
So I was finally gonna post some more of the reader input that I've been selfishly hogging, but I hafta get up early tomorrow, and that takes effort. So instead I'll reprint my answer to a reader who asked why I was still doing the log with a flat text editor, instead of a nice CMS like Movable Type. I spent a little time fiddling with mt, and answered thus:
> I really can't imagine there's anything you do that