"indecision may or may not be my problem."
from a robots paper i'm reading:
On the other hand, we introduced a mental space with three independent parameters, the Learning System, the Mood Vector, the Second Order Equations of Emotion, the Robot Personality and the Need Model as the mental model for humanoid robots .
'sorry, honey, but i really can't deal with this right now. my second order equations of emotion are already totally wrecked today, and you're not doing enough to solve my need model'.
nice column, tony style, although i would be hard-pressed to agree with his claim that there were "both sides being represented", and i outright laugh when i read jeff jarvis being called "logical", unless that was meant to be sarcastic.
Ironically, Moore ignores the fact that he too is making a hefty profit from this war. Like all propagandists, Moore fails to perceive himself as part of the problem.
i'm nobody! who are you?
are you nobody, too?
then there's a pair of us -- don't tell!
they'd banish us, you know!
how dreary to be somebody!
how public, like a frog
to tell your name the livelong day
to an admiring bog!
by emily dickinson (punctuation debated)
The separation wall and fences are a good example. The fence's route in the northern West Bank, and around the settlements, has ruined the livelihood of masses of Arab peasants who returned to working the land after they lost their jobs in Israel. The wall in Jerusalem destroys the fabric of life for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian residents of the Ramallah, Abu Dis and Bethlehem regions. But Israeli public opinion has become deaf to Palestinian suffering, because a clear equation has been created in Israel: They are suffering - but we are not being blown up. They will lose their livelihoods, and their children will not be able to reach their schools or doctors' clinics, but we will be able to ride the bus or go to the supermarket with less fear.
this week's column is up, entitled 'until the end of the world'.
blaire wants to be engaged by the end of the year. thing is, she's not seeing anyone at the moment.
so, in a culture ridden by reality tv, the most logical thing is to make a competition out of it.
hope she wont be too disappointed when she realizes that prioritizing the state of marriage over the actual choice of husband might not be the recipe for happiness.
other than that, she doesn't seem half bad, so if you're a jewish male between 25-31 fitting all the standard american dating criteria (you know, gym, commitment, earning money and having a goal in life) and want to get married to a goodlooking jewish girl real soon, you should give it a try.
i can't believe i didn't think of that before! it was so obvious.
google ripped off their 'label' idea from my blog categories. guess they couldn't resist the striking logic of being able to file something under multiple categories, and then filter according to each one of those 'labels'.
now, a google press release confirms my worries:
[...] the original idea for our patent pending 'label' concept was inspired by a student weblog hosted on a server located at an unnamed university in massachusetts.
there you have it. i can't believe these guys.
update: the incriminating press release has since been removed from the google web servers.
no spoilers. just thoughts.
this is the best the average consumer can stomach: image, image, image, flash, simplified claim, flash, soundbyte, image. i mean, seriously, who knows this better than the white house and fox news?
my guess is - it will soar.
Lemme float a theory (again).
"Layne" was created by Odin Soli, who worked at Aptura and knew Mitch from when they worked together at Integrity Solutions. A certain "Greg" who dug up information on Aptura and presented it on Joshua's blog, mentioned that Odin Soli is a "self-professed novelist." Mitch described the person behind Layne as an "accomplished but frustrated writer."
Now for the intriguing part.
According to the following site, Odin Soli was a casket-bearer for an Irene G. Thompson at her funeral on July 1, 2003. Judging from a photo on the Web, Odin must be at least a generation younger than Paul Soli, brother-in-law of the deceased. In other words, Mrs. Thompson was Odin's aunt.
Layne's post for the next day (July 2, 2003) was titled: "Burying Aunt Inga"
Posted by: Jimmo at June 23, 2004 05:51 PM
it was funny to find one commenter linking to my online column (in hebrew).
and since everyone and their mothers are busting balls about this movie that it makes you sick, and i definitely have nothing to add on this topic, i'll just quote tony:
youre a dog in a dirty fight. the other dog is definately deceitful and mistrustful, and ugly, and selfish, and solely interested in its own agenda. the other dog told the nation that there were definately weapons of mass destruction in iraq and that those weapons needed to be removed in order to protect america. and yet some liberals are trying to pretend that that dog's inaccuraccy is on the same level as yours.
these days, girls is 'avin sex at younga ages, de's an increase in absentee fathers, and mo an' mo people is 'avin affairs... but we shouldn't just concentrate on da good thangs.
many of you have heard that ali g gave a commencement speech at harvard's class of 2004 class day this month.
fast forward the stuck up 'avahdites to 1:25:00, and make sure to stop the streaming video before the 'a-capella dream team' starts chanting. i kid you not.
god forbid we should know better than the golden boy of software how to debug their application. they probably have all their spiders and scripts scurrying around gmail collecting usage patterns and determining in a robot-like way how to make gmail better. no lowly human input necessary.
my dad died surprisingly a few months later, me still not having talked to him more than a couple of times after that. it's weird for me now to imagine feeling annoyed to hear his voice on the phone.
"look buddy. you can pay $10 to have your package delivered. but if you want it really delivered, that will cost you another $7. just so that, you know, nothing bad will happen to it on the way."
my old parsons mfadt classmate fang-yu lin made a robotic typewriter that "channels the invisible and intangible entity called the internet".
it's wicked cool.
like: you type something in, and the ghost of the internet rattles a reply back.
if you hate framesets like me, here's the direct link to the frame.
got this magical ankle brace today that makes walking much easier.
thank you, mit medical!
the instruction booklet claims that
the aircast air-stirrup is the treatment of choice for ankle sprains both from a medical and a socioeconomic point of view.
today i feel like james stewart in rear window. my iced, sprained ankle is propped up as i'm trying to write my column about the mysterious disappearance of super blogger layne johnson.
"if you have a talent, and you have your health, you should help others."
- james roche (1907-2004)
if you have noticed that my rss feed doesn't support the 'check update' feature in mozilla's cool rss reader panel, you can now rejoice. it's fixed.
it's mishandling on the panel's part if you ask me, but whatever. i'm compliant.
see, i understand that you let an intern animate the little poodle. and here's something i didn't know about poodles: apparently their legs are made out of water-filled rubber.
the first wall ever built entirely by a machine, with no use of human hands. your house is next.
on a flyer that had a typo saying
when you're defrosting your freezer, do not use sharp object.
someone added in blue pen:
when you're defrosting your freezer, do not use sharp object. or plurals
seeing into the future through the eyes of my friends' 2.5-year-old, i envision a conversation like this:
it's fascinating to me to think that someone's childhood memories are being created today.
this week's column is up, entitled 'playing with your head'.
alright, this is simply too good to pass up on: text based pong!
Your opponent, the Left Paddle, Has bounced the ball back to you. It looks like it's going to go above your paddle. What do you do?
= Move your Paddle Up
= Don't Move your Paddle
= Move your Paddle Down
from ori, and following a conversation with jg:
Harley people hate jap bikes, crotch rocket riders think harley and cruiser people should sit home on the couch, Gold wingers think sport riders are young and stupid, european bike riders think jap bikes have no character, canyon carvers think the bling bling riders are poseurs, and everyone who doesn't have one thinks the gold wingers are so uncool, but secretly envy that stereo.
off nyc craigslist.
no pregnancy classes, no questions answered, she just knew what to do. when to clean the puppies and how, how to carry them around, when to give up on a sick puppy, and when to give a weaker one suckling privileges to make up for its smaller size.
the haaretz weekend magazine runs a nice and pretty accurate piece on boston this weekend (link in hebrew; unfortunately, but not surprisingly, no english translation).
the country that invented disneyland has somehow succeeded to cram dozens of its most important historic sites into an amusement-park sized area, in the heart of a single city.
stop beating around that same pattern. scientists have shown that fear of novelty leads to a shorter life. it's not that scary.
too drunk to elaborate on that right now.
didn't have a book with me today, so i noticed this:
right underneath the escalator (the one closer to college ave), there's a faint carving in the redbrick floor, which looks like a poem. my train arrived before i was able to decypher it all.
not even sure whether it's guerilla or sponsored.
update: apparently there's another poem burnt into the bricks at davis sq, too. that's not the one i saw, though.
"the advances of the age are advances in mechanism -- in radio
and television, in electronics, in jet planes. new world wars
threaten, for the world's social conscience is still primitive."
- alexander s. neill (1960)
coz we all knew that we were the ones to get hit if the two superpowers decided to up the ante. i mean you would fucking see pershing-IIs driving down the autobahn.
citing "What's more,":
I have returned from a long weekend in the hudson river valley, and am thrilled to be reunited with my Personality, which tends to suddenly disappear in the presence of my girlfriend's relatives, turning me into the Most Boring Person on the Planet. The reasons for this are manyfold and not interesting enough to get into but thankfully my personality was waiting patiently in the car all along, not buried alive by some psychopath in an unmarked grave.
john stuart got an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, and this is how he thanks them:
Lets talk about the real world for a moment. We had been discussing it earlier, and I…I wanted to bring this up to you earlier about the real world, and this is I guess as good a time as any. I don’t really know to put this, so I’ll be blunt. We broke it.
Please don’t be mad. I know we were supposed to bequeath to the next generation a world better than the one we were handed. So, sorry.
an american friend visiting our common israeli friends, who have a little girl, found it hilarious that the child had a toy garlic press. i failed to see the humor.
only later i realized that she thought that a garlic press was a very yuppie utensil, as if the kid had a purple plastic champagne cooler.
to me, coming from the middle east, a garlic press seems almost as basic a household item as a knife, making it a natural fit for a child's play kitchen.
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a psychologist couldn't have set up a more interesting experiment: two countries sharing a common century-long history, totally blocked off for 40 years dictated by completely opposing political philosophy. then, in one stroke, one country is absorbed into the other, discarding all national symbols and just becoming part of something else. part of the enemy.
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