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Wednesday, July 10, 2002
jkg - aphorisms to die for (via robot wisdom)

"Assuming they will not be in power indefinitely, they are taking the interesting step of enacting tax legislation not for the immediate future but for all of a decade hence. We not only legislate for the affluent, we do it for their permanent advantage." And suddenly, once more, the impish delight of the phrasemaker bursts through. "How's that?" he asks with the sly chuckle of an iconoclast 93 years young.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2002
the stile project (idea)

Basically the gist of Everything2 is that you are supposed to write things called "nodes." Each node is a representation of a person, place, idea or thing. So I wrote some shit on whatever popped into my head first. Now they encourage you to link as many other nodes within your node, this is called "nodeshare" and if you don't do it you get punished.

Sounds fun, doesn't it? What's the point you may ask? Beats the fuck out of me. Now here's where it gets interesting... They have a moderation and experience system in effect where other members can vote your new node on a point system depending on how good or relevant they think it is.

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Monday, July 8, 2002
dickean (via slashdot)

"I gotta say, I don't feel like a robot!" the friend jokes, pounding the table. "I just don't feel like a robot!"

"That's why you're here, and that's why you're unemployed!" Wallace shoots back. "If you were a robot, you'd get a job!"

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Sunday, July 7, 2002
QUANTUM NONADDITIVE CONDITIONAL ENTROPY

Bayes' Estimators of Generalized Entropies

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Saturday, July 6, 2002
indigen (via boing boing)

pleix (via metafilter)

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Friday, July 5, 2002
a day like all others

I was watching a talk show the morning of Sept. 11th. It was suddenly interrupted by a live steady cam of the first WTC tower in smoke. The reporters were still gathering information on what happened and already there were historical quips and paralells about the infamous Empire State Building accident. Before the second plane hit, that's all everyone seemed to believe it was; a mere plane accident. The one news clip I have never seen re-aired was the anxious voice of a still-wet-behind-the-ears news anchor as he shrieked when the second plane veered into the second WTC building. His voice and my own surprise at that exact moment are the only two things that have not dulled my remembrance of that morning. Everything else has become something of a softened, hazy compilation of numbingly repeated news clips and AP news wire images.

I remember thinking, the news anchor's voice diappointed me. It was "too human." It wasn't worded "just right" for the moment. After seeing reels of JFK's pronouncement of death, the first declaration that World War 2 had ended, the horrified and infamous comments a news reporter made as the Hidenburg exploded into flames and, watching live, as the Challenger shuttle burst into a fireball- the lowly ABC anchor's voice was so imperfect for this moment. From that moment on, it seemed every radio, tv and subscriber cable channel was trying to "get it right." Properly encapsulate the moment with the perfect words, the perfect wisdom, just the right amount of compassion and professionalism. The more they tried, the less it seemed to "work."

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Thursday, July 4, 2002
like athens yo (via gulfstream)

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War. Trans. Rex Warner. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1972. (648 pages)
This is the classic account of the great power struggle in the Mediterranean world before the coming of the Roman Empire, written by perhaps the first true historian in the modern sense of the word. Thucydides clear and unsparing account of the rise and fall of the Athenian empire and its life and death struggle with the grim militarist state of Sparta grabs the reader and enthralls him by this tale of pride, power, arrogance and war. Athens is all that a great empire wants to be: supreme in its alliance, all-powerful at sea, fresh from leading a victory (against all odds) over the Persians, wealthy, and culturally dominant. Its rival, Sparta, is a culturally negligible state based solely on the military power necessary to keep its neighbors (and majority slave population) in a constant state of fear. Yet the Athens lose what little "moral high ground" it had (it was, after all, a state also built on a reliance on slavery) by turning its Persian alliance into an empire directed from Athens. It corralled its allies/subjects into a war with Sparta based on flimsy pretexts, in part to settle with its long-standing rival and in part to keep its own subject states in line. The result was a long struggle which ended, after the disastrous expedition to Syracuse and a decimating plague, with the destruction of the Athenian state and the coming of tyranny.

The story of the Peloponnesian War has many lessons that continue to be valid today: the destructive "imperialization" of an all-powerful democratic state, the arrogance of great power politics, the lure of conquest even when reason dictates otherwise, the cult of personality in a military at war (Pericles and Alcibiades), and the always delicate balance of power between the military and the political structures of a state. It was, after all, the almost fratricidal conflict between the Greek states that ultimately weakened them to the point that these city-states fell first to the forces of Alexander the Great of Macedonia and finally to the all-conquering Romans. It is a timeless lesson in the perils and bankruptcy of a polity built upon endless conflict.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002
here's what i've been listening to last coupld days! repeat on :)

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002
bonanza (via metafilter)

"Done properly, it even assures that the choad is properly inserted into the front rim of the toilet in the event that the piss stream lets loose at the same time; it is truly a picture of coordination rivaling that of a skilled ballet dancer."

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Monday, July 1, 2002
this one is about pr0n

Not that it matters at all, but what do you think will be the future of porn? Okay, the reason I ask it that I was thinking about my porn background and the first I can remember is my cousin showing me a well-folded picture from some Swedish spank-mag his father had. I remember thinking I was set for life when I found some 1970's Playboys in the a drawer in my house when I was 10. I remember soon afterwards being really excited about the find once I figured out how to masturbate (11 or so). Nowadays, I can see anal fisting and bukakke at the touch of a button, and so, presumably can any kid who wants to and who knows more than his stupid parents...

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