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Saturday, June 28, 2003
core argument

Because the first animals had the ability to move around in their environment, they needed to sense the environment and, more important, recognize critical patterns, such as predators and prey. These needs were met with the development of nervous systems, which were basically just pattern-recognizing networks of neurons. Nervous systems grew more complex for a while, but then topped out with the dinosaurs. The mammals who replaced them added a new element to nervous systems: sequential processing. Sequential processing is really rather unnatural; it takes quite a lot of jiggering to make it work.

wei qi

Wei Qi moves are not made by predetermined rule or at random, but by Conscious Intelligence that: observes an incomplete state of the board; perceives which more complete states are likely; and makes a move that tends to produce favorable states. Progress in the Wei Qi game is defined as going from less complete states to more complete states, and NOT by going from earlier in time states to later states. The objective is defined as producing a more complete state that is more favorable. Here favorable means maximizing the area controlled, or, in Cellular Automata terminology, maximizing the desired basins of attraction by using the move to alter the Cellular Automaton.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003
1. ‘The best thing for being sad,’ replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, ‘is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails.’

2. "To thrive under conditions of change, you have to be learning all the time," says linguist and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, "you are not what you know but what you are willing to learn."

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Sunday, June 22, 2003
your brain may have amazing powers (via slashdot)

what's behind the odd data? (via slashdot)

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Thursday, June 19, 2003
halting (via boing boing) also simulation

relativity & infinity (via blogdex)

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Monday, June 16, 2003
the fudgy-wudgy (via diveintomark)

I remember wondering – this is when I was just a kid, just five or six-years-old – if maybe the fudgy-wudgy guy was hiding something under those pants, if maybe his legs were deformed, or his skin discolored or pus-y; all of which seems so amazing to me today, the fact that I understood that people feel ashamed like this. You wouldn’t think that I would already know about this sort of thing, a kid of five or six, and yet I did, already at five or six I’m wondering what shameful thing the fudgy-wudgy guy is hiding beneath his pants.

my first rat (via metafilter)

I remember the first moment I saw her standing on her hind legs to see if I had anything for her. There she was upright in a bin full of rats, looking straight at me. For me it was love at first sight. It meant I would not be able to ride any rides, or get a hotdog, but I didn't mind. I carried Whitie around the fairgrounds all that day, then hid her in the car before rejoining the adults. Within a day or two it was discovered I was now the proud possessor of a rat. Fortunately they, too, loved her right away, & I soon had a proper cage for her.

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Friday, June 13, 2003
dying from the cute

Sheridan accidentally activated iChat on the blue computer, and, thinking Scott was online, I messaged him. “hello?” From the other side of the room, I hear, “Hello!” The following is our dialogue, with the bits he spoke in between what he typed. I will remind you this kid is 3 months over 4 years old...

delirious musings on the alphabet

Particularly with nouns, I often try to enjoy the shape of a word just as a shape, but meaning comes creeping in. (Stupid meaning, always creeping in.) Which came first, the shape or the meaning? The double oo in book like a pair of reading glasses. Or even the word cunt, which sounds so ugly but looks so nice, with those first three rounded, cupped letters with the openings to the side, up, and down. It looks like a series of little caves next to a tree.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2003
4-dimensional rubik's cube (via kottke) extra! extra!

microsimulation of road traffic (via the presurfer) extra :D extra :D

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Saturday, June 7, 2003
the capital flows transition

The securitization of flows to emerging economies implies the emergence of a considerably larger and more diversified investor base. This is vividly characterized by the experiences of Mexico and South Africa. Both countries can now tap a much wider and deeper set of long-term investors. The process also helps the development of domestic financial markets and the expansion of FDI.

At the same time, issuers (and their creditors) now have access to a much more timely system of signaling regarding measures of creditworthiness. As a result, the tradition of severe on/off credit cycles has been giving way to more graduated adjustments and policy reactions.

budding allies: russia and china

Last year China accounted for 55 percent of Russia's nearly $5 billion in arms exports. Russian and Chinese defense ministers met in Moscow last week and vowed to step up cooperation. Russian experts say the Russian military needs the money that China - and India - spend on weapons to keep Russia's arms research, development, and production running.

Many experts say that Russia's interests with China are commercial, rather than political, but some fear that Moscow is nonetheless helping fuel a growing arms race in East Asia - in which Russia backs China, while the US supplies Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. "China's armed forces are still far below the threshold where they could present a serious challenge to its neighbors or the US," says Mr. Chuffrin. "But with Russian sales, they will catch up. In fact, the arms race has begun. The East Asian region is already the biggest importer of weapons in the world, and Russia and the US are heavily involved."

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003
just so you know, the internet is awesome :D "I saw an ad for a psychic on the internet last year and figured, what the hell. I made an appointment to see her through e-mail..." also in thread: "I am psychic." rock! also came across this the other day on SE: (it's way down midthread posted by alethea :)

I agree with Chop here, Im not a smut surfer but Ive seen enough of site like stile project in its heyday, the worldwide news and the internet in general that nothing really shocks me anymore.

Take this to RL and my stance has its advantages, Im a first aider at my place of work and the only person who can deal with anything more severe than telling someone to lie down for a few mins to see if the headache goes while ringing an ambulance.

A few years ago the windowcleaners leg got trapped in the lift mechanism and was more or less torn off from the knee down, lots of blood etc. While everyone else ran around like headless chickens I applied pressure to the vein/artery in the top of his leg to stop the blood spurting out etc and arrange for an abulance on a mobile.

Another time some kid fell on the stairs and smashed the top of her mouth against the step knocking out about half her top teeth, sticking the teeth back into the gum before the root dies is not a job for the squemish but thanks to being able to distance myself from such things I delt with it and the kid kept her teeth and no longer needed a brace as the dentist was able to straighten them up there and then.

Basically what Im saying is that prior to gaining internet access there is no way I could have delt with the above and that like spunky I am no longer effected by such pictures and am perhaps jaded to human suffering but perhaps thats not abad thing.
it's like in the fly when jeff goldblum goes, "i'm getting better!"

NB via DY

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Sunday, June 1, 2003
categorical boxes

You pick your preferred (or required) sets of "MOTIVE" or "PROVINCE" or "METHOD," and then you trace a greasy line across the monitor to find your techniques.

logarithmic timeline
  • ten billion years ago (astronomical)
  • one billion years ago (geological)
  • 100 million years ago (biological)
  • ten million years ago (primatological)
  • one million years ago (paleontological)
  • 100 thousand years ago (anthropological)
  • ten thousand years ago (archeological)
  • one thousand years ago (historical)
  • one hundred years ago (cultural)
  • ten years ago (personal)
  • one year ago (tyrannical)

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