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Tuesday, April 30, 2002
you ever been in love stile?

Yeah, I think I have. Seems like only yesterday I was in High School. Back then I loved a girl once until it made me sick. I'm a weak, pathetic man who couldn't get up the balls to make a move, even though the chick was digging me and we would hang out. So now I'm bald, run a website, never leave the house and stifle any romantic feelings before they start. Ain't life a bitch? Love can ruin you, but I think not taking any chances in life can be even worse. [also see: So you've decided to do away with that pesky thing called a social life! Congratulations! :]

modest mouse and flaming lips to tour?

Remember when Lollapalooza first popped up? Remember how cool it was to have a seemingly random selection of acts that represented a wide range of styles and genres? Well, the Unlimited Sunshine Tour features one of the most eclectic-- yet potentially successful-- lineups we've heard in a while. It seems that Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips, De La Soul, and Cake are among the acts signed on so far. [also, Isaac Brock Gets Ugly on Solo Debut -- mark your calendars :]

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Monday, April 29, 2002
watched no man's land and living in oblivion :) thanks local blockbuster improving foreign section and sundance film selection!

personally, i think the dominoes are spaced a little too far apart, if you know what i mean :) separated by a second, separated by an eternity!

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Friday, April 26, 2002
by clay shirky! (oreillynet)

Well, here's a data point for you. We're building a wireless network at NYU, and you can't currently walk into J&R Computer World and buy 802.11b equipment, because people ask for it as it comes off the truck. When they get a shipment then they sell out that day and then they have to get another shipment. We've crossed some unbelievable tipping point in wireless where it's easy enough to set up at home that people are just buying the kit down at J&R and doing it on their own.

by r. jason valentine :)(slashdot)

Today, the world rejoiced. It's been 45 years since nuclear weaponry had reached numbers and yield to destroy all life on earth at least one time over, and we haven't done it yet. Senior level officials at Norad and the Pentagon were seen slapping each other on the back and smoking large cigars. Said one high-ranking official, "Man, I've never done my job - which basically involves blowing up the wholeworld - and I'm glad! I hear I'm even getting a bonus this year!"

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Thursday, April 25, 2002
guth's guess! (via metafilter)

"If laws are just properties of objects," he says, "how can those laws continue to operate when the object is not really there?"

wedding porn :)(via plastic)

So Shannon manages to shield her "rules" from Alex, thereby creating even more mystery and frustration.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

tessellating animation (via boing boing :)

tiny animated gif people (via yakitori!)

animated fishing gifs (via yakitori!)

caspar david friedrich (via wood s lot :)

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Tuesday, April 23, 2002
numbers as an emergent property!

The missing ingredient is a method for attaching objective probabilities to social outcomes. What we would really like to know, and what descriptive statistical methods alone usually cannot tell us, is the likelihood of a given outcome, a given social reality. 'What if the (historical) tape were run again?', as Stephen Jay Gould famously asked. Here the physical sciences repay their debt to the social sciences with some new analytical tools. The most basic technique is dynamical systems theory which provides methods to describe the global behavior of systems of differential equations. Systems of N variables are tracked in their passage through N-dimensional space, allowing the researcher to ask where the system spends most of its time; and thus to assess its characteristic patterns of behavior. In continuous deterministic dynamical systems, all possible time series make up the vector field which is represented by the system's phase portrait, an idea first proposed by Poincare. Analogous questions can be asked about discrete dynamical systems, such as random Boolean networks and cellular automata. Where analytical solutions cannot be found, repeated simulations can be analyzed for their statistical properties. The initial exploration of these systems has been rewarded by the discovery of unsuspected patters of simplicity and order, from Feigenbaum's number to Langton's 'edge of chaos,' Wolfram's Class 4 cellular automata and Bak's self-organized criticality. Closer to home (where 'home' is the social sciences), evolutionary game theory has been remarkably successful at predicting patterns of behavior in stickleback fish, naked mole rats, elephant seals – and possibly, homo sapiens.[16018]

the ironic center (via ptypes :)

He stood over me. "Read out the first paragraph of this book," he insisted.

I read, "Arnold Schoenberg always thought of himself as an inevitable historical force."

Popper grabbed the book from my hands and threw it down on the table. "Now, what has this to do with music?" he demanded. "We can wish to do our work well—but this wish to do work that is ahead of its time, this is nothing but historicist propaganda. Bach and Mozart never wished to shock people—they never worried about the 'shock value' of their work."

I tried to turn the subject to books, and asked him if there were any contemporary writers he admired.

"There are a very few I have enjoyed," he said. "The writer J. D. Salinger is the one I admire most. He has written one or two things that are quite good." He got up, found a dog-eared copy of "The Catcher in the Rye," and placed it on the table, where it joined Schoenberg and Johansson and the rest. "Yes, this is a very good study of adolescent psychology," he said. "I do not care for his last book. Tell me, what has he published recently?"

I informed him that Salinger hadn't published anything in a decade.

Popper stared off again. "Yes, no doubt he, too, was a victim of historicism."[16408]

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Monday, April 22, 2002
hello. did you have a nice weekend? i had a nice weekend. i assembled fishing poles, hookt worms and taught some kids how to shoot paintballs with a slingshot. also, i do not know if i might have any tenderly suckling ticks attached to my torpid body, draining away essentia to feed a pattern of which i know not. i may very well be a nourishing host. i pray i might. i do not know.

i got a new cd. sultry, smoky, adult contemporary norah jones! i like shoot the moon :) btw, did everyone catch P.O.D. on SNL? "the free fall release!" hairs growin' rout my 'rogenous zones :) remember kandahar. also, i've been compiling monster hits of the mid-90s! so far i have :

  1. super soul sis (jah skills)
  2. this is the shack (the dove shack) and
  3. nationowl (nowl)

that's all so far for now. i haf summore ideers, but dey remain sekret :) i think it will be pretty good if i ever get round t'it.

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