Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Tue Oct 7 15:18:13 2003
Flashlight under the covers

Tonight's the night I'll be burning the midnight oil.... there's a deadline to get all those laptops done (well, actually just one needs to be done, but getting the others done would also be a big plus, and little additional effort) by late tomorrow (someone needs a system for a conference, and I'd like my new setup tested). It's going to take a long time (most of the installs are network-based, and quite large, like the service packs, Cygwin), mostly empty but with occasional more hands-on work. I'll probably leave work around 5, as usual, and come back around midnight, after a trip to india garden.

This looks really cool, for all you Hedwig fans. I ordered mine. The sound samples are fun too. Another band I like, Firewater is also doing a cover album called Songs We Should Have Written that I'm keen to hear, and Cyndi Lauper also has an upcoming album full of covers too. A thought -- I'm remembering all the times, when I was much younger (9ish?) and didn't have the understanding of music I have now (understanding is such a poor word, see below) I heard people talk about music, having discussions with other people on the topic, and expressing amazement that anyone would want to have two copies of the same song by different people. They talked about the joy of hearing unique interpretations of the music, the difference between the baseline established by the original author, and the unique twists put in by a new author. For the last 10 years or so, I've been part of their ranks, and find myself talking on that level to musicians, and explaining it occasionally to people who don't understand but are interested. Sometimes I look in the mirror and see the younger Pat.. I sometimes regret that I didn't try to get recordings of concerts I played in when I was younger... It wasn't always great, but Brecksville's Orchestra was really good most of the time. It's something that really helped me grow... I also remember how I used to only listen to classical music.. I thought it was noble, and I really did like classical music (as I do now), but my fixation on it was a twisted repression, another aspect gone from my self that I'm glad to be rid of. Internal chains one dons because one thinks them noble are the saddest thing to see on someone... There's a lot of restraint that's necessary or desirable, but a lot of it is simply stupid, and I can think of several people who wear them. I probably do too, and when I have time, I should reevaluate.

Philosophy class is getting interesting -- finally we're past the formalists and the equivilent of the behavioralists in general scientific circles, and moving onto people whose approach to science is dynamic and powerful (just covered Harman and Glymour). It just seems fundamentally wrongheaded to me to try to treat hypotheses and data in equations, and it leads to a whole bunch of paradoxes that are simply uninteresting. One thing I am grateful for is that the class is actually leading me to a deeper understanding of the subject of the philosophical foundations of a lot of the specifics of science.

I have two ideas for my term paper for that class -- I'd like to use the different metrics for confirmation, learning, and all that to evaluate either Wolfram's book (which, fascinatingly, has a Mathematica module to demonstrate concepts) or James Gleick's book Chaos: Making a new Science. Either would be fascinating, and both are books that will eventually end up on my bookshelf..

Looks like the neoconservatives and the continual slow liberalization of christianity is coming to a head again.. On one front, the issue of gay clergy, on the other, issues with other religions. They're right, in a way. There's a comprimise between having a message, and diluting it to please people. I disagree with their message, of course, and oppose it, but I'm not one of the style of atheists that's going to tell them that the christian bible doesn't condemn these things -- it clearly (to me, anyhow) does. I'll just say that it condones slavery and other nasty stuff, and condemns a lot of other perfectly fine stuff, and that instead of caring what it, the Qu'ran, or any other holy work says, you're better off chucking the whole lot.

Oh, there's a new onion out.