Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Thu Oct 23 12:03:54 2003
Mortal Blood

This week, I've been getting very little sleep, as I've had a heck of a lot to do at work and for class. I have two really big assignments due today, and so last night and the night before, I stayed up very late getting them done (last night, getting about 3 hours sleep). Surprisingly, breaking up the sleep into 3 1-hour naps seems to have done me a lot of good -- although I'm by no means feeling great, I am relatively alert, I'm not stuck in deep hack mode, and I'm actually feeling ok, although very different than usual. Again, it's the less inhibited, more social Pat, with a lot of the chatter and random thoughts that happen in my head disabled. I'm even finding myself capable of making spelling errors in this state :)

So I went to CMU, and right into a committee meeting on our email infrastructure. I actually it. Huzzah.

PUSH was pretty small last night -- I think most people were busy with schoolwork/midterms and similar... but there was good discussion anyway.

Oddly, both my Psych and Philosophy classes are touching on Pareto surfaces at the same time, or at least closely related topics. This is one of my favourite concepts in mathematics/decision theory. Unfortunately, it's hard to find a good site that describes it without a bunch of uninteresting additional stuff. Hmm. Satisficing, much less interesting, also is showing up for the first time in both within the last week. I wonder if they're timing these things for some more basic class that the other students might theoretically be taking, or if it's just happenstance.

There's a positive review on MacOS X 10.3 that's kind of interesting -- I've had the chance to see some of this stuff in action in a PerlMonger meeting, where there were some people running the beta. Some thoughts:

Here's a kind of funny lesson on outsourcing. Am amusing thought -- do U.S. laws 'add value' for companies? It's a strange way to think about it.. ugh, I hope I'm not going to end up in an afterlife of doing marketing for this :) The articles on this seem to disagree over whether it is back pay or a raise that the Pakistani worker was demanding. Does it make a difference?

I'm still chewing on the Liberal Convent.. I'll spit something out soon. Some interesting things that can be evaluated once I have more to say on it: Does Stanley Fish violate it? Do log cabin republicans violate the conservative side? It seems that American Zionists violate both sides as well, as do their Palestinian-Nationalist counterparts. Where do people fit in politics, outside these borders?

I'm also aiming to tackle the question of media bias in the news.

Oh, gator is suing people for calling their software spyware. They apparently want to be able to supply a legal definition of spyware to the legal community that's way out there, so they can sue for libel. Umm.. yeah.

I've been improving my email and usenet moderation software to both unescape-code and chop HTML before applying filters. An easy change has vastly improved the effectiveness of my existing filters.

Looks like talks have broken down again in Ireland. One good thing about this conflict is that at least we get to hear the funny things they call each other. My favourite quote: "Their new slogan should not be 'Simply British'. I think it should be replaced by 'Simply Stupid"' -- Peter Robinson, of Ulster Parliament.

Hmm.. chances are, I'm going to go home, get some sleep, and come back to work later tonight after I finish with these classes.