Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Wed Nov 5 10:31:04 2003
Damning drops of water, or trial of leaves

The title? I'm not sure which -- was going to use trial of leaves for last night's entry, but I was falling asleep while writing it.

Overhead at the Coffee Tree last night: Person1: I think Arnold's really a Democrat Person2: No, I think he's actually a celebrity

Last night's trip to Coffee Tree was pretty fun, and decently productive -- did some stuff for work, and I'm starting to work on ways to use tables to make my BLOG more attractive. I want it to have a sidebar as well as a menu across the top, but doing that nicely and making it work well with Links and at least readable with Lynx is challenging. Eventually some friends came along, and someone happened to have some anime -- SD Gundam, on a CD-R, so we watched 5 (very funny) episodes. After that, I put on one of the episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force I have, and then it turned out they had a funny Simpsons episode on them. It was fun, watching movies sitting at a table at coffee tree.. I hope I can go hiking with them this coming weekend -- it all depends on when my car gets done.

More thoughts on the paper I mentioned last night -- it attempts to reseat the process of scientific discovery, and all the terms in that framework, on the ground of computational theory. It has some things that I'm not sure I'm clear on -- the way some things work out (such as how incomputability prevents the actual confirmation, and the groundedness of his notion of convergence) make the framework a bit less novel than I initially thought, but it remains rather novel, and I get the feeling I don't quite understand all the details yet. When I get the time to reread it, and other papers he's written in the same experimental philosophy, things will hopefully clear up.

Last night, I also had an interesting discussion on the philosophy behind mathematics. It was, in a sense, a cousin to another discussion yesterday with my Philosophy professor after class, on the different schools of thought regarding whether anything is truly a priori in the strong sense.

I'm going to try to schedule an appointment with my Doctor soon -- every time I eat, I come close to falling asleep about 45 minutes later, and it's getting really old.

Some blurbs... It's a fad! Everyone loves to declare their enemies to be terrorists. In this case, just call them ubercapitalists, people who would sell their friends and family for the right price, who look at natural parks and see lumber and ore, people who think the market does everything worth doing, and anything else isn't worth doing.

Apparently seatbelts are in order for the chairs at some research institutions. Seriously though, the article is really interesting in two ways.. first, that heart and circulatory damage can be undone so rapidly, and secondly that there's now a drug form of HDL that can be used to introduce these effects.

I'm always a bit skeptical of Al Jazeera on this topic -- they're reporting that Palestinian olive groves are being destroyed by settlers. It's a bloody shame. It seems a lot of the tension in the area would be relieved if the settlers were just reigned in, one way or another. When legitimate sources of income and ways of life are destroyed, what can one expect of what's left? I suspect many of the settlers are the racial purity types though..

On that topic, I find this commentary on the Katikvah (Israeli nat'l anthem) interesting. I find myself disagreeing with pretty much all aspects of the Rabbi's analysis. He calls it unsingable, while I have a very nice MP3 of people singing it, and have sung along to it (along with most other songs I like on my computer). He says that the language isn't part of the Israeli 'new hebrew', and while that might be true, I don't see that as a problem. He comments that it's in the Ashkenazi form, and sounds not Sephardi enough. Again, so what? Finally, he says it's not even Jewish music. It's been part of the history for at least a hundred years.. what more could they want? Would it even be a problem if it were a truly foreign song? It seems like the Rabbi has a serious case of NIH.

It's interesting, how the Saudis are in a prime position to deal with the hardline terrorists -- they're almost certainly going to be at Mecca for Ramadan, and if they can be picked out from the masses, as in this particular article, they're within easy grabbing range.

The system I mentioned before, allowing Windows NDIS drivers to be wrapped for use on Linux, actually works rather well. Kudos to Linuxant. It's a bit quirky -- I need to run some stuff before I can bring up the network, and its selection of access points seems to be fragile -- I can't connect to my AP at home (although I haven't troubleshot that at all yet). Reception is a lot better than the PCMCIA card I have though..

I'm not sure who these folks are trying to impress. If anything, I find that more irritating than vanilla Xians. You can't eat your cake and have it too :)

I think it's about time I have some scheduled maintenance for my apartment, my mozilla bookmarks, and my mental state of being. I need to clean... Within the next few days, I imagine.