Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Mon Dec 22 05:13:38 2003
Hidden lines

I recently was digging through some old photos on my computer, and noticed something interesting about JPEG compression -- while loading a jpeg in my image viewer, it starts out with fuzzy patterns that fade as more details come in.. but if you work on holding the fuzziness in your mind, you can still see them as distortions in the original picture. I guess what's happening, in a sense, is that the distortions, done sufficiently finely, define the picture, and the 'first shot' patterns would only truly fade if a fully raster version of the graphic were there... I know my use of the term is somewhat unorthodox, but in some ways, vector graphics and compression are related divergencies from raster graphics, with scalability being an interesting twist. My brain is currently thinking about differences in scaling the display of a vector graphic and doing interpolation when scaling a raster graphic. I love that kind of thought -- when the 'out there' theory part of the brain is chewing on a concrete topic.

Turns within turns. Life occasionally presents a pleasant surprise. As of yesterday, something changed, and although it might take some mental repositioning, I think I have a good chance at having/sharing a kind of happiness I haven't had for some time. I'll write more when I'm comfortable. w00t!

A collective blog to look at

H-bomb info the government sued to keep quiet Actually, there's a lot of discussion, both within the issue of progressive this is and outside, regarding if it's a good thing this was published. As per the usual, I side with the free-speechers on this one, but it does seem to be an an exceptional case where I'm not as far from having no position as I normally am. It's not that I'm interested in preserving American hegemony, but this does seem, at least on the surface, to be like the Anarchist's Cookbook, a book I remember floating around the bulletin board scene 8+ years ago with detailed recipes for making pipe bombs and the like. Sure, I probably have a copy stashed away somewhere, but despite my concerns for free speech, I realize that people could cause a lot of trouble with it... like this.

A reflection -- you notice in my philosophy that I talk a lot about my positions, my concerns, etc. I think this is due to the shift of perspective from absolutism to value-based -- relativism mandates that we at least acknowledge that our values are personal, and so we have to give up at least thinking about them as absolutes. Thus, saying 'it is better' become 'I/we value X more', or similar, and disagreements about the moral nature of things become realizations that people don't hold the same values. It makes sense, although it does often make natural a manner of philosophical speaking that seems .. wordy.

Apparently, Google has money for unusual toys. I've never actually tried one of those toilets that does water cleaning of the.. body areas .. used after toilet use. If I had a chance, I probably would once, but it does seem strange to me. For $1200/toilet, I hope they really like them, and that they don't break often..

A former netscape executive decided to donate about $4000 for the porting of Mozilla to the Amiga. I really am of mixed feelings about this -- that money could certainly have better spent, I think, but it is good to see the community providing in new areas. Perhaps the Amoeboids will join/support our community if they get hooked on our software.. at this point, they have little hope for any commercial friends :)

Some cellhpones will keep tabs on you. Apparently parents and bosses are using their provided cellphones to know where their employees are. On the first point, I imagine there's a continual playful battle between parents and kids on liberties, where the kids are, and what they're doing.. it might worry that that battle's limits are being shifted by new technology -- kids used to play with slingshots and skip school for a variety of reasons, from what I read (and hear from adults).. all sorts of adventures.. they learned not to get caught, and eventually caution, on their own. That seems like a good thing...

Buy.com is spamming me a lot... I might've bought something from them at one point, I don't remember for sure. Now I'm thinking of killfiling them. I wish businesses wouldn't do that kind of thing.

Here's a parody of a popular TV show.

A bit more on the French religion issue..

I've been chewing a bit on Sharon's recent statements and plans regarding what to do if the current peace efforts fail. On the face of it, the continuation of the wall-building seems like a bad thing, and the unilateralism seems problematic, but it is possible that a long-term peace might be achievable, and while he doesn't present a plan that's anywhere close to being an ideal arrangement, it's possible that it might succeed where other plans have failed at achieving peace of sorts. I'm not really sure what to think about it yet. Let's hope it doesn't come to that. The liberal peace plan, while not proposed by anyone who can actually do anything, seems like it might be a good way for things to work out. The current efforts might also be fruitful -- the current Palestinian leadership is perhaps more inclined to peace than things have been for awhile. A single, unified state sounds best, but so far it seems that option isn't being floated by anyone with any power.

Meanwhile, the situation in Taiwan continues to heat up. I wish coverage were better on it...