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One Sentence Book Reviews, 2011, pt. 3 January 01st, 2012

This is the third part of a three-part series. Part one, part two are available for perusing. I finished up the last book of the year at 10:20 PM on 12/31/2011, just barely meeting my self-imposed goal of sixty books for the year. I did National Novel Writing Month for November, which slowed me ...

Data-Mining My Reddit Comment History September 26th, 2011

Alright, so I was cruising reddit the other day and found a python script that mines through your comment history and pulls all that information into a text file. I immediately did so. One small downside of this is that only the last three months of comment history are stored for access from ...

On The Pros and Cons of Brain Uploading September 20th, 2011

First, some definition of terms. When I talk about brain uploading, I mean making a copy of the brain with virtual neurons, virtual chemicals and virtual chemical receptors. I’m also starting with the premise that this virtual copy contains that nebulous quantity I’ll dub “youness”, though obviously that’s up for debate. I ...

What I Want Out of Superman August 08th, 2011

Superman has always bugged me. The idea of dressing up in a special outfit and going to fight crime I can sort of understand, but it makes more sense for Batman than for Superman. Batman devotes nearly his whole life to fighting crime; even those token times spent as Bruce Wayne serve mostly ...

One Sentence Book Reviews, 2011, pt. 2 August 05th, 2011

I’ve gotten through another twenty books since last time. This puts me about a month ahead of schedule in my reading, which means that I might just have time to read Infinite Jest after all. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – Cynical and somehow still wondrous, and offers a nice variety of emotional impacts. Bossypants by ...

When Life Begins July 11th, 2011

Let me be upfront: this whole blog post is about how much I hate the phrase “Life begins at conception”. The problem is twofold. First, it’s incredibly ambiguous. “Life” can mean a whole bunch of things. I believe when pro-life people use the term, they mean it in the sense of “continuity of ...

One Sentence Book Reviews, 2011 May 10th, 2011

Okay, so this year I’m trying to get through 60 books, which I think it a reasonable goal that will keep me reading without getting sick of it. At year-end, I’ll throw the list up along with some graphs about what my genre tendencies tend to be, authors I read, etc., but for now ...

The Other Ending of Pulp Fiction January 01st, 2011

I keep having this same dream where there’s an alternate ending of Pulp Fiction which everyone hates and I find absolutely hilarious. The actual details of this alternate ending aren’t important, because like most dream stuff, they don’t actually make sense in the context of reality. Just imagine me laughing my ass off ...

The Total Disclosure Project May 08th, 2010

So I’ve said a couple of times on this blog that I’m not real big on privacy. Most of the time, the information that we generate every day is completely worthless, not only to people to know us, but to corporations. The only real concern is whether or not this information could be ...

Arizona Nazis April 27th, 2010

So there’s a new bill out of Arizona which (basically) requires people to carry their papers on them at all times in order to aid the police officers of that state in cracking down on illegal immigration, along with a number of other measures. Cue comparisons to the Nazis. There’s a famous quote by Ben Franklin, “They ...

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