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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 ...

Labor Implications of Content-Aware Fill April 14th, 2010

So I’ve been checking out a lot of the the videos and commentary on Adobe’s new Content-Aware Fill. I find several things about the online discussion to be fairly amusing. Firstly, there are the people who claim that this is fake. I can sort of understand this, as it was originally posted around April ...

Meritocracy is the new Aristocracy April 13th, 2010

It used to be that kings actually were better than everyone else. This was because of their diet; a prince or dauphin growing up would receive a lot more meat than a peasant child, not to mention how much more varied their diet was. So when they finally got to be king, they ...

Videogame Meta-narratives April 06th, 2010

Alright, so I just got done with Assassin’s Creed, and while jumping across the rooftops of Damascus and stabbing people in the throat is great fun, what I found really interesting is the story. Spoilers Follow for Assassin’s Creed and Bioshock The story in Assassin’s Creed is about a guy wandering through the 12th century holy land ...

Cannibalism March 23rd, 2010

I’ve always said that one of the great and terrifying things about the internet is that it allows all of the niche people to find each other. This means chat rooms and message boards that 99% of the population can’t relate to, and online stores where you can buy pretty much anything. Cannibalism, for one ...

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