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RPG + Exercise November 04th, 2009

Okay, so I was talking with Anni and Alyssa about what would motivate me to exercise, and I decided that what would work best is some way of tying my use of the internet to an exercise bike. Anni suggested that I just tie it to the power supply, but I don’t like that ...

The Ethics of Animals September 30th, 2009

A couple of days I got in an argument with my girlfriend while watching TV. There was an episode of Bones on where they go to investigate a dog fighting ring. I don’t really find that all that sad. Here’s why. With dog fighting specifically, dogs are being made to kill each other ...

The Hitler Time Travel Exemption Act September 14th, 2009

George Waterson coughs into his fist, shifts the pencils around on his desk, then looks at the young man who’s just sat down in the chair in front of him. “So,” he says in his friendly, interested voice, “Why do you want to kill Hitler?” The young man, who his schedule says is Barney Melville, radiates anger. ...

Chronoportation FAQ July 10th, 2009

Who is this FAQ for?This FAQ is intended to be a quick primer for those interested in chronoportation. For a more in depth treatment of the legal aspects, see this Department of Justice page or consult with a lawyer. For a more in depth treatment of the technical aspects, see this wikipedia page. Who ...

Man v. Machine May 07th, 2009

Machine to compete on Jeopardy. Well now. Anyone who follows AI research probably knows that natural language stuff is terribly difficult for computers. Computers completely outclass humans when it comes to computational stuff, and come in a close second in expert systems like mechanics, physics, and medicine, but a command of natural language has ...

Capitalism! April 23rd, 2009

We were talking in my Brit Lit II class today about how capitalism differs from socialism, the end goal being a review of Heart of Darkness. We didn’t even get to the book, in part because I, and a lot of other people, like to talk about these things. Anyway, I had said ...

Happy Endings March 26th, 2009

So I’m going to be watching Moulin Rouge with Alyssa tonight, and she told me that she always stops it at the end when everything is happy, before the movie becomes sad. It got me to thinking about narrative arcs, and the interplay between audience/creator. When you write something, or produce something, the majority of ...

The Expanding Infinity of Other People February 09th, 2009

A person is finite. The mind is contained within the brain, and the brain is obviously finite. But a person, like just about anything that you can look at, expands in complexity the closer you look at him. A person is finite, and therefor understandable, but that finite space is so large ...

The Fermi Paradox January 29th, 2009

The Fermi Paradox is this; if life is capable of existing on a planet, and space travel is possible, then why have we seen no evidence of extraterrestrial life? We know that life exists on one planet, so it is logical to assume that life exists on other planets. Furthermore, we know that intelligent life ...

Nonviolence January 24th, 2009

I’ve been reading a combination of things lately. First, I’ve been reading a lot of Mennonite history. Second, I’ve been reading stuff written by crazy people. This led me to a tract written by Theodore Kaczynski, “When Nonviolence is Suicide” (PDF). Here’s some Mennonite history; the Anabaptist movement was roughly concurrent with the ...

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