--from a page of stereoviews of old Japan - interesting, by the time I saw it I don't think it had those tropical-looking trees. (The other photos on the stereoview page are probably a bit more interesting though.)
I posted a site using that "wigglegram trick" before, it's a nice way to suggest the old viewmaster style 3Dness.
Speaking of that kind of thing, Crayola has an interesting gimmick I saw when I was looking to buy sidewalk chalk for my "Feynamn Diagram" costume -- at first I thought the gimmick was that the glasses had divergent angles, making everything a bit "wall-eyed" and thus providing a different view of everything, but judging by that page, it must be some prismatic effect that bends certain colors more than others.
http://www.cracked.com/photoshop_3_the-40-most-inappropriate-childrens-book-covers_p40 - a bit risque in parts but made me giggle.
http://www.glorioustrainwrecks.com/node/408#comment-2875 - some 'wreckers put my jack-o-lantern wreck to good use.
"Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities." --Aldous Huxley via http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/happinessproject/"Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -- in fact, they're almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil..." --Robert Heinlein. Not sure if I buy it or not but it has a nice ring to it. I'm not sure what the staff just sang at Chili's but I think it might've been "happy happy birthday / you know we're all excited / we'd like to sing the real song / but it might be copyrighted"
A job or two ago I did some consulting at the same company as Sam Kent. (He introduced me to the joy of running one of those "Blue Screen of Death" screensavers, and the momentary start it gives to the unwary-- "FUNNY EVERY TIME" he assured me and I kind of believe it!)
I used to follow his LiveJournal, but just now found out that he's kind of shifted hears, blog-wise, and now set himself to answer Eleven Questions A Day:
What was my weight/body fat percentage when I woke up?
What physical activity did I get?
How much credit card debt did I have when I woke up?
What did I do to relax?
When did I lose my temper?
How did I make someone else happy?
What mental activity did I get?
What did I do that was creative?
What did I do to get closer to God?
What am I supposed to do before tomorrow?
What was my favorite moment?
The blog's inaugural post explains the choice of questions, and what he hopes to get by posting those somewhat private things online.
I support this kind of ritualized blogging, and respect his goal-driven and self-improvement-oriented stance. He welcomes readers and commenters as likely to goad his sense of accountability.
Fun with Windows: 1.Go to coworker's machine. 2.Press ctrl-alt-downarrow 3.giggle uncontrollably (didn't know this 'til I did it on myself!)
"It only looks big 'cause it's way up there..." "That's what SHE said!" "...that wasn't a very good one." "...that-- is also what she said." --Amber + Me looking at "kitty condos"http://www.slate.com/id/2234019/ - Grammar, Intellectual Classism, and the Google Suggest feature
Listening to non-Fiction Audiobooks forms a kind of meditation, having to stay focused and not let your mind wander...
The very word jaywalk is an interesting—and not historically neutral—one. Originally an insult against bumptious "jays" from the country who ineptly gamboled on city sidewalks, it was taken up by a coalition of pro-automobile interests in the 1920s, notes historian Peter D. Norton in his book Fighting Traffic. --http://www.slate.com/id/2234011/. Heh, "bumptious". http://mightygodking.com/index.php/2009/11/02/hollywood-ruins-everything/ - how not to redo a movie poster
"The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average anti-gay-marriage voter." FFS, Maine!! Also: newly elected Republican governors: a rebuke against Obama, or a rebuke against Obama with an obstructionist GOP not able to undo 8 years of Bush damage in 10 months?
Q: How many IBM cpu's does it take to do a logical right shift? A: 33. 1 to hold the bits and 32 to push the register. --http://twitter.com/siwisdom
kirk: I JUST BOUGHT PANTS (khakis and an experimental gray w/ subtle pinstripe - hope you like...) amber: OMG, you are a WILD & CRAZY GUY! kirk: YOU GOT THAT RIGHT SISTER I MEAN I BOUGHT THE *HELL* OUT OF THOSE PANTS also some lego amber: Haha! --TXTing between Amber and me
I've been listening to Karen Armstrong's "The Case for God" on audiobook. It takes a lot discipline to listen to stay focused on a non-fiction audiobook, something akin to what you need during meditation.
She asserts repeatedly that ancient peoples had a clear split between Mythos and Logos (an idea first introduced to me in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"). Some cultures had multiple creation myths geared at explaining different aspects of the human experience, and none of them were expected to hold up to a literal interpretation as historic events. The book doesn't really cite evidence, though (at least not the audio version, I don't know if the real thing has endnotes or something) so I'm left wondering if maybe folks were just, you know, gullible back then. I mean, I'm sure some of the hoi polloi took the stories at face value -- I can't believe the question "mommy, did that really happen?" is new, created by our modern culture.
On a friend's private message board, he quoted slain politician Pim Fortuyn's line about "I don't hate Islam. I consider it a backward culture." My response was
I'm starting to think that the the backwardness of any given culture is in direct proportion to the degree the Fundamentalists (be they religious or atheistic, like the commies) hold sway.
And of course one of the traits of Religious Fundamentalism is that it demands to be thought of as scientifically, historically accurate and true. I'm not sure if Literalism is always a requirement, or if some branches of Fundamentalism admit to a poetic reading of parts of their scriptures.
My friend asked me to put my concluding statement on the site's quote board:
Fundies have this brittle need for the Mythos to be backed by Logos, but trying to back Faith with Science is bad for both faith and science.
This is what we see in America today. Evolution really shouldn't be a question... but it's also not an answer, a fact we saw demonstrated by the Social Darwinism and Eugenicist movements.
Of course, non-religious Fundamentalists have the inverse problem of Logos minus Mythos (Man, it's annoying that "Logos" looks like the plural of "logo"). At my UU Science and Spirituality group I said of Dawkins and his crew that I believe them to also be Fudamentalists, the difference is they probably have the facts on their side. But what they need to accept is those facts probably aren't what really matter to the human experience, and science is notoriously bad at showing us how to live, or why.
You know, some of the issue with a Mythos/Logos split is why should anyone believe one thing rather than another? Atheist Fundies seem to be worried that people would start to believe any old thing, which partially explains mockery like The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster... I don't think that's how people actually work, however.
So why do people believe what they believe? Probably because it "feels right" - but what feels right is probably what they're used to, and what they're used to is probably what they grow up with.
(Tangent: in some ways, this is parallel to the kind of accountability that is what attracted me to a rationalistic outlook. I seem to live in subconscious fear of being called to account for why I make certain decisions, like if they went wrong, and just saying "well I went with my gut feeling" might not cut it, even in this hypothetical scenario. Being able to present the logical steps that led to my conclusion, though, seems like a much stronger defense -- even if I was wrong, I put in a good effort, and wasn't "just guessing".)
So is "culturally established" truth inherently suspect? Sometimes I wonder if it isn't like Warhol's "Art is what you can get away with" line, that the demonstrated longevity and strength of a form of Mythos in YOUR culture is a greatly determining factor. (Isn't there some quote from the Dali Lama about how you probably shouldn't try to switch to Buddhism if that's not what you grew up with?) Still, noting that I believed what I believed because I grew up immersed in one religious culture, and that if I had been born the child of an Imam rather than a Sweet Talkin' Son of a Preacher Man I'd most likely be struggling to be as good a Moslem as I had been trying to keep true to Christianity, was a huge blow to my faith, one that I'll probably never fully shake off.
Hmm. Still, it's weird how the Scientific Revolution probably helped inspire so many Christians to insist that their outlook was just as backed by Logos as it was by Mythos, and that leads us to the culture wars this country has today.
The "just" in the phrase "that's just a myth" is a terrible, terrible word. Myths can be True even if they're not true. Can people accept that? Like Bokonon said, as channeled in Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle"
Live by the foma [Harmless Untruths] that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.
Maybe they're doesn't need to be much more to it than that.
You know what description you never want a woman you've slept with to apply to your sexual technique? "Baffling." --Mary Elizabeth Williams, How not to make love like a porn starCongratulations to the Yankees. They finally got the team they've been paying for all along...
Q: Why did the tachyon cross the road? A: Because it was on the other side. -- http://twitter.com/siwisdomNow John Henry said to the inventor, "All your tubes don't mean a damn. All your wires and your circuits They are just a modern quirk. It's Never ever gonna beat a Thinkin' Man. "They are never gonna beat a Thinkin' Man." --The Thinking Man, John Henry (via http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1769868/posts )http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-200-calories-look-like.htmDeveloper Rant: God damn, I'm so sick of editors that auto-close tags, quotes, curly-braces, and parens. They screw up more than they help.
For a bit I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt, maybe they've never encountered jumping jacks, or... but you know? I try new-to-me exercises sometimes, and I don't think I'm THIS bad... could it be intentional?
What's this? Some kind of half-assed font based on Fourteen-Segment LCD Displays? Could this be some kind of study for the secret project that's totally going to dominate this site for the lion's share of december? MMM COULD BE...
http://openofficemouse.com/pr110609.html - worst mouse ever?
New shoes, work casual slip-ons. Realizing I'm just now getting over the trauma of only being able to wear slip-ons in first grade 'cause I didn't know how to tie 'em and velcro sneakers weren't around.
"Did you apply for a job at the Vitamin Shoppe?" "He said he didn't have any openings." "-everybody has openings... ....or how does he poop with?"
Pretty Epic! This is by I Love Local Commercials. I also liked their band advertisement, though checking out their site, you kid of get the idea they might be hipster d-bags, but hey - still kind of amusing (also they did that weirdly anti-racist "Red House" ad that was making the rounds a while back... I guess I liked them more before i realized how many of the commercials they show up in as bad musical accompaniment. )
--Workplace poster. You know, I can understand how that kind of hair touching has sexual overtones and is totally inappropriate for work, especially from someone in a position of authority, but dang, why does she have to take off her glasses all sexy like like that?
support for gay marriage by age and state - the kids are alright. More alright than the old folks, anyway
With all the Windows updates I get the alloyed joy of watching various browser screens refresh-- slowly, top to bottom, like w/ an old modem
NY Times Infotoy on Employment broken down by demographic. Guess I'm demographically blessed... (Guess I knew that)
http://rot13.com is down. No awesoma powa for me :-(
This toy is designed to hasten the child's adjustment to the world around him. No matter how carefully he puts it together, it won't work. --The New Yorker"But are you having fun?" "No, Fun isn't the word- it's good to do- it's retrospective fun I'm having. In six months time I'm having fun" --Eddie Izzard from behind the scenes of "Across the Universe" - great flick, kind of like Baz Luhrmann meets the Beatles. Heh, retrospective fun-
The Panglossian pessimist says, "Isn't it a shame that this is, after all, the best of all possible worlds!" Imagine a beer comercial: as the sun sets over the mountains, one of the hunks lounging around the campfire intones, "It doesn't get any better than this!" -- at which point his beautiful companion burts into tears: "Oh no! Is that really true?" It wouldn't sell much beer. --Daniel Dennett, "Darwin's Dangerous Idea". I cranked up my restrospect page so that is shows me more of the old stuff from my PalmPilot, specifically the stuff that's undated.It not infrequently happens that something about the earth, about the sky, about other elements of this world, about the motion and rotation or even the magnitude and distances of the stars, about definite eclipses of the sun and moon, about the passage of years and seasons, about the nature of animals, of fruits, of stones, and of other such things, may be known with the greatest certainty by reasoning or by experience, even by one who is not a Christian. It is too disgraceful and ruinous, though, and greatly to be avoided, that he [the non-Christian] should hear a Christian speaking so idiotically on these matters, and as if in accord with Christian writings, that he might say that he could scarcely keep from laughing when he saw how totally in error they are. In view of this and in keeping it in mind constantly while dealing with the book of Genesis, I have, insofar as I was able, explained in detail and set forth for consideration the meanings of obscure passages, taking care not to affirm rashly some one meaning to the prejudice of another and perhaps better explanation. –St. Augustine, De Genesi ad literam. People on the dumb side of the Evolution "debate" should take this guy to heart...http://www.slate.com/id/2234738/ - the results of fun with "google suggest"
http://www.wikihow.com/Develop-Your-Photography-Skills - really dig the advice presented here.
END OF THE WORLD! mkb linked http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/2012-the-end-of-the-world/ which I liked a bit more than http://scifiwire.com/2009/11/2012-15-doomsday-propheci.php
It's fun to think about alternative universes, where what "might've been" is what is. Also fun: remember then that THIS universe is someone's alternative.
http://www.slate.com/id/2235357/ - heh, Y2K, a look back. Man, 11 years ago I was pretty uptight!
If I wasn't so neurotic I could write "yes, that Wed. is when my mom arrives" not "yes, that Wed. is what I wrote down for my mom's arrival" Heaven For-f'in-fend that I EVER be the bearer of misinformation! Is it a weasel-y way of being scared of being caught out, or a somewhat noble regard for the strict accuracy?
From a Zen perspective, can one be "free of ego" but also "take pride in ones work"? Seems like diligence is tough without the latter.
I'd love a program to replace all my iTunes album art with random Flick'r images. (And then put the cover art back when I realize this is a bad idea. Still the image/song synchronicity in the meantime might be cool.)
"Shake=Undo" must be the worst iPhone gesture ever. It's so designer-cutesy but useless-can't control how much is undone- and easy to "oops"
--Not unlike what I did - yikes, five years ago, right down to stylized dracula/wolfman/frankenstein/mummy, though this time I think I'll refrain from annotating every damn one. (Also it didn't scan too too well but I'm pleased with the 3Dness I got in that nose. I really have trouble with adding depth to anything I doodle.)
Man, five years! Chronologically that's more than college!
This reminds me I need to reinvigorate efforts to improve my doodle-upload mojo.
Negative of a negative Amber found in a cupboard in her house, presumably of some previous occupant. (I mirrored it here, not sure which way it's supposed to go but this looks a bit more balanced)
Ariana had her 30th birthday, and it had a Steampunk theme! (My costume was muted, an oddly militaristic outfit, a trenchcoat adorned with 2 steamish looking pipes, and an authentic late-1800s Voltmeter I found in the basement that I lugged around despite its weighing a good 15 pounds.) But Ariana was in full corset-and-bandolier regalia--
Michi, who helped arrange things and then flew in from Chicago, was probably the belle of the ball, what with her firedancing in the backyard and all... kind of amazing!
"I find it hard to be sympathetic toward beggars when they have smartphones, even if they are Blackberries." --http://twitter.com/i_am_splungeWhy did Dr. Manhattan cross the road? It is May 18, 1979. I am crossing a road. via
Defense has to be the best part of most sports. These guys can throw and catch in their sleep; how do you stop that?
Least favorite part about undefeated Colts; those guys don't even try for unbeaten seasons, so the Dolphins' achievement will go unchallenged.
by Dr.Osamu Tezuka
November 3 1928- February 9 1989
He was a Mangaka, Japanese manga artist and animator.
Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He is often credited as the Father of Anime, and the Walt Disney of Japan.
I totally endorse alarm clocks with "gradual wake" that start beeping very softly then slowly crank it up. Emerson Research has good ones.
But, like other modern atheists and agnostics before him, Harris goes on to declare that faith is the root of all evil. A belief might seem innocent enough, but once you have blindly accepted the dogma that Jesus can be eaten in the form of a cracker, you have made a space in your mind for other monstrous fictions: that God desires the destruction of Israel, the ethnic cleansing of Palestineans, or the 9/11 massacres. Everybody must stop believing in anything that cannot be verified by the emperical methods of science. --Karen Armstrong, "The Case for God". I'm nearing the end of her audiobook; finally she's getting to what I think is the target of her long and deep survey of the religious outlook, and it seems to be a strong endorsement of Postmodern Relativism. I think she's right to say that the New Atheism is a form of Fundamentalism, but I think in saying "look, there are alternatives to assuming that science and religion talk about the same sort of stuff" (namely recognizing the difference between Mythos and Logos, NOMA, Non-Overlapping Magisteria as she cites Stephen Jay Gould putting it) and explaining that split has existed for a long, long time, she is ignoring religion as it is practiced by the vast majority of people today. It's always dangerous to make presumptions about the spiritual journeys of others but it feels to me that a lot of people feel their faith instead of think about it, which is ok-- but I think few of them engage deeply enough to challenge a very literal reading of their scriptures. This does leave them vulnerable to accepting a variety of ideas of varying degrees of truth and dangerousness.I bought a 24 pack of Whole Foods' Lime Italian Mineral Water for $8 yesterday... it's ok stuff, but "Serve ice cold for a deliciously refreshing thirst quencher and we promise you'll never drink plain water again"??? -- LIARS!
This morning, singing to Amber, I was surprised to realize just how much of the "Diff'rent Strokes" theme song I recall- pretty much all of it.
Amber sent me this link, which seemed like a diagrammatic version of
And I am reminded of the great Sultan who asked his Sufi master to provide him with a special gift. He desired a gift that would make him content when he faced despair, and humble when overflowing with joy. The master came to him and brought a simple silver ring. 'What is this?' the Sultan cried. 'How can a mere ring perform such a feat as I require?' The master replied, 'Sire, read the inscription engraved thereon. And remember it for it will bring contentment out of despair, and humility our of unrestrained rapture.' The Sultan read the words: 'This too must pass'. And I too am travelling with hope and humility. However my journey ends I know: This too must pass.
That's the conclusion of this webpage, and the contentment/humility is a better way of stating the goal than the King Solomon version "If a happy man looks at it, he becomes sad, and if a sad man looks at it, he becomes happy", because unhappiness for its own sake seems perverse.
My coworker has this "Dream Aquarium" screen saver for Windows running on a spare laptop - I'd like something similar for iPhone, but the apps all seem to lack the soothing mellowness of real fish-- (gazing at a big ol' aquarium was a serious de-stressing therapy my former boss, a pharmacist, used when his mom died.)
Kate found http://www.talusfurniture.com/watch/ -similar idea to my http://kisrael.com/2009/03/13/ which I'd like to put on hacked GBAs...
built with processing
left and right mousebutton flaps for player 1. player 2 can take over the computer at any time by using z and x to flap. first to 10 wins.
The long-awaited 3D follow up to my original unoriginal original Atari 2600 JoustPong/FlapPing, an early entry to Glorious Trainwrecks' Klik of the Month Klub #29 It's not too well tuned gameplay-wise, or maybe it's just not a great idea at its core - still it's nice to have finally made it after 2 or 3 false starts in previous KotMKs.
Nice sea smell to rain in Boston. But the Walgreens automatic door was not working- confused by heavy rain? I mean people are 72% water...
Things I learned at work today: there is an entire product category of "Bag Flatteners, Vibratory"- just what it says on the tin I suspect!
Last night at "Science + Spirituality" a guy was rockin' a reverse-Hitler 'stache- did he shave it like that or just have a very bare philtrum?
Many authors should not read for their own audiobooks-Augusten Burroughs' over-enunciated drawl is only tolerable with the 2x speed feature.
I kind of like how the opening to "The Andy Griffith Show" had almost nothing to do with the show itself.
http://jordanmechner.com/old-journals/1985/10/october-20-1985/ - heh, anyone who played the original Prince of Persia will dig this video...
"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." --B. F. Skinner - now I don't feel so bad about forgetting so much stuffWeird that "hot" can mean "too spicy" or "too warm"- a form of synesthesia/dyslexia? They can both mean "painful to eat" but not in the same way "Cap'N Crunch" can be... I wonder if other languages mix that up.
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/18/phys-ed-why-exercise-makes-you-less-anxious/ - exercise = less anxious, or, I dunno, just used to feeling bad?
So today I hung out with EB and EBB1. We went to the playground at Rockport Elementary School. Man, I have to say - playgrounds have gotten truly amazing.
First off was this giant structure. It's, like, almost more sized for adults than kids...
Kind of a fun shot by EB...
But this was the main attraction -- man it was huge! Like 4 or 5 slides, lots of climbing things, chimes to play music, some weird interactive things almost out of the Museum of Science, signs with sign language or braille on one side and jokes or phrases the other to try it out on... (and in the background, that wavy thing that is this crazy kind of multi-person, no-big-impact seesaw.
But of course EB and I had been playing the new Wii Mario game, and I noted that this random bit of asphalt looked an awful lot like the bushrooms from the game, and EB had to live out his Mario fantasies...
How absurd is it that by GPS knows the speed limit everywhere, even has some idea of traffic, yet plots routes like stoplights don't exist, or are somehow magically always green? So dumb, almost unforgivably so.
Newton's Cradle when you pull 2 spheres on 1 side and 1 on the other, and it goes 2/1 1/2 2/1 1/2? I'm sad I don't really see how that works
"Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens." --Nick Diamoshttp://clientsfromhell.tumblr.com/ - funny designer war stories -- too bad the archive feature sucks!
http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1794889 - more Star Wars Hilarity (via JZ)
I really wish I knew why today feels like a Friday.
Rats – though adept at scurrying furtively – are actually quite vocal: they squeak, shriek and hiss. They also emit a series of high-pitched chirps inaudible to humans, which scientists believe may be the equivalent of laughter. --from this article on rats. MAN, that sounds evil.
posted about neat photo-based tromp l'oeil - even though the bathroom they posted is a photoshop, there's a company that makes wallpaper from photos. Ever since this one magazine ad showing an artist painting the top half of her bathroom with photorealistic clouds, I've kind of wanted a bathroom like that...
Kind of weird how we use the same word for sleeptime dreams and "fondest ambitions". 3/4 or more of my sleeptime dreams are DO NOT WANT!!1!
"Titanium" has to be the coolest name for a metal ever.
http://www.27bslash6.com/p2p.html - note to self do not ask designers for free work.
Sometimes I regret picking "kirkjerk" as my nom de web, and not kirkles, kirkamundo, or thegreatkirkini (names I used when I thought I had lost my AIM password) -- people think I identify with jerks or something. But I'm loathe to change it, because consistent online identity is important to me.
http://tweetcloud.icodeforlove.com/kirkjerk/52401 - my tweetcloud, most frequent words I twittered over the past 6 months: love, people, time.
There's a profound statement in American consumerism in how a 2-liter costs less than most 20 oz bottles, and both cost less than most water
Alarmingly, my iPhone tries to autocorrect "ringtones" as "ringtonez".
Dig the feeling when I've been coding for most of a day and only after does my sore jaw tell me I've been so focused I've been clenching it.