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Friday, January 30th, 2004
6:32 pm
Wednesday, January 14th, 2004
11:56 am
Some miscellaneous thoughts...
Instructions to Everything - this made me laugh out loud.

Favorite songs (as I think of more, I will add them):
The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkle... this song could have been my theme song my first three years in New York. Those were really hard.
Book of Love - Magnetic Fields... I don't really want to get married, but would love to have a wedding. If I had a wedding, this would be the song for the first dance. It has just the right amount of slightly sarcastic humor mixed with genuine emotion. Any marriage I was in would have both.

I have a very difficult time being around people who are in pain. I don't understand why so many people have so much fear. I'm certainly not fearless, but to me there are basic things that really aren't scary once you start doing them: being honest, reflecting on your life, asking difficult questions of yourself and searching for the answer, saying what you mean. It seems to me the world is steeped in fear of these things and pain is the result. Gallons and gallons of pain that could just be erased if people stopped being afraid.
Friday, November 28th, 2003
10:23 pm
The Greeks
Anyone have a book recommendation for an enjoyable, concise history of ancient Greece?

Unrelated: I'm back to leaning toward an iBook. Decision won't need to be made until spring, most likely. In the meantime, I'm drooling over hardware.

When did I turn into an actual geek?! :)

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, November 27th, 2003
12:56 am
Today I rode the PATH train into the World Trade Center. It was rather emotional, and very weird that you come out of the tunnel into the pit. The new station is sparkly and new, laid out very similar to the old station, but with higher ceilings and more chrome. (They were about to redesign the station anyway; I wonder if they used the same/similar design.)

Mixed emotions there, but the dominant one was elation. Brought back very vivid memories of how it used to look. It's still weird that it's gone.
Tuesday, November 18th, 2003
11:51 pm
Woo hoo!!!!
"Massachusetts' highest court ruled on Tuesday that gay couples have the right to marry under the state's Constitution, and it gave the state legislature 180 days to make same-sex marriages possible."

Friday, October 24th, 2003
1:34 pm
Frightening product of the day

Speaking of manufactured products...

GWB has a blog. It's lame. It's like an anti-blog, it's so stiff. View it here: http://www.georgewbush.com/blog/

Or not.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
10:34 am
DDoS attacks against bloggers
Apparently, there have been a series of distributed denial of service attacks against HostingMatters, a major blog hosting company that hosts Instapundit and several other very popular weblogs. It appears that the attacks are coming from pro-Al Qaeda forums and websites in Malaysia.

Here's info on the story. AFAIK, it's not being covered in the papers. People who know more than I seem to think this is a test run for future attacks, and point out that this is not the first time DDoS attacks have been used to cut off political discussion. The Indonesian gov't used one to cut off East Timor's domain space.

Here is a claim of responsibility for an earlier blog DoS attack, charmingly entitled, "Jew-boy's Site Goes Dooooooown!!!!!!!"

I think this has the potential to be a *big* story, from many angles...
Sunday, September 21st, 2003
9:28 am
I want to buy a laptop. The one I currently have my eye on is IBM ThinkPad R40 - Type 2896. The main downsides to it are: comes with WinXP and DVD only (no CDRW). The latter is to keep it in my price range.

Out of curiousity, does anyone out there have a laptop you particularly like? Especially in the under $1500 catagory.
Tuesday, August 26th, 2003
8:45 am
I went to see "Pirates of the Caribbean" a couple of weeks ago. I liked it, despite its glaring historical incongruency. Johnny Depp was terrific. But that's all besides the point of this post.

While standing in line to buy tickets, I saw a large-ish black and white sign with "No Pirates" on it and a picture of one such buccaneer, complete with sword (I'm not sure if there was a parrot involved or not). I was perplexed. Where they not letting people in if they were dressed as pirates? Was anyone really that much of a fan of this film to do such a thing? Was it a marketing ploy? If so, w0hy was it in black and white instead of themed colors to match the other marketing propaganda?

Scan, scan, scan... oh.

Copyright notices. I'm not supposed to steal the movie. Pirating is a problem. Right. Got it. D'oh!

Context matters. I thought it was kind of funny.

So anyway, I go into the theater, and settle down into my chair, and chit-chat with my friend. Preliminary trailers and ads start. And what comes up, but another notice about copyright infringement and pirating. And it kind of pissed me off.

(Rant to follow)

I think I'm going to start stealing stuff. So far, I have not, as a matter of principle, swiped free mp3s from the Internet. I don't buy lame-o copies of movies from the street vendors. I don't burn copies of albums instead of buying them. I respect intellectual property. Yet everywhere I turn, I am treated as if I am a criminal or a potential criminal.

Fine. I'll be a criminal. I'll be a PIRATE even. Respecting intellectual property has gotten me nowhere. I haven't found very many new bands that I like in the past couple of years because I try to stick to the rules. Sticking to the rules ends up giving me spoon-fed pap, not music. I started digging around in the past and have amassed a nice collection of older jazz and classical music, which is nice, but I want new music, damn it!

Treat me like a pirate, and you'll get a pirate. We are not amused.

(end rant)

So, on that note, don't forget Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19. www.talklikeapirate.com. I'd love to see that holiday recognized in, say, the UN.

Current Mood: annoyed
8:42 am
But I'm a Cheerleader
Does anyone know where I can find the soundtrack for "But I'm a Cheerleader"? I'm not sure that there even is a CD version of it, but mp3s are fine. Anyone? Anyone?

Saturday, July 12th, 2003
10:53 am
Lately I've found myself...
...looking at GRE and grad school materials. I think there's something wrong with me, as taking the GRE sounds like it might be kind of fun.

...visiting WriteAPrisoner.com out of curiousity. But I'm too paranoid to write one. Oddly, I found out about the site through Gawker.

...helping a blind guy cross the street yesterday. I'm such an altruist, me. (Note: blind people are not as scary as criminals.)

...cursing the IRS. Keeping track of every little business expenditure is a pain in the arse. I imagine there is not a single person at the IRS who enjoys his or her job. Not even the sadists. There must be a lot of these around the office.

...reading about Roger Bacon, an English scientist in the 1200s. The author of this biography posits that Bacon was effectively the first scientist (as opposed to "natural philosopher") and that he put forth ideas for thinking scientifically that were not picked up for another few hundred years. His ideas included what is now a dictionary and reworking the Christian calendar so that it would not be so inaccurate, among others. In a lot of ways his thinking was well ahead of his time, but he was also definitely a medieval man. To him, the church was the final arbiter of all (he was a friar) and he also held a lot of beliefs about how the world worked that today seem comical. Like light comes out of the eyes and interacts with sunlight (a different kind of light) to make things visible. Still, he did a lot of interesting work with optics and definitely made contributions, even if most of them were not implemented until well after his death.

...receiving a lot of compliments.

...buying stuff.

...pleased I have a library card. Live in this city long enough and you start to forget that some things really are free.

...feeling a little successful. And still very ambitious.

Current Mood: content
Friday, July 4th, 2003
10:09 am
Happy 4th
WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

HE has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.

HE has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

HE has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People, unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.

HE has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.

HE has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of the People.

HE has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of the Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and the Convulsions within.

HE has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

HE has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

HE has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and the Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

HE has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance.

HE has kept among us, in Times of Peace, Standing Armies, without the consent of our Legislatures.

HE has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

HE has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

FOR quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us;

FOR protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

FOR cutting off our Trade with all Parts of the World:

FOR imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

FOR depriving us, in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury:

FOR transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences:

FOR abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an arbitrary Government, and enlarging its Boundaries, so as to render it at once an Example and fit Instrument for introducing the same absolute Rules into these Colonies:

FOR taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

FOR suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in all Cases whatsoever.

HE has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

HE has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns, and destroyed the Lives of our People.

HE is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized Nation.

HE has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the Executioners of their Friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

HE has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.

IN every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

NOR have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of Consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.

WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock.
GEORGIA, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, Geo. Walton.
NORTH-CAROLINA, Wm. Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn.
SOUTH-CAROLINA, Edward Rutledge, Thos Heyward, junr., Thomas Lynch, junr., Arthur Middleton.
MARYLAND, Samuel Chase, Wm. Paca, Thos. Stone, Charles Carroll, of Carrollton.
VIRGINIA, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Ths. Jefferson, Benja. Harrison, Thos. Nelson, jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton.
PENNSYLVANIA, Robt. Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benja. Franklin, John Morton, Geo. Clymer, Jas. Smith, Geo. Taylor, James Wilson, Geo. Ross.
DELAWARE, Caesar Rodney, Geo. Read.
NEW-YORK, Wm. Floyd, Phil. Livingston, Frank Lewis, Lewis Morris.
NEW-JERSEY, Richd. Stockton, Jno. Witherspoon, Fras. Hopkinson, John Hart, Abra. Clark.
NEW-HAMPSHIRE, Josiah Bartlett, Wm. Whipple, Matthew Thornton.
MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, Saml. Adams, John Adams, Robt. Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry.
RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE, C. Step. Hopkins, William Ellery.
CONNECTICUT, Roger Sherman, Saml. Huntington, Wm. Williams, Oliver Wolcott.


Current Mood: happy
Friday, June 20th, 2003
9:27 am
Stupid, but takes the edge off...
Magic Number15
TemperamentSweet Natured
SexualWhatever, Whenever, Whoever
Likely To WinThe Booker Prize
Me - In A WordDevious
Brought to you by MemeJack

9:06 am
Need a roommate
So I thought I had someone all worked out... and he backed out on me yesterday. I need a roommate for the first week of July. I live in Jersey City, close to Manhattan (Grove St. PATH). Rent is $500/month and includes your own room, heat, water, AC, gas, electricity, DSL and yard access.

If anyone is interested, holler. Thanks.
Thursday, June 19th, 2003
11:05 am
In case you were wondering...

Paideia means:

1. Training of the physical and mental faculties in such a way as to produce a broad, enlightened, mature outlook harmoniously combined with maximum cultural development.

2. The ideal development envisioned or attained by paideia

I'm still exploring this whole LJ thing. I used to blog for about a year and half but I took it all down because I just didn't have the time and it felt weird to have so much of my life online. So why am I back doing the same thing again? Not sure, but this time I won't feel compelled to post every day, and the "friends only" option makes it easier to post stuff that I was hesitant about Google picking up.

Also, it is strangely gratifying to keep adding interests and seeing who matches up with me. I find that although I'm only interested in physics and math as a layperson, listing interests related to physics (e.g. feynman) ups the IQ of the people to whom I'm matched considerably. No surprise there. I guess that's why my closest friends are all math/science/computer dorks, while I'm a big humanities dork.

I like to think I'm well-rounded. Paideia-ish, even.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
11:20 am
I added some interests. Maybe you'll learn something about me you didn't know.
10:44 am
Objectivity and Certainty
Question for the day:

Must objectivity and certainty always appear together philosophically? That is, if one decides that one cannot be certain of anything, has objectivity been thrown out as well?

This boils down to another question I have. What, exactly, is objectivity? Does it mean we live in a world that exists external to ourselves, that can be acted upon, and/or that follows a set of laws? Does it mean that what people do does not affect the world fundamentally? Does it merely mean that the world can be perceived accurately? Does it mean something else entirely?

"Objectivity" seems to assume there is an external world. It also seems to assume that we can perceive it more or less accurately. My exposure to Objectivism has given me a bit of confusion as to what *exactly* is bound up in the more general philosophical meaning of "objectivism" so any thoughts on this are appreciated.
Tuesday, June 10th, 2003
11:18 pm
private entries
What's the difference between private and friends entries? Is private for my eyes only? If so that seems a little strange to me. Why post your own thoughts on a server somewhere? I guess some people use LJ on their own sites and maybe they get carried away and write more personal stuff than they originally intended?
Sunday, June 8th, 2003
12:09 am
New here, still fiddling around with stuff. Don't know how often I'll be updating this thing, but since I've quit blogging I've occasionally wanted a place to post things. So we'll see.

Current Mood: stressed
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