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|20080707 200031 Z||Things They Don't Tell You (But Should)||www.viruscom … .com/things.html||digg.com/com … uld_COMIC?OTC-ig||Chill, Comics, Funny, Images, Sad||A decent comic is always worth a link. Cynical, almost has a Groening "Life in Hell" feel.|
|20080718 222946 Z||Watchmen Trailer||www.trailera … watchmen/trailer||digg.com/mov … Trailer_is_HERE_||Comics, Cool, Images, Live Action, Movies, Videos||This preview is for Watchmen (2009) a movie scheduled for release 2009-03-06. Good timing to release the preview on the Day that The Dark Knight (2009) comes out. The Watchmen (1986) was straight, serious, cynical work, and is probably the most critically acclaimed graphic novel to date. The trailer looks true to the original: beautiful but gritty.|
|20080907 022916 Z||gospodin libar||community.li … ily/5408800.html||digg.com/com … One_COMIC?OTC-ig||Beauty, Comics, Inspiring, Reading, Sad||Beautiful. A sweet and sad comic in eight pages. It smacks of sincerity and I can't ask for much more.|
|20081025 024932 Z||I, Computer||http://abstrusegoose.com/70||digg.com/com … I_Computer_Comic||Comics, Computers, Funny, Images, Math, Science, TECH||Yeah, Abtruse Goose is sort of like xkcd. Here are two more that I liked:
936 Little Blobs
The Cantor Madness
|20090305 205802 Z||World War II: Simple Version||fc64.deviant … _AngusMcLeod.jpg||digg.com/com … ersion_FUNNY_PIC||Animation, Comics, Funny, Games, History, Images, War||Nice comic. The Digg thread also had this WWII and gaming related animated gif: http://goofyblog.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/hitlernoobs.gif.|
|20090326 155323 Z||Iron Man vs Bruce Lee (01:00)||www.youtube. … ch?v=Ywu1DeqXTg4||technorati.c … Fv%3DYwu1DeqXTg4||Animation, Chill, Chinese Martial Arts, Comics, Cool, Funny, MARTIAL, Show Biz, Standup Fighting, Videos||Haha! What hooked me was the surprise ending.|
|20090707 183050 Z||Thank you, Mr. Schulz||Beauty, Chill, Comics, Inspiring, Ramblings||I ate lunch while reading The Complete Peanuts 1955-1956 , then walked back to work. During the walk, I felt utterly and simply happy. There was a fantastic biochemical mix in my head. It was as if I were listening to beautiful music, watching wonderful colors and shapes, comprehending mathematical and physical wonders, exhilarating in my physical being. A fleeting moment, and possibly meaningless in the larger scheme of things, but it was pure signal, and I'm grateful for having experienced it.|
|20090831 181943 Z||Disney $4 billion takeover of Marvel makes my Spidey sense tingle||www.nydailyn … of_marvel_e.html||Animation, Comics, Images, Kids, News, Show Biz||Disney bought Marvel? It doesn't sound very dark, rebellious, edgy, or anti-establishment.|
|20090922 180426 Z||A Stick Figure Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES||www.moserwar … to-advanced.html||www.reddit.c … nced_encryption/||Comics, Images, Programming, Security, Standards, TECH||This reddit comment had it right: "Worst XKCD ever!"|
|20090923 173618 Z||Schizophrenia||tallguywrite … .com/133179.html||www.reddit.c … zophrenia_comic/||Comics, Health, Images, Mind, Psychology, Relations||I love educational comics. Mental illnesses are so misunderstood.|
|20091006 180021 Z||Super-Social Networking: Superhero Facebook Status Updates||www.comicsal … cebook-status-u/||digg.com/com … k_Status_Updates||Chill, Comics, Cyber Life, Facebook, Funny||I liked the one from Superman and Dr. Doom the best, but for those in the know, the Spiderman one rocked too.|
|20091016 163626 Z||Epistemology and Rhetoric||Comics, Journalism, Philosophy, World||Read (not watched) "V for Vendetta". Listened to "Another Brick in the Wall". Heard how the North Korea propaganda machine interpreted the Korean War. One of the problems is that applying epistemology is useless if you don't apply rhetoric too.|
|20100114 195205 Z||Caveman Science Fiction||dresdencodak … science-fiction/||Oscar||Chill, Comics, Funny, Images, Science Fiction, TECH||"ME AM PLAY GODS!"|
|20100119 193338 Z||Spectra: The Orignal Laser Superhero||www.physicsc … load/spectra.pdf||Dave||Comics, Images, Science, TECH||An educational comicbook about lasers by the American Physical Society.|
|20100131 035937 Z||Spirit||http://xkcd.com/695/||digg.com/com … tion/xkcd_Spirit||Comics, Engineering, Funny, Sad, Space, TECH||You have to love something that performs well past expectations. Great job Spirit! Great job NASA!|
|20100208 005639 Z||Abstraction||img12.abload … d043d7dacw9q.jpg||www.reddit.c … abstraction_wtf/||Art, Comics, Images, Japan, NSFW, Saucy||At first you think "O no, it's some awful Japanese sex comic", but then it gets interesting. The Reddit thread has some interesting comments too.|
|20100216 162534 Z||Axe Cop||axecop.com/i … hp/achome/index/||monkeyfilter … m/link.php/17131||Chill, Comics, Funny, Kids||"Axe Cop, a comic written by 5 yr old, illustrated by 29 yr old." It sounds like an unbeatable formula!|
|20110207 162015 Z||Captain America and Thor||Keith||Chill, Comics, Cool, Inspiring, Movies, TV, Videos||Man the sneak peek videos look awesome! 'Captain America' Super Bowl spot. Watch the Thor Super Bowl Spot.|
|20110808 173249 Z||DC Comics The New 52||dcu.blog.dcc … .com/the-new-52/||Comics, Images, News||Much better to do restart/renumbering/relaunch than a retcon.|
|20111122 174708 Z||Money by xkcd||http://xkcd.com/980/Money||Chart, Comics, Cool, Economy, Images, Money, USA, World||Another one of his big charts.|
|20130409 210612 Z||Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal||theoatmeal.c … cs/mantis_shrimp||Armor, Chill, Comics, Cool, Fauna, Funny, Gear, Images, Nature||Murder sticks!|
Yes, we must be aware of the noise and negativity that tends to be generated (by ourselves and others). Here's the text of the comics:
Do not stop to think or edit: You must be the first who said it. You heard a brand-new band? What luck! You’ll be the first to say they suck. In order to increase renown, add “bacon” to most any noun. It’s not your job to right a wrong, just mark it FAIL and move along. Rather than felicitations, send your friend an application. To be an expert’s no great tax: Write common sense and call it “hacks.” Your friends won’t like it, on the real, but you must Flickr every meal. In disagreements, all your readers must be branded Nazi leaders. It doesn’t matter what you say, just publish it twelve times per day.
It's astonishing: Some meat on Lynda Barry of Ernie Pook's Comeek and Matt Groening of Life in Hell, The Simpsons, and Futurama. It smacks so much of Robert Frost's two roads diverged in a yellow wood.
I have such high respect for the two of them. Here and there they produce an ounce of concentrated, distilled human sincerity. What more could I ask of a human being?
Note to self: Look into Creative Experience (1924) [http://link.library.utoronto.ca/booksonline/digobject.cfm?Idno=99002019&CFID=8316028&CFTOKEN=97408987] by Mary Parker Follett.
A cool comic book. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou
a comic book about the quest for logical certainty in mathematics. The story spans the decades from the late 19th century to World War II, a period when the nature of mathematical truth was being furiously debated. The stellar cast, headed up by Bertrand Russell, includes the greatest philosophers, logicians and mathematicians of the era, along with sundry wives and mistresses, plus a couple of homicidal maniacs, an apocryphal barber and Adolf Hitler.
The Slashdot thread includes a bunch of other good ones too.
It's been a while since I've done one of my litte free association scribble sessions, so here goes.
Today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species [W]. It's a good and grand occassion for celebration. I don't mind that Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort are giving away copies of the book with an anti-evolution introduction --the book, the evidence, the testing, and the ideas are simply blow away the stuff that Kirk and Mr. Banana come up with.
I have loved science and the philosophy of science for most of my life. Last month I saw David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation [http://www.ted.com/talks/david_deutsch_a_new_way_to_explain_explanation.html], a video of David Deutsch talking science philosophy. Good stuff espencially its tie ins to Karl Popper [W].
By coincidence, I've been having an email exchange with my Conservative/Republican/Right-leaning friends. They were trying to slam Hawaiiaan health care with this article: Remember Hawaii's Health Care Lessons [http://sweetness-light.com/archive/lessons-from-hawaiis-health-care-system]. I countered with this email (which has been edited for privacy and formatting):
As is in the lowest costs per beneficiary in the country?
The attached chart is from last month's article: In Hawaii's Health System, Lessons for Lawmakers [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/17/health/policy/17hawaii.html].
"Hawaii's health care system insures over 95% of residents. Under the state's plan, businesses are required to provide employees who work more than twenty hours per week with health care. Heavy regulation of insurance companies helps keep the cost to employers down. Due in part to the system's emphasis on preventive care, Hawaiians require hospital treatment less frequently than the rest of the United States, while total health care expenses (measured as a percentage of state GDP) are substantially lower. Given these achievements, proponents of universal health care elsewhere in the U.S. sometimes use Hawaii as a model for proposed federal and state health care plans. Critics, however, claim that Hawaii's success is due at least in part to its mild climate and to its status as a chain of islands whose economy is heavily based on tourism: features that make it more difficult for businesses unhappy with paying the plan's premiums to relocate elsewhere."
My brother lives in Hawaii and so does Linda. We can ask them.
Epistemology [W] because there's more than Fox and Rush.
From the responses, at first I thought I went over with the thing about epistemology, so I wrote this:
Sorry if talking about epistemology sound pretentious, but I've been reading about Karl Popper [W] and the philosophy of science, which all ties in to epistemology, as in what distinguishes common knowledge from scientific knowledge? What makes knowledge objective or subjective? How do we know? I think people like stuff that's very objective (science) or very subjective (art), but when things get in between (politics), it gets very muddy. Another important aspect is that somethings that "should" be objective may actually be quite subjective and vice versa. Certainly scientific/objective knowledge isn't everything, but knowing the distinctions between approximating the weight of a thing versus whether you like your weight are interesting to me.
Popper says some interesting stuff about freedom too, which BTW supports fighting: "The so-called paradox of freedom is the argument that freedom in the sense of absence of any constraining control must lead to very great restraint, since it makes the bully free to enslave the meek. The idea is, in a slightly different form, and with very different tendency, clearly expressed in Plato. Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal."
It's all good considering that today is the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species". It's a theory right? What makes it "better" than say a theory that claims that we were created by Zeus? Knowledge are theories and conjectures, but scientific knowledge is testable and falsifiable.
However, further discussion seemed to indicate that it was actually my quip against Fox and Rush that totally sidetracked what I thought was going to be a discussion about health care. So later on in the email thread I said this:
My exact words: "Epistemology because there's more than Fox and Rush"
My words insult Fox and Rush and those who listen predominantly to them. If you have more sources than Fox and Rush, then you shouldn't be insulted.
You could take the same phrase and replace "Fox and Rush" with a comparable pair of terribly left-leaning sources. Would I be insulted? I don't think so. I for example, don't follow any specific blogs these day.
Hmm. I'm having deja vu. This sounds similar to the race discussion we had a little while ago. Am I really so brusque in my communications? My wife gives me a similar attitude sometimes too. I think we're just talking --and then all of the sudden I'm in trouble. Am I becoming some sort of Archie Bunker?
Ewww. Sorry: I'm over-quoting. Anyhow, it seems that as a species, we can be very good at objective/scientific/mathematical thinking as well as subjective/creative/artistic/magical thinking. We can make great science and great art. What gets me is when they clash poorly or maliciously or both. Religion and politics are the primary examples. Religion and politics can be so inspiring, creative, and constructive for society, but they are often abused, dogmatic, and destructive. It seems to me that the problem is largely political (in the sense of people promoting and protecting their own interests). People squibble about power, resources, time, love, ideas, popularity, money, justice, attention, and so on, but if we could all be less trivial, we could do some really great stuff.
I'm tired of being trivial, of being morose and maroon. I want to do great things, feel great love, think great thoughts, share great wealth, be patient, be "orange", foster the good. It's time to maximize that signal-to-noise ratio. Big bold words, idealistic words. I know, I know. But it's hard to not be so when you watch Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when [http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_asia_s_rise_how_and_when.html], and you clapping and really believe that India and China and other lagging countries will become first-world countries by 2048! OK, so maybe we'll lose our polar caps and polar bears by then as well, and maybe we'll run out of oil too, but still, there's a lot of good we can do.
Is it such terrible hubris to believe? I love science, but I'm a believer. I believe that we want what's best for our kids, for all the kids, for our race, for our species, for our planet. We may indeed be a flash in time, an effervescent moment, a fleeting arrangement of legos [http://xkcd.com/659/], but oh how we dazzle, oh how bright are those shinging eyes [http://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html].
Pffftt! I can almost hear those Republican friends of mine tell me about drinking the tree-hugging kool-aid. You know what I say?!? FFFFFFUUUUUUUU!!!! Yeah baby! I'm living large! I'm breathing fire! I'm eager for my next CrossFit workout! I'm ready to cross swords! I'm watching too much TED and South Park and Heroes!
Phew. Slow down, slow down. Take it easy. I can breath fire calmly. I have the hubris to save the world. I'll do it Kill Bill style: I'll make a list.
Gaah! It's a crappy list, but it's a start. Time's up: Spell check and post. GO DARWIN!
I've kept a "Life Log" for years. It's a short document (only a few pages long) with a chronological listing of important events, places, people, things, jobs and salaries, medical incidents, births, deaths, etc. in my life.
The format of my Life Log is simple. For each year I have a short line with the year, my age on my birthday of that year, my "grade" if I was in school that year, and similar info for my wife and kids. EG: 2011. 43. JH XX. CH 13/8. YH 10/5. AH 7/1. Then for each year I have bullets for the important things, nested by date and time if possible.
Recently I rediscovered the comic "936 Little Blobs" [http://abstrusegoose.com/51] where the each of the blobs corresponds to one month in a typical lifespan of 78 years. I like it because it gives you a one page view.
However the blobs don't provide much metadata so I decided to transform it into a Life Log spreadsheet [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Anl6QqLgOdR9dFNZTDBERGluYWhiUzFYNG1LQmdlWXc] where each cell represents a month. You can enter as much or as little info in each cell. When you're done entering info, just turn off word wrap and the cells shrink, thus allowing you to see your life on one page. As a spreadsheet, it also does things like calculate your age on your birthday for each year.
A Life Log has a lot of practical uses: Medical history, resume building for job hunting, credit reports, legal issues, etc. However its most important function is to give me perspective on where I've been, where I'm going, what's important, and that time is passing.
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