December 17, 2009
The Snake is a standing wave with chaotic interference making it warble.
We Made Us
At some point in our future we wanted to see once and for all whether or not life was Created or evolved spontaneously. The only suitable way was to make a universe in the laboratory, and see what happened. But then, someone had to _observe_ the results, didn’t they?
In the process of observation, the observer changed the state of the newly born cosmos and
There we were. Again.
We Made Us
We are the snake that eats its tail, desperately hoping that the cycle might be broken, not knowing how to do so, and forgetting each time that a circle is merely a slice of something with greater dimension.
And in greater dimensions, knots can be undone with nary a cut at all.
November 10, 2009
Happy Birthday to Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite writers.
I finished The Graveyard Book back in October, and it was fantastic.
To celebrate both, here’s some an awesome rendition of Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, courtesy basspig:
November 2, 2009
This year I’m approaching hitting the required word count through a slightly different strategy, basically using a numbered list to keep track of sentence number.
Using ten words as an approximate average word count for a sentence, a completely arbitrary approximation, btw, I figure I need 2oo bullets on that list by the end of the day to reach the goal satisfactorily.
So far, it seems to be working fine. I’m over 4k. I’m still having fun with it. Interesting twists do pop up when you’re just cranking out words like the thousand monkeys on a typewriter shtick. I am keeping the strategy of not talking about the story itself, though. There’s something to keeping it in your head until you’re ready to put into a medium, and that medium could very well be words in the air that die out thermodynamically if nothing is around to capture it.
I’ll put out the title though, just because it seems to be sticking:
1306: Liftoff! The Autobiography of Mattias Levi, 2005-2013,
and All the Trouble It Caused Me
The wall is yet to hit, which really is the scariest part of the whole endeavor. Not so much the hitting as the wondering if you’ve got the resolve to get past it. Self-doubt is a terrible thing. It’s important to remember that it’s a conquerable thing, though.
So, on we go. Excelsior to all participants. Bring it for day 3!
November 1, 2009
And they’re off! Maybe the sidebar widget will start working. Someday.
October 29, 2009
- Rezoning of Texas to include the National Solar Energy Grid Supply.
- Nationalization of all industries that have profits over one billion (US).
- Moving Wal-Mart to Afghanistan.
- McDonald’s to the Iraq.
- Open Cuba, nix Gitmo.
- Elimination of national borders.
- Elimination of No Child Left Behind.
- Moderate restructuring of the income tax, including a ‘negative’ income tax for wage earner’s below the poverty line.
- Rescheduling of certain pharmacological.
- No war or ‘police action’ without public referendum, and everyone who vote’s ‘yes’ gets to go to the front.
- Repeal of PATRIOT act sunset items that. just. keep. coming. back.
- Introduction of initialized legislature: you must put your signature on each part of the bill you’re about to pass…
- Redefine the roles of the CIA/FBI/et al. that is under the DHS as, in their stead, the National Bureau of Information, which would broker data out to all citizens and have limited powers of arrest/search/seizure.
- Ocean thermal energy conversion plants in Hawai’i, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.
- A certain amount of restructuring NASA.
Did I miss anything?
Alrighty then. Given that our moderate President is right now having a hell of a time getting health care reform through, I’m feeling dour enough to believe that none of these would even make it to the House, let alone Senate. It does, however, give me fifteen points to bedevil my congress peoples abouts. That’ll teach ’em.
October 27, 2009
In my early post concerning pseudodesics, it was found that to have a structural frame work that provides omni-triangulation, but with a minimum of different parts, would be very desirable from an economy standpoint. Fuller’s Fly’s Eye is a great example of economy, but the fabrication of precision fiberglass hyperbolic saddles is a little daunting for anyone with out access to a well ventilated area.
It would be even more advantageous if those economical parts could be manufactured in a small space to begin with, as not everyone has access to a machine shop. Surely there must exist a solution (or two or …infinity).
Fortunately for us, there are shapes provided by dear old Nature that are cataloged as Johnson solids. All edge-lengths are the same. My. Goodness. They’re even ready-equipped with truncations! It’s a rather happy stroke of luck. I think I am particularly impressed with the diminished rhombicosidodecahedron. Look at all those square faces, perfect for windows! The pentagons could easily be developed further into pentagonal pyramids, for increased structural strength if so desired.
Yes, I think we’re on to something here.
If we were to go the full Fly’s Eye treatment here, we need not use the diminished from of the rhombicosidodecahedron, but the full version, skinny legs and all.
October 26, 2009
There are pluses and minuses working for the company I do, and one of them is the yearly health benefits fair that they sponsor for the employees. They bring in some staff from Lawrence Memorial to draw blood, take blood pressure, collect surveys, the works. And it’s nice because you’re still getting paid for going through this.
This year they’ve added a little something into the mix in that they’ve told us off the bat that there will be incremental increases to our health insurance, but! if you sign a waiver saying you’re not a smoker, or if you’re a smoker and promise to quit, (on pain of..death? or something), quit/and/or get counseling for the smoking, they’ll waive the incremental increases to your health benefits cost.
So, yeah. They’re gunning for eliminating smoke breaks. I’m not a smoker, so it’s not a big deal for me, but the dood in the cube next to me is, and he’s pissed as hell. I don’t want him pissed. His favorite conversation for two weeks straight was talking about the fine pair of Colt .45’s his dad willed to him. I don’t want this guy to have a nic fit, in other words. My cube wall isn’t made of kevlar, though I like to pretend it is.