August 31, 2007
August 30, 2007
EIGHT BALL IN CORNER POCKET = CREEP INTO THE BACK, ROLLING
gmail knows I love cranks
Some ads I've been served today:
Universal Theory "A model for Theory of Everything: Quantum Mechanics, Astrophysics, Mind."
The cosmology game "Resolveda new cosmic model which binds reality & observation."
Intelligent Design Proven "The Results Are In: Information Theory, Math & Physics"
The Final Theory: "The bestselling book our scientists hope you never read."
Palindramas by Dan Mazur
On the NPL list, Maelstrom writes:
For a while I've been following this web comic:
August 29, 2007
1) emerson, essays and lectures, (library of america) (top of stack)
2) two years before the mast, richard henry dana jr
3) the complete poems, edward lear
4) the poems of w.b. yeats, (macmillan)
5) t.s. eliot, the complete poems and plays, 1909-1950
6) the complete poems of emily dickinson, little brown
7) wordsworth, poetical works
8) php in a nutshell, o'reilly press
9) american gospel, jon meecham
10) the wapshot chronicle, john cheever
deeper: more php and MySQL books.
August 28, 2007
guessing at the name of that German movie
the last heart?
kindness of strangers?
the other side?
last person standing?
other people's thoughts? [added later: close]
[ I capitulateI Google "German movie east Germany" ]
What time is it?
It's time for a Stanford robot from the CSD that goes up walls like a rock climber:
The goal of this research is to enable a multi-limbed robot to climb vertical rock using techniques similar to those developed by human climbers (Figure 1). The robot consists of a small number of articulated limbs. Only the limb end-points can make contact with the environmenta vertical surface with small, arbitrarily distributed features called holds (Figure 2). A path through this environment is a sequence of one-step climbing moves in which the robot brings a limb end-point to a new hold. The robot maintains balance during each move by pushing and/or pulling at other holds, exploiting contact and friction at these holds while adjusting internal degrees of freedom to avoid sliding.
Looks a little bit like a gigantic wristwatch with legs.
A close one ... 200.000+ views
August 26, 2007
I wish it held two more cards.
Owen refusing to pick up dog poop
August 25, 2007
CNN's Lost World of Muin
CNN has video of divers exploring some large underwater structures recently found off the coast of Japan.
The video is titled "the Lost World of Muin" or something like that.
Since there didn't seem to be much on either the word "Muin" or other search terms I tried, I looked around a bit more and eventually found this interesting page about possibly similar ruins off Okinawa.
August 24, 2007
Cole's hoping he'll get him as his 7th grade math teacher:
August 20, 2007
Woman Collecting Ground Water
Woman Collecting Ground Water for Drinking from the Riverbed of Yamuna, Behind Taj
Originally uploaded by Captain Suresh
Another onelittle (mirror-reflected) swastika patch on her shoulder.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian?
Bumper sticker on El Camino Real
CLUB SANDWICHES NOT SEALS
August 19, 2007
Private railway, Tahoe
After Gloria and found our way back from getting lost on a hike near Fallen Leaf Lake, we stopped for a moment next to a high fence. I looked through a gap in the fence and saw that the waterfront house behind it had some kind of elevated swooping railway built between its garageat the road level we were standing onand the house itself (much lower, at the level of the lake).
The photo shows the portion of the railway nearest the garage. The railway is relatively flat and straight here. As it continues to the right, off the photo edge, it curves down and to the left like a unbanked roller coaster.
yabbadabba suffix tree
10: a 7: abba 2: abbadabba 5: adabba 9: ba 4: badabba 8: bba 3: bbadabba 6: dabba 1: yabbadabba
|(1:yabbadabba)|leaf tree:| | |(3:bbadabba)|leaf |(2:a)| | |(6:dabba)|leaf | | |(4:badabba)|leaf |(3:b)| | |(5:adabba)|leaf | |(6:dabba)|leaf 3 branching nodesOr visit the suffix tree of Woolloomooloo.
[ WTF? ]
August 18, 2007
Many works of science fiction as well as some forecasts by serious technologists and futurologists predict that enormous amounts of computing power will be available in the future. Let us suppose for a moment that these predictions are correct. One thing that later generations might do with their super-powerful computers is run detailed simulations of their forebears or of people like their forebears. Because their computers would be so powerful, they could run a great many such simulations. Suppose that these simulated people are conscious (as they would be if the simulations were sufficiently fine-grained and if a certain quite widely accepted position in the philosophy of mind is correct). Then it could be the case that the vast majority of minds like ours do not belong to the original race but rather to people simulated by the advanced descendants of an original race. It is then possible to argue that, if this were the case, we would be rational to think that we are likely among the simulated minds rather than among the original biological ones. Therefore, if we donít think that we are currently living in a computer simulation, we are not entitled to believe that we will have descendants who will run lots of such simulations of their forebears. That is the basic idea. The rest of this paper will spell it out more carefully.
Nick Bostrom, Are you living in a computer simulation?
"Not without my formula sheets"
December vacation plans in jeopardy
Hurricane Dean is pointed directly at Ocho Rios in Jamaica.
August 17, 2007
Conservatory of Flowers
August 15, 2007
Greg's trip to Austin
Greg's playing with trip blogging via Google maps:
August 10, 2007
PBS film crew
Next door, a PBS film crew is interviewing Lenny Susskind at his house this morning.
I wandered over to take some photos. Just then, the host Robert Kuhn arrived in a limo. The limo driver got out, looked at my camera briefly, and asked me if I was Brian Greene. I said no.
I introduced myself to Kuhn. He told me that it's going to be a 150-episode series called "The Search for the Truth."
"One year filming, one year in production," he told me. He was dressed nicely, in all black. "It's going to be 150 episodes."
"Wow, that's a huge series," I said.
"Yes, one of the biggest ones we've ever done," he said.
Someone walked over to Kuhn and said, "Lenny's going to wear a T-shirt."
"OK," the Kuhn said, and he went in.
August 08, 2007
Grading today's software
Quickbooks 2007: B+.
Good effort from this steady performer. Was surprised to find him mostly unchanged from my last look at him (2003), however. Keep up the good work!
Wordpress, its editor, and Wordpress Themes: C+.
The conception of this three-way collaborative team is good, but that actual collaboration: Poor. Sometimes very messy, very unpredictable work. Students must take care not to receive an even lower grade at the next assessment.
Fancier UIs than LaughingSquid, but do they make my life easier?
Poker Academy Pro: A.
Predictable, and making me money (at least funny money).
If I type in "Moes Alison," it really should be able to tell me I meant "Mose Allison."
August 04, 2007
After the Games@DAL meetup wrapped up this afternoon in the Dalhousie Math Dept, Neil McKay (who's a grad student there studying game theory with Richard Nowakowski) showed me how to get to a casino close to my hotel.
They checked his ID at the door (I was waved on through), and we took our seats at a no-limit $1/$2 Texas Holdem table.
Although I've played quite a few tournaments against the Infernal Poker Robots programmed by the University of Alberta's "Poker Research Group," (and not for real money), this is the first time I've played a card game of any type in a casino (I haven't played online, either). I promptly lost my $80 stake to players that Neil rightly described as "calling stations" (they play far more hands than is likely to be correct in Holdem, I think, and they caused the pot to rise too quickly as a percentage of my total stake for me to be able to "express myself" with the proper bets). Another thing I noticed: my 80 small-bet stake sucked compared to the 400 small-bet stake I was used to starting with in the poker robot tournaments. Finally, it was hard for me to keep track of who was "in" each hand, compared to looking at my laptop screen.
After thinking about it a little, I decided to give it another try, playing very tight, with the maximum stake of $200, basically lying in wait until I had very strong hands.
I got the $200 from an ATM machine in my hotel lobby.
Despite my continuing gaffesfailing to announce raises before pushing in chips "over the line" and generally bumbling other tenets of poker etiquetteI had $700 in chips after 3 1/2 hours:
I enjoyed it, but noticed people kind of getting pissed off at me as my chip piles kept growing, so I left at about 11:30. Since conditions seemed to be getting more and more favorable for making money (more than one drunk person showed up at about 11:00pm), I toyed with the idea of playing through the night until my plane left the next morning. But I was starting to have trouble returning my attention to the game after my many early-folded hands (I watched TVs on the wall), and was feeling tired, so I quit.
Holdem against players like that is just too boring, I think. Particularly playing the way I was, I felt like someone sitting at a slot machine, but a slot machine that was rigged to light up "PLAY ME" when it was about to dispense a jackpot. I saw players taking many risks that I would never take, and wanted to say to them, c'mon guys, stop calling, fold out and let me see more flops so I can have some fun! So I mostly watched the TVs on the wall as hands played out after my many early folds. I could choose between two different extreme-fighting matches, a Canadian football game, and (you guessed it), Texas Hold'Em on TV. It was more fun to think about the TV game cards than what was going on at my table, but still, boring, boring, boring.
August 03, 2007
I'm staying in a hotel in Halifax that is somehow redirecting URLs through a nasty little thing called superclick. I visited the web site, and it looks like they have plenty of hotels as clients. What is going on?
I'm not sure how it works, but I'm noticing that I'm being redirected through superclick.com when I click on links while browsing the web in my hotel room. I get to the page I'm requesting, but I'm sure there's an opportunity for the hotel to log all the web sites I visit.
Moored in the Halifax harbor: the Frözen Assets.
Dodging the Hatchets
Gloria points out this photo and story in the 3 Aug 2007 Palo Alto Daily News, "Tree branch lands on car, blocks street":
* * * *
Concidence? I think not.
A massive limb from a Bradford pear tree crashed onto the roof of a silver Honda and blocked High Street near the intersection of Forest Avenue in Palo Alto at about 9:45 a.m. today.
Dozens of people stood around snapping photographs of the fallen limb while waiting for city workers to arrive and clear the scene.
High Street was blocked between Forest and Homer Avenue for an hour before the limb was cleared away and the street reopened.
* * * *
It's a short story, and a simple one, but the subtext here is clear: Bradford Pear Tree Limbs are out to get me, and my family.
The one that fell in our front yard missed me because I was at Fry's Electronics. This one missed me because I'm in Halifax.
But I recognize a conspiracy when I see one. Don't think I'm not getting the message, you leafy would-be assassins! This tree was at "High" and "Forest." Riiiggght. That's a notorious deciduous strategy, hiding in forests. This is reflected in the common expression, "not noticing the trees because of the forest".1.
I hold each and every pear responsible.
Another one that missed
NYAH-NYAH, CAN'T CATCH ME, BRADFORD PEAR TREES!
1 Something like that.
August 02, 2007
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