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math thoughts [Dec. 13th, 2010|10:44 pm]
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Lately, I think a lot about math. Although I have never gotten high marks in math at school, nor have I previously felt any desire to actually do math for fun, I have thought about it a lot, particularly in the last year or so. Because I have thought about it for so long, I now think that perhaps I ought to write down some of the things I've been thinking about. I doubt very many people will find my math thoughts useful or even interesting, but maybe someone will be irritated enough by my mistakes and poor reasoning to offer corrections. Otherwise, I only hope that by writing this stuff down I will discover for myself the problems in my thinking that presently hold me back.

One trouble I have already, of all the things I've been thinking about, which one should I write about first?

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This is just to say [Oct. 8th, 2010|06:16 am]
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The pilot was
a loaf of bread
which is why
all perished

when the plane
fell into the Atlantic
crashing
so tragic

Forgive us
he seemed so confident
during
pre-flight

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Summertime snack [Jul. 3rd, 2010|08:22 pm]
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  1. Chop a sweet onion into long thin strips
  2. Dust with salt, stir it up to mix and coat, then let it sit for a half-hour.
  3. soak in apple cider vinegar for an hour.

Possible tastebud and mind explosion. Eat with caution.

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Writer's Block: Daydream believer [Jun. 12th, 2010|09:58 pm]
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If you could choose to control your dreams, would you? If so, what would you dream about?

I have been able to control my dreams ever since a series of nightmares I experienced when I was young. Now, I usually prefer to not dream. However, when my subconscious needs to work stuff out in a nightmare, I let it run its course. That's usually more fun. If it gets really bad, I just wake up.

I used to think of myself as a creative person but I've been disappointed in my efforts for years (over a decade, now that I add them up). A busy daytime life doesn't leave me with a lot of time to actually practice. So now I'm thinking about using my dreams to exercise my imagination and try some stuff out in.

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Superheroes [May. 31st, 2010|11:09 am]
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Although I haven't seen the first one, I watched Iron Man 2 last night. Tony Stark seems like perfect villain material. It seems like a shame to waste him on a hero role. It makes me glad I didn't watch the movie version of Watchmen. On the other hand, someone could still do for superhero movies what Alan Moore's Watchmen did for superhero comics. Maybe it really shouldn't be the Watchmen movie though. The movie situation is totally different from the comic situation (indeed it derives from everything after Watchmen). Alan Moore's Tom Strong or Top Ten would be better candidates.

Also, the previews made me think that Iain M. Banks' Against A Dark Background would be a great movie (more like a mini-series). The material is too good for anyone to get right though.
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Iain M. Banks, Against A Dark Background, 1993 [Feb. 25th, 2010|10:51 pm]
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I needed some light reading so I checked this one out of the library. Fun!

Around Thrial, a star a million light-years away from any other, turns the planet Golter, where on a beach of glass, on the eve of ten millennia of human civilization and war there, Lady Sharrow meets her cousin, Count Geis. Geis warns her that agents of the Huhsz church, the family's ancient enemies, have recently received permission to hunt and try and kill her for the next year and a day. The Huhsz can be placated by her death, or the return of a mysterious weapon, the Lazy Gun, hidden by her grandfather. A clue to the weapon's location may be in an ancient book, Universal Principles location also unknown. Geis offers to help. He can use his vast wealth and means to protect Sharrow from the Huhsz, to find the book and the Lazy Gun. Sharrow declines. She has her own resources.

And so begins an adventure, a quest and many capers. Banks has written a ripping yarn of exotic locales, lost treasures, ancient technology, friends and enemies, new and old, betrayals, intrigues, sex, murder, decadence and war.

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What became of Superwow? [Nov. 28th, 2009|12:28 am]
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I found a Superwow CD I bought a long time ago. The label on the CD says

SUPERWOW
superwowband@yahoo
#10 of 100

There's nine tracks on it and they're all really good. I've always really liked their stuff, which is a kind of organic electronica. But, like this Voltage CD (which I think I got at the same show) I don't know any of the track names and I don't have any info about where and when it was recorded.

I tried the email (+ .com) and it bounced. Most of my searches come up with big Christian Rock festival also named "superwow" and some show dates they did with Voltage in 2004.
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Sci-fi readings [Nov. 1st, 2009|04:52 pm]
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I finished rereading Vernor Vinge's "Zones of Thought" which is a short story, The Blabber (1988) and two big novels, A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) and A Deepness in the Sky (1999). The others are computer age space opera set 40,000 years ahead of our present era, but A Deepness in the Sky is something altogether other, even though it has deep parallels with A Fire upon the Deep and others of his novels.

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I have a bike! [Sep. 15th, 2009|12:48 am]
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Now I just need a bike helmet.

Portland is very bike-friendly as US cities go.

http://bikeportland.org/

http://www.bta4bikes.org/
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very improper fractions [Feb. 18th, 2009|09:28 pm]
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Thanks to the invention of integers one can subtract anything from anything as much as one likes. However, this innovation has done nothing for the efforts in division. Until now. Traditionally: 8/3 = 2r2 = 2 2/3 but, if you carry it out one more step: 8/3 = 3r-1 = 3 -1/3. Furthermore: 8/3 = 4r-3 = 4 -4/3 or go as far as one likes (so far as I can tell). What's it mean? What use is there to this method? I'm sure someone will figure something out.
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