ETA: anybody know where this post might have come from? It looks like it was autoposted from my old blogger profile (outlawpoet was daily) but it doesn't exist there, and the date format is wrong(1238800615881 doesn't conform to any datetime format I know)
I mean, I like Eeyore alright, but I don't know what might have happened here. I hate changing passwords.
Mary Lou Jepsen (via Pixel Qi - About Us)
For Ada Lovelace Day, I thought I'd highlight a currently active female technologist, rather than a Great Elder as many are doing.
Mary Lou Jepson is working on a technological problem near and dear to my heart: display technology in tablets and laptops. Good displays are expensive, ~$100 even for manufacturers. They draw too much power, and structurally limit everything about laptops, tablets, smartphones, and related devices.
Jepsen is already famous for running Intel's Display Division and founding OLPC with Negroponte, and their lovely dual-mode low power, green-as-it-gets screen(along with mesh networking and other interesting features).
Her new venture, the above-linked Pixel Qi, focuses entirely on screens. I hope she will do well.
Arthur C. ClarkeWell known for nonfiction science writing and for early promotion of the effort toward space travel, his fiction was often grand and visionary.
How it works...
1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random... Read More... Read More”
or click en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.
My band's first album
Comment on this post and I'll tell you five subjects/things I associate with you. Then you post them in your lj and elaborate.
AI - My profession is AI. It's weird how entirely something can become a part of your life, to the point where you almost forget that's what you spend all your time on. I find myself thinking about the future and plotting some industrial design stuff, or biomed research, before remembering that I'll probably be applying AI powered gear or straight-up software solutions to those problems. I have a bit of conceptual lag, in areas I haven't thought about much. I need to rethink my positions and ideas in light of the technologies and stuff I have now.
I'm not yet entirely ok with having an expertise. But clearly I rely on it. Recently my company got all contracted up(to be respectable and such) and I finally signed a non-compete agreement. And I panicked a bit, I'll admit. 18 months where I can't do any AI work? I guess I'll just have to take the opportunity to do any non-AI stuff I can, as quick as I can, before those 18 months are up.
Behavioral tricks - This one feels like cheating. Since AIs don't actually exist, and most AI theory has failed to produce results in the last 50 years, I mostly look at human characteristics as comparative research. I have ended up with a nonspecialist understanding of a lot of the human brain, mostly in service of taking it apart for structural ideas. And besides, how can you not be interested in the substrate of your mind? A little understanding can go a long way in service of rationality.
Sci-fi-I'll admit I have a problem. Almost anything I think about turns into sci-fi. I once tried to write straight-up high fantasy, and it completely fell apart. They were zooming around in magical aerostats and building crystal-ball networks before I could stop them. Perhaps it's a function of where I stand in real life, but it seems to me that people strive to take advantage of things. This pushes our thoughts into the future of 'what could be'. static, unchanging worlds in fiction disgust me. You need to twist and bend your fictional characters, cutting off means of escape. And usually it's not even done very well. All that stands between Reed Richards or Victor Von Doom completely altering the tenor of 616 earth are their ill-defined motivational problems. Reed is self-obssessed and Doom doesn't care for anyone but Latverians. They had to destroy Genosha because everybody there had powers. Allowing anyone to tell that story would very quickly spiral into sci-fi, albeit one powered by genetic rather than technological differences. It seems natural to me. But not everybody seems to like it. So ka. I'll just have to make my own comics continuity, where people are allowed to change the status quo.
Universe-level meta -All problems are problems of scale. issues that paralyze a village are solved without thought by cities. Surgeons struggle to manipulate tissues that are gargantuanly obvious to biological systems like platelets and leukocytes. It seems natural to try to solve issues and think about things by going way up the ladder or way down. With fiction it's even more vital, because at the very top level you have the nature of reality defined by intent. When you write a story, the DNA of that universe is your unconscious assumptions about life. It's not just Ayn Rand and Heinlein that justified their political beliefs in fiction, everybody does. You honestly believe that good people are rewarded? a 'realistic' fiction story you write will implement that. Find someone's conception of a perfect world, and I will tell you their personal flaws.
Betaing -I love reading writing that is in progress. I used to read shooting scripts to movies i had just seen, just to see what they had changed in post. It's the thought process that interests me. I'm very grateful to __marcelo for letting me peek and help with this. I've gotten to edit and help with a lot of people's stuff over the years, books, college theses, fiction, research, this weekend i might get a copy of a grant proposal. It's not work to me. It's reading squared.
5 draw each opportunity I get
4 a minimum workout everyday or better
3 consider reducing a portion size every day.
2 at least one day a month spent entirely on one new project
1 do everything I can to make a2i2 financially successful this year(final sprint)
I can do this. This will be a good year.
Judge Jonathan Corwin: head judge, Salem witch trials
Governor Thomas Corwin: of Ohio, mostly famous for sponsoring the so called Corwin Amendment, to protect Slavery in perpetuity from Constitutional Amendment and Federal Law.
Sir Gilbert II of Culwen: the culwen/curwens are where the modern Corwin comes from. He was a border dude who fought on the English side at Falkirk, personally saving the life of Edward the Longshanks, coining the Corwin motto: SI JE NESTOY "If not for me" or "If I were not there.."
Marcus Valerious Corvinus and/or Valerious Corvinus. Respectively, a politician aligned with Brutus by way of Cicero, survived the transition from Republic to Empire, and an older military guy, who was named dictator of Rome twice, and is the namesake of corvids, because of a battle where a Raven legendarily perched on his shield.
Generally we Corwins seem to be on the wrong side of history, or just bastards.
Comment to this post and I'll:
a) Tell you why I friended you.
b) Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a colour, a photo, etc.
c) Tell you something I like about you.
d) Tell you a memory I have of you.
e) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
f) Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
g) in return, you must post this on your own lj.
Some other people are mentioning this, but I thought it was worth repeating.
On this day, in 1983, Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov decided not to report a probable missile launch from the US, on his own authority.
It was later found to be sensor error, but doctrine for both superpowers at that time was a massive retaliatory strike. If Russia had struck back, the US would have counter-retaliated, almost certainly killing hundreds of millions of people.
Stanislav Petrov, by virtue of his position, his sound judgement, and historical situation, saved your life, and that of almost everyone you know.
He does not consider himself a hero, and perhaps he is not. But he is Responsible, in a way that few people are, for our current situation. It was his judgement that prevented nuclear war. And that’s worth commemorating.
"In th' mirrors o' many judgments me hands be th' color o' blood. I be a part o' th' evil that exists in th' world an' in Shadow. I sometime fancy me-self an evil which exists t' oppose other evils. I destroy Melkins when I find them, an' on that Great Tide o' which prophets speak but in which they do nay truly b'lieve, on that tide when th' world be completely swabbed o' evil, then I, too, will go down into tha dark, swallowin' wannions. Perhaps e'en sooner than that, I na ken. But whatere... Until that time, I shall nay wash me hands nor let them hang useless."
--Corwin "Th' Cannons o' Avalon" by Roger Zelazny
Your result for The Supervillain Archetype Test...
The Megalomaniac is the most prestigious of super-villain classes. If anyone is ever going to rule the world, it will probably be you.
Your main goal in life is power and domination, you have the tools to do it, and you know it. Megalomaniacs are intelligent and forceful, and they tend not to let their emotions cloud their judgment. Most of the time. They are usually found, or not found, working at the top of a huge structured organization, though many prefer to work by themselves.
The Megalomaniac has but one flaw, but its an invariably fatal one; arrogance. He knows that he can take over the world, and he isn't afraid to let you know, often elaborately and in great detail. They often do not foresee the fly in their ointment, because they do not want to admit that such a fly could exist.
Sample Megalomaniacs: Dr. Doom, Lex Luthor, Ras al'Ghul, Kang the Conqueror, Emperor Palpatine, Brain
I'm happy and alive and working, and making progress. So now it's time for my favorite game, comparing myself to historical figures!
People who accomplished cool things but died at/before 27:
Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron" "Ace of Aces"(25)
People who I admire who had not yet done anything by 27:
Che Guevara (didn't meet Fidel until he was 27-28)
Norman Borlaug(went to Mexico to research crops at 29)
Alexander Fleming(discovered Penicillin at 47)
Buckminster Fuller(began his "experiment" at 32 after losing his daughter)
Francis Bacon (wrote no major works until he was 36, political success even later)
Ok, narcissistic comparison ended. Yay for birthdays.
as I said on my tumblr:
"”Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould” is the first movie that I can remember making me cry. I cried like a fucking baby at the end of it, when he’s walking away, and he just disappears in the distance. They didn’t say anything, but I knew he was dead."