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this would explain so many things... [Nov. 16th, 2009|10:19 am]
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I had something happen last week that caused me to need to retreat inside my head for a bit, to try and figure out my life. You get the rare explanation of what caused itCollapse )
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movie review: Ronin [Nov. 3rd, 2009|01:54 pm]
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Contrived...what does that even mean? The entire universe is contrived - everything is where it is because of a deliberate action that put it there. We yearn so much for things that come to us "naturally," which if we more deeply consider what we're looking for means we long for some sort of chaos. Why is that? To desire chaos is nothing short of desiring to no longer exist, to no longer be part of this universe. Is it because we ate the apple?

1hr and 20minutes in to the movie Ronin is one of the best scenes in any movie out there. I can imagine that the writer heard about the historical figures, created that particular scene in the movie, and then grew the rest of movie from there. The lines are very "contrived." They are also very good.
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Christmas plans [Nov. 2nd, 2009|08:13 am]
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Going to be in Austin for the general Christmas-time period; if you're near there and want to hook up at some point, lemme know?

I know, wasn't much of an update on my life, eh?
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abstract concepts as ways to solve "complex" problems [Sep. 1st, 2009|09:49 pm]
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I find people like to change data types, go from concrete to abstract and back to concrete, and overall come up with solutions that no longer match the problem(s).

So while arguing a point recently, I provided a simple solutions as an alternative, but my solution had a flaw that I intended to be discovered. It wasn't, but likely because the person felt the "flaw" wasn't a flaw.

More specifically, I was suggesting one could do some stuff to a number, then "round" the number. I was hoping the person would attack my suggestion of "rounding" a number since that is a very abstract concept.

So...rounding. Here's your challenge. Given an unknown number, provide a function for "rounding" that number. In your function, the number has to remain exactly the same data type - this limitation is really the general point to the novel solution in the first place. By "data type" it is important to note that if you take a number like "4.6" and evaluate the number by saying something like "is the number to the right of the decimal greater than 5?" then you are no longer treating the number like a number - you're treating it like a string of characters. The characters could just as easily be "cars.trucks" and then you're evaluating "trucks" to round up to the nearest cars...get the point?

A number is a number. It is a concrete value of some precision - one which is hopefully precise enough to be of use. Converting it to a string, or some abstract concept, is both disingenuous and pointless. You're taking something that is overwhelmingly simple (a number) and doing silly, pointless things to it.

So - how would you round a decimal number, in a formula that maintains the number's data type integrity? Can you come up with a simple solution?
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Various. It is to laugh, and to cry. [Aug. 23rd, 2009|10:06 pm]
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Few random songs I stumbled upon this evening, circa 1992

Solemn: Unusual

Solemn: Same Damn Thing

Solemn: And

Solemn: Manager Mustard Pants

Solemn: Story of Man(Days of Old)

Chad and Brian's Stoned Campfire Songs: Dead Indians

Chad and Brian's Stoned Campfire Songs: Hamsters
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RIP Josh Watson [Aug. 23rd, 2009|10:04 pm]
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First Chad, then Ricky, now Josh.

Shawn and I are the only ones left of Solemn. 4 guys that changed my world, really - they're what I look to as an example of what could be.

So I'm digging through old stuff, looking for old songs. Found some that I guess the recordings of got lost, since I haven't heard them in a while. Might post some up around here.
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burning man be funny [Aug. 18th, 2009|11:48 am]
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As if to be topical to my last post, a visit to the burningman page (was curious about pricing) yielded this gem as the art theme for 2009:

Art Theme: "Evolution"
Charles Darwin noted that no living thing is ever quite the same as others of its kind. Indeed, there is a subtle chaos, a supple element of chance and change, residing at the core of living things. Our art theme prompts three related questions: What are we as human beings, where have we come from, and how may we adapt to meet an ever-changing world?


How about instead the fact that we as human beings are mutating randomly to destroy what would otherwise be a balanced, non-changing world? That we (specifically our species) aren't adapting in a Darwinian model at all anymore, because the fittest aren't the ones reproducing, and no beneficial traits are being selected for to meet the probabilistic needs of the environment?

Ah, domestication...the joy that produces the street dogs and cats of TJ. Those animals are adapting, right? No? ;)
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let's see if she reads it... [Aug. 18th, 2009|12:07 am]
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Agent Smith: I tried to classify your species and I realized that you aren’t actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with its surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply, and multiply until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus.Collapse )
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the fun people have while naked in bed (not a TMI story) [Jul. 23rd, 2009|04:56 am]
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Summer has taken to barking at things lately. Now, since we no longer own a house and instead have upstairs neighbors, we're obligated to stop her from barking for the sake of said neighbors.

~3:30am, Summer starts barking. I get up to tell her the possum isn't going to be attacking us tonight. She insists that whatever is in our yard is not supposed to be there. In fact, she won't follow me back to our room even though I'm calling her. So I eventually grab her collar, and drag her back to the back bedroom(where we sleep), and tell her to lay down and go to sleep. Since Sarah has been having allergy issues, we close the bedroom door and turn on an air purifier. I went ahead and closed the door, even though half of what she's allergic to (dog) was in the room with us now.

<4:00am, Summer goes crazy. I open my eyes and mumble something about her barking, only to see...

...someone in the house.Collapse )
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the biker's creed... [Jul. 1st, 2009|06:44 pm]
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(I'm allowed this silliness...I was in the USMC)

The Rifleman'sBiker's Creed

This is my bike. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My bike is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I master my life. My bike, without me, is useless. Without my bike, I am useless. I must ride my bike true. I must ride straighter than any cager who is trying to kill me. I must ride past him before he overcomes me. I will....

My bike and myself know that what counts on the road is not the gas we burn, the noise of our pipes, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the ride that counts. We will ride...

My bike is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weakness, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its V-Twin and its primary. I will keep my bike clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...

Before God I swear this creed. My bike and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but Peace.
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