Archive for August, 2002

2002.08.29

2002.08.29

sometimes i think i get obsessed with the bad drivers out here in CA. they are the worst i’ve ever experienced. most of them need lessons in courtesy. of course most of them are inspirations for lists.

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2002.08.25

2002.08.25

had a good time yesterday at andres’ birthday party. met his (large!) family and met some of his friends from calpoly. funny because i’d seen them so many times in pictures in his cube that it’s like i knew them. brent showed up with anne, and megan showed up with her friend elizabeth. spent most of my time with megan and elizabeth.

entries, by the way, have been spotty as the household i live in is going through changes.

found an interesting article on how they are hypothesising that a mutated gene led to the development of language (it allowed for greater vocalizations) and eventually culture, science, and all the rest. i’m wondering if we applied such a mutated gene to an animal that already has a great vocal range if it, too, would develop. like dolphins, or crows, or even dogs. would be an interesting experiment when they get to that point in bioengineering.

meanwhile GM has released a concept car that it’s showing at various car expos that runs on hydrogen and has one of the most scifi user interfaces i’ve ever seen in a civilian vehicle. well, if they can produce it for shows they can certainly start mass producing it. imagine how our relations in the middle east would be if we didn’t need their stinking oil? “you’re having problems? ah. sorry to heat that.” it would be great if everyone would call off their jihad because we’ve left saudi arabia and the middle east in general.

and finally, just because i’m annoyed with how this country thinks that limiting freedoms is a democracy, here’s this article pointing out that 2nd hand smoke is a myth. before you roll your eyes and moan about it, read the article or at least get informed from something besides the media and the modern prohibitionists. aside from the actual data quoted, one of my favorite lines is, “Wouldn’t the American way be to put a big sign on the front of your restaurant? ‘People Smoke In Here — Don’t Come In If It Bugs You.’ And then let everyone act like grownups?”

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2002.08.18

2002.08.18

as it’s been about a year since i last did this, let me do it again (because someone mentioned something about it):

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heard bill moyers interviewing joseph campbell today on PBS (old interview). an interesting idea was presented. let me see if i can expand and clarify on what i got out of it.

our lives, as we’re living it, seem to not have a whole lot of meaning. we go through our day to day lives and there doesn’t seem to by any rhyme or purpose to the apparent random events that shape it. yet at the end of our lives we can look back and think if event A didn’t happen, then event B wouldn’t have happened and ultimately i wouldn’t be who or where or what i am today. looking in retrospect allows us to see a meaning that, while living day to day, we cannot see.

our dreams appear the same way. when you wake a dream appears often to have no real meaning or direction. upon careful analysis, however, the dream can and mostly does have meaning, though sometimes it take deep reflection to understand it and it’s influences. our unconscious will digs up the images an events in dreams and so there is a meaning behind it all.

by the same token, it is as if something greater than ourselves were dreaming us, some larger unconscious will that dreams of people who dream. if this were the case, then our lives do have meaning, at least for this other will.

further, coming back to the chain of events that eventually lead to the culmination of a life, the events often -almost always- involve other people in some way. just as others affect us (the chance meeting that leads to love, marriage, children, or whatever) we affect other people. it is a large web, all with eventual meaning.

now, i am no philosophy specialist, or theologist, or scholar of any sort, so i don’t know if any of this has been covered before. but it seems to me that if someone were looking to justify the existence of god, then this would be one way of doing it (though the skeptics, myself included, could poke holes in it). it also seems to me that this could be the philosophy or basis of some religions, whether overtly stated or implied. i am also wondering if the existentialists ever delved into such ideas, specifically the negative existentialists like satre and camus.

anyways, there’s your deep thought of the day. discuss.

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2002.08.14

2002.08.14

so this is america so maybe many people haven’t heard, but central europe is suffering some of the worst flooding in living memory. how does this pertain to anything here? not at all. but it does pertain to me as i lived in prague (flooded) and have friends how still live there and in other parts of the region. i hope they and their family/friends are well.

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2002.08.13

2002.08.13

the jews are already saved? sort of a misleading statement, but according to this article, the catholics are beginning to recognize that jews have their own unique relation to god and therefore do not need to be saved/converted to christianity. protestant groups are… protesting.

this article just needs to be read. it reminds me of reading a book called the ugly american. many americans forget that while we know we are decent people the rest of the world only sees our government and our massive corporations. i agree we need some reform, but at the same time it’s nothing countries of sufficient power have done all through history. we revere the roman empire now (well, maybe not everyone) but they did essentially the same thing, pushing their culture, their military, their trade, and their roads to every corner they could despite not being welcome by all. too bad we don’t have their keen sense of architecture…

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2002.08.11

2002.08.11

a theory of certain obscurity.

many people who have acheived greatness do so because of a fear of death. "death leans close and whispers in my ear, ‘live, i am coming.’" stephen hawking might not have ever developed the ideas he had if he hadn’t have developed ALS. colin wilson reminds us often in his books of many people with the same condition. a healthy fear of death drives many to refuse to accept dissolving into obscurity. the only way to avoid this is to refuse to be obscure, to gain a (more or less permanent) meme in the consciousness pool.

some few achieve a sort of greatness because they lack a fear of death. the samurai of feudal japan had no fear of death and actually found it an integral portion of thier purpose in life. their lack of fear, however, was compensated by their duty. duty drove them to achieve what was needed in life.

i find myself in an interesting position of having no real fear of death, and yet having no duty or real obligations to combat this primary motive force. it’s something i will have to work on.

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2002.08.06

2002.08.06

i don’t want all the money in the world… i just want all the money in america.

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2002.08.04

2002.08.04

driving long distance any time soon? here’s where you can find out where and how to avoid all those speed traps you know are out there.

are you a geek? did you play D&D? remember those old manuals? find them again.

and for those guys out there who have girlfriends, here’s a link to help you win a couple of those “disputes” that occasionally crop up. let me tell you, i wish i had this a long time ago…

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2002.08.01

2002.08.01

i guess some vague celebration is in order. it was a year ago today that i put this revamped website up. though the original is in the password protected diary, here it is:

started revamping the site. came up with this format based on a few people’s web pages. i like the clean look of it, and should be much easier to update and maintain. of course, we’ll see…

wow. deep. oh well, not momentous, but something.

UPDATE 2006.09.24. This site has been updated yet again since this post was written. Back then I’d migrated to Blosxom, this time at the beginning of 2006 I migrated to WordPress. The look and feel of the site is fairly close to what it was then, though… :)

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