Tag Archives: Emergent phenomena

Gratification Delayed isn’t Gratification Denied

I didn’t get to watch Battlestar Galactica last night since my daughter came to me about 15 minutes into the program and wanted to share her thoughts on evolution and racism. Her observation was that animals are often hostile to … Continue reading

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I had a prospective job fall through today, one that would have picked up in August when the school where I teach closes. While I definitely wanted that job, I felt liberated when I didn’t get it. After the disappointment. … Continue reading

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Gordon Brown likes to watch

I was poking around on Twitter, looking for likely twits, and I ran across a feed for Number 10 Downing Street – the official Twitter feed of the PM of Great Britain. So I added it. I noticed a moment … Continue reading

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Ears like a Magpie

What makes a good, memorable line or phrase? What gives a line that shine that makes us pick it up and carry it back to Memory’s Nest? We say that such things are catchy, and I think it’s reasonable to … Continue reading

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Gould, synethesia, and autism

I fell so much in love with Glenn Gould’s version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations when I was in my early twenties. For some perverse reason I purchased his recording of Mozart’s Piano Sonatas. Why would I want to purchase one … Continue reading

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Sufficiently Advanced Magic

I say computing is equivalent to Magic. You have powerful imps (processors) responding to arcane commands (programming) spoken from special books (DRAM or Flash) Or HD to DRAM to L2 cache to L1 cache – nested special books. But I … Continue reading

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