Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

A toast to a robot

Just got back from a very brief trip to Insomnia. I spilled tea on my laptop. It did boot after I wiped it off (I didn't let it boot all the way, just enough to open the CD door so I could clean inside), and currently I have it open (off) leaned up against a fan blowing into it and the battery removed. I think the tea primarily got into the keyboard. Hopefully it'll be ok. Was all keen to be doing more work on MoLD, still trying to decide if I want to redesign it or not. Certain interfaces have gotten too complex, and I think I can possibly do a better job now that I'm familiar with what I want. If I do that, I'll consider the current design to be a prototype. Spoke to Jeff's roomate today (whose parents are the landlords), but he's going on vacation, and won't be back until the end of next week, at which time I'll meet him and we'll see if we'd be good housemates. Charles has a show that he'd like me to go to tomorrow. Hopefully I'll enjoy it. It looks like the Redhat job won't work out -- they have an internal applicant.

Micropoetry - when a small part of a poem, taken out of context, is more interesting or beautiful than the poem taken as a whole. It probably would be insulting to the author usually to have this pointed out. Follow my reasoning as to why, and you'll understand part of the ugly face of humanity. But there exists no beautiful cousin, so how does it still seem ugly? Can a delusion form the basis for an opposite? Perhaps conceptually -- does such a pairing have any special characteristics? Is it pure historical accident that the opposite is a delusion, or is the opposite inconsistant or otherwise broken?

The shattered glass of a certain style of objective morality -- imprisonment. You're in a large building, with people you don't like maintaining it, and you having legitimately gained access to it (invitation by a friendly inhabitant). You're in a part that has an exit, and an unfriendly person is in the process of locking up the exit. There are other exits to the building, but you cannot see them. You don't know if the other exits are being locked or not, and so don't know if you are being imprisoned -- being imprisoned might grant the recourse of, in the scope of said type of morality, using coercion to prevent the locking of the exit, in order to avoid imprisonment. The alternative, to go find another exit, may give time for the person to leave via an exit you lack access to (e.g. using keys they have), and perhaps all the other exits are already locked. But, perhaps there are other exits available. A dilemma. An alternative moral idea -- the actor uses judgement, and bears the responsibility for the result (i.e. if there are other open exits and no attempt found nor chance to imprison, then the act is judged wrong, otherwise, judged right). Situations of uncertainty fit well with this 'on your own head if wrong' doctrine.

Tags: philosophy

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