March 21st, 2010

Semiformalishmaybe

The things we bring with us

Té Café may have been saved by one of its occasional patrons who's wealthy enough to take it on and doesn't want to see it go. Both the actuality of this and the idea of it makes me happy.

Umm, this might be mildly disgusting in a body-ish way (not sexual though):Collapse )

And a bit more traditional BS.Collapse )

There have been a lot of interesting articles in the Middle East Journal recently. The question of what to do with traditional (tribal) subsocieties seems to be present throughout big parts of the world, and the "let them do their own thing" tactic is working increasingly less well as a solution. Tempting to connect it to the "city folk" versus "town folk" divide in the US, except much more extreme. When there are big parts of a country where there is no rule of law, no social services, and only local government, what does it mean to consider those regions part of a government? Being someone who believes in civilisation, I am interested in figuring way to create/increase that societal buy-in, bring universal (secular) education to those regions, and create infrastructure as well as social changes. The question of "how" is daunting. I wonder what it'd look like for an advanced society to backslide into that ("local rights" movements to a much higher level?)

Finished what I consider to be a "first chapter" in the New England story. Despite not making much progress in making my people look like the people they're modeled after, I'm reasonably pleased at progress on making them emotionally expressive. I sometimes cheat a bit by moving outside the bounds of what's within the bounds of sketchery, but I'm not at all ashamed about that.

Anyhow, off to jog, then likely tea somewhere unless by any odd chance I get invited to hang out or do something (hint hint... oh how I torture myself with hope)

  • Current Music
    Oingo Boingo - Only a Lad
Semiformalishmaybe

Catting /dev/audio

If we were to want to represent the sounds cats make in written form, how would we do it?Collapse )

New Yogurt place in SqHill: Good, surprisingly inexpensive. Also managed "Less Lazy Loop" without walking on today's jog. I am puzzled as to why jogging makes my arms and upper back sore without there being any feeling of wear from those parts of the body during. If jogging really does require any upper body strength (not sure how more muscles up there would help - my arms move fine), if I were to do it more often I might want to spend some time rock climbing to rebuild those muscles.

Was trying to figure out a way to work Diggers and Levellers into the distant backstory of the New England story Collapse )

A big deal was made of what its popularity meant for US-Turkish relations as well as provides yet another mirror for the observant among humanity to see what we are; I'm curious to read this book (perhaps some of my readers, even those of which don't consider patriotism/nationalism to be cultural rot, would also be interested). Unfortunately, it being a jingoistic junk novel (on par with but different in what type of "omg the reality is that I'm correct and I'm awesome/righteous and the rest of the world is wrong and people who called me egoistic and crazy sure feel stupid now" content is present in LaHaye's worryingly popular 「Left Behind」 series), it's not likely to be translated to English, German, or Spanish (and I can't read Turkish at all).

I'd like to think that Sarkozy's party will lose big in the next election, perhaps giving Royal another shot at the presidency (and hopefully not one of the Le Pens). Sarkozy isn't irritating-as-hell like Blair or Gordon Brown, but it'd be nice to see him out.

I wonder if there are any statues to Pitt the Elder (city's namesake) in Pittsburgh.

I sometimes wonder if the science-fiction-esque state of the biotech industry is because of exceptional funding or because these crazy inventions really were low-hanging fruit. In agencies funding science (and those close to them), I wonder whether people really use a two-box truth table of low/high, or whether there's different treatment of time and funding. I've heard a reasonable amount about future breakthroughs where it's said "at our current level of funding we'll make zero progress while the same amount of money applied over just 15 years all at once would have a reasonable shot at success" (most recently, in one of the stanford youtube videos on nuclear fusion). Interplay of politics and science funding sounds complex.

  • Current Music
    Rocky Horror Picture Show - Once in a While