April 19th, 2010

Semiformalishmaybe

Catrix

I have not seen 「The Matrix」 (dislike Keanu Reeves), but I understand that it involves aliens somehow getting utility out of people being asleep and dreaming. My suggestion is that were those same aliens to really need whatever that is so much (physics modeling? quick bayesian decision evaluation? virtual reality? storytelling?), they would be well-advised to consider using cats instead. They're probably easier to feed, less likely to ninja your plan (well, maybe?), they live in a much more exciting mental world, and they're a lot more compact.

It might not make as exciting a movie though (although I would wager my cats have more personality and interestingness than Keanu Reeves).

Semiformalishmaybe

Elevator Logic

The way that guys stand in elevators: not very different from how guys choose urinals or toilets in sufficiently large restrooms - concept of personal space. Is there a perfect map of tendencies of this sort to general notions of personal space that follow sex and culture (and maybe introvert-v-extrovert)? Ifso, how complex is that map? In an infinite restroom, I'd want to be out-of-sight/smell/hearing range of everyone else there while I do things, while in an elevator I'd probably prefer to be about 15 feet away from everyone else (elevators are never that big, alas). On the rare occasion I'm conversing with someone I like to be a bit over 12 feet away unless I know them. Maybe the similarity between restrooms and elevators is that they both are situations of enclosed-but-longing-to-be-more-distant, bathrooms moreso because one is doing things for which nature (maybe some culture too) has primed us to be alone (hygiene? body judgements? homophobia?). I wonder if we design our restrooms the way we do is because they're easier to clean that way, or perhaps scents linger less with the relatively open model, or perhaps to prevent people from using restrooms as emotional escapes.

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