Between the hill of Iteration, and the sharp pit of recursion, (or is itthe other way around?) .. there's a desert where the wind blowsstrongly, order forms for a moment, and in most places, disappearsshortly afterwards. Some places, it lasts longer, and people pitch tent,all the time knowing that the context-dependant sands on which they sitcould shift away. There are places where it's sharp, where you cannotwalk without leaving flesh behind, and if you dance too long, there willbe little left.. Visit the recursion edge, and you'll see the sand gentlypour into the endless jungle valley, the vertical land of vines, water.
Here is an article on some strange peoplewho have a plan for world peace (be sure to read all the pages of the article).Apparently, the author was originally part of a militant group that wants todestroy the Dome of the Rock (a Mosque in Israel where Mohammad, according tothe legend, ascended into heaven, which also is believed to corrispond tothe site of the original Temple in Judaism) in order to rebuild the temple.After being stopped, he now wants to build a holographic temple, floatingabove the Dome of the Rock on a blimp, in an attempt to bring forth theMessiah. He also hopes to construct a virtual reality version of the sametemple. Apparently, the proceeds from a stupid patent lawsuit against Palmare supposed to provide the money for him to do this. The article is, ofcourse, fascinating. Van der Hoeven, another guy who's a fundie christianalso gets mention, and makes a very bad argument for razing the Dome torebuild the temple. It also mentions, in passing, an interesting ascripturalMuslim concept, of a mahdi, whichmight or might not be equivalent to the judaist/christian term messiah.In any case, I (surprise!) support their efforts to do their thing, so longas the methods they use don't provoke violence, as every time they fail tosummon their savior, and every failed prediction of miracles and stuff, isanother emotional downer for the religious mindset. When the roller coaster isdisappointing enough, people will, generation after generation, get off.Millenial cults rarely survive long after their big prediction flops.
On that site, I came across this -- an entry onthe Egyptian book of the dead. Unlike many religious views of the afterlife,supposedly it gives people advice on how to deal with the struggles of theafterlife. Why is this kind of thing rare? Probably because the afterlifemyth is present in religions primarily to either comfort them or to push themto do something in life, or in short, the concept of the afterlife is forpurposes in this world. It's simply not useful innovation to suggest peoplewill deal with trials, and to provide advice now on how to deal with them.
The U.S. is getting a taste of its own medicine, as the WTO hasdecided that its ban on online gambling is illegal.Amusing.
Google rolled out a personalized search system, as I predicted they might've afew entries back. I haven't used it much yet -- I wonder how well it works.I don't anticipate using it much until it can talk to the Mozillaversion of the GoogleBar...