Friday, May 30, 2008


I wanted a computer-desk a long time ago. Now though all i want is a small collection of USB ports in my desk. The rest is just technical nonsense.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Some people may not like this.

I'm sorry if you're offended.

You should be aware that you are defined by your actions, and that you don't have full control over them either. It is a good idea to judge a book by its cover, but be aware that the cover is the product of some marketing campaign set in motion by an entity that is not the object of your judgment. Once you have grasped that you need to judge by the intention of the entity responsible for the cover you can then make better decisions based upon it. Also, for those poor souls who believe that they dress that way because they like it and not because they are copying someone else, pity their inability to break free from their automated self system and adjust their direction. You can't choose your actions, you can only adjust the strategy and tactics. You will always do what you would do unless you actively pursue something that is difficult, that requires will power to achieve. Living in a world of other people who also have to survive this situation without themselves being aware of it can at times be tiresome, but inevitably, your own ability to appreciate just how difficult using will power is can make the act of forgiveness for human frailty a simple one.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fun is Difficult: Difficult is Fun

I've managed to explain to my children (well the one old enough to understand anyway) that things that are difficult are fun because they are hard to do, the activity of attempting it is fun in itself... but then i came across python ;)

Things that are difficult to do well (like driving, pool, computer games that are not zelda/final fantasy, cooking) are fun because they are difficult, probably because there is a sense of achievement in them. With python though, i get the same sense of achievement without the blood dripping fingers.

Python ruined my moral tale!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Religion Explained by Pasta Sauce and Evolution without Pirates

Okay, probably all pointless accidental crap, but i just thought that the reason why there isn't a "perfect pasta sauce", that being that people like different things and making everyone happy is a lot easier if you let yourself have multiple solutions at the same time (this ties in with my theory of multidimensional complexity being much more satisfying than low dimensional complexity). Relgion could be a by-product of a tendency to allow for some sideways bias when it comes to perceived more important issues such as beliefs and traditions. We may have evolved to appreciate a group satisfaction (why it's possible to have a rally of people who "mostly agree" with the rally, and not just one made from "strongly agree"s) over personal bias as a way to help ourselves be seen as part of the group and therefore the target of a greater quantity of altruistic attention.

Or, maybe we do need pirates.