“The aim of mathematical modelling is not to try and simulate a natural phenomenon as closely as possible, but to isolate the fundamental principles that govern the phenomenon.”
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Date: Mon, 07 Jul 03 12:34:37 -0500 From: Internet Oracle
Subject: Internet Oracularity #1326-01
Selected-By: "Alyce Wilson"
The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:
> Oracle most wise, > > Is it true people use the Internet for other things besides porn?
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
} Absolutely! You can also spread viruses with the internet. Steal books, } music and videos. And lets not forget the endless supply of "free" } games out there waiting to be downloaded. } } There is a dark side to the internet. Some people put _information_ } on their web sites. No nude chicks or pirated music. Actual useful } information about cars, the weather, what's on TV tonight, etc. } I can't tell you how much those freaks creep me out. Stay away from } them or next thing you know you might find yourself doing unspeakable } things like studying and research. Imagine what you mom will think when } she finds out you know WAY too much about 18th century Romanian art. } } You owe the Oracle some links to sites about naval warfare in the } late 1500's. Not for me mind you, its... uh... for a friend.
Speaking of which:
[rizal:~] baruz% uptime
8:05PM up 19 days, 6:24, 3 users, load averages: 0.70, 1.02, 1.20
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The Apple Store is offering an “Apple Store Pro Card.” Sigh. I don’t know how much, but the one day of ten percent off on software is looking attractive, especially with my Adobe suite (of which I only use Illustrator and Photoshop regularly) still stuck in the flakily emulated OS 9, and other software I really really want. But then there’s the G5 coming up soon.
Anyway, came across some old New Teen Titans issues, the stuff from which the Teen Titans cartoon series will be based. I had forgotten how risque Koriandr’s outfit was; the cartoon tones it down into a teenybopper tube top it seems. Kid Flash doesn’t seem to feature in the promos. The cartoon also seems to put them at a much younger age than the comic book, making the Robin/Nightwing-Starfire romance plotline unlikely. It seems to play up a Robin-Cyborg rivalry I don’t remember from the book.
I’m surprised he turned it in to Springer Verlag; he’s quite readable, and from my recollections of them, Springer Verlag books tend to be a bit dry and academic, with thin and reedy fonts that are a drag on the eyes. Of course, I could be wrong, but I don’t have any Springer Verlags in my library.
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While I am shaking with desire, let me note some of the grace notes that seem to have been overlooked in the bigger feature announcements that had the audience going ooh and aah.
Labels have returned (about 14:00). Much as I liked Unsanity's implementation, I don't think it ever allowed searching for labeled items. If Apple brings this back from its OS 9 graveyard, there may be life for other OS 9 features.
Postscript to PDF on the fly (about 36:00). Finally all those academic papers I downloaded from the ACM and IEEE libraries are readable without having to resort to Ghostscript.
Waiting for the auto-negotiate of the iChat with Parisian addresse Jean-Marie Hullot, creator of InterfaceBuilder (45:30): “It takes a little while longer to negotiate with France.”
Microsoft jab (51:00).
Incremental compile, bringing XCode (the new IDE) closer to the Smalltalk ideal. Java has this in Websphere, which was built on Smalltalk technology, and perhaps Eclipse, which was dervied from the Websphere model. Xcode looks like it is starting to become a much more useful platform for Extreme Programming.
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CECILY. I keep a diary in order to enter the wonderful secrets of my life. If I didn't write them down, I should probably forget all about them.
MISS PRISM. Memory, my dear Cecily, is the diary that we all carry about with us.
Wilde on three-volume novel, plaguing us even then:
CECILY. Yes, but it usually chronicles the things that have never happened, and couldn't possibly have happened. I believe that Memory is responsible for nearly all the three-volume novels that Mudie sends us.
MISS PRISM. Do not speak slightingly of the three-volume novel, Cecily. I wrote one myself in earlier days.
CECILY. Did you really, Miss Prism? How wonderfully clever you are! I hope it did not end happily? I don't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much.
Wilde on what fiction means:
MISS PRISM. The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.Heh. The meaning of non-fiction, is, of course, beyond the scope of this weblog.
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DOS Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq, Tandy, and millions of others are by far the most popular, with about 70 million machines in use wordwide. Macintosh fans, on the other hand, may note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans, and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form.—New York Times, November 26, 1991
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Took the long way back, through Burlington County, to avoid the GSP and Turnpike traffic.
Caught the Lucky finale. During the commercial break, I heard the familiar strain of... “Strange Powers,” as the backdrop to a... Southern Comfort commercial...? What the...?
Besides the buffet, there are several restaurants (steakhouse, Chinese, Italian [of course!]), most of them outside of my price range, on or off expensed client sites. The buffet in the back was full, and so was the Metropolitan. The gelato place next to the Metropolitan has a few cold sandwiches past all the pastries. The poker room/racing place, to the right and downstairs, also has some sandwiches, probably from the same kitchen. Noodles of the World looked affordable and never full, tucked away from the main restaurant strip and being what it is. I should have gone there, but I didn’t know about it until after my sandwich and gelato. The sandwich was good though. And the gelato (one scoop of chocolate and one scoop of hazelnut on top) was bursting with flavor. I was particularly impressed by the flavor of the hazelnut gelato. No cannoli though.
Living statues! Freaky. Didn’t get any pictures of them, though. They only seem to associate with each other, though I keep thinking that one of them, all in white, and a Borgata cocktail waitress in their signature brief black dresses and predominantly tan complexions, would make a very striking contrast.
The glass chandeliers and sculptures are fabulous. Most of them are the red and gold-themed ones, but off to the left (as you enter) there’s a gorgeous blue and green one. Next time I’ll take a picture of that.
If you’re going to apply for a My Borgata card, it is a much faster line if you’ve pre-registered over the net, or have a letter, or have a premium (ie, high roller) card from one of the other places. Having left those at the unit, I was stuck for quite a long long time on line. Name, drivers license, e-mail, SSN, phone number, and a Red Label card was mine, but my feet were so sore I just went home.
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A woman lost her five-year old. I commiserated with her mother, then offered to help, having noted his outfit, going one way down the beach. Her other son went the other way, and up the boardwalk. One of the lifeguard stations found him. By the time I got back, the girl and her group were gone.
Half an hour later, I saw her on the edge of the boardwalk pier, looking my way. I smiled harder. Her visage remained impassive throughout. Not even a smirk quirked her lips.
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