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March 24, 2008

borges on philosophy

A Conversation with Jorge Luis Borges

…I think that, returning to philosophy, that we are not enriched by its solutions, as these solutions are doubtful, they are arbitrary, and philosophy does enrich us by demonstrating that the world is more mysterious than we thought.

(This is always how I feel after watching Waking Life.)

March 12, 2008

the tyranny of the mice

People should think of a computer interface less as a tool and more as a extension of themselves or as extension of their mind.

Coming Soon: Nothing Between You and Your Machine - New York Times. I’m delighted by this suggestion that the Wii and the iPhone represent a coming shift in human-computer interface design; apparently the generation driving design demands new paradigms. A welcome development — my patience wears thin!

March 7, 2008

"now you are fighting a hobgoblin"

His very name was a microcosm of the system he invented: the exotic “Gygax,” calling to mind the pantheon of Lovecraftian gods and remote regions of Hyborea; the mundane “Gary,” reminiscent of suburban kids all over the nation who were ignoring their algebra homework in favor of The Dungeon Master’s Guide.

Deified and Demagogued by Matthew Baldwin - The Morning News

March 5, 2008

beans and carrots on the White House Lawn

Which candidate will pledge to be the Gardening President? Who will be the one to take the lead in teaching food self-sufficiency and good nutrition to the American public? What a fine example it would set if the food miles traveled by presidential produce added up to zero.

Roots Politics: Planting a Seed - washingtonpost.com

March 4, 2008

After only a few electrical jolts, the artificial neural circuit began to act just like a real neural circuit. Clusters of connected neurons began to fire in close synchrony: the cells were wiring themselves together. Different cell types obeyed their genetic instructions. The scientists could see the cellular looms flash and then fade as the cells wove themselves into meaningful patterns. After years of hard work, they were finally able to watch their make-believe brain develop, synapse by synapse. The microchips were turning themselves into a mind.

Seed: Out of the Blue

March 3, 2008


We broke the world. Now what?