Blind Justice: .posted by ben on Apr 14 at 14:40
Outside Robins Sing: .posted by ben on Apr 13 at 23:15
the sound of one shutter
-Paul O. Williams
The Shit List: .posted by ben on Apr 12 at 02:02
This is really stupid... I remember looking at it with Graham at Prinicipia, and snickering about how we were getting away with reading something with this much profanity... It's not the profanity that's so exciting anymore... There seems to be some moderated wisdom to the shit list...
RMS: .posted by ben on Apr 8 at 13:10
RMS is cool...
in your eahhead...: .posted by ben on Apr 7 at 03:08
I was so exicited....
My dear friends, I dream that you dream...
zaid an email I got, but then it started talking about pornongrpahy, and I was disappointed...sorely...how crule..kim,and mara have gone... I a,m alnone....and drunk...dear lord I am drunk...
and lonely, as the police say, so lineley, you have no idea....save me, make it all better...
i met a girl who can sketch, and i am sorely impressed...how pitiful...i certainly feel pitiful... i can;t even type...
emoguh humiliation...i am done
and fuck celine~!
lies: .posted by ben on Apr 5 at 18:00
Hypocrisy and lies make the world go around. Nobody likes the truth. The only way to get along with friends, family, and coworkers is to tell them you like them, even if it's an atrocious lie. Accord them the respect they don't deserve...
Mutual Satisfaction: .posted by ben on Apr 4 at 02:29
This is a graph of a time window versus mutual information. Criterion is Log[2,10], which is about 3.2, which is about the asymptote visible on the graph. Furthermore, the graph is of the form of the antiderivative of the normal curve. Like I said.
This means I'm almost done. No more non-computational spiking neural network for me...all I have to do is lots of set theory and analysis.
My analysis teacher said (at the beginning of the semester) "You can turn your homework in on the last day if you want." What this means is that I've spent all my time doing neural networks, and not analysis. Now, I'm running out of time.
I still can't believe it works.
Supposedly all I need to do is run some simulations on data sets Mozer will give me, and then presumably write something about all this pain and suffering, though probably not in the style of Celine.
Does anybody else like Celine?
cold..very: .posted by ben on Apr 3 at 03:36
I just tried to take a bath. I filled the tub with bubbles and water, but the water turned out to be cold. For some reason the water heater had no hot water for me this frigid morning. So, I just set the heater to one notch above hot (two below very hot), and in the midst of the range where the heater warns of scalding...ah scalding...how nice that would be.
Stolen from slashdot...: .posted by ben on Apr 1 at 09:31
"When I went to college, there was a girl named Teresa Watt who had an account on the RS/6000. My buddy Rob had tears in his eyes when he showed me that you can actually "finger twatt". "
science: .posted by ben on Mar 31 at 19:23
Plot is a Capitalist Ploy: .posted by ben on Mar 31 at 12:01
Happy Easter... Someone threw a container of yogurt at my car (strawberry-bannana). It's frozen to my car. I guess I'll wash it off tomorrow.
I just rewrote my bad-juju neural network (well, the mutual information part) again. And my hands smell like fake strawberry-banana...I'm going to go wash them...
That was fun, now back to complaining...
I went to bed about 1am last night, and woke up about 2pm (I actually woke up twice before that, but it didn't stick). I ran a few mutual information simulations, and went back to bed again. I woke up again around 6pm... Slept some more... Got up for good around 7pm.
Ran more MI simulations, and went to the bookend for chai and set theory. I'm sick of the trident. I'm sick of Naropa students telling me that plot (and now syntax apparently) is a capitalist ploy. To what end? Supposedly this has some base in Marxism, but the solution to capitalist plots is not communism (there was some consensus that it was anarchy).
This makes Chomsky a capitalist as Devin observed. I'd never realized...
Sexy Color: .posted by ben on Mar 31 at 03:09
I run a google search for "sexy color" and I end up with this... baby pictures of Chinese models... I guess I should be happy I didn't end up with underage crossdressing animal bondage pornography.
Twain Aquire...a bad joke: .posted by ben on Mar 31 at 01:37
From the War Prayer
O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle -- be Thou near them! With them -- in spirit -- we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe.
O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells;
help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead;
help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain;
help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief;
help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it --
for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet!
We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.-Mark Twain
Never a war to end all wars...: .posted by ben on Mar 29 at 00:56
It's politic to talk about the superior American regard for life. Sadly, it's a lie. During W.W.II American took the strategy of victory in numbers. Between 1942 and 1945 America produced 50,000 Sherman takes, compared to 8,000 tanks that Germany produced. Nonetheless, a German Tiger tank could fight 5 Sherman tanks simultaneously and win.
Where is the superior regard for human life? It was safer to drive a Russian tank than a Sherman.
It's a wonder that I'm not fluent in German (or dead).
The most appalling thing we did (in terms of tank battles) was the Battle of Baston during the Battle of the Bulge. Patton was sent with a large number of tanks to intercept German Panzers moving to take Baston.
However, the Germans would arrive 5 days before Patton, so some asshole made the decision to drop thousands of infantryman (many not even armed) into Baston. Several thousand died (for no good reason) before Patton managed to make his way to Baston and get thoroughly immolated by the Germans (though the Americans did win in the end).
High regard for human life...sure...
I was just thinking...: .posted by ben on Mar 26 at 19:52
What good is a cat that can't play the bagpipe?
I don't think I'm angry enough: .posted by ben on Mar 23 at 12:31
spiced nicely for all my detractors.
ego: .posted by ben on Mar 23 at 12:19
The winner of our contest is... me. Cracker wrote thos lines (or whoever the lead singer is at any rate). Graham doesn't think Cracker is bluegrass...
My only friend, the end.: .posted by ben on Mar 23 at 12:17
ben, i went to the grad committee to plead your case today. i don't think i was successful. i understand where they're coming from: they're turning down students with much stronger academic records and comparable research backgrounds. we looked over your transcript to find signs of the positive trajectory on your GPA, and they noted some less-than-stellar grades recently in core cs courses (OS, e.g.). (they also can't accept you without GRE scores.)
i explained your situation -- that you felt with the math degree you needed CS credentials to get a good job. they pointed out that CU Denver offers an alternative for the MS program.
the promised to discuss it further, but again, i don't think the chances are great. i'm sorry. at least i had a chance to explain the progress you've made on our research and in your own recent academic career.
assuming the worst, let's start looking into the CU Denver MS program.
how is the project coming along? do we have MI yet?
The really annoying part is that on the basis of Mike's advice, I didn't finish my CS degree this year. That means I have to go to school all next year to take 2 classes which cannot be taken concurrently because he said I should only worry about finishing my math degree this year. I should have only worried about finishing CS.
I guess I'll get to read a lot. Maybe I can wire up a real analog network as well.
Stuff: .posted by graham on Mar 21 at 18:41
If anyone can tell me who wrote those lines, I'll give you half of something. I'm not sure what, but it'll be something. I promise.
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