nonplatonic http://nonplatonic.com/index.php nonplatonic en-US http://backend.userland.com/rss 60 Ozymandias http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/marco/2005/04/07/ozymandias Thu, 7 Apr 2005 20:37:28 +0000 null literature 1143@http://nonplatonic.com I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read, Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed, And on the pedestal these words appear: "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. -Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1143&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
Once again, another song http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/2005/04/07/once_again_another_song Thu, 7 Apr 2005 18:54:43 +0000 music null 1142@http://nonplatonic.com Shit Out of Luck, by Greg Brown They groan as she passes, their time's gone by, They wasted their lives in anger and sighs. They groan as she passes, and make a few cracks, Once it is gone, it don't come back. They groan as she passes, she don't even see them, Their sons are not here, but someday they will be them. And groan as she passes, and whisper "Oh, fuck," My best years are gone, and I'm shit out of luck. I'm shit out of luck. Shit Out of Luck, by Greg Brown

They groan as she passes, their time's gone by,
They wasted their lives in anger and sighs.
They groan as she passes, and make a few cracks,
Once it is gone, it don't come back.

They groan as she passes, she don't even see them,
Their sons are not here, but someday they will be them.
And groan as she passes, and whisper "Oh, fuck,"
My best years are gone, and I'm shit out of luck. I'm shit out of luck.

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1142&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/ben/2005/04/07/title_35 Thu, 7 Apr 2005 08:22:56 +0000 null null 1141@http://nonplatonic.com Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C. Clarke. Any sufficiently kind act is indistinguishable from love.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
-Arthur C. Clarke.

Any sufficiently kind act is indistinguishable from love.
]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1141&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
my kind http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/ben/2005/04/07/my_kind Thu, 7 Apr 2005 07:01:26 +0000 null null 1140@http://nonplatonic.com I think love is that feeling you get. The one where you can't breathe or eat... or finish a novel. It's that thing that absorbs every moment until it destroys you. It might also be something more comfortable. There should be another name for that. Maybe there is. The thing where you settle down and buy fondue sets. It's not love. It's not the kind of love I want to read about. It's not what I want to write about. It's not what I want. Love is the fetishism of little parts until they become indistinguishable from the whole. Her eyes... her lips... the way she speaks... until everything she does is perfect. And nobody wants to have those expectations imposed... but it's not love if there's something better waiting in the periphery. I don't want to be realistic. I think love is that feeling you get. The one where you can't breathe or eat... or finish a novel. It's that thing that absorbs every moment until it destroys you.

It might also be something more comfortable. There should be another name for that. Maybe there is. The thing where you settle down and buy fondue sets. It's not love. It's not the kind of love I want to read about. It's not what I want to write about. It's not what I want.

Love is the fetishism of little parts until they become indistinguishable from the whole. Her eyes... her lips... the way she speaks... until everything she does is perfect. And nobody wants to have those expectations imposed... but it's not love if there's something better waiting in the periphery.

I don't want to be realistic.

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1140&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
More fun and desecration with babelfish http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/marco/2005/04/06/more_fun_and_desecration_with_babelfish Thu, 7 Apr 2005 04:21:40 +0000 funny null 1138@http://nonplatonic.com This text has taken the path English -> Greek -> French -> Dutch -> English: We gardons this truths to be clear, which all persons he right is created, qu they are financed by their author thanks to some unalienable rights, which are these life, freedom and the search of the luck enters. That for for they the these rights guarantee, the governments between the persons have been determined, the authorisation controlled by their strengths of exactly that when n sails in which form of government the destroying of it extrêmes becomes, it draw human right for changing are or qu withdraw, and qu the new government establish, who is foundations to such principles lays and which is strengths under their such form organises, if maggots will seem as of now probable for influence the security and their luck. You'll probably recognize it, mutilated though it be. I think it's great...especially the last phrase. Hooray for babelfish! This text has taken the path English -> Greek -> French -> Dutch -> English:

We gardons this truths to be clear, which all persons he right is created, qu they are financed by their author thanks to some unalienable rights, which are these life, freedom and the search of the luck enters. That for for they the these rights guarantee, the governments between the persons have been determined, the authorisation controlled by their strengths of exactly that when n sails in which form of government the destroying of it extrêmes becomes, it draw human right for changing are or qu withdraw, and qu the new government establish, who is foundations to such principles lays and which is strengths under their such form organises, if maggots will seem as of now probable for influence the security and their luck.

You'll probably recognize it, mutilated though it be. I think it's great...especially the last phrase. Hooray for babelfish!

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1138&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
90+% of open dirs are porn http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/ben/2005/04/06/90_of_open_dirs_are_porn Thu, 7 Apr 2005 01:31:41 +0000 null puppies 1137@http://nonplatonic.com http://www.opendirviewer.nl/ http://www.opendirviewer.nl/

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1137&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
GHAAALAAA! http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/2005/04/06/ghaaalaaa Thu, 7 Apr 2005 00:03:56 +0000 nonsense null 1136@http://nonplatonic.com I was looking around at job listings on craigslist, when I came across... THIS I screamed... Then I cried. I was looking around at job listings on craigslist, when I came across...

THIS

I screamed...
Then I cried.

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1136&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
QED bitch. http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/ben/2005/04/06/qed_bitch Thu, 7 Apr 2005 00:00:51 +0000 math math 1135@http://nonplatonic.com The Economist has an article claiming computers will be doing math in 20-50 years. "Why should the non-mathematician care about things of this nature? The foremost reason is that mathematics is beautiful, even if it is, sadly, more inaccessible than other forms of art." First: Math isn't art. It's demoralizing rigorous work. It drives men like Godel and Erdos mad (assuming the mad aren't simply drawn to math). If, through the hand of providence, that doesn't happen, then they end up demoralized like Hardy. A life in math is a life of suffering. A life in art involves wine, love and the beautiful people. Second: Sure, I can see computers filling in Flickr like meta data. They're good at that sort of mundane stuff, even if the algorithms aren't quite there. But proving things? No. The four colours proof wasn't done by computers. Computers only crunched some finite cases. They didn't come up with those cases. When we have a computer that can structure a proof, then I'll believe. On the other hand, this proof automating software is cool. I want to use it for something. The manual for HOL: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/jrh/hol-light/manual-1.1.pdf
The Economist has an article claiming computers will be doing math in 20-50 years.

"Why should the non-mathematician care about things of this nature? The foremost reason is that mathematics is beautiful, even if it is, sadly, more inaccessible than other forms of art."

First: Math isn't art. It's demoralizing rigorous work. It drives men like Godel and Erdos mad (assuming the mad aren't simply drawn to math). If, through the hand of providence, that doesn't happen, then they end up demoralized like Hardy. A life in math is a life of suffering. A life in art involves wine, love and the beautiful people.

Second: Sure, I can see computers filling in Flickr like meta data. They're good at that sort of mundane stuff, even if the algorithms aren't quite there. But proving things? No. The four colours proof wasn't done by computers. Computers only crunched some finite cases. They didn't come up with those cases. When we have a computer that can structure a proof, then I'll believe.

On the other hand, this proof automating software is cool. I want to use it for something. The manual for HOL: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/jrh/hol-light/manual-1.1.pdf

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1135&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
NLP is stupid, I ate the babel fish... http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/2005/04/06/nlp_is_stupid_i_ate_the_babel_fish Wed, 6 Apr 2005 23:44:02 +0000 nonsense null 1133@http://nonplatonic.com all language is stupid... Can you recognize this before it was translated from english to french, to german, to english, to spanish, to french, to english, to chinese, to english, to chinese, TO ENGLISH? Is perhaps the question order: If ethyl alcohol zuegel and is unworthy the fortune arrow completes suffers adopts surplus them or the arm were opposed the request excessive duty and by opposes tis nobly: Does not color in the order or, sleeps; And by the dream, first states you to complete sorrowful and the friend 1,000 vibrates normals, the meat and is inherits? Tis it respectfully wishes the consumption. Perhaps the color, the sleep has the dream sleep; I, is brings frotante there to stop dying, that this dream dream is possibly comes, if our slatterns balance in death except this for above, they must oppose the detonation elasticity. all language is stupid...

Can you recognize this before it was translated from english to french, to german, to english, to spanish, to french, to english, to chinese, to english, to chinese, TO ENGLISH?

Is perhaps the question order: If ethyl alcohol zuegel and is unworthy the fortune arrow completes suffers adopts surplus them or the arm were opposed the request excessive duty and by opposes tis nobly: Does not color in the order or, sleeps; And by the dream, first states you to complete sorrowful and the friend 1,000 vibrates normals, the meat and is inherits? Tis it respectfully wishes the consumption. Perhaps the color, the sleep has the dream sleep; I, is brings frotante there to stop dying, that this dream dream is possibly comes, if our slatterns balance in death except this for above, they must oppose the detonation elasticity.

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1133&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
Ghost in the Shell http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/graham/2005/04/06/title_34 Wed, 6 Apr 2005 23:31:52 +0000 Misc null 1132@http://nonplatonic.com This is perhaps the most bizarre response to a job inquiry I've ever received. I guess I'll have to be wary of haunted websites from now on. There is no position available. The klein website has had some technical difficulties and has been posting jobs that are not around..... Todd V------- HR Generalist (800) 313-8735 x 12--- This is perhaps the most bizarre response to a job inquiry I've ever received.
I guess I'll have to be wary of haunted websites from now on.

There is no position available. The klein website has had some
technical difficulties and has been posting jobs that are not
around.....

Todd V-------
HR Generalist
(800) 313-8735
x 12---

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1132&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/ben/2005/04/06/title_33 Wed, 6 Apr 2005 22:08:29 +0000 null null 1131@http://nonplatonic.com I saw Clint Eastwood earlier today... panhandling for coffee money. Really? He had like 85 cents. I saw Clint Eastwood earlier today... panhandling for coffee money.
Really?
He had like 85 cents.

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1131&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
From "Art as Technique" http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/graham/2005/04/05/from_art_as_technique Tue, 5 Apr 2005 18:21:22 +0000 Misc null 1127@http://nonplatonic.com And so life is reckoned as nothing. Habitualization devours works, clothes, furniture, one's wife, and the fear of war. "If the whole complex lives of many people go on unconsciously, then such lives are as if they had never been." And art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony. The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects 'unfamiliar,' to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object: the object is not important. -Victor Shklovsky And so life is reckoned as nothing. Habitualization devours works, clothes, furniture, one's wife, and the fear of war. "If the whole complex lives of many people go on unconsciously, then such lives are as if they had never been." And art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony. The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects 'unfamiliar,' to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object: the object is not important.

-Victor Shklovsky

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1127&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
Espresso Ganja Matte http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/ben/2005/04/05/espresso_ganja_matte Tue, 5 Apr 2005 09:23:46 +0000 coffee coffee 1123@http://nonplatonic.com There are plenty of things other than espresso that can be put in an espresso machine. The most obvious is matte. Tea, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried berries... all these things could be mixed with espresso to give it a novel taste. I think a cinnamon and nutmeg infused mocha sounds quite tasty. I could even build custom espresso machines capable of extracting espresso from granite at ten billion PSI. Is there a reason this is a bad idea? There are plenty of things other than espresso that can be put in an espresso machine. The most obvious is matte. Tea, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried berries... all these things could be mixed with espresso to give it a novel taste. I think a cinnamon and nutmeg infused mocha sounds quite tasty. I could even build custom espresso machines capable of extracting espresso from granite at ten billion PSI.

Is there a reason this is a bad idea?

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1123&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
The Ideal Coffee Shop: The Menu http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/2005/04/05/the_ideal_coffee_shop_the_menu Tue, 5 Apr 2005 08:54:35 +0000 coffee 1122@http://nonplatonic.com Prices should not involve any currency smaller than a quarter. Drinks should be cheap, and the staff should depend on tips. This fosters a personal relationship between customers and staff as well as the minor fraud that leads to coffee shop loyalty. Only serve torani syrup. The other stuff tastes wrong, indescribably wrong. Only serve chocolate syrup, either Hershey's or Ghirardelli. People notice the cheap stuff. A mocha made with powder is fine for five minutes, but after ten, the powder comes out and starts to settle leaving you with the distinct impression you are drinking sand. Whipped cream should be freshly made. The aerosol stuff is an insult to the concept of whipped cream and it destroys the top of a drink. It's so easy to make whipped cream right. Mix cream, sugar and vanilla in the canister. Close. Shake. Add nitrogen and you're good. Pastries should be made fresh daily. If they don't sell, give them to the homeless people. Don't sell them for $1. If you do that, people will spend $1 buying shitty pastries they are dissatisfied with instead of $2-3 on pastries they enjoy. Both the customer and coffee shop suffer. Do not even consider selling Starbucks coffee. This is a death sentence to an independent coffee shop. The hippies will not touch you because you are tainted and the Starbucks crowd won't patronize you because you aren't tainted enough. Sell only free trade organic locally roasted in the co-op by hippies brand coffee. The menu itself: Coffee - coffee cup. The Classics: Espresso - espresso cup, 1 shot. Cappuccino - coffee cup, 1 shot, foam. Cafe Latte - large coffee cup, 2 shots, milk, a bit of foam. Cafe Mocha - large coffee cup, 2 shots, milk, chocolate syrup, a bit of foam, whipped cream optional. Unconventional: Florentine - pint glass, half milk, half drip coffee, chocolate syrup. Americano - coffee cup, 1 shot espresso, water. Not Coffee: Hot Chocolate - pint glass, milk, chocolate syrup, whipped cream optional. Chai - pint glass Selection of loose tea - pot, coffee cup. Mate - pot, coffee cup. Italian Soda - pint glass, sparkling water, 1.5 shots torani. Steamed Milk - pint glass, steamed milk, 1.5 shots torani (usually almond or hazelnut). Iced: Coffee - pint glass Black Tea - pint glass Herbal Tea - pint glass Pastries: Almond Biscotti Chocolate Biscotti Scone Croissant Pan au Chocolat Inspired by Blue: Vanilla Ice Cream and Espresso Under the Counter: Bailey's and Coffee - coffee cup, Bailey's, coffee Irish Coffee - coffee cup, whiskey, coffee Prices should not involve any currency smaller than a quarter. Drinks should be cheap, and the staff should depend on tips. This fosters a personal relationship between customers and staff as well as the minor fraud that leads to coffee shop loyalty.

Only serve torani syrup. The other stuff tastes wrong, indescribably wrong. Only serve chocolate syrup, either Hershey's or Ghirardelli. People notice the cheap stuff. A mocha made with powder is fine for five minutes, but after ten, the powder comes out and starts to settle leaving you with the distinct impression you are drinking sand. Whipped cream should be freshly made. The aerosol stuff is an insult to the concept of whipped cream and it destroys the top of a drink. It's so easy to make whipped cream right. Mix cream, sugar and vanilla in the canister. Close. Shake. Add nitrogen and you're good.

Pastries should be made fresh daily. If they don't sell, give them to the homeless people. Don't sell them for $1. If you do that, people will spend $1 buying shitty pastries they are dissatisfied with instead of $2-3 on pastries they enjoy. Both the customer and coffee shop suffer.

Do not even consider selling Starbucks coffee. This is a death sentence to an independent coffee shop. The hippies will not touch you because you are tainted and the Starbucks crowd won't patronize you because you aren't tainted enough. Sell only free trade organic locally roasted in the co-op by hippies brand coffee.

The menu itself:

Coffee - coffee cup.

The Classics:
Espresso - espresso cup, 1 shot.
Cappuccino - coffee cup, 1 shot, foam.
Cafe Latte - large coffee cup, 2 shots, milk, a bit of foam.
Cafe Mocha - large coffee cup, 2 shots, milk, chocolate syrup, a bit of foam, whipped cream optional.

Unconventional:
Florentine - pint glass, half milk, half drip coffee, chocolate syrup.
Americano - coffee cup, 1 shot espresso, water.

Not Coffee:
Hot Chocolate - pint glass, milk, chocolate syrup, whipped cream optional.
Chai - pint glass
Selection of loose tea - pot, coffee cup.
Mate - pot, coffee cup.
Italian Soda - pint glass, sparkling water, 1.5 shots torani.
Steamed Milk - pint glass, steamed milk, 1.5 shots torani (usually almond or hazelnut).

Iced:
Coffee - pint glass
Black Tea - pint glass
Herbal Tea - pint glass

Pastries:
Almond Biscotti
Chocolate Biscotti
Scone
Croissant
Pan au Chocolat

Inspired by Blue:
Vanilla Ice Cream and Espresso

Under the Counter:
Bailey's and Coffee - coffee cup, Bailey's, coffee
Irish Coffee - coffee cup, whiskey, coffee

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1122&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments
Starbucks Delocator http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/ben/2005/04/05/starbucks_delocator Tue, 5 Apr 2005 06:36:04 +0000 coffee coffee 1121@http://nonplatonic.com http://www.delocator.net/ Stolen from boingboing. Nate thinks I should start a coffee shop site ranking on the basis of coffee, quality of people, ability to sit there for 3 hours... I'm lazy, but thinking about it. The Starbucks Delocator is almost that. It's missing the reviews though. I added the Trident, but misspelled wireless. How you ask? Wirless. It appears to be written in stone. I want to write a collaborative essay on the ideal coffee shop. Floor color, menu, lighting, all of it. That way when I break down and give up, I'll know exactly what sort of coffee shop I will never have the capital to start. Coffee in Boulder (really crappy reviews) http://www.boulderweekly.com/archive/072904/exactfare.html http://web.dailycamera.com/pearl/19xhng.html I can build it... stronger, faster... http://www.delocator.net/

Stolen from boingboing. Nate thinks I should start a coffee shop site ranking on the basis of coffee, quality of people, ability to sit there for 3 hours... I'm lazy, but thinking about it. The Starbucks Delocator is almost that. It's missing the reviews though. I added the Trident, but misspelled wireless. How you ask? Wirless. It appears to be written in stone.

I want to write a collaborative essay on the ideal coffee shop. Floor color, menu, lighting, all of it. That way when I break down and give up, I'll know exactly what sort of coffee shop I will never have the capital to start.

Coffee in Boulder (really crappy reviews)
http://www.boulderweekly.com/archive/072904/exactfare.html
http://web.dailycamera.com/pearl/19xhng.html

I can build it... stronger, faster...

]]>
http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?p=1121&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments