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Heard a great quote yesterday in the movie “Dodgeball” – “useless as a cock-flavoured lollypop”. That’s how I feel today. Can’t get into the groove. I’m stuck in the weekend. Not like the weekend was spectacular. Quite boring actually and perhaps today is just a result of Weekendicular Inertia.

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March 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm

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The Algorithm

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April 19, 2007 at 2:09 pm

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Timezone Begone!

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I removed the timezone adjustment from the Blog. For one thing, it doesn’t account for DST anyway. But more importantly, I’m posting at 4 in the afternoon and it’s showing as 8am because it’s offset for PST. But it wouldn’t make sense for me to adjust it to +3 because then all of your posts would show up in the future. So we’re going to try going timezoneless, which means we’re ALL in London. And that’s where all the hip parties are anyway…

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February 1, 2007 at 1:39 pm

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The Clarkkkkson

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This is interesting, but I found the following paragraph to be particularly hilarious. Please don’t make redundant comments about my peculiar sense of humour. You either find it funny or you don’t. I found the link to it on the XKCD Blag. FWIW, I also recently received these XKCD t-shirts (“Useless”, “Science”, and “Sudo”, of which “Science” is my favourite)

As you can imagine, K is big, and by the time you’ve read the w in the next word, it will already by unimaginably bigger. As a matter of fact, by tomorrow, it will have squared, and squaring is a very powerful function. I’m going to carry on writing right now just to give you an idea of how huge and vast it really is, but I don’t think I can describe it. Try looking at it for a few minutes and understanding what all those 0’s mean. They don’t just mean ‘nothing’ – they make the number 10 times bigger with each one you add. Am I getting this across? This number is big, Big, BIG. It’s bigger than the number of elementary particles in the universe. It’s bigger than a googol (and will soon be bigger than a googolplex). It’s bigger than the odds of rolling a bucket of dice and them all landing on 6, then picking a million aces from packs of cards, and then flipping every single coin in the world, and them all landing on heads.

It’s big, OK?

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January 11, 2007 at 12:08 am

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I am in your Senate… Corrupting your Peoplezzzz…

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I was originally going to post this as a comment to Bryan’s Post, but it became too unweildy.

I must thank Bryan for this link for a number of reasons.

First, It prompted me to finally wikipedia NSFW, which I have seen on Wil’s Blog so many times before, and have consistently wondered what the fuck the SF stood for. Heh. SF. Stood – For.

Secondly, this was an amazing article. Just amazing. I won’t even get into the “what I liked about it”, but suffice it to say that I would like to add this particular Author’s SSG blog to my RSS feed(s). Can you (Bryan) please send me the link? SSG doesn’t seem to have a link back to the parent blog, or I am simply missing something. “His” blog there seems to have ended in 2005. Again, perhaps I am missing something.

Thirdly, I want to represent, a bit. I love this post because it brings a bit of personality and face to what is going on over there (ie: the Middle East in general). I don’t pretend to know or understand a fraction of it, however the one clear vantage I took in while visiting at the end of November was that “these people aren’t terrorists”.

As westerners, we are exposed to our fair share of propoganda. Of course, if you believe otherwise, you have your head in the sand. Just watch CNN and it should be obvious to you that the spooge spewed forth from the CNN mouth is, at best, vomit. But to use an example, you might believe that Al Jazeera is a terrorist media outlet and is funded by terrorists. No, it is not. It is equally outspoken against Middle Eastern factions. And outspoken it is. It is not opinionated, like CNN. It tells the news. It just tells it from both sides, and without opinion, and without hiding from backlash. In fact, most Arabs don’t watch it as they believes it speaks out against their own cause(s).

Our propoganda has us believing that it is “not safe” over there, because we only hear of the car bombs. We only hear of “Bad Hezbollah” and “Good Isreal”. Again, I’m not taking sides. I’m only pointing out that WE DON’T KNOW SHIT about what goes on over there. There are politics. There are people. Millions and millions of people – innocent people like you and I. There is ignorance over there but there is ignorance over here too. And there is a helluva lot more ignorance over here. 330+ million in Canada and the USA who don’t know enough about the politics of the Middle East, and a heckuva lot more politics in the Middle East than in North America.

All I can really say with any certainty is that we collectively need to get our heads out of the sand, stop listening to CNN and start watching Al Jazeera, or lobbying your local restricting body preventing Al Jazerra English from being broadcast here. Or start surfing the web for posts like this, which again I must thank Bryan for bringing to my attention.

The world is still in its infancy and it will eventually grow up. We all need to have a broader and more tolerant perspective to help get it there.

If you enjoyed this post, please go here and watch the video link titled “Ellison plays down Quran flap”.  If you don’t know what this is about, read this first. And yes, I know I basically said above to not watch CNN. I actually went there looking for propoganda bullshit against Canada, but found this immediately and decided to post about this instead. And I’m too lazy to find a non-CNN link. I didn’t say CNN was all-evil. Sheesh.

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January 4, 2007 at 1:08 am

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My Superhero and Supervillain Personalities

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As a Superhero, I’m definitely happy with the outcome, though as I was answering the questions I thought for sure I would come out as Tony Stark, the venerable Iron Man. But he came in second. As a Supervillain, I had no idea. The Juggernaut is cool though.

You are Superman

You are mild-mannered, good, strong and you love to help others.

Iron Man
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
The Flash

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

You are Juggernaut

Your strength and determination are difficult to stop.

Dr. Doom
Dark Phoenix
Lex Luthor
The Joker
Mr. Freeze
Green Goblin
Poison Ivy

Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test

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December 31, 2006 at 12:58 pm

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Uber Geek

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I am repeatedly in awe of this gentleman’s achievement of uber geekdom. I mean this passage speaks for itself:

The fractal behind the comic is a mapping of the integers to a plane (it could be extended, I assume, to the real numbers). I came up with it in 1999 when I was trying to figure out a way to graphically show the contents of long blocks of computer memory, which is basically linear. I wanted a mapping that would show strings of consecutive addresses as contiguous, compact blobs, and that would work on all scales. I played with and coded a couple mappings, but this was the only one I found that really fit that qualification.

Uber Geek. How I strive to but pale in comparison. Alright, maybe I don’t strive

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December 12, 2006 at 12:18 am

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