Showing posts from August 27, 2000
FITNESSCO. Home of the PostureBall Will Rodgers quotes Eric Hoffer in saying, "In times of change the learners will inherit the earth. The knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exits."
I had a chat with a info-type person on email and I produced the following paragraph that belongs here. This industry that we are talking about (that really doesn't even have a name yet).. is the future similar to the industrial revolution. The use of information is the future. There are cultural issues, technical issues, economic issues all culminating around a core set of ideas. I am excited (can you tell?). At lunch, Greg Mills and I went and looked at the bridge that was hit by a truck. Actually, a truck carrying an excavator (with the boom not lowered well enough) smashed into the bridge in Genesee Valley park over I-590. One of the I-beams (6 or 8 foot high) was bent by 2 feet. I am glad I wasn't close by when it happened. I can only imagine what the manager said to the driver of the truck. "Why don't you take tomorrow off" or something just as catchy perhaps.
Well the new bed arrived... and somehow we didn't get the frame I ordered. I mean does anything go right. I say no. It only goes right in the model state, and when people try and consider the model state as the reality state only frustration exists. Piss me off. I have a couple of new job opportunities come up. Too early to say what exactly is going on... but it looks like change is in the offing.
Chaos Theory and Fractal Phenomena Here are some sites dealing with chaos and fractals.
eBay item 421420537 (Ends Sep-03-00 14:31:38 PDT) - Socket7 M/B with CPU, 32M RAM, Audio/Video I am thinking about bidding on this ebay item. I need an AT style mother board for the Linux/apache webserver I am putting together. I powered up a 486 mother board the other night (out of the garbage) and it smoked... wierd. I am unsure what happened. I know I had the power connectors on right. I know which mother board I won't be using.
Aping Biology, Computer Guides Automated Evolution of a Robot For the first time, computer scientists have created a robot that designs and builds other robots, almost entirely without human help. In the short run, this advance could lead to a new industry of inexpensive robots customized for specific tasks. In the long run -- decades at least -- robots may one day be truly regarded as "artificial life," able to reproduce and evolve, building improved versions of themselves.
I still didn't bottle the last of the Mead I made. I had better get to that tonight.
Ya know, as a student of information science and a legacy of philosophers and technical folk. I think some pretty weird stuff sometimes. I mean, for instance, It seems to me that we are (as a human society) on the verge of a new enlightenment. The older methods of experimentation, observation and exposition of conclusions are pretty much out the window for practical science. Today, it seems that we take a shot, miss and kinda guess. We will make it up as needed in the future. Our older procedures have overrun themselves and we don't have time to reflect or correct (and of course we gave up years ago on documenting the whole mess). Today we must have faith in chaos, abiguity and failure. Some of the thoughts I am having lately are born of the notion that information and science and philosophy are the same thing. (there is a lot more on this, standby) The very nature of scientific thought is subject only to the confines of protocols set hundreds or thousands of years a
It turns out my truck had a defective fuel solenoid. It is under warranty. At least the mechanic thinks that was the problem. It turns out my NY inspection was over due by 6 months... man am I am organized and on top of everything.
I have developed an interest in what is called an "atlatl" (pronounced ad-el-ad-el). The atlatl is a ancient weapon and was a precursor to the bow and arrow. Wierd....
It all seems to work now. Cool. My truck is the shop today for an intermittant stalling problem. Hopefully It can be rectified easily. The diesel has a 100k mile warranty on it and my truck only has 44k on on it. It is hardly broken in. I took it into Farnsworth Chevrolet in Canadaigua, NY. The diesel guy's name is Bill Walton.
I have it now. I really enjoy the Blogger. It is going to make life much easier around here. Great solution.