Dispatches from the Eccentric Frontier

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June 1st, 2014

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14:28 Hold Your Nose and Vote on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

As usual, I’ve done my research for the upcoming election and written up my notes to share with the rest of the class. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite you to come to your own. Even if we disagree on every issue, I’m happy if this saves you a headache.

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Current Location: Sunnyvale, CA, USA Current Mood: busy busy
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March 5th, 2014

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21:19 Biotech idea: animatreats

Once we can print protein circuitry, it should be possible to create semi-living mouse-shaped cat treats that have fewer ganglia than a flatworm, as their only purpose in existence would be to be taken out of hibernation, set on the floor, and turned loose for cats to chase. They would, of course, be made to be nutritionally balanced for cats, and come with a program for your future-Roomba to track down where your cat devoured the animatreat and made the inevitable mess. (Less of a mess than a mouse would be; it would be able to operate with an anaerobic metabolism on energy stored in the cells before they were printed, so no need for a circulatory system.)

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October 19th, 2013

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16:39 Hold your nose and vote on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

As usual, I’ve written up my research notes for the coming election so you can all crib from my work. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite everyone to come to their own. Even if we disagree on everything, I’m still happy if this collection of links saved you a headache. No issues outside Sunnyvale this timeCollapse )

Current Location: Sunnyvale, CA Current Mood: tired tired
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October 23rd, 2012

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22:21 Hold Your Nose and Vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2012: Offices and local measures

As usual, I’ve written up my research notes for the coming election so you can all crib from my work. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite everyone to come to their own. Even if we disagree on everything, I’m still happy if this collection of links saved you a headache.

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Current Mood: tired tired
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22:14 Hold Your Nose and Vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2012: State Propositions

As usual, I’ve written up my research notes for the coming election so you can all crib from my work. I’ve given my conclusions, and invite everyone to come to their own. Even if we disagree on everything, I’m still happy if this collection of links saved you a headache.

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Current Mood: tired tired
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May 29th, 2012

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18:43 Hold Your Nose and Vote on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

While this is being touted as a primary, don’t be fooled. Thanks to Proposition 14, this is a general election with a mandatory run-off in November. So, as Pete says, you need to vote for the best viable candidate, not for the one you like best.

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Current Mood: recumbent recumbent
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May 16th, 2012

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14:06 It’s a good thing I’m in engineering rather than public relations

So my sangha has become a 501(c)(3) organization, looking to accomplish more in the community and perhaps get some permanent quarters for meditation. One of my fellow Zen practitioners was remarking on the difficulty of finding a place in Sunnyvale, due to the high property prices there. My suggestions for avoiding the problem:

Current Mood: creative creative
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May 10th, 2012

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11:27 Modern iconography

If you meet the Buddha on the road and he can remain in Earth’s atmosphere for more than three minutes, kill him.

(Via Toy Karma.)

Current Mood: amused amused
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April 17th, 2012

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23:50 Metropolitan is back in (virtual) print!

Most fantasy worlds manage to sustain a roughly medieval level of development for thousands of years at a stretch. (I blame hyperconservative nigh-immortal elves for quietly holding back technological progress.) Walter Jon Williams’ Metropolitan takes that restriction off and follows it to its logical conclusion, with geomantic public works and the essence of magic on tap as a utility; it’s a great read for gamers and anyone who likes to play with the idea of technomagic. The author discusses the worldbuilding and where to find the ebook.

I’m hoping there will be enough interest in this (and the sequel, City On Fire, when it comes out soon) that we can talk WJW into holding a Kickstarter for writing the third book that answers some of the questions raised in City On Fire.

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April 13th, 2012

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14:25 Future shock

The Old Republic’s servers had to be taken down for emergency patching today, and the announcement that they’re back up stated:

All servers are now back up and running! Please note that you will download a small patch upon login (approx. 200MB). Thank you for your patience. As a reminder, due to today's unexpected maintenance, all active subscribers will receive a full day of game time as compensation.

200 megabytes is a small patch by modern standards. I can remember using a 300 baud modem, and how upgrading to 1200 baud meant that my computer could finally download text faster than I could read it.

Current Location: Electric Cloud Current Mood: bemused bemused Current Music: Tangerine Dream – Canyon Dreams
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