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Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Kate Bush wrote (and performed) this weird, enigmatic song called Get out of my house. It begins with an image of separation anxiety (“When you left the door was [slamming] / You paused in the doorway. / As though a thought stole you away. / I watch the world pull you away.”) From there, we’re […]

Orgasms make you smarter! Hooray!

Monday, March 29th, 2004

This gives new meaning to sleeping your way to the top of your (academic) profession and / or jerking off to a new (non-needed) PhD topic: according to Hamburg sex researcher Werner Habermehl, more sex increases one’s intelligence. Yippee! Seriously now, and this applies to couples and DIYers (in either case, it helps if you’re […]

Mechanical girls, conversational cogs, whatever next?

Friday, March 26th, 2004

~~~~BEFORE~~~~~~~ What fun! I am listed on Kombinat!‘s blogroll, darn those jolly folks in the Jesus Bunker! Thanks! Gleaning the logic behind the business plan, I can face the world assured of a place in the matrix. For sure not “your Father’s Matrix,” ’cause pops can’t hold on to that matrix (= mater = material […]

Soldiers can die several ways

Thursday, March 25th, 2004

Via BBC today, this item: US army acts on soldier suicides by Nick Childs The US army is planning to improve its mental health care practices because of concern about the number of suicides among US soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait. A report by an army medical health team which visited that region also showed […]

Oh Henry, or, we’re all chameleons now

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

So, tell me what you think: is truth and beauty somehow “out there,” already in form, or is it something created by you in your mind? Do you recognise it (think carefully — are you sure?) or do you make it up as you go along? Instead of either-or, is it perhaps both? If it […]

Too slow? Too fast? The speed of change affects recognition

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

This is a continuation from yesterday when I wrote that I’d like to make available some things I learned in my research over ten years ago. I learned that sometimes terror takes its time, coming in slow increments via the “administrative route,” so “normal”-seeming that it’s difficult to understand what it will do. In 1989-90, […]

Just for the heck of it, for Ben Sidran

Sunday, March 21st, 2004

Some readers here already know that I don’t have tv access. I have a tv, a vcr, and a dvd, but I don’t get any channels because I don’t have an antenna or cable. But I do listen to radio — not often enough, but occasionally. Usually, we’ve got music on. Today I enjoyed a […]

We interrupt our regular programming…

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

… for this news bulletin: my blog is Feedster’s feed of the day today! I’m amazed — and readers who stop by regularly or occasionally should know that it’s all because of my husband that I started blogging at all. (His field is in tech, and he read about the Harvard blogs project on Dave […]

Spring in the air

Friday, March 19th, 2004

According to this site, the 2004 Vernal Equinox happens at 6:41 UT (Universal Time) on March 20, which puts it at 23:41 Pacific Standard Time on March 19. According to this other site, the Vernal Equinox is observed as a holiday from 6pm of the evening prior to the day listed, but I bet they’re […]

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