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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2016|09:27 pm]
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Fairly accessible lecture on QFT
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(no subject) [Aug. 27th, 2016|08:31 pm]
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Addictive entertainment du jour: Stardew Valley. A little tedious, but very cute.
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(no subject) [Aug. 26th, 2016|11:07 pm]
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Watched the first couple episodes of "Halt and Catch Fire". Completely ludicrous, but still decently entertaining.
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(no subject) [Aug. 25th, 2016|09:10 pm]
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Cute little synth widget playground: https://blokdust.com/
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2016|10:09 pm]
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Got our gas turned back on, so I made some cookies. Dropped the pepper, doubled the cinnamon, kept the sugar a bit below 1/2c, turned out alright. Used some fancy pants imported irish brand of butter that K likes, which seems to be much softer at any given temperature than most american brands of butter I'm used to. Normally that's great for spreading on things, but I think it's suboptimal for butter cookies --- it just makes them that much harder to handle quickly enough before the dough gets smushy. They still turned out fine, just lost their shape a bit.
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2016|03:39 pm]
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Rntz told me about the notion of "Double Tonic" which is certainly a thing I've used before compositionally, but somehow I never knew the name of it, or that it was a definite Thing in medieval european music, as well as other world music traditions at various times. Searching for some of the tunes wikipedia mentioned led me to Asonance's recording of "Donald MacGillavry", which was ok but not blow me away, but then I found their "Čarodějnice z Amesbury" ("The Witch of Amesbury") which is not double-tonic at all, but a really nice folksy sounding song in its own right. The sound of sung Czech I find quite nice.
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2016|12:00 pm]
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Finished off both Stranger Things S01 and Peaky Blinders S03 today.

re Stranger Things: the particular cliches I liked the least were
(a) Ok, here's a bunch of things X for which, if you have sensible priors, Pr(schizophrenia|X) >> Pr(ghosts and/or monsters|X). Let's have this character say "yeah I know but I just knoooooow it's ghosts and/or monsters" and everybody disbelieves them and then boom later they are vindicated. It may be hard to have a show that has ghosts and/or monsters without a certain amount of this trope, but... I don't feel like it has to play out epistemologically quite this way.

I think what bothers me is the Believer in the trope still underneath it all expecting the other party to take them at their word. Like, ok, I get that you really experienced it, it seems 100% real to you, but for god's sake, have a little theory-of-mind, and realize that other people aren't going to feel the same way.
(b) nosebleeds as signifiers of expended psychic effort, or otherwise mysterious unwellness.
(c) "No No No I will go in the vehicle to the place to fight the ghosts and/or monsters, it's too dangerous for you, you stay here". It was particularly hilarious when Hop did this to Joyce and Joyce immediately did it to Jonathan.

Most of the rest of the cliches were enjoyably popcorny.

re Peaky Blinders: wow, season 3 sure was dark. It's hard to understand how they can raise the stakes much further than how high they've already been raised.

Tatiana Petrovna and Alfie Solomons were my favorite characters this season; both very interesting representations of madness-qua-renunciation-of-predictability. Except --- Alfie does play by some kind of rules, some kind of system, and clearly so, from the way he berates Tommy at the end for pretending otherwise. Whereas Tatiana's nobility, or Russian-ness, or personal idiosyncrasies, or whatever, yield some kind of terrible, vertiginous, absolute, unreckonable freedom.

I might dislike Linda less if they ever explained how she and Arthur got married. What the heck. For comparison, Esme also creates friction in the extended family, but at least we got a storyline (and a transactionally believable one at that) for how she ended up there.
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(no subject) [Aug. 19th, 2016|08:01 pm]
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If you liked the online encyclopedia of integer sequences, you may also enjoy The Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers.
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(no subject) [Aug. 18th, 2016|07:58 pm]
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Somewhat farther into "Stranger Things" now. I think I kind of like it as a lighter, fluffier entry in the X-Files-y/Fringe-y niche of evil guvmint labs cookin' up creepy-crawly alternate universes and whatnot. Some of the dialogue is pretty cringe-worthy, but the overall plotting is goes-down-easy fun.
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(no subject) [Aug. 17th, 2016|10:13 pm]
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Had some dinner at Aliada with akiva and sasha and K, and afterwards saw Herzog's "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" in Socrates park. Enjoyably bleak.
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