June 26th, 2003

beartato phd

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Ambrose video sent me some spam about how Connections 2 and 3 are $25 off for a limited time. That is, $370 each instead of $395 each. Hahaha. As if. I think I will, if anything, purchase the VHS versions from Amazon for $100 each. I sent Ambrose a snide comment about the likelihood of my purchasing their products given the current prices.

Read some of Ha Jin's "Waiting". Am thinking I need to mail it to certain individual(s) stranded in the wildnerness of michigan as soon as I finish it. Assuming they are still there. Addendum to earlier comment: reading Heidegger also makes you sexy. This time I summoned the courage to chat. She was all for leaving pittburgh as soon as possible. I think I'm finally learning how to use the fact that I will probably never talk to someone again to leverage inhibition-lowering. Consequently I am enjoying increased amounts of chatting with total strangers.

Got a late dinner at Sam's. My two favorite cash-register-girls, the ones that knew me and my usual order, are leaving town imminently. Sad! And the one that always gives me a hard time confessed she didn't actually hate me. I feel so loved. While I ate some people were speaking, as it turned out, Turkish. The sound of it was really nice, somewhere between French and German to my sense of aesthetics.

Went over to Flagstaff Hill to watch "A beautiful mind". Found and hung out with puuj and friends. Ran into the elusive and apparently non-illusive cellist Cat that Victoria kept talking up during the last couple sessions. I hope the weight of nagging gets her to play with us some time!

The movie was okay. There were a few horrible lines, but the acting seemed good, the woman playing Alice was hot, the cinematography was nice, and the subject of schizophrenia has for some time now been quite fascinating and terrifying to me. I can so very strongly sense the potentially disastrously powerful draw, the thrilling and tingling seductiveness of making everything fit, of having a brilliantly original theory that ties everything together and makes sense and makes you, the genius-creator of it, ridiculously famous. I guess just having vague dreams of being awesome some day and actually seeing people that aren't there are worlds apart, but still.

Got some Whitman ("Leaves of Grass") from Hunt because of a mention in "Waiting". Interesting stuff.
beartato phd

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Crazy! Ambrose emailed me back and said that connections 2 and 3 are only $150 ($125 after discount). If that were true I'd buy 'em. I emailed back pointing to the catalog pages that list them at $395. Although! I noticed something I didn't notice before, the phrase "(Public Performance Rights Included)" in small print near the price. I wonder if they're cheaper without that? (That is, if they're only more expensive because they're intended to be sold to schools or something, which requires extra bonus costly rights) We'll see what Ambrose tells me, I guess...
beartato phd

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My theory was correct! Apparently ambrosevideo.com is for people wanting to obtain non-theatrical public performance rights, (i.e. schools) and documentary-video.com is for home video buyers. The latter indeed has both connections 2 and 3 for $150 ($125 after discount)! Hooray. I think I shall buy them soon.
beartato phd

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Got a lot of programming work done. Whee! ML is hard. I am continuing to build a mental checklist of the reasons I hate, hate, hate textually searching. It is slow and irritating even though in eventually gives me the right answer. I really just want a nice pretty graph that shows me all of the other functions in which a certain function is called. I really would like better presentation in the emacs window itself of which code, identifier-by-identifier, is out-of-module because of a prior open and which module it is pointing to. I want programming to not suck, but sadly most of my current complaints are just HCI quibbles and so I am not terribly much qualified or interested enough to fix them. But, uh, yeah, what kaustuv said about figuring out every modal type system ever would be nice, too.

Read more of "Waiting". I am getting the impression that it is going to wind up being like "Ethan Frome" only it doesn't make me want to rip my eyeballs out of their sockets in sheer melancholic agony. That is to say, an interesting examination of indecisiveness rather than a horribly depressing one. I'm still hoping for a happy ending, but I've got 60ish pages to go.
beartato phd

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My score in the friendster game has just topped 100,000. Total actual benefit: one book recommendation from Tobin, and learned the name of that girl who probably now thinks I am a scary intarnet stalker, which by any reasonable definition I very well might be. Or else, if I am lucky, has long forgotten about me.

But hey, maybe I'll get around to reading Diaspora some time. Friendster is silly.
beartato phd

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Oh, man. In this comment I mentioned the page on "Futurist Programming" that I found accidentally. I actually read their "manifesto" and nearly laughed out loud when I saw that it contained the lines

And here are our CONCLUSIONS resolute and in a nutshell.
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2. To cast our scorn profoundly on every last form of imitation


When the text itself is an imitation of the original manifesto of the italian futurists of the beginning of the last century. Lame! Is there really a good reason why we should be teaching people to hack in assembly?
beartato phd

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Ran into kahare walking up Beeler, had a pleasant chat about writing, reading, life decision angst, harry potter, europe, the french word BLOIS! whose significance I have already forgotten but it is so fun to say, burning heretics, characters and world-building, epistolary and e-pistolary novels, grad school angst, fanfic, etc. etc.

Sadly it looks as if someone has already tried an e-pistolary novel, at least in part.

It is really freaking hot in this house. Ack.