April 4th, 2004

beartato phd

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Ugh. Got sucked into a book, couldn't put it down. Now it's late and I'm tired. It was Oliver Sacks's "seeing voices", picked up at borders, a collection of a few medium-sized essays about his experience investigating ASL as a language, the neurolinguistic consequences of deafness, deaf culture more broadly, and a big chunk about the 1988 student demonstrations at Gallaudet University that effectively forced the (hearing) president to resign and caused, as demanded, a deaf president to be installed. The writing was a little on the fluffy emotional side, but it was a nice quick read for its length. Haven't finished all the end-notes, though. There's a lot of them. Anyway, Oliver Sacks is cool by me. Some day I should read "the man who mistook his wife for a hat" and "anthropologist on mars".

Speaking of fluff, though, I also recently finished "rules of play" during the sum of many lunch hours. It was an entertaining collection of ideas and perspectives on a very general notion of game, including all of board games, card games, video games, sports, and even some things that might be called "art happenings" or something pretentious like that. But pretentiousness was the name of the game. Plenty of mention was made of cultural rhetorics, metanarratives, and undermining definitions and assumptions. In a way, that was why I enjoyed reading it. I don't really buy into all this pomo stuff per se, but hardcore pomo jargon mixed in the same page with straight-faced mention of pong, centipede, and super mario brothers, not to mention subtle meta-legal politeness social contract issues arising in downtown philadelphia elementary-school four-square, is just gobs of fun.
beartato phd

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Went to barnes and noble's after lunch, and heroically resisted buying anything, even though I just finished the book I just bought the day before. Adam got a copy of robert's rules of order, though. Oh so much pedantic legalistic goodness.

Got some work done back at home. A dot matrix printer was dug out of some closet somewhere and it works fine. I printed some sml code I'm working on. I couldn't stop laughing at the feeling of having an old-skool program listing in my hands. I should have added line numbers, though.

Estas interese legi la taglibron de jegrasso. Mi kredis ke ŝi antaŭ ne longe komencis ŝian studon de la lingvon, sed rigardante ŝiajn skribojn mi ne imagus ŝin iel freŝbakita. Mi ne memoras kiom da tempo bezonis mi post mia propra lerno-komenco por esprimi min tiel nature kaj lerte... okupis tiom da mia atento tiutempe la detalega lego de PMEG, pli ol skribado, hehe.