|KHftCEA 2000-09.1 September|
KHftCEA 2000-09.1 September
I'm porting joustpong to java. One deep thought from the collision detection code: there are more ways for 2 line segements to overlap than to be apart. (Therefore test for the apartness.)
[on 'would you have your self cryonically frozen?']
No, absolutely not, never.
I keep looking for enjoyable ways to make my life _shorter_,
that's why, plain and simple.
As for me, I guess maybe I don't want to live forever, but I'd damn well like more choice in choosing my lifespan. (And not *just* in the downward direction.)
I think because we don't have that upward choice, we tend to have a cult of life. Life and living itself become some of the highest 'goods', and it becomes almost unthinkable (in the literal, 1984 sense of 'unthinkable') that this is somewhat arbitrary... that all makes evolutionary sense: members of a suicidal group would die out before reproducing, or maybe be less likely to have and support offspring, or maybe just would be less careful with threats in general.
We are all so scard of death, but I'm not sure if we know why; we assume our instincts in the matter are absolute.
"Revenge is a dish best served cold!"
"So is gazpacho!"
-Tom the Dancing Bug's Super-Fun-Pak-Comix
QOTD: "It's not the despair... I can stand the despair. It's the hope."
On July 28, 1945, an Air Force B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building on the 79th floor. That's kind of funny.
"God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through."
The Onion: Is there a God?
Jimmy Kimmel: Uh, I think so, yeah. Sure. I was praying for Him to kill me last night as I was vomiting up my lobster pasta. I can't take this altitude: I've been [at the Aspen Comedy Arts Festival] for four days--three last year and one this year--and I've vomited on three of those days.
O: Yeah, the altitude can wreak havoc...
JK: Well, I use the altitude as an excuse, but it's really the 17 shots of whatever people hand me.
What Jimmy doesn't realize is that he *is* a god.
"Decay is inherent in all compund things. Work out your own salvation with diligence."
--from the final words of Buddha
Interesting seeing the comparison of Hume and Buddha, the idea that we are such creatures of flux that in some ways the I does not exist. And that also jives with Dennett's thoughts, our selves as a mass of competing thoughts.
Lex Luthor: Now to unveil my latest and most important device for evil! BEHOLD THIS BATHROBE!
Grodd: [God damn giant monkey hands... break the fucking computer every time...] A BATHROBE?! What does it do, Luthor?
LL: This bathrobe, when worn by a gorilla, renders him not fucking naked anymore! Look at you! You're just standing there naked!
G: I'm a gorilla. Gorillas don't wear clothes.
LL: Look, I don't know what planet you think you're on, but once a species starts talking, it covers up its genitalia. You know our dog? It can go naked. The minute it starts talking to us, we're putting a sweater on it.
--Seanbaby's Superfriends Page
Locked my keys in the car the other day again damnit, listening to an NPR story. Mind degredation or just one of those things?
Finally getting through Sophie's World. I want to think on the idea that the opposite of a small truth is a falsehood but the opposite of a big truth is another big truth. Is it profound or just a bagatelle? (And if it is profound, that means its opposite is true... which means its opposite isn't true...uh oh.)
"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet."
"Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive, you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, you've gotta make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death...if you're quiet you're not living...your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively."