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Vocalise

Posted 08-23-2008 at 07:18 AM by Dromiceius
Ravel's "Piece in Forme Habanera"

http://www.videogamepianist.com/audio.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYao4-hWQCk

Lovely, isn't it?

Words are cheap and tawdry by comparison... which might explain my absence from this text-based milieu.

I dusted off my old keyboard some time ago- literally. It's filthy. I decided to re-learn, and maybe to do it right this time. Tonight I began learning an old favorite.

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Cognitive bias

Posted 06-26-2008 at 04:47 AM by Dromiceius
One speaker's wake-up call at some software development convention, or suchlike. Definitely worth at least one listen, since it applies to pretty much everything that requires a brain:

http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/...etail3372.html

I dig this, but disagree with the idea that humans are somehow incapable of overcoming bias. The attitude of humility, which it seems we are expected to embrace, is a kind of self-betrayal. It's an act of submission to our own...
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On Serious Business

Posted 05-27-2008 at 06:04 AM by Dromiceius
I keep sitting down here to write something, but I never come up with anything I'd actually expect other people will want to read. Good stuff, in some cases, but you have to consider the audience.

It's not like I don't have interesting philosophical problems to chew on. They just don't seem to be worth talking about, because very few people are going to think it relevant to anything.

It'll have to be irrelevant, in that case.

I feel, on one level, like...
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Lazarus

Posted 05-24-2008 at 10:03 AM by Dromiceius
Here's one of the more compelling things I've read this year.

For those who don't like book learnin', the story is of Lazarus, a man whom Jesus returns from the dead. His soul- his essence, however, doesn't come back with him. Thus being neither alive nor dead, he wanders the earth as a nihilistic bastard in crappy clothes.

It's interesting reading. Everybody hates Lazarus when all he really does is remind people of the basic truth: that we have every reason to be nihilistic....
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Flamer Personality Disorder

Posted 05-18-2008 at 04:15 AM by Dromiceius
http://amasci.com/weird/flam2.html

Interesting article. It not only describes the behavior of internet miscreants thoughtfully and insightfully, but actually casts them in a poetically (and appropriately) tragic light.
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