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It breaks my heart when I heat up food and it sounds like it should be really hot, but by the time I take it back to my room and eat, I find that the center is cold.

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what a simple thing!

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Engineer And Manager Joke - Men Joke at Nearly Good

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A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man below says: "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees N. latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees W. longitude."

"You must be an engineer" says the balloonist.

"I am" replies the man. "How did you know."

"Well" says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost."

The man below says "You must be a manager."

"I am" replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well", says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are in the exact same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault."

Engineer And Manager Joke - Men Joke at Nearly Good



That's going to be me. (Not lost in the hot air balloon.)

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A sense of history.

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Beginning some months ago, my interest in nonfiction has been increasing, as I continue to read and be fascinated by thought-provoking book upon thought-provoking book. Among these are three that deal in history, both natural and socio-political: Guns, Germs, and Steel, A Short History of Nearly Everything, and, most recently, The Story of Civilization.



To summarize Guns, Germs, and Steel: Jared Diamond explains the overall historical dominance of Eurasian civilizations by pointing out geographical and ecological factors that facilitated agriculture and the domestication of animals, accelerating the acquisition of civilization (and hence superior weaponry and political organization) as well as immunity to animal-borne diseases (which would turn out to provide significant, if not crucial, assistance in subduing those who had yet to acquire resistance).



A Short History of Nearly Everything, on the other hand, is something like a guided tour: from the origins of the universe, to the formation and development of our planet Earth, to the evolution of Homo sapiens, to the more recent history of the scientific undertaking, with all its eccentric geniuses and humorous episodes. (In fact, this last formed such a large part of the book that it may as well have been called The Secret Lives of Scientists.)



And, last but definitely not least, The Story of Civilization is a gigantic, sprawling, eleven-volume set of books representing Will (and Ariel, his wife) Durant's valiant attempt at an encompassing and synthetic, yet detailed and sympathetic, exploration of man's history. In his own words:


"I wish to tell as much as I can, in as little space as I can, of the contributions that genius and labor have made to the cultural heritage of mankind - to chronicle and contemplate, in their causes, character and effects, the advances of invention, the varieties of economic organization, the experiments in government, the aspirations of religion, the mutations of morals and manners, the masterpieces of literature, the development of science, the wisdom of philosophy, and the achievements of art. I do not need to be told how absurd this enterprise is, nor how immodest is its very conception … Nevertheless I have dreamed that despite the many errors inevitable in this undertaking, it may be of some use to those upon whom the passion for philosophy has laid the compulsion to try to see things whole, to pursue perspective, unity and time, as well as to seek them through science in space. … Like philosophy, such a venture [as the creation of these 11 volumes] has no rational excuse, and is at best but a brave stupidity; but let us hope that, like philosophy, it will always lure some ras...


It seems to me that Will Durant is one of those writers possessed of such skill and contagious zeal as to effortlessly enamor any reader with even the slightest degree of receptiveness.



These books have helped me to realize how rich and rewarding a study of history might be. I am quite tempted at this point to once again quote Will Durant and let a far, far more eloquent man extol the pleasures and virtues of the historical endeavor. But instead I shall push on.


Why study history? There is the peculiar intellectual pleasure of elegant explication, of patterns being found arising naturally, or being crafted with great deftness and skill. The human mind has evolved to revel in unraveling and making sense of a constant f...


History is often interesting in the same way that anecdotes and contemporary gossip are irresistibly interesting. As humans, we ca...


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ein versuch

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ein versuch ...

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Template. (As always, a work in progress.)

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(A guide to help future posts be as useful and on track as possible. First draft: 24-Aug-2009. 1 edit as of 24-Aug-2009.)


1. How and when I encountered the idea or concept

- Brief remarks for context

- Introduction to the reference text


2. The explanation, in my own words

- What it's all about

- Why it's worth trying to learn and explain


3. Synthesis

- Support/ agreement with other ideas

- Possible criticism/ clashing with other ideas


4. Continuation

- Related ideas and other references (e.g., to look up)

- Plans for learning more about the idea or concept

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The first steps. Learning by explaining.

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Lately, I've come to realize that appreciating great ideas as I encounter them is one thing. Retaining and making good use of them is quite another. The desire grew - and continues to grow - in me to start taking learning more seriously.


At the same time, inspired by the many samples of clear, lively exposition I've marveled at over the years, I wish to improve my (latent?) writing skills.


Here I hope to begin the ambitious, perhaps noble but undoubtedly naive attempt at my own explanation of all these things I don't want to just forget - because I find them elegant, shocking, illuminating, or, simply, beautiful.

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Andora the parsley monster 1

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Andora the parsley monster 1

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Tangerine Tango

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Tangerine Tango

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Progress

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Progress

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Jailbreak

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The prison built, the key thrown in the sea

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The prison built, the key thrown in the sea

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Re: streem.us

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I guess I jumped the gun a slight bit with my last posting- it turns out that streem.us is *NOT* gone and is back online and running smoothly. I suppose the server must have had some sort of outage resulting in the down-time, although I am still a little confused regarding the placeholder page that was being used.


The moral of this story? I am quite satisfied that streem.us is back online.

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Testing

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What's that?

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hi!

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hi say hello~ :)

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She cried

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That club going last night reminded me of her. Tonight I read Haruki's short story. There's a woman who cries in a man's arms. That brings me to the night when she cried hopelessly in my arms. I still don't know exactly why she cried. She was down all day. First real depressive side of her. I still don't know why she had to cry so hopelessly. She didn't tell me why. She just cried while we were watching some weird movie in my room. A lot of things I will forget. Unfortunately I will forget little details of happy moments that I spent with her. Somehow I am certain that if there will be one last thing that I will remember of her, it will be her trembling little body tightly clinging onto mine, sobbing endlessly. Why it is that I've developed this tendency of making big of sad moments, I don't know. I think I've managed to forget a lot of them. But if something persists its place in my memory, it usually is something sad.


I still remember the last glimpse of her, sitting right at the sofa right next to me right now.

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Lipton is gone

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Unbeknownst to me, someone appears to have polished it off. I guess that's how it was meant to be. I know. Who would have known the meaning that I've vested in that little nothing teabag. It does hurt me. I am watching my old self slowly dying. Mourn.

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streem.us

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I was very disappointed this morning upon trying to access my new account at streem.us; it appears that the website is no longer in existence. I had just registered for an account several days ago (streem.us/bradleyolson) and was looking forward to using the blogging tool as a supplement to my more active accounts (with WordPress.com, Posterous.com, Blogs.mu, etc.).


I'm keeping my fingers crossed that perhaps the page is simply being updated and will be back online soon, although considering the placeholder that now appears when you try to access http://streem.us I'm not going to be holding my breath.

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sa.yona.la

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I'm not quite sure yet what I am going to be using sa.yona.la for, but it certainly seems like an interesting application so I'm sure i'll figure out something.

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Sea water

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As soon as I returned from an all-day-walking-around-alone, the heavy silence that was floating in my room oppresses me like sea water of 2km depth. I've been thinking of her. I'm not sure if I necessarily miss her. I'm thinking of her because she's all there is for me to think of.

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