Monday, January 31, 2005

I bring the best of both worlds!

Ignorant. Worrisome.

Intelligent. Hopeful.

[Edited to update link]

Sunday, January 30, 2005

New Method of Proof Discovered

In addition to these proof techniques, I have devised one of my own: Proof by Divination. I used it to show one of my algorithms would work correctly in my latest CS 381 homework; the proof went like this:

"Yea, and the Lord God spaketh unto Jeremiah; and He looked unto the method and saw that it was good."
Tourists Flock to Harry Potter's Grave

For some reason, the boy wizard was buried in Tel Aviv.

What the headlines should read

Government Is Complete Technology Dunderhead

Scientists Study How to Break Into Cars

Friday, January 28, 2005

State Senator Wants Cockfights, With Gloves

Thursday, January 27, 2005

More of Bush's family values

Bush Hails Progress Toward 'Culture of Life'

Bush's 'Culture of Life'

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

More of Bush's family values.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Family Values

President Bush tells March for Life rally: "We will not sanction the creation of life only to destroy it."


Or, as Sister Joan Chittister put it,
I'm opposed to abortion. But I do NOT believe that just because you're opposed to abortion that that makes you prolife. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking. If all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed and why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not prolife. That's probirth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of prolife is.


Need headache relief... ah.
Israel equips its passenger planes with anti-missile systems.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Mmm... brains....


Saturday, January 22, 2005


A thought occurred to me just now about the possibility of a Crime and Punishment movie (or one based on said novel) set in the present day. Except, instead of murdering an old lady with an axe to see if he can get away with it, the Raskolnikoff character would commit a terrorist act to see if he could.

Speaking of my being blacklisted by the FBI, that reminds me--I need to find out the weights of various human body parts. For research, you understand.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Ow. Ow.

My brain hurts. Hmm.

Ah... much better.

In reference to a book on Escher:
"Possibly why I never did drugs, this artwork made them . . . redundant."

Debora disclaimer




Thursday, January 20, 2005

And another thing!

Credit card 'bars Sabbath buying'

"An Israeli bank says it is to launch a credit card that cannot be used on the Sabbath - the Jewish day of rest."
I think this goes up there with Thompson saying "For the life of me I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do." I quote:

The number two Pentagon (news - web sites) official said reducing American casualties in Iraq (news - web sites) was more important than bringing US troops back home -- and pointed to the rising Iraqi death toll as evidence this strategy was working.

"I'm more concerned about bringing down our casualties than bringing down our numbers," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said in an interview with PBS television's "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" program. "And it is worth saying that since June 1, there have been more Iraqi police and military killed in action than Americans."

"Naw, we don't need to pull out, as long as we get more of them than they do of us!"

Do these people think before they speak?


Never one to admit to making a mistake, Cheney lays the fault for Iraq's slow recovery at the feet of--who else?--Saddam Hussein:

Asked to name his mistakes in planning the war in Iraq, Cheney said he had not anticipated how long it would take the Iraqis to begin running their own country. Not until after Saddam was ousted did the United States realize the extent of the Iraqi leader's brutality in putting down revolt in 1991, Cheney said.

Never mind that anyone at all familiar with the Middle East could have predicted the results of our invasion down to a 't'. Never mind that plans that predicted hard times in Iraq were put down and ignored in favor of a strategy that would show the world just how tough we are--just look how quickly we can invade and crush this country! No, from his jail cell Saddam Hussein continues to retroactively thwart us.

And later, in that same interview, the subject of Iran comes up, and Cheney actually says that "We don't want a war in the Middle East."

Except for, you know, Iraq and Afghanistan, and maybe just a little war in Iran.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Manila (Philippines) is resorting to smacking people with wet towels to stop them from walking in the streets.

Monday, January 17, 2005


I used to think that it was horrible to use the Department of Homeland Security to search for some missing Democrats.* Reading up on it now, it seems that the agency was perhaps tricked into doing DeLay's bidding by believing that the plane they were looking for had perhaps crashed.

But what is the Department of Homeland Security doing sending agents to remove toys from shelves?

*As an aside, what does it say about the Air and Marine Interdiction Coordination Center's ability to find terrorists and drug dealers if they can't even find a Congressman's plane?

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Things y'all have absolutely no interest in.

This Saturday, I visited the Frazier Historical Arms Museum and spent two hours looking at guns, armor, and bladed weapons. Some of which are available in the gift shop. (Does anyone know Mr. Garrett's address? We could finally get him that cannon he wanted. Or at least a miniature replica.)
Honestly though, why is everything "miniature"? Miniature flail. Miniature mace. Miniature Guillotine. Miniature Peacemaker Pistol. Gah.
It's an interesting enough place if you're into weaponry--which, of course, I am--but it isn't exactly exhaustive. It covers mainly British and American weapons (well, a number of the medieval weapons are from all over Europe), but it doesn't look too much at other areas of the world. Scottish, Indian, Zulu and Native American arms are mentioned only in relation to British Imperialism; and there's one case of Chinese bladed weapons stuck randomly in one of the rooms. You'd think if they were so gung-ho about really educating people about the history of arms, they'd spend a bit more attention to the country that actually developed gunpowder in the first place.

The next day I came back to Purdue, where I finally got Debora's letter, which is indeed a joyous occasion. It's not every day one receives correspondence from their friends (except for those of you for whom such is an everyday occurrence, in which case I hate you).

I also found out that the first season of Gargoyles is out on DVD. Joy! Let's hope Eisner has brains enough to release the second season out, too!
And there's also this.

-Sweetness Porath Slim

Saturday, January 8, 2005

I taught my step-father about dynamic memory allocation in C and C++.

Then we talked about purses.

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

I saw Kinsey today with my brother and step-father. It's a pretty good movie. Maybe not what I was expecting... but actually I don't think I was expecting anything. I was just seeing it to annoy the conservative nutters who were picketing it. And because I wanted to see a biopic about the man who came up with the Kinsey scale.

This coming Saturday we're planning on visiting the Frazier Historical Arms Museum. I mostly just want to look at shiny blades, but I also would enjoy widening my knowledge of medieval weaponry--melee and siege, if such is covered.

And as an aside, I went to a party this most recent Saturday (yes, sometimes I even surprise myself). During the course of said party, one individual asked who were still dating their girl/boyfriends from high school. I raised my hand, as I had neither throughout high school and continue to have neither. I was the only one raising my hand, so perhaps people were curious about this, or perhaps they simply found it incredible that I would claim to have a steady girl/boyfriend. They asked me if I indeed had a girlfriend, to which I shook my head. They then asked if I had a boyfriend, at which point I embarassedly looked away.

Later, a person who shall remain anonymous for the purposes of this sentence came up to me and asked if I really had a boyfriend.

I found this highly amusing.

And, since I have reason to believe said anonymous person reads this journal, I shall now pay the appropriate lip service to assuaging any fears that I am making fun of them or that I dislike them:
Ah love you, Effie.