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December 23, 2006 by PJ_
I decided to relocate my blog to Blogger. I had a few reasons, but the most immediate one is that JoeUser doesn't use an interface that's compatible with Google Documents. I wanted to be able to type part of a post, save it online, and come back to it later. Plus I get a whole lot more control over the look of the page with Blogger. There's much less chance of people randomly clicking on a blog's title and reading a post because it looked interesting, but for this particular blot that might ...
November 2, 2006 by PJ_
...since determining the steering direction from the input image merely involves a forward sweep through the network, the system is able to process 10 images per second, and drive at up to 55 mph. This is over five times as fast as any non-connectionist system as driven using comparable hardware (Crisman, 1990; Kluge, 1990).
     from Defense and Civilian Applications of the ALVINN Robot Driving System

As I was reading this paper for class, I though to myself, "What ...
October 29, 2006 by PJ_
I wish my mom had had more children. That way it wouldn't be a complete loss for her if she found out that one of them was defective and couldn't be fixed.
October 13, 2006 by PJ_ least, not when you're playing video games via a ECoG grid implanted in your freaking brain.

Here comes another recruit for the cyborg army.
October 7, 2006 by PJ_
∀p∈{people}( ∃t∈{time}( Person 'p' can be fooled at time 't' ) )
∃p∈{people}( ∀t∈{time}( Person 'p' can be fooled at time 't' ) )
¬( ∀p∈{people}( ∀t∈{time}( Person 'p' can be fooled at time 't' ) ) )
     -- Abe Lincoln

(Or words to that effect.)
August 10, 2006 by PJ_

I think this article is the coolest thing I've read in a long time. Forget the sensationalist implication cats are responsible for everything we think, feel, and do. (Oh wait, that wasn't an implication. That was the damn headline. Effing reporters.) Focus on this: Cats host a 'parasite' that can infect rats (and other animals, but focus on the rats for now). When a rat is infected, its personality is changed drastically,...
August 6, 2006 by PJ_
I was reading Depression for Dummies earlier today, and it struck me how many of their semi-made-up examples had references to the person's wife, or husband, or significant other. It seems to me that the lack of anyone special in my life is a big part of what I'm depressed about, and reading those things sometimes makes me feel worse. It's as if, even compared to those made-up people who have their issues, I don't quite measure up. I know that doesn't make sense logically and I'm just seeing ...
August 4, 2006 by PJ_
I just searched Google for 'Karl', and got pages with 'Carl' in them. No, bad Google! This is why I switched from Infoseek to HotBot back in the day. It's okay to ask me if I meant to search for Carl, but until I tell you otherwise you should assume that when I type Karl it's because I mean Karl and not Carl. And I'm quite capable of typing "(Karl OR Carl)" if that's what I want, so don't go using that as an excuse.
May 19, 2006 by PJ_
"When you have read this book, you might think that these are the rules to a rather silly game, but the game is life and the rules cannot be changed."

-- Marc Segar
May 8, 2006 by PJ_
Remember Karen's Walk? Sure you do. Well, now you can help us raise money for heart failure research just by searching on GoodSearch. We get a penny for every search. That's a pretty good deal, considering that you were probably doing lots of searches anyway.

(There are other charities to choose from, and you can even set up your own if you have a cause of your own in mind. Poke around on their site for details.)

That's been set up for a while, actually. I'd have linked to it befor...
April 27, 2006 by PJ_
I came across this little quote while reading this essay about essays.
Fundamentally an essay is a train of thought-- but a cleaned-up train of thought, as dialogue is cleaned-up conversation. Real thought, like real conversation, is full of false starts. It would be exhausting to read. You need to cut and fill to emphasize the central thread,
There's the root of my problem right there. I developed my expectations of social interactions while watching movies and reading books. I'm trying to ...
April 27, 2006 by PJ_
Read The Game if you want to know what's been dominating my thoughts for the last few weeks.
April 3, 2006 by PJ_
Mornings are better than nights. I usually feel pretty good in the morning. Night time, not always. I should think about why that is some other time. Now I want to write about my weekend.

Alpha Beta Volleyball. Probably the biggest ICR event of the spring. At least a couple hundred brothers, mostly female. Still an awfully lonely place. In fact it seemed even more lonely, because I had a sense that it didn't have to be.

If you were at the party on Saturday, you probably saw that co...
March 15, 2006 by PJ_
It looks like JoeUser came back up some time in the last minute or so. Good timing; now I can post the entry I wrote last night. (You should still check out Galactic Civilizations II. It's an awesome game.)

I'm back. Here at RIT again. It feels kind of good to be on campus
again. Of course, I'm not actually living on campus this time, but

I met with Patrick today. At the counseling center. Almost a year
since I was last on campus. He asked if I was planning to call anyon...
February 16, 2006 by PJ_
Remember that one episode of Weird Science where Gary wished he had a remote control for life, so he could fast forward through the boring parts? I kind of wish my life had a fast forward button. Then I could skip over all those weeks and months where nothing good happens and go right to the interesting parts. Skip right over to First Kiss, or First True Love. I already know nothing good is going to happen in the next week.

The problem with that is that Gary didn't remember what happened ...