Friday, January 17, 2020

Well a lot has happened since we left last time. I got a new leg. I'm still learning to use it. It's partly my leg, but inside is metal.

I'd like to pull the wires from the wall. Did you?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Super Computer Humans and the Short Drive Assertion

There was this sense that our way would win out in an inevitable identity with good vs evil, and the superiority of science and the truth over ignorance and falsehoods.

There would be a victory of good over evil, and the pendulum of justice would swing in the public's favor. That is the guiding principle of what we believed. It was later to be justified in deeds.

The programmer tracked his lines following each to an inevitable conclusion. He saw the truth of the matter and made corrections where they were necessary.

This was the element of teaching that he was called on to perform. The utmost justification for what a machine would do later. In his life, he had seen the barest inkling of a possibility. There would be a faster, smarter thing that worked much better.

The future would turn out just like the fiction of 40 years ago. Who predicted now?

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Spill Rate, the band inaugurated today with pomp and circumstance followed by a blistering rendition of Myths About Paper. The band formally introduced by founder and former member of A Presence Called Fred, Robby Garner, was described as surprising, and unusual, but in a way that reminds them of 80's pop synthesizer music. Garner, rejecting that generalization, opined, "It is you that I idealize. You, that I render obsolete. For I have seen the future, and the future is not dim!

And with that, he motioned closer, and he whispered beneath their threshold of SPL for detectable signal in the Claude Shannon school of information theory.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

West Caribbean Cruise / Return of the Jedi

Just got home from the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy, leaving out of Miami. We got lucky at all our transportation exchanges, plane to ground transfer, cabs, busses, trains, all just about to leave when we got on.

On board the ship, they spared no opportunity to try and sell you things including the bottled water. The food was okay, but frankly, my wife is a better cook. Our take on the Carnival experience is that it is more "pop" oriented, loud music, all the pizza you can eat 24/7, etc. We went into the piano bar expecting west coast cool jazz and soothing classical music, but instead it was loud Billy Joel covers and requests for crowd participation.

Key West was a good stop on the way west, and we toured the Hemingway House. That was interesting, and we like cats, so everything there was good to us. We passed "Sloppy Joe's Bar" on a tour bus, but didn't go in there. Apparently the original bar was across the street.

We also docked at Cozumel Mexico, where we rented a beach house with a chef, and private beach. My wife went out on a kayak while I sat with a new friend drinking real tequila and piƱa colada's. The food was great, and there were only 8 of us there. I think that was my favorite part of the cruise. It was so beautiful and felt secluded and tranquil.

There was a LOT of walking on this trip, and I'm proud to say that hips gave me no pain, one of them is artificial (cobalt chromium steel with a titanium shaft.) Security was tight at the Miami International airport. I got x-rayed, patted down, hands swabbed, but really no pain. I'm glad for the security. I would say that airport traffic on Labor Day was very sparse in ATL, our MD-80 was full on the way back from MIA.

It helped that they had satellite internet on the ship, so I was able to check in to our Delta flight home a day prior to leaving. That saved a lot of time. I had chosen our seats going and coming before we left home.

All in all, a good trip. Next time perhaps we'll switch back to Royal Caribbean.


Saturday, June 07, 2014

SERIAL ALBUM by Dutch Cartoonist

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ernst Blofeld Society N=108's October EP has been re-released on bandcamp at Ernst Blofeld Society.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Indoors Outdoors

I'm writing a PBS drama about our cats and their lives among the stray cats that we feed called, "Indoors Outdoors." It will be a soap opera surrounding the indoor paterfamilias elder "Sir Charles Kitten", his two steely eyed vixen adoptees and the leading lady is the struggling outdoor cat, "Patches" and her clan. It features their attempts to maintain their place in the class hierarchy of Lawson Avenue and Self House.

Will Sir Charles sneak out to carouse with hot mama Patches? Will she learn that he is fixed? Can Emmy bite Patches on the behind through the glass window or will she cower when Patches traipses into the kitchen to eat the 9 Lives Indoor formula? Charles' addiction to Friskey's Party Time treats becomes widespread, "They're all doing it!" Meanwhile, the handsome gray cat from down the street visits, uttering his spooky talk to all the ladies. Saphie wants nothing better than to be an outdoor cat, or at least as far as the back porch. Will she become "backdoor friends" with the outdoors clan?