Archive for October, 2001

book group

I am interested in doing a book group with intriguing science fiction short stories. Lots of little classics like Harrison Burgeron, Flowers for Algernon, etc. We ought to do about one a week and the reading load will be pretty light. The main focuses for the group I would like to be discussion and having fun. It will hopefully get into some descently serious topics, but I am not looking for soul-wrenching every week. =)

I will peruse my library and see what I can come up with.

Anyone have any suggestions for stories? I have a couple more in mind that I can’t think of the names of. Rachel in Love is one and Mimsy were the Borogoves if I can find it. I really liked Hardfought when I read it though I don’t remember why. =) Something by Bradbury too; anyone else have suggestions?

If anyone else is interested in taking part and helping out I’d be more than happy to have some company. I think this will be a good way to cover a variety of disciplines.

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j: pearson

Ok, before I have time to slack I am going to write a little on the Pearson stuff we did tonight. My scores came out:

  • Caregiver: 24
  • Fool: 23
  • Ruler: 21
  • Lover: 19
  • Magician: 19
  • Warrior: 18
  • Destroyer: 17
  • Creator: 17
  • Innocent: 17
  • Sage: 16
  • Orphan: 15
  • Seeker: 15

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n: sexism

This was my thought for the day a little bit ago.

If you look at professional basketball and look at the ratio of black people to white people a case can be made that black people have better athletic skills (or at least basketball skills) than white people. I don’t have actual figures or anything, but the big basketball players I can come up with; Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, etc. are all black. I also don’t watch it, but the bits I have seen it looks like at least half the players are black, which is much higher than the norm of the population I am pretty sure.

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RE: J: Thinking too much again (rant)

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of, and responsible with, the power and influence you have. But you should definitely balance your perception of your own power with the power of others and not ascribe too much one way or another. You’re not, as Dr. Evil says, all that and a bag of potato chips.

Mm, I think we don’t give ourselves credit for how powerful we are. I believe that weakness is more a state of mind than anything else. This comes from my personal experience: In my life, when I’ve felt powerful, I was generally more capable (do I need to define power?) and able to accomplish my goals then when I felt weak, regardless of how I actually was, or how other people viewed me.

My thoughts hearing this whole discussion both on and off list has centered around this topic. I have heard tales of dramatic conversations destroying a person’s concept of reality and sending them into a pit of confusion, but I have never actually seen it happen. I look at the people I know and the only ones that I think I could have a serious effect on psychologically are those who are already tipping towards the edge anyhow. And of those I have known maybe two in my life.

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balls

On paypal’s site in their jobs section there are the following two questions:

  • You are given twelve balls. All are the same size and weight, except one which is heavier or lighter than the others. Using a balance scale, can you determine the odd ball in three weighings?
  • Write a function which reverses all the words in a string, using no local storage. (Turn “this is a test” into “test a is this”.)

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re: premarital sex

I think your problems coming to resolution are based in part out of a warped domain. I had this interesting math sort of analogy that I don’t really know enough math to state. =) What the hell, I’ll try anyhow.

Imagine if you have some sort of operating function that you use to contextualize and understand the world around you. You receive some stimulus, you classify it to be a part of some domain, and then you apply some set of comprehension functions to it to come up with your opinion which then combines with some other factors to determine your response.

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