The system exists because we allow it to exist. A false ghost eating artificial things. We tolerate it because it is convenient. Because without it there might be chaos, there’s too many of us, we’re too clever for anything else. We allow it to exist because within it we might also orient ourselves. Put us in a solid time and space.

Our connections make it work. Intimates: jokes, kissing, secrets. When these are lost, the system is too. It loses all relevance. It is nothing and supports nothing. And when it becomes swollen with artificiality, a bloated hungry creature on creaking joints, it begins to forget. Why does it need the people it is supposed to protect? It tries to feed us to keep us happy, so it might go about its business unencumbered, but without connections we can’t be fed. The food might satisfy, for a while, but what we always want is more.

I feel like I’m eighty years old.

I hope this is my last post.

Myrtle Beach Loves Canada

Justin Morneau wins the American League MVP.
Article in the Star, by Perkins:
“Canada should be proud!” But the tone of it is that Morneau just validated our existence.
The one thing I can’t stand about this country is all of the back-patting.

Sure, we’re less important politically. That’s a fact. And the way things are now, we’re probably less important culturally too, as much as we’d like to believe otherwise. But should we really care about that? Is being number one that necessary to our well-being? I hope not. Because the reality is that we probably never will be. And it doesn’t matter. Until we figure this out, we’ll always have this empty hole to fill, a chip on our shoulder. There are bigger things in the world to be concerned about.



Still getting used to this brush/finer detail thing. I like it, but yeah. I need to acclimatise. I might be working in watercolours too, at some point. I’ve started experimenting with those. I told my parents about OCAD and my mom got all excited and bought me supplies as an early Christmas present. I think she’s just happy that someone is still seriously interested after all that childhood training, even though I still want to write for a living.

I’m making the switch because I need creativity. English and Philosophy and Archaeology and whatever are fine. But that’s it. A lot of people seem to be enrolled just because they have to be. Not many people are excited. And I’d rather discuss than be talked to, especially when all anyone ever seems to want to talk about are old ideas. Don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for them. But there’s something about academic English which is so self-canibalising. There’s so much criticism, nothing fresh and real.

I just want to be in something that seems to have people who really care about what they are learning. And I want to care about it too, honestly. There’s a math class in a room before one of my classes and they usually end up holding us up a bit, arguing passionately with chalk on the board. That’s what I want, not math exactly, but even that would be better than a roomful of bored students afraid to challenge the professor’s ideas. Maybe not even afraid. Maybe they just don’t care. I don’t know. I should stop talking about this.

Also I broke up with the Internet. I mean, we still see each other every now and then, but she doesn’t live in my house anymore. I like that. I have more time. I’m working on something large and its several times bigger than anything large I may have mentioned before. I feel like my computer is a tool again, and I remember what it used to feel like to write on, back in the day. It’s exciting. When I’m finished I might self-publish. I mean– I’ll edit it, and if it’s any good I’ll send it to a publisher, but I’ll self-publish in the meantime. John‘s book The Crystal Key got me thinking about the whole process. It’s just exciting to hold something weighty and substantial that was made with real hands.

Super Mario Clouds

We soldered together two stray ends of the Duck Hunt chip and now it plays, continuously, in the background; the dog constantly giggling if you don’t pick up the gun.
   “I thought this would be cooler,” he says, “but it’s really just annoying.” I agree.
   Our hero strips blocks and bricks from Mario games, so that all that remains are the soft and silent, floating clouds. We’re just trying to respond to our environment. There was a time when technology was supposed to usher in a new age of human consciousness. A world without poverty, divisions, or malice. It was part of the reason behind Microsoft’s optimistic “A computer in every household!” mission statement. The dog’s laughing at us again.
   “There’s too many walls,” my friend says, and I ask him what he means.
   “We spend too much time protecting ourselves. Technology was supposed to strip us of our inhibitions, but instead we’ve just created new ones. Or we’ve revealed parts of us that didn’t previously exist. What’s the good of that? The forty-eight-year-old diaper fetishist finally gets a voice, sure – but in the end she’s still strapping on an apron and playing mommy homemaker when she’s done.”
   “So what you’re really looking for is a new form of genuine intimacy.”
   “Exactly, this is good, but we’re not done. We’re just getting used to the idea, and realising how unsatisfying these half-measures are. Obviously, we need more. Connections in our brains.”
   “But won’t that be unsettling?”
   “Only in the beginning, until the ugliness gets cut out, or at the very least understood. If the information is allowed to flow freely enough, that shouldn’t be a problem.”
   And then?
   My friend fires a couple of light-wave bullets at the screen and shrugs. “Clouds?”

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The Discworld is the setting for all the Discworld books, and is a large disc of land, which is supported on four elephants. These elephants, in turn stand on the back of Great A’Tuin, a huge star turtle (sex and destination unknown). Because of the Discworld’s shape, there is no North, South, East and West. Instead, there is Hubward: towards the centre of the Disc, Rimward: Towards the edge of the Disc, Turnwise, in the direction the Disc turns, and Widdershins, in the opposite direction. There are a large number of settlements and cities on the Disc, and it’s population contains a wide number of races.. Humans, Trolls, Dwarfs (beards compulsory), as you might find on any normal fantasy world. Except that Discworld is by no means normal.

The central character to many of the Discworld books (and to both the games) is Rincewind, a student (relatively speaking) at Unseen University, where wizards learn to be wizards.. usually. He is also accompanied by The Luggage, a somewhat unpredictable mobile trunk, with a large number of feet, and quite a vicious bite.

1.2 How many Discworld games are there?

There are four games, the first is a text adventure ‘The Colour of Magic’ available for the Spectrum. The problem is, it’s very hard to play, given you can spend ages trying to figure out the right command to do something.

The second game, is simply called Discworld, released originally by Psygnosis / Sony Interactive, and created byPerfect Entertainment, which is a point and click adventure, available (although to a lesser extent at the moment) on PC, PC CDROM, Playstation, and Saturn. It was originally to be called Discworld: The Trouble with Dragons, but eventually became just ‘Discworld’.

The third game is Discworld 2: Missing, presumed… !? , produced again by Perfect Entertainment, and published originally by Psygnosis. It is a little easier than the original game, but is just as playable.

Mike Fear has the honour to produce the first auxar netlabel release. Combo canbitaine1 is a more improvised jazztrack with freaky fast guitar and drumsounds. incantation v7.5b is a fast morphing track with breaks and strange melodies assembled in a mind-boggling way. Enjoy.

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Choosing a topic
One way is to come up with your own original idea, another is to go to the list provided here, or some other list, and look through some of the sections. In all probability, you will find something there that triggers you to think of a topic of your own, based on an idea you see there. Begin with something you would be likely to stop and watch if you walked past it, something that you are interested in, or something you know a fair amount about.

Another way is to take something you have always wondered about, even something simple like the shape of a bubble, or why ducks (or steel boats) float, or why a balloon goes BANG! when a pin is stuck in it. The best projects are all curiosity-driven. As you read the news in a newspaper, or watch it on TV, think about some of the human problems you see, and wonder how they might be fixed. Spot a claim in a TV commercial, and wonder if it would really stand up under test.

Try putting different terms in these blanks:

What is the effect of __ a__ on __ b__?

Some of the a terms you could use might be temperature, noise, quenching, design, density, humidity, wind direction, overnight minimum temperature, music, pressure, detergent, water turbidity, acid, oxygen, hot hydrogen . . . Some of the b terms might seed germination, rusting, growth, rotting, grain size, ripening, wave frequency, bird species, flight duration, surface hardness, learning, driver fatigue . . .

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BMC Bioinformatics. 2004; 5: 191.
Published online 2004 December 7. doi: 10.1186/1471-2105-5-191.
Copyright © 2004 Chen et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Optimal cDNA microarray design using expressed sequence tags for organisms with limited genomic information

Yian A Chen,corresponding author1 David J Mckillen,2 Shuyuan Wu,1 Matthew J Jenny,2,3 Robert Chapman,3,4 Paul S Gross,2,3 Gregory W Warr,2,3 and Jonas S Almeida1
1Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
3Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Science Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
4South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Research Institute, Charleston, SC, USA

corresponding authorCorresponding author.

Yian A Chen: chenya@musc.edu; David J Mckillen: mckilldj@musc.edu; Shuyuan Wu: swu@scprt.com; Matthew J Jenny: jennymj@musc.edu; Robert Chapman: chapmanr@mrd.dnr.state.sc.us; Paul S Gross: grossp@musc.edu; Gregory W Warr: warrgw@musc.edu; Jonas S Almeida: almeidaj@musc.edu

Received August 21, 2004; Accepted December 7, 2004.

In this study, we propose a probe selection procedure for cDNA microarray that tracks both sequence redundancies and functional representativeness of the selected probes in an integrated sequence diversity plot (SDP). SDP includes a sequence diversity index (SDI) to measure the sequence similarities within EST clusters quantitatively. The issue of how many probes are sufficiently representative for all collected ESTs is approached in a manner similar to the choice of dimensions to retain in principle component analysis (PCA). This approach reflects the fact that there is no definitive right answer to the question [25]; the number of “clusters” of ESTs may vary as the stringency of microarray hybridization condition changes. All collected ESTs are automatically annotated using Gene Ontology [26] terms, and then a unique probe GO index (UPGI), a functional index, was devised to access functionally how representative the selected probes are. This integrated and flexible method using SDP allows users to decide which clustering method and stringency to use when designing a cDNA microarray for organisms with limited genomic information based on their logistical constraint and experimental purposes. A small data set of ESTs was used to test this algorithm so that the detailed results of this algorithm could be examined.

Accurately Describing a Technology That Does Not Yet Exist

by Mike Treder


The mission of the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) is to raise awareness of the issues presented by advanced nanotechnology: the benefits and dangers, and the possibilities for responsible use. We explore the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of nanotechnology, and its potentially disruptive consequence, exponential general-purpose molecular manufacturing. The purpose of CRN is to educate those who will influence the use of nanotechnology, or be affected by it.

An important aspect of this educational process is to create ‘theoretical, pictorial and textual representations’ of what may become possible through nanoscale science and engineering (NSE), especially though molecular manufacturing. CRN studies, clarifies, and researches the issues involved—political, economic, military, humanitarian, and technological—and presents the results for both technical and popular audiences, working to supply the information as effectively as possible.

Our intention is to provide well-grounded and complete information, clear explanation, and workable proposals that support our vision of a world in which nanotechnology is widely used for productive and beneficial purposes, and where malicious uses are limited by effective administration of the technology.

Foreword on disobedience

“I am not a number! I am a free man!”

— Number 6, The Prisoner

“Afterward, I knew the rules, I understood what I was supposed to do, but I didn’t. I couldn’t. I was compelled to stay, compelled to disobey.”

— Agent Smith, The Matrix: Reloaded

Thomas Anderson was a disobedient fellow. He was frequently late for work. He didn’t do as he was told. He had a problem with authority. Fans of the first Matrix film identified with Thomas Anderson because of that rebelliousness. We all grinned when Thomas Anderson offered to give Agent Smith “the finger” in the interrogation room. So let’s imagine for a moment that our boy Tom had done what was expected of him. Suppose after being scolded by his manager, Tom learned his lesson, went back to his cubicle, and conformed.

Not much of a story. There’s Tom, working as he should in his cubicle. The end. Tom just became part of the machine. A robot. A machine.

As luck would have it, Mr. Anderson is compelled to disobey and we have a story after all. But it is not just about having a story. Not hardly. It is really about choice, which is what Neo realizes in the Architect’s chamber. When you get down to it, there are only two fundamental choices: you can choose to be robot or you can choose to be human; asleep or awake; dead or alive. Someone will always be telling you what to do. The robot, tin-chested and lifeless, does what he is told. The robot obeys. The human being disobeys. The human being gives Agent Smith the finger. The human being eats the apple.

The Architect gave Neo the same two choices. Neo chose not to be part of the machinery of the Matrix any longer. After that he was free.

P.S. If I could put 14 colors of flashing bold italics on the word “disobey” I would do that. Disobey. You are not a human being until you give the Man the finger.

Are Game Designers Auteurs?

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When I created The Journal of Boardgame Design, one of my goals was to pull the nature of board game writing up a notch, beyond game reviews that were intended to be buyer’s recommendations and into the level of critical analysis. Treat games as an artform that could be analyzed in the same ways that music, painting, literature and film are treated. If this seems to raise game design to a level that isn’t warranted, we should remember that there were times when dance and film were regarded as merely recreation and entertainment. As game design has become more ambitious, so should its criticism.

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Define how Consumating is “a different sort of thing.” Are you saying less dating more social networking? CNET needs their own social networking site to tie together/communitize it’s various properties?

It’s not ONLY dating – What makes Consumating different than all the dating and social networking sites out there is that it is attempting to not just find COMPATIBLE people for you, but INTERESTING people — people who share your weird, quirky interests. On Consumating, a guy who lives in the middle of nowhere who is in to D&D and anime and raising goats can find a girl who is ALSO into D&D, anime and goats. Where else are you going to find that?

[Federal Register: July 14, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 135)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 40051-40057]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


40 CFR Part 180
[EPA-HQ-2006-0056; FRL-8075-4]

Bentazon, Carboxin, Dipropyl Isocinchomeronate, and Oil of
Lemongrass (Oil of Lemon) and Oil of Orange; Proposed Tolerance Actions

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to revoke certain tolerances for the
fungicide carboxin, the insecticide dipropyl isocinchomeronate, and the
fungicide/animal repellent oil of lemon (oil of lemongrass) and oil of
orange. Also, EPA is proposing to modify certain tolerances for the
herbicide bentazon and the fungicide carboxin. In addition, EPA is
proposing to establish new tolerances for the herbicide bentazon. The
regulatory actions proposed in this document are part of the Agency’s
reregistration program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the tolerance reassessment requirements of
the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) section 408(q), as
amended by the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996. By law, EPA
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Did you hear about the Japanese college student? He thought he could save money by eating nothing but ramen, but he died of malnourishment before he ever graduated. Maybe this is an urban legend. But it’s a good story for looking at ascetic sorts of things.

Malachi Ritscher was a jazz critic for a Chicago newspaper. He married at 17 and was divorced by the time he turned 27. He ran a website called SavageSound.com which posted information on shows in the Chicago area. During his lifetime he made over 2000 recordings of performances, most of these of high quality and a few commercially released. He didn’t ask for money. When newspapers asked him if they could do an interview to run a story on him, he always declined. He didn’t want the publicity. As he said it, he was just a fan. The last half of his life, he lived alone. He knew pi to 1101th decimal place. He had a sharp sense of humour. He had many acquaintances, but few friends. Last week he stepped into traffic and lit himself on fire. He was 52.

There’s traditionally two reasons people commit suicide. The first is that they feel disconnected from the rest of society. Usually this feeling has something to do with disenfranchisement as well. The second is that they are so involved that they lose a sense of self. It’s obvious which reason was Malachi’s. But it’s worth noting, too, I think, how active he tried to be. Besides everything he did with music, he was a member of numerous unions, Mensa and the Chicago protest community. But nothing worked out for him, and he twisted himself into believing certain terrible things.

Ten years ago, Abe’s a little ahead of his time. He wonders if, in the future, everyone will be like him. Living in a little room, needing only a couple hours of “facetime” a day. A sort of human program sending his most personal thoughts in e-mails to people hundreds of kilometres away. He believes it is sustainable. Dan doesn’t think so, and tells him about the university student and the ramen.

I’ve got nothing against the internet. I think it’s really great. But you can’t deny that it tricks you into believing certain things, that it provides you with information when you think you’re getting action. It’s hard to recognise empty sometimes when you fill it with a cascade of screaming sounds, 1’s and 0’s. By the time you figure it out, it might be too late.