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"...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like the fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..." - Jack Kerouac buying info: A New Kind of Science
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:31 am EDT, Jun  9, 2002

Anybody feel like buying Nanochick a present? buying info: A New Kind of Science

'A New Kind of Science': You Know That Space-Time Thing? Never Mind
Topic: Science 12:27 am EDT, Jun  9, 2002

Among a small group of very smart people, the publication of "A New Kind of Science," by Stephen Wolfram, has been anticipated with the anxiety aroused in literary circles by, say, Jonathan Franzen's recent novel, "The Corrections." For more than a decade, Wolfram, a theoretical physicist turned millionaire software entrepreneur, has been laboring in solitude on a work that, he has promised, will change the way we see the world.

Now, weighing in at 1,263 pages (counting a long, unpaginated index) and 583,313 words, the book could hardly be more intimidating. But that is the price one pays for a first-class intellectual thrill.

... From the very beginning of this meticulously constructed manifesto, the reader is presented with a stunning proposal: all the science we know will be demolished and reassembled. An ancient error will be corrected, one so profoundly misguided that it has led science down the wrong avenue, until it is approaching a cul-de-sac.

... Wolfram contends: the algorithm is the pure, elemental expression of nature; the equation is an artifice. That is because the continuum is a fiction. Time doesn't flow, it ticks. Space is not a surface but a grid.

Considering its immense size, Wolfram's book is quite affordable, and it is readily available (alongside Stephen Jay Gould's giant life's-work book) at mainstream bookstores.

'A New Kind of Science': You Know That Space-Time Thing? Never Mind

Blogging Goes Legit, Sort Of
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:30 pm EDT, Jun  6, 2002

Not shocking that it is at Berkeley.

Blogging Goes Legit, Sort Of

Kissing may provoke ‘nutty’ allergies - Allergic to nuts? Avoid kissing anyone who’s just eaten them
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:27 pm EDT, Jun  6, 2002

You must remember this: a kiss is still a kiss — but it can send you to the hospital if you’re allergic to nuts. According to a study in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, an unexpectedly large number of people with nut allergies became itchy when kissed by someone who had eaten nuts up to six hours prior to the embrace.

Nanochick- Damnit!

Kissing may provoke ‘nutty’ allergies - Allergic to nuts? Avoid kissing anyone who’s just eaten them

Henry David Thoreau Quotations - The Quotations Page
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:22 pm EDT, Jun  6, 2002

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."
Henry David Thoreau
"What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau rulez!

Henry David Thoreau Quotations - The Quotations Page

Weird Sunset
Topic: Science 9:14 pm EDT, Jun  6, 2002

"June 3, 2002: Suddenly the horizon turns orange. Clouds glow strange shades of purple and pink, and the Sun itself swells ... bigger and redder than ever. Another lovely sunset.
You've probably seen so many that you hardly notice any more. But, if you live in North America, pay attention next Monday for something extraordinary as twilight approaches.
The setting Sun will be a crescent."

Weird Sunset

Esoterix Oncology
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:48 am EDT, Jun  6, 2002

This is the company that I am interning with this summer. Awesome experience thus far....although, it has to be said that when you have to go in the lab late at night to do stuff with cells, and there is nobody else in the building, its *creepy*.

Esoterix Oncology

( Gender Test!
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:28 pm EDT, Jun  5, 2002

The only word for this site is...weird. They ask you a bunch of random ass questions, and from the statistics of past test takers, figure out whether your a chick or a guy. Fun way to lose 10 minutes of your life

( Gender Test! TIME Magazine -- High Tech Evolves
Topic: Technology 2:08 pm EDT, Jun  5, 2002

Hrm. Crypt Digest once called Time magazine "The Magazine for people who don't think." However, they managed to interview Ray Kurzweil. This article is biological metaphors in computing. TIME Magazine -- High Tech Evolves

Apple - Mac OS X
Topic: Technology 2:43 am EDT, Jun  5, 2002

Ok...for the first time since the apple II, I actually want to play with a Mac. I think UNIX is awesome, but I am too lazy to start using it, so Mac OSX makes me happy.

Apple - Mac OS X

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