Sunday, April 24, 2005
"You really intend" Doctor Magiot asked me, "to take over the hotel?"
"Why not? I have a little experience of restaurant-work. I can see great possibilities of improvement. My mother was not catering for the luxury-trade."
"The luxury-trade?" Doctor Magiot repeated. "I think you can hardly depend on that here."
"Some hotels do."
"The good years will not always continue. Not very long now and there will be the elections..."
"It doesn't make much difference, does it, who wins?"
"Not for the poor. But to the tourist perhaps."
He put a flowered saucer upon the table beside me -
LA County library
See also Herman Melville's "The Confidence Man"
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Apparently, this is not so easy
the first review, by John Moe,ending:
"In an age where Westerners have trouble comprehending what drives Islamic fundamentalists to kill, Jon Krakauer advises us to look within America's own borders."
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
President Bush is willing to mislead regarding Social Security.
Yes, maybe we should invest some national retirement resources into productive assets in addition to current expenses. But before people will be willing to change the system, we need to be able to trust the system that will change the system.
A system run by people with disordered priorities.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
How many grains will be on the final square if you put one grain on the first, and twice as many on each successive square?
The answer is 2**63. But how many is that?
Divide the exponent by ten to get the number of commas in the answer: the answer has six commas and is three tenths of the way, logarithmically speaking, to the seventh comma.
2**10 is 1024. This is approximately 1,000. One comma.
2**60 is six commas: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000
2**(60+3) is six commas times two cubed = 8 quintillion.
The actual number is 9+ quintillion.
Note that 2 commas is a million, not a billion, unfortunately.
Similarly 2**40, 4 commas, is a trillion, not a quadrillion
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Don Bosco's vision The flagship commander - the Roman Pontiff - seeing the enemy's fury and his auxiliary ships very grave predicament, summons his captains to a conference. However, as they discuss their strategy, a furious storm breaks out and they must return to their ships. When the storm abates, the Pope again summons his captains as the flagship keeps on its course. But the storm rages again. Standing at the helm, the Pope strains every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains.
The Turing Test has been recently modified so that there is only one contestant, and the judges job is not to choose between two contestants, but simply to decide whether the single contestant is human or [not]. *from Univ of Toronto
Barbara Weller has recently been a judge in a running of the Touring Test, with Terri.
As was Heidi Law.