2010-07-31: Tweet Beat

  • "The Diary of Anne Frankenstein". Epic. #
  • Freeciv.net is freaking AWEsome! HTML5 implimentation of an entire game, with no Flash in sight anywhere. #
  • I want SimCity 5. That's all. I want it more complex and interesting than SimCity 4. Come on, Maxis, is that so hard? #

2010-07-30: Tweet Beat

  • On page 121 of 304 of The Botany of Desire: Great book. Loved the chapter on apples. Not so thrilled about tulips…… http://bit.ly/cGUnQc #
  • 5 of 5 stars to Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson http://bit.ly/aAziFA #
  • 4 of 5 stars to Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson http://bit.ly/com0jO #
  • 1 of 5 stars to Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson http://bit.ly/9c0LrB #
  • On page 121 of 304 of The Botany of Desire: Chapter on tulips got a lot better. I want to plant some! http://bit.ly/bRuyyp #
  • Sometimes a customer, even when they're a significant chunk of business, isn't worth the trouble. GAH. #
  • I hate the rental culture we live in today. It's great for companies, bad for customers. #
  • We can't win the war in Afghanistan because we can't kill the number of people we need to in order to win. Democracies shouldn't start wars. #
  • By the way, I'm super-pumped with the performance of Ubuntu 10.04 on my HDTV. Really good stuff, easy to set up. #
  • I hate that every new mystery show gets compared to lost, and that these shows seek the comparison. Nothing will ever be Lost. #
  • In fact for the last season, even Lost wasn't Lost. #

2010-07-29: Tweet Beat

  • 1 of 5 stars to How to Raise the Perfect Dog by Cesar Millan http://bit.ly/9jy7II #
  • 4 of 5 stars to Good Owners, Great Dogs by Brian Kilcommons http://bit.ly/aKk092 #
  • Death Star "accidentally" destroys fifteen planets. Storm Trooper forgets to file report. Darth Vader's expression? Pinched. #wookieleaks #
  • What a beautiful morning!!!!!!!!!!!!1111one #
  • Apparently drinking water is a great way to replenish your body's sweat supply. #
  • My stomach still turns every time I think of the scene with the mace from this week's True Blood. Ugh. #
  • No, 1984 isn't at all a nice book about a bunch of happy people. One disappointed reader coming right up. #
  • I'm pretty sure that human "consciousness" defeats the invisible hand of the market. We justify bad choices instead of course correcting. #
  • I like to think I'm curiously ugly like Willem Dafoe. #
  • Anybody know how to select multiple input boxes in Firefox? #
  • On page 23 of 304 of Bozo Sapiens http://bit.ly/aIGVEo #
  • I'm #reading Bozo Sapiens by Michael Kaplan http://bit.ly/9wVmbm #
  • Here's a question: I know libraries infuriate booksellers, but why should I pay to read something once and keep a dead tree around? #
  • 3 of 5 stars to The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by William Butler Yeats http://bit.ly/9Z0v3n #
  • The amount of stock we used to hold for some customers is astounding and just wrong. #
  • Newsflash: Girls don't like Axe. #
  • I think it's amusingly ironic that I post "Amusing Ourselves to Death" on Twitter. http://is.gd/dP13Q #
  • If necessity is the mother of invention, laziness is the mother of necessity. #

2010-07-28: Tweet Beat

  • 4 of 5 stars to Becoming Human by Ian Tattersall http://bit.ly/9d6St0 #
  • 2 of 5 stars to The Matzo Ball Heiress by Laurie Gwen Shapiro http://bit.ly/bTTMze #
  • The guy who hit me with a chair that one time just died of a heart attack. It's strange to see people I used to know dying. #
  • 1 of 5 stars to Sixpence in Her Shoe by Frances McNeil http://bit.ly/9wVm4O #
  • 4 of 5 stars to Blizzard of One by Mark Strand http://bit.ly/9eVu3j #
  • Okay, so there's an email I don't want to open. #
  • 2 of 5 stars to Nerve Squall by Sylvia Legris http://bit.ly/ayKuCB #
  • 5 of 5 stars to New Selected Poems by Mark Strand http://bit.ly/c8NyFG #
  • 4 of 5 stars to Collected Poems by Paul Auster http://bit.ly/bW2U5b #
  • Who has two thumbs and is going to the Roger's Cup? Bob Kelso! #
  • http://is.gd/dP29V Roger's Cup website… the most busy, complicated, insane thing I've ever seen. #
  • I hate people that like everything. #
  • 5 of 5 stars to Coraline by Neil Gaiman http://bit.ly/a0Mkhk #
  • 5 of 5 stars to Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay http://bit.ly/9iyeRq #
  • 2 of 5 stars to The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely http://bit.ly/cCwDtb #
  • 2 of 5 stars to Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay http://bit.ly/bDlzaA #
  • 5 of 5 stars to The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss http://bit.ly/aa0XJi #
  • My Postmodern Thing Of The Day: I'm mispronouncing words on purpose, for no reason. Metanarrative that, biotches! #
  • Overheard: Dude 1: "Do you know the song 'It's Raining Men'?" Dude 2: "Sure." Dude 1: "Of course you do." #
  • Listening to Edith Piaf. Thanks, Mr Nolan. #
  • Finally having my own printer? Priceless. #
  • Leaving for the day. #
  • Conundrum: How do you create usable usage statistics on a stock item unless you produce first? #

2010-07-26: Tweet Beat

  • I made my own iced coffee this morning. It… wasn't very good. #
  • Oh it's going to be a great day. #
  • trying to decide between watching My Fair Lady and Battle Star Gallactica #
  • We invented computers to do menial tasks. Then we figured that while computers were doing menial tasks, we could do even more menial tasks! #
  • Holy shit, Chromium is soooooo much faster that Firefox on Ubuntu. It's absurd, really, how slow FF is, in retrospect. #

Another Type Of Knowledge

When I was growing up (and to my embarrassment I didn’t do that until my 20s), I had a few friends who found great assurance in how logical they were. Now, not to knock them, and not to be crude, but who gives a shit?

I’ve always kind of nibbled at the edges of philosophy. I once bought the book “Warrant & Proper Function” and tried my darndest to understand what it meant. I failed miserably. I think I kind of grasped a few straws of meaning out it, but most of what I understand about Warrant and Proper Function are definitions of the words in the title. And something about a stopped clock, truth, and epistemology. That’s about it.

So yeah, I’m not so much made for the deep thought on the nature of truth and why we’re justified in believing a certain thing is true (or not), but there are a few simple concepts I think anyone can get their head around.

Among these is that logic does not equal truth. Ironically, the only way I can prove this is with logic. Let’s try some nested syllogisms, shall we?

1) A perfectly valid syllogism can contain no truth.
2) The following is a valid syllogism:
    a) All flurgen are splegafem.
    b) Flemboram is a flurgen.
    c) Therefore, Flemboram is a splegafem.
3) The preceding syllogism makes no sense and contains no truth.
4) Therefore, syllogisms do not necessary lead to truth.

I’ve always found talking to these sorts of people extraordinarily frustrating, but thinking back I can’t remember a time we ever talked about the foundations of our thinking. We didn’t talk about the assumptions we made about truth.

I can remember talking about faith, though. How do you prove to someone so enamored of logic that faith is valid? No logic can approach that sort of conclusion (sorry, Aquinas). The scientific method can’t (thanks, Hume).

Yet here I am with knowledge of God, belief that he exists, and faith that Christianity is true: This is another kind of knowledge, I think, that exists apart from the kind of knowledge that can be tested by experience or logic or science.

2010-07-23: Tweet Beat

  • I'm think that we should even all the months out a 30 days and then tack on a 6 (or 7 for leap) day national holiday demi-month. #
  • "That's about the only thing that impresses the prime minister… a US cheque…" #quotes #zung #
  • I have some customers (mostly in the US, it seems) who are so stupid they can't even tell who an email got sent to. Look at the CC! #
  • So about this whole lunch thing… I'm just not enthused about it. #
  • "You ran great guns in the campaign. It was an insurgency… then you drove to the middle of the road the moment after you took the oath." #
  • I just got some FREE music from Caedmon's Call. You can download it here: https://www.noisetrade.com/caedmonscall #
  • I don't understand why people still send around .doc and .xls files when PDFs exist. #
  • My dad has this way of alienating everyone close to him, and coddling the hell out of everyone else. #