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7th-Dec-2009 09:06 pm - Ugh
Very tired and drained. The pieces are not coming together tonight.

Don't think I did so well on my diffy q. :( Partly my slowness at leaning, partly the professor's fault for being an atrocious lecturer. Seriously, if he didn't have tenure, he'd be gone. Or at least he should be. Meh. Whatever. If I need to I can retake it in the summer, I hope.

I think I'll lay down, listen to Bond, maybe read a book, then hopefully pass out. The only problem is the book I'm on is an historical, what-if book set in the 80's when the nuclear showdown actually happened, so it's very enervating and dreary. A small band of survivors on a tanamaran out at sea...don't really want to get into that tonight...
20th-Jun-2009 08:33 pm - deployment 2008, games, thule trail
Let's see. What happened. Not much. Just going through the motions. Almost done. Wondering how it will be when I get back. Dreaming of joining the Merchant Marine. Want to take swing lessons when I get back, play hackeysack in the town square, chill, but I can't do that. Have Navy school to go to. Should I buy a ticket to Portland to go pick up some stuff or wait? Should I visit some friends in Europe before I start school? Maybe Grandma in DC? Who knows. Just kinda low on the energy totem pole. Recording this, because, well, just because. I don't want to read, I don't want to work, I don't want to watch movies, I just want to finish. Keep going! I always get demotivated near the end, and am susceptible to wanting to quit.

This is fun and short.

21st-May-2009 09:31 pm - Wow. Pretty cool.
You know, I have a hard time explaining why these things matter.

The above statement should be the subtitle for my journal. It's just interesting.


Talks about how the ratios found in living things' energy use mimic that found in cities.
17th-May-2009 09:19 pm - Update
Nothing much. My little brother is reading my books! :) <3 <3

I have most of my good books stored back home in our barn. He must have explored and taken some of them. He said he's reading the book on the Kundalini and the chakras. I would love it if he gets more interested in those things. That's such a fun subject when you are a teenager. Too bad we eventually turn away because there is no way to measure that energy and so it is essentially a useless field until we can. I also liked the books on astral projection; that would be SO. FUN.

Thinking about laptops and researching them. Dreaming of the future; being a DJ at KPSU, working as a merchant mariner, being a high school math teacher, playing the Sims 3 when it comes out...good times. :)

I'm going to post a photo of my bookshelves back home in Portland. You on my friend's list should do the same.

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9th-May-2009 11:19 pm - n
4th-Sep-2008 10:58 pm - Wahat the fuck is this serious


In other news, ain't shit goin' on.
27th-Aug-2008 09:57 am(no subject)
Nicholas Cage is Jimmy Stewart.


In other news, nothing is happening. Finished realMYST. Fun. Will probably go for a long walk once my food settles and listen to a course by the Teaching Company. Sigh.
26th-Aug-2008 11:16 am - Random update for myself.
Keira kinda looks like Aubrey Hepburn (except one eye is higher than the other and she has a different mouth and jawline).

Yeah, I'm bored. The glasses turned out to be shitty so I'm returning them. Have been playing Myst but it makes my back hurt to lay down on my belly. GAH LOVE MYST. So I'm popping ibuprofen and standing up. I may walk later if my ankle is cool with it.

Ho hum. Just thought I'd update.
Science compared to art. The two spheres are complementary but often seem to have conflicting goals.

Science pursues decomposition, to establish separate categories for each phenomenon encountered. It seeks to categorize and organize to enhance understanding. An example of this is the periodic table. Each element has a specific name, weight, main effect, etc.

More abstractly, science attempts to establish that each phenomenon has exactly one cause. It seeks to then name this cause. Again, we see the proof of this tendency in the exhaustive language of science, where each abstract element of the system has it's own name, be it a Latin name of a zoological creature or a chemical compound (sooo many names).

Art, on the other hand, is less concerned with boiling down results to one cause and identifying it. Indeed, it celebrates multi-faceted abstract concepts that defy simple categorization. It is often seen to be an example of the artist's skill when they combine many different interpretations into one work of art; just one meaning would be seen as an inferior work of art. They rather view it as a geometric progression; the more different meanings one can stuff into a work of art, the more critically successful the work is. An example of this is writing; words are abstractions that contain many different connotations and thus layers of meaning. Artist love to throw together different abstract concepts and seek meaning and beauty in the overlap. This is partly why myths carry such power; they deal with multiple meanings and lessons, not just the immediate one. If the author was interested in just one meaning, they would write a technical manual.

Indeed, this is why human languages are decried as not being specific enough for science and math. They are too ambiguous, cry the scientists, have too many meanings to effectively hold a technical discussion without confusion.

So, science seeks to simplify, art to complicate. Science is order, art is chaos. Science is man, art is nature. Science is Republican, art is Democrat. Science is a specialized surgical tool, art is a Swiss army knife.

Of course, both science and art don't fit into these simplistic definitions even close to all the time. Don't feel like throwing out examples right now though. Ouch, standing!

Goddamn it. I have the concepts, I just don't have the artistic skill to arrange them into a meaningful, cohesive or attractive arrangement. Bah. More work to do.


In other news, I'm busy lolling around and not doing a damn thing. Seriously. I need to schedule a dental cleaning, but I can't do it at PSU because I won't be taking enough credits next term to qualify. So I need to find a reliable local dentist in PDX. I'm sure there are tons. Tomorrow.

I've ordered these (http://www.zetronix.com/product_info.php?products_id=62) so I can lay down and still Internet (and game). That way I don't have to stand up and hurt my ankle or sit down and hurt my back. One more month to get healed up completely!
24th-Aug-2008 03:01 pm - Justice vs vengeance
What is the difference between justice and vengeance? Is justice vengeance? Is vengeance unjust justice?
We need filters and playpens. There are waaaaay too many humans out there to potentially interact with, and we need filters. Unfortunately, most of us end up using stereotypes as filters. Bad juju. Filtering by values leads to sameness of viewpoints and lack of diversity; real community needs diversity to challenge us and make us accept differences. We need PHYSICAL limitations, restrictions on our mobility. An example; traveling by air is nice but impersonal. You are never stuck with anyone for a long amount of time, and it's over pretty quickly. Greyhound takes a LOT longer, and one tends to talk more to people at bathroom and meal stops. (I LOVE GREYHOUND SO MANY GOOD STORIES) This is a chance to build a rapport. You subconsciously recognize that you are going to be with these people for a looooong time, so you don't mind spending that time getting to know them. Not so with planes; I'm annoyed when someone tries to talk to me during a flight because we don't have enough interaction to be that familiar.

Physical filters keep us interacting with the same smaller group of people over and over again, rather than a continuous stream of new people. Think about the computer game The Sims 2. What people continually walk by your house, giving you a chance to get to know them? Your neighbors. When you go to a community lot, who do you run into? Your neighbors. Over and over again, you encounter the same people, giving you a chance to raise your relationship score and Make WhooHoo in the clothing booth. Wait. Overextending the metaphor there. Point is. We rarely have this frequency with anyone but our work mates. Not even our FAMILY gives us this encounter frequency when we move out.

Etc, etc, but I'm tired of standing and I might be able to sleep soon, so that's it.


We are all operating under the illusion that we have enough time in our lives to complete everything we want to do. This is a falsity. We don't have close to enough time. I feel there is so much work to be done towards understanding this world, that were I to encounter an untimely death, I would want to be reincarnated (with a way to download all the previous knowledge and understanding I had accrued in the previous life) even given all the shit I'd have to go through again. However, I would only want to go through it again were I given the GUARANTEE that I would remember all the knowledge from my previous life ("OK, where was I...oh yes, the biological empathy limit of the human brain and the resulting social consequences...").
19th-Aug-2008 09:46 pm - Survey - Fill this Out
This cracks me up every time I see it, so I figured I'd copy it here to remember it. From polynomial's journal.

Hehehehehe surveys r dumb (and so am I for finding this funny)Collapse )
18th-Aug-2008 09:53 pm - Wordle - Squashed World

I typically make extreme claims on one side or the other of an issue in order to throw the points into sharp relief. Namby-pamby wishy-washy viewpoints make little impact in the mind of a reader. Everything I claim is subject to revision upon further reflection.
18th-Aug-2008 03:02 pm - Environment is first, will is second.
Environment is primary.
Individual will is secondary.

You disagree?

When you use your will, you either escape a toxic environment or create your own. Thus will is really a tool you CAN use to create a positive environment, either a personal mental space or a physical, real-world environment. Most times, will without the resulting environment to support it, fails.

Examples: You escape the toxic one by changing your life circumstances (ie, selling your car and biking to work in order to lose weight). You create your own environment when you buoy yourself along with a positive attitude and motivation towards reaching your goals (ie: you want to lose weight, so you listen to motivational tapes, read motivating books, and join a dieting group).

Either way, you create an environment in which you can succeed. If you are in the correct environment, your chances for success are greater.

The hero stories we hear are inspirational, aren't they? They hold up heroes as ideals, don't they? Kinda convenient how the stories only last two hours, isn't it? Did you know 90 to 95 percent of diets fail to keep the weight off long-term? (I'm just repeating that; I haven't confirmed it.) The point is, your will power alone is not enough to create success unless it results in a positive real-world environment.

I'll assess each combination of will and enviro.

Good environment + no will = moderate chance for success. Still need will to really succeed, otherwise you are coasting along, supported by the environment. Biking to work is a good example, as you are forced by your environment (no car) to pursue your goals, change your habits, etc.

Good enviro + good will = best chance for success.

No enviro support for goals + good will = little chance. You can't breathe without air, you can't swim without water, and you can't lose weight when you are alone at home, hungpy, bored, and faced with a freezer full of ice cream and a cupboard full of Oreos. Mmmmmm, ice cream and Oreos...

no enviro + no will = dur. Only including this category to be thorough.

ALLLLLL sorts of challenges contain both of these elements; environment and will. I propose that the pattern I have established above fits EVERY challenge/problem in life.
18th-Aug-2008 12:29 pm - Indeed; lol.

18th-Aug-2008 07:07 am - People are rats
I can completely agree with the fact that we have not evolved to fit our modern science and world. That's why we need to tailor our society to fit humans, not humans to fit society. We should be the end goal of our society. God this thought brings up so many exceptions, though...

Humans Evolved to Fear Snakes, Not High-Risk Mortgages or Risks at Traffic Lights Collapse )
Best bumper sticker seen today: Wag more. (then, in small type below it) Bark less.


The argument has been made that society's increased materialism and all it's associated sins can be traced back to the death of God, for when man began his denial of the existence of God, he had no choice but to embrace materialism as his idol. Science has forwarded the ideals of efficiency and material advancement, and we have followed the signposts, lured by increased physical pleasure and freedom from physical pain. The path continues to a place where efficiency will rule over human freedom, where the social contract swells to include a greater percentage of our lives. An efficient society requires caretakers and administrators, and human freedom is so messy and unpredictable.

Just venting. I don't seriously subscribe to such a philosophy, I just enjoy indulging my fire-and-brimstone tendencies towards the dramatic.
15th-Aug-2008 09:26 pm - Lazertag lessons learned
Lessons learned:

-don't recommend they switch taggers after a couple of games. Even though you want everyone to get a fair chance at using both guns, they need more practice on just one tagger to get familiar with it.
-when doing the initial training, have both taggers be the same type. Have everyone (but the example player) gather around you and explain how it works.
-don't forget to mention the rails (aiming notches) for the deluxe tagger are located on the side, not the top like the master blaster. Someone got all the way to the end of the session without knowing how to aim; he must have been pretty frustrated.
-find a good location and stick with it. It's toooooo big a park to be continually changing locations.
-realize that some people just aren't into lazertag and won't enjoy it as much as you. Don't feel it's a reflection on you. Although I did make some mistakes, there were extenuating circumstances that negatively affected the game that were out of your control; extra unannounced players, heat, players not into LT, etc.
-go back to Laurelhurst Park. I have had the best games so far there on the stairs.
14th-Aug-2008 12:31 am - Good lines
Taken from a comment on --> http://www.officialdatingresource.com/how-to-make-sense-of-a-womans-mixed-signals/

Also, is our society approaching the decadence of ancient Rome? Is this a warning signal? No way to tell by this suspicion alone.

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9th-Aug-2008 10:23 am - Hope
Watched Resident Evil Extinction, and am sorely pissed that it turned out so crappy. The only thing that was worthwhile was the following thought; hope is essential. This was inspired by the part of the movie where the heroine has joined the rag-tag group of survivors and presented them with a journal stating there is an uninfected human settlement in Alaska. They are in Nevada, and the "plot" conflict is whether they should continue to scrape out their lives as they currently are or try to reach Alaska. Of course, they choose Alaska and, of course, they experience horrible screaming zombie death soon after they make that decision.

Regardless of the outcome of that decision or the overall disappointment in the movie, it made me realize the following:

You can't not have hope. You can't release it. You have no control. You may push it under, you may bury it, but you can't get rid of it. The fact that you are still alive and haven't died means you have hope. It is the essential motivator. If you feel you have no hope, you are going to go into a psychic coma until such a time that you again FEEL you have hope. You need to realize you ALWAYS have hope, regardless of the circumstances. Events change, the walls move, the room changes from four blank walls to ones with windows; life happens.

Hope is a drug. Use with caution.
7th-Aug-2008 10:40 pm - Luuuuuuve
This might come in handy later in life as a teacher. Or a parent. Or a fast-food manager. Or a dog.

Being perfect doesn't make you loved.
Being good, being loving, gets you loved.
When people say they believe in God, they really mean they believe in hope.

The two most common statements we hear from both camps (that really characterizes their differing sentiments nicely) are "Praise God" and "There is no God".

Substitute in the word "hope" for "God".

"Praise Hope" and "There is no hope".

I don't want to tie down my hope with useless baggage. I don't need the herd morality to keep me in check. I can still believe in hope and not believe in God.

When you tell me "God is your only hope of salvation. Without God, there is no hope", I raise one eyebrow and say I don't believe in false dichotomies.


Firefox is the new EMACS.


Walked 13 km today. I intend on wrapping it up with some mocha chocolate ice cream and some MST3K.


Things I dislike about the Sims 2:

-it's waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too easy to make friends and lovers.
-there's no random moodiness, angst, or sadness like in real life.
-my neighborhood just became corrupted. My Sims' thought bubbles contain black scribble marks. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
2nd-Aug-2008 06:24 pm - Justin Nozuka - Save Him
GREAT live acoustic song. Read the lyrics to get the whole effect.

Also, "After Tonight" is another great one.

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Actually, scratch the walking around bit. I'll just get on the used stairstepper I bought.


I think I found a motivating metaphor that works for me. Life, or any activity thereof, is like a stretchy rubber exercise band, like the ones they use for physical rehab. If you just hold it limply, it doesn't do anything. It remains static and boring. You actually have to pull on it to get any benefit out of it. The more you pull on it, the greater the effect/benefit.

Likewise with any life activity; going out and socializing/mate seeking, exercise, etc. You have to put effort in and have confidence you are going to see some results. Blah; whatever. This could use some polishing, but I wanted to put it down in words.


My ex-girlfriend once told me that girls like to dress up when they feel shitty in order to feel better. Sounds useful and since I'm not in the habit of dressing up, I never would have thought of it. It does seem to have a mild effect on how I feel, but I haven't noticed it affecting how others treat me.


From "Odd Thomas" by Dean Koontz: "He once told me that the moodier a woman is, the hotter she will prove to be in bed. This was fatherly advice that I could have lived without."

This is...interesting.
...and in my case (if we postulate it holds for both sexes), true. OH DAYUM I WASN'T GONNA SAY IT BUT I SAID IT. :)
1st-Aug-2008 08:54 pm(no subject)
Just got back from Hawaii. I'll write more later about Ford Island and all we did, but right now my back hurts so I can't sit down. I'm off to walk around for hours, then come back and do my rehab exercises again. Yay. :/ Hawaii itself sucked, although I loved getting back into the military routine and community again.
I'm going to start thinking of world politics in terms of playground politics. The world map is a giant playground and each nation is a child. Same way of dealing with problems arise, and the same need to act like an adult is required.


Packing and printing for tomorrow. WHILE LISTENING TO DISCO OH YEAH.


I'm also going to try treating adults like children and children like adults.
Idea for a science fiction story: implants or medical surgery in order to artificially overcome the limitations for empathy of our monkey brains. What would happen? Would we have to have a stimulus in our brains that activates every time we meet someone new? Would we only be able to recognize 150 groups of people and after that each new person is seen as a variation of the known type, not an individual? Would we have a wifi implant that drew up a person's file from a server so we could remember information about them? Basically, what would happen if we strove to overcome our hardwired empathy limit medically? Technologically? (EDIT: side note; organizationally?) What would our society look like?
13th-Jul-2008 11:23 am - Vincent Price, Blood Bath
I heart this. Imagine listening to this when you are 8 or 9 years old. It's one of the shows that got me hooked on horror and thrillers. I never thought I'd hear it again.

Plus, it's Vincent Price!

11th-Jul-2008 10:42 pm - Monkeysphere again
This is
it deserves a journal repeat for the new folks.

3rd-Jul-2008 12:48 pm - "Screw them" cuts two ways
Every time you think "Screw them; it doesn't affect me", someone else with more money is thinking the same about you.
1st-Jul-2008 08:43 am - Stupid men. Stupid hormones.
DuhCollapse )

Why, yes, it has been a slow couple of days.
30th-Jun-2008 08:59 pm - Social commentary as humor.

30th-Jun-2008 06:37 pm - From "The Community of the Future"
"We human beings have a great need for one another. As described by the West African writer and teacher Malidoma Some, we have 'an instinct of community'. However, at the end of the twentieth century this instinct to be together is materializing as growing fragmentation and separation. We experience terrible ethnic wars, militia groups, special-interest clubs, and chat rooms. We are using the instinct of community to separate and protect us from one another, rather than creating a global culture of diverse, yet interwoven communities. We search for those most like us in order to protect ourselves from the rest of society. Clearly, we cannot get to a future worth inhabiting through these separating paths. Our great task is to rethink our understanding of community so that we can move from the closed protectionism of the current forms to openness and an embracing of the planetary community."

This succinctly states all I've been trying to get out. I feel so inadequate. In one paragraph...*shakes head*

The assembly line is a perfect example of what modern society does to us. Instead of thinking, acting human beings, we become cogs in a machine, numb and seeking further numbness. When our god is efficiency, we cease to matter. We are no longer the focus, efficiency is.

I think I'll go down the south waterfront this evening and see how that artificial community functions in the evening. It's effectively a gated community set right outside of downtown intended to replicate suburban living for richies who want to live downtown.

I don't think I'm smart enough to solve this problem...
29th-Jun-2008 11:58 pm - Alphagrip


This brings out my inner geek like the full moon brings out the werewolf. You could do so many things with this besides type...you could remap the keys to MIDI tones and have an ergonomic piano...you could program with it and use voice command software to fill in the gaps...perhaps I could program without fear of RSI...
27th-Jun-2008 07:05 pm - Human beings don't scale.
Holy shit. It just keeps unfolding. Skip if you are uninterested in the apocalypse.

Human beings don't scale, to use a software development term. It means while a piece of software may work fine when the amount of data handled is small, when it is has to process massive amounts of it, it slows, stalls or breaks. Same thing happens with humans when they organize into large groups. Cities have historically been nasty, filthy things in which disease runs rampant. It's only been relatively recently in the course of history that we have worked on making cities efficient and clean. Throwing waste water out of windows into the street below, anyone?

TEH HOLEE BIBLEE. The prophecy about branding people with the number of the beast. This clearly speaks to the understanding that once we start treating people as numbers (because there are so many of them) we are doomed.

This explains why people are so rude on the internet. There are so many faceless people and we are given no reason to bond with them, to depend on them, to treat them as people. If we will never encounter these people again or in real life, we can act however we want.
26th-Jun-2008 05:35 am(no subject)
How bitterly ironic that one of our favorite TV shows (that ran for YEARS) was called FRIENDS. Yes I'm still talking about yesterday. Why? Because it's endemic of developed society.

Are you starting to get the big picture?

Take off your blinders for a moment and SEE!!!!

Cheers: replacing your neighborhood bar since the 80s. Oh god I could just cry. THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM PEOPLE, NECESSITATING THE USE OF THE CAPS LOCK.


Just got the rough breakdown of our pay once we are over there. I'll be clearing at least 35K by the time I'm done. Fuck yeah.


I've got jury duty in Gresham today. Hmm.
25th-Jun-2008 05:43 pm(no subject)
Inspired by the comment about Sims 2, I'd like to talk about it. Comapanies make money off of our loneliness by giving us replacements. But don't let us actually solve the problem, because then they can't continue making money. Cable TV, video games, porn, casual sex...all these things are drugs that make us feel better for awhile. When it's over though, we feel strangely empty.

We've not had strong community life in America for a hundred years. That's right, a hundred years. How can you know what is wrong when you've never known anything different? How can you miss someone you've never met? Yet we do. Granted, things weren't perfect back then (at all) but at least you had community, which helped ease the loneliness. I still think the Hutterites have the right idea; barn raising, close-to-the-Earth living, no TV or cars, etc.

Since we all love examples, I'll give you a few to flesh this out.

Example one: gangs in ghettos. Kids grow up without a strong community such as church or extended family, without either a good intellect of a good education, and what happens? They form gangs for support, for family ties, for success. They form "tribes", because having no tribe at all is scary and unnatural to our animal natures.

Another example of the paucity of community in our lives and how it affects us: TV. We form entire LJ comms devoted to our TV shows in order to have a shared culture to talk about. We leave the TV on for companionship when the house gets too quiet. We distract ourselves with entertainment.

The things that have eaten away at community are:
-easy personal transportation

The car...OMG, don't get me started on how isolating the car is to our society. Too late.

Having cars allows us to have our own flexible work schedule. We no longer have to depend on others for transportation.

-the importance of money

OMG, I've got this entire swollen idea in my head and it just won't come out. This could be an entire graduate thesis. Everyone is oblivious to it and ignores it because loneliness is a sign of social undesireability and a social pariah. YET WE ARE ALL LONELY. Our culture is one of "suck it up and deal with". It is a culture of victim blaming. We wonder why WE are lonely, and we are encouraged to do so, because then we don't examine why SOCIETY is lonely. Society comes across as blameless if it's OUR fault that we are lonely. We never stop to consider how our culture enforces our loneliness. Since it's OUR FAULT we are lonely, we are seen as inferior and in need of fixing. We need drugs, we need therapy, we need something to come to terms with how we are feeling. Culture and society come across as innocent. We hide it because it's not OK to talk about how lonely we are, we hide it away, try to suck it up because it's our fault, not the lack of community.

We don't have anything to compare a good community to except maybe elementary school and that experience goes away quickly. I have got to get this understanding out of my head, it's like I'm pregnant in the head. This is the root cause of a large portion of society's problems. Think about it. You'll see our economy has an interest in keeping us medicated, numb and lonely, and our government does too. A population, sated and yet yearning for more, sitting safely behind their TV's is much more apathetic and easier to fool. The government can get away with shenanigans such as pay raises if we are drugged.

Granted, community is not a fix for everything.

Also, I'm seeing we can't fix this. At all. You can either have money or you can have community. It's like a slider on the control board of society; one side reads "community", one side reads "wealth". One always develops at the expense of the other.

I'll quit now because I'm not making sense and I'm hungry. It's like in horror movies where the character can't say where the montster is because they are too scared and excited to form the words, except in this case it's quite complex.
7th-Jun-2008 12:59 am - go to sleep remix
I must promote this women. Her comics are hilarious even when one is NOT in the throes of insomnia. Presenting...LJ user...beatonna
3rd-Jun-2008 03:07 am - Convenience
Part of the reason our modern society is so lonely is it is so convenient.

Examples of this:
-We don't take public transportation; we drive our own individual cars.

-Finding enough food to survive is no longer a problem. Historically, there was a lot more human interaction in the production and gathering of food. No longer; we go out individually and buy it. Hell, we don't even have to go out anymore! We can order it over the phone or online and have it delivered to our door. How CONVENIENT (and conveniently isolating).

-Entertainment used to be a lot more difficult to come by; I'm thinking around the start of the 20th century. People actually used to have to go out to see concerts and talkies and circuses; not anymore. Power on, click, download and stream. You don't even have the level of interaction of paying another human being for your ticket. (Being in a chat room with someone while the movie plays is not the same as actually going out and interacting with strangers and other human beings.)

-Working from home is no longer unusual. We even have a comic strip with that as it's theme, Adam@Home.

-How often do you walk into your bank? ATM's often can and do fulfill most of our needs.

-Our commute times are abysmal, all so we can have the "convenience" of driving when and where we want. Commute time is oftentimes spent alone.

The impact of all this increased convenience is the human interaction has been eliminated. The IMPLICATION of having increased convenience is that we can be more productive with the resulting time, i.e. work more.

Thus my case for the correlation between convenience and isolation. Feel free to put more examples (and conflicting ones) in the comments.

However, there are cases where increased convenience doesn"t equal isolation. Another factor mitigates these, however; discontinuity.Collapse )
12th-May-2008 11:12 pm - Quite racistly
You! Yes you! You need more lulz in your life, stat.

Flight of the Conchords, "Albi the Racist Dragon". Funny song by New Zealand duo.

12th-May-2008 10:34 pm(no subject)

Math today and reading. Yawn. No life. Sigh. Need to get out there more. Maybe this summer. Yeah...just another brick in the wall day.

Oh yeah, after you join pmog, go to the damnportlanders LJ page for a treat.
7th-May-2008 10:57 pm - Ignorance
Ignorance is it's own prison.
6th-May-2008 11:48 pm - The test is over
Mid-term finished. At least one looks right, according to the prof. (I asked him about it when I turned it in.)

Wherein I talk more about math in order to cement it in my brain.Collapse )
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