Thursday, October 27, 2005

Kanas visits the Land of Oz

From today's New York Times:

"...In the statement, as well as in letters to the state board, the groups opposed the standards for singling out evolution as a controversial theory, and also for changing the definition of science itself so that it is not restricted to natural phenomena.

A third organization, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, echoed those concerns in a news release supporting the copyright denial, saying: "Students are ill-served by any effort in science classrooms to blur the distinction between science and other ways of knowing, including those concerned with the supernatural." "

wow. They are changing the definition of science to include God. Jesus, Mary 'n' Joseph !

I'm going back into my hole now.

Today's Song of the Day is "The Scientist" by Coldplay of their 2002 album "A Rush Of Blood To The Head."

Crazy Fact: I heard they're teaching Harry Potter in History, too.


Friday, October 21, 2005

goofing off

I don't want to work anymore so I'll send a song. I don't think I have anything to say. I'm drinking a beer and trying not to do my most assignment for software development (programming in C.) So far I'm doing a pretty good job.

The fucking mice are driving me crazy. There must be a thousand up there. They are stupid too. and the live in the stove. every time I catch one I see them (which isn't hard) they run into the stove. GROSS. I'm worried about turning it on I don't want to hear squeals and smell burnt hair. eww.

Today's Song of the Day is "Troy" by Sinéad O'Connor off her 1987 debut album "The Lion And The Cobra."

Crazy Fact: She was booed off stage at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at New York's Madison Square Garden because two weeks before she ended her performance on Saturday Night Live by ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II.


Thursday, October 20, 2005

School is no fun.

I am having no fun. maybe I'll so up in my own version of The Shining.

Today's Song of the Day is "No Fun" by The Stooges off there 1969 album "The Stooges."

Crazy Fact: Iggy Pop formed the Stooges in 1967 after witnessing a Doors concert in Chicago.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

From the bottom of a very deep hole.

Hello strangers, I figured I'd just stop a write something. Now is as bad a time as any, so whatever.

I'm not sure you all want to hear me complain about how busy I am so I'll stowe it, but understand this is, and was, and will remain, the reason for my rare and irregular postings.

only vaguely more interesting is my new clear understanding of the difference between learning artsy stuff and learning mathy stuff. At first it seems like Arts is just thinking and Math is just doing.

When I was studying arts I was studing communication and it's meaning.

My tasks were three: 1) Observe; 2) Interprete; 3) Express.

In that order. Each dependant on the other. The sum of this exercise, the result of my efforts, was always limited by the weakest link in this chain.

In practice I was reading, watching or listening, then thinking about what it means then, it's context (then repeat until totally navel gazing) then forming opinions and proving arguements. Interpreting a message, searching for meanings in that message.

All very cerebral and a grade was based on my arguement; the strength of my connections, distinctions and conclusions or in other words the clarity in which I expressed my interpretations and their conclusions, based on my original observations.

In Math (and I've come to realize computer science is just math), you observe, it all makes perfect sense you go home and try to do it and realize you know nothing. It's do as I do. I think you all know it as that. It's true but that's just the beginning. Most of us get stuck at the begginning and just stop. frustrated. I think that is partially due to the way it's taught and partially due to the fact that we don't need to speak in Math very often.

I think really it's just the early stages of learning a language. The language is very percise, but just a language, so once you understand it, speaking it is just as fluid, with experience just as intuitive and much more expressive than I expected.

Math gets a bad because it's starting right at the beginning again. We had so much time to learn the basics of speech, not only that but we walk out into the world and all sorts of people help you practice and teach you new words and tricks everyday. Not so much with Math.

OK. I got to get back to doing as they do.

Today's Song of the Day is "Lyric Fathom" by Blackalicious off the 2000 album "Solesides Greatest Bumps."

Crazy Fact: Gift of Gab (Timothy Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) first met in Sacramento, CA, in 1987 when they were students at John F. Kennedy High School, but never worked together untill 1992.


Saturday, October 01, 2005

fuck the bank

So friday morning I get up and expect a big fat student loan in my poor little bank account. Instead I find out that I have no bank account. They closed it. On TWO weeks notice and 15 dollars overdraft they closed it. Now my loan sit in bank/goverment limbo. It could be stuck in that molassas for months.

I hate banks. hateses them. tricksie false, lying cheating stealing little bankseses.

This is the last day in Classical week.

Today's Song of the Day is "Symphony No. 6: I. Allegro ma non troppo" performed by Herbert Von Karajan & The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, composed in 1808 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Crazy Fact: Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 (a year after Mozarts' death) to study with Haydn and was subsequentially taught by Antonio Salieri (yeah that guy who admitted to fatally poisoning Mozart.)