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The goal of this post is to collect a whole crapton of stuff I'd like to say about the world cup in one easy-to-ignore wall of text, rather than flooding Twitter with every banal little observation I have. (no, the banal observations will not stop - else why would I still have a Twitter account?)
Man, I never post on this thing. But joaniechachi and I are getting married this summer, that seemed worth mentioning (already facebook-official and everything). And no, this doesn't mean we're going to settle down and be monogamous and start making babies. Well, ok, babies maybe in a couple years. Us getting married is not so much because we love each other and want to spend our lives together and make a family - we do, but it's unrelated - and more because then Joan can get a work permit here in Germany. Although I do feel somewhat more comfortable getting married somewhere where it's also possible for same-sex couples to marry, that helps ease the pain of feeling Judeo-Christian and hetero-normative. I'd say "you shouldn't need a piece of paper to prove your relationship is serious", but in Germany you need a piece of paper to prove everything, so I guess it makes sense. Also maybe it will be easier to explain that non-monogamy doesn't mean you're not committed to each other.
Dear Livejournal and Chrome -
I've done some math. My courseload is 30 LP, or "Leistungspunkte" (Achievement Points?), each LP is estimated to be 30 hours of work. The semester is about 13 weeks. 900 hours over 13 weeks comes to about 70 hours a week, plus my 80hr/mo job (19ish hours a week)... my schedule's gonna be pretty packed. I've been more on less on vacation for months now, not sure how I'll adjust.
I haven't written anything here in a while, so I guess a sort of update is in order. For a while there was nothing to say, really; it was just same-old-same-old.
And that's pretty much where I am now.
Don't forget, soon Joan and I will have an apartment in Berlin with a guest room and everything. Visitors welcome!
P. S. Following up to my previous entry, my main laptop in now named Gilgamesh, and my little netbook is named Tock. 1 comment | post a comment
So, I'm officially unemployed now and I'm moving back to Berlin end of May. But that's not why I'm writing my first post in a long long time. It's because there is a pressing question to answer: ( What do I name my new laptop?Collapse )In related news, now that I'm unemployed I'm going to try working on a personal project that is audacious enough to keep me busy for a while but not so much so that anyone would actually care if I do it or not. The basic overview is... card games, I like them (in particular I've had a healthy dose of chinese poker (technically Big Two) injected into my week thanks to Daniela visiting). So, like everything else I like, I want to analyze, formalize, and program it. But of course simply writing a program that allows me to play chinese poker with other people I'm not in the same room as would be too simple*, so instead what I really want to do is develop a way of expressing the rules of any card game (played with standard playing cards - have to concede to at least one constraint) in a formal language that's simple enough for non-programmers to write. Then, have a website where users can play the games I and others create, with scorekeeping and tracking popular games and whatnot. Oh, and of course you should be able to play over facebook. And iPhones. And possibly carrier pigeons. Bonus points if I can establish a peer-to-peer mode that doesn't require a trusted server to "deal" (though something tells me information theory makes this impossible with any card game where opponent's hands should be secret from each other).
"Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science."
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Apparently, two wrongs do make a right. I hate rap music and French, and yet I can't stop listening to this:
Europe, suffering from the crippling effects of universal health care and high, progressive taxes, overtakes the US as world's #1 economy
Brainless moron botches marriage proposal to materialistic bitch
CNN estimates that Obama leads Clinton by less than 100 delegates, 1,553 to 1,438.-- CNN (a bit less than halfway down the article)
EDIT: They fixed it, but not before I grabbed a screenshot Ryo has a point - doesn't journalistic integrity require visible corrections? I want it to be like "track changes" or Wikipedia. Guess I'll just have to start my own news organization... hmm... 5 comments | post a comment
I made a New Year's resolution. I mean, not really. I don't make New Year's resolutions, but I did more or less make a decision for this year: I'm leaving the USA.
You know, two weeks after Bloody Sunday, when the march finally reached Montgomery, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to the crowd of thousands and said "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." He's right, but you know what? It doesn't bend on its own. It bends because we help it bend that way. Because people like John Lewis and Hosea Williams and Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks and thousands of ordinary Americans with extraordinary courage have helped bend it that way. And as their examples call out to us from across the generations, we continue to progress as a people because they inspire us to take our own two hands and bend that arc.-- US Senate Speech by Barack Obama
Gave some more money to Obama. It's possible that you can, too! And anyway, if you're not voting for Obama, we should talk. Maybe we can learn something from each other!
The problem I find with trying to make my case for Obama is that there are so many reasons for it, so where do I start? Do I talk about how he stands a much better chance of winning the general election than Clinton? Or how he's more likely to get stuff done because he knows how to work together with politicians on both sides of the aisle? What about his staunch opposition to the Iraq War from the beginning? Maybe the symbolism, both to America and the world, of having a black President named Barack Hussein Obama? The way he has inspired a grass-roots movement and given hope to people that our political system isn't broken beyond our ability to repair if we try? His commitment to open and transparent government? The simple fact that his rhetoric is an exhortation to us all to be a part of government that bends the arc back into the right direction? His academic manner of finding the right solution by listening to all sides of an issue, with a compass that is moral but not ideological? How he won't shy away from calling the economic argument against immigration scapegoating, or addressing anti-semitism and homophobia in African-American communities? His ability to unite Democrats, Republicans, and Independents as part of one America?
I think what it comes down to is - yes, there are many reasons to like Barack Obama, and why he would be a fine president - but it's not just about the individual, it's about the movement. Obama knows that it will take more than a change of personnel in the White House to right the wrongs in America. Obama is getting new people involved in droves - new voters, first-time contributors, new political organizers, and this is just the beginning. A democracy cannot function without an engaged populace, and that is, I think, the great hope of the Obama campaign - that we can once again become inspired and involved. It is our responsibility to bend the arc of the moral universe, and yes, we can. post a comment
At a world brewing convention in the States, the CEOs of various Brewing organizations retired to the bar at the end of each day's conference.post a comment
Yeah, I've been posting a lot. Don't worry, this probably doesn't interest you - I just wanted to muse out loud.
So, the Graduate/Alumni ScavHunt team has a facebook app.