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Pattern Recognition.
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"I have a wife and a son, but the gay rumours have started. I guess it's a sign that I'm moving up the ladder." - Hugh Jackman

And now that Sex is history, Sarah wants to spend even more time with her adorable son. <- Hrm, she should think about that? :)

I slowly came to realize that this Oracle did not dispute the movie's vision of hell on Earth--He was just quibbling about which level of hell. Not the seventh ring, he seemed to say. Just the second or third.

"How can you be bored? You're being transported between universes. Not only that, you only have a few hours to live. What do you want, dancing girls?"

Would a Neanderthal conclude that we must be unintelligent because, searching our nuclear reactors, she could find no chippings from flint cores? <- An interesting thought.

"You screwed somebody else. You wanted a divorce. I disagree with everything you do. I don't even understand how you feel about me." <- I feel like this sometimes.
"Yeah. But you're here. And as long as that's true I know I haven't yet lost my soul."

Here I am fishing for a space-time wormhole. On any other day this would seem unusual. <- What, not a normal day in the continuum?

"Most universes will be short-lived, probably on the scale of the Planck time."
"How long is that?"
"Ten to power minus forth-three of a second."
"Not even time to make a coffee, huh?"

"I'm heating up. These universes aren't long lived enough to allow our suits to dump their excess heat." <- Label manufacturers beware...
"I bet that's one situation that isn't covered by the manufacturer's warranty."

"Maybe the matter here didn’t' form stars, but just imploded into..that. Do you think it's a good sign?"
"I don't know. I never was much of a tourist."

"A billion billion. Round numbers."

"That is, he could believe he thought of it himself. I'll talk to (her). That's what women do." <- Funny, that...

"I would love, in three years, to have a shaved head, 30 tattoos, a plane and seven children...and three lovers. I'd be thrilled." <- Angeline Jolie, long range plans. :)

"I don't like to look at myself in the mirror, because I am so much hotter in my mind." - Pamela Anderson. <- *cough* I wonder.

---This is an entire article. My comments will be bolded...
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Why did you write this book?
I did a radio program about punctuation, and it was while were making it that I realized I did care, quite strongly, about these things. We interviewed the man who runs the Apostrophe Protection Society. We went for a walk, looked at signs, and he pointed out how many were badly punctuated. By the end I was telling him that he should start a militant wing and that I could lead it.
How sad are you to need a protection society for punctuation. Even furthermore, what the fuck would a militant wing do?

What is the state of punctuation today?
It's pretty dire. Internet and e-mail encourage people to be much more informal. Now everyone says, "It's only an e-mail, it doesn't matter if I don't know where capital letters go."

Can you give us some examples how bad things have gotten?
The film Two Weeks Notice. The should have had an apostrophe after Weeks. I saw an enormous sign in a record store which said "This Seasons CDs." It was three fight high and didn't have an apostrophe. That's wrong.
Okay. Two Weeks' Notice. Right. But come on. Don't you have anything better to do?

What have you done to correct these mistakes?
For Two Weeks Notice I stood on a chair outside a London cinema with an apostrophe on a stick held it up in the right place. I feel responsible for making others notice. They are transformed from perfectly happy people to very unhappy people who are aware of the dire state of punctuation.
Guess not. You have nothing better to do. I don't think people are as transformed as you think...

What does the title mean?
It's a punctuation joke. A panda goes into a cafe, has a sandwich, pulls out a pistol, shoots into the air, then leaves. As he exits, the waiter asks him why he did that. The panda tosses him a poorly punctuated wildlife manual and says, "I'm a panda, look it up." The waiter does and finds, "Panda. Large black-and-white bear like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."
You really need to get out more.

So. In the book I just finished reading, a lady looses her cat, and posts a reward for him. Someone brings a cat that looks like him back, although there's a slight difference in colouring about the face. At first she is gleeful to have her cat back, but soon realizes the mistake.

Me, well, I don't think she really likes her cat. I couldn't ever mistake my cat for another cat. EVER. Even cats that look like him coloring wise. No. And I haven't seen 'my' cat in years. Specially cause I have his ashes in a box. I miss him.

Anyways. The point is that how come certain people are just better at pattern recognition? What in our makeup allows us to take in all this sensory input, even things that are ephemeral such as movement, personality...and come up with a quick-matching algorithm of 'known' or 'unknown'. I'm sure it has something to do with our evolution as hunters, and continues to serve us by allowing abstractions that help us learn...but...

Still. How could you mistake a cat that isn't yours for your own lost 'beloved' cat?


So. I've got this third shift job. I would rather work 1st, but they pay me more on 3rd, the bastards. Hopefully I get this job at the school corporation, because then I can get away from this place and all its stupid bullshit politics and crappy infrastructure. And of course get immersed in new ones, but that's okay. I'll have a year or so before they get on my nerves. ;) I can pray, anyways.
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melydia From: melydia Date: May 14th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Still. How could you mistake a cat that isn't yours for your own lost 'beloved' cat?

this isn't merely a matter of pattern recognition. if you want to believe badly enough that it's your cat, you will think it's your cat. people see what they want to see.

I'm sure it has something to do with our evolution as hunters, and continues to serve us by allowing abstractions that help us learn

i don't think that recognizing your cat among similar-looking cats has anything to do with our evolution as hunters. that's far too specific. it has much more to do with our social nature - we recognize our tribe. that includes our pets as well. originally it was much more scent-based, as it is with animals, but over time it extended to other senses. scent is still a powerful indicator, even if on a much more subconscious level than sight or sound.

recognizing personality, however, is much closer to your pattern matching argument: we get used to a certain pattern of behavior and we notice any deviation from it. the amazing thing is how incredibly complex this pattern is, and yet we retain it and our brains sound the alarm when any small detail is awry.
daimones From: daimones Date: May 14th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
*fixes his stupid italics*

You think I could close tags properly these days.

True enough on the see what you want them to see, bit. Odd how that works.

And I didn't mean that specific. I meant the same pattern matching that allows us to do that is also used for other things, etc. Though i think perhpas your explanation of social culture is better than mine.

Interesting how smell works. People you like smell good, people you don't, bad...

And yeah. Interesting how complex social tasks are still 'easy' while complex intellectual ones (say, multidimensional calculculs...) isn't. :)
melydia From: melydia Date: May 14th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
maybe god never intended us to do multidimensional calculus. :)
daimones From: daimones Date: May 14th, 2004 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then poo on him. :P
annida From: annida Date: May 14th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could never mistake somebody else's cat for my own either, so I dunno what the heck they were thinking about. If you're close to your animal? even if the other cat is identical, I bet the cat would not recognize you either, so that's a two way street to look at there.. I dunno. That's just MY thought on the matter. I'm reading a book called Underland atm, and it's interesting to say the least, you should look it up if you're interested in vampires. HMMM are you?

On another note. I hope you get your new job. I wish you all the luck in the world with that! *gnaws on your arm cause she's hungry*
daimones From: daimones Date: May 14th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
*feeds you* (underland by whom? sounds familiar.)
annida From: annida Date: May 14th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Underland's by Mick Farren. there's like 3 books before that, which I haven't read, so uh, read those first! thanks! :hug;
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