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Warning, HUGE. Book reviews, thoughts and feelings on. Randomisity.

Quotes from Blackmantle by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
  • The truth is eager for the light.

  • The heart is the heroes weapon.

  • none is so blind as he who will not see.

  • the only way to conceal evil is to not do it

  • let not the deeds of the guilty touch upon those whose hands be clean.

  • the truth does not grow untrue by being delayed.

  • better to ride a mule that carries you than a horse that throws you.

  • to disclose the wrong and forgive it is the severest revenge upon the enemy.

  • he that sows thorns, let him not go barefoot.

  • the cat would eat fish, but would not wet its feet.

  • ..she marveled yet again at how very beautiful he was, how the beauty of his body reflected the beauty of the spirit it housed.

  • shallow waters make the most noise; shallow souls cannot harbor deep truths.

  • every horse to his own gait.

  • I pity from the bottom of my heart those who have never been in love, or in hate.

  • if the heart be right, small matter where the rest may lie.

  • small profit to fight with the smith in his own forge.

  • who has loved has triumphed.
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey → I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys S&M and who enjoys what I've come to term as 'Irish Fiction', that is, heroine saves the kingdom usually with the help of mystical means. I tend to detest this genre, but I really liked these books. (It's a trilogy.) Maybe it was the S&M part. ;)
  • "Let the dreamers and the seers keep watch. It is what we do." → I use this as my 'sleeping' away message on IM.

  • "I have always found there to be solace in the vastness of open spaces, beneath the vault of the heavens. It is a comfort, in anguish, to be reminded of the scale of one's own troubles against the mighty breadth of the world."
Quotes from Pattern Recognition by William Gibson → Quite easily my second favourite book of his besides Neuromancer. A wonderfully adroit book.
  • Their boy girl Lego doesn't click.

  • Brian's been painting his balls every night with clear nail polish, says that it kills them (scabies) but I think it's really because he's a queen in the most massive denial and an outback masochist and he likes the way it looks.

  • "What's he do?" "Math. I've never even remotely understood it. Interviews angels for positions on pinheads."

  • "Was he in a better mood then?" "He showed me his gun." "This is England, girl. People don't have guns."
A few points of stress relief, apparently. Good stuff nonetheless.
  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

  • Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

  • If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

  • Never buy a car you can't push.

  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

  • Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

  • The second mouse gets the cheese.

  • When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
"This isn't pain I feel. It's nostalgia." - Ally McBeal

"This was the smoothest scotch. After years of white wine or a beer now and then, it was like mainlining. I mean, the furniture was moving." - Belinda (novel by Anne Rice)

She was a devotee of the hug, never putting less than her full enthusiasm into it. - From Chainfire, by Terry Goodkind → Is there any other way to hug? :) Also, this has so far been one of my favourites from the series. I didn't detest it any point. Course, that could have been due to boredom. :)

From tinarobin: with the ocean before me, the timelessness of the waves battling their way to the shore, I feel the problems in my life disappear and become the minute trials they really are. when you're faced with movements as old as time itself, what do my problems amount to?

A mobile phone setup for vonage broadband. Temptation to get rid of landline? High...

Similiar as above, but for wireless and thence more like cellphone. I wish the world were wired.

Ever want a mp3 player for your car? This is the ultimate one so far...

I don't even know where to start. I want a set of these glasses. 3D environments? Fuck yah.

Something to make ayradyss turn in her grave. But I think it's a good and neat idea. Combine with glasses above for true fun!!

Tivo for radio that plugs into PC? I'm seriously considering...

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/morningafter.html → This never happens at any of the parties I go to.
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/signs2.html → Don't care if photoshopped. Still funny. Some may be too sad to be photoshopped...
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/malebrain.html → Somedays...yah.

Bad Joke: Ray Charles got 8 Grammies, and friends say that even if he were alive, he wouldn't have seen it coming.

--Die a Little by Megan Abbott &rarr I'd never read Book Noir before. Not too shabby...--
They came back floating on a cloud of their own beauty, their own gorgeous besottedness. It felt vaguely lewd even to look at them. They seemed to be all body. They seemed to be wearing their insides too close to the surface of their skin.

"Life is a lesson, you learn it when you're through." Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit. → Sing on man. Sing on.

Suburban chique is Arby's with Sangria, or so says ellisande.

Question of the Day:
If you woke up and I was in bed with you, what would be your first thought?
(Now post this in your LJ and find out what mine would be)

And then there were two. Po'ouli is a cute little bird that lives in Hawaii. There are two know left alive (article says three, but its out of date). It's sad that we can *watch* as a species is so close to dying and not be able to do anything about it. Sometimes I hate human beings. Just today I saw an article about people killing elephants and sending their foots to be used as footstools. WHY for the love of god. I can only hope genetics gives us a way to help these animals out. At least we got to appreciate them before they died.

I was thinking about this the other day. People tend to mock cosplay. And I can see why. But it got me to thinking. Is it any worse, fundamentally, then the premise of the SCA? It might not be. Just a different subject matter. One with historical backgrounds, one without.

melydia has this post that has this list of things you've done that others haven't, and the antithesis. And I tried to make my own, but it was lamo. I realize of course that there are very few truly unique experiences one is going to have in the world since obviously we all live here together. But even so...The only interestingly unique thing I could come up with is that I lived in Germany both before (dad in the military, obviously east) the wall came down and after (I was in Berlin for a month+).

Now, a meaty portion of yonder post: I just finished reading The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number by Mario Livio and I loved it. Phi is an irrational number that is more so a ratio, much like pi. It is obtained when you divide a line into a larger and a smaller section where the ration of the smaller to the larger is the same as the ratio of the larger to the whole. It works out to be 1.61803398874...and can be defined as (√(5) ± 1)/2. Enough of the math bits. ;) It appears everywhere in math, usually through the Fibonacci sequence, where, if you take it as fractional bits, will converge to phi. The book, however, is not laden in math. It traces the evolution of a concept across history and through the perspective of someone who is attempting to discern what is myth and what is fact about this number. He spends quite a bit of time talking about possible historical references, such as phi being used in the pyramids construction, or used in various paintings. He usually debunks those unless it can be traced that the artist actually knew about the concept. The book flows like a dialogue, interspersed with quotes, fascinating math tricks, and other things of interest. Here are just some of those that fascinated me the most.

Schillinger? Yeah. The guy who was a musical genius, who said he could see music everywhere? He also did a bunch of big band stuff you might have heard of. :) He once took a graph of the stock market from the NY times, superimposed it over a staff and obtained a 'composition' that was close to something J.S. Bach wrote. If this isn't proof that music is math and math is music and it is everywhere, i don't now what is. Also, witness recent efforts by scientists to 'listen' to the sounds of the universe.

Something for you religious junkies that I knew, but had forgotten. The Pentagram was at one point a 'Christian' symbol, each point being a letter in the name 'Jesus.' Takes me back to Indiana Jones it does...

There is even poetry written indirectly: Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes Mostly, I like the last paragraph.

Oh, and how could I forget: William Blake - Auguries of Innocence: To see a world in a grain of sand... I love William Blake. But I think this reply by Jasper Memory - Cataract is brilliant. Note to those wondering how this might be relevant. The golden ratio is related to the idea of constant proportion. I.E., no matter how large or small a scale you view something at, it appears the same. The logarithmic spiral is a great example of this, and a good place to see why the chambered nautilus poem is of interest here. :)

And while were talking about poets, something I hadn't know was that Fibonacci numbers were used by poets before mathematicians! Though of course they didn't know that. Fibonacci numbers having been generated from a math problem about breeding rabbits. :)

One of the small tidbits that I knew by gross feeling, but not necessarily by any proof was this: random events lead to deterministic futures. He discusses this and it really resonates with me. People often ask me how I can see a conclusion out of random data. Now I can tell them it's a mathematical fact!

Ah, speaking of mathematical 'fact'. Any formal axiomatic system has statements that it cannot prove or disprove. Hence: "Provability is a weaker notion than truth." - Douglas R. Hofstadter That quote, Provability...is most likely going to make it into my everyday life pattern. Another thing I've grokked, but not been able to always articulate. Interestingly, I once did a paper on computing logic from ancient Greek times to the invention of digital computing. Along the way, I used that little fact (any system..). Wish I'd had the quote tho. :)

Also, numbers in a sufficiently large set of data occur in established patterns. Hence, it can be used for fraud detection since fraudulent documents rarely meet these patterns. Finance, health care, even coin toss fraud can be discovered! How fucking cool is that.

The last chapter of the book talks about all sorts of interesting things like, 'Is God a Mathematician?' Why is math so effective at describing the universe? Did we invent math? In the platonic view: like Michelangelo believed figures in marble were there, he just revealed them. Also, math could be a Universal language. Of course, an opposing view: Math evolved as a explanation which worked when we applied it to our real life environment. Think of it like an evolving creature. Also, environmental. Mathematics would have developed differently if we existed in higher gravity. In a higher gravity, Newtonian physics won't work. Another example: fluid based society: 1 drop + 1 drop = 1 drop. This obviously isn't so true for our more discrete environment. Wonderful things to think about.

We'll end with a few good quotes:

"The mathematicians are a sort of Frenchman: when you talk to them, they immediately translate it into their own language, and right away it is something entirely different."

"Understanding is, after all, what science is all about - and science is a great deal more than mere mindless computation." - Roger Penrose

John Keats wrote: "Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by Singularity - it should strike the Reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a Remembrance." Unlike poetry, however, mathematics more often tends to delight when it exhibits an unanticipated result rather than when conforming to the readers' own expectations. In addition, the pleasure derived from mathematics is related in many cases to the surprise felt upon perception of totally unexpected relationships and unities.

That last analysis perfectly sums up my feelings on math. It's why I dig the subject, even if I'm not a genius at it. I can still find amazement in the things we can do with numbers, the solutions they give. This book reminded me of why I say computer programs should be elegant and why I really do think if there is a god, he is most certainly a mathematician. Summary, if you ever find yourself fascinated with numbers, or you like history and a few good questions, read this book.

I was going to post more, but this post has been sitting here, and I'm tired of seeing Valentine's day post taunting me. So. Um. *hits the post button*

OH! There was one other thing I wanted to talk about. Since I'm on the topics of books, mostly, and I was doing reviews. You know how you can read a book and tell things about the author from the way it was written? Bias, I suppose it's called. Well, whatever it is, I think that is what makes certain authors favourites, and others not. Most authors write about a great many topics and they try to work in different viewpoints, etc...but even then, you can tell the type of person an author is. What he believes in, thinks about..etc. It's why one of my favourite authors of all time is Mercedes Lackey, for example. With all that in mind. I don't want to be David Farland. I finished reading his series and while I must admit the world is vaguely interesting in the sense that if it was his first try at it, he came up with a world of epic scope...not an easy thing to do!! But the world is so bleak, the plot so obvious, the nature of the world so Elitist, and even in the end, good doesn't *really* triumph...I don't want your world my friend. You scare me.

Also, random news. more ebay ram for my server. Server is happy. Reformatted server with a much smaller set of packages. Still don't have the GD library working for PHP. This annoys me. But I have web server and samba. yay. Okay. Really. I'm done.

Mental Note. Car has appointment at shop on Wednesday morning. <edit>fuck. This isn't going to work with schedules, I don't think. Have to reschedule? I'm too tired for this. Sleep now.</edit>

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