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Monday, November 30, 2009

Epicurean "fourfold remedy"

The gods are not to be feared,
Death is not to be dreaded;
What is good is easy to acquire
What is bad is easy to bear.

h/t Pierre Hadot

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

google's voice recognition software

So it appears google's voice to text software has matured to the point they're adding captions to youtube videos and automatically transcribing voicemail.

I, for one, breathe a big sigh of relief knowing all audio communications/recordings are easily text searchable.

In other personal communication security related news, someone gave pager intercepts from 9/11 to Wikileaks. The more interesting part:
"someone, possibly not even a government, was routinely intercepting most (all?) of the pager data in lower Manhattan as far back as 2001. Who was doing it? For that purpose?"

Schneier on Security

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wittgenstein contra dogmatism

Nice short article at the philosophers' magazine.

h/t Methods of Projection

Monday, November 23, 2009

feynman video lectures

Here, apparently made available by Bill Gates. More info here.

h/t Shaun Miller

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

elberry is dead, long live elberry

Elberry is blogging again as Elberry's Ghost. I was sad to see the original blog vanish but at least we have the consolations of his spectre.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pliny the Elder

The man. The beer.

discussion of biblical inspiration and the character of God

Huenemanniac has a recent discussion that may be of interest to some readers of this blog. Rob Sica also provides a link to these interesting lectures from a philosophy of religion conference that are worth watching.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Newport, OR

We're finally done moving. Still unpacking boxes. From our walk down to the beach yesterday-

The weather forecast-