God is the Machine

July 13, 2007 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Dissection, Humaneness, Lifescape, Mindscape, People, Reactions, Reflections, Relations, Reviews, Technology, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

God is the Machine Annotated

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IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS 0. AND THEN THERE WAS 1. A MIND-BENDING MEDITATION ON THE TRANSCENDENT POWER OF DIGITAL COMPUTATION.


At today’s rates of compression, you could download the entire 3 billion digits of your DNA onto about four CDs. That 3-gigabyte genome sequence represents the prime coding information of a human body — your life as numbers. Biology, that pulsating mass of plant and animal flesh, is conceived by science today as an information process. As computers keep shrinking, we can imagine our complex bodies being numerically condensed to the size of two tiny cells. These micro-memory devices are called the egg and sperm. They are packed with information.


Alex Ostroy


That life might be information, as biologists propose, is far more intuitive than the corresponding idea that hard matter is information as well. When we bang a knee against a table leg, it sure doesn’t feel like we knocked into information. But that’s the idea many physicists are formulating

 

 

Why do old couples look alike?

July 13, 2007 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Dissection, Humaneness, Lifescape, Lifestyle, Mindscape, People, Reactions, Reflections, Relations, Reviews, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Or Why women say they want a guy like dad? Annotated

Among the raft of books, articles, jokes, romantic comedies, self-help guides and other writings discussing marriage, some familiar ideas often crop up. Few appear more often than the idea that many old couples look alike. You’ve probably seen it before — two elderly people walking hand in hand down the street or sitting at a café, resembling each other so strongly that they could be siblings. Do these couples actually look alike, and if so, what’s caused them to develop this way?A study published in the March 2006 issue of “Personality and Individual Differences” may have the answer. Twenty-two people, divided equally between male and female, participated in the study. They were asked to judge the looks, personalities and ages of 160 married couples. The participants viewed photographs of men and women separately and were not told who was married to whom. The subjects consistently judged people who were married as being similar in appearance and personality. The researchers also found that couples who had been together longer appeared more similar.

old unhappy couple
Image courtesy Morgue File
An old couple’s experiences
can be reflected in their faces,
as evidenced by this unhappy pair.

The study also offered some answers on why couples may look alike. To start,consider that life experiences can end up being reflected physically. Genetic influences are also a factor. In another study, a researcher at the University of Western Ontario determined that when considering friends or romantic partners, a similar genetic profile made up about a third of the selection criteria.

We may think subconsciously that people who are genetically similar work better together. In other words, many women say they want a guy like dad.

 

A Laughing Matter

July 13, 2007 at 9:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Courtroom Explodes in Laughter After ABC’s Sawer Touts Fairness of Journalists  Annotated

   

Thursday’s edition of "Good Morning America" featured a Diane Sawyer anecdote that revealed the low opinion Americans have of journalists. After wrapping up a segment on people who avoid jury duty, the ABC co-host recounted the "hurtful" experience she had in a courtroom:

Diane Sawyer: "You know, I wanted to sit on a jury once and I was taken off the jury. And the judge said to me, ‘Can, you know, can you tell the truth and be fair?’ And I said, ‘That’s what journalists do.’ And everybody in the courtroom laughed. It was the most hurtful moment I think I’ve ever had."
 

40Gbps internet connection installed in Swede’s home

July 13, 2007 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

40Gbps internet connection installed in Swede’s home – Engadget  Annotated

40Gbps internet connection installed in Swede’s home

While we’ve seen all sorts of blazing feats over fiber here lately, it’s not often that such wide open bandwidth gets piped directly to a home, but a 75-year old Swede recently changed all that when she had a 40Gbps connection installed in her domicile. ‘Course, this fine dame is the mum of Swedish internet legend Peter Löthberg, and she’s hoping to somehow "persuade internet operators to invest in faster connections." The trick behind the setup is a "new modulation technique which allows data to be transferred directly between two routers up to 2,000-kilometers apart with no intermediary transponders," and just in case you’re wondering, she can download a full high-definition DVD in a painstaking two seconds.

 

The Love Diet

July 13, 2007 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Dissection, Humaneness, Lifescape, Lifestyle, Mindscape, People, Reactions, Reflections, Relations, Reviews, Stardusty's Dairy | Leave a comment

The LOVE Diet is divided into three sections: 1) Foods and Substances to Avoid, 2) Foods to Eat Every Day, and 3) Foods to Eat Frequently. I hope this organic diet helps you, as it has helped many other people. Good luck and good health….More

 

A Quote (by deeply religious nonbeliever)

July 13, 2007 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Art, Dissection, Humaneness, Lifescape, Mindscape, People, Reactions, Reflections, Relations, Reviews, Stardusty's Dairy | Leave a comment

 

 

clipped from www.poetry-archive.com

TO THE ROSE UPON THE ROOD OF TIME

by: William Butler Yeats
(1865-1939)

    • ED Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose
      of all my days!  
      Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways:
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Come near, that no more blinded by man’s fate,  
I find under the boughs of love and hate,  
In all poor foolish things that live a day,  
Eternal beauty wandering on her way.
Come near, come near, come near — Ah, leave me still  
A little space for the rose-breath to fill!
And learn to chaunt a tongue men do not know  
Come near; I would, before my time to go,  
Sing of old Eire and the ancient ways:  
Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days.

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