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For Your Consideration [05 Nov 2008|02:07pm]
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NASA Moon Simulation Study [12 Jul 2007|01:01pm]
If anyone here is interested, and has not already participated, NASA is looking for participants for a Moon Mission Simulation study:

The posting reads:

NASA Moon Simulation Study – earn $315

Be a team member in a Multiplayer Moon Simulation Study at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. This study requires five “crew members” to engage in an interactive computer-simulated Moon mission. Orientation to the mission will begin on a Friday afternoon, followed by weekend preparation activities. The moon simulation missions will take place on four consecutive days of the following week (see complete schedule below). Questionnaires will be administered, activities will be videotaped, and physiological responses (e.g., heart rate) will be monitored during the mission.
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Stanford Singularity Summit [11 May 2006|12:28pm]
Tristissima beat me to it, but I probably should have posted this, in case anyone else is interested in going:

Singularity Summit at Stanford
On Saturday, 13 May, 2006, 9:00 am
Memorial Auditorium

The Singularity Summit at Stanford, cohosted by the Symbolic Systems
Program and the Center for the Study of Language and Information, in
conjunction with the Singularity Institute for Artificial
Intelligence, will bring together leading futurists and thinkers to
examine the implications of the "Singularity" -- a hypothesized
creation of superintelligence as technology accelerates over the
coming decades. This event is the latest in the newly named series
Symposiums on Symbolic Systems and Society, which began in 2000.

The keynote speaker will be Ray Kurzweil, author of the best-selling
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (Viking, 2005).

Noted speakers at the event will also include cognitive scientist
Douglas R. Hofstadter, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning Godel,
Escher, Bach; nanotechnology pioneers K. Eric Drexler and Christine
L. Peterson; science-fiction novelist Cory Doctorow; philosopher Nick
Bostrom; futurist Max More; Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, research fellow of
the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence; Acceleration
Studies Foundation president John Smart; PayPal founder and Clarium
Capital Management president Peter Thiel; Steve Jurvetson, a Managing
Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; and Sebastian Thrun, Stanford
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory director and Project Lead of the
Stanford Racing Team (DARPA Grand Challenge $2 million winner). In
addition, author Bill McKibben will participate remotely from Maine
via Teleportec, a two-way, life-size 3D display.

Summit details are available at the website, http://sss.stanford.edu.
Note that registration is required to attend.
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A lock. [05 Dec 2005|08:58pm]
A few nights ago, I dreamt of beginning to work at opening a complex and potentially dangerous lock. I'd only begun to try and unravel it...
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[29 Nov 2005|10:49pm]
If I can keep my head in the clouds and my feet on the ground, what would that make me?
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[25 Nov 2005|08:49am]
Tofurkey is a Mystery.
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[17 Nov 2005|05:53pm]
So, a quick look at the Tomatometer says that Goblet of Fire is promising, but does anyone know why 3 of the quotes from the review reference 3 different running times? (90, 147, and 156 minutes, in that order) For that matter, why do 3 separate quotes from separate reviews each reference the running time at all?
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[17 Nov 2005|05:50pm]
My next door neighbor had meat delivered.
It was in a package in the hallway.

Obligatory Book of Ratings Link

That is all.
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King David [08 Nov 2005|09:29pm]
Tonight's theme seems to be King David, whether it's from Poet Laurette Robert Pinsky on NPR or Lex Luthor on Smallville. I cannot escape the King.
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With apologies to Daniel C. Dennett [08 Nov 2005|09:27pm]
"You've mistaken a failure of imagination for an insight into necessity."
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Of Note [29 Oct 2005|09:11am]
This is a great image: A plane flying overhead, being reflected across all the windows of the Adobe builing, appearing to fly up the side of the skyscraper.
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You Can't Take the Sky From Me [27 Oct 2005|10:58pm]
There's something great about a half dozen people all spontaneously bursting into song. Even if it is the theme song. (To clarify - I am talking about a gathering to watch the tv series Firefly at my apartment, after seeing the movie Serenity, when all 7 or 8 of my guests and I began singing along.)
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Religion [09 Mar 2005|07:18pm]
Myself and two of my best friends began high school as a Christian, an Atheist, and a Jew. All three of us were agnostic by the end. Mostly this was because of PE.
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[07 Mar 2005|11:33pm]
Lately I've been working with a "slideshow" program which is remarkably professional. I was just watching something I made with it in five minutes, and it occurred to me that it looks just like any segment of "Biography" (A&E V show) that wasn't interview clips, or those pretend political commercials on the Daily Show.
Point being, it looked professional.
So I was thinking it might be fun to use it to try and make some sort of documentary.(Or really anything, but I'm mainly thinking documentary.)
Hard to nail down a subject though.
I'm thinking about Cognitive Science, Roleplaying Games, and Anime, but those are all too general. Still thinking about this. Suggestions are welcome.
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Context? What context? [03 Aug 2004|11:52am]
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I saw a squirrel. [30 Jul 2004|08:29pm]
I was sitting on a bench at the park in Burlingame, minding my own business, reading a paper on the neural correlated of autobiographical memory, when I heard a crunching sound behind me. A squirrel had gotten into a bag of spicy cheetos. It froze when I looked at it. Well, almost froze. It look like, maybe it wanted to freeze. But it kept eating. After a second it climbed up a tree, but every time it finished, it would jump down and grab another cheeto before returning to its perch. Made it a little hard to concentrate, between the crunching and the cuteness.
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Exalted Character Idea - Trent and the Golden Bastard [08 Jun 2004|03:51pm]

Trent and the Golden Bastard

Somewhere in the Threshold, where the Cult of the Illuminated has penetrated...

When the Golden Bastard rode into his small town, Trent was already an old man, and no one would have expected him to do anything but run and hide, and of course that's what he did. Later on it would also become important, that he prayed.

Now, to understand what happened next you have to realize the Golden Bastard was creative and adaptable. This is an unusual combination of traits in a bully, but they opened up many new avenues of cruelty to him. It is also important to note, that just like anyone else, the Chosen of the Sun can have a bad day. So when the white-haired old man came at him, battered breastplate glinting light into his eyes, and the sand loose beneath his feet... Well a blow that wouldn't have felled a child, managed to cause him to lose his balance.
This was as embarrassing as it was unlikely, and any other time the Golden bastard would probably have killed everyone in the town to avenge this insult, and incidentally of course to slay any witnesses. Though if there had been any this time, it is unlikely things would have gone as they did. Something stopped him though, and for some reason he actually listened to what the old man was saying to him.

"Begone foul demon, my God has granted me the power, like unto the might of the Sun itself, and by His glory I will defeat you who defile Him."

This is rich, thought the Bastard... but then the wheels began to turn.

"Yes, I see the error of my ways now, and beg leave to repent."

"You will darken our doors no more, monster."

"Sir, I tell you, I have seen the light, and if you but allow me to instruct you, my new brother, in what I knew of the ways of the Sun before I fell from grace."

There was a long pause, as Trent stood over the Bastard.

"Very well, I will give you this one chance to redeem yourself."

Trent thinks he's a Solar now. Perhaps you met him once. He's the one who, when he saw your caste mark, didn't run away like all the others. In fact, he walked right up to you and asked,
"How do you do that? I've been trying, but I can't quite get it to work."
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[01 May 2004|01:45am]
I may have talked Phillipe into actually having people meditate in the brain scanner for the study we're working on. Woo hoo!
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student writing [31 Jan 2004|09:42pm]
I was searching the web looking for a snorkel, and I found this bit of oddness, check out this excerpt from My Trip to Ireland, by Maeve:

</i>I said, "Hi." Then I started to chase him. He was a wee little folk. He kept stopping and saying riddles, like, "Four leaf clovers and lucky charms, green bows too. If you keep chasing me I will cut off your nose!" I started to hold my nose while chasing the leprechaun. Then I caught him. I said, " I just want to be your friend."</i>

The page is listed as student writing, although right now only the google-cache is accesible. So these kids could be k-12, but whether intentionally or not, its pretty funny.
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Hired at Stanford! [24 Jan 2004|02:50am]
I'm working at the Stanford Psychophysiology lab now, which is awesome. Ryan gave me a connection there, I've been volunteering for a couple months, and now I'm officially hired. I'm really excited about it because it's pretty close to what I want to do. I'm going to get a chance to learn a lot of things that will be useful to me in the long run for doing research,I get to work with a really cool guy who's been helpful (and makes sure I keep learning), and I'm going to get paid!
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