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Rooms to let:
Two rooms to let at my house at 1 Trafalgar Road. It's a good sized end of terrace house right near the river, Mitcham's Corner shops, Jesus Green and Midsummer Common, and five minutes walk from the city centre. Large open lounge space, large and pleasant kitchen, a great little courtyard garden for barbeques. Oh, and two friendly cats. Small and a large room available for £390/mo and £410/mo respectively, all bills, Internet, and cleaning included! Get in touch if you'd like to come and have a look. Richard.Brooksby@pobox.com or 0777 999-6245.
LJ friends, feel free to pass on to nice people!
Tags: ad, home, house, rooms
WTF is Adobe software?:
I'm increasingly having to work with Adobe tools, so I wondered whether I should buy one of the "Creative Suites". The main problem with this (apart from the incredible prices) is working out WTF the software is. Adobe's descriptions of their own software are entirely useless. For each one, I have to go to Wikipedia to find out what it is. Here's a table.
The first paragraph in each case is the first from the product page or the “What is?” page on Adobe's web site. The second paragraph is the first sentence about each product from Wikipedia.
Tags: adobe, marketing, software, wtf
Vote for me!:
Banking: Bankers should not be paid ridiculous and extortionate amounts of money.
Reasons not to go to Cuba:
I just came back from a trip to Cuba with my parents. Everyone's asking "how was Cuba?" and so I'd better write something about it.
The main problem was that every Cuban (except hotel and restaurant staff, and sometimes even them) tried to trick us out of money. So we never really got to know anyone and eventually we had to stop speaking to them. Since my reason for going to Cuba was to find out about the country and its people and form opinions about it, this kind of ruined the trip.
In addition to this, the food was terrible everywhere, and there was no "great Cuban music" to be had anywhere. All the places we went recommended by the Lonely Planet had gone away, were closed, or had turned into tourist traps with yet more rip-offs and scams. Asking the Cubans only got you recommendations for more scams.
There is probably a good reason for all this. I have some theories. But it is not because the Cubans are so poor that they are lacking the basics. As far as I could tell they were well fed, healthy, and had reasonable homes and a good environment. What they don't have is luxuries, and imports can only be obtained using convertible currency which can only be obtained from foreigners. This means there's a lot of pressure to get convertibles.
I read and picked up as much as I could about Cuban history. Cuba's had a pretty bad time, what with Spanish exploitation, US exploitation, puppet fascists, and now somewhat oppressive socialism. But as far as I can tell, even if Castro is not wonderful, he's probably about the best they've had so far.
There are photos on Facebook: outside Habana and Habana.
I would not have minded lots of difficulties if I had been learning a lot about Cuba, but I feel that I learned very little. So it was on the whole an unpleasant experience and a fruitless one too.
I have four recommendations if you're going to Cuba:
Here are ones I had to remove because someone had one.
Dr Charlene Werner at the "Healing the Eye and Wellness Seminar" explains homeopathy:
A transcript of Dr Charlene Werner at the "Healing the Eye and Wellness Seminar", Bozeman, MT, USA, on August 18 2007, as seen here on YouTube and found via this Bad Science article.
Well thank you so much. I'm going to explain to you exactly actually how it [homeopathy] works.
Now, has everybody had chemistry, like, in school -- way back when? But you do know what H2O is? And have all of you heard of Einstein? Well, you know that light is energy, right? And he gave us the theory that energy equals mass times the speed of light. E equals M C squared. Now, if you take that formula, and, we think there's a lot of mass, right? OK, if you collapsed all the mass down into the universe, so there's no space between the mass, do you know how much mass there is in the entire universe? You think you're a lot of mass right? Well, the whole universal mass can be consolidated down into the size of a bowling ball. That's all there is in the whole world, and the universe! So how much mass are you? That's right -- an infinitesimal amount. So if you take that formula -- E equals M C squared -- you can almost cross out mass! The formula ends up being energy equals the speed of light. And that's why the vision system is so important [gesturing at her own eyes] because we have lots of photoreceptors that receive light.
But when Haneman [Einstein?] died, the scientists didn't fall in his camp, and the pieces of the puzzle didn't fit well together. So God in his infinite wisdom sent another Einstein called Stephen Hawkings[sic]. And Stephen Hawkings gave us the string theory. And what he discovered is that there are other energetic particles in the universe, and they're shaped like little youees [U-shaped?] and what they do is they work by vibration. So our body is so wonderfully designed, we have light receivers, and ears, string -- vibratory -- they pick up vibration. So if you add that to that theory -- Einstein's theory of relativity -- we have E equals M C squared (but mass is crossed out, almost) and strings -- vibration.
But that still doesn't tell us the whole picture, because, what is a cell? A cell has cell walls, cell membranes, cytoplasm. Is that mass? Not very much really, so what is that? You can break down the cells into tiny pieces of energy called electrons, protons, neutrons. So the whole body has an infinitesimal amount of mass, but what is the remainder? Energy. So I am energy, you are energy. Now, if you go to study physics, energy cannot be created: we do not know how to create energy. But we don't know how to destroy it either -- that is not humanly possible. So what we do is take energy and we transform it from one state to another. That's all we do. So if that's all we do, guess what the definition of disease is. It's not mass. We have transformed our energy state into something different. That's what the definition of disease is. So we should be able to re-transform our energy into a previous better state. Right? And, what we do is we use light, we can use sound, we can use homeopathy.
So what is homeopathy? Well, if nothing is really mass (or an infinitesimal amount of it) and everything is energy, that means everything has a vibration to it. So what if I could, encase some sort of energy for later use? So if I wanted to make a bomb, and I took all these chemicals, and I encased it in a, you know, a bomb, and tonight, my neighbour lets his dog poop in my yard, literally, and and I'm mad at that dog and my neighbour. So I'm going to take this bomb and get back at him. So what if I threw that bomb at his house. Would he be happy with me? Because what happens now when that energy is released? It destroys something, or changes it. It makes the building now not in structure form. It changes its energetic state. Well that's what we do with homeopathy. We take substances, and we pulverise them, we and we put them in solution, and we surcuss[sp?] it just like the bomb, to release its energy into this liquid. Then we take these little white pellets, and sprinkle them with that solution. Then guess what we have just made. An energetic substance -- to be used when we choose to use it.
So, how homeopathy works is, whatever your disease process is, it's an energetic change, and if I can find the remedy that matches your state and give it to you when we so choose, what can we do with your energy system? Transform it to a previous better state. And that's how it works.
I have a couple of stories too! So, every single one of us vibrates with a certain vibration. We either vibrate with a plant, a mineral, or an animal. The way we talk, the way we interact with people, is that's how we are! So I had a patient that came in and he was like, I have a squeaky knee like a hinge. It squeaks. And he has some sort of insulin-resistant, kinda going towards diabetes state, and he said "can you help me?" And I said "I don't know" so we took his case, and he said "You know, I would like to think that I am a man of my word. And that's how I want people to treat me -- I want them to be a man of their word." Well, if you research in the homeopathic remedies, there is a remedy called "kali carbonica", and do you know what those people are? I am a man of my word. So I gave him, in 30C, actually we started with 30C and, well, there's controversy but I like low remedies in physical symptoms, and then you go up for mental symptoms. So we gave him a 30C, and four weeks later he was "I'm fine!" He stopped his sugar cravings. His squeaky knee went away. And that's been almost a year on that one tiny little pellet. And that's how -- it's so miraculous, it's so exciting! Anyway, thank you very much.
Tags: humour, philosophy, science
I recently had occasion to write a Forth interpreter in Linden Scripting Language (in Second Life). I've done it before (more than twice) and it only took me an hour or two. I've written the odd Scheme interpreter (and compiler) too. Forth and Scheme are both elegant little things, and I've always wanted to think of a way of combining them, but with the aim of making Scheme smaller and simpler, but making Forth a bit more workable.
Well, I've come up with something that's smaller than either, but may not be at all workable.( Very, very geekyCollapse )
Tags: lambda calculus, logic, programming, programming languages, theory
Those naughty scoutmasters:
I'm posting this because I think it should be on the web somewhere where it might be found and used.
— Fred S. Berlin, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of patients with sexual disorders, such as pedophilia, voyeurism, and exhibitionism. Quoted from Penn & Teller's Bullshit: Boy Scouts.
Incidentally, this particular programme is about how the Boy Scouts of America has been taken over by the conservative Christian Right, and now actively excludes atheists and homosexuals. The Supreme Court of the USA upheld this right because the BSA is a private organization, but in fact it receives a lot of public funds and has a special connection with the US military. The Scouting for All campaign exists in opposition.
Although, given the second line and seventh article of the Promise and Law the Scouts may simply be fundamentally flawed.