Thought thoughts were the same things as entities
To a godess he listened
She said “‘Isn't’ isn't.”
And so there's just one ‘be’ not many ‘bes’.
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.
Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS5 software offers breakthrough performance for video production, enabling you to work dramatically faster thanks to the revolutionary native 64-bit, GPU-accelerated Adobe Mercury Playback Engine. Work natively with the video formats you want and accelerate production from scriptwriting to editing, encoding, and final delivery.
… a professional, real-time, timeline based video editing software application.
Adobe® InDesign® CS5 software provides precise control over typography and built-in creative tools for designing, preflighting, and publishing documents for print, online, or to mobile devices.
… a software application produced by Adobe Systems.
Adobe® Flash® Catalyst™ CS5 software is an approachable new interaction design tool.
… a designers' tool for creation of the user interface for Rich Internet Applications.
Adobe® Dreamweaver® CS5 software empowers designers and developers to build standards-based websites with confidence.
… a web development application.
Adobe® Fireworks® CS5 software enables you to create expressive, highly optimized graphics for the web or virtually any device
… a bitmap and vector graphics editor.
Adobe® Contribute® CS5 software is a powerful web publishing and website management tool that integrates authoring, reviewing, and publishing in an easy-to-use WYSIWYG HTML editor.
… a WYSIWYG web authoring and content management application that is designed to facilitate collaborative editing of web sites, including workflow management.
Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS5 software offers breakthrough performance for video production, enabling you to work dramatically faster thanks to the revolutionary native 64-bit, GPU-accelerated Adobe Mercury Playback Engine.
… a professional, real-time, timeline based video editing software application.
Whether you're working in broadcast and film or delivering work online and to mobile devices, Adobe® After Effects® CS5 software enables you to create groundbreaking motion graphics and blockbuster visual effects.
… a digital motion graphics and compositing software
Adobe® OnLocation™ CS5 software, part of Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5, is a powerful, direct-to-disk recording, logging, and monitoring solution — and a key player in your complete script-to-screen workflow.
… a direct-to-disk recording and monitoring software.
Banking: Bankers should not be paid ridiculous and extortionate amounts of money.
Immigration: Keep out the people we don't want.
Housing: Housing should be affordable and
Economy: Encourage economic growth. Make everyone richer.
Jobs: Reduce unemployment.
Transport: Cheap and fast.
Youth: They are the future.
Environment: Reduce emissions. Clean up.
Health: Reduce waste and improve service.
Pensions: Fix that too.
"Social History of Nepal" by T R Vaidya, Tri Ratna Manandhar, and Shankar Lal Joshi. Keep reading! Not all of the books are like this, I promise.
"日本の歴史１２江戸幕府ひらく" by 児玉幸多 and あおむら純 . Japanese history in manga, the period of the enlightenment of the Edo shougunate, and in particular, the arrival of the Miura Anjin depicted in the fictionalization "Shōgun" by James Clavell, the book which originally drew me to Japan. It would be cheating to list more Japanese books so I'm not going to.
"Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels: A History of Comic Art" by Roger Sabin.
For more than a century the comic book has been one of our most familiar, yet least appreciated popular art forms.
"Die Akte „Langfinger‟" by Mike Roschmann. A bizarre little comic book that was given out in Zürich station as part of a compaign to prevent pick-pocketing. There was a huge metal sculpture in the station too.
"Radio Amateur's Examination Manual" by George Benbow. In preparation for sailing around the world, I became a radio ham, so that I could talk to people at home using long distance ham radio frequencies. Learning morse was the most fun.
"Kites" by David Pelham. A great little book packed with photos that scream 70s.
"Modern Coin Magic" by J. B. Bobo. I can only do about three of these well, but I've invented a new one which I've not seen elsewhere.
"Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis" by John Grant. Documents how the "ultra feminine" archaeologist Mimi Culotte discovered gravity-defying "steles" that had engravings explaining how the residents of Atlantis discovered sex. Before that there was only mud wrestling.
"The Drake Manuscript" by some Huguenots. A facsimile of a book of deranged drawings of creatures and people seen on Sir Francis Drake's voyages to the West Indies. The thing is, there's no reason to believe that the artists were deranged. But why do all the fish have faces like dogs and eyes like people? In the world before photographs, was it really not possible for people to judge whether what they drew was an accurate projection of what they saw? I am fascinated by this question. Incidentally, the Cambridge Museum of Technology had a display of simple camera obscura at the weekend, and the chap there claimed that Vermeer used them because there was no theory of perspective at the time. This is dubious to say the least.
"The Know-how Book of Batteries and Magnets" by Heather Amery and Angela Littler.
Steady Hand Game. You will need: a Know-How bulb holder (see page 12) and a 3.5 volt bulb, 3 pieces of flex about 15cm long (see page 10), a 4.5 volt battery, 2 pieces of florists' wire, a cardboard box with a lid, sticky tape, and scissors. I spent a lot of my childhood in the pursuit of florists' wire. I still have the spool of it I eventually found. One day I will make a shrine for it.
Here are ones I had to remove because someone had one.
"Advice to clever children" by Celia Green.
The human psychosis is extremely simple. Hatred of reality (originally caused, it is to be supposed, by a traumatic experience or experiences of objective impotence) has become displaced on to other human beings.
"The Misenchanted Sword" by Lawrence Watt-Evans. I love this downbeat antithesis of the heroic fantasy novel.
"Angry White Pyjamas" by Robert Twigger. An English teacher in Japan spends a year on the riot police aikido course. A few years later, one of my colleagues from ETP did the same after I told her about this book.
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.( Collapse )
I'm posting this because I think it should be on the web somewhere where it might be found and used.
"A man who is homosexual is no more at risk of abusing a boy than a man who is heterosexual is at risk of abusing a girl."
"Part of the stigma is the sense that they must be more risk to children. There simply isn't any scientific evidence to support that."
"There's no credible evidence that a homosexual man is more likely to abuse a child than a heterosexual man."
— 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.