Also I won the millimeter wave lottery. It had double-detected that I had something in the groin area. I got a free TSA pat down at 5am. Bleh.
Goodbye Arkansas, hello North Carolina.
During my trans-atlantic flight a few days ago, discovered that the person who programmed the in-flight entertainment left a test string! And forgot to remove it before shipping lol.
How to tell the difference between Mastodon vs Wooly Mammoth: stick your head in their mouth and look at their molar.
Final flight is delayed. Going on hour 20 of being awake from 5 hours of sleep. Starting to get the spins from being awake so long. Send sleep, thanks.
In the Atlanta airport, already had fried food. So it begins.
On the trans-atlantic flight my free media center's sound was broken, so I finally got to watch the first half of Serial Experiments Lain
Heading back to the US for the first time in a year. Forgot about the extra special airport "security" it takes to get on a plane to the US. Sitting and enjoying the free theater.
I need podcast suggestions for cross-ocean flights. Already listened to Serial and was excellent.
<rant>I can't listen to music. I still hate the cloud + music combination that are iTunes and Play Music. (Songbird was the pinnacle for OCD audiophiles like myself). And Android makes it impossible to hand-curate files I transfer to it. I have 10k songs and I need more than basic "title"/"artist"/"album" views so the cloud is unusable.</rant>
Also, I learned of the mobile game Subterfuge (which is a pun). But it is a Diplomacy-like game where you and 7-9 other folks have to leverage more than just game mechanics, your social wit, to win.
Playing Diplomacy still, England has secured its future as not-first-eliminated. That honor goes to Turkey and Germany, if everything continues to pan out the rest of 1904.
Today is the day I pot the baby avocado tree.
Anyway, thanks for letting me have a late night philosophical ramble. This is the kind of stuff I get in a certain melancholy mood for.
Back to my cold logical software engineering. :)
This is why I also love being alone, reading books and seriously listening to music. I get to live lives I could otherwise never live, in private. It's the ultimate form of intimacy. I learn a new human perspective, a new lens through which to view my cold logical ideologies. A chance to reform myself, and be the only human who has ever experienced my life. And that is powerful: the author/musician will never know just how much my world has changed, and then what agency I have exerted back on the world.
I guess that's why the Dao De Jing was a book I connected with. It's about the dual nature of things: "good in evil; evil in good" being the famous one. There is no "pure" logical ideology that can only be viewed in exactly one perception; these perceptions are provided by humans; so by human nature all concepts embody themselves and their opposite.
This is why I am wary of people who think that their ideology is "the one true correct one", even if it is one I also hold to.
Am I just destined to be me and live the life I am living? Or do I have a sense of agency that is not constrained by the universe and cannot be predicted by perfect knowledge of physical processes?
I've always been a fierce defender of free will. Mainly b/c to survive as a kid, I had to fake-it-to-make-it and spend my time at home alone zoning out in a kind of meditation. To build up the discipline and a force of will. It's why buried in me is a jerk: I survived b/c of me, I will keep surviving b/c of me.
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