Saturday, January 28, 2006

So how are things going these days?

To start with, someone very dear to me, Jenshine, is currently traveling down island to come and stay with me before she moves to the UK for a very long time. I’ll have to buy some international stamps; there is nothing quite as sophisticated as communicating with an absent friend by letter. I have a feeling I am going to cry, a lot!

Knitting wise I haven’t had much time to work on my projects lately. My WIP include a tiger, a handbag and the Eris sweater. The sweater has had the most attention, being winter it is slightly chilly in the evenings, so the lovely wool sweater can keep me warm while I work on it. There is not much left to do. I’m halfway finished one sleeve, leaving one left to do.

Philosophy is still as fun as ever. German is hard though. I managed to achieve 11% on my last exam. That’s really sad. Anthropology of Globalization is becoming rather interesting. The Proff is from Denmark and his teaching style is very similar to my advance philosophy classes. I have this great idea for the essay I have to write, only, I need a larger word count. About four times the recommended one should do it.

Speaking about words and writing: if things keep going the way they are, I think I’ll start writing for the school paper. An etiquette column will do it. But that’s for another day. The world is full of rude people, and when the head of your department is wearing strong cologne in a small seminar room during class, and you can tell that you are one of 5 people who are allergic (or just caught a head cold the moment he came in the room), well, it makes it very hard to concentrate on Jerry Fodor’s objections to reductionism in the philosophy of mind and other sciences.

The pictures today come from the 99 Names of Allah. Check out the sight, it has some of the most amazing artwork, each one representing one of the 99 beautiful names of God.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Thursday, January 19, 2006



So what is your Dangerious Idea? This year's Edge question asks some of the greatest thinkers of the current age about their dangerious idea. Daniel C. Dennett is one of my favorite of the living "great thinkers" and also the person I will be writing my major essay of this term about. Dennett talks about ideas and memes (a way of talking about ideas which is easily subject to darwinistic analysis and a concept that I have yet to fully understand). These devious little memes invade a host's brain and make a home for themselves forever compeating with other memes who too would like to make that brain their home. No, memes aren't worms, instead they are (after a fassion) ideas. For some reason Dennett states in this Edge article that the human brain can only fit a limited quantity of memes. Or am I just misunderstanding?

Back to the grindstone. Today I get to read "The causal theory of the mind" by D. M. Armstrong, followed by large quantites of German homework (Why on earth did I choose to take German? This class is so hard!) and last but not least, I want to look at my Hegel book to see if the anthropological approach to Globalization has inherited the Hegealian way of looking at history. Try saying that ten times real fast. On the other hand, I could just waste time and write a letter to the student paper complaining about stupid-rude people on the bus. Perhaps they are just stupid-rude because they don't know how one is suppose to act. Don't block the exit door stupid person!

that's all for now folks.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

"Lint" - Google Video

Since I am blogging films today instead of homework (ops!), you should have a look at this if you have a moment. It's accually really good. "Lint" - Google Video

Happy Toe Family - Google Video

Happy Toe Family - Google Video

I wonder if I can blog this. I found it on Googles new video service. It's funny and rather telling.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Cute Overload! ;)

Cute Overload! ;)

Overload is a good word for it. I'm not certain that I can handle this much cute in one go. It's so cute, it makes extra sweet ice cream taste like my cat's arss (I'm working on the assumption that the cat's ass is unpleasant, though the amount of time my cat dedicates to it, I'm not too sure how accurate that assumption is).

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Talk to Me

It is interesting what people consider important enough to discuss with a large audience. The radio announcer shares the details of his big toe with the world. How are we to sort through all the junk that is being communicated to us in order to find the kernel of important information we need to enrich our lives? That is a lot of responsibility put on the individual.

They say that it is a ‘fully developed communication system’ that separates humans from other animals. We are told that it is important to maintain this system if we are to prevent descending into the wild once again.

Yet, I wonder, with all the media out there, from television to blogs, is it possible to have too much communication?