Published on December 26 2005

Surfing around and came across this site, which as far as my mathmatically-challenged brain can figure out, is a site which attempts to discover music in math algorithms. Kinda fun to listen to the sometimes very odd tunes. Especially for somebody who, face it, has trouble balancing the checkbook without a computer. Confession time. When I saw the name "WolframTones", first thing I thought was not of mathmatics and music, but to wonder how a webpage would get music out of a long-dead Irish Republican. Think I've been reading too many history books lately? WolframTones
WolframTones works by taking simple programs from Wolfram's computational universe, and using music theory and Mathematica algorithms to render them as music. Each program in effect defines a virtual world, with its own special story--and WolframTones captures it as a musical composition. It's all original music--fresh from "mining" Wolfram's computational universe. Sometimes it's reminiscent of familiar musical styles; sometimes it's like nothing ever heard before. But from just the tiniest corner of the computational universe WolframTones can make everyone on Earth their own unique cellphone ringtone. It's a taste of what it's like to explore the computational universe--and a hint what's to come...

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Published on December 26 2005

Bears Win North, Completing Packers' Fall - New York Times
As the crowd filed in before the game, many fans wearing orange hunting overalls on the 28-degree night, it could muster only a few boos for the Bears, the Packers' longtime rivals.For years, the rivalry had taken on a lopsided feel, unlike the always-close games between the Packers and the Vikings. Favre's career record against the Bears stands at 21-7. But on Sunday, Favre wasn't talking to reporters after the game and the Packers had been reduced to using a fill-in punter, Ryan Flinn, who was working as a bartender last week. And Bears fans in attendance could cheer with the knowledge that their team had swept the season series with Green Bay for the first time since 1991, the year before Favre joined the Packers.

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Published on December 26 2005

This post brought to you by Wordpress version TWO, the newly-upgraded version. I am a blog GODDESS . Update: I like the new look of the dashboard and I LOVE the new preview on the write post page, and so far my useful plugins all seem to be working (whew). I had played around with the beta awhile back, but I crashed it so often that I lost interest. I'll probably figure out a way to break this one, too! ;-) UPDATE: Dammit, looks like I managed to break it, and I didn't even DO anything!!! Why are my sidebars down at the BOTTOM of the page?!?!?!?! :-(( Guess this post will remain at the top until I figure out what broke. ANOTHER UPDATE: Thanks a ton to "skulled" on the WP forums. These volunteers have their hands full with people like me, who know just enough about code to be truly dangerous.

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Published on December 25 2005

JS Online: A North Woods angel with a white Cadillac

Chuck asked how bad the truck was damaged. It's not drivable, came the reply.

"He said right there, 'Do you want to borrow my car?' I looked at him and said, 'You're kidding, right?' " Kermit said. "This all happened within two minutes of meeting him."

Kermit explained that he was heading for the Twin Cities. That's OK, Chuck said. And he would be gone three days. Still OK, Chuck said.

Astounded as he was, Kermit accepted. He called Lori and told her to turn around and head home. "I just met the greatest good Samaritan in the world."

This story sounds very much like what happened to my youngest brother one year, as he drove to Wisconsin from West Point for Christmas. His car broke down, and a complete stranger loaned him a truck to get the rest of the way here to see my folks. None of us could believe it, but it happened. There are angels out there, we just don't always see them.

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Published on December 25 2005

Political Compass While farting around on the computer this am, I surfed into a site I've seen before. I've taken this little test in the past, and decided to take it again, just to see if the score is even remotely the same as previous scores. I used to sit out there somewhere around Ghandi, if I remember right. Yeah, yeah, I know. This is what my "political compass" looks like these days....and my score? Economic Left/Right: 0.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.38 How boring. I'm so close to center I don't even think I could have a good argument with MYSELF.

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Published on December 25 2005

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Published on December 24 2005

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...I wish you a hopeful Christmas I wish you a brave new year All anguish, pain, and sadness Leave your heart and let your road be clear.... "I Believe in Father Christmas" -- Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Greg Lake/Peter Sinfield)

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Published on December 24 2005

The Religious Policeman
..the Presidency of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Riyadh has been more active in preventing shops catering to these non-Islamic occasions. It has been more and more difficult in finding Christmas decorations and cakes in the past two years, said Down Tucker, a South African teacher. This year they are hardly found. The Presidency of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Riyadh declined from commenting, but store managers have confirmed that they have been visited weeks before Christmas and were told to remove their Christmas Holiday merchandises. We are also expecting a visit on Dec. 25 too as they annually do, said a supermarket manager who wished to remain anonymous. Everywhere else in the world, you expect a visit from Santa on December 25th. In Saudi Arabia, it's a visit from the Muttawa. We sure know how to party.
And here we are in the US---arguing about whether it's okay to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays". We take a lot of things for granted, don't we?

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Published on December 22 2005

Grade is in......score (including the extra credit papers & stuff I did) is 395 points out of a possible 395 points.
"A"
Omigod.

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Published on December 20 2005

the semester is over ....whew. Amazing how much harder, but how much more fun, this school stuff is this time around. Essays are DONE and turned in. Two hours ahead of time even!! *goes to take a LONG hot shower*

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