## Experimental, impressionistic sub-paragraph tumblin' (think obstsalat)

### 05oct2007

Kohonen’s Self Organizing Feature Maps, “A SOM learns to classify the training data without any external supervision whatsoever. Neat huh?”.

Erlang-like Method Definition in FlexMock, a bit clunky.

Object removal using seam carving, still fast, Mauricio hacks on.

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.

— Leonard Cohen, Anthem

Dan’s the Man! Check out Dan Ingalls work, Squeak in JavaScript. It doesn’t work here, but it sounds promising.

Van der Waerden’s problem: Program 2, by Mark Dominus.

Oersted Medal Lecture 2002: Reforming the Mathematical Language of Physics (PDF), by David Hestenes. “Research on the design and use of mathematical systems provides a guide for designing a unified mathematical language for the whole of physics that facilitates learning and enhances physical insight. This has produced a comprehensive language called Geometric Algebra, which I introduce with emphasis on how it simplifies and integrates classical and quantum physics.”

I thought the big draw for Apple hardware was that “It Just Works.” By breaking it, you must know you’re giving up the “Just Works” factor, so what’s left? Rounded corners? — Mark Pilgrim

Clifford algebras are a type of associative algebra. They can be thought of as one of the possible generalizations of the complex numbers and quaternions. The theory of Clifford algebras is intimately connected with the theory of quadratic forms and orthogonal transformations. Clifford algebras have important applications in a variety of fields including geometry and theoretical physics.

Adulterers in churches and pornography in the schools,

You got gangsters in power and lawbreakers making rules.

When you gonna wake up, when you gonna wake up

When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?

— Bob Dylan, When You Gonna Wake Up

Perpetual Now, “Wiki is the essence of now. It is the short-term memory, the local heap, of the contributors.” Must read.

Your Personal Moon, WJW, must have.

Vile: vi like emacs, nice and compact vi-ish editor that also has a win32 version and nonsucky buffer management. (No UTF-8, like nvi, my favourite vi. (but that one doesn’t have a win32 port.))