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Tieing

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The other day a friend of mine who works in academe (she used to curl with me but after only one year couldn’t take it any more — not that I blame her or anything, this happens around me more than you’d think; she’s also sort of named after a moderately famous literary computer scientist) ‘shared’ something on what the bingo callers, talking heads and pundits like to call ‘Social Media.’ In particular, she pointed […]

Searching. Again. (Or not.)

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What brings people here? I’ve mentioned a few times — perhaps a few too many times — that I’m interested in (or at least entertained by) the reasons people have for arriving at this pile of self-indulgent noodling. I know that some people arrive here because they’re family or friends and they either feel obligated to take a look (“Aw mom, do I have to?” “Yes, dear. He’s your friend so you have to.”) or […]

Naming

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The internet runs on… Let me put that off for just a second and consider something slightly different — not what it runs on, but what it’s full of … Well, it’s full of lots of things. It’s full of ‘information’, although one should probably possess a heaping helping of skepticism before actually using any of it. (Skepticism is valuable. Everyone should have some. It’s like Math 121 that way.) It’s full of memes. (Not […]

Existing

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Over the years, Man (By which I mean H. sapiens sapiens, not just boys. The capital ‘M’ means that I’m trying to project a certain level of gravitas here. Is it working?) has struggled with a lot of questions: Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the nature of reality? How do we know something exists? Is there a God? What is the meaning of life?  How many licks does it take to […]

Counting

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I’ve talked a bit about the tags that people assign to blog posts and how a given tag can mean wildly different things to different people. (A recent example: a week or two ago the tag ‘curling’ led to an article about Jennifer Jones, one of the most talented curlers and unconvincing actresses of her generation. It also led to something entitled “Tell Me About It, Stud.” I was briefly fooled by a picture containing […]