@thegibson In my headcanon Outlander continues until it becomes Outland featuring Sean Connery, with the rise of the Scottish Space Empire in the middle


Wrench zombie: tHe mAnY dEsIrE tHe NeW fLeSh. aLL mUsT bE JoInEd tO thE OnE

Me: Cool, sign me up?

Zombie: uhhhH??

Me: look I just plugged a worm into my gut and it gave me hitpoints, so, you guys have obviously figured out some stuff on the healthcare front, maybe your outreach needs a little work, but

Zombie: aRe.. wE pOpUlAr aGaIn?

Me: Wave election! Also serious housing issues in the port nacelle


Me: you won't regret it!

Zombie: aLreAdY aM

I think a lot about how Bioshock, with Evil Ayn Rand Capitalists, is essentially just a reskin of System Shock 2, with Evil Alien Communists.

I wonder if that also applies to politics.

And still the dark stain spreads between his shoulder blades.
A mute reminder of the poppy fields and graves.

And when the fight was over
We spent what they had made.
But in the bottom of our hearts
We felt the final cut.


Southampton Dock
Roger Waters

They disembarked in '45
And no-one spoke and no-one smiled
There were too many spaces in the line.
Gathered at the cenotaph
All agreed with hand on heart
To sheath the sacrificial knives.

But now
She stands upon Southampton dock
With her handkerchief
And her summer frock clings
to her wet body in the rain.
In quiet desperation
Knuckles white upon the slippery reins
She bravely waves the boys Goodbye again.

Men's biologic urge to readjust
The Map of Europe, Lord of Hosts, increase;
Lift up their hearts in large destructive lust;
And crown their heads with blind vindictive Peace.'
The Prince of Darkness to the Cenotaph
Bowed. As he walked away I heard him laugh.


At The Cenotaph
Siegfried Sassoon

I saw the Prince of Darkness, with his Staff,
Standing bare-headed by the Cenotaph:
Unostentatious and respectful, there
He stood, and offered up the following prayer.
'Make them forget, O Lord, what this Memorial
Means; their discredited ideas revive;
Breed new belief that War is purgatorial
Proof of the pride and power of being alive;

Nate Cull boosted

Happy Arm The Swiss Day, everyone!

(squints at autoprompt)

a... stice? What's a stice? Do we really want it to have guns?

A Midsummer Night's King John
Hamlet As You Like It
The Merchant of Windsor
Othello's Well That Ends Well
Macbeth and Cleopatra
The Winter's Tempest
Henry: The Complete Saga 4K Boxed Edition

@abs I think he's interested in it because it's the smallest (classical-ish) logic and so the process of brute-force searching for a proof of a smallest axiom by just smashing through them is doable. And his whole deal is brute-force searching to point out the interesting differences between how humans reason and how automated systems reason.

Which is kind of fun, and I can see where he's coming from.

What I find fascinating is that the axiom is so arbitrary and not derivable from NAND.

I wish I understood why Stephen Wolfram is so excited about rediscovering NAND gate logic in 2000 and writing about it in 2018

(I suppose the interesting part is that the simplest possible axiom for NAND / Scheffer Stroke logic is so *big*. That raises a lot of questions, or ought to.)


Found text of the day:

"We are now exhilarating so fast..."


<< The Wolfram Language is fully symbolic, so "undefined variables" can always just stand for themselves: >>

Hmmmm.. See, I like this idea, but, I don't understand how he makes it work...?

Cos in Prolog, you have undefined variables which most certainly do NOT stand for themselves; because of scoping. They stand for 'unknowns' which are often represented as opaque numbers.

Curious as to how Wolfram solves the problem of passing undefined variables up a scope.

@enkiv2 Ooh, Wolfram Language! I hadn't really looked at this before.

This is exactly the sort of thing I've been banging on about.


<< Everything in the Wolfram Language is a symbolic expression.

numbers strings images arrays graphs formulas documents interfaces code ... >>

Yep! What my 'Term-expressions' are trying to provide a minimal syntax for.

Nate Cull boosted

I wonder if the reason why the average quality of writing-advice articles is so much lower than other types is that it's dominated by folks who are trying to write a certain number of words every day & have decided to publish all of them...

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