Subjects Keeping Me Awake

19/05/2009

In the spirit of our times

Filed under: Uncategorized — bjosk @ 21:10

Today I filled in “woman killed” in google and it immediatly completed it with “by chimpanzee” as the only suggestion. Further studies showed that “man killed” gave the following suggestions.

man killed by horse
man killed at monster truck show
man killed by condom
man killed video
man killed his family
man killed sidney airport
man killed with screwdriver
man killed by komodo dragon
man killed by lightning
man killed by meteor

I firmly believe this is a statement of our society. I just can’t understand what that statement is supposed to be.

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19/04/2009

Questions inverted

Filed under: Uncategorized — bjosk @ 22:35

I have seen the question How would the artists and creators survive without anti piracy laws? far too many times these last couple of months. It pisses me off. What kind of society puts the interests of a small group of entrepreneurs before the interests of all of its citizens? The question is fairly important but it should be posed in its inverted form: How do we make laws in line with the zeitgeist, aimed at maximizing the good of society? I think it is fair to assume music will always be around, business oppurtunities as well.

13/03/2009

Rise of the bnovel

Filed under: Uncategorized — bjosk @ 14:18

Steve Yegge has invented the ‘bnovel‘.

17/01/2009

Shirts and symmetry

Filed under: Uncategorized — bjosk @ 15:38

Greg Lynn is an architect with a strange taste in shirts. He however has very good taste in architecture. In this TED-talk he however said something quite profound. Symmertry is not the sign of order and organization, symmetry is the absence of information. It immediatly struck me as at the very core of how I look at software and in particular bad software. In the end it seems, the reason bad systems design is bad is because it is not symmetric when it could have been. Unnecessary complexity is a well known bad boy in software engineering but I don’t think it quite explains the underlying problem in the same profound way this theory of symmetry breaking does. Symmetry breaking also explains how you can in rare cases see really large systems that are still not ugly and it is a hopeful thought: You can actually add functionality without moving towards that seemingly inevitable code bloat. You can do it, if you can do it without breaking symmetry. But look out! your shirt may still be ugly as hell.

07/01/2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — bjosk @ 23:30
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Paul Eluard, Portrait by DaliHoly mother of god, someone asked me to blog. My life is officially over. I am now a soul valued only by the collected bits it manages to produce. 

I am Bob Scoble

Of course he has readers in plural which is, put mildly, salting the agony.

I just saw Stephen Fry claim that ‘Zeitgeist is my middle name’. Personally I was unaware that he was jewish but really, I am not surprised. Middle aged, hiv positive and sad at that. The odds weren’t really getting anyone psyched. On the other hand, he was in character so I guess I shouldn’t draw to wildly on it.

Anywhoo… thoughts of the holidays included reversible execution of instruction set simulators(papers appreciated), carbonara recepies and the term ‘support drinking’, the english translation doesn’t really do it justice so I am considering renaming it to ‘suppressive drinking’ since it tends to bring to mind ‘suppressive fire’ and  then I just let the mental imaging take it from there. Did some field testing on monday and it worked like a charm. Went to bed early (tuesday morning) and had a sweet little head ache all tuesday which went well with the sad little macworld keynote of the day. The jury is still out on what the ideal results of suppressive drinking actually are but I’m putting it up as a win for the time being.

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