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The Reality of Running Away from Stuff
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Ben & Jerry's Dublin Mudslide: Irish Cream Liqueur Ice Cream with Chocolate, Chocolate Cookies and a Coffee Fudge Swirl
(They had me until they mentioned the coffee. I seem to have a dislike of coffee flavour in things like yoghurt & ice-cream & biscuits.)


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Hate mail collection of a cartoonist: www.trollart.com/hallustrng.html
www.callahanonline.com/calhat.html

his site, patriotboy.blogspot.com
and his merchandise — www.cafeshops.com/patriotboy
and his theory about Dr Seuss: patriotboy.blogspot.com/2003_02_01_patriotboy_archive.html#89690900

byzantiumshores.blogspot.com/2004/06/memoirs-of-insufferable-ass.html
For reasons passing understanding, I've always found screenwriter Joe
Eszterhas to be a fascinating figure. This, despite the facts that in any interview of his I've ever read he comes off as a complete boor, and that with the exception of Jagged Edge -- which came out almost twenty years ago -- I have never liked any of the movies that resulted from his scripts. Not even Basic Instinct, which is the most poorly-constructed mystery-thriller I've ever seen. (Caveat: I have not seen Showgirls.)

I guess that ultimately I just find something fascinating, almost morbidly so, about a guy who not only produces crap but is proud to produce crap, and gets paid huge money to keep right on producing crap.

So I checked his memoir out of the library last week. It's called Hollywood Animal, and I've just finished the first chapter. My reaction?

Wow, what an ass.

There's really nothing I can directly quote to illustrate what I mean; it's more the overall tone that's amazing in its ass-ness. It's the tone of a guy who is supremely confident that what he does is of great worth, and of contempt for those who have not managed to achieve what he's achieved ...


Cones, Curves, Shells, Towers: He Made Paper Jump to Life

By MARGARET WERTHEIM
SANTA CRUZ, California. - On the mantel of a quiet suburban home here stands a curious object resembling a small set of organ pipes nestled into a neat, white case. At first glance it does not seem possible that such a complex, curving form could have been folded from a single sheet of paper, and yet it was.
The construction is one of an astonishing collection of paper objects folded by Dr. David Huffman, a former professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a pioneer in computational origami, an emerging field with an improbable name but surprisingly practical applications.
Dr. Huffman died in 1999, but on a recent afternoon his daughter Elise Huffman showed a visitor a sampling of her father's enigmatic models. In contrast to traditional origami, where all folds are straight, Dr. Huffman developed structures based around curved folds, many calling to mind seedpods and seashells. It is as if paper has been imbued with life.
In another innovative approach, Dr. Huffman explored structures composed of repeating three-dimensional units — chains of cubes and rhomboids, and complex tessellations of triangular, pentagonal and star-shaped blocks. From the outside, one model appears to be just a rolled-up sheet of paper, but looking down the tube reveals a miniature spiral staircase. All this has been achieved with no cuts or glue, the one classic origami rule that Dr. Huffman seemed inclined to obey.


Language Log reviews a review
itre.cis.upenn.edu/ ~myl/ languagelog/ archives/ 001101.html
In a Slate review entitled Unfairenheit 9/11
slate.msn.com/id/2102723, Christopher Hitchens makes it clear that he doesn't like Michael Moore or Moore's new documentary:
To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of "dissenting" bravery.
It's obvious that this paragraph is not part of a positive review. [I think that's another example of understatement-MCP] I got a similar impression of Fahrenheit 9/11 from a journalist acquaintance, who saw it last weekend, and said "I hate Bush, but the movie was so unfair that it made me want to defend him". However, my concern here is not with the politics of Moore's documentary, but with the semantics of the first two sentences of Hitchens'
paragraph quoted above ...

Slightly related to the "running-away" section:
http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/004066.html#32604
leading to ...

Erik: Other things I have learned: if iron was molten last night, and it's pooled beneath the sands, it's still too hot to touch this morning. And the melted sand forms obsidian-like stuff with razor-sharp edges. I think your hands got cut up worse than mine did, though. ... Amazing how well sand and glass insulates, isn't it?
Q: What do you get when you light 400 pounds of thermite?
... (recipe for thermite included) ...
Backwards (and I've made the same mistake.) Fe2O3, Ferric Oxide, is red rust. In dense form, it's hematite. FeO is Ferrous Oxide. Fe3O4 is Ferrous Ferric Oxide, or Magnetite, or black rust -- and is the form of Iron Oxide on magnetic media.
Rustoleum and the like work by converting Fe2O3 to Fe3O4 by various means.
Also -- if you burn 300lbs of steel wool, you'll have more than 300lbs of Iron Oxide (it'll pick up the oxygen from the air)
What you want for thermite is Fe2O3, which reacts with aluminium thusly...
Fe2O3 + (2) Al --> Al2O3 + (2)Fe + heat
...and we are *not* kidding about heat -- 684kJ per mole of iron reacted ...

... the Al powder is easer to get than that -- just check a really good paint store. If that does not work, try a theatrical supply house. I love your approach for the iron oxide though. The only problem is that what you really want for thermite is called coarse aluminium powder, but the fine stuff or flake will work just fine. Of course they may look at you funny when you want 50 kilos ...

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/004066.html#32727
[re bottle rockets & dry ice bombs] It works best with a liquid to hasten the sublimation, but never use something like, oh, PEPSI, as an idiot at the machine shop I worked in did. The gas in the soda came right out of solution and the bottle blew up in his hands. He lost all the skin on his fingers, but this was the same guy who decided, after breaking his neck (he said the worst part was the waves, coming and going, while he couldn't move) that he was healed enough to remove the brace while he slept (shades of Joseph Merrick) and awoke to a recurrence of hisparalysis. Sheesh!
...Jonathan Vos Post
... The difference between a smart person doing dumb things and a dumb person doing dumb things is that the dumb person makes the same mistake over and over (until maimed, dead, jailed, whatever) while the smart person will get to make new mistakes.
I never make exactly the same mistake twice. I am very creative, and have managed to make many ingeniously different variation on the same mistake, cross-overs between different mistakes, mutations, of old mistakes, and whole trees of evolutionary radiation mistakes.
If I were any smarter, I would be able to solve the new and bizarre problems that I get myself into. If I were any less smart, I never would have been able to get in trouble those ways. So I am exactly the wrong level of intelligence ... But, geez, the stuff we could buy that even school chem labs have trouble getting now...

(Just remember that the words most often repeated to emergency room doctors was, "Hey, everyone, watch this!" before said trip became necessary.)

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