Archive for June, 2008

Broken fridge
June 6, 2008

Yesterday my refrigerator died. Light was on and the freezer below was working fine. I just happened to open the fridge and wondered how warm it felt. I touched the back wall with heat-exchanging pipes and it didn’t feel any cooler than the rest. I believe the compressor is broken. 

Basically there’s nothing I can do until Monday. Maybe it’s time to watch Barry Lyndon. In 18th century nobody even dreamed of cold drinks in summer. Or did they? The rich might have cold cellars or chunks of ice somewhere restored in sawdust. Something coolish but nothing like what we’re used to now.

Now when I think about it, I might take the eggs in the cellar. I hope it is cold enough. That’s a real low tech solution but I have to have something for breakfast. 


Steve Reich Piano phase
June 3, 2008

I was visiting my friend’s place. We had some cans of beer and I wanted to show him this video. I saw he had a picture of Adriana Lima as a wallpaper. I told him that I actually prefer these dancers, even though they’re a bit older and so on.

Talking about the ideal women is very interesting. It reveals something of people’s personalities that is often hard to catch otherwise. 

I’ve heard many people working in artificial intelligence saying face recognition is the most amazing feature in human cognition. I think the same applies to whole bodies. For example a week or two ago I saw an old friend of mine. He was standing some 30 meters away, sideways with his face turned away. He had lost some weight, had a different haircut and since I saw him last time some ten years ago, he had also grown a beard. Still from the first sight it was very clear who he was.

I think this all is hard wired somewhere deep in our brains. Besides being very effective, it is also very primitive. Far below our conscious minds. We can all recognize hundreds or thousands of faces with few errors, but only a few of us have the ability to actually draw faces with some resemblance. 

I’ve talked about the ideal women with several people. Both men and women. I’ve been struck by the diversity of tastes and how amazingly well they fit their personalities. Often giving a common ground to traits I’ve found somewhat contradictory before. 

It works as well with women, even though I’ve found out women use to think the most beautiful women often look a lot like themselves. The ideal women seem have the features these women are content with combined with the features they’d like to have.

You can do this yourself. Just surf the web and save the images of women you consider beautiful. Soon you have a very interesting collection. You might occasionally delete the ugliest 50 percent and see even clearer what your ideals are. 

However, don’t try to analyze your taste too much. It is better just to talk about it to someone else and let him or her do the interpretation. While I’ve done this I’ve found the usual personal or moral discourse is rather oblivious or even blind of things and differences our personalities are founded on. 

Very often they are hard or impossible to express with words. Even showing pictures of female celebrities seem to work better. 

Youtube killed an MP3 star
June 2, 2008

I got interested in Pink Floyd’s A momentary lapse of reason. It contains some of the first Pink Floyd songs I remember hearing but at the same time it is one of the two last Pink Floyd albums I still don’t have.

As a 2008 man I went to Wikipedia to read about the album. I checked the names of the songs and found all of them in YouTube.

As a teenager I bought LPs and recorded C-cassettes. I somehow skipped the CD era, never really buying a lot of them. Actually I stuck with cassettes well into the 21st century. At first it was because I wanted to save money. Later I thought it was cooler that way.

I’ve collected records on my hard drive for over a year now. A few weeks ago I realized I didn’t even remember where I put my CDs. Yesterday I thought about if I should backup my music library.

Today I thought there might be people who skip the MP3 era with its quaint and easily breakable hard drives and inconvenient personal music libraries. Why bother when you can listen to practically everything online.

June 2, 2008

The Fourth Checkraise read a book about Las Vegas gamblers:

The most amusing single observation of the book for me was noting that every single one of these high-stakes gamblers has been broke several times in his career, but they don’t care, since there is nothing to be afraid of in being broken, because America just is so wealthy that the material difference between a millionaire and regular guy is so small that they don’t need to care about it.