Monthly Archives: May 2005

Musings: Liberty vs. Safety…

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=8643704

I’ve suggested this before… the consequences, in case of abuse, are mind-staggering. But, on the other hand, would prevention of a single murder/rape/severe beating of an innocent not enough reason to be completely behind this program, while being extra careful in preventing abuse of the system?

Another way to combat this is to make sure all people (girls especially) should be profecient in self-defense by the time they reach maturity. In fact, I really gotta wonder why this is not part of the public-school curriculum.

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Dreams: Birthday and Mafia, Geek Chair.

Please hold while I drool…

Sneaking into places kicks ass.

Was so exausted yesteday that passed out around 10pm. Emotionally, physically exausted. Woke up at 4:30 am. Thought I’d do some work, but crashed an hour later… to see an awesome dream.

The dream – Birthday and Mafia
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Diary: Lucid Dreaming

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dreaming

Something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I remember how, when I was younger, I experimented with forced visualization. For instance, I would imagine a flower turning into a dragon and flying away. Not lucid dreaming, but conscious attempts to augment reality… perhaps not even augment , but to enhance. For instance, cousinly photographic memory with these techniques could give one some very interesting capabilities.

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Diary: suspended animation…

It’s been ages since I’ve updated this thing… sorry sorry, but no time… not that I am getting anything done, but just no time to do the updates.

Recently read about possibly putting humans into hibernation (Scientific American – June 2005) – basically the idea is that it seems that metabolism of Oxygen is what is driving us. So if we either take away Oxygen and/or replace it with something that has the same structure but different chemical properties (CO2), then the mammal can actually be placed into a hybernation state. The reason we don’t enter into this state if, say, we are thrown into water, seems because between not having O2 and having lots of it, there is a dangerous area of not having enough with metabolism still being high, which basically kills the system. So, under proper conditions, it is possible to use several methods to slow down metabolism (and turn warm-blooded into cold-blooded revivable vegetables) for both entire bodies and body parts. Moreover, it has already been done to dogs and pigs, leading to believe that there isn’t anything that should really stand in the way of inducing hibernation in humans.

Yes… indeed… other than that, recently found out that there are 5 level 3 sex offenders in the area. All girls should know self-defense dammit (and spit venom upon request or, next best thing, have pepper spray on hand). The really disturbing thing is that:

a) I live in a really nice neighborhood
b) the victims were all under 18

Yeah… http://www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/search_index.htm

Anyway… this is why there should be a completely open constant monitoring system such that if something is committed everit does not go unpunished. Yes, the system must be built carefully to Prevent assure, but I am willing to take that chance if it means that there will be no more rape or murder…

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Event: Omulu Batizado

Going to Omulu’s Batizado – http://www.omulu.org/nyc/

Sunday 05.22 at 3PM
PS3 – Auditorium
490 Hudson Street btwn Christopher & Grove

It’s gonna be so good. Checked out their workshop on Thursday – good stuff. Might post some notes on it when I have time. New things learned:

Macaco can be taught by placing the hand perpendicular to the movement of the body (rather than pivoting during the movement)

Walkover and coming out looking forward – AU with outer hand facing in, reach for it with the leading leg

fake MLC, at the highest point of the kick, kick back into the bridge, switch hands, come out

Helicopter – start AU, then do MLC upside down, landing with the leg that lead the AU. i.e. if doing AU to the left, MLF upside-down with the right leg, step with the left. Didn’t get it yet :\

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Diary: the mouse…

The more I think about it, the more guilty I feel about not saving the mouse yesterday. I even throw spiders outside instead of killing them and I didn’t save a warm blooded animal. I guess there are actions that all are ashamed of and that no matter what we do, we feel like we simply can’t make things right regardless how much we wanted it all for the better. Me?

– killing the mouse
– killing the bird that I was trying to save by my dumb ass deciding to wash away the grime and then leaving somewhere (don’t remember where)
– hurting Kat
– attempting to hide behind a guy’s back when I was a kid

Why am I posting these here? I don’t know… perhaps because not posting it would be the weak way out. Or perhaps by airing it, I somehow absolve myself at least of some responsibility for my actions.

And I am feeling like shit over a mouse… may be this is why people ignore atrocities. Because if they face them, they have to acknowledge that they have caused so much suffering…

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Diary: a mouse vs. the mouse…

Excerpt from an e-mail to someone:

Hey! Sorry I didn’t pick up the phone – was asleep and the ringer was off. Saw that you called only when, get this, I heard Mary and Alex yelling back and forth about something. Turned out a mouse made it through the pipes and into our bathroom, but was unable to get out. Mary, on her bed, crowded into the corner, on the phone, was trying to find consolation in her friend Kyle (while David(her bf) and I were trying to figure out what to do with it), who suggested to “just flush it”. David wanted to drown it with a plunger. David (or was it Mary?) suggested to use a hammer to kill it. Alex jumped about a meter high when I slid the aforementioned hammer I brought out (wasn’t used – would have been funny though as the most likely result would be a shattered toilet and broken windows due to Mary’s screaming while the sucker would run around the apartment.

Instead, what ended up happening was the mouse drowned… I felt like a freaking monster (though substitute the word “rodent” or “rat” above, and the outlook changes just a bit).

Oh man… I want to cry now… just remembered the “Steel mousetrap”… Continue reading

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