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- Tuesday, December 02, 2008 at 17:42:14 (EST)“Individuals go into debt, and when they pass away, the debts go with them. But government debts stay, and they have to be assumed by our children and grandchildren. That’s not only fiscally irresponsible; it’s morally reprehensible.”
Former comptroller of the US, David Walker
- Monday, November 24, 2008 at 16:45:21 (EST)Existence is Non-Time or not, I still like Pie!
Indiana Calbs Pies <email@example.com>
- Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 15:07:44 (EST)"Existence is Non-Time, Non-Sequential, and Non-Objective
Not a dangerous idea per se but like a razor sharp tool in unskilled hands it can inflect unintended damage.
Non-Time drives forward the notion the past does not create the present. This would of course render evolutionary theory a local-system, near-field process that was non-causative (i.e. effect).
Non-Sequential reverberates through the Turing machine and computation, and points to simultaneity. It redefines language and cognition.
Non-Objective establishes a continuum not to be confused with solipsism. As Schrödinger puts it when discussing the "time-hallowed discrimination between subject and object" — "the world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist". This continuum has large implications for the empirical data set, as it introduces factual infinity into the data plane.
These three notions, Non-Time, Non-sequence, and Non-Object have been peeking like diamonds through the dust of empiricism, philosophy, and the sciences for centuries. Quantum mechanics, including Deutsch's parallel universes and the massive parallelism of quantum computing, is our brightest star — an unimaginably tall peak on our fitness landscape.
They bring us to a threshold over which empiricism has yet to travel, through which philosophy must reconstruct the very idea of ideas, and beyond which stretches the now familiar "uncharted territories" of all great adventures."
- Michael Nesmith
"Or not" - Hans Hollmann
El HAns-o <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 14:03:55 (EST) Pie is awesome!
Indiana Calbs Pies <email@example.com>
- Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 21:52:45 (EST)Samwise was here too.
- Wednesday, October 08, 2008 at 08:05:44 (EDT)Hans was here
Bill Baggins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 16:25:01 (EDT)
THEY WANT MAMA TO MAKE IT ALL BETTER!
- Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 15:42:49 (EDT)Sure Beats Workin’...
Panhandlers outside of an Oregon Wal-Mart can make seven times more than actual Wal-Mart employees. Hoofy and Boo report on one of the biggest businesses on the street.
Sure Beats Workin’...
- Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 14:51:24 (EDT)nice site!
- Monday, September 15, 2008 at 21:38:28 (EDT)Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: Main Entry: com·mu·nism Function: noun Pronunciation: 'käm-y-ni-zm Etymology: French communisme, from commun common 1 a : a theory advocating elimination of private property b : a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed
Comrade Barack and Comradiss Michelle both have made references to the redistribution of wealth (1a) Comradiss Michelle went so far as to say in Charlotte NC that "some people will have to give up part of their pie so that others can have a larger piece"
As more and more private wealth is taken away from the citizens (1b) the "state" will ultimately have control of produced goods and will distribute them.
- Monday, September 15, 2008 at 14:27:41 (EDT)Yeah, what he said!
- Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 10:27:25 (EDT)besharam,samje kaun hoo mai . Tumhari aur sirf tumhare dost
- Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 01:24:10 (EDT)Whazzzupp.. Greetings from Paradise, Afghanistan.. Nothing much new here. Just spending most of my days sitting behind an M2. Good stuff! I've been trying to send you guys a letter for a while now, but sending mail from this new location we're at is like trying to get a newsletter from the santa clause fan club.. Well, more later..
Connan the Taliban Slayer (Dave B,) <email@example.com>
- Friday, August 22, 2008 at 11:41:37 (EDT)I love this site! Mandy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Monday, August 18, 2008 at 14:38:33 (EDT)This is a very nicely designed website, nice job.If you have a newsletter I would also like to sign up,thanks again,Ben, Filmbay Editor Ben Conners <email@example.com>
- Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 21:18:54 (EDT)Yay!!!!
- Friday, July 18, 2008 at 02:40:33 (EDT)Summer trip pictures are up! Part II Kurt
- Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 15:51:53 (EDT)Summer trip pictures are up! Part I Kurt
- Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 15:51:33 (EDT)Great pics of the islands!! Not sure which is my favorite - the cleat, the windows or the picket fence. I'm guessing new camera? Macro zoom, what?
- Tuesday, July 08, 2008 at 09:17:09 (EDT)What the heck?
- Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 20:08:02 (EDT)Year 2000
To Leap or Not to Leap?
This was never a question for OpenVMS!
For anyone who still wonders whether the year 2000 is a leap year, we have dusted off the archives from 13-OCT-1983 to retrieve this reply from DIGITAL's Stanley Rabinowitz to a Software Performance Report (SPR). The report, filed against VAX/VMS Version 3.2, claimed the LIB$DAY Run-Time Library service assumed incorrectly that the year 2000 was a leap year.
Stan's now famous response demonstrates that OpenVMS has been forward thinking in terms of the year 2000 long before the current hoopla began!
NOTE: The astute reader may notice a technical typo in the SPR response. In the interests of preserving this archival document -- and permitting future readers the thrill of the hunt! -- we have intentionally left this error unedited.
Enjoy! D I G I T A L
SPR ANSWER FORM
SPR NO. 11-60903
SYSTEM VERSION PRODUCT VERSION COMPONENTSOFTWARE: VAX/VMS V3.2 VAX/VMS V3.2 Run-Time Library
The LIB$DAY Run-Time Library service "incorrectly" assumes the year2000 is a leap year.
RESPONSE: Thank you for your forward-looking SPR.
Various system services, such as SYS$ASCTIM assume that the year 2000will be a leap year. Although one can never be sure of what willhappen at some future time, there is strong historical precedent forpresuming that the present Gregorian calendar will still be in affectby the year 2000. Since we also hope that VMS will still be around bythen, we have chosen to adhere to these precedents.
The purpose of a calendar is to reckon time in advance, to show howmany days have to elapse until a certain event takes place in thefuture, such as the harvest or the release of VMS V4. The earliestcalendars, naturally, were crude and tended to be based upon theseasons or the lunar cycle.
The calendar of the Assyrians, for example, was based upon the phasesof the moon. They knew that a lunation (the time from one full moonto the next) was 29 1/2 days long, so their lunar year had a durationof 364 days. This fell short of the solar year by about 11 days.(The exact time for the solar year is approximately 365 days, 5 hours,48 minutes, and 46 seconds.) After 3 years, such a lunar calendarwould be off by a whole month, so the Assyrians added an extra monthfrom time to time to keep their calendar in synchronization with theseasons.
The best approximation that was possible in antiquity was a 19-yearperiod, with 7 of these 19 years having 13 months (leap months). Thisscheme was adopted as the basis for the religious calendar used by theJews. (The Arabs also used this calendar until Mohammed forbadeshifting from 12 months to 13 months.)
When Rome emerged as a world power, the difficulties of making acalendar were well known, but the Romans complicated their livesbecause of their superstition that even numbers were unlucky. Hencetheir months were 29 or 31 days long, with the exception of February,which had 28 days. Every second year, the Roman calendar included anextra month called Mercedonius of 22 or 23 days to keep up with thesolar year.
Even this algorithm was very poor, so that in 45 BC, Caesar, advisedby the astronomer Sosigenes, ordered a sweeping reform. By imperialdecree, one year was made 445 days long to bring the calendar back instep with the seasons. The new calendar, similar to the one we nowuse was called the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar). It'smonths were 30 or 31 days in length and every fourth year was made aleap year (having 366 days). Caesar also decreed that the year wouldstart with the first of January, not the vernal equinox in late March.
Caesar's year was 11 1/2 minutes short of the calculations recommendedby Sosigenes and eventually the date of the vernal equinox began todrift. Roger Bacon became alarmed and sent a note to Pope Clement IV,who apparently was not impressed. Pope Sixtus IV later becameconvinced that another reform was needed and called the Germanastronomer, Regiomontanus, to Rome to advise him. Unfortunately,Regiomontanus died of the plague shortly thereafter and the plans diedas well
In 1545, the Council of Trent authorized Pope Gregory XIII to reformthe calendar once more. Most of the mathematical work was done byFather Christopher Clavius, S.J. The immediate correction that wasadopted was that Thursday, October 4, 1582 was to be the last day ofthe Julian calendar. The next day was Friday, with the date ofOctober 15. For long range accuracy, a formula suggested by theVatican librarian Aloysius Giglio was adopted. It said that everyfourth year is a leap year except for century years that are notdivisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800 and 1900 would not be leap years,but 2000 would be a leap year since 2000 is divisible by 400. Thisrule eliminates 3 leap years every 4 centuries, making the calendarsufficiently correct for most ordinary purposes. This calendar isknown as the Gregorian calendar and is the one that we now use today.(It is interesting to note that in 1582, all the Protestant princesignored the papal decree and so many countries continued to use theJulian calendar until either 1698 or 1752. In Russia, it needed therevolution to introduce the Gregorian calendar in 1918.)
This explains why VMS chooses to treat the year 2000 as a leap year.
Despite the great accuracy of the Gregorian calendar, it still fallsbehind very slightly every few years. If you are very concerned aboutthis problem, we suggest that you tune in short wave radio stationWWV, which broadcasts official time signals for use in the UnitedStates. About once every 3 years, they declare a leap second at whichtime you should be careful to adjust your system clock. If you havetrouble picking up their signals, we suggest you purchase an atomicclock (not manufactured by Digital and not a VAX option at this time).
- Monday, June 02, 2008 at 20:38:48 (EDT)Chef Dale,Here are two of our favorite recipes explained by our good friend Gregory Gooden at the Brac Reef Beach Resort in the Cayman Islands.Enjoy!!Mahi and Lobster Dishes Mahi-Mahi
- Monday, May 12, 2008 at 21:19:26 (EDT) Hello guys, I'm a personal chef out of the Chicago market area and need your help or ideas. I have a "famous" client that insists on a Mahi Item at least twice a month and for the last 3 years I have been able to come up with new recipes. Anything from Mahi with a Raspberry-Chipotle glaze to Vera-Cruz style to simple citrus juices to blackened with pineapple. I need new exciting or simple recipes (simple is good) to keep up.Honestly I'm gassed on this. Any help would be appreciated!!! This week his veggie will be Papas alla Chorizo (Potato with chorizo sausage ,roasted red peppers, and accented in a garlic-cream reduction. Thanks, Chef Dale Chef Dale <Mychefdale@yahoo.com>
- Monday, May 12, 2008 at 18:43:39 (EDT)I wanna do hood rat stuff wif ma friends ...
- Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:45:58 (EDT)Nice page, Love it!!
Wald Errich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Monday, April 21, 2008 at 17:51:49 (EDT)Cruise pictures up ... PICS Kurt
- Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 21:40:27 (EDT)Any Pic's from the cruise yet?
- Tuesday, April 08, 2008 at 13:20:58 (EDT)Hey Tom, what's happening? You need to come down to FTL and go fishing sometime or just come down and see the old gang.
- Monday, March 17, 2008 at 10:43:01 (EDT)HEY KURT, THIS IS GREAT, I'M SO THRILLED DAVE GOT IN TOUCH WITH ME TO BRING ME BACK INTO THE LOOP. TOM JACKSON
THOMAS C JACKSON <email@example.com>
- Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 23:39:58 (EDT)An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
- Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 19:51:57 (EST)Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
- Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 19:48:10 (EST)Miami Dolphins #1 ... still the only perfect season!
Don't Tase Me Bro
- Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 10:29:56 (EST)Nice thanks, site!
- Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 22:54:52 (EST)Nice site, thanks !
Jaeen S <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 08:01:06 (EST)I hate the Pats.....
- Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 22:46:17 (EST)Cam. yes, I have a job for you. You can clean my pool at the house down in Tavernier.
- Monday, January 07, 2008 at 20:10:08 (EST)Anyone have a job for me?
- Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 14:26:17 (EST)