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Round the World to Vietnam by xcthulhu on May 22nd, 2009, 7:11 pm
Hey All,

This summer, I will be working with Thomas Hales on his work to proof of the Kepler conjecture. He'll be based out of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Now, sadly University of Pittsburg, which is arranging the research program this summer, couldn't arrange for a flight to Vietnam for me from Amsterdam, since it was out of budget. They could only manage a flight out of the US. However, I had a frequent flyer ticket out of Amsterdam to Logan Airport, so I'll be flying to the US before flying to Vietnam.

This flight plan is kind of crazy:
Schiphol, Amsterdam, NL -> O'Hare, Chicago, IL
O'Hare, Chicago, IL -> Logan, Boston, MA
Logan, Boston, MA -> JFK Intl Airport, New York, NY
JFK Intl Airport, New York, NY -> Hong Kong Intl. Airport, Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong Intl. Airport, Hong Kong, China -> Noi Bai, Hanoi, Vietnam

And here's the path on google maps... estimated around 13,700 miles......

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Small Business and Computers by Schmungles on September 8th, 2009, 9:12 pm
So, after a few experiences dealing with repairing a computer for people who own their own business, I thought I'd write a blog post about it. What I've noticed, in a general sense, over the course of these interactions is the general ineptitude with which many small business owners approach technology. That people in general have an alarming lack of knowledge about technology they use probably every day (computers, the Internet, wireless networks, digital cameras, etc.) isn't new to me. Further, it's not new that average consumers often fail to apply basic common sense when it comes to their technology. For example, I am constantly amazed at the woefully inadequate passwords people use to log into their computers, e-mail accounts, banking and credit card accounts, and accounts they have to shop online with websites like Amazon. I thought that small business owners would do this better, since if an average consumer's computer stops working it's more of an annoyance than anything, but if...

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lazer guided insomnia by Char0n on March 28th, 2014, 6:21 am
i have heard it said that the cause of and solution to all of the human condition is the convention of modern convenience... what meaning could there be to the argument and conflict between the comfort and ease of a need to ascend beyond the call to toil ceaselessly in the earth with crop or ore or the likes of earthly men... and the call to toil as such...
simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity simplicity... dang... thats about as complicated as im willing to get at six am...
but thats the figment twist... the idea that naturally the imagination reflects the telemetric data that the ego apreciates as interest and direction with which to guide the future path of the individual in question... however it is the static...

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In the beginning, God created injustice by Sisyphus on October 22nd, 2009, 9:03 pm
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Emotional Intelligence: Science and Myth by wolfhnd on May 17th, 2009, 1:56 am
Emotional Intelligence: Science and Myth
by Gerald Matthews, Moshe Zeidner, and Richard D. Roberts; Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 2002, 736 pages,

So what do the authors conclude from their exhaustive efforts? Is emotional intelligence something new? Is it distinct from existing measures of individual difference? Or is it old wine in new bottles? They conclude with a cautious pessimism about the utility of emotional intelligence. They find serious psychometric limitations with all published measures of emotional intelligence. They are not optimistic about the prospects for developing a coherent, empirically supported theory of emotional intelligence. They suggest that the applied benefits of the construct are limited, especially in the clinical arena, "where the principle of taking emotions seriously is already ingrained." Although they believe that the popularity of emotional intelligence seems to be based more on myth than on science, they urge readers not...


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