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test entry by tk9830 on February 6th, 2011, 6:32 am
well I'm an atheist, materialist and anarchist with strong communal bias. i believe in a non-hierarchical social structure. knowledge without social consciousness is a void letter. there is no such thing as neutral knowledge. well that's a test, so bye
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phlebotomy mulligan i'd give my left arm for... by Char0n on April 10th, 2014, 12:54 pm
some if not most would tell you that you are only half alive at any given point in time... it makes more sense to suck blood than to be drained of it until all that is left of that half living part of yourself is a desiccated husk like a cicada or some used up used to be wooded lot that they appropriate new use for... so they rip out all of the trees and underbrush... kinda like a patch of hair stuck to a bandaid over where they put the needle...
don't take it too seriously... it isn't like being half alive... all flesh and bone and blood... is anything to worry about too much... unless you are afraid of regret... whether for you regret is as evil as death... or it to merely a passing gesture of the psyche... telling you that it has and will try to be gentile... which is a lie... it has its own problems though... what with morals and god and such...
it shouldn't take long to fill the pillow this afternoon... remake all that blood in my marrow... hell, is dished out in portions too small...

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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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Fourth of July and all that by Zach82 on July 4th, 2009, 10:59 am
I can't really think of what to post for American Independence day, so I suppose I'll post a video of a lecture recalling the values in education that made this country great. Say what you will about specialization in the sciences, I will always believe there is value in the broad view. Art, literature, and especially philosophy are not pointless extracurriculars, they are at least as important as biology or mathematics. Without careful studies of ethics and ideologies, it becomes all the easier for education to become co opted by intolerant fundamentalist ideologies, and the sciences are foolish if they think they can avoid such a thing without conscious effort on their part. To quote the speaker in this lecture, "The guardians of secular democracy in effect yield the connection between education and values to fundamentalists. Who, you can be sure,...

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phoenix phonics phooey... by Char0n on March 22nd, 2014, 2:13 am
i went to a funeral yesterday... it was nice... well as nice as a funeral... not that marsupials don't stay up late... and Koala around eucalyptis... that IS how you spell eucalyptis, right?... and at the cemetary they lowered the box... i bore pall... it was a stoic passing for this blurb pronoun... first person aside and all other variables accounted for...
people talk about random acts of kindness... free lunches... and constipated aesthetically pleasing moon-rises... until the celestial brother bleeds from his hands... go ask S. cunningham... wicca... reading your own tarot, the tower, the world, the fool, pentacles, wands... mysticism like good religion... in practice, always to be perfect, never at bat with a full count and a-name-a casey...
there is no shangri-la, the panda mountain valley... there is no mahogony jungle-gym... there is no lunar dream-base... or gone planet, with gone people, who left before we got here... only having had existed so as to be the great undiscoverable...

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