Just so you know…(twitter ponderings and book update)

Hi, Wah (RobotPiratNinja).

DrewCurtis (DrewCurtis) is now following your updates on Twitter.

Check out DrewCurtis’s profile here:
http://twitter.com/DrewCurtis

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And that’s not news, it’s Fark. And my twitter feed, which is pretty much all the real (international and shit) news that happens (as far as I can tell) is now being followed by an internetebrity who runs *the* news site of the cynical, sarcastic, geniuses who pwn the intertoobs.   I just think it’s funny, since I once got banned for trolling the guy on facebook.

Regardless, the twtter feed is my mobile “blog” and what I use the twitter for (and why my iPhone is always low on batteries).

A lot of people, myself included, don’t really know what twitter actually does, other than let people do stuff easily, which is why it’s gaining popularity.  I actually use an extra service called “twittermail” that routes emails and does the link thing automagically to make it work for me.   And I guess it does, who knows.  I have no idea what my twitter meta-data is doing, which is another reason I guess it’s cool.  Still not sure, but I hope to find out soon.  It’s got that special internets something though, which is to say, it’s retarded easy to use.

And simultaneously losing that quality by becoming mainstream, as I am also being “followed” now by “I sell Mortgages!!” and a couple other b.s. “people” who get all nooberific when they find five more people to tell about the marketing scheme.

When I start being followed by “Chat Me Up, I’m Hot for You” that’s when you’ll know twitter has made the mainstream totally and you can expect Grandma to get on it and follow all the high school gossip.

Anyway, general updates…politics posts are probably mostly going to be done on some type of “Examiner” site.   They, like, pay you and stuff, so we’ll see how that goes.  I haven’t been doing much here because of, you know…real life and things.   But I should be back in the habit, so to speak, and back on my soapbox soon.

I’m going to use *this* site to do some writing, of the fictional kind. I started a story a day or two ago that I’m going to play with and see how it goes. Strange as it may seem, I much prefer to write fiction, and makes up stories, rather than overly indulge in the day to day feelings and actions of real people, whom I read about getting kidnapped, shot by pirates, killed by man-bird-pig flu, lying, lying and lying, getting swallowed by the sea, and generally coming to many unhappy endings. Which is to say, I’m getting kinda sick of writing directly about the news of the world and want to make some shit up.   So we’ll do it, serial style, and I’ll just spin you a quick yarn, on the Web, no less.

I’m also about halfway through with the second draft of the book you can read a bit from around here somewhere (check the top of the page). Chapter 6 : Morality and the Model is mostly complete, and then there’s only five more to go and the appendi (and the DSA). I’m thinking another month or so to get through that, then we’ll get the Lulu thing going the price will drop significantly (as will the copyright deal I’ve currently got going), and I’ll hold a real, physical *book I wrote* in my real hands (which is funny since the “real” book is the digital version, but…there ya go…). Looking forward to that day…perhaps it will come next month.

Umm, other news will probably go on Facebook (unless wordpress can get their act together and get a button on every page, like Facebook has), where most of my arguments and discussions now occur.

The web has grown up, I think, and the time for me and my fictional internet incarnations has come to an end.   Or at least fictional internet incarnations talking about real world news.   I’m going to use my real face for that.

That’s why I want to use Robot Pirate Ninja as a site to talk about…well…the Robot Pirate Ninja…who is a fictional character I’ve created and want to write a story (or 10) about.

Which I just mentioned I started earlier….anyway….it’s also, like, the next post.

To sum up: News on twitter, arguments on facebook, storytime here, politics on the examiner (update coming on that) and real, actual book in a month (after what will be some grueling and hysterical editing as I drop some stories I really shouldn’t be telling from the second draft).

And that’s that, yo.

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The Singularity Project : 0.1

It wasn’t one particular thing that pushed Thurston over the edge.  Perhaps it was an amalgamation, or maybe it was a plethora of individual things that all added up to just over the edge.  But really, over the edge is over the edge.  By a little or a lot, you are left with only one way to go.  Down.

He had woken up in the holo-j, after wanding the Alps and planning for a post-grad getaway.  The plan was to be just him, grabbing a taxi to the Coast-to-Coast-Mono station in OKC, snagging a quick seat on the Undersea Shuttle System from NYC to LON, participating in a rather grueling and random flash-pub-crawl on Friday, zapping off on the Euro-Mitter to the mountains, boarding and bouncing on Saturday in the aforementioned Alps, and a flip back on the USS to get back by wake-up time on Monday.

It was going to be one hell of a weekend.  One planned for a good long while.

And that was when the wires crossed, and Thurston C. Howell IV reached the edge and flew way the fuck off it, into the unknown and beyond.

Fox News Grassroots Marketing Makes an Impact (on the Converted)

Been having some discussions lately with some folk around Texas.  It seems like those “Tea Parties” were a bit hit with a certain crowd, who is quite happy with themselves.

My hats off to them, and I hope they drank some Texas Tea, or Long Island Ice Tea because it’s going to take more than one party for them to get through the next four-eight years.

Look, I love the idea of not paying taxes on things.  It can be quite a savings.  And not paying taxes is another way to stick it to Uncle Tom, err, Sam, or Obamao, or whatever it is they are calling him now in private.

The thing about it is, those of us with a long view, those of us not looking to next quarters profits are of the understanding that this economy thing is a longer haul.  It’s going to take more than 100 days to fix problems that have been brewing for 28 years (the credit crisis), international competitiveness (60 years) and our lazy ass human nature (four or five billion years).  A couple of those problems *might* be solvable in 10 years, and we might make enough progress on them in the one to two year time range to be happy with a slight progress.

We still have a very vibrant economy and the rest of the world has slowed down quite a bit more than us (the U.S.) and quite a bit more than my local us (Texans), so we are sitting pretty watching the world tumble into a new shape.

I mentioned ye olde Fox “News” for this bit.

Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Neil Cavuto are all scheduled to broadcast live from tea parties in different cities across the country, and they’ve wasted little time in diligently working to boost attendance levels for these events.

Hannity has told his viewers, “And don’t forget, you can log on to our Web site to get all the details one week from tomorrow, our special, ‘Tax Day Tea Party’ show. You can attend. It’s live. It’s in Atlanta.”

[full article]

That link actually includes Dick Armey’s original call to arms, and a general response, from which I quoted above.

So it turned out to be a moderate success and the many, many times Republicans will gather to lament our new and profoundly different socialist tax system (which increases taxes four percent on the richest one percent of the population) can all be called “Tea Parties” and folks can drink the years ago, once or twice a month, until we get to vote again.

My hat goes off to Fox and the Fellow Tea-Partiers.  You have succeeded in manufacturing a new meme, perhaps even a social tradition, where people can gather and talk smack about the greatest black President in the History of the United States of America.

There, I said it.

I absolutely and truly belive that Barack Obama is the Greatest Black President in the History of the United States of America.  Yes, I also undertand that it could be said he is the Worst Black President in History, but the fact that both can be true at the same time is not one I wish to ponder endlessly.    As in 100 days I’ve seen a guy deal with multiple problems, on multiple fronts (inlcuding a violent one with him giving the go ahead on the snipers to whack the pirates), I have been impressed with Barry’s leadership.

He made some good, personal, points at the G20.  He has successfully shifted blame and responsibility for the economic stuff on his secretaries and their institutions.  A good idea, since his background isn’t really in big finance, like say an MBA like Bush (yea, I had to get one in there).  His decisions seem more moderate and pragmatic than what I think his truly liberal heart desires.   He understand he has to pick his battles, and has yet to *really* go after one.  Which I’m fine with.

The country in under a lot of strain, both economically and socially.  In addition to the economic woes, we have the immigration thing, which is changing what an American looks like.  And not in the Normal Rockwell sense, but in the 21st century sense.  White, Black, Asian, Latin, Other, we all have American in our blood, even the Natives.

We can party apart, and have our own venting Tea Parties, when the blood boils and the pot neeeds to whistle, so to speak, before it explodes.   Have a couple ‘rita’s and bitching is a time honored practice, and one I encourage on occasion.

But let’s keep things in perspective here.  We are in a Democracy, you have the right to vote.  We vote a lot (local, state, federal), and there’s other stuff you can do (outside of violate the law by not paying taxes), that help the situation, rather than stagnate the economy.  I guess the party supply industry should be  safe haven, either way.

We also need to work together to get the whole thing rocking again, at least in a more steady and sustainable way.  We just completed the roarin’ Aughts! (01-09) and now it’s time for the 10 year party to mark the end of millenium to end, and it’s time to get back to work building tomorrow.

Americans Re-Take Hijacked Tanker, Ninja Reportedly Absent (photo)

There was a recent attempted hijacking of a tanker off Somalia (again).  This one made the news because of the reported 21 Americans on board.

Turns out that wasn’t such a smart move by the pirates…

The US crew of a ship hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia has retaken control of the vessel, according to Pentagon sources.

Unnamed US defence officials said one pirate had been captured by the crew of the Danish-owned Maersk Alabama, which was seized earlier in the Indian Ocean.

The status of the other pirates was unknown, but officials said they were “in the water”.

[full story]

It looks like we even have an exclusive shot of the action, one which we here at Robot Pirate Ninja, find delectable.

The Rarely Seen Land Ninja finds a reading(!) Pirate.

The Rarely Seen Land Ninja finds a reading(!) Pirate.

Lobbying and the Exotic Game Preserve and Landfill

Got a few updates for you this week, both on a personal note and the standard “what’s going on in the world” beat.

Here’s the first video from my week, prepping to head down to Austin to talk to various Representatives and Senators about a problem that I am helping to create.  A quick bit of background on this one…I am a computer geek.  A hardcore one.  Have been since I was about 5 and first sat down at a computer.

Skip ahead about 30 years and computers have become ubiquitous in our lives.  They surround us, constantly.  We use them for everything, including most of our jobs.  I’m such a huge fan of computers that I’ve made it something of a personal goal to get one into the hands of every learning child (or adult) on the planet before I die (yea… I know…it’s my short “dream” bucket list). 

However, with every advancement of human civilization comes a cost.  The cost we have here, in one respent (there are others) is that many of these computing machines die, and where they go when they die has become a large question for our society.   Who cares for them when they die?  Who makes sure they are buried correctly?  Safely?  Are they re-incarnated?  Incincerated?  What are we doing with our marvelous silicon and [insert various elements here] creations?

And so it was that this question was thrown to me in the form of a job, organizing a community in order to solve a problem (what to do with these machines when they die) and represent a solution.  It in the guise of this solution that I visited Austin to present the best current forms of a solution, in the form of legislation for the State of Texas, to their offices.

Our solution?  Keep these beasts of metal and silicon out of places like the one I am going to show you below.  Get them back into circulation completely, and let the electrons flow again.   Keep all electronics, and their fabulous minds of metal, and exotic elements, out of the landfills.  Period.

Which brings us to the first video of the week…

And so it was, pimped out and proper that I headed down to the annual meeting of the organization I was working with…

…which brings us to the exotic game preserve / landfill where the annual meeting was to be held, prior to the main visis to the Capital building.

Here’s some video of that event.  Rest assured, I made a quick superman-like change from business to ultra-casual in the parking lot before the tour commenced…

The Basic Game Reserve and Tree Farm…

 

The Landfill..

 

The Giraffe…

And so it was that the week began, thinking of computers and petting giraffes.

Lobbying turned out to be as straightforward as possbile.  Call to set up an appointment with an aide.  Drop by an office and drop off a few hundred personal letters from that Representatives consituents.   Ask the aide to sponsor or co-author the bills that all the constituents wrote to ask about.  Follow-up with both aides and constituents.

Rinse, Recycle, Repeat.

That’s the democratic process, right there.  At least the part that happens between elections when the real work gets done.  In a democracy we often think that once the election is over, our part in the process is finished.   In the real world, the election is only the start and end of a pragmatically infinite process.  It is a process that requires constant attention in order to influence the outcome.   Hence the reason it is such a fabulous game to play.

The way I played this game last week started out at a landfill went to the Capital (which has some curious similarities with the landfill…) and then back to the street to get some more pressure on those legislators who wanted to hear more about the issue.   More pressure and more letters and more people.

And very little money.  Such is how it works in the grassroots.  The grassroots of Texas that can, like the heartland of Africe, support some very interesting game.

More updates on this one coming.  The Texas Legislature is only in session for just under two more months, and some of the bills are making progress.   I’ll let you know how it all rolls out…

 

The Model (TM) = Turing Machine (TM)

[ed note: this is for people who have read some of my book.  I’m about to update all the free chapters and add the fourth one, so this could be considered a bit of pre-ambles, or teaser, before I get to that.]

So I was doing a bit of reading about some stuff and wanted to make something clear about my book (and this is mainly for Marty…you handsome devil, you).  What I am describing in the mathematical and computational chapters of the book (i.e. the phyiscs I use as meta-physics) is what is called a “Turing Machine.”   My concept of a Turing Machine (TM) is called in my book, “The Model” (TM), and it is used to calculate things, including itself.

That last bit is the tricky part of designing a good model (err, a perfect one…or as close to perfect as possible), and I think that might be where many people become confused.   Luckily, I’ve provided a couple of appendices on recursion and hope people read them.

Main point of this post is simply this, TM = TM.  Got it?