Saturday, 3 January 2015

You just don't say that!

I was once at a Sunday Lunch party where everyone stopped taking just after a large old while man informed the wife of a Judge, "I'm a racist." She was clearly of a heritage that had the roots of its family tree in the Indian sub-contenant.

Now this was not meant to be malicious, or even funny. It was simply a statement of fact. The individual  was of one Nationality, passed almost the entirity of his adult life in England,  and spent over forty years working with and in "Forigne Countries".

Now before I let your blood boil, (or maybe you are happy with an old white man telling a lovely small brown battle-axe that he is a racist?) He was talking literally. He was expressing an objection to other Nationalities... He might defend himself, "obviously I'm not colourist" because his list of friends and acquaintances seemed to mostly be composed of minority groups.

He had once passed an agreeable evening as the exclusive guest of an African King. That evening they both agreeded that they were Racist: The could not stand their neighbours based on the difference of culture. Obviously this, once again had nothing to do with the colour of one's skin, (which would probably have no bearing on western culture were it not such a strong psychological issue in the collective conciousness of the USA. [0] )

As usual, I hope that you are still comfortable, relaxed and curious as to where I'm going with this, (and not about to damage anything in your environment.)

Last night I was invited to, (and attended) a little gathering. I was a group of women and myself, (boyfriends and husbands had been left at home.) During the evening it was annacdotally established that most women do pee in the shower, and that every single one of the guests had been on holiday, at some time in the previous twenty years and had a memory of men in those countries treating them like posetions. We discust the issue and they seemed to expect it implicity as being part of their culture. After a while I pointed out that though disgusting, it was racist to object. racisem sees them as other, while we actually all live on one planet and are once speciece. There are invisible lines that we call countries, but those are rapidly melting. The approach of men, from the chat-up-line to the wolf-whistle shows no sign of abating. The only solution that we found last night was a regretion to an imagined past, (I think some of them have been watching too much Dounton Abbey) where no one would even speak to another person until they had been introduced by a third party, (there are exceptions for those in positions of authorty: Police and those wearing livery or uniform that indicates that they are open to particular types of requests: Please may I have a room for the night; may I have a 1/4 of midgit-jems and 1/4 of cough-candy?

I asked if they thought that we should push for more, to help them in the battle-of-the-sexes by stipulating that men should, where possible avert their eyes and cross the street to avoid a woman walking on her own. They failed to reach a conclusion while the conversation drifted off into inquiry as to how much attention was flatering and even enjoyable. It seems that some people do like being cruised, and though no always means no it would be nice if people looked out for signs and voluntarily disengaged at the earliest indication of resistance.

[0] There seems to be an obsession within their psyche that  continues to punish themselves for slavery [1], which leads to both a masochistic reaction in some and a pathological reaction in others. If you want to research that, compare the USA penal system with plantation slavery, (are any of the prisons built on former plantations?)

[1] Slavery is a bleak environment, and though liberal western minds have a conditioned reflex that boils down to, "Slavery = Bad" when we look at the number of voluntary slaves and the historic conditions of the best cared for slaves, (I'm talking ancient Rome and Greece - where most slaves didn't have a the quality of life that you enjoy, but relative to their owners... a conversation for another time.)

Friday, 5 September 2014

On the time of whom?

Another Sunday morning Speculation, (where one of the many things that puzzle me get posted in the form of a research hypothesis.)

It is the start of a new academic year for many and that gives me the perfect setting for something that I've wondered for a while:

Imagine that ten women arrive at University and are all put together in the same house. They have communal everything and sleep in a long dormitory with five beds down one side and five down the other, (more like a boot-camp than a University.)

My question, (and I can find no papers on this) is this: presuming that when they arrive they are not all menstruating on the same day of the month, and that with time they sync up - which girl is the anchor that they move into sync with, (if any - maybe it is more egalitarian than patriarchal and they all move the required time to arrive at a mean time, (statistics, not puns!) )

Then the next questions are: how and why? If it is controlled by pheromones then it should be possible to create a contraceptive mist that would change cyclically to avoid the more rapid sections of hormonal fluctuation that exist, (e.g. day 13 oestrogen crash). Which could lead to happier lives, (but further speculation is poetic at best and futile or damaging, until the first question is confirmed.)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Dark thinking with Quaternions

When I hear about the fourth, (or more) spacial dimensions it reminds me of
Quaternion multiplication.

I am impressed the indignation for the square-root of -1 seemed to be an impediment to an equation, and the gall of using i as a solution. I'm amused that in many cases that provides the solution to an actual equation resulting in a solution back in the plain of the number line.

Just as we can avoid the physical limits of three gimbals and the associated problems with Euler angles by converting our calculation to using quaternions I would argue that i,j and k do not exist, but that we need to imagine that they do in order for our minds to accept the logic that teleports us from problem to solution.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Dark Energy vs Dark Matter

(some) Speculation, (not proven science!)

Dark Matter = missing mass of a galaxy, (about 26.8% of stuff)
Dark Energy = fuel the expansion of the universe (about 68.3% of stuff)

If all visible matter from the standard model is only about 5% of mass-energy within the space-time of this universe, and theoretically, about half of all mass-energy should be anti-matter, then 13.4% of stuff should be anti-dark matter and 34.15% should be anti-dark energy.

Until we prove otherwise I'm going to presume that Dark Matter is cosmic phlogiston and the measured variations in the rotation of stars within some galaxies is caused by a property of either space-time or the interaction between space-time and mass-energy.

Dark Energy, on the other hand is proof of other {mem}brains interacting with this one.

Bonus round

Is there an experiment to demonstrate the speed of force through a solid? (To disprove the "fastest way to communicate with the moon is to send Morse code by constructing a solid rod all the way from earth, and pushing on one the Earth end to press the Morse key on the moon.") I can see that the inertia of the rod would prevent the message getting there faster than a laser photon, but how much slower would it be?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Programming paradigms and economic modles

(Haskell has a functional paradigm while Objective-C is imperative.)

"If  John Maynard Keynes economic model can be thought of as being functional then Friedrich Hayek's model would be imperative."

Discuss. Which is more socialist.


Keynes seems to see the macro financial system as being as static as a Haskell variable, which leads to the conclusion that a government can inject/invest its way out of a financial crisis. This idea comes from the perceived perpetual existence of society and that a nation is a perpetual-money-machine that sometimes needs a kick.

F.A. Hayek focuses on the individual micro economics and scales up, (ad absurdum from Keyne's point of view.) This is more realistic because indefinite growth on a physically finite planet is ludicrus.

Keynes might point out that money, like numbers themselves are infinite.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Stairing at a Designing

When I first saw MinuteLabs Corner-reflector I was designing a new wooden staircase. It was to connect the upper floor of a house with a lower one, but with some unusual constrains. I looked into the local laws that I could find, and the usual calculations dictated by logic and human proportions, (I didn't find www.blocklayer.com Stairs Calculator until much later.)

To that end I plan to create an interactive system where by you enter the height, [0] (between the ground level of the upper floor and the lower level) and the depth within which the staircase has to fit. You can toggle risers on or off, (for steep stairs they would be off automatically.)

Then the system would calculate how many steps you would, (or should) need and how close to being a ladder, (vertical) or decking, (horizontal).

The BlockLayer site even calculates the piece of wood that you need. The only option that it seems to be missing is the ability to set the treads into slots in the stringer, (the long side part of the staircase) rather than notching.

Once I dig out my notes, I'll add the measurements, calculations and regulations that I found.

[0] Actually just dragging the staircase like the laser in the corner-reflector seems like a better human interaction design.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Windows Desktop Automation

Have you ever needed to have your mouse click over and over while you were not there? Do you want to set up hotkeys to auto-complete a piece of text, (like an email sign-off) that you find yourself doing over and over each day?

I downloaded nine different piece of software and "Auto Clicker", though commercial, did seem to be winning.

I wanted something that could click three buttons, in order, with a 10 second pause between loops. Most importantly it had to be able to loop until I stopped it.

Then I found AutoHotKey. It was not the easiest to use. I did have to read the amazingly well written manual, (and in this day-n-age it seems that no one wants to read manuals, or rather RTFM==design_flaw.)

It reminded me of NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) and one I got used to it, (about five minutes) I started to see just how powerful AutoHotKey is. First of all I added:

F6:: Reload ; why isn't this in the default script?

So that I could reload the changes as I hacked them. You see AHK is powered by a simple, yet hugely comprehensive, scripting language.

But wait - there's more! I was thinking, "wouldn't it be nice if I could train AHK." I wanted to be able to do the clicking on the screen and have it just learn. I didn't want to have to use the "Window Spy" that came with it. Well with v1.0.48.05 there is, ( C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoHotKey\AutoScriptWriter\AutoScriptWriter.exe which will do just that!.

So if you have written a program, (or even just a bash script) then AHK will be simple. If email confounds you then www.asoftwareplus.com 's "Auto Clicker Typer" might be more your speed, (though it would not loop for ever, I could get close with ACT by using copy-n-paste to duplicate my three buttons many times, (a few hundred) and then setting the Loop option to over nine thousand.) The biggest problem with ACT was the errors when it tried to access the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\AutoClickerTyper\AutoScript entry in the registry, (though clicking Continue seemed to work in most cases.)

So AutoHotKey is officially added to my list of "good stuff" in the windows software category. Thank you Chris Mallet and others.

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