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Day February 10, 2009

Playing With Gears

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I finished reading Accelerando last Friday. The author — Charles Stross — took the concept of the Singularity in directions I didn’t anticipate and fully employed his background of computer science and system administration. Advanced civilizations running timing attacks against the space-time continuum out beyond the Bootes void? Sign me up. That’s the kind of thing I want to read about.

Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Taleb made an appearance on CNBC yesterday. The reaction of the resident panelists beautifully illustrates the paucity of critical thought which got us into the current financial crisis. Give us a metric! A single metric which indicates economic recovery!

How about a pink slip for anyone who would ask such a lame question?

Everyone Needs A Fixer

Stumbled serendipitously across this well cut fanvid last night. The scenes are excerpted from Wong Kar Wai’s Fallen Angels and set to Tricky’s She Makes Me Wanna Die. The actress is Michelle Reis.

1963 Sputnik, Luna 3, Vostok, Venera Stamps

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Here is a small group of vintage canceled CCCP stamps depicting several different space craft. From left to right: Sputnik 1, Luna 3 — possibly — and Vostok, and maybe a Venera probe.