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|Saturday, January 1st, 2011|
|Not Posting so much...
So my last post on here was in June 2010 (I was going to say 'of this year', but...).
It's pretty clear that I don't post here much any more, but I do still write stuff on occasion. I still log on here weekly (or so) to catch up with folks.
If people are interested in what I have to say (and it's totally fine if ye aren't ;) ), I post infrequently on http://www.brilyn.net
If you're not interested in Philosophy all that much (and I'm aiming to keep it relatively focused), then it may not be your cup of tea.
|Thursday, June 24th, 2010|
|Thursday, May 13th, 2010|
|Saturday, May 1st, 2010|
|Saturday, April 24th, 2010|
|Tuesday, April 20th, 2010|
|Sunday, April 11th, 2010|
|Saturday, April 10th, 2010|
|Homeopathy Awareness Week
So it's international Homeopathy Awareness week. And I fully agree with the Homeopaths that everyone should know about Homeopathy.
If you don't know what's wrong with homeopathy, watch this.
If you don't know what's wrong with what she's saying, please ask me. Because she's completely wrong on everything. Including basic Algebra. Yes, she gets High school level math wrong. (yes, yes, Secondary school math... I'm being indoctrinated by the Canadians... ;) )
When you multiply something by 0, you get 1, right? At least, according to "Dr" Werner that's what you get.
|Monday, March 29th, 2010|
|Saturday, February 20th, 2010|
|An end and a beginning
So I've had brilyn.net as my domain for a long time. Almost a decade, since 2001.
Since that time it's been linked with Angelfire, a cheapass (aka free) hosting site that dumped advertisements all over the place and generally looked cheap and nasty. But hey, it was free, and it was just a personal site.
I've been tutoring Philosophy for the last couple years, and the flyers-on-campus route is hit and miss. I get referrals from the Student Union's tutoring website, but it's... well, a trickle of income. I tested out facebook advertising for the Freethinkers a few months back. It seemed fairly cheap (I can limit the cost to a dollar a day, or so, if I so choose).
So. As of tomorrow (or whenever the DNS propagates), the old brilyn.net is toast, and a new brilyn.net is up and running, as a website to push tutoring. I'll be coupling that with a facebook advertising scheme that will be targeted to the Vancouver area.
This is largely an experiment, though the investment is fairly minimal: $100 for a year of hosting, plus $30 for the first month of advertising. If I can pull two hours of tutoring a month (from this site alone), I'll cover costs ($20/hr is my usual rate). Let's see how it works out.
|Saturday, February 6th, 2010|
|Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010|
On a different note:
If you haven't seen this seatbelt ad, you should watch it. Over and over again... I know I have. ;) Find more videos like this on AdGabber
The quality is such that it tolerates going full-screen quite well.
This blows me away. Its attention to detail, its implementation of metaphor, the subtleties... it's phenomenal.
The girl-as-angel stepping down
into the shot.
The girl's eyes tightly shot as she holds her father back.
The grim determination on the wife's face.
The Moonlight Sonata-esque musical number (which is largely just single piano notes.
The use of the slow to fast moment-of-impact back to slow motif that is common in many accident commercials, but is merely used here to imply
the moment of accident.
Sheer, unadulterated genius.
Whoever came up with this concept (including those who put it together) are, I suspect, under appreciated, and underpaid.
|Sunday, January 31st, 2010|
|Trying a new MMO
I've been trying a new MMO recently, and I kinda like it.
It's kinda a splice between Magic: The Gathering, and an MMO. Everyone's a wizard, so if you don't like that, you're not going to like this.
If you want to give it a try, there's an invite code that gets me stuff... ;)
Redeem this at www.wizard101.com/friend
|Saturday, December 26th, 2009|
|A Rational Basis for Belief
Given some recent nonsense on another Journal I feel it's necessary to clarify my position. Actually not just my
position, but the position held by many people. While the route taken to this judgement is uniquely mine, the judgement itself (if not this exact expression of that judgement) is shared by many others the world over.
I'm going to deal with a few notions, and I'll try to be as explicit as possible. If I say that "if you believe that it's ok to sell alt-med services without some sort of concerted effort to determine if the actually
work or not, then you are a moron", then I will try to define "alt-med", "alt-med services", "selling alt-med services", how "to determine if they actually
work or not", and (of course) "moron".
First, I'm going to open with some generally held beliefs. I've veered away from my usual polemical style, though I have no doubt that certain people will find the below outline to be controversial nonetheless. To them I can only say: please make explicit your disagreement. If you disagree with my conclusion, then you must (as a matter of rationality) disagree with something prior in the argument. If you accept all the premises but disagree with the conclusion (and have no additional reasons to present), then your disagreement is most likely a matter of personal investment and emotion, not of rationality. It has been said to me that "I don't believe you to be capable of making a reasoned and unbiased judgement on this issue". Well now. Let's begin...
Let's start with the idea that we must respect one another's beliefs. This is part of that horrible, horrible
line of nonsense that is Post-Modernism. ( Respecting BeliefsCollapse )( EvidenceCollapse )( KnowingCollapse )( ScienceCollapse )( Knowing that something works Collapse )( MedicineCollapse )( Complementary Medicine/Alternative MedicineCollapse )
|Friday, December 11th, 2009|
|Monday, December 7th, 2009|
|Thursday, December 3rd, 2009|
|I hate Essays.
I really hate writing essays. I have one due tomorrow morning, but it's such a pain in the ass.
The main question is, basically, "what model of scientific explanation does Darwin's theory of natural selection (as Ernst Mayr describes it) operate under?".
I have to write 2000 words on the topic.
The answer to the question is
"As per page 445 of our text, it's a causal theory. Quote "... induced him [Darwin] to introduce a third causal theory". The end."
Paper written in 25 words. I now need to expand that by two orders of magnitude, as I'm pretty sure that 25 words gets me an F (and fails me the course).
|Saturday, November 28th, 2009|
Bleach is an Anime that focuses on death. I just watched the third Bleach movie (Fade to Black, you'll have problems understanding what's going on if you've never watched any of the series), and it raises interesting ideas:
If you know someone well, someone important in your life, they die, and you subsequently (but unrelatedly) experience amnesia such that you completely forget about their existence... Do you experience loss? Could you? Is the possibility of 'sadness' lost with the memory of that person? Have you actually
lost anything? Does the memory 'loss', itself, constitute loss? Is there a difference? Is the knowledge of the loss necessary to the bodily experience (take whatever implication of that phrase that you want) of loss?
If yes to any of the above questions: what conception of the human body is necessary for those ideas to make sense? On a dualist (material world + some other non-material) conception I can see a lot of 'yes's' to the above, contingent upon other factors (where is memory stored? does the body have a memory store separate to the mind/soul/whatever? Then there's questions of retrieval and duplication)
On a purely materialist/empiricist conception, is there any justifications for 'yes's? Is all memory *only* stored in the brain? (my own view is purely materialist, and 'no' to all the above questions, and 'yes' to memory only being stored in the brain)