|Monday, August 20th, 2001|
2:23p - the best part is, this is completely accurate
WARNING: Do NOT calculate Pi in binary. It is conjectured that this number is normal, meaning that it contains ALL finite bit strings.
If you compute it, you will be guilty of:
Copyright infringement (of all books, all short stories, all newspapers, all magazines, all web sites, all music, all movies, and all software, including the complete Windows source code)
Possession of child pornography
Espionage (unauthorized possession of top secret information)
Possession of DVD-cracking software
Possession of threats to the President
Possession of everyone's SSN, everyone's credit card numbers, everyone's PIN numbers, everyone's unlisted phone numbers, and everyone's passwords
Defaming Islam. Not technically illegal, but you'll have to go into hiding along with Salman Rushdie.
Defaming Scientology. Which IS illegal -- just ask Keith Henson.
Also, your computer will contain all of the nastiest known computer viruses. In fact, all of the nastiest POSSIBLE computer viruses.
Some of the files on my PC are intensely personal, and I for one don't want you snooping through a copy of them.
You might get away with computing just a few digits, but why risk it? There's no telling how far into Pi you can go without finding the secret documents about the JFK assassination, a photograph of your neighbor's six year old daughter doing the nasty with the family dog, or a complete copy of the not-yet-released Pearl Harbor movie. So just don't do it.
The same warning applies to e, the square root of 2, Euler's constant, Phi, the cosine of any non-zero algebraic number, and the vast majority of all other real numbers.
There's a reason why these numbers are always computed and shown in decimal, after all.
current mood: amused
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(talking about my ex)
ZorbaTHut: . . . sort of. we were good friends despite not having known each other very long. we'd told each other a lot of stuff we hadn't told anyone else - we just sort of bonded instantly.
ZorbaTHut: empathized tremendously and all.
Wolfe14K: I know exactly how that is...I have a friend like that.
ZorbaTHut: friends like that are good . . .
. . . and then there's the bit I backspaced over before hitting enter, that started as "since then, I've found a bunch more, at least" . . . then realizing that I haven't.
I have sort of. I've found people who can talk to me. I don't even pretend to understand why people are willing to tell me everything after only knowing them a week. or less. But it's happened at least half a dozen times now, probably more.
But . . . sigh . . . I still don't open up very much. I'm just really good at drawing others out :/ *they* talk to *me*, and I'm so good at steering the conversation in the opposite direction, and I've gotten the entire why-my-ex-left-me routine down so well, that nobody ever really has to know me.
this is my first protected entry . . . I'm not entirely certain why I picked this particular group of people for this . . . I've titled it "balance", and it consists of people who probably won't (or, at least, shouldn't) feel guilty about relying on me too much, because either they don't, or I rely on them also.
bah. I'm in a weird mood tonight :/
Comments are appreciated, as always . . .
current mood: indescribable
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11:22p - teen depression and Starship Troopers (no, there's no connection)
First order of business: this entry of mine has been added to the LJ topic directory. Odd. I suppose, though, if any of my entries were going to be added, it oughta be that one. (*how* many times was that one linked exactly?)
Second order of business: Starship Troopers is an even better movie than I remember.
Now, I'm sure I'm going to get people poking at me and saying "but it's just an action movie!" Well, yes. That's the point. It's an ACTION MOVIE. And it's actually really funny, too. There are some *hilarious* bits in it - even the ones that look more like government propaganda than movie bits. Those are absolutely beautiful.
It's also just plain made well. I was very rarely saying "wow, the special effects are good" - because you don't notice. It just flows in seamlessly. I *was* criticizing their tactics, which were occasionally abhorrent, but the special effects just sort of worked :)
It's not the book, and I'm not going to pretend it is. The book is great. But so's the movie! So go watch it :P And don't read the book first, because then you'll think it's going to be like that, and it ain't. But read the book afterwards, because it's good.
This may be my last entry in Seattle, btw. Be back in a day or two.
(or it might not.)
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