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words from "the most important intellectual alive" [Dec. 9th, 2007|03:53 pm]
What if Iran had invaded and occupied Canada and Mexico and was arresting U.S. government representatives there on the grounds that they were resisting the Iranian occupation (called "liberation," of course). Imagine as well that Iran was deploying massive naval forces in the Caribbean and issuing credible threats to launch a wave of attacks against a vast range of sites -- nuclear and otherwise -- in the United States, if the U.S. government did not immediately terminate all its nuclear energy programs (and, naturally, dismantle all its nuclear weapons). Suppose that all of this happened after Iran had overthrown the government of the U.S. and installed a vicious tyrant (as the US did to Iran in 1953), then later supported a Russian invasion of the U.S. that killed millions of people (just as the U.S. supported Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran in 1980, killing hundreds of thousands of Iranians, a figure comparable to millions of Americans). Would we watch quietly?

This is the kind of question we should be asking.

It would also do americans some good to realize that the most effective barrier to a White House decision to launch a war is the kind of organized popular opposition that frightened the political-military leadership enough in 1968 that they were reluctant to send more troops to Vietnam -- fearing, we learned from the Pentagon Papers, that they might need them for civil-disorder control.
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(no subject) [Nov. 1st, 2007|10:25 pm]

Please just make this man president already, for christsake.
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(no subject) [Jul. 15th, 2007|03:35 am]

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I like not knowing where they're headed [Jul. 11th, 2007|12:46 am]
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(no subject) [Jun. 24th, 2007|03:28 am]
For the past year or more (I cant remember how long exactly), I've felt something like a void looking at the world through human eyes. Not in a bad way. I feel, actually I know, that this is the most natural, most lucid state for a mind to be in. The only thing that distinguishes this mindset from that of any other person is the absence of the onion-skin structure of concentric lies about what my "identity" is supposed to consist of. Or maybe if they aren't completely absent at least to me they're now transparent. The qualities that distinguish one person from another come first from heredity, and then from the environment and the probabilistic fractal-evolution of the human mind. There is no "you" or "me", just as there is no electron A or electron B; there is only one electron field that exists everywhere in spacetime. The fact that something as far-removed as knowledge isn't intrinsically shared between us has no bearing on the fact that the mechanism at the root of consciousness is everywhere and is infinite. This mechanism is the only part of the entire conscious process that could be regarded as sacred and spiritual. Everything else, although real, is chemistry and is understood. That is the major contradiction in many spiritual viewpoints: the soul is regarded as the fundamental distinction between individual minds. But on the contrary, the miraculous self-assertion of consciousness occurs at a level that is more fundamental than anything that divides us.
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(no subject) [May. 4th, 2007|10:54 pm]
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended now supports MATLAB.

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This is going to be a mess (dont have time...) [Apr. 19th, 2007|10:50 pm]
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Not ashamed to say it... D-term is giving me a run for my money.

But at least I'm continuing to figure things, and myself, out. As I've stumbled out of my sort of local hole here and talked to more physics majors, I've learned that my GPA is really even less impressive than I thought. But it probably wont matter in the end because I'll get into grad school somewhere, and regardless I'm still going to be one of the best prepared for the things I want to do.

I'm deciphering the patterns of my procrastination. Besides this. The more I break down why I dont want to work or why I don't think I can solve some specific problem, the more I seem to overtake the limitation. I'm really not ashamed to admit that this is also the first term I've ever experimented with using Adderall to medicate my ADD. I was never quite sure if I agreed with my diagnosis over the years, but I guess its probably correct. Actually, I can definitely see why this drug is prescribed to people with this condition. It really is helpful, but still I'm really thankful that this wasn't shoved down my throat as a child.

I finally have a LaTeX package working on my computer. I'm really pumped about this, and it makes me reallllly want to do cool physics research even more because I know whatever equations I write are going to look completely awesome. The prospect of that cool something being Bose-Einstein condensate is seeming better by the minute...

But speaking of physics, I really honestly think I might know what this revolution everyone's been waiting for might entail.

Give it some time.

Now I have to go decide what music to play loud so I can spare my roomates' ears what they don't want to hear.
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BEC [Apr. 12th, 2007|01:20 am]
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[music |Do Make Say Think - Goodbye Enemy Airship]

I wanted to pause here for a minute to give a shout out to one of my (grad student) friends. I'm honestly starting to really consider theoretical Bose-Einstein Condensate as maybe the right path for me, if I ever get into grad school. Anyway, anyone who's able should definitely go to this thing...


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Physics Department Colloquium

Jim Stickney
Title: Atomoptics and atomtronics
Monday April 16, 4:00 pm, Olin 107

The invention of the laser in the early 1960s caused a revolution in
modern optics. Lasers found applications in medicine,
telecommunications, information storage, and, perhaps most importantly,
precision measurements. The state of matter known as Bose-Einstein
condensate (BEC) is the matter-wave equivalent of laser light. Because
they are much more sensitive, it is believed that BEC-based
"atomoptical" devices will eventually replace many current laser-based
devices used in precision measurements. BEC based devices that are
analogous to electronic devices may also be possible. In an
"atomtronic" device, the atoms in the BEC play the role of the electrons
in an electronic circuit. In this presentation, the current state of
BEC-based devices will be discussed, with particular emphasis how
atom-atom interactions affect their operation.


This guy has helped me understand the subtleties of quantum physics more than probably anyone in the department, including faculty. And his views on reality and consciousness are pretty awesome(ly similar to my own).

Anyway yeah, go to this thing. If you want to understand how reality works on the small scale, Jim is the guy to ask. Or me, duh..
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2007 yearbook -- front/binding/back [Mar. 19th, 2007|01:39 am]
Yearbook is a kindof low-key operation at my school.

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token break update thing [Mar. 11th, 2007|01:13 am]
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[music |Portugal, the man - chicago]

It was tough for me to let go of the lost notebook I spent so much energy filling in over the past year. Thankfully most of the drawings live on in some secondary digital form. I filled in my first page of a new Moleskin this week. Im trying to blend smooth polynomial (differentiable) lines with fractal (scale-invariant, non-differentiable) components. I'm creating noise and then challenging myself to find new ways of interpolating coherent images from it.

I should be happy with the way this past quarter went overall, but I'm also a little disappointed because it was so, so close to being much better.

QM 2 - B
Relativity - A
grad QM - B

That last B...was bullshit.

Ive made it into the clear, academically. Its nothing but the deep, interesting coursework I want from here on in (except two social science classes). I've already accomplished my goal for this year to deeply understand quantum mechanics. I'm hoping over the next school year I'll take some big strides towards understanding quantum field theory, even though that will undoubtedly take more than just one year, with everything I'm going to have on my plate.

I'm going to be doing my sufficiency (final humanities project for you non-wpiers) next quarter...we'll see how well this coexists with grad QM, partial differential equations and statistical mechanics.
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