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The razor-blade singularity

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Razor blade technology curve graph

The Economist has a great article about disposable shaving razor technology and it’s similarities to the singularity. They apply both Moore’s law and a standard power curve to the number of blades in “cutting edge razor technology” (pun intended).

I’m not sure if I want to laugh or cry. Perhaps I’ll do both!

More talk of the future

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

/. links to a rather interesting article by Kevin Kelly on his speculations on the future of science. Kevin Kelly is a fantastic writer and co-founder of Wired Magazine and his views on the future make for a well-informed read.

Of particular note and agreement of mine are his points about Combinatorial Sweep Exploration, Evolutionary Search and Wiki-Science. I firmly believe that as technology increases and processing power becomes so powerful as to make research tasks that would be inconceivable by todays standards easy and possible in the blink of an eye.

As computers are able to use evolutionary genetic algorithms to explore further from the solid research foundation of todays scientific knowledge base, and have explore near limitless variations within reasonable amounts of time.

Wiki’s and other collaborative technologies are quickly going to be replaced by future AI based information retrieval systems, but today lay a solid indexable knowledge base on the internet. We are already starting to see how collaborative internet technologies are changing scientific research forever and helping to rapidly advance human knowledge.

Update: I just keep reading more and more from Technicum, Keven Kelly’s blog. It’s GREAT stuff – I highly encourage everyone to consume it immediately!

Epic ‘Illin

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

I’ve now officially been sick for an entire week, and I’m right ready to be done with it! I wrestle with the question of if going to work at all this week was a good idea. Sadly I think I made it all worse last night:

After leaving work a bit early (it was a holiday after all) I thought I was feeling well enough to go out and get some food. Jason and I went to Tre Charlies for the usual good-food experience. Sadly there was more than the normal amount of drama and tragedy, but alas, such is the way of the cold-hearted city.

Upon getting home I was starting to feel a bit worse for wear again so I popped in the Matrix trilogy, downed some Nyquil, and cuddled up with puppy. About 20 hours later I had gotten about 10 hours of sleep, and made my way through the Matrix, Reloaded, Revolutions, and more special features than you can shake a virtual stick at.

Tonight I’m actually feeling worse than I’ve felt since Monday. I just ventured out to the QFC to get some more flu meds (thank you Thera-flu), some sickly food, and some Gatorade.

In continuing with my epic cinema theme I just popped in the The Fellowship of the Ring, and am yet again cuddling up with my couch for the long haul. I am supposed to go watch some of the Alien series with Jason, but if I’m feeling this badly I think I’ll give it a miss.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Friday, March 17th, 2006

And a happy one it is indeed! For the first time in a week I got a great nights sleep, and feel for the most part better. I still have a sore throat and some minor body aches, but coming into work was much easier.

I’m also in a good mood because I’ve made some progress with some of the stresses at work that I’ve been going through. I had a long heart to heart with my manager yesterday and it really helped put me in a better mood.

I’m looking forward to sleeping a lot this weekend. I’ve been getting 12+ hours of sleep a night (of varying quality) since I got sick and I think it’s been helping. Taking it easy over the weekend and not pushing myself like I have been during the week should help quite a bit.

The wave of nature

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Alternative title: The Eye Of God. Another in my eye series – this one I did last night. I was trying for a Tsunami’s wave in the iris but I’m not sure if it came out quite right.

In other news I’m feeling better today then yesterday. I still have a sore throat and some minor body aches, but I’m over all no longer feeling “sick” and merely feeling “craptastic”.

I love my car!

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

I just have to say for the record that I love my car! This morning I dropped my GLI off at the dealership for it’s 10k service and got a Golf as a loaner. It’s such a familiar car with the same dash layout, same interior (aside from the GLI having much better finishes) – the difference is in the ride.

The GLI is a work of art – meant to be driven, meant to be pushed. The GTI on the other hand is designed to get you from point A to point B – no frills, no turbo, no sport suspension, and certainly not the extra 100 or so horsepower that make life so much fun!

And no – people don’t need to point out the hundreds of cars nicer than mine, I’m just enjoying my car now that it’s all new.

Also: for the record I’m starting to feel much better. A good night of natural sleep seems to be just what I’ll need to be back at 100% for tomorrow!

Ambien can be worse for you

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006


As I discovered in my previous post going out shooting photographs in the cold winter weather while feeling a little off can make you sick. As I discovered last night taking sleeping medication with flu medication can have it’s own collection of side effects.

At some point last night I was having trouble sleeping so I took some Ambien to help me calm down and get to sleep. Unfortunately I had forgotten quite how hypnotic Ambien can be, and particularly that effect doubles when combined with Nyquil or other non-perscription sleeping aids. I had taken a regular dose of Nyquil an hour or so previously to help with my flu.

I do not even remember taking the Ambien last night, but I do remember intending to do so. I don’t remember anything else about the evening – but apparently I had quite the adventure. When I woke up this morning I was sprawled out on the kitchen floor with Skype and my powerbook at my side, and the above image staring at me. I don’t remember even working on the image yesterday, yet alone making such a nightmarish image from poor Tres and his damn eyes! There were huge messes in the kitchen and living room I don’t remember making, and apparently I threw up again at some point last night (thankfully in the bathroom where it belongs).

I also apparently had some rather incoherent conversations on MSN messenger last night and in reviewing my logs I’m reminded how just how potent Ambien can be. No wonder there are so many reports of Ambien driving floating around there. Don’t get me wrong – Ambien is the best sleeping aid I’ve found yet but it should be respected and taken carefully to avoid potentially disastrous consequences.

Luckily getting another 14 hours of drug-fueled sleep last night seemed to help matters quite a bit. I still feel under the weather today, but no longer completely floored sick. The antibiotics are working quite nicely and hopefully tonight I’ll be able to get a good (natural) nights sleep!

Remember folks – Ambien can be a great sleeping aid, but don’t mix it with anything. In my case the results were not too disastrous, but that won’t always be the case.

Photography can be bad for you.

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Saturday started out good with a photoshoot with Tres, but ended badly with the plague. I think it was being a little off-kilter combined with being out in the cold air for a good 2 hours with Tres, but it pushed me over the edge and made me quite ill. Luckily I got some great shots out of my excursion so it was at least not a total loss.

Sunday I spent most of the day laying in bed swathed in a Nyquil haze. Luckily I am one of those people that can heal off anything short of an amputation with enough Nyquil and sleep.

Today I’m going to be resting and making myself feel better. My fever is back down to a manageable level (it was hovering around 101 yesterday) and my doctor has given me some antibiotics. Hopefully I should be back on my feet tomorrow and back at work before too much of it piles up.

Manic Thursdays?

Thursday, March 9th, 2006


So I think Jason was right when he commented on my mood swings: they exist and seem to be getting worse. We talked about this a bit during lunch today, and I thought about it quite a bit last night. They started about the same time as I quit smoking, and have been getting more and more pronounced over the last two weeks.

I’m not sure if the two things are related, but I sure am interested to find out what’s causing them. One moment I’m manic and singing in the office, the next I feel completely down and want to quit my job and go herd sheep in Algeria.

It’s not all bad though – when I’m up I’m WAY up – much more manic, cheerful, and bubbly than even I normally am. Unfortunately the reverse is also true and when I’m down I’m in a simply foul mood.

I’m trying to find ways to channel my emotions and see if I can keep myself in a good mood. When I’m up I’m productive, happy, and the world is a great place. If I don’t figure out how to get a handle on all this soon I might make an appointment to talk to my doctor and see if there is anything he could do to help.

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