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The Two Towers

Just got back from the late show of The Two Towers. Great film; some of the sequences were absolutely mindblowing.

Reading The Silmarillion earlier this year added a whole new dimension too. The world was created in song - what a fine notion.

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American TV shows

It suddenly dawned on me that in the years to come, I might not remember the names of some of the familiar TV shows I've watched (occasionally) and enjoyed over the past year. So, for posterity..

  • 24

  • The West Wing

  • Alias

  • That 70s Show

  • The Simpsons

  • Malcom in the Middle

  • Grounded for Life

  • Boston Public

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The Year in Pictures

I always like to see the 'Year in Pictures' types of compilation at around this time. I see there's a post of MetaFilter with a good collection, with MSNBC the best I've seen yet.

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The Minature Earth

What would the world be like if you scaled the population down to just 100? The Minature Earth - appreciate what you have; and do your best to make a better world.

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Paradigms

A paradigm story:

There is a man at home. There is is a man wearing a mask. There is a man coming home.

What's going on here? Well, the answer depends on who you're asking. The typical answer is a robbery in progress or similar. However, ask a construction worker, they'll speak of home extension and improvement by contractors. Ask a sports player, they'll think of a game of baseball.

It all comes down to the rules by which we understand and reason about the world and the things within it. And that is a paradigm.

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Stevens Pass

I'm currently taking a little break during the intermission of Lawrence of Arabia. Great film so far.

As the snow has been steadily falling in the hills all week, I headed up to Stevens Pass today. Although it's a two hour drive, it was well worth it. They're still claiming early season conditions but there were no rocks at all, it was great. First time with my new equipment, which I'm now really very pleased with. I was delighted to discover I'm also not back at square one - after a few moments it came back quickly. That said, I'm still a long way off perfect (my aching body being a testament to that), but I've got high hopes for the season.

I'm debating making a return trip tomorrow; I'd like to, but I'm totally exhausted. We'll see.

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Hours of daylight

My herbs appeared to be growing strong; they germinated quickly and looked to be growing steadily. I moved them to the window so that they'd have their required 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, but things aren't looking great. The sun never shines directly in Seattle.

Although they're not dying as such, I'm not sure they'll ever be edible. Sometimes I feel like I wither and wilt when I don't see daylight for long enough.

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Memory of the road

During my slightly hungover drive to work this morning, I had a rather interesting realization. At several points along the way, I had to break sharply, to maintain distance in front of the car ahead. Why were they braking? Precisely the same reason I assume. In all likelihood the real danger was long gone.

So long as the quantity of traffic stays at a sufficient level, such as on a highway like SR520; these artifacts can potentially last for hours. The memory of the road.

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Changing habits of war

I just received an MSNBC alert 'Breaking news:
U.S. soldier shot dead' which, while certainly tragic, does reflect changing attitudes to conflict and war. Looking back at almost all military engagements in the past, fatalities were expected and accepted as part of the event.

It's interesting to see how things are changing. Public opinion now demands a zero loss encounter and it's headline news when something goes wrong. The US approach of using expensive 'intelligent' munitions from afar certainly has it's benefits; I have to agree that several $60k JDAMs are worth the cost when considered alongside sending people into harms way at the outset.

Although it may sound like it, I'm not actually condoning war, but I do believe steps are being made in the right direction to avoid it altogether.