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Birthday part 2 - Journal of Omnifarious

Jul. 30th, 2006

11:57 pm - Birthday part 2

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Well, klicrai and rainonthewind got me some wonderful presents. Books off of my Amazon wish list. They got me The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life, and The Forever Peace. I'm really looking forward to reading them.

klicrai also prodded me into going out and doing stuff after dinner with some members of my family I see less often than I ought to.

We went and saw Clerks II, which was hilarious. We were laughing for about 20% of the time spent watching it. I highly recommend it. I will never look at mules the same way again.

Then we went and play Teken 5 until I got a blister. I did much better than I was expecting, especially against klicrai, who is actually fairly good at it.

So, I had a much better birthday than I was expecting. Thanks to klicrai, rainonthewind, and the people who responded with well wishes to my previous post. :-)

Edit 2006-07-31 06:29

We also watched "What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?" before I went out to dinner with my family. It was interesting and puzzling. I liked a lot of it. I thought there was a lot of worthwhile stuff about the implications of quantum physics and interesting things about psychology, but I didn't buy a lot of the mysticism.

While the 'observer' plays an important role in quantum physics, anything which can carry away definitive information about the state of the system acts in the role of the observer. I think one of the most fruitful areas of research in quantum physics is determining just how big a system you can coax into a quantum superposition of states, and exactly what events are required to collapse that state into the kind of reality we're used to. But, positing that the soul somehow lies in this area of the unknown in physics is a big stretch, and that's the stretch the movie seemed to be trying to make.

I would be really interested in a critical analysis of two experiments in the movie. The first is the experiment where people meditate on water and thereby change how the molecules organize themselves. The second is an experiment where a whole bunch of people come into a city and meditate on peace or crime reduction and reduce the crime rate.

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From:catarzyna
Date:July 31st, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Yay!
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From:somewoman
Date:July 31st, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

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I'm a little late, but at least I didn't make you regrout my shower.

Yesterday we were working on my roommate's new townhouse. A couple of hours into some painstaking grout removal with her parents, she realizes... Oh shit. It's dad's birthday. And she gave him nothing except the privilege of performing manual labor for her benefit. He'll be getting an exceptionally good cake very soon. :^/
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From:simultaneity
Date:August 3rd, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday! :)
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From:omnifarious
Date:August 3rd, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Eeek! Angry tiger!

Oh... Thank you! :-) I've not heard from you in quite some time.

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From:simultaneity
Date:August 3rd, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)

why Happy Fun Ball?

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I still think about you sometimes, even though I'm negligent & far away. :)
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From:omnifarious
Date:August 4th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)

Re: why Happy Fun Ball?

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*smile* Likewise me. Portland isn't _that_ far away though. I may get it in my head to take the Amtrak down there someday. :-)

I don't know why 'Happy Fun Ball'. It's just an old SNL skit that highly amuses me, and it makes a good silly non-sequitor. :-)

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