Author Archives: dysangelist

Learning from our mistakes

… but not in the usual sense :-) Various people have noticed that the errors we make can give interesting insight into brain processes that are normally invisible. I think I’ve read that Douglas Hofstadter shares this interest, and keeps … Continue reading

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Teaser for The Shadow of Consciousness

I just got my copy of The Shadow of Consciousness: A Little Less Wrong by Peter Hankins, the consciousness behind the very fine long-running blog Conscious Entities. Here, to tempt you to order the book, is the Prologue: In the … Continue reading

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Brain exercise

Just something quick today. See how many English monosyllables (base forms only) you can think of (within a reasonable amount of time) in which the vowel sound is spelled ‘oa’ and pronounced like the vowel in ‘home’. A list of … Continue reading

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The last TECO user?

That might be me, but more likely I am one of a small group. What is TECO? In a few words, “a text editor which is also a complete programming language”. There is a fine and entertaining overview in this … Continue reading

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Thoughts on rereading The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

There are a number of novels that I have read more than once, and in some cases many times, finding that the world they transport me to is one worth revisiting. Most of these are genre novels, including the work … Continue reading

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Fun with isograms

Recently I’ve been cultivating an interest in isograms (words with no repeated letter), especially those with seven letters. Another way to count laps at the pool is to run through the alphabet, so that on successive laps I think of … Continue reading

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Redo

If he were courageous and sufficiently capable of thinking outside the box, President Obama should have declared a national emergency and called for an open, ranked-choice election, to be held in a few months, with many open debates in the … Continue reading

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