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Nicked from #lesswrong: a superintelligent entity offers to give you 2^n dollars, with probability 1/n. What value of n would you choose?

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Gah, reading about Stuxnet and various speculative viruses is rekindling my old passion for network security. I already have difficulty deciding what to do with my life because I have too many interests - I don't need one more passion on top of that!

On the other hand, a career in the field could be both rather enjoyable *and* well-paying, while most of my other interests are only one or the other. (For anyone wondering how something I'm interested in could not be enjoyable: I'm e.g. interested in societal issues and making the country a better place to be, but there's a lot in the actual daily life of a politician that seems off-putting. Dealing with many of the other politicians, for instance.)

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Had a radio interview today. My interviewer was late so I went to get something to eat. As I was finishing my meal, the restaurant keeper asked for my help in assembling a new fax machine because she didn't understand the assembly instructions and needed to send an important fax today. Half an hour later I had it up and running and got thanked profusely.

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Whenever I'm in my original hometown, Turku, I'm too impatient to spend 10 minutes waiting for a bus. So I walk instead. Which takes an hour. (No joke.)

This is a major part of the reason why I've spent in total 4½ hours walking during today and yesterday. And OUCH OUCH OUCH MY LEGS DO NOT APPROVE. Neither do my feet, for that matter.

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Adults say the expectation of getting a new toy is better than the actual thing. This seems more true to me now, but as a kid I knew it wasn't true: true, some toys were boring when you got them, but some would give just hours and hours of endless fun, far more and longer than the expectation of getting it. To what extent does "the expectation is better" simply mean "I don't know how to have fun anymore"?

It's really hard for me to get engrossed in a computer game the way I used to get, back as a kid. Of course, one could just say that it's because they simply don't make the likes of X-Com, Civilization II or Final Fantasy VI / VII anymore or that I'm not finding them, but it seems considerably more likely that video game entertainment simply doesn't hook me the way it used to when it was all new.

On the other hand, even though I've *occasionally* thought I was getting this same effect from books, every now and then I stumble on a book that has me absolutely hooked.

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Every year, I keep thinking I waste too much time doing pointless things online and never get any real reading done. But that's probably because I'm *way* underestimating the amount of stuff I learn "doing pointless things online", so I should stop feeling guilty about it.

Case in point: I've written three books, and have in my head rough outlines for three more that I could probably start writing right now if I felt it was worth the time investment.
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Movie versions of books (or book versions of movies, or theatre versions of comics, or whatever) shouldn't be thought of as a movie version of the book. That's just setting expectations that can never be met. They should be thought of as independent, loosely inspired works instead.

Interestingly, video/computer games based off movies are thought of in this way. So are, I think, theatre versions of whatever. It seems that it's mostly just movie versions of books that are plagued with the bizarre presumption that they're supposed to be completely faithful re-enactments of the original. I wonder why?

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