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02 December 2003 @ 12:23 pm
The Process of Transparent Thoughts  
The analogy is more clear for the OS student - thoughts in my head are daemon processes, competing for shared resources like time, memory, and cycles. Occasionally, they sleep - but more often they fight like mad, spewing out random log files that I can barely sift through without steady concentration. I've been getting better about managing the log files - but there's only so much you can see at once.

Some time, not too long ago, I felt like I became my thoughts - which is not exactly true, but it's close. I felt as though they were transparent to me - like the proverbial "black box" made clear. I could see their workings, until habit made their individual actions second nature. I no longer puzzled with the idea of how I thought - I simply knew how I thought. I found that I could set up initial questions (conditions) that resulted in answers I wanted.

If I seem a little odd lately, this would be a large part of it. I don't find it as much liberating as I do frightening. Something happened to me, and I'm not really sure what it is. I've been thinking (opaquely) about it for some time.
 
 
 
Oυτιςerragal on December 2nd, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC)
I've seen this analogy before
Have I ever talked with you about memetics... ;)
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 2nd, 2003 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I've seen this analogy before
I would put money on your having talked about it with me. This goes further than that - to the working of my brain, itself. If there is a crucial conversation that I'm missing, I'd like to be re-informed.
Oυτιςerragal on December 3rd, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
Re: I've seen this analogy before
That's what memetics is... or at least should be if any serious study of it is to be done. Tying replicator theory with information theory. Computer analogies come up all the time. Computer viruses are one of the chief replicators that memes are compared to. A meme might only spread within your own head. Then it is a program fighting for system resources. This is the point that the Electric Meme makes.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 3rd, 2003 10:01 am (UTC)
Re: I've seen this analogy before
Okay, you win - I have to read The Electric Meme now.
a certain brand of escapeatelierlune on December 2nd, 2003 02:31 pm (UTC)
Dunno. Sounds really refreshing to me.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 2nd, 2003 08:46 pm (UTC)
It would be refreshing if not for the accompanying fear and trembling.
a certain brand of escape: moonatelierlune on December 2nd, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC)
Wow!
Revelation! So cool! It's a beautiful thing.
lyght on December 2nd, 2003 03:59 pm (UTC)
I think I felt like that once, but I can't remember why, or what brought it on. I thought I'd managed to become DeLyght, but I'm still more like Delirium these days.

Transparent thoughts are pretty, though. Clear is my favorite color.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Devourdiscoflamingo on December 2nd, 2003 08:45 pm (UTC)
Your favorite color of no-color?
Yeah, I have no reasonable response to that. Transparent makes understanding easier. But understanding leads to knowledge. Knowledge is power. Much knowledge is great power. And great power leads to great responsibility.

And I just want to be a Toys 'R' Us kid!
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on December 2nd, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC)
Ah. Explanation made easy through a CS metaphor.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Cursediscoflamingo on December 2nd, 2003 08:48 pm (UTC)
You didn't say anything about the GTA Algorithms mid-term.
And you also didn't finish your stuffing. I'm very disappointed in you . . .
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on December 2nd, 2003 09:20 pm (UTC)
Re: You didn't say anything about the GTA Algorithms mid-term.
I thought it was an interesting idea, but since I'm dealing with Molnar the Merciless, I'd rather not think about algorithms.

Though I seemed to recall that you didn't indicate any weight differential between the 4 powders. I might have missed something, but from what I remember of your set up, the optimal packing would simply be k ounces of the powder with $p_4. Since you want the pills sorted by type (assuming here that one can distinguish type by a simple visual check), this could be done in linear time by implementing a counting sort on the pills, modified so that each "type" of pill is assigned an integer between 0 and k, where k represents the number of different types.

As for the graph, since it's non-directed you'd want to do a shortest path algorithm starting from the "home node" (Tommy's mansion = V_1). This will obviously include some element of backtracking or cycling, so we're looking at an O(n log n) T(n).
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on December 2nd, 2003 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: You didn't say anything about the GTA Algorithms mid-term.
difference. Christ, I'm on a roll here.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 3rd, 2003 08:16 am (UTC)
Re: You didn't say anything about the GTA Algorithms mid-term.
Well, the questions are obviously not in a final form - they still leave some interpretation. And for one, I don't care if you make spelling errors. It's not like this is the test ;)
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King of the Voidabaddonx99 on December 2nd, 2003 09:21 pm (UTC)
Re: You didn't say anything about the GTA Algorithms mid-term.
Though I have to give you credit. It's a great way to think about algorithms and their real-life applications. I think I might be doing better in this class if you were teaching it rather then Molnar.
Abra SWcloudscudding on December 2nd, 2003 08:39 pm (UTC)
Wait....
You mean most people don't have that going on most of the time?


I leave it to yourself to determine
Abra SWcloudscudding on December 2nd, 2003 08:42 pm (UTC)
I wish comments had an edit option....


Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 2nd, 2003 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I wish comments had an edit option....
I think I should clarify - which parts do you identify with, since I don't know how common this is for other people, being only one person myself. And the picture still seems a little cloying.
Abra SWcloudscudding on December 3rd, 2003 04:42 am (UTC)
Re: I wish comments had an edit option....
Yeah, ain't it though? The picture is incredibly cloying...as it should be, given that it's based on Sense & Sensibility.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 2nd, 2003 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Wait....
Which part?
masui on December 3rd, 2003 07:06 am (UTC)
I no longer puzzled with the idea of how I thought - I simply knew how I thought.

Self awareness.
*huge intake of breath through both nostrals*
*exhale* ahhhhhhhhh.

you're in my world now grandma.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on December 3rd, 2003 07:19 am (UTC)
The world of Sherlock Masui?
masui on December 3rd, 2003 07:36 am (UTC)
YOU KNOW IT!!!!