Wednesday, December 10, 2014

from The Southern Journal for Applied Idiopathy archival materials on paper

From an unprinted letter to the editor left behind in the paper archives:

"After decades of symptoms brushed aside by doctors, I don't know that I'll survive a seventh decade: these doctors are now given to longevity, even though most can afford to drink and smoke the best. Without a new generation to take up the banner, change risks being slow in idiopathic treatments."

Author's name withheld pending advice; the editors, The Southern Journal for Applied Idiopathy.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Husserl Wollheim electron object art

Philosophy TA : Husserl on EIDOS; sceptical student might consider 'electron' post-chromodynamics. ; not as concept ! Individuals ??

See also: Wollheim 68/71 on art objects

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

autumn window prepared for winter

Yesterday, from our breakfast table window, Fredericton

RealTime IT process monitor

CS tech and IT get realtime in late retirement : your last move has come when you part with the OS/2 memorabilia.

Friday, September 26, 2014

red flashlight app HTMLonly alternative

These "red flashlight" and "astronomy flashlight" and "telescope flashlight" app's claim that they need to know WHAT about my identity and wireless connection and ...

So here is the minimum: a simple red HTML-only web page ( no 9-LED lamps )

It has a description ; if has some blank space ; it has a background colour ; it has a few paragraph and span elements to keep your browser content.  But they are empty.  Just non-breaking spaces.

Excuse me for no using a real Unicode hyphen above.

If you want a different shade of red, copy the page and alter the CSS style settings.  There is no Hidden JavaScript or 1-pixel iframe or FLASH or any other crap of any kind.

And wishing you clear night skies free of your neighbour's light pollution.

PS  Note that its extension is dot HTM to save you a keystroke after the keyboard "minus sign" nuisance in my URL.


I have added an alternative for those north of 25N as for which the trick is to hit F11 and then to use CTRL-minus and CTRL-plus to go from mostly red screen to a simple star chart for Lacerta and environs.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Open Command Window Here Win7

The old XP "Power Toy" Open Command Window Here became a menu option in the Windows 7 Explorer (the desktop file explorer for "Computer" or "Documents" etc.) but you must do more than Right-Click on a folder to Open Command Window Here — you must SHIFT-RIGHT-CLICK to be offered that super-user pop-up menu option.

The SH-Right-Click Open Command Window Here selection will open a cmd session on the selected folder as the presentworkingdirectory (sic).

But the 'w' key will also go to New !

If you peek at the HTML of this blog post you should see some of the worst HTML that a Google asset can generate.

Oh, had the web only embraced MIT Curl as Markdown+Styles+Scripts ! #MSS

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Observing left of Cygnus

Observing "left" of Cygnus and a bit "down" reveals first a prominent pair of stars and then a remarkable large triangle of stars.

What is lost when a culture no longer offers an OLD story about these ? Far from Deneb and Sadr, I would be happier with a story about Antares that preserved both its distance and its size relative to our Sol and, say, Betelgeuse.

What is most worrying is if we lose the habit of observing the night sky, whether we construct our own asterisms or follow the houses of constellations from The East or from The West or those of a sci-fi series gone viral or whatever.

Observing the night sky through a lens has aspects which would surprise ... whether "splitting" binary stars or learning to "SEE" faint non-stellar objects.

Arendt missed so much when she went after the telescope, mouthing the certainties that Heidegger had flung at his old master, Husserl. The sons of Husserl are a story so unlike the Heidegger story.