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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #300 on: February 05, 2011, 07:43:52 PM »
Avoiding the Religion thread, lest I be tempted to engage.

Also, trying to find more ways to procrastinate. This 18-page student essay in front of me is very daunting. If I usually spend 1/2 an hour reading/responding tor 4-5 page student essays, how long is this one going to take? *Sigh.* On a happy note, this student is incredibly intelligent and a very good writer, to boot. Still. 18 pages.

I was so THAT student when I was still in school.  ;D

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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #301 on: February 05, 2011, 07:58:28 PM »
;D I believe it.

Ok, I'm tackling the essay, and I just have to share this lovely paragraph:

"Perception can be a funny thing. In some cases, to observe a thing directly, to make a thing the subject of one's focus, is not the most effective way to see it. For instance, there is a phenomenon known to stargazers: when gazed directly upon, many dim stars seem to simply disappear into nothingness. I remember observing this myself as a young child, wondering if the stars I could see dimly from the sides of my vision really existed. I later learned that this is a property of the human eye, that the visual receptors in one's peripheral vision are better attuned to seeing in very low light. Some thing cannot be understood by focusing directly upon them, they  must be approached laterally, while looking at something else. Certain numbers are like this, irrational numbers like Pi, or the square root of seven. To view them directly is to stare at infinity. We move their true nature to the periphery and represent them as symbols, as estimations, or in relation to other numbers. Some things can only be observed through the peripheral vision, but this sensitivity is an evolutionary adaptation, evolved to attune one to the dangers of the world, evolved to alert one to the nightmare-beasts that slide silently through the mists and shadows. To see them, to acknowledge them, is to put oneself in their midst."

Love that last sentence.

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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #302 on: February 05, 2011, 11:04:16 PM »
Bed. Not feeling well.

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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #303 on: February 06, 2011, 01:13:41 AM »
Helping ny mom deal with the big leak in her bedroom ceiling. A late night!
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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #304 on: February 06, 2011, 02:23:30 PM »
Trying to fully wrap my mind around the time travel mechanics in the film Primer. This is proving to be an invaluable tool. There are so many philosophical cans of worms opened by the film.
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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #305 on: February 06, 2011, 09:51:47 PM »
Eating chocolate soup. Tasty.

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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #306 on: February 07, 2011, 10:29:40 AM »
Reading this New Yorker article about Paul Haggis and his defection from Scientology. God I hope PTA can get his film made at some point.

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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #307 on: February 07, 2011, 11:59:05 AM »
Wondering if I'm crazy for planning on getting the Matrix Blu box set.
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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #308 on: February 07, 2011, 12:00:02 PM »
Wondering if I'm crazy for planning on getting the Matrix Blu box set.

Yes.
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Re: What are you doing?
« Reply #309 on: February 07, 2011, 12:20:17 PM »
Wondering if I'm crazy for planning on getting the Matrix Blu box set.
Not for The Matrix but for buying BluRays.