Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

McKinstry confesses to insanity!

Ok. I am insane.

Spivey just sent me the results of our pilot experiment using his phonological bending protocol on my mindpixel semantic data.

He says that he won't comment on the results except to say they warrant running many more subjects on this version of the experiment and attached a pdf of the results.

The pdf is corrupted!

I can't see the results and I am going insane waiting for him to resend them to me.

If they are what I expect, you guys are all going to have to tolerate hearing my name much more frequently.

Yes. I am insanely relaoding gmail because I can't wait for it to refresh itself.
Permalink Chris McKinstry 
August 24th, 2005
And the check is in the mail...
Permalink how convenient 
August 24th, 2005
I am seriously going insane. You have no idea how important the results for this experiment are.

We tried again, and I still can't read it. Will try a different format.
Permalink Chris McKinstry 
August 24th, 2005
I love how you're truly a part of the ?off crowd now.

You are being teased with the delivery a (supposedly) life altering (if not globally revolutionary) event, and who do you share your angst with? Us. I love this place.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 24th, 2005
To hijack the thread totally for a moment, speaking of GMail has anyone else installed the Google desktop search and found that the email pane does nothing other than say it's indexing older mail? I've only got 650 messages in my primary GMail account, but so far it's been sat there for at least three hours with no visible progress.

Ok, let the insanity continue...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 24th, 2005
None of my 'online' panels work. I think it might be a firewall or proxy issue, but I don't see any documentation or help for it. I'm too lasy to investigate things more closely myself.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 24th, 2005
Yep, for all of his genius and self-confidence, Chrissy needs validation from us fools. It's just too good for words.
Permalink muppet 
August 24th, 2005
Ah, I see the data now. The human semantic attractor hypersurface is much more complex than I expected.

My sanity is back and this thread is over.
Permalink Chris McKinstry 
August 24th, 2005
This thread ain't over until WE decided it is, mophead.
Permalink ?off'ers 
August 24th, 2005
'Ah, I see the data now. The human semantic attractor hypersurface is much more complex than I expected.'

Just reverse polarity on the deflector array.
Permalink underscore 
August 24th, 2005
"The human semantic attractor hypersurface is much more complex than I expected.

My sanity is back"

I'm not sure those statements are allowed to follow eachother like that. Or even be anywhere near eachother, really.

"and this thread is over."

You wish, buddy boy. We still have the Gmail sidebar thing to talk about. Maybe those crazy Europeans will throw in some cricket talk, too.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 24th, 2005
Try to establish a transporter lock, Mr O'Brien!
Permalink muppet 
August 24th, 2005
"None of my 'online' panels work."

The email one seems to be the only one I'm having trouble with, which is annoying because it's probably the most useful one there...

And Chris, I think you're making it up.
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 24th, 2005
"The human semantic attractor hypersurface is much more complex than I expected."


All hail President Skroob!!!!
Permalink Colonel Sandurz 
August 24th, 2005
Oh, c'mon Mark, Simon, Philo, Dennis: this has gotta be a troll. _No_ _one_ is really so pathetic as to behave this way, are they?

I'm really expecting "Chris McKinstry" to post something about 7-dimensional sphincters with feces-pixels stuck to them...
Permalink Ward 
August 24th, 2005
McKinstry's post has an uncanny resemblance to that cheddar game we played a while back.
Permalink Eric Debois 
August 24th, 2005
I'll bet they're forgetting to re-initialize the dilithium packdata array after each grep-node of scapularian input. It's a simple step that _every-one_ forgets ... don't know why it follows naturally into his initial statement.
Permalink PNII 
August 24th, 2005
Ah, it turns out it's just *very* slow at indexing because it only does it when you're not doing anythng else. This concludes the threadjacking.
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 24th, 2005
Ashes blah, test blah blah. Cricket is the best sport ever. Blah.
Permalink Crazy European 
August 24th, 2005
Chris is so going to start talking about anal beads and it will all become clear to the rest of you. I really can't believe he'd go to the trouble of setting up a blog, just so he can troll here.

Man.
Permalink Jared 
August 24th, 2005
"Ah, I see the data now. The human semantic attractor hypersurface is much more complex than I expected."

The guy may be nuts, but that line is gold. Someone sent this to Hollywood! We need more retro sci-fi, and Chris is a master. Gold I tell ya!
Permalink Just me (Sir to you) 
August 25th, 2005
> "The human semantic attractor hypersurface is much more complex than I expected."

Can anyone tell me the difference between "complicated" and "chaotic"?

Given experimental data, am I right it assuming that there can be no general way to discover the pattern[s] in the data (if any)? For example, are the following statements true?

The only general way to discover a pattern in data is trial-and-error:

1 Hypothesise some specific pattern
2 Test the specific hypothesis to see whether the data matches that pattern ... if not then goto step 1 (hypothesise a different pattern)

Step 1 requires a possibly-inifinite search (of infinitely-many patterns) ... or, more usually, some a-piori insight into the nature of the data, i.e. a theory that lets you predict the pattern.
Permalink Christopher Wells 
August 25th, 2005
Yes, but you neglect the hyperbole of an extended reality in which semantic analysis leveraging quasi dimensional dynamic formulae can reveal statistical anomalies that suggest the propagation of patterns.
Permalink I am Jack's ... 
August 25th, 2005
"Can anyone tell me the difference between "complicated" and "chaotic"?"

"Chaotic" tends to mean that a small variation in initial conditions can have an enormous and largely unpredictable effect on the outcome. Weather patterns, for example, are chaotic.

"Complicated" just means, well, complicated. Tax forms are complicated, but a small variation in initial conditions will result in a predictable effect on the outcome.
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 25th, 2005
Yeah, the IRS throws your ass in jail for tax fraud.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 25th, 2005
They've recently sent me a demand. For £2. I'm not expecting the baliffs.
Permalink a cynic writes... 
August 25th, 2005
That's what, like $10?

In the U.S. if your tax bill is <$20 (I think is the amount) you don't even have to bother.
Permalink I am Jack's tax total 
August 25th, 2005
The dollar/sterling exchange rate is pretty bad, but I don't think it's quite got to &#163;1=$5 yet. :)

I once got a tax demand for about &#163;24,000. There was some momentary panic, but when I phoned them up it turned out to be a clerical error -- somehow "the system" had decided that I should have been doing self-assessment for the past 5 years, which I presumed meant someone had clicked the wrong button somewhere...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 25th, 2005
> Weather patterns, for example, are chaotic.

And dice are too ... and [thinking of supposedly-'random' events in the light of your definition of chaotic) maybe radioactive decay is chaotic too.

> general way to discover a pattern in data

That's a hard problem to solve in general: for example if you could solve it then you could break encryption, judge a Turing test, etc.
Permalink Christopher Wells 
August 25th, 2005
"And dice are too

chaotic? nope, not even close.

the difference is, regardless of the starting conditions, the behavior of dice over the long term is entirely predictable....hence 'random' but not 'chaotic'


OTOH weather patterns are 'chaotic'...change the force of a gale by a small amount and likely as not you'll have rain over the sahara or evaporate the ocean.

apparently its a fun area.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
August 26th, 2005

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

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