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Order of Randomness - Hyperlinks of a Blogged Mind
Words about Japan, Technology, Politics, and Entertainment seldom spelled correctly
Thursday, September 26, 2002 permanent link
  In honor of the announcement that NYC will gain a high brow (as reasonably possible) sex museum, I did an exploration of the vacabulary of one of mankind's favorite subjects on dictionary.com. I think it makes for interesting reading.

libidinous - Having or exhibiting lustful desires; lascivious
lascivious - Given to or expressing lust; lecherous; Exciting sexual desires; salacious.
lechery - Excessive indulgence in sexual activity; lewdness.
salacious - Appealing to or stimulating sexual desire; lascivious; Lustful; bawdy.
bawdy - Humorously coarse; risqué; Vulgar; lewd.
risqué - Suggestive of or bordering on indelicacy or impropriety.
lewd - Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful; Obscene; indecent.
obscene - Indecent. So large in amount as to be objectionable or outrageous.
indecent - Offensive to good taste; unseemly.
unseemly - improper, inappropriate.
improper - Not suited to circumstances or needs; unsuitable; Irregular or abnormal.
vulgar - Crudely indecent; Boorish; common. Offensively excessive in self-display or expenditure
boorish - Resembling or characteristic of a boor; rude and clumsy in behavior.
common - Occurring frequently or habitually; Having no special status.
habit - A recurrent behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. An addiction.
indecent - Offensive to good taste; unseemly
unseemly - Not in accord with accepted standards of good taste; grossly improper
lust - Intense or unrestrained (sexual) craving
sexy - Arousing or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest.
desire - To wish or long for; want. Sexual appetite; passion.
craving - A consuming desire; a yearning.
passion - A powerful emotion. An abandoned display of emotion.
carnal - Of or relating to the body or flesh; Of or relating to the body or flesh.
Saturday, September 21, 2002 permanent link
  This looks just too fun. From the website, "We built and sail 1/144 scale Radio-Controlled Model Warships from WWI and WWII which are armed with Co2 powered cannon and armoured in thin balsa. These vessels engage each other in combat on ponds across Australia... Yes, the cannon really do fire, the vessels really do take damage and sink".
Friday, September 13, 2002 permanent link
  The ending of the famous article "In the Begining Was the Command Line" is by far the best part.

"In this OS, all of the possible decisions we could ever want to make would have been anticipated by clever programmers, and condensed into a series of dialog boxes. By clicking on radio buttons we could choose from among mutually exclusive choices (HETEROSEXUAL/HOMOSEXUAL). Columns of check boxes would enable us to select the things that we wanted in our life (GET MARRIED/WRITE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL) and for more complicated options we could fill in little text boxes (NUMBER OF DAUGHTERS: NUMBER OF SONS:).

"Even this user interface would begin to look awfully complicated after a while, with so many choices, and so many hidden interactions between choices. It could become damn near unmanageable--the blinking twelve problem all over again. The people who brought us this operating system would have to provide templates and wizards, giving us a few default lives that we could use as starting places for designing our own. Chances are that these default lives would actually look pretty damn good to most people, good enough, anyway, that they'd be reluctant to tear them open and mess around with them for fear of making them worse. So after a few releases the software would begin to look even simpler: you would boot it up and it would present you with a dialog box with a single large button in the middle labeled: LIVE. Once you had clicked that button, your life would begin. If anything got out of whack, or failed to meet your expectations, you could complain about it to Microsoft's Customer Support Department. If you got a flack on the line, he or she would tell you that your life was actually fine, that there was not a thing wrong with it, and in any event it would be a lot better after the next upgrade was rolled out. But if you persisted, and identified yourself as Advanced, you might get through to an actual engineer.

"What would the engineer say, after you had explained your problem, and enumerated all of the dissatisfactions in your life? He would probably tell you that life is a very hard and complicated thing; that no interface can change that; that anyone who believes otherwise is a sucker; and that if you don't like having choices made for you, you should start making your own."

Tuesday, September 10, 2002 permanent link
  The Retro Cocktail Hour Music Show. If the title alone didn't make you curious, nothing will.
Tuesday, September 03, 2002 permanent link
  I climbed Mt. Fuji last weekend
 
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