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Chantability

Lately I’ve been thinking about what goes into a good campaign slogan, chant, or epithet. This post focuses on chants. The Trump campaign birthed vastly more memorable chants than the Clinton campaign: “Lock her up. Lock her up.” “Build the wall. … Continue reading

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Peak Train

One of the ways that I get conversation started at a party is by asking everyone in a group what they think the maximum speed of a train on the MTA is on a given day. I’m not asking what … Continue reading

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On Negative Results

How if, when I am laid into the tomb I wake before the time that Romeo Come to redeem me? there’s a fearful point! Shall I not, then, be stifled in the vault, To whose foul mouth no healthsome air … Continue reading

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On Computable Numbers and Satisfiable Sounds

Trevor Smith and I are teaming up: this is our first offering in a series of monthly posts pairing interesting computer science articles with classical music. Listen to this:  Gondwana by Tristan Murail Read this:  On Computable Numbers by Alan … Continue reading

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Java, Factories, and Abstraction

I’ve been using Java now for a couple of weeks. It’s not as bad as some of my friends have made it out to be. Specifically, they talk a lot about “AbstractFactoryFactories” and other things that would seem, on the … Continue reading

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efforts

How long does it take to transform effort spent developing a false representation of value into real value? At what point are people willing to pay more money for the con man’s skill than for his forged products? 10,000 hours … Continue reading

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posture

I have been thinking about posture lately. Not just physical posture–keeping your head above your neck, your back straight, etc.–but other types of posture too: 1. Mental posture. What are you thinking about right now? Are you at work? If … Continue reading

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1/18/2011–Dark Rectangle

When I close my eyes I see a dark rectangle A negative negative burnt retina mangled I don’t allow myself to look anywhere else In my dreams. We have fenced in our eyes They used to dance and prance on … Continue reading

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