Life is for Living

This blog is to collect random thoughts that don't really have a structure, except a publishing chronology, and even that is unlikely to follow the creation chronology.

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Calm, excited, weak, strong, funny, serious, lazy, worker, irresponsible, thinker, shallow, selfish, generous, spontaneous, impulsive, undecided, poor, rich, tall(ish), ignorant, cultured, sophisticated, procrastinator, stoopid, clever. Pick any two, or more... ;-) 
One of my favorite quotes: "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well reserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming... 'Wow! What a ride!' "

Generally interested in a lot of subjects:
- Artificial Intelligence (mostly because there's so little Natural Intelligence around)
- 3D printing
- DIY projects (including home foundry, electronics, general hacking)
- Scuba diving
- Mountaineering
- Paragliding
- Music
- Arts (mostly visual arts) including street art
- Dance
- Intentional communities
- Society in general, how to fix the current mess in particular, or rather how to escape it

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Two minutes of silence... after years of saying nothing.

There was an announcement on radio yesterday, Britons are going to observe a minute of silence at lunch time today, and the French population is also invited to observe that minute of silence. While I sympathise with the families and friends of people that lost their lives in last weeks bombings, my first reaction is to reject that invitation.
So I came to a compromise: I will observe four minutes of silence tomorrow, on the 15th of July. Two minutes for the victims of the London bombings, and another two minutes for the victims of US and UK bombings in Irak.
From a mathematical point of view, it doesn't balance: the victims in London get about two seconds silence each, where each of the Iraki victims is graced with fractions of milliseconds...


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