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By dark nowhere (Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 03:46:14 PM EST) (all tags)
So I got some random curry-related things, including 3 different bottles of masala. None were what I was hoping to find (an oily but otherwise dry masala) since they're all quite wet. This is what I get for being too lazy to whip up my own.

Despite this, it's good to have a variety of spicy things, to which end I've also gotten some thai chili sauce (I'd have gotten the chilis themselves but I couldn't find any) cayenne powder, etc. So given rice/noodles and meat, I can do just about anything I want to them.



I've been drinking more tea lately (proper tea, not herbal) and I think it's contributing to exploding head syndrome and sleep paralysis. The two tend to occur in combination for me, and the latter is almost certainly related to CSF. I kind of wish it were my profession to study this kind of stuff, but all I can do is speculate stupidly... knowledge in the hands of a fool...



My earlier entry on consciousness had an interesting side-effect which I can't recall at the moment. I should have written it down earlier, but I'm sure it will present itself when the problem it solves next presents itself.

There is a problem with it though. It by no means describes, or even begins to describe, the causal properties of consciousness as we consider it. In my earlier description, there was no means for a processes consciousness to affect the process, which is the element we're most worried about when we discuss consciousness. I'm surprised no one brought it up as obvious.

The good news is that it's a defining feature. We can talk about it outside of consciousness, though I'd prefer to define the robust consciousness that we have by it. You might think self-awareness is just as good a term, but it doesn't suggest a causal quality in (robust) consciousness--instead it puts that quality in an awareness, which is not guaranteed to be conscious awareness.

Finally, we know that consciousness is causal simply because it is topical. Our attempts to define it amount to so much phlogiston, and we don't much know what difference it would make if our consciousness were not robust in the sense above. All we know is that conversations about it wouldn't exist. (So, I would admit that the earlier picture is a fiction, but with true and accurate consequences.)



My computer has yet to be shipped. I need to do a ton of programming and I simply can't.

Some of it is loosely related to the above: I've got a lot of work to do on an AI app that I'd really like to be doing right now. There's also the matter of all of my music being unavailable to me. My Zen has died and my attempts at resurrection have all failed.

There may be a well-paying job for me in London (ONT., CA) that I could do drunk (and, I've found, many do) having to do with System Administration. I'll have to look into that.

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LOLWIKIPEDIA by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 03:00:23 AM EST
"Despite the name, the head does not actually explode during these attacks."

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

That makes me smile by dark nowhere (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:19:23 AM EST
every time I read it.

Chill out, snowflake.

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