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February 18th, 2007
09:01 pm

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Something I wish I could do better at

Something I want to get good at is clearly distinguishing both to others and myself when what I'm saying is something I'm not certain of.

Too often I find myself expressing my opinion or thoughts on something when in reality I haven't put much more thought into what I'm saying than simply blurting out something that occurred shortly before I said it. I haven't yet gone through a rigorous analysis of how likely I am to be correct in what I'm saying; it just sounds about right when I say it. Since it seems to convey my basic thoughts on the matter I don't bother to properly qualify my certainty of what I'm saying and often end up regretting it later. Not because I'm often called upon it, more because I later find that opinion to be far too primitive for my own tastes after having thought about it a bit more.

Generally I do try to be careful to have a good basis for my opinions, but those times where I give off-the cuff remarks on subjects too often leave me wishing I'd at very least qualified what I'd said. I feel it undermines the integrity of anything I say in general if I fail to distinguish between those things I say which I am certain of and those which are just a snap judgement. Also, it's lazy to fool myself into thinking I've put enough thought into a subject to have a respectable opinion unless I really have put that thought into it. Perhaps it would also prevent me degenerating what I'm saying into a rant as I try to find a good way to put something I haven't really understood fully myself.

Obligatory disclaimer: though I often feel uncomfortable with my expression of opinions for some reason which may or may not have anything to do with what I'm writing here, this particular articulation of it only occurred to me a few minutes ago. But now that I've qualified it, perhaps I won't later feel stupid for having said it without thinking hard first. Maybe.

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December 8th, 2006
11:54 pm

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Elephants Dream

I watched an interesting movie today: Elephants Dream. It's a computer graphics made short film made entirely using open source / free software. What's more is the film has been released under a creative commons licence. Consequently, everything from the software that was used to create the film through to the film itself is available for anyone to copy, modify, redistribute or pretty well anything they want so long as the original authors are appropriately credited.

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November 16th, 2006
12:37 pm

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Formal Consensus - Myth's Busted

I wrote a journal entry a couple of weeks ago about Formal Consensus for Free Software Projects which seemed to be amazingly unpopular despite its benign content. It was suggested to me that perhaps people just don't have time to read such big descriptions of formal consensus and leave the article with whatever impression they originally had of consensus. Fair enough. I'll try to summarise then.

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October 29th, 2006
02:51 pm

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Lojban

I've never been terribly motivated to learn (spoken) languages unless I have to. Mostly, language annoys me because it's too ambiguous and irregular. For example the classic their, there and they're syndrome. Or who "he" is in "Bill saw Bob. He hit Him". All natural languages have similar problems, not just English (though English must be one of the worst). For someone who's spoiled by the regularity and unambiguity of computer languages, spoken language just seems annoying. I've even toyed with the idea of constructing a new spoken language without such problems but it turns out people have already done it for me. Enter Lojban...

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October 25th, 2006
12:55 pm

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Consensus for Free Software Projects

Most software projects work either by some loose form of consensus or by a dictatorial approach of "what the primary maintainer says goes". Here is a brief description of a system of formal consensus for software projects to give a feasible decision making strategy for community projects without needing to resort to voting or dictatorships. More detail can be found in the link at the bottom of this article.

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September 29th, 2006
02:01 pm

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Haskell vs Lisp

I've used Common Lisp for about 4 years now and have been using Haskell for several months. I feel I'm now in a position where I can compare the two.

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September 22nd, 2006
12:46 pm

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Folksonomies

I'm going to make a quick entry applauding folksonomies. Finally, a popular new idea which is step forward rather than backward.

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September 9th, 2006
09:27 am

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Interesting Japan Experience

I found this pretty amusing. I rarely encountered Jehovah's Witnesses back in Perth. I've been here just over a month and a pair of Jehovah's witnesses just knocked on my door and attempted to evangelise to me.



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August 22nd, 2006
05:24 pm

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Japan
This is a real quick entry because I'm busy catching up on stuff.

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July 2nd, 2006
11:22 pm

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Sleep

As I've said many a time before, my sleeping patterns suck. I've found a couple of disorders which describe my symptoms. I guess I'll have to try some of the treatments.

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