Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Secret revealed

Harry Foundalis asks for mutiny:


And what does the crew of a ship do, I ask you, my brave fargonautic comrades, when the Captain wants to steer the vessel to waters that the crew doesn’t wholeheartedly agree to go to?
Yup. Mutiny.

To which yer blogger responds:

Mutiny? Ye deceitful eel... ye poseideon's cursed privateer... Avast! Aye, buccaneer, t' captain be crazy at ta command deck! Thar be archtectur' names galore on t' seas, and eye not about t'try t'list 'em all. But her's a smatterin' one ta have captured yer fancy. He ortin' ta be confortable wi' his name on ta ship; h e don't can feel bad 'bout 't. It be a good name, after all, mate. Hard t' pronounce after some bottles o' rum. I say ye throw t' captain overboard, ye scurvy dogs. Me parrot not stop singing ta name. Avast, after the storm passes, the pretentious bilge rats over t' other ships would fire cannons and burn towns for a name like ta. Ta copycat ship be great and ye sailed the high seas and ta cannons strik'd at t' sme an other ships with great fire and did ye ravish 'em, ha? But gettin' to be an old sea dog, and someday 't will sink t' Davy Jones' locker. We ortin' ta look ahead. But t' captain is got the treasure map, for sur', so meyb' we just lock him in ta bilge until we surely anchored and know what ta do after all rum be gone from our heads. Avast, mutineers! Shippin' out, --A.

Then Doug goes:

Thank you, you rather humorous people, you (especially you, Alex -- where on earth did you dig up that pirate lingo???).

Little does he know that September 19th, the most important day of the year, is talk like a pirate day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

So, what didn't they tell me today, Mr. LaPierre?

Well, what does the National Rifle Association have to say today on their website? Here's a peek:



And, "for pundits and patriots alike", you can have Waine LaPierre's "What they didn't tell you today". So, what didn't they tell me today, Mr. LaPierre?

The Push

Today is one of the most important days of the year for gun owners. The start of the NRA Annual Meetings is both a celebration of freedom and a rally for the Second Amendment, but it's also a show of force by gun owners to the enemies of freedom everywhere.

As tens of thousands of freedom-loving Americans descend on St. Louis, the anti-gunners are doing everything they can to chip away at your rights.

Sarah Brady's sending e-mails to Brady Campaign supporters, hoping to start a Brady Gun Law Defense Fund. Unlike the NRA's Civil Rights Defense Fund, the Brady lawyers will be trying to hurt gun owners, not help them. They're pushing for persecution of the Second Amendment, not protection. But when we gather in St. Louis, we show them we won't be pushed around.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino's calling for a ban on all semi-automatic firearms. Mr. Mayor, we've already seen what that has done for England and crime there. Why would you insist on disarming law-abiding Americans? Menino and his cohort Michael Bloomberg want to turn millions of Americans into instant criminals. But when we gather in St. Louis, we show them we won't be pushed around.

Rebecca Peters of the International Action Network on Small Arms is pushing an arms trade treaty that would gut our Second Amendment freedoms. They're not interested in lobbying Congress or state legislators. Instead, they want to go global, with the help of anti-gun politicians in countries without the Second Amendment. That arms trade treaty, if ratified by Congress or signed by a future president, would mean a global war on your guns the likes of which has never been seen. But when we gather in St. Louis, we show them we won't be pushed around.

In fact, when we gather in St. Louis, we're pushing back. We're pushing for Castle Doctrine laws across the country. We're pushing for legislation that ensures the gun confiscations in New Orleans will never be repeated in this country. We're pushing to protect our rights to protect ourselves, even against anti-gun employers who want to leave you defenseless to and from work. When we gather in St. Louis, we're pushing to protect and promote our freedoms, and we won't stop pushing until we've won.

A quarterly report to our investors

Long time no post! We've been working on the first, full-fledged, manuscript on the Capyblanca project. After a long selection period, I finally settled for a journal which is, in a sense, unusual. But it is also a perfect fit. So let's see what editors and referees will think of it. According to the journal's statement, I can't publish it, not even fragments, so this is it for now.

This was the major journal paper of the year (in fact it's the most important thing I've ever worked on), but we expect more to come this year, mostly from:

  • the March 4, 1999 project;
  • the cognitive reflection integrated model;
  • a new psychological experiment with Mr Brum et al;
  • a course on computational cognitive modelling (more posts soon);
  • a FARG architecture class library (which is, of course, the holy grail of all of civilization).
  • I've also been taken by total surprise by a new thing by new colleagues... let's see what will come out of IOWA.
Of course, we've got a number of papers in conferences for the year.

The book project is running around 150--200 pages... so there is a long way to go there. And it's not really the number of pages but the quality of the thesis... so that's for the longer run.

We've posted previously on goals for 2007, so it's good to report to our investors that we're on schedule to deliver. Perhaps a couple of weeks late. Then again, remember Hofstadter's law.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

It can be said...

that in a sense our objective is to change this situation.

Monday, April 2, 2007

APA Monitor

Here's a nice intro piece reviewing intuition from the American Psychological Association's Monitor.