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April 5th, 2002


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12:01 am - Books
I spent the majority of the trip reading papers and doing my patterns in color. The subject matter of the papers was generally tutorials on multiobjective and constrained evolutionary approaches to fault-avoiding mappings onreconfigurable meshes(I love CiteSeer).

Not light. Eh.

In the delay in Chicago, I purchased Synners. It is pretty good, and as appropriate now as 10 years ago. I bought it based on the Neil Gaiman introduction. He cited Shockwave Rider... and that's all I needed. Shockwave Rider (and John Brunner) is in my top 5 list of books. I'm most of the way through Synners... naturally.

Amazon has become incredibly annoying. Very good reviews, etc. But the way it builds profile and continues to foist its recommendations. Yes, I have read and enjoyed Signal to Noise. Very good. I'm still not going to buy from you.

Anyway, my specilation is on what the attraction ofcomputer virii/worms is to SciFi. Yes, Brunner is generally credited with the "worm" -- PARC researchers apparently used the phrase in reference when they constructed the first, and RTM was probably equally influenced. But Cadigan possibly was familiar with computer virii, despite Gaiman's belief that she wasn't. I guess
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I spent the majority of the trip reading papers and doing my <a href="http://web.transient.net/~dmv/pttrnmkr/">patterns</a> in color. The subject matter of the papers was generally <a href="http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/449919.html">tutorials</a> on <a href=" http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/coellocoello99updated.html">multiobjective</a> and <a href="http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/fonseca98multiobjective.html">constrained</a> evolutionary approaches to <a href="http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/academic/class/15849c-s02/www/papers/maggs.ps">fault-avoiding</a> <a href="http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/29838.html">mappings</a> on<a href="http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/mackenzie95separation.html">reconfigurable meshes</a>(I <i>love</i> <a href="http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/">CiteSeer</a>).

Not light. Eh.

In the delay in Chicago, I purchased <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568581858/">Synners</a>. It is pretty good, and as appropriate now as 10 years ago. I bought it based on the <a href="http://www.neilgaiman.com/">Neil</a> <a href="http://home.bip.net/rivieran/">Gaiman</a> introduction. He cited <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345324315/">Shockwave Rider</a>... and that's all I needed. Shockwave Rider (and John Brunner) is in my top 5 list of books. I'm most of the way through Synners... naturally.

Amazon has become incredibly annoying. Very good reviews, etc. But the way it builds profile and continues to foist its recommendations. <b>Yes</b>, I <i>have</i> read and enjoyed <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0380792923/">Signal to Noise</a>. Very good. I'm still not going to buy from you.

Anyway, my specilation is on what the attraction ofcomputer virii/worms is to SciFi. Yes, Brunner is generally credited with the "worm" -- PARC researchers apparently used the phrase in reference when they constructed the first, and RTM was probably equally influenced. But Cadigan possibly was familiar with computer virii, despite Gaiman's belief that she wasn't. I guess <a href=""http://www.vmyths.com/fas/fas_inc/inc1.cfm">Michelangelo</a> might not have found her yet.

Is it just because they are mostly autonomous, chaotic, and self-replicating/mutating. That virii (computer or biological) are the nebulus "unknown": is a virus alive? If so, computer programs, especially self-propagating ones, could/will be. If not, we've got a clear criterial line to cross, which Alife would probably be equally happy to violate.

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