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"Indeed, the rage of theorists to make constitutions a vehicle for the conveyance of their own crude, and visionary aphorisms of government, requires to be guarded against with the most unceasing vigilance."
     -- Joseph Story
     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Steven Den Beste comparing the human genome project with a Turing machine. His analysis is fine, as long as one forgets that while a Turing machine is infinite, the human genome has a definite size. The halting problem is soluble on a finite machine: A program running on a machine with a capacity of no more than n bits will either halt on or before the 2nth step, or it will run forever.

-- posted by Clayton 9/20/2003 02:26:00 AM | comments (0)

Thursday, September 18, 2003

(Blogger is still acting up.)

Now here's something we need, that we haven't had in a long time: A thinker, speaking the wisdom of the people, who submits himself directly to the people. The United States has been suffering the lack ever since Will Rogers died.

-- posted by Clayton 9/18/2003 07:04:00 PM | comments (0)

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

(BlogSpot is throwing a snit whenever I try to publish, no matter what the content of the post, so I don't know when this will actually hit the page. The only thing that can be said for BlogSpot, these days, is, at least the price is right.)

Courtesy of Emperor Misha I:

The man who sold the moon
You belong in The Man Who Sold The Moon. You are a
dreamer. People don't understand you your
calling, and often get in your way. Frontiers
call to you, and you will breathe your last
breath as you gaze back from a distant horizon.

Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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-- posted by Clayton 9/16/2003 10:27:00 PM | comments (0)

I thought I'd throw in this blast from the past, just in case it's slipped anyone's mind: Harry Pregerson, whose name is in lead position on the Ninth Circuit panel's opinion postponing the California recall election, is the same judge who was slapped down in extraordinary fashion by the United States Supreme Court for his flurry of orders, each more farfetched than the last, attempting to derail the execution of Robert Alton Harris. So impressed was the Supreme Court with his judicial temperament that it ordered, no further stays shall be issued in the case unless approved in advance by the Supreme Court. This is also the same Harry Pregerson whose attempt at a defense of those last-gasp stays was published under his own byline in the next morning's newspapers, to make the deadline for which he must necessarily have been communicating directly with the press on the case while it was still before him.

UPDATE (09/21/2003 12:35am): Looks like he did it again.

-- posted by Clayton 9/16/2003 11:41:00 AM | comments (0)




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