sore eyes

today i'm answering some questions no one asked, not even the two people who come here from time to time to wonder when there'll be an update.

why hasn't there been an update in ages? because the site has become too ugly too look at it; i can't stand to upload stuff. why is the site looking so ugly? because the default skins were changed and now don't fit together with the ones i modified. why didn't i update the modified skins? because it's not worth the effort, i'm waiting for the batch skin upload function i prototyped to be available here, so i can upload an entirely new set of skins. why isn't the batch skin upload function available yet? because the people who could make it happen, first and foremost myself, are lazy bastards.

by the way, i'm okay with hoity toity, but i refuse to parse googly moogly.

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new meta document

just added a link to this explanation to the front page, so new visitors that are thinking "WTF?!" will find it immediately.

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the idea behind miscellaneous weirdness

stories listed under miscellaneous weirdness are random thoughts that are somehow connected to what i'm currently thinking about or working on. douglas coupland did a good job explaining the basic idea behind them in microserfs (beginning of 2nd chapter):

Then Susan went on to say that Surrealism was exciting back whenever it happened, because society had just discovered the subconscious, and this was the first way people had found to express the way the human subconscious works.

Susan then said that the BIG issue nowadays is that on TV and in magazines, the images we see, while they appear surreal, "really aren't surrealistic, because they're just random, and there's no subconsciousness underneath to generate the images."

So this got me into thinking . . . what if machines do have a subconscious of their own? What if machines right now are like human babies, which have brains but no way of expressing themselves except screaming (crashing)? What would a machine's subconscious look like? How does it feed off what we give it? If machines could talk to us, what would they say?

So I stare at my MultiSync and my PowerBook and wonder . . . "What's going through their heads?"

To this end, I'm creating a file of random words that pop into my head, and am feeding these words into a desktop file labeled SUBCONSCIOUS.

and i am feeding my surreal, random phrases into this web site called ERRANTVILLE. just to collect them. maybe one day some computer program will make something of it.

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