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Print Story Thank God for the Fermi Paradox!
By Alan Crowe (Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 06:46:45 AM EST) (all tags)
Why are aliens coming to Earth? They haven't arrived yet so we cannot ask them, but we can guess. Poll inside.

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Print Story A complete history of my sexual failures
By Alan Crowe (Sat Jun 21, 2008 at 01:03:33 PM EST) (all tags)
That is the title of a movie, part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which this diary entry does not review

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Print Story Lars and the Real Girl
By Alan Crowe (Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 12:40:46 PM EST) (all tags)

I went to see the movie on Friday. Lars buys a Real Doll, and the small town rallies round to help him through the emotional crisis of which this is a symptom.

I enjoy sex with Lena, my huge, soft-toy lioness. I wanted the film to be about a lonely middle-aged man out of the work-force and out of the dating scene due to chronic illness finding warm, soft, snuggly love where he can. Lars and the Real Girl is not that film.

I enjoyed the film and intended this diary entry to be a positive review, yet as I think about it more I think that this "good hearted" film has a morally rotten core.

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Print Story Social dynamics of the "Silly" stigma
Puzzles & Riddles
By Alan Crowe (Thu Apr 03, 2008 at 07:27:14 AM EST) (all tags)

Robin Hanson is a clever man with interesting ideas so he has been forced to consider the question of why certain ideas get rejected out of hand as "silly". He asks for answers on Overcoming Bias.

Silliness is an unstable social circularity. Explanation inside.

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Print Story Militant Atheists' Marching Song
By Alan Crowe (Wed Mar 26, 2008 at 09:33:38 AM EST) atheist, hymn (all tags)
I've submitted my new lyrics for a traditional tune to Reddit

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Print Story Tilley's "Realistic Evaluation"
By Alan Crowe (Sat Mar 08, 2008 at 08:49:25 AM EST) evaluation, testing, bungee-boss, experts (all tags)
TheophileEscargot posted a link to a PDF of a talk by Nick Tilley about realistic evaluation of public policy initiatives. My response is too long for a comment so I promoting it to a diary entry.

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Print Story Mascarpone
By Alan Crowe (Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 08:10:27 AM EST) mascarpone, cheese, snacks, cooking (all tags)
I was at my local supermarket, fixing an out-of-cheese error, when a muscular and cocksure whim twisted my arm, forcing me to buy a tub of mascarpone. What am I to do with it? Eat it, obviously, but there are details, surrounding this basic concept, that cry out for creative elaboration.

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Print Story Golden Compass
By Alan Crowe (Tue Jan 01, 2008 at 10:51:32 AM EST) golden compass, I am legend, Omega man (all tags)
I enjoyed watching the Golden compass. Reading reviews of I Am Legend, I had a revelation about who is chosen to review films.

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Print Story Frosties
By Alan Crowe (Sun Nov 25, 2007 at 05:42:00 AM EST) self-indulgence (all tags)
Frosties are a UK abomination: Cornflakes with sugar frosting. As a child I used to put milk on my Frosties. I've grown up and grown worse.

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Print Story Making a pass
By Alan Crowe (Sat Jul 14, 2007 at 11:15:11 AM EST) romance, machine tools (all tags)

$Recent_Female_Friend came round last Saturday for help with some DIY. We sawed wood into blocks and turned them on my lathe. We stopped for tea.

I remarked that our plan to see a science fiction movie together (her genre suggestion) had foundered due to a lack of suitable movies. There were however other things that a man and a woman could do together, kissing, snogging, sex...

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Print Story I'm glad this spam made it through
Funny stuff
By Alan Crowe (Sun Jul 01, 2007 at 08:52:50 AM EST) surfing (all tags)

It has a wonderful subject line

The internet will evolve from being a global suppository of all human knowledge into actually being humanity.
Poll inside.

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Print Story Lesson from Mrs Kobayashi
By Alan Crowe (Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 03:05:14 AM EST) (all tags)
The board game Go is has an honoured place in Japanese culture. The Japanese consulate in Scotland has a stand at Gardening Scotland intended to promote tourism to Japan.

Mr Takahasi, the Japanese consul, is too shrewd to overlook the danger that such a stand might be dull and ineffective, so he decided to enliven the stand by dedicating half of it to promoting Go.


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Print Story Chasing an endomorphism ring round in a circle
Logic & Maths
By Alan Crowe (Thu May 24, 2007 at 08:00:08 AM EST) (all tags)
"Endomorphism" is not an Elvish word. Although this diary is not about Tolkien nor rings of power it is nevertheless appropriate to subtitle it "There and back again"

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Print Story Hunting the endomorphisms of C4
Logic & Maths
By Alan Crowe (Sun May 20, 2007 at 04:37:45 AM EST) (all tags)
In which I bag two brace and conclude that I've got the lot.

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Print Story Barking Squirrel
By Alan Crowe (Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 12:28:11 PM EST) wildlife (all tags)
Went for a walk and heard a strange noise overhead.

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