Thanks for the friend invite
I was re-reading the discussion you started in the SF group on the top 3 favorites and came acrossed this comment of yours, "I can't write but I do value having a great imagination, nothing is better than losing myself in another universe for a few hours."
On Xmas I saw Avatar and it will take you to that other universe of which you write and immerse you in it for 2 1/2 hours. My wife is a professional artist and she was in a trance for 2 1/2 hours . There is so much in the film that one can't possibly absorb it all in a single viewing - I know I didn't. Make sure the theater is showing the 3D version - preferable in IMAX
S'funny I thought you'd seen the pumpkins before! ;-)
I never did update my page with the Switzerland photos. I really must. I'll let you know when they are up - some of them are stunning if I do say so myself....
I've not been around much either. I sort of lurked and didn't post much. Sorry to hear you've had a hectic time from the sounds of it!
I gave up on windows and moved onto mac. :D Best decision I think I ever made.
I thought they made harddrives to crazy sizes these days - what is your hard drive full of???
Don't answer that ';-)
Well the thign about a new harddrive installation is whther or not you intend to run the operating system off of it.
If the second hard drive is just going to serve as a data dump where you can stick all the files and folders you don't want clogging up hard drive 1, then formatting it should be as simple as finding the hard drive once installed and saying "format this form me please" (I think right-click on the drive.)
Whatever you do DON'T format the drive with all your files on - otherwise they are gone for good and if you don't have the install discs then you'll be well and truly buggered.
So Step 1) Check which hard drive is which. (Hint: one will say 99% full the other will be empty - again under preferences right click on the drive icon.)
but assuming you've found the right drive right-click select format and go through the instructions and prompts and windows *should* format the thing and sweep it clear. Ready for you to drag and drop everything you've got on the other one to clear some room.
Essentially you'll be treating it as a portable USB drive, with the one major exception that if you try to suspend it from a dongle around your neck you'll probably give yourself spinal damage! ;-)
Re: work yup still unemployed but I had an interview on..letmesee...Thursday 9th. So *fingers crossed*
I started a new Dennet (Darwin's Dangerous idea) and started on some Pinker (The Language Instinct)
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Good news on having your eyes checked! *waggles spectacles in a Grouch-Marx-ish , quasi-celebratory moment of myopic joy*
Sharing this stuff: it's a pleasure, it's just a matter of reading the title of the shelf to my left. ;-) and then I think 'oh yeah - that's what I liked about that one' so dash of a quick summary to whet thine appetite. :-) it's actually fun to share some of the stuff I read with someone else.
On the matter of getting older (I'm going to be 30 in a little over a year - help!!!)
Time and tide wait for no man. Neither do trains or busses.
Cheese and wine age gracefully. People don't.
I'll freely confess to not remembering *everything* I expose my mind to. I think it's enough that some of it settles, and you know you can always read a book twice or read another in a similar vein. I read a lot of geology books back to back, and those documentaries I mentioned which really cvlued me in to an old passion which is thinking about natural history that then led me onto a series of books on evolution, until I got sick of the basically repeating information, which meant I was recognising what I'd already learnt (eg the role of HOX genes in gene activation in phenotypes) - okay that might not mean anything to you yet: read Your Inner Fish and The Ancestor's Tale to correct that - but what it means to me is, I can watch this video and I 'get' the joke. :-D
Secondly, and more relevant to our discussion, I recently came across a website called "academic earth" - same idea as the Stanford youtube channel - uploads of filmed course content from course given at major academic institutions. I'm currently working my way through a series of philosophy lectures (I'm a graduate in philosophy so this is something like home territory) in the dualism of mind and body.
However I'm very interested in science lectures that are available, since despite my pretensions to knowledge, I've never actually taken a science class outside of school (and I wasn't terribly good at it then; where I've improved is in my understanding of concepts.)
So I'm starting on Physics 101: Lecture 1; Classical mechanics.
and I'm going to work through physics 2: Electricity and Magnetism (something I really want to understand better!!)
and I may swing by Physics 3 Vibrations and Waves
provided my head hasn't exploded by then.
I invite you to join me.
I'm particularly looking forward to Physics 2, Lecture 31: Rainbows.
Computers are sent here to try us. (for more on this, see the dedication at the top of my page!)
I'm glad I made sense - even if half of what I said had vanished! ::phew!::
I can still see the book titles I sent you I can post them again if you like.
I realised I missed a few off last time. Those were:
Krakatoa: the day the world exploded. by Simon Winchester. A terrific mingling of historical record and description of one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in modern times 27th August 1883. (I like to reflect I was born 97 years and one day later!) What I liked - and learnt - from this book was more about colonial history The Indonesian region was the province of alternatively the Dutch and The British, but mostly the Dutch. It's also where I first encountered the name Alfred Russell Wallace (the co-publisher of The Theory of Evolution by natural Selection along with C.Darwin.) and where I also began to grasp the sense of rapid change within the 19th century. When abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the news took a fortnight to cross the atlantic by boat. A mere 18 years later, The Times of London carried the news of the eruption and the destruction of the colonies as a headline, the next day (allowing for time zones). This was due to the completion of the the vast underwater telegraphing network and the completion by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail of The (now defunct) Morse Code. The subtitle is both descriptive of the event as perceived from the native Indonesians living on the coast around Krakatoa, but also metaphorical for the age in which it happened: the birth of the "modern" industrious, media-informed world. In short: this book spoke to me on a number of intellectual levels - not just scientific - and it is with that thought in mind that I recommend it to you.
This is a classic, it is on my bookshelf and I have read it. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Really seminal text setting out on of the foremost thinkers of our age's views on the interaction of relativity and quantum theory and where we go from here. It's semi-technical as I recall, dealing as it must with some quite complex ideas, but it's also written with the intent of explaining these ideas to people who'd never encountered them before and succeeds in doing so in an easy to understand and engaging way.
I'm currently reading: Consciousness Explained by Daniel C Dennet. I have found the interaction of philosophy and neuroscience and the patient and logic manner in which Dennet leads the reader through (again) some very complex ideas about how brains work and some of the fallacies of how people think brains work. A very, very good book.
Now my first post is missing! What on earth is going on?? I had two posts...one that set out the general frame of my reply to you about theory, hypothesis and fact with examples and definitions of each, and then my second post (still visible) which took those definitions into discussing what they mean....