Day 1 of Zyban. Everyone wants to know, is there a buzz? Hard to say, next week might tell.
I woke up and saw a very large spider walking across the wall. It wasnt there. Need to relearn peripheral vision? Actually not frightening, I occasionally do get big huntsmen spiders inside, I am not arachophobic, I simply sweep them into a dustpan and release them in the birdsnest fern. The presumption is that all anti-depressants are sort of slow-acting speed, but the "mechanism" of Zyban is "unknown" It sure is cheap: $23 for 120 tabs, Aus govt subsidy. Your doctor must ring up some bureaucrat and declare that you are in a quit-smoking program. My doctor is a relaxed guy, he was happy to make the call. I am chewing a nicorette now, hopefully that habit will cease.
Great news from Cancun 14Sept03 WTO Trade talks dissolved
Richard L. Bernal, a delegate from Jamaica..
"There is nothing for us small countries in this proposal," he said. "We don't want any of this." Way to go JA!
If the people of Iraq,Palestine & Afghanistan failed to resist, the Empire would roll its military across the world. JA & India, thanks God, have heard the clamor outside the baronial halls of Empires finance wing.
TV cyclopean view portrays a bunch of young Australians learning to use artificial limbs, after a night of careless drinking in Kuta. I am expected to be overwhelmed with sympathy. As many are maimed every three weeks from road-kill, this I am expected to accept, I am expected to be enraptured by the following advert showing 150kw personal chariots speeding over pristine wilderness landscape.
I have a faulty race-loyalty center, I dont care much about rich white kids sucking cheap drinks in a racially segregated bar. Cheap because there are no unions, no fireexit regulations. Those kids are well aware that any Indonesian kids who dared to arrive in Australia without capital, would be rounded up by troops and shut up in shipping containers in a desert prison.
12Sep03 Israel begins partial call-up of military reserves
NYTimes 16-09-3 The R.I.A.A. is breeding antibiotic-resistant bacteria,"
chasing music thieves looks set to foster the growth of anonymous file sharing
like Freenet ..allows people to publish files ..source anonymous. ..files are encrypted..Requests .also encrypted.
In 1979 I heard Stafford Beer lecture at the Open University, on "Project Cybersyn" a system of teletext machines he had installed in Allende's Chile, to make the economy cybernetic.
Only departures from planned targets would be communicated, a vision of a nation under instant feedback control. Like any Central Planning guru, he failed to grasp the key ideas of complexity and de-centralised networks. A monolith center can only create. Once created, bureaus and departments persist forever, pretending to produce. Only Capital with corporate takeover and bankruptcy, has solved the problem of removing dead wood. Just maybe, Beer's teletypes might have been able to identify dud departments. Thanks to Kissingers cowboys we will never know.
For a few thousand dollars a little table-top milling machine can measure its position down to microns..you can fabricate the structures of modern technology such as circuit boards ..a little 50-cent microcontroller can resolve time down below a microsecond.. Together..integrated into a personal fabricator.
projects in rural India:
microcontroller sensor for diesel engines timing
$50 Webcam + diffraction grating, spectroscopy on milk to determine souring or dilution.
Chikan embroidery wooden blocks 3D scans of old blocks and 3D machine new ones
in Norway: fab lab to develop radio "bells" for the Sami's sheep and reindeer in the mountains.
There's only so much Science & Technology I am prepared to blog.
sites like SciTechdaily provide heaps of good links
I will be removing Cranach soon, so Lucretia will be leaving...