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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
10:14 pm
%touch -borgian_review
LJ is going to purge long-inactive communities; since someone might still want this one, I'm posting this to make it count as active.
Sunday, March 15th, 2009
10:34 pm
documentary on borges
thought this community could appreciate this...

seems you'll have to paste this into your url, but it works, excellent doc in my opinion
Friday, January 7th, 2005
4:38 am
Review of: Introduction to Postmodern Physics
Introduction to Postmodern Physics, published in 2085 by Edgar Bumblebutt, is one of the most widely used and highly recommended textbooks for undergraduate college students interested in obtaining a grasp of the subject without having a prior understanding of the advanced mathematics used in the field. While students should have some familiarity with Modern Physics before attempting to delve into the daunting realm of Postmodern Physics, it is also not a prerequisite for reading this book, as the entire field of Modern Physics is based on a somewhat outdated paradigm which died in the earlier half of the twenty-first century.

Bumblebutt begins with a discussion of the Misanthropic Principle, and its pseudo-centric role in Postmodern Physics. The essence of the Misanthropic Principle is that the existence of unintelligent observers (not intelligent observers, as was proposed by the now defunct anthropic principle which turned out to be completely false) is what causes many of the features of the universe to be what they are. These unintelligent observers are what collapses the wavefunction in the now unanimously accepted Post-Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. The key to understanding this, as Bumblebutt explains, is that only the mentally handicapped can interface directly with the Retarded Green's Function solutions of the wave equation. As it turns out, the Advanced Green's Function is just a mathematical curiousity, having nothing to do with the world we live in--and therefore anyone possessing any amount of advanced intelligence cannot collapse wavefunctions.

Bumblebutt moves on to an in-depth discussion of Dr. Thomas Byrd's famous discovery of the ultimate constituants of reality, Byrd Branes. Byrd had been working on Mung Theory (what was earlier called M-Theory until after decades of study somebody finally figured out what the M stood for) when he suddenly realized that if he applied a Lobotomy Transformation to the entire universe, all Branes would be replaced with Byrd Branes and a new kind of symmetry became manifest. Simultaneously, Andrew Duper developed the mathematics to describe such a symmetry, and soon it came to be known as Super-DuperSymmetry, the mother of all symmetries and the maximal amount of symmetry allowed in any possible world. Even more surprising, later that year Byrd's colleauge Sandy Cooch proved that the invariance of the universe under Lobotomy Transformations implies the Misanthropic Principle! It was several decades before this invariance was experimentally verified by Hugh G. Recian. and Harry Dong in their seminal Dong-Recian experiment.

Bumblebutt concludes with a brief analysis of the Maximal SuperDuper-Symmetric Non-Standard Model (MSDSNSM), which has become the Postmodern Physicist's best understanding of nature to date. The mathematics underlying this model relies on a great bit of non-standard analysis, since all numbers in the model are either surreal or anti-surreal, or some linear combination thereof. Another advanced topic covered towards the end is the idea of the "superlong line", a mathematical extension of the long line which is needed to reach far enough to trace around the circumference of an inverse Byrd Brane. The proof that the superlong line is indeed long enough to cover the inverse Byrd Brane circumference was completed by Andrew Duper with a little help from Harry Dong and is known as the Superlong Duper-Dong result.

A joy to read, and essential to any student entering the field, Bumblebutt's Introduction to Postmodern Physics is a must have. My only criticism is that he tries to hide away the Superlong Duper-Dong till the end, rather than exposing it earlier and letting it develop naturally along side of Sandy Cooch's work where it fits in better.

Current Mood: artistic
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004
5:43 pm
Review of Jane L. Evenstar's Seventy-Six
Recently reprinted by the Evenstar Appreciation Society Press (EAS Press), Jane L. Evenstar's Seventy-Six remains a bizarre curiousity not so much because of what it failed to predict about the culture and people of 1976 as to what it successfully predicted about today.

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Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, January 12th, 2004
4:08 pm
A Review of the Newly Discovered Journals and Battle Plans of Alexander the Great
[sent via post from the chilly northeast, this review comes to us from a friend of mine, and Alexander the Great historian known as Rachel (who doesn't have a livejournal)]

News of a recent Classical archeological discovery has traveled fast since the moment when an Egyptian shopkeeper stumbled upon a vault below his Nile River Delta store containing a wealth of Ptolemaic and Alexandrian texts. From the moment that they were unearthed, scholars from all over the world have scrambled to piece together and translate the ancient papyri. Newly released by the Oxford University Press, we are finally able to read the first and most significant of these: an apparent journal kept by the Macedonian king and conqueror, Alexander the Great.
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While the text clears up a number of outstanding queries about specific elements in the narrative of Alexander’s military career, ultimately it only confirms what the events of the past had long since proven: Alexander was a tactical innovator who fully recognized and realized any opportunity for an advantage on the battlefield. Even in the cases where it appears that his plans were not followed through to the end or fell short, his ultimate victories make it clear that the man was a strategic genius, as able to make a good plan as to abandon a bad one and formulate a new one on the spot. The greatest gift of the newly produced text is simply that it brings us that much closer to a legend and his mind. The journal serves to bridge the gulf of time and present us with a living, breathing, active human rather than the static portrayal that had filtered down as much through legend and folklore as through evidence. And while scholars might not enjoy having their questions so swiftly answered (and hence, their jobs as historical theoreticians eradicated), they can’t resist the delicious joy of having such a document available, even if only to disprove its validity.
Thursday, January 8th, 2004
4:52 pm
The Invisible Library
Another project that poeople here will appreciate:


"The Invisible Library is a collection of books that only appear in other books. Within the library's catalog you will find imaginary books, pseudobiblia, artifictions, fabled tomes, libris phantastica, and all manner of books unwritten, unread, unpublished, and unfound."

Current Mood: geeky
Tuesday, January 6th, 2004
2:47 pm
The Margin
One of the most famous notes in history is Fermat's proof, "Which this margin is too small to contain." Fortunately, G�del Press has released a wonderful new book, which finally goes to prove that Descartes' proof need not have remained so long unproven.

Published as a dinosaur folio (as the double elephant folio proved too small) at 60" x 77", this fine volume contains precisely one character per page of body text. Fair use prohibits us from quoting any more than a small fragment of its total text, but this reviewer could not pass up the opportunity to quote this particularly eloquent multi-page passage:

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I think any reader with the faintest interest in mathematics would have to agree that this stirring passage does deserve a great deal of comment.

The remainder of the space is taken up with the original proof, which, as it happens, is large enough to require the entirety of the book's 72 pages in marginal space, and rewards the reader's careful study.

That the proof appears to be flawed does not, in any way, diminish the value of this tremendous mathematical and aesthetic achievement, yet another triumph in the G�del Press' long history of bringing books of utter certainty to the mathematically inclined public.

Current Mood: marginalized
Monday, December 22nd, 2003
9:18 pm
To Serve Man - Anonymous
Did you ever wonder how one cooks the uncommon delicacy that is homo sapiens? What with news stories these days all a buzz with cannibalism, I started to wonder, myself. Are they stringy? Tender? Are they good in stew, or seared? Luckily for me, I stumbled upon a rather famous cookbook while wandering the halls of Borges' Library today, that alien text: To Serve Man, once featured in an old Twilight Zone episode.

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So even if you think you already know all there is to know about cooking up that top-of-the-food-chain predator we call Man, I'm sure even the most seasoned chef (no pun intended!) would be able to learn something new from To Serve Man.

Current Mood: hungry
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