The California t-shirt conspiracy.

All of the t-shirts commonly available in California seem cut to make you feel bad about yourself. No matter your self-image, no matter your body shape or configuration, just about any t-shirt you find is going to make you feel fat. At the very least, most sizes run one size smaller (i.e., what is marked 'large' is actually cut as a 'medium', and so forth).

Upon reflection, this might be why personal exercise is so common in California.

Photographs from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, December 2014.

I know I haven't posted much (at all, really) for most of a month. I'd love to say that I've been out having wacky adventures and gallivanting about Time and Space, but I haven't. Work has been, well, work, and eating me alive to boot. This is the first evening in quite a while (because I'm writing this as a timed post) I haven't gone straight to bed after getting home. So, no interesting news articles, no attempts at humor, no witty insights, However, last December I took the opportunity to pay the Monterey Bay Aquarium a visit. I don't …

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Photographs and video from the protest in Oakland, California on 4 December 2014.

From the protest I attended in Oakland, California on 4 December 2014, here are the photographs I took during the march as well as two short segments of video footage (one (local copy); two(local copy)) shot while on the move.

This work by The Doctor [412/724/301/703/415/510] is published under a Creative Commons By Attribution / Noncommercial / Share Alike v3.0 License.

Boots on the ground at the protests in Oakland, CA.

Disclaimer: I will attempt to be as unemotional and dispassionate as I can. I will undoubtedly fail for many reasons but I think I need to make the attempt anyway. I will make strive to comment only on what I witnessed personally, and keep what I (over-)heard to a minimum. I admit that I am an outsider and will do my best to not seem as if I am not. Nevertheless, compassion and conscience require me to speak out.

Disclaimer the second: I've probably forgotten details even though I have several pages of notes and will have to edit …

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Visiting the Computer History Museum.

A couple of months ago, Amberite and I visited the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California with his father. I'll admit, I wasn't sure what to expect on the way over there. I've been to the Smithsonian quite a few times but the Computer History Museum is just that: Dedicated to the entire history of computing and nothing but. There are exhibits of the history of robotics, video games, military equipment, and of course one of practically every personal computer ever made, from the Amstrad CPC (which never really had a large community in the States, though it was …

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Notes from the Artificial Intellligence and the Singularity conference in September.

As I've mentioned several times before, every couple of week the Brighter Brains Institute in California holds a Transhuman Visions symposium, where every month the topic of presentation and discussion is a little different. Last month's theme was Artificial Intelligence and the Singularity, a topic of no small amount of debate in the community. Per usual, I scribbled down a couple of pages of notes that I hope may be interesting and enlightening to the general public. A few of my own insights may be mixed in. Later on, a lot of stuff got mixed together as I only wrote …

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Registering out of state vehicles in California.

If you're in the process of moving to California you have to get your car registered before your existing license plates and car registration expire. It also would behoove you to get your car registered as fast as possible because the longer you wait, the more you'll have to pay to get it done. It could easily run you $700us if you're not careful, and I advise you to not sell internal organs to get your paperwork through if you can avoid it. The first step of the process is to get your California driver's license. To do this you …

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Video from the Global Existential Risks and Radical Futures Conference is up.

UPDATE: 20191230 - Uploaded a copy of the video to my Peertube account.

In June of 2014 the Global Existential Risks and Radical Futures conference was held in Piedmont, California, which I was invited to present at. After a delay of a couple of months videos of the presentations have been uploaded to YouTube. Among them is the presentation I gave; the audio's a little quiet due to the accoustics of the building and the Q&A has been cut off at the end but it does have the entire talk (local mirror). The presentation's slides aren't in frame but I …

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