Xah Lee's Blog Archive 2008-01
Update: Mathematics of Seashell.
Just watched movie “Lust, Caution”. Some thoughts about it: 天涯歌女 (The Wandering Songstress). (lyrics, essay, evolutionary psychology)
Suddenly, Last Summer (film). A film, touching on lobotomy, insanity, homosexuality, cannibalism, and the portrayal of homosexuals few decades ago.
Lobotomy Lobotomy is amazing. It is amazing how the brain can be cut and apparently the human animal can still function. It is amazing how this procedure can be carried out by a long needle-like instrument inserted thru the eye, for just about 10 min. It is also amazing, how this is used by human animals to carry out vengence, punishment, or in general inflict damage, on those you don't like, and under the auspice of care.
The guy who invented lobotomy, actually got a Nobel prize. See Nobel Prize controversies.
Rosemary Kennedy US President John F Kennedy's sister, went thru a lobotomy at age 23.
Frances Farmer (1913 – 1970). American actress. Pretty! It's rumored that she had a lobotomy but not true.
Update: Whirl Wheels Photo Exposition (photography)
Radiator Fan (photography)
A Notation for Plane Geometry. (math)
Was going to update my Wallpaper groups page The Discontinuous Groups of Rotation and Translation in the Plane, to upgrade my Cabrii Geometry files to GeoGebra files. I end up spending like 2 hours to correct a proof on theorem of rotations. See Some Theorems on Rotation and Translation.
POV-Ray Metallic Spheres and Reflection. (computer graphics)
A computer generated rendering of ball shadow added to Conic Sections page.
Spent several hours to construct ellipses in GeoGebra:
- Ellipse Family
- Ellipse Tangent Construction
- Polar point-wise Construction
- ellispe as Trammel
- Ellipse's Caustic
Added many Geogebra constructions to the conics sections page:
- Conic Section and Dandelin Sphere
- Ripples and Hyperbola.
- Pascal's theorem.
- Brianchon's theorem.
- 5 Points Conics Tangent Construction.
Extended: Text Processing: Emacs Lisp vs Perl (How Perl's Lies Damaged the Computing Community)
Youtube interviews added to Camille Paglia: Modern Sex Goddess page. O, my goddess, how much i love you Camille.
Is Lisp's Objects Concept Necessary? (essay; computing)
Another kooky thing i recently learned is Transcendental Meditation.
Expanded essay on What is Technical Drawing, Descriptive Geometry, Projective Geometry, Linear Algebra. (art; illustration)
Expanded essay on What Is Perspective Drawing. (art; drawing)
“A subjective comparison of Germany and the United States” by Axel Boldt, 1995. http://math-www.uni-paderborn.de/~axel/us-d.html
Am reading: AWOL, a military jargon meaning Absent Without (Official) Leave, more or less a euphemism for “deserters”. Then, Wikipedia has this passage about the number of US deserters in Iraq War:
According to the Pentagon, more than 5500 military personnel deserted in 2003–2004, following the Iraq invasion and occupation. . The number had reached about 8000 by the first quarter of 2006.  Another report stated that since 2000, about 40,000 troops from all branches of the military have deserted, also according to the Pentagon. More than half of these served in the US Army . Almost all of these soldiers deserted within the USA. There has only been one reported case of a desertion in Iraq. The Army, Navy and Air Force reported 7,978 desertions in 2001, compared with 3,456 in 2005. The Marine Corps showed 1,603 Marines in desertion status in 2001. That had declined by 148 in 2005. 
Cum swallow vids links added: http://xahporn.org/ (porn)
The Jargon “Lisp-1” vs “Lisp-2” (computing)
Jargons and High Level Languages (computing)
Modernization of Emacs Lisp (computing)
Elisp Lesson: Process A Thousand Files (computing)
Paulina Rubio Spanish Cosmopolitan Cover Controversy, added to the page: Flags Babes in Asia.
Xah's Java Logo. (graphics art)
Elisp Lesson: Hash Table (computing)