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  • alternate history
  • artificial intelligence
  • board games
  • books
  • comic books
  • complex systems
  • computational logic
  • computer science
  • computers
  • dungeons & dragons
  • emergence
  • fantasy
  • game theory
  • graphic novels
  • history
  • intp
  • logic
  • magic: the gathering
  • mathematics
  • mechanism design
  • mutants & masterminds
  • philosophy
  • politics
  • roleplaying games
  • science
  • science fiction
  • software development
  • speculative fiction
  • strategy games
  • superheroes
  • tabletop games
  • technology
  • theoretical computer science
  • x-men

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Verbs

  • camping
  • gaming
  • hanging out
  • hiking
  • programming
  • reading
  • sleeping

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Books

  • 1602
  • American Gods
  • Cryptonomicon
  • The Diamond Age or: A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
  • Ender's Game
  • For Want of a Nail
  • Gödel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
  • The Heritage of Shannara
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • How Few Remain
  • I Robot
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Lost World
  • The Postman
  • Raptor Red
  • Snow Crash
  • Sphere
  • Supreme Power
  • Watchmen
  • The Worthing Saga
  • X-Men
  • The Years of Rice and Salt

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Music

  • E Nomine
  • Front Line Assembly
  • Funker Vogt
  • Muse
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Tool
  • VNV Nation
  • The White Stripes

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Movies

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • American Beauty
  • Being John Malkovich
  • The Boondock Saints
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • The Fifth Element
  • Fight Club
  • High Fidelity
  • The Incredibles
  • Independence Day
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Office Space
  • The Princess Bride
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Snatch
  • Spider-Man
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Wizards
  • X-Men

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Television

  • Arrested Development
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Family Guy
  • Futurama
  • Heroes
  • House
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • The X-Files

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Favorite Quotes

Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. -Edsger Dijkstra, Computer Scientist

The question of whether Machines Can Think… is about as relevant as the question of whether Submarines Can Swim" -Edsger Dijkstra

Those who assert that the mathematical sciences say nothing of the beautiful or the good are in error. For these sciences say and prove a great deal about those things. Even if they do not explicitly mention those things, but only prove attributes which are their results or definitions, it is not true that the mathematical sciences tell us nothing about those things. The chief forms of beauty are order, symmetry, and definiteness - which the mathematical sciences demonstrate to a special degree. -Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

By and large it is uniformly true that in mathematics there is a time lapse between a mathematical discovery and the moment it becomes useful; and that this lapse can be anything from 30 to 100 years, in some cases even more; and that the whole system seems to function without any direction, without any reference to usefulness, and without any desire to do things which are useful. -John von Neumann, Computer Scientist and Mathematician

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!', but 'That's funny …' -Isaac Asimov, author

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. -Bertrand Russell, Logician and Philosopher

Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise. - Bertrand Russell

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. - A. A. Milne

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex. - Aldous Huxley

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid. -Bertrand Russell

I don't want to have to do this living. I just walk around. I want to be swept off my feet, you know? I want my children to have magical powers. I am prepared for amazing things to happen. I can handle it. -from the movie "Me and You and Everyone We Know"

I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. -Thomas Edison

Elegance is necessarily unnatural, only achieveable at great expense. If you just do something, it won't be elegant, but if you do it and then see what might be more elegant, and do it again, you might, after an unknown number of iterations, get something that is very elegant. -Erik Naggum

You'll never find a programming language that frees you from the burden of clarifying your ideas. -xkcd

Much reading after a certain age diverts the mind from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theaters is apt to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life. -Albert Einstein

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