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Diary, October 2008

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Playing Go

This evening, I went to the university to play Go and when arrived Taco and Jan-Willem were waiting without any playing materials. Taco immediately made room for me so that I could play against Jan-Willem. We agreed on a five stone handicap for him. In the third corner where we played, I played an empty triangle, which is almost wrong (especially for players at my level), and in this case it proved to be wrong. Huub arrived, and it turned out he did have a set with him as well, so he could play against Taco. In the end game, I made some mistake, and it turned out that one of my groups was dead. I resigned. Jan-Willem estimated that I was about 10 points behind had I not lost the group. He also found a way, inwhich I could have saved the group. I went home around a quarter past ten.

Friday, October 3, 2008

First lucid dream

I think I did have my first lucid dream this morning. It was in a kind of wierd dream that there was walking around a boy, and I suddenly realize that I was dreaming. Of course, this is not the first time that I realize this. I decided to change something. They boy had a glass with red lemonade and I wanted to change it to green. It became transparent, and I reasoned that it had not worked because green is a kind of unusual colour, but when I wanted it again, it became green. I thought, this is kind of neat. At that moment the dream faded. Later when I woke up, I remembered much more about what I had been dreaming about. I also noticed that the boy had vanished when I changed the colour of the lemonade. But this has been the first time, as far as I can recall, that I changed something at will in a dream.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Curly kail

This evening, I made some curly kail with gherkins, pork cut in cubes, smoked beaf sausage, and red unions. I did not eat the prok, but added some red unions to which I had added some dark Pearl River Bridge soy sauce. Li-Xia did not eat the gherkins. Annabel of all of us, eat it in the most traditional way with pork and gherkins.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Momolu Duwalu Bukele

Momolu Duwalu Bukele is the inventor of the Via alphabet, which consist of 229 different letters. Actually, it should not be called an alphabet, because each 'letter' represents a syllable in the Via language. The Via language itself is a rather strange language with 12 vowels (of which five are nasal) and 31 consonants (of which nine are pernasalized or nasal). In a sense the Via syllabary is somewhere between a language such as Chinese, which has a character for each word, and most common alphabets, which use letters for vowels and consonants. Although it seems als Momoly Duwalu Bukele really tried very hard to create a script without any logic structure, the script has been used for almost two centuries. This is really unbelievable. For more information see also the Via Omniglot page and the SIL Vai font. And for some recent scientifical paper about the script: Distribution of complexities in the Via script.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Humans will not evolve further

Humans will not evolve further says J. Steve Jones. This conclusion does not come as a surprise to me. More than twenty years ago, I already concluded that our improved healthcare would have a serious impact on the average quality of the genetic material in humans, and that as a result humans would become more prone to all kinds diseases within a few ages. But of course it is question if we will be able to maintain our current level of healthcare when we run out of relatively cheap sources of energy (fossil fuels). But even if we would, there would also come a point were selecting embryos might become inevitable and an accepted practice, and possibly accelerate human evolution far beyond the natural speed.

Watching a game of Go

This evening, Annabel told me that she is no longer interested in joining me to play Go at the university. This did not really come as a surprise to me. This evening, I decided to take the demonstration board that she used during the talk on Friday, March 10, 2006, and which has been standing beside my bed every since, and hand over to Rudi or Jan-Willem. I was the first to arrive. Rudi and Taco followed a little later, and I suggested that they would play while I would be watching them. After Taco resigned, they spend a long time analyzing the game and studying all the possible alternatives.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

True Knowledge

This morning, I received some announcement from True Knowledge. After I logged-in, I asked the question: "does god exist," and it came back with the answer: "I do not know whether Pachu Chembukave regularly performs the action exist," and the remark that it understood my question as: "Determine whether Amazing person who is a beast at everything is someone or something that regularly performs the intransitive action have perceptible existence at the current time?" Appearantly some twenty year old quy with the name Pachu Chembukave has described himself as: "Amazing person who is a beast at everything." This shows that the knowledge engine has some ability to reason, and that allowing anybody to enter "facts" leads to strange answers.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Great Wall of China

Today, I started with my next Google Earth project: Mapping the Great Wall of China. I made use of some detailed maps I found on Wikipedia. I spend some time, placing these on Google Earth. I first did some part of mapping around Balading which I visited on the last time on August 15, 2006. Then I started at Nanhai, at the very east of the wall. While working on this, I became impressed by the size of the Great Wall, although it is not a single wall, and at many places is more a path between watchtowers. My mappings resulted in this KML file.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Great Wall Forum

Today, I found the Great Wall Forum where they have a very detailed KML file (for Google Earth) with all the "known" parts of the Great Wall of China, which you can download after you have become a member. It is a truely huge file, which dwarfs what I have achieved so far. The file is copyrighted, but I don't think it means I cannot publish my own findings after having seen this file. When I inspected some of the trails that are included, it seemed they were made with a GPS tracker, and did not so nicely follow the wall as the tracks that I have created by hand. So, I could still continue my search.

I also found Great Wall Trek with information about the trek that Mark Scholinz made in 2007. The site does include an interesting KML file created with his GPS tracker while he made the trek.

Two other web sites are Great Wall blog, and Walking the Wall.

In the evening, I studied the Great Wall of China Mapping by mke1963. I found some interesting straight in the West of China.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Great Wall in 3D

I found two 3D models of famous parts of the Great Wall of China, which can be viewed in Google Earth. These are Great Wall of China at Badaling and Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Both models look quite impressive, but I get the impression that the wall is modelled thicker than in reality. And there also some understandable errors in the model of the Great Wall at Badaling, because there is a gap in the wall where the wall crosses a cliff (somewhere between 20 and 30 meter high). See, for example, this picture.) The cliff itself is not visible in the terrain model of Google Earth.

I also found a KML file with about the Great Wall of China during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). But the information in this file is already included in KML file from Great Wall Forum. The tracks are not exactly the same, but they match very closely. It seems as if they are vectorizations of the same source. I also did some additional tracking by myself.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Going into the city

This afternoon, Andy and I took the bus into the city. About half-way some mental-handicapped people and some leaders entered the bus. Two of the leaders took places opposite of us. One of the mental-hadicapped girls called "Andy", which prompted on of the leaders to ask me if this was Andy. When I affirmed this, she recognized him from when he was going to the daycare center "Klim Op". (He went there the last time on Saturday, July 12, 2003.) Then Andy also recognized her as he went over to her and gave her a hugh. The world of the mental-handicapped is a small world. I am often surprised about the memory of some mental-handicapped people, who remember names after years.

I also went to De Slegte bookshop and I bought five books:

I have been think about buying the Dune book for a long time, after I sold all of them on Tuesday, July 29, 1997.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Alzheimer's Disease caused by vascular inflamation?

Today, I came across the article Optics Of Alzheimer's Disease which refers to Chris B. Schaffer, PhD, and talks about how femtosecond laser-induced microvascular clots trigger Alzheimer's Disease pathology. This again strenghtens the idea that vascular inflamation could be one of the root causes of Alzheimer's Disease. The fact is that Li-Xia has shown signs of vascular inflamation and hemorrhages in the past. And I have often thought that these were related to her current condition.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Storimans killed by Russian cluster bomb

Today, our Foreign Minister, announced that a government investigation team has found that Stan Storimans, 39, was killed by a Russian cluster bomb on August 12 on the central square of Gori in Georgia. An investigative team was send to gathered forensic reports and eyewitness accounts and determined that Storimans was killed by munitions made and used only by Russia.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

79.1 Kilo

This morning, when I stepped on the scales, it read 79.1 kilo. My weight has been steadily increasing in the past months. Usually, my weight is higher in the weekends and also the fact that I ate more salt yesterday when we had dinner in the city could explain some of the increase. I do not feel that I have been eating more lately. It could also be caused by cause my muscle mass has increased. Since the summer, I have started biking much faster in order to improve my condition. I think I should keep track of my waist.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Playing Go

This evening, I went to the university to play Go. I arrived almost at the same time as Taco, while Rudi was already seated. Rudi suggested that he would play against both of us simultaneously. We decided on a nine stone handicap for my game against him. After less than twenty moves into the game, Huub arrived, and we decided that I would play against him. In the first game he got a three stone handicap. I made a mess out of the game and lost with about ninety points. In the next game we played with no handicap where he got black. Again, I made some mistakes, when I was playing too fast at one point, and an invasion of mine, was cut of. I lost with 76 against 54 points. In a sense Huub is much like Annabel. On a tactical level he is stronger, but I am stronger on the strategical level. The games I play against him are much different from the ones I play against Taco and Rudi, who are much stronger than me. But I did learn some things from the games I played against Huub.

This months interesting links

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