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Things I want, but don't actually need... [Jun. 6th, 2002|03:19 pm]
Kurt Onstad
In no particular order:

  • A psychic interface for LiveJournal, so the stuff I think of in the car will actually get written down here.
  • Both the money and free time to be able to get in my car, and drive wherever I want in the country.
  • More space in my room.
  • iPod.
  • Sex.

This post brought to you by the letter "Greed."


[User Picture]From: dragonpookie
2002-06-06 03:51 pm (UTC)


What?... No "Matthew Sweet riding Co-pilot in the car thus negating need for radio"?
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-06-06 04:03 pm (UTC)

I'm a fan. I'm not obsessed.

I think interviewing Matthew Sweet in his home was enough for me to have fulfilled my fanhood desires.

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[User Picture]From: dragonpookie
2002-06-06 05:19 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm a fan. I'm not obsessed.

ah... home interview... good point.
(And I never claimed you were obsessed with Matthew Sweet. I mean look at some of the other stuff on your list you are not obsessed with :P)
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[User Picture]From: euphoricone
2002-06-06 04:02 pm (UTC)

"you know youre scary sometimes. brilliant. but scary."

I, personally, want one of those mp3player/discmans. i think they are neat.

And for the record... your psychic interface just needs some tweaking. I swear you stole a thought right out of my head. Yesterday while posting my music rant, the original subject heading was "This post brought to you by the letter M"

no joke.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-06-06 04:09 pm (UTC)

Brilliant, but scary...Great. I'm a mad scientist...

If you have a Mac and are getting an MP3 player, there's no excuse not to get an iPod. Unfortunately for you, you don't have a Mac. Unfortunately for me, I can't afford an iPod right now.

And the "Brought to you by the letter..." thing is something I stole from both Sesame Street (obviously) and Rush. Check out their album notes...

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[User Picture]From: euphoricone
2002-06-06 04:23 pm (UTC)

Actually, its a reference to hermoine granger in HP the movie

Well i knew about sesame street. obviously. i didnt think it was an original idea. i just thought it was strange that you used it the day after i did, without ever knowing that i used it.

and why is an ipod so great?
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-06-06 04:39 pm (UTC)

I'm a Wizard! Coooooool...

That is an odd coincidence. But, being in a bad sitcom, those fill my life! :)

There are a few things that make the iPod great. First off, is the Firewire connection. Downloading songs into the device is many many times faster than every other device, which all use USB connections. That's important because the iPod now has a 10MB Hard drive, which is one of the largest for MP3 players. Second, it's easily syncs itself up with iTunes, Apple's music program, which comes free with OS 9 and X, in order to create specific playlists to put on the device with just a simple drag and drop. Finally, the flexibility of the iPod. Not only can you store and play music on it, but it also can function as a standard Mac hard drive, to transfer files. Also, recently added to the software, through a free firmware upgrade was the ability to save and display contact information, like an address book on the iPod. And this is just the first of many other features that are rumored to be added to the device.

Mac Addict...
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[User Picture]From: dragonpookie
2002-06-06 05:21 pm (UTC)

Re: But, being in a bad sitcom, those fill my life!

Dude, I'm finally with you. But with a difference... I am in a Good sitcom (Three's Company) with lame ass writers this season. At least that's my take on it. Since you know "Janet and Chrissy", what's your take on it? :-P
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-06-06 05:35 pm (UTC)

Three's Company is a _good_ sitcom?

I named our page class after part of the show, but I still don't think it was a good show...

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[User Picture]From: self
2002-06-07 03:09 am (UTC)

I don't want what you want.

I'd settle for a wireless interface. If I could type entries on my celphone, I'd do little else with my time. Failing that, a portable voice-recognition unit would serve for car entries. Much proofreading needed to make sense of the transcription, but it'd work. But if I had a psychic interface, it would be sensibly disabled on anything capable of reaching the outside world.

My concerns:
  1. Negating self-censorship is just asking to lose all your friends.

  2. Stream-of-Consciousness posting is just asking to lose all your readers.

  3. Stream-of-Consciousness in an internet related context will inevitably see you posting your passwords and ATM pin numbers for all to see.

  4. Identity Theft takes on new meaning when hackers can worm their way into your head.

I really hate driving. I'll travel more when they can e-mail me.

I need space, but not in my room - I need an office far away from the house, and I need a number of storage units so I can organize my belongings and put them aside without permanent loss.

The iPod is cool. I think you should have one. But I want satellite radio. A portable mp3 library would only encourage me to stagnate further - I either need silence so I can think, or a constant supply of music I don't have memorized.

And frankly, sex terrifies me. I won't be having any.

More for you, I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-06-07 10:40 am (UTC)

My idea for the psychic interface

I wasn't thinking of something that constantly pulled thoughts from your mind and jotted them down. I was thinking closer to a voice recognition that you were referring to, but without having to actually speak outloud. And with the ability to see it in your head and edit it before you actually posted it. Trust me, if it were the way I'm picturing it in my head, you'd get a lot more entries out of me, and they'd probably be laid out better, too...

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[User Picture]From: self
2002-06-07 04:51 pm (UTC)

The problem is abstraction.

Every once in a while, someone looks at VR gloves and gets the bright idea that there should be an American Sign Language engine. You "talk", it "types". There's some merit to this, of course. ASL dictation would mean great social changes for the hearing impaired, as more and more people become fluid in their language. But it wouldn't work.

Why not?

Because grammar is out the window. It's minimalist - only enough words to convey an idea. "[name beginning with R] red nose reindeer has shiny nose. You see, you say glowing."

It works as a language because our minds are well suited to extracting context from root elements. But computers have a problem with that, and it's one I don't think we'll fix anytime soon.

Your internal voice doesn't always speak in complete sentences. Why should it? You know what it's saying. More often than not, we're oblivious to the nonsense. Your mind echoes the words you hear, but you know not to pay attention to that. I'm not sure there's any distinction to help a computer know which words you intend to say, and which were an involuntary echo.

But that's what proofreading's for, right?

You described this as also being internal, which means the interface is putting images in your head for the necessary visualization. My concerns:
  1. Your car doesn't have autopilot, and every detail you describe has you paying less and less attention to the road. And maybe you'd be a safe driver, but that's no consolation when another LJ user plows into you.

    If your car did have autopilot, the rest of this wouldn't be necessary - you could type, and review your changes right there on the windshield if your passengers aren't using that space to watch a movie.

  2. Somewhere in the back of your head, there's an image placed there by computer. LiveJournal should be safe, since it's user-supported, but you've opened the door for other software which might not have the same ethics when it comes to advertizing.

    But ethics is only a small part of it. Anything with user-defined content is beyond developer control - you think SPAM's a problem now? Wait 'til you've got a two-way psychic link to your e-mail. Software exploits currently mean your computer might pass an ad onto your friends without asking you. Software exploits in this future you describe mean that you and your friends suddenly develop a product craving, or are treated to strong moments of positive and negative reinforcement towards whatever behavior someone out there wants to influence.

  3. I already mentioned the hacker threat. You just made it considerably easier for them.
On the plus side, we'll get to be John Malkovich...
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2002-06-08 01:18 pm (UTC)

So tell us what you want, what you really really want

No, negating self-censorship is asking to lose all your friends. My friends don't care if I censor you or not.
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[User Picture]From: self
2002-06-09 12:53 pm (UTC)


Try it and see.
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