Scary thought for the day
dark humor may get you committed.
Apparently, a student's roommates read some of his older email, found some stuff from
when he was having a bad day, and passed them on to the university. He ended up getting
arrested, put in a mental institution for three days, and nearly getting expelled. Upon
learning it was all a misunderstanding, the roommates claim to have done the right
thing. (This is why I don't let people use my computer.)
From Video Games to Philosophy
While browsing sites related to
Aleph One, the primary project working with
the Marathon 2 source code, I came across
Loren Petrich's explanation
of the name. He links to Peter Suber's discussion
of infinite sets and the transfinite cardinal numbers and their many counter-intuitive
mathematical properties (like, one infinite set can be larger than another infinite set,
but you can take an infinite number of elements from either without making them any smaller).
It's one of the clearer explanations I've seen, really. The math is there, but it's all
pretty simple. It's actually an appendix to a longer work dealing with
the infinite and our
conception of it. I'm no philosopher, so I can't say it's particularly groundbreaking
or not, but isn't it cool what you can find on the web?