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December 06, 2004

Survey results

A couple of days ago I posted a short survey. This was to use as some anecdotal evidence in a paper for my class on the Doctrine of Revelation. The paper is focused around skeptic David Hume's arguments against miracles occurring, based on the probability of the miracle occuring and the probability that the testimonies given are false. Lots of people have argued about it and the arguments often get into logic and math debates. I argued that people don't think like that at all, so it doesn't matter. This was well-supported by the survey responses I got; mathematical incoherence, misunderstood questions, and difficulty in assigning probabilities were exactly what I wanted :-) If anyone's interested in this more, feel free to email me for a copy of my paper, or whatever. Hume's Abject Failure by Earman was one of my main sources.

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My wishlist has been update for the holiday season :-)

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December 01, 2004

An odd request...

I need some participants in an informal survery. Please send me an email with answers to these questions (consider each one seperately):

  • Suppose someone came up to you and said their name was Al Plackman. What percent probablity would you believe that to be true? (you know nothing else about this person).
  • What is the probability that this person's name is actually Al Plackman?
  • What is the probability that he is lying to you about his name?
  • Do you believe Christ was resurrected from the dead?
  • In your own words, why do you believe that?
  • What is the probability of this miracle occurring?
  • What is the probability that the witnesses to the resurrection are decieved or are decieving?

Thanks!!! I'll follow this up later with an explanation of what I'm trying to achieve.

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October 04, 2004


it's been a bit, so here comes a bit.

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July 05, 2004

weblog spam

Hopefully you haven't noticed spam messages in the comments of my weblog. If anybody even reads this thing. I have to delete at least several per day. So I turned off comments altogether.

Eventually I'll make my whole website (blog, gallery, main pages) all look the same and at that time I'll switch weblog systems and hopefully find one that has a good spam-prevention mechanism.

So if you want to comment on a blog entry, just email me

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March 24, 2004

spring break accomplishments

Not much today in the way of programming. I spent time cleaning my room and getting ready to drive home tomorrow, errands, and played Magic the Gathering with Matt & Kyle.

  • minor Forrest bug fixes
  • installed VS.NET 2003 (from MSDNAA) on laptop, in hopes that I can get SDL, freetype, sdl_ttf, and sdl_image to all work simultaneously so that we can release Kal's Quest for Windows.
  • Continued working on QT/GL paint program for graphics class
  • fixed category archive links on blog to point to the HTML pages (they were linking to category RSS files). hopefully my category RSS feeds will still generate.
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February 04, 2004

weblog spam

i got some weblog spam twice now. it sucked because there was a comment on every entry with links to online casinos and the like and I had to delete each comment individually. fortunately moveabletype (the program behind this weblog) has a plugin for blacklisting certain keywords and allowing you to easily delete a lot of comments at once

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January 10, 2004

resume update

Updated my resume, No particular reason, except that it was out of date. The objective sucks, and I need to add some open-source stuff to it; but there's no need to do that now.

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cancun pics

My cancun pics are up.

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January 04, 2004

Photo Gallery

So I'm using "Gallery" as my photo gallery. But it has some stupid limitations so I can't import my nicely organized photos. And I've finally organized them all; there's lots of new photos (Honduras 2002, last summer, recent trip to Cancun, floormates & dorm friends, etc) but I've no easy way to get them into Gallery.

So here's my choices: put a few select albums into my existing photo gallery; revert to an old and sorta ugly photo browsing system, but with all my new pics; wait a few months until I write a good photo browsing system that works the way I want it.

So what do you want? A useful gallery, an up-to-date gallery, or both in several months? Let me know!

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December 15, 2003


Since this blog is powered by movabletype, it has a cool feature called "trackback" to interact with other blogs. Unfortunately it doesn't work if you don't use MT, or you use MT but with trackback disabled. However, some people are smart enough to do it.

So this entry is technically in response to I don't have much to say about it except.. let's see if trackback works. And what's up with the "Hi Everybody!" reference?

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December 14, 2003


Well.. I've got a blog set up now. We'll see how it works out.

Mad props to Kevin DeGraaf, the server sysadmin, for a quick response in getting some required software installed.

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