2011-08-06

Choi Sung-Bong - Nella Fantasia

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Choi Sung-Bong - Nella Fantasia

Xah Lee, 2011-08-06

A 22-years-old Korean vocal talent, with unusual background, sings Sarah Brightman's Nella Fantasia. In just 30 days, it got 10.6 million views on youtube. (that's about 355k views per day.)

This is when music makes you cry. It made me.

Korea's Got Talent tvN 코리아 갓 탤런트 Ep.1 Sung-bong Choi!!!.avi

See Wikipedia for more detail about the guy: Choi Sung-Bong. Note: «His full answer was edited to make his story more appealing for TV.»

The song he sung is Nella Fantasia (In My Fantasy). It's in Italian. Music by Ennio Morricone (b1928), lyrics by Chiara Ferraù. Here's the lyrics:

Nella Fantasia (Italian)

Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo giusto,
Lì tutti vivono in pace e in onestà.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano,
Pien' d'umanità in fondo all'anima.

Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo chiaro,
Lì anche la notte è meno oscura.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano.

Nella fantasia esiste un vento caldo,
Che soffia sulle città, come amico.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano,
Pien' d'umanità in fondo all'anima.
In My Fantasy (English)

In my imagination I see a fair world,
Everyone lives in peace and in honesty there.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like the clouds that fly,
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul.

In my imagination I see a bright world,
Even the night is less dark there.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like clouds that fly.

In my imagination there exists a warm wind,
That breathes on the cities, like a friend.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like clouds that fly,
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul.

Sarah Brightman

Here's Sarah Brightman's version.

Here's Sarah Brightman - Nella Fantasia

Programer Humor: Stack Overflow Offline Page

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Programer Humor: Stack Overflow Offline Page

Xah Lee, 2011-08-06

Stack Overflow offline screenshot
Screenshot of Stack Overflow Offline Page (2011-08-06T13:49:05-07:00)

Note that the ^M represents the ASCII 13, carriage return. Any ^ followed by a letter represents a ASCII non-printable char. The ^@ is ASCII 0, the Null character. See: Emacs's Key Notations Explained (/r, ^M, C-m, RET, <return>, M-, meta).

2011-08-05

Insider Look of Google Search with 3 Top Google Engineers

Insider Look of Google Search with 3 Top Google Engineers

A very enjoyable video that gives a insider look at Google's search engine and how the team works.

It is in a format of a interview, featuring the well-known Google search quality engineer Matt Cutts, and engineer Ben Gomes (the man behind Google Instant and UI) and Amit Singhal (the “brain” of Google search engine). Danny Sullivan, of the searchEngineLand.com fame, is the moderator, and he asked great questions.

“2011-08-03 Inside Google's Search Office: Matt Cutts, Ben Gomes, and Amit Singhal”

The video is ~90 minutes long, but very enjoyable and informative, easygoing.

5927 links to Wikipedia

Just regenerated Wikipedia link report for my website. Now at 5927 links to Wikipedia articles, spread among 1406 pages. See: Links to Wikipedia from XahLee.org.

Underwater Wonderland Alice Photography by Elena Kalis

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Underwater Alice Photography (by Elena Kalis)

Open Source = Power To the People?

Open Source = Power to the People?

Recently discovered a communism expert Catherine A Fitzpatrick. In the following article, she criticizes open source movement:

One part that caught my eye. Quote:

• those proclaiming they have liberated content or put the free tools into the workers' hands have merely commodified relationships and driven companies relentlessly to having to sell ads or sell lists of people to data mine — ultimately technocommunism subverts and perverts what it invades with lies about being for the public's good, and harms the public interest.

So, indeed, with the great success of open source, comes today's situation that every page is plastered with ads. Even many hard core tech geeking programers, put Google Ads on their personal home pages that offer their free software. Ten years ago, it is unthinkable act. They are the very people who hate ads and commercialism to the extreme. Yet, for vast majority of these tech geeker's personal sites, they make perhaps $1 a month. (a rough calculation is 1k page view = $0.1.) The main benefits are of course the big companies running the ads, e.g. Google and Facebook. Open Source is Power to the people?

Become a Man/Woman for a Day

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What Would You Do If You Can Become a Man or Woman For a Day?

Xah Lee, 2011-08-05

On Google Plus social networking site, 西乔 made the following interesting question. (it's in Chinese. My translation follows each sentence.)

@西乔: «如果给你一天时间,让你变成对立的性别。(男人变成女人,女人变成男人)你会用来干啥。(你能不能来得及找到一个性伴侣)。。。»
«if you can become the opposite sex for a day (man → woman, woman → man), what would you do? (would you be able to catch a one-night stand?) …»

The following are some funny comments:

@David Zhang - 头一天我自慰,收集自己的精子,第二天我注入自己的阴道,我就自体繁殖了。
«First day i masturbate, collect my sperm. 2nd day i inject it into my vagina, thus i'd have multiplied.»

@Don zheng - 一天能做很多事情了。但我并不想变啊!
«lots things can be done in one day. But i don't want change!»

@来来来 - 尝试一下G点的临床体验...
«let's get some first hand experience of the G-spot…»

@韦观者 - +三少 我要去找一个干爹………………………………
«find a sugar daddy…»

@Yi Hou - 就鄙人的相貌而言,变成女人那只能是一个更大的杯具
«judging from my looks, becoming a woman'd be a tragedy»

@So Yee - 光是去买衣服,bra,小内内。。。都花了半天了。搞个发型,做下faceshow,又半天了。。。
«just shopping for clothing, bra, undies… would take half a day. Get hair done, makeup, another half day …»

@David Zhang - 我去试试黄瓜!茄子!火腿肠!玉米!
«let's see about those cucumbers, eggplants, sausage!»

@Aether Wu - 和老婆玩儿同性恋?...
«get gay with my wife? …»

Note: 西乔 is a female. All the selected comment here are male. (Google Plus at the time is some 90% male.)

The complete original post is at Source plus.google.com, 2011-08-04.

2011-08-04

Why Playboy Centerfold Photography Are So Ugly?

〈Why Playboy Centerfold Photography Are So Ugly?〉 @ http://xahlee.org/sex/why_playboy_centerfold_ugly.html

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Lady slipper

lady slipper
Lady slipper. By Randall Munroe of xkcd comics fame.

more at Cherry & Venus Flytrap.

What Your Google Plus Stradegy Should Be?

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What Your Google Plus Stradegy Should Be?

Xah Lee, 2011-08-04

am wondering what's my g+ strategy should be here. g+ is already sucking like 5 hours per day for me in past weeks. Should reduce. Anyhow, i wonder if i should post random or what…

normally, my posts are tightly controlled. e.g. 1 per 3 hours or such, selected article, dense. (never any shit such as cat pics or whatnot)

but seeing lots of others especially those bigshots with thousands of followers, i think the vast majority use social network for cat pics, random chat.

then, the other large group is SEO/Marketing scumbags. e.g. boing boing is a good example. They are basically enhanced cat pics type.

Normally, i wouldn't post even this, because, who the fuck cares? think of human history, who the fuck care what the fuck some currently popular company created a fucking so-called “social network” that each person can post and on the question of “to cat pics or not”.

In general, with respect to human animal history, are most my writings is supposed to be, however trite my thoughts may be.

on the other hand, i get jealous. These fucking idiotic sites all like becoming the $top$ sites. (prime example is facebook, which started more or less as girls pics site. Then, there's 4chan.)

on social network, esp tweeter and g+, everyone fucking one is CEO this or big writer that. I think, that implicitly, it has created a competition spirit. Everyone's putting on makeup to make themselves look bloated. And the whole thing is rather extremely shallow. 3 tips you must know, 5 ways to get more followers, 7 missions you must do in life, my ass. But those are the most popular titles.

these marketing, startup, human animal scumbags. But that's what human animals want really. Even myself, i'm more inclined to click if a title sounds important or lurid. For those who really want depth, there's collections of math journals and history journals and philosophy journals, volumes of it, in the library or at google books.

another thing annoyed me is that google recently introduced its 1+ shit. You see, i'm thinking of putting it on my site, but i don't want to. On one hand, i should because it helps marketing. e.g. people can 1+ your articles, and google will rank it higher. You lose if you don't because every goddamn stupid sites, plastered with ads, have that. But, i find the idea rather irrelevant and intrusive to readers. It's not something i want the web to become, if it has not already. You know, like today site's are plastered with tens of these “like”, “add”, “spread me” widgets, who's sole effect is really to benefit the Facebook and other social networking sites and marketing shit, and i think in fact overall detrimental in ranking article/site's quality.

if you are in the SEO/Marketing circle, you know that one common advise is to engage your readers. Like, at the end, ask your readers what they think. Ask them to comment, or subscribe, explicitly. It all makes sense, because it's tried and true, and in accordance to human psychology studies too. It's called reaching out.

Though, am not sure about that. Imagine Aristotle, Plato, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, Emily Dickinson, …, are they like, suppose to, prostitute their writings by adding a “please let me know what you think?”.

Change your Google Ad preferences, or Opt Out

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Adjust your Google Ad preferences, or Opt Out

Xah Lee, 2011-08-04

Adjust your Google Ad preferences, or Opt Out: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/

here are my interests according to Google:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Arts & Entertainment - Movies - Drama Films
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Dance & Electronic Music
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Folk & Traditional Music
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - ... - Song Lyrics & Tabs
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Pop Music
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Rock Music
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - ... - Indie & Alternative Music
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Urban & Hip-Hop - Rap & Hip-Hop
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - World Music - East Asian Music
  • Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - ... - Reggae & Caribbean Music
  • Arts & Entertainment - TV & Video - Online Video
  • Beauty & Fitness - Body Art
  • Computers & Electronics - Computer Security
  • Computers & Electronics - Programming - Scripting Languages
  • Computers & Electronics - Software - ... - Internet Clients & Browsers
  • Hobbies & Leisure
  • Online Communities - Virtual Worlds
  • Reference - General Reference - Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  • Reference - Language Resources
  • Reference - Language Resources - ... - Translation Tools & Resources
  • Shopping - Apparel
  • Sports - Team Sports - American Football

Demographics - Age - 25-34

Demographics - Gender - Male

In my history of using the internet since 1995, i think on average i've clicked a ad perhaps 3 times a year. So, i gather most of these info google found about me is rather from what i've written, from my Google Blogger and my other websites. (Google is pretty good in knowing what websites you ran, even if it's not one of Google's services.)

Funny Google got my age wrong. Am 43. It's in my Google profile and lots places. About half of the interest are wrong too. I just write about them occasionally, that's all. For example, Google thinks i'm into “Arts & Entertainment - Movies - Drama Films”. Actually, as far as movie category goes, i'm more into scifi.

Another example: i have absolutely no interest in “Shopping - Apparel”, and absolutely hates “American Football”.

The items it got right are computing and academic stuff, and i'm quite into them.

  • Computers & Electronics - Computer Security
  • Computers & Electronics - Programming - Scripting Languages
  • Computers & Electronics - Software - ... - Internet Clients & Browsers
  • Online Communities - Virtual Worlds
  • Reference - General Reference - Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  • Reference - Language Resources
  • Reference - Language Resources - ... - Translation Tools & Resources

2011-08-02

lisp history, MULTICS vs UNIX, PL/I, ...

lisp history, MULTICS vs UNIX, PL/I, …

Got this accolade, and it made my day:

The original version of MULTICS (the predecessor of UNIX (TM) , the precedessor of Linux) was written in PL/I. (Yes, I'm as old as that.......) kind regards, andy

PS. and one more note: Xah Lee wrote very well about the history of LISP/AI/functional programming, to my opinion.

From this thread:

Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
From: “Antti Ylikoski” 〔antti.yliko…@elisanet.fi〕
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:14:23 +0300
Local: Sun, Jul 31 2011 8:14 am
Subject: Re: Lisp Celebrities and Computing History from Worse Is Better

Source groups.google.com

It was a comment to my article: Lisp Celebrities from Worse Is Better. Mark Tarver, the elusive computer scientist who created the Qi language, also commented.

See also:

Second Life Dolcett: You for Dinner

New article.

〈Second Life Dolcett〉 http://xahlee.org/sl/sl_dolcett.html

NSFW and may be very offensive. Not linked due to Google AdSense policies.

NoSQL Comics

NoSQL?

Found this comic:

fault-tolerance NoSQL
Comic by John Muellerleile (@jrecursive)

See also essay: The NoSQL Movement.

2011-08-01

Second Life: Math Lorenz Attractor

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Second Life: Math Lorenz Attractor

Get your Xah Particle Maker today!

Xah Lee, 2011-08-01

3 screenshots of a visualization of the math non-linear dynamic system called Lorenz attractor.

math lorenz attractor 020
Lorenz attractor
math lorenz attractor 015
Lorenz attractor
math lorenz attractor 002
Lorenz attractor

These are scripted by Sleeves Rhode.

For another version made of prims, see: Math in Second Life.

1, 2, 3, 4
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Try Xah Tele-Dasher!

Accosted By a Sexy Anonymous

Accosted By a Sexy Anonymous

got this comment the other day:

Anonymous said:

Bro you are a god among. I love you. Meet me and we can have RL sexy times.

Xah Lee said:

r u a sexy anonymous?

Anonymous said:

Perhaps… Why don't you see for yourself? I will be at the corner of W El Camino and W El Monte Ave, at the McDonalds today at 4pm our time. Just so you can find me, I have blonde hair and blue eyes and am 5'11. I will be wearing a white halter top.

see comment at: http://wordy-english.blogspot.com/2011/07/english-writing-style-on-second.html

am i axing a big opportunity?

Note she mentioned blue eyes and blonde hair. That's my achilles's heel as i've blogged here and there. And she pinpointed the locality, and she might be local. She must've read maybe alot bout me. But i don't know anything about her. Is this a joke? or is she a real fan?

what would you do?

To the sexy anonymous if you are reading this: yeah i still want sex. But what is it you want?

Joke: girl in hotel with amenities

A joke from the web:

美女住酒店一晚结账时账单800元,她抱怨太贵。经理说这是标准收费,酒店附设泳池、健身房和wifi。美女说自己完全没使用,经理说饭店有提供,是她自己不用。 女客人打开皮包掏钱付账,但说要扣除经理和她共度春宵的700元,只拿出100元。经理急呼:“我哪有?”女客人:“我有提供,是你自己不用。”.

Translation:

a pretty girl is checking out in a hotel, the bill is $800. She complains it's too much. Manager says its standard fare, hotel features swimming pool, gym, and wifi. The girl said she didn't use any of it. Manager says: but it's provided. The girl proceeds to make a payment, but deduct $700 for bedding with manager, so pays only $100. Manager panicked and said: when did i? Girl said: but it's provided.

See also: Woman with Good Legs (Humor).

Autism Symptoms by image

autism symptoms
Autism Symptoms

More detail: Autism Test.

2011-07-31

reminder for Belles-lettres followers

Dear my blog readers,

remember i started a new blog about a week ago, named 〈Xah's Belles-lettres Blog〉 or 〈Wordy English blog〉. It's blog of letters: english vocabulary, writing style, literature, languages, linguistics matters — the fancies of my pen.

posts there will not be repeated here, even though this blog is the aggregate. So, go forward and feel it and subscribe it at http://wordy-english.blogspot.com/