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Our DSL is busted. I can steal wireless from the neighbors on this laptop here, but I will complain about it anyway because I am grumpy as all hell.

On the way home on the train yesterday, I wrote five pages of rather abstract how-my-emotions-work[1]; I probably shouldn't be too annoyed at anyone for promptly doing exactly the wrong thing(s) according to stuff I JUST WROTE DOWN, because it's not like he's seen it[2], but I will be anyway. Because it will distract me from much bigger problems.

I need distractions. I am going to go get thoroughly distracted in a moment here, which will help lots in a temporary way, but when I get back I will need more distractions. Ideally things that can just sit in my head and be thought about, keeping me from thinking about other things. Undirected thinking is not so much good for me right now. You guys got any distractions -- logic puzzles, deep philosophical questions, funny stories that happened to you today, deeply involving web games?

[1] Much of which will probably be appearing here soon, because what do I like writing about more than me, eh? Probably in smaller pieces, assuming it can be trimmed into coherence, and probably with more of the practical implications for people interacting with me worked out explicitly.

[2] Though some of it is not all that hard to figure out. I am not that complicated.

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Aren't those the best ears in the world? Nothing else has better ears than that.

I take it you are not working today? That is a good schedule.

I like net-Carcassonne ( There's a semi-recent list of my webcomics in my LJ (it is the first public post I think; that's pretty far back, though, so you might need to log out.)

My favorite logic puzzle involves the expression (A-X)*(B-X)*(C-X)*...*(Z-X). That expression is currently written in "product-of-sums" form. If I do all the multiplication and write the expression in "sum-of-products" form, how many products will I be summing?
By way of example, (A-X)*(B-X)=AB-AX-BX+X^2, which is four products.

By what rationale does that count as a "logic puzzle" rather than an "algebra problem"?

I take it you are not working today? That is a good schedule.

I would rather be working full-time, but if I commute to San Francisco 5 days a week I start getting sick, and they won't let me work from home.

Because the answer is zero.

Ah. I see. You sneaky capitalizer, you. eats far more of my time than I should give it. Solidly in the "logic puzzles" bucket.

Ooooh, yes. I have been doing rather a lot of that lately.

There are a few good time-wasters in my memories, almost all in the "addictive web games" category.

There's The ESP game and other inventions of Luis von Ahn like Peekaboom, both examples of his notions of Games with a Purpose. But they won't last all day - they're just a little drop in the needing-to-be-distracted bucket.

That is quite startlingly entertaining.

I also submit global climate change, the winning of a Nobel Peace prize, and the questions of oil supply as deep potentially philosophical questions that should keep anyone busy for quite some time. Just figuring out what the folks at are talking about took me quite a while. Lighter weights like In It For the Gold,'s Climate Feedback, Climate, and super-lightweight Grist add some fluff to the mix. Add to that reading Robert Pielke's doubting blog Prometheus and you've got a whale of a good time going.

Or, for more fun, you could always make the rounds of the peak oil blogs. First, The Primer, followed by a site that _used_ to be called, which is hard to beat, followed by the technical blog The Oil Drum, and the ever-alarmist Wolf at the Door. If those don't distract/amuse/whatever you, well, ...I'm out of options. Unless you're interested in some amusing political debates.

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