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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:36 am    Post subject: My Legacy Is...
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This thread is for telling us how you changed the world. It could be a photo of your child or your work or whatever, or just text describing something that you did that made the world a better place.

I'll start with my "Pile of Spheres" photo, an image of the small chainmaille spheres that I created. After weaving a hemisphere the hard way, by approximation, I had a dream that revealed the math behind how to make these spheres. I hope to make bigger ones someday, but for now these little ones will suffice.

How did you change the world?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Les,
you come up with some fascinating threads. Thanks Exclamation

I have not changed the world but I have composed music using tuning systems that, paraphrasing Batty, you people wouldn't believe Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I wrote this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_Manifesto

I think it will be around long after I'm gone.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

loydb wrote:
I wrote this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_Manifesto. I think it will be around long after I'm gone.


Oh, yeah? It aint there now! (In other words, it's a bad link, Loyd.)

As for the topic, I spent 3 months with the Red Cross doing disaster relief work in MO at the Great Floods of '93 and 3 more doing the same in LA after the '94 North Ridge earthquake. I came away from those experiences with the knowledge that- for the Red Cross- it is never too late to re-invent the wheel.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Airlock wrote:
loydb wrote:
I wrote this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_Manifesto . I think it will be around long after I'm gone.


Oh, yeah? It aint there now! (In other words, it's a bad link, Loyd.)


Remove or push the full stop (as I did in my quote here above).

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This thread reminds me of a short story (about two pages long) called "When did Janusz Kovacs die?" (or something like that - googling around yields no results).

The story starts with Janusz Kovacs dying from pneumonia or somesuch. It then goes on to document the last moment his name is uttered by some old acquaintences, the last moment someone thinks of him, and ends with a paper falling out of a document drawer being moved between buildings, into a rain puddle. His name is written on the paper, and as it dissolves in the water, the last remaining document of Janusz Kovacs is destroyed.

I think that even for that story (probably from some time in the late 19th century, maybe early 20th), the story is a bit stretched - bookkeeping has probably made sure that everyone living in most parts of the world for the last couple of hundred years will be kept in documents virtually forever. But it makes you think about what it's like living in this internet age.

I have littered some corners of the internet with scraps of interactive fiction, some music, some photos and some writing. I doubt that these scraps would have left my home if I had lived in an age where worldwide publishing wasn't a mouseclick away.

Having no children I almost feel that the most visible legacy I'll leave behind is as a general part of this creative, living community. Which is not that bad really.

/Stefan

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Damn those evil periods. Sorry about that Smile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_Manifesto

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks Stefan, I did not see that.

loydb wrote:
Damn those evil periods. Sorry about that Smile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_Manifesto


I missed it too. New reading glasses over new contacts = FAIL!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

According to Christian belief and Zen of Physics today, every motion every touch every thing we ever do is etched immemoriably in time as if we were painting a painting of our lives. If you hold this belief then that man who's name was lost when the paper dissolved was not lost, but rather preserved in excruciating detail for all time. In Heaven when we celebrate, we may return to the times of our lives and relive like some 3dVR movie the macabre, the joy, the very moments of inspiration that pepper our lives with spice.

Soon I'm gonna share with you some things of minor importance that I contributed to the world through this forum in fact, but I just wanted to let you know that however silent or miserable your moments may have been, they are not forgotten.

Les

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Is that really the man who wrote "Christian Man" talking? Wink

Actually insignificance can be comforting as well as scary, especially if you're a lazy git like me. No need to walk around feeling responsible for every little action all the time.

There are some nuggets of wisdom in the religion, but the concept of Heaven is not one of them, IMO.

/Stefan

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You just wait, Stefan. You think the party is now? Just wait....

Les

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

For those who are not familiar, here is Christian Man from my laptop battle victory presentation to close out the 2009 festival with Howard on the G2...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Lloyd, that's you? Holy shit! *kow tows* I can't believe I actually ran into the guy who wrote that! I can't call myself a hacker, probably not even a hacker wannabe (used to program for a living and now it's a geek hobby I keep for running my own site and the sites of my friends), but I love the manifesto. I should go and re-read it, as I haven't read it for quite some time now.

Stefan, is it a choice you've made not to have kids? Just curious.

Les - and quantum physics, too. I'm sure there's a theory somewhere about mystic/religious texts stemming from an instinct about the way things work on a quantum level.

I have to say ditto on the music. I hope that my compositions transport my audience to other (good) places as it does for me.

I also hope that my current fight with the Social Security Administration will pave the way for others in need who might follow me. In particular, disabled male victims of domestic violence. Whether it's because my case goes to federal court or because my appeal was successful and I published my story, I intend to make it all public.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

My legacy? Nothing huge, just the fact that former students stop me in the street and seem genuinely pleased to see me, and they tell me how great they're doing and so on.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oskar wrote:
My legacy? Nothing huge, just the fact that former students stop me in the street and seem genuinely pleased to see me, and they tell me how great they're doing and so on.


That sounds nice! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oskar wrote:
My legacy? Nothing huge, just the fact that former students stop me in the street and seem genuinely pleased to see me, and they tell me how great they're doing and so on.


Nothing Huge? I think not!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I guess just my creative output,whether it's music,photos,videos,or just commentary on the web,or making people oooh and aaaah (and sometimes duck and cover) by doing crazy shit with fire.I guess I'd like to be remembered as a conjurer of spectacles.
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