16 January 2009

Dimension Mismatch Error(s)

Admittedly, I tend to overuse this phrase, but it's literally applicable in this instance:

Results 1 - 4 of about 2


It doesn't much matter what phrase I was searching for. I can see the point of Google rounding down the number of results when it's in the hundreds or higher, but this? I don't get it. Oh, but that just reminded me of a beautifully odd segement from my Existentialism class:

All respectable ants begin with the ant-hill, and they will probably end with it too, which does great credit to their constancy and their positive characters. But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and, perhaps like a chess player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself. And who knows, (nobody can say with certainty), perhaps man's sole purpose in this world consists in this uninterrupted process of attainment, or in other words in living, and not specifically in the goal, which of course must be something like twice two is four, that is, a formula; but after all, twice two is four is not life, genetlemen, but the beginning of death. At least man has always feared this 2 x 2 = 4 formula and I still fear it.

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Twice two is four is, in my opinion, nothing but impudence. 'Two and two make four' is like a cocky young devil standing across your path with arms akimbo and a defiant air. I agree that two and two make four is an excellent thing; but to give everything its due, two and two make five is also a very fine thing.

~Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground pg 40-41



I fixed a few typos that were on the typed sheet Dr. Levenson handed out, and made it clear that there was a substantial amount of text where the ellipsis is. Somewhere between a third and a quarter of a page, anyway. It's a very odd bit of text. Levenson picked it as portraying existential dread and/or defiance. Btw, two and two don't always make four. Particularly if you put two electrons with two positrons. They make zero! 2 cups of water mixed with 2 cups of alcohol does not result in four cups of liquid. And in Z3, 2 and 2 make 1. ^/^


ADDENDUM: I just found another one:

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Dense fog advisory in effect from 8 PM this evening to 11 am MST Saturday...

4 comments:

Irving said...

Existentialism... What's the point!


hehe

Qalmlea said...

Mu. (couldn't resist)

John said...

"~Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground pg 40-41"

"beautifully odd" is a pretty good way to describe that. I have to confess that it had me scratching my head. Existentialism does that to me.

Word verification: uncheri - the only definition that comes to mind isn't printable in polite society. And it's pretty obvious anyway.

Qalmlea said...

lol... A lot of Existential writing is like that. So is a lot of Zen writing, which is probably why I don't have too much trouble following the existential ramblings ... with the possible exception of Heidegger. Last time I tried to read Heidegger, it was like straining my brain through a sieve.