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There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and wandering and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy and Sorrow and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought.
Mark Twain (letter to Joseph Twichell after his wife's death)
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it's one of my many unprovable theories that each of us is as infinite as a galaxy, as a universe... this is what makes death so horrible, it deprives those who are left living of access, not to just a person, or a personality, but to a unique infinite multiplicity.

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Saturday, March 13, 2004
Life vs. death.
Life vs. physics.

Trees grow tall against gravity. Cells and organisms alter to prevent disease and damage to themselves. Humans build, create against the flow of the earth. Physics craves neutrality. The waves eventually beat the shore into a straight line. Everything erodes. Atoms decay. Life defies physics.

Sunday, March 07, 2004
    Earth needs fire to control itself.
    Earth needs water to nourish itself.
    Earth needs air to nourish itself.

    Fire needs water to control itself.
    Fire needs earth to nourish itself.
    Fire needs air to nourish itself.

    Water needs earth to control itself.
    Water needs air to change itself.
    Water needs fire to change itself.

    Air needs water to define itself.
    Air needs earth to define itself.
    Air needs fire to define itself.

Monday, February 2, 2004

12:26 p.m.
So grand was his motorized steed
The loud exhibition of speed
Brought cops and tow truck
And that sorta sucked
When car keys he had to concede.

4:12 p.m. A society that worships cars so much that homes are made with a special room for them offers no similar quarter to musicians. They’re not even allowed to use the garage for long, and it doesn’t even matter that they might someday manufacture noise suitable for playback through a car stereo - hell, computers can do that these days.

Japan Seeks Robotic Help in Caring for the Aged
By James Brooke, the New York Times
March 5, 2004

(FOREIGN DESK | March 5, 2004, Friday
Machida Journal; Japan Seeks Robotic Help in Caring for the Aged

By JAMES BROOKE (NYT) 962 words
Late Edition - Final , Section A , Page 1 , Column 2 [This NYT page is archived, only abstract is free, so have given alternative link.])

MACHIDA, Japan- With an electronic whir, the machine released a dollop of "peach body shampoo," a kind of body wash. Then, as the cleansing bubbling action kicked in, Toshiko Shibahara, 89, settled back to enjoy the wash and soak cycle of her nursing home's new human washing machine.

"The temperature is just right — the bubbles are really comfortable," she said, happily sealed up to her neck inside the Sanyo Electric Company's latest elder care product. Turning to an attendant hovering around the pink, clamshell-shaped "assisted-care bath," she asked, "May I have a bit more water, please?"

Futuristic images of elderly Japanese going through rinse and dry cycles in rows of washing machines may evoke chills. But they also point to where the world's most rapidly aging nation is heading.

This spring Japanese companies plan to start marketing a "robot suit," a motorized, battery-operated pair of pants designed to help the aged and infirm move around on their own. Then there is the Wakamaru, a mobile, three-foot-high speaking robot equipped with two camera eyes. It is used largely by working people to keep an eye on their elderly parents at home.

These devices and others in the works will push Japanese sales of domestic robots to $14 billion in 2010 and $40 billion in 2025 from nearly $4 billion currently, according to the Japan Robot Association.

Leaders of the Philippines and Thailand, two countries that are negotiating free trade pacts with Japan, suggest a different route: granting work visas to tens of thousands of foreign nurses. But that is unlikely in a nation that last year granted asylum to only 10 refugees and in the last decade has issued about 50,000 work visas a year — a fraction of the 640,000 immigrants a year that demographers say are necessary to prevent Japan's population from shrinking ...

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