Someone’s a Commercial Whore

what would you do for a Klondike bar?

Have I mentioned that the board program here includes free ice cream all afternoon? I’m well into the zone of diminishing marginal utility on Klondike bars, drumsticks, chocolate soft serve, and push-up pops. So I guess the answer is, not very much.

Are you a computer program or human? Discuss.

Right, this one raises some interesting metaphysical issues. Is it possible to divide the universe into two categories, so that everything is either “computer program” or “human”? Such a system seems silly at first, but really, it’s no less arbitrary than grammatical gender. In fact, the distinction between “computer program” and “human” maps amazingly well to the Danish distinction between “neuter” and “common” nouns. The Sapir-Worf hypothesis has fallen on hard times of late, it’s true, but we are inescapably drawn in that direction once we notice that this question comes from none other than gate.hhkol.dk.
So the answer, with suitable academic qualifying clauses on cultural relativism and the blurring effects of any non-Indo-European language speakers in the audience, is yes.

Finally, is this really the weblog equivalent of an out-of-body experience? And if it isn’t… what is? The thought frightens me. I’m’a go hide underneath a blanket now.

Comments

  1. Tinka wrote:

    Damn. Didn’t count on you being able to trace me. Can’t make all those rude suggestions now.. *pouts*

  2. yami wrote:

    only your ip address, my dear… do it from the library and you’ll be safe.

  3. william wrote:

    It’s not just you, yami. The whole internet is like an out-of-body experience.

  4. Anonymous wrote:

    The cookie monster knows all:
    Grand Master Turing once dreamed that he was a machine. When he awoke he exclaimed:
    “I don’t know whether I am Turing dreaming that I am a machine or a machine dreaming that I am Turing!”
    – Geoffrey James, “The Tao of Programming”

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