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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tired of Blogging

I've noticed something about bloggers. Some are born to blog, some blog because they can, and others just blog. I have finally come to the conclusion that I belong to that third category. What I had expected to be a source of fulfillment has mostly proved just to be a drain of energy. I actually enjoy reading the writing talents of others and commenting much more, so from here on out I will focus almost exclusively on that.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

VirtualBox straining out a NAT

Sun's VirtualBox 1.6.2 no longer allows my NAT trick using the IP address 10.0.2.15. -Sigh- Not sure if it was a loophole in the code I was exploiting, or what. On the other hand, using the officially recommended way of sharing folders through the VirtualBox extensions works great (imagine that), unless on my machine when not running as root, then it is slower than dog-slow (but I think that is due to my machine's configuration somehow).

EDIT: It was 10.0.2.2, not 10.0.2.15, but no matter; it briefly worked earlier this evening (not sure how or why), and now has stopped working.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Fractalicious

http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php?itemid=2744

I love fractals. I'm not sure why; perhaps I have a mathematician gene or two without my knowledge comfortably tucked away in my DNA. But I have loved fractals since the first day I learned of them. I am fascinated that the "ugly" (not really, but it has always been my mistaken first impression) science of mathematics can produce beauty, even art. But I look at fractals and think, "math did THIS?" The conclusion for me is inescapable.

Mathematics is beautiful. And I know precious little of it. But I am convinced that mathematics shows us a glimpse of the infinite mind of God and the beauty of reason, as far as finite beings such as ourselves can understand.

I cannot help but wonder what deeper discoveries in mathematics await us, which God so far has hidden.