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Latest pictures [May. 2nd, 2010|12:00 pm]
From Damascus Gate to Sheikh Jarrah and back

Misc Israel
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Pictures from Jordan [Apr. 5th, 2010|09:34 pm]
[music |Babado Nova - Amor Perfeito]

Wadi Rum, Wadi Musa

Petra
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Vague vs. ambiguous [Mar. 8th, 2010|08:48 am]
[Current Location |Jerusalem]
[music |Randy Travis, Is It Still Over?]

I'm writing a paper on the perception of art in which I wish to distinguish between a probability distribution that is "vague" versus one that "ambiguous." A vague one has many different interpretations and is very uninformative. An ambiguous one has two very distinct interpretations. For example, an underexposed photograph is vague; a Necker cube or an an Arcimboldo painting is ambiguous.

I want to say that my terminology here mirrors something people say in literary criticism, but I realize that I'm basing this on a comment I remember hearing in passing in, like, high school. I remember a teacher or essay saying that vague was bad but ambiguous was interesting, or vice versa, but I don't remember for sure. Can anyone help? (Ideally, a classic reference on this distinction would be awesome!)

A good literary or movie example (that might be familiar to a general reader) would be useful too---e.g., some famous thing that readers (or movie viewers) debate. Is it all real or a dream? Is this character really gay, etc.? (I don't want example where the answer is revealed by the end of the story). I also am not looking for examples of subtext, although is may be a harder distinction to make. I will also say that double entendres are ambiguous.

Note: I see that Wikipedia supports my memory of the distinction between these terms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambiguity . You know, after that comment made in passing in some high school English class, I've been puzzling over this distinction on and off for years, and now I finally understand it.
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(no subject) [Feb. 16th, 2010|03:21 pm]
[music |Radiohead: Jigsaw Falling Into Place]

Pictures from our tour of ILM today
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Discussion thread on a mailing list at work [Jan. 25th, 2010|06:17 pm]
"I got impatient waiting for Steve to announce the iTablet. So I went out and bought an iCalf:gold instead. If "the most important thing ever" is true, Holy Moses am I going to be sorry tomorrow."

"I hear it'll give the iCalf Aaron a run for its money."

me: "I've got mine already! What are you waiting for?"
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(no subject) [Dec. 4th, 2009|11:38 pm]
[music |Passion Pit - Eyes as Candles]

I just finished watching The Road Warrior, only to discover, on reading Wikipedia, that it is the sequel. Is the original "Mad Max" worthwhile too? "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"?

I get the impression that watching them in order doesn't matter that much (not that I have a lot of interest anyway), mainly just curious.
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Shut the Door. Have a Seat. [Nov. 16th, 2009|08:40 pm]
[music |Passion Pit - Little Secrets]

My interpretation of the Season 3 Finale of Mad Men. Major spoilers within.Collapse )
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(no subject) [Oct. 28th, 2009|02:53 pm]
"Rock Island" came up my shuffle, and once again I wonder what a "Cracker Barrel" used to be, and Wikipedia is letting me down. Anyone know?
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(no subject) [Oct. 21st, 2009|11:19 pm]
[Current Location |Universal City, CA]

Today I finished with: the Disney research retreat, amazing demos at Imagineering, presentations and tour at Feature Animation, guided tour of Disneyland and California adventure led by a snarky Imagineer, dinner at Club 33. Since the Pixar merger, Disney research and creative is really undergoing a renaissance and the first results are starting come out. Looking forward to The Princess and The Frog.
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Articles about Pixar [Oct. 12th, 2009|08:26 am]
Since I've been trying to describe Pixar's approach to a few people recently, I thought I'd collect a few relevant links:

* Ed Catmull (founder and CEO) on their approach. This is both a talk you can watch on Youtube and an article with a lot of the same content. I've now seen versions of this talk three times (SIGGRAPH keynote, new employee orientation, and now this video); it's great.

* An article on the Disney merger

* An article about Pixar U

Note: the articles here were all included in my orientation handbook, so it's not like these are critical evaluations. But I think they are representative.
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