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damn you, amazon. [22 Dec 2006|04:29am]

So I used to go to the Super Crown by my house all the time when I was in high school. It became sort of a ritual for me, whenever I was feeling in the dumps, not getting any work done, or just needed a break and a walk to refresh my mind, I’d head out, usually around 9 o’clock at night, and spend a few hours sitting on their comfortable couch seats (or on the floor, when those were occupied) reading the first few chapters of some book, usually technologically related. The only one I remember finishing entirely at Crown, in several visits, was ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World’s First Computer, though I know I peeked into a bunch of others on telecommunications, AI, Unix, CS, etc. My thinking was that it’s good to expose myself to just a little bit of a something that I didn’t know anything about, and I’d walk away refreshed by the new knowledge. I treated the bookstore as a library (incidentally, the French word for bookstore is librairie, so you can’t blame me there), and even took little notes of the things I had learned along the way, in part so that I could return to the page I read up to the previous time. I bought books, there, too, when I had the cash - Cliff Stoll, Steven Levy, Robert Pirsig, Daniel Quinn, Tim Berners-Lee, many others, too; I usually keep the receipt in the book (and would write the same sorts of notes on the receipts).

It became a really familiar place, the same classical music, the same new book smells. I never really had to talk to anyone, or say anything, so it very much became a place where I could go and clear my head, just sort of process my thoughts. Then it went out of business and closed, which really made me sad. Luckily, Tower Books, nearby, had just started operating, and though it didn’t have as large of a selection, I migrated over there, and got used to the music, atmosphere, and the staff there. So Tower, too, became familiar with time, and they were open till midnight, which suited my fancy more. Going down there at night became a ritual, whenever I was feeling uninspired, I’d just head over to there and immerse myself in some new book, if only for a few hours. I think I’m kind of different that way. If you’ve ever been in a bookstore with me, you’ll know that I always want to stick around for a while, even though I usually have no specific book in mind, I just like to go and sit and read something new for a while. For example, I always like to drop by Borders whenever I’m on University in Palo Alto, but also usually overlook that whoever it is that I’m with, whether it’s Elaine, or Philip, or Jon, doesn’t have the same approach to visiting bookstores.

Cody’s Books on Telegraph closed earlier this year, though Moe’s is still around. Now Tower’s closing up shop, I just walked around the all of the empty shelves and saw very few books that’d be of any interest to me. Ended up picking up two DVDs: Before Stonewall, and Брат (Brother) for $6 each. It’s really makes me uncomfortable and sad knowing that I won’t have that little place to escape to, anymore. I’m not a big fan of changes like these.

Originally published at Paul Ivanov's Journal. Please leave any comments there.

damn you, amazon. [21 Dec 2006|08:29pm]
So I used to go to the Super Crown by my house all the time when I was in high school. It became sort of a ritual for me, whenever I was feeling in the dumps, not getting any work done, or just needed a break and a walk to refresh my mind, I'd head out, usually around 9 o'clock at night, and spend a few hours sitting on their comfortable couch seats (or on the floor, when those were occupied) reading the first few chapters of some book, usually technologically related. The only one I remember finishing entirely at Crown, in several visits, was ENIAC: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World's First Computer, though I know I peeked into a bunch of others on telecommunications, AI, Unix, CS, etc. My thinking was that it's good to expose myself to just a little bit of a something that I didn't know anything about, and I'd walk away refreshed by the new knowledge. I treated the bookstore as a library (incidentally, the French word for bookstore is librairie, so you can't blame me there), and even took little notes of the things I had learned along the way, in part so that I could return to the page I read up to the previous time. I bought books, there, too, when I had the cash - Cliff Stoll, Steven Levy, Robert Pirsig, Daniel Quinn, Tim Berners-Lee, many others, too; I usually keep the receipt in the book (and would write the same sorts of notes on the receipts).

It became a really familiar place, the same classical music, the same new book smells. I never really had to talk to anyone, or say anything, so it very much became a place where I could go and clear my head, just sort of process my thoughts. Then it went out of business and closed, which really made me sad. Luckily, Tower Books, nearby, had just started operating, and though it didn't have as large of a selection, I migrated over there, and got used to the music, atmosphere, and the staff there. So Tower, too, became familiar with time, and they were open till midnight, which suited my fancy more. Going down there at night became a ritual, whenever I was feeling uninspired, I'd just head over to there and immerse myself in some new book, if only for a few hours. I think I'm kind of different that way. If you've ever been in a bookstore with me, you'll know that I always want to stick around for a while, even though I usually have no specific book in mind, I just like to go and sit and read something new for a while. For example, I always like to drop by Borders whenever I'm on University in Palo Alto, but also usually overlook that whoever it is that I'm with, whether it's Elaine, or Philip, or Jon, doesn't have the same approach to visiting bookstores.

Cody's Books on Telegraph closed earlier this year, though Moe's is still around. Now Tower's closing up shop, I just walked around the all of the empty shelves and saw very few books that'd be of any interest to me. Ended up picking up two DVDs: Before Stonewall, and Брат (Brother) for $6 each. It's really makes me uncomfortable and sad knowing that I won't have that little place to escape to, anymore. I'm not a big fan of changes like these.
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Todd Chretien, Greens, Choice Voting [18 Oct 2006|04:29am]

Sentence long update on life: I’m at Berkeley studying Vision Science now.

I’ve started getting involved with the (currently small) Campus Greens organization (which meets Mondays at 7:10 in 200 Wheeler).

So today I heard Todd Chretien, Green senatorial candidate speak to a group of about 30 as part of the ASUC Speaker Series. Todd titled his talk “Why Students Should Never, Ever Vote for the Democrats,” which I think is somewhat unfortunate. Todd has an eloquent platform and I share a lot of the same views, but I also think that the title incites the type of reaction that eliminates any possibility for reasonable discussion or discourse.

I think that people don’t want to listen to you if you insult them, or just say something shocking - the novelty (if any) quickly wears off (it’s taken me a while to figure this out, but I think I learned the difficulty in trying to actively engage those who support the Democrats when talking (ranting?) to Janet on the streets of Brussels over the summer).

I think that we need more boring nitty-gritty politics, because no one will hand over the helm to people with big ideas (even if they are the right ideas). The big picture is important, but it has to be negotiated with real, tangible, local progress.

Todd gave a short run through of his top three issues ( war in Iraq, education, the two party system), and then opened it up for Q & A. In answering the questions, he covered a lot of ground in both domestic and foreign policy, but I felt like it was a discussion of issues larger than those someone who admitted he had no chance of winning could hope to influence….

So as the last question for the night, after expressing these sentiments I asked what we could do locally, that’s within our power, mentioning current choice voting efforts in Davis and Oakland. Unfortunately, Todd stuck to his anti-war protest-in-the-streets approach (even taking an outlandish pot shot at proportional representation by mentioning something about Hitler getting elected).

Most of my life I, too, have been a big ideas person, but I can’t say I’ve accomplished much with them, which is why I’m trying something new…


By the way, Kenji and Philip, you continued work on important matters has been really inspiring.Here’s my letter to the editor regarding choice voting that never got printed in the Davis Enterprise:</p>

Until I came to UC Davis, I had never realized that there *could* be different voting systems. Choice voting is a way of reaching a majority (greater than 50%) consensus.

Choice voting allows everyone to vote their conscience without the fear of having your vote “wasted.” After the polls close, if your top-ranked candidate, Alice, has the least amount of votes, she is eliminated and your vote transfers to your next choice, Bob, in your order of preference. This process (”instant run-off”) continues until candidates reach enough votes to be elected (the threshold). This consensus building mechanism ensures that the elected officials will represent the greatest possible proportion of the voters.

Contrast this with the current system: candidate Mallory and Minnie, representing a minority of the population could get elected when multiple similar candidates (Alice, Bob, Chris, and Debra) representing the viewpoints of the majority of the population split the vote between one other.

This would not happen under choice voting, because when Alice is eliminated, those votes would go to the next choices of her supporters. This would provide more votes for the remaining majority candidates, ensuring that one of them gets elected.

I encourage Davis voters to vote yes on Measure L this November so that the City can continue looking into this effective system.

Paul Ivanov
UC Davis Class of 2005

(cute choice voting promotional video)

Originally published at Paul Ivanov's Journal. You can comment here or there.

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Todd Chritien, Greens, Choice Voting [17 Oct 2006|09:29pm]
Sentence long update on life: I'm at Berkeley studying Vision Science now.

I've started getting involved with the (currently small) Campus Greens organization (which meets Mondays at 7:10 in 200 Wheeler).

So today I heard Todd Chritien, Green senatorial candidate speak to a group of about 30 as part of the ASUC Speaker Series. Todd titled his talk "Why Students Should Never, Ever Vote for the Democrats," which I think is somewhat unfortunate. Todd has an eloquent platform and I share a lot of the same views, but I also think that the title incites the type of reaction that eliminates any possibility for reasonable discussion or discourse.

I think that people don't want to listen to you if you insult them, or just say something shocking - the novelty (if any) quickly wears off (it's taken me a while to figure this out, but I think I learned the difficulty in trying to actively engage those who support the Democrats when talking (ranting?) to Janet on the streets of Brussels over the summer).

I think that we need more boring nitty-gritty politics, because no one will hand over the helm to people with big ideas (even if they are the right ideas). The big picture is important, but it has to be negotiated with real, tangible, local progress.

Todd gave a short run through of his top three issues ( war in Iraq, education, the two party system), and then opened it up for Q & A. In answering the questions, he covered a lot of ground in both domestic and foreign policy, but I felt like it was a discussion of issues larger than those someone who admitted he had no chance of winning could hope to influence.

So as the last question for the night, after expressing these sentiments I asked what we could do locally, that's within our power, mentioning current choice voting efforts in Davis and Oakland. Unfortunately, Todd stuck to his anti-war protest-in-the-streets approach (even taking an outlandish pot shot at proportional representation by mentioning something about Hitler getting elected).

Most of my life I, too, have been a big ideas person, but I can't say I've accomplished much with them, which is why I'm trying something new.



By the way, Kenji and Philip, you continued work on important matters has been really inspiring.

Here's my letter to the editor regarding choice voting that never got printed in the Davis Enterprise:

Until I came to UC Davis, I had never realized that there *could* be different voting systems. Choice voting is a way of reaching a majority (greater than 50%) consensus.

Choice voting allows everyone to vote their conscience without the fear of having your vote "wasted." After the polls close, if your top-ranked candidate, Alice, has the least amount of votes, she is eliminated and your vote transfers to your next choice, Bob, in your order of preference. This process ("instant run-off") continues until candidates reach enough votes to be elected (the threshold). This consensus building mechanism ensures that the elected officials will represent the greatest possible proportion of the voters.

Contrast this with the current system: candidate Mallory and Minnie, representing a minority of the population could get elected when multiple similar candidates (Alice, Bob, Chris, and Debra) representing the viewpoints of the majority of the population split the vote between one other.

This would not happen under choice voting, because when Alice is eliminated, those votes would go to the next choices of her supporters. This would provide more votes for the remaining majority candidates, ensuring that one of them gets elected.

I encourage Davis voters to vote yes on Measure L this November so that the City can continue looking into this effective system.

Paul Ivanov
UC Davis Class of 2005


(cute choice voting promotional video)
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The Saga Continues... [17 Jul 2006|12:29am]
Elvin Lee: did i ever tell i switched to opera?
~me: oh yea? no you didn't (traitor! :) )
~me: j/k
~me: what do you like about it?
Elvin Lee: you remember how i said someone needed a really nice extension for firefox to show you how fast you're d/l-ing everything?
Elvin Lee: opera has it. and boy does my penis feel big.
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[10 Mar 2006|01:51am]
I was afraid that I would be making a eulogical entry about the very first computer that I bought with my own money, Beastie (nee Jenny), because it had a stroke earlier today, but instead, I thought I'd share a cool tip I picked up from my dad for fixing noisy fans.

McGyver list of ingredients:
- Screwdriver
- Toothpick
- Olive oil


  1. Take the fan out and find the axis (mine CPU fan's was covered by a sticker)

  2. Take a the toothpick, dip it in olive oil, and drop the olive oil onto the axis.

  3. Now just blow on the fan until it stops making the squeekie noise (or at least starts making a more pleasant one).



...so, i took picture of beastie, and though it was all groovy... wrote this entry up at 11pm, it's 1:40am now, and still haven't gotten it fully back up (un fsck-ing believable!)

I think the drive died :-\

update: ok, so the drive's dead, but that's like replacing a kidney, not that bad - the last thing Beastie said was something about Magic cookie numbers... sleep well, Beastie, I'll have you up and running again this weekend (good thing I haven't given away the extra drive i used to have).
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i'm employed and started working. [23 Feb 2006|01:01am]
(all hail the Company)

My best preparation for the corporate world has definitely come from Office Space. Well, at least I smiled to myself both mornings thinking about the gridlock traffic scene. It's weird to have benefits and a 401k and to commute to...work. I've only spent two days at the office but I just can't keep myself from reflecting on the implication of all of this - I am a bona fide A-dolt.

Model N's hiring aggressively, so let me know if you're interested in any positions here, and I'll pass your resume along and get you in the door (I get a 3k bonus if you're hired, that's how aggressive the hiring is). Based in South San Francisco right now, with ~130 employees we'll be moving into new (bigger) digs in Redwood Shores (or somewhere nearby) in May.

P.S. The best part about work is no homework.
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The Last Lecture is Coming... [15 Feb 2006|12:50am]
Come join us for UC Davis' very first installment of the Last Lecture Series starring none other than English department extraordinaire and KDVS host Dr. Andy Jones. The Last Lecture Series is an opportunity for a UC Davis All-Star professor to give a lecture as if it were their last. Free food!

Wednesday, February 15
126 Wellman, 7-8 PM, FREE FOOD!
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[15 Dec 2005|03:23pm]
done.
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[08 Nov 2005|02:21pm]
Make sure you vote today!
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things going on... [18 Oct 2005|01:27am]
It's monday, and already this week has been pretty crazy:

This week is Pride Week (see page 2-4 for complete schedule) I tabled on the quad for GASC (I'm a commissioner)

Went to a NOW meeting -
  • Bunch of events going on (see below)
  • No on 73 - ideas - chalking/flyering Wendesday morning
Went to the ACLU meeting
  • Young group - 1st & 2nd years
  • Tabling at the activities faire - Wednesday 10am-2pm - West Quad.
went to AAC meeting:
  • Last Lecture series - finally going to get this going here at UCD
  • Diversity Days student / faculty forum - professor reqruitement (Gender equality issues in term of GASC involvement)
Stopped by ECAC to drop off flyers for WVWV (see below).

Events This Week:

  • GASC Meeting (discussing GenSex Week) - Tuesday 4:30pm - ASUCD Conference Room
  • Activities Faire - Wednesday 10am-2pm - West Quad
  • Women's Voices, Women's Votes - Thursday 6pm - Cafe Roma (free)
  • 1st Annual Davis Feminist Film Festival - Thursday 8pm - Varsity Theater ($9.50)
  • Rigoberta Menchu - Friday 8pm - Mondavi Center ($5 for students)
  • Davis is Burning (PrideWeek Finale) - Friday 8pm - Veteran’s Memorial Center, 1111 B St - $6 students/staff (dollar off if dressed in drag)
I wish someone would update the commissions on the wiki...
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My girl, talking about cooking meringues... [04 Sep 2005|08:41pm]
[ mood | amused and being licked ]

meringues

"You know why this works, Pasha? Science."

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new logical fallacy (wotd) [15 Jun 2005|01:58am]
Argumentum ad Slashdotum ("appeal to nerdiness") directs attention to some scientifically sound explanation of phenomena based on an incomplete model, thus overstepping its relevancy in a real world scenario (as seen in this discussion on homemade AC). A special case of Argumentum ad Verecundiam ("appeal to authority").
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[20 Apr 2005|05:08am]
[ mood | sick ]

Yesterday was Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day - in a rampant defiance of out-of-control capitalism I had six! (...and it was the only thing I ate all day...)

something about "natural selection" echoes somewhere in my brain, but it's too fuzzy because I O.D.-ed on ice cream.

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[13 Feb 2005|12:02am]
Me: "There goes Berkeley's finest..."
My girl: "The bum or the cop?"

Shout out to Minh, whom I just saw shuffling down Channing.
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all UCD-ers (past and present) [07 Feb 2005|12:02pm]
List your favorite courses, I'm looking for something good with Art/Hum GE credit for next quarter
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Done with finals! Winter break, here I come! [17 Dec 2004|02:06am]
Meyer Sundial at 11am on November 10th, 2004. (computer graphics final project)



Congrats to all of you who are graduating (my brother Mike included), and good luck to those of you who still have finals!
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[30 Nov 2004|10:04am]
Is it bad when your microwavable Marie Callender's chicken pot pie taste like plastic? [Well, not if you like plastic, I suppose...]

Let me relate the latest personal problem - I can't seem to wake get up out of bed for school or work after my alarm goes off the first time. :-\ I always snooze it, or actually have been setting it for like a half hour earlier than I need it, just so I'd wake up, realize I only have a half hour until I really have to get up (but then I'm really glad that I don't actually have to get up yet), and sort of sprint-sleep afterwards. Today, I woke up quite refreshed as a result, but for a split second, I imagined that I was a wee tot, had no cares in the world, could stay in bed during vacation. And it's so warm under the covers, and the bed is comfortable, and it's cold in the room outside of my cocoon. It was quite comforting. (next, I realized I'm 20 minutes late for work).

Here's another thing, sometimes I forget that everyone leads very different lives. This might seem like a silly observation, but I just realized how much I tend to oversimplify what's going on with those around me just by relating what I know of their experience with my own. This tends to be my guy friends, mostly in CS, but that might be just because I've been spending so much time in the Dungeon with them lately (damn you, Computer Graphics! [I keed, you're the most fun class I've taken yet!] I dunno, something about trying to wield your own destiny, control your own experience that makes me classify, relate, and theorize about that which goes on around me. (goddamn, what's with this trite trinity bullshit... ok, I'm not really that mad, but I just noticed how I always force it...and I don't think I'm alone...)

Snapple "Real Fact" #303 - Napoleon suffered from a fear of cats.

...I hate cats...
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This Friday, November 26th is *Buy Nothing Day* [23 Nov 2004|02:01am]


You're in personal mode. You wake up, stretch, yawn . . .just another morning . . . except, wait . . . isn't today. . . ? Didn't you make a little pact with yourself? To go on a consumer fast — to buy absolutely nothing for 24 hours?

This is what most of the millions of participants around the world do on Buy Nothing Day: they have a battle of wits with themselves. They struggle to overcome their most ingrained behavior. They go cold turkey on consumption for a day and see how it feels.

Stepping out of the consumer stream, for even 24 hours, is a fascinating personal experiment. Will you react with Zen-like calm or panic? Will there be withdrawal, anxiety, an epiphany? Can you holdout? Can you remember? People tell of strange and wondrous, mind journeys when they close their wallets, ditch consumer culture and détourne the daily routine.

Are you up for the challenge?


http://www.adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd/
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in the Dungeon. and loving it! [19 Nov 2004|12:32am]
[ mood | awesome ]

Белый снег - серый лед
На растрескавшейся земле
Одеялом лоскутным на ней
Город в дорожной петле
А над городом плывут облака
Закрывая небесный свет
А над городом желтый дым
Городу две тысячи лет
Прожитых под светом звезды по имени Солнце

И две тысячи лет - война
Война без особых причин
Война дело молодых
Лекарство против морщин
Красная-красная кровь
Через час уже просто земля
Через два на ней цветы и трава
Через три она снова жива
И согрета лучами звезды по имени Солнце

И мы знаем что так было всегда
Что судьбою был больше любим
Кто живет по законам другим
И кому умирать молодым

Он не помнит слова да и слова нет
Он не помнит ни чинов ни имен
И способен дотянуться до звезд
Не считая что это сон
И упасть опаленный звездой по имени Солнце

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I love my coworkers! [15 Nov 2004|08:09pm]
Elvin: "You know what I want? A Firefox extension that tells you how fast your page is downloading."

Paul: "I dunno, that seems kind of useless, why?"

Elvin: "I like that kind of stuff...[urgently] Don't you know that the faster your download speed is, the bigger your penis is? That stuff is important!"
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Bolshoi Ballet with Lena [09 Nov 2004|04:53am]
[ mood | giddy ]

On November 5th, 2004, I had the immense privilege of taking my stunning, elegant, strikingly beautiful Lena* to the Bolshoi Ballet performance of Raymonda.


( more dressy pictures ).

I can't even remember the last time I went to the ballet, and the performance was absolutely amazing! The aesthetics of ballet astound me almost as much as the sight of my Lena. Thank you, Lenochka. I absolutely LOVE you. :)

* - it's Elaine to those of you (read: most Americans, no offense) who can't do the whole soft 'L' sound.

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America, you scare me. [08 Nov 2004|08:00pm]
[ mood | eager to get off work... ]

this doesn't exactly make me feel better, but nevertheless...
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/07/blue_state_to_reds/

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voting poll. [03 Nov 2004|11:38pm]

Did you vote?

yes.
43(95.6%)
no.
2(4.4%)

If not, why not?

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[03 Nov 2004|11:27pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

I want to thank The Strokes' Last Night for encouraging me to introduce myself to puddles. :) I can't believe that it has taken me this long (until tonight) to discover puddle jumping on my own. but now I feel like my life is more complete. and now i tell people about it. and i've done it since then... once.</i>

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