The wall!

Chinese people built the largest wall ever, the Great Wall. Actually I guess it’s actually The Great Walls, as it was built and rebuilt a few times.

It would seem to me that Mexican wall could have an upside. It is bottom-up stimulus basically if it is built by American hands. It would cause a large migration of certain construction workers to migrate to live nearer to the fence southern United States. Nothing terrible here.

Let’s see, one definite possibility is placing solar panels on the side of the wall and on top to generate electricity: might pay for the wall this way. But the Mexican or American kids might throw stones and break the panels. Fine add drone monitoring, maybe let autonomous drones shoot rubber pellets at kids throwing stones.

Maybe there would be a chat bot, multi-lingual of course, that tries to reason with the perp. Or maybe several drones will swoop down to surround her barraging non-lethal body parts with non-lethal deterrent-say pepper spray. Is it allowed? Heck yes, they do it to college students in America, of course it’s allowed on Mexicans…

Face recognition of course, although it might learn faces of a lot lizards too.

All this seem somewhat unimaginative today. 

One wonders if it would stop drug imports? If so, that actually seems like a very bold step to take. According to America dramatization this making and shipping of drugs from Latin America to the US is huge business! Apparently it is also very violent. Any small town person might not even know about it (the voters) actually one wonders if these powerful drug dealers have actual power in the United States that politicians fear to fight them? Perhaps president Trump is actually an unacknowledged hero?

Then there is the pure and unadulterated dislike for Mexicans. Maybe a lot of people here actually do literally want less Mexicans. I mean I see a lot of Chinese visitors when I go hiking and some times I wish there were less people, and consequently a lot less Chinese people, on the hiking trails. Com’on even if by world population ratio, it should be reasonable to expect around 20% of hikers and not 75% or more the way I see it. But of course that should be done within the framework of American human freedom and capitalism. (This would create a problem for smaller minorities where there is not enough population here to admit even one individual due to proportionality requirements. But that isn’t the problem right now. Heck one can probably disproportionately increase population of smaller minority Asians just to keep these darn Chinese under control!)

I think we need to satiafy this need to control our immigration. If it is perceived that we have no control, then that’s a perceived incompetence that needs to be overcome.

Mexico is a growing manufacturing power house. I cannot imagine that China is very upset about straining relationship between the US and Mexico. Putting up a wall and charging a passage toll of some sort based on value of goods being transported might be a good way to recover wall building costs of the wall. Of course, matching toll shall be levied on Chinese goods for good measure to pay for all these hiking trails.

Curious how this would play out. Also, this blog calls for all American politicians to respect human rights and human equality within confines of America. It would also be great if people who are here feels that the system for admission is a just one.

Three-D Go 0.0.2

After some games it seems that the Ancient Chinese Weiqi game does expose additional implicit information about the board. Give any vertex and edge it is clear the axis on which it lie and the direction from the vertex it emanates: e.g. north of the vertex. This information is lost when we represented the game as a graph.

Therefore the information is injected by using directed graph and labeled edges. Therefore, let the board be

  • Set of players P, typically players are distinguished by color. E.g. black and white.
  • Set of verteces V.
  • Set of directed edges between them: V X V.
  • Disjoint sets of edges known as axis representing edges that lie in the direction of that axis: eg the north-south axes is one set, east-west a separate and disjoint set, up-down a third set.
  • Liberty can only flow in the direction of edge. A stone s receive 1 liberty from an unoccupied vertex c if (v,s) is an edge. A stone s may benefit from all liberties of a second stone t if (t,s) is an edge.

New Contests

Previously, I had been thinking that civilized contest among people should have rules that prevent the use of non-productive strategies. For some definition of productivity, maybe it means don’t hack other peoples’ computers, maybe it means something physical structure or that something has to be manufactured or transformed, maybe it just means don’t damage something someone else constructed within the confines of this contest.

Perhaps that’s too naive? Take Chess for example, built into the game is the requirement to kill pieces to win. What fun is a game that is not confrontational? What fun is a game in which the loser is not destroyed? The need to win seem to, at least at this moment, far outweigh the need for reason and civility.

One wonders if there is another way to frame competitions so that they are still fun and exciting but somehow punishes destruction or interference of opponents productive actions.

Perhaps one important thing to distinguish, for myself, is the difference between symbolic exercise and “real world” contests. In real world contests, winning typically have physical meaning of achievement as a part of the winning process: the battle is won, by the process of my army advancing, and in the process of winning we achieve the original goal of physical control of the space.(and the same sequence for hacker taking control of a computer, the taking of control is physical “real world” acquisition) In civilized humanity, we have added thoughts and declaration of rightful status of the winner(e.g. ownership)–after we win, we acknolwedge related believes: that this was ordained by some higher power, or that we believe we are superior in ownership than former owner, etc. and this civility is not a 20th century thing. Ancient contests are won and written about with similar theme as well. The winner always justifies the status of the winner beyond the mental and mechanical efforts it took to win. AFAIK

What my mind demands of constructive competition is that it be constructive in practice and constructive in that mental narrative that eventually expounds on how rightful and great it was for he winner to have won. I suppose here is a near equivalent of nonnegative contest.

For those who insist on breaking things as a means of innovation, I believe this is the answer. In physical world, as well as in some rigid rule based society, it is impossible to progress without breaking things. And it maybe discovered later that given the means available, destruction is the most efficient way to progress. (And this includes little progress as well). So reallistically we allow for breaking things.

In principle, with the voice that declares us the rightful winner at the end, we would point out that the destruction represents deconstruction of something that is wrong. This is probably why people destroy statues of thought leaders when their thoughts have failed to lead to happiness. This could be the destruction of some mental constructs, or some social norms, etc. something nonreal is destroyed.

So therein is the problem. Is there a way to frame constructive contest, in the real world, that has a natural utilitarian narrative? What is the minimum of such formulation?

New pres

I’m listening to the innuargrual address from basement of wholefoods. I’m charging my Nissan Leaf here for free. Protest is keeping me out of the office garage today.

On the bright side, you know he will leave a gaudy mark on the White House, perhaps it will be remodeled and real estate price in DC will rise.
I think one thing that comes to mind is how everyone would feel if Trump is broken by his presidency… yeah yeah whatever strong rich successful time tested media tested reality tested whatever’s. Politics and time breaks everyone… think of it, once rich and proud Trump wealthy in all ways will in a few years be broken and broke… his kids… his family… his kids’ kids, this could end very very ugly of someone. “Some one is going home fired tonight” sound bite comes to mind.

And actually I’d feel guilty and a little sad if that happens… I mean it’d look bad for USA, and my own wellbeing will certainly suffer concurrently.

Finger crossed, malice to none, goodwill to all.

Hey did anybody notice that it started raining very heavily after Trump was elected? We had a huge draught during Obsma’s presidency and now Trump, a non-environmentalist, is president, it rained a lot this winter after his win. 4-6 FEET in the sierras in the next few days…. I don’t know what to say… the irony

Chinese Trek Character

Seems that, well at least according to Facebook postings today, the famous Chinese-Hongkong star Michelle Yeoh will be a star of sorts in Star Trek. It is a big step to take after 51 years of introducing all kinds of strange new worlds and new civilizations to American audience, we will get a glimpse into one of our own in the future.

I don’t blame the Trek industry for this retarded integration. Chinese people have been arguable the most mistreated and most misunderstood people in America–so Trek isn’t especially anti-Chinese despite the exclusion. Even the news, on facebook, which could be fake, speaks of her heading a ship named ShenZhou, which is the name of Chinese spaceships today. So little will have change(d) in 200 years… I’ll bet the Chinese space program will still be its own thing, a separate enterprise, away from the rest of humanity.

I have such mixed feelings about this. For my own personal sake, can we suspend disbelieve and just keep on imagining a world without Chinese people? One without my descendants.

The good is too good in Star Trek, the highs so high, but looking at the existing Chinese presence, which is minuscule or none, my mind is brought into a space completely opposite of the good and the high.

Anger, fear, hatred bubbles in me on a lake of lava revealing its previously Unobserved immensity. My mind fills in gaps, as most people’s minds will do subconsciously, but all the explanations for why there has not been any Chinese characters on Star Trek in the last 52 years are sooo dark… and sooo deep and … and sooo vivid, sooo realistic…, so unbashfully on display…, in front of my eyes, all around my ears, all these years…

I am not brave enough to imagine it again today. Please let it not be. It will ruin Star Trek for me no matter how you do it.