AI: Artificial Intelligence

Whew! Today… uh, I mean, yesterday turned out to be busier that I expected. I didn’t get a chance to update. Oh well.

Consummate_Leah brought up aninteresting topic: Intelligence. Apparently, she has begun to look at men using intelligence as crucial component in determining a man. I think she said something like she is more interested in a man who thinks about life than the kind of rims he wants on his car…

I must agree with her: Intelligence is VERY important. But intelligence must be more finely defined. Leah gave a Webster’s dictionary definition:

\In*tel”li*gence\, n. [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.] 1. The act or state of knowing; the exercise of the understanding. 2. The capacity to know or understand; readiness of comprehension; the intellect, as a gift or an endowment.

Now, “knowing” and “understanding” and “comprehension” can refer to quite different things. I think that most would consider “intelligence” as understanding “facts.” For example, a person who comprehends the Newton’s law of physics or Einstein’s law of relativity is likely to be intelligent. One who can explain existentialism and metaphysics intelligibly would certainly be intelligent in my books. Of course, this is not everything. Intelligence should also encompass some of the more mundane aspects of life. We should all be intelligent enough to know who the Secretary of State is, what H2O stands for, when the Declaration of Independence was signed (supposedly), where Tehran is, and why the Chicago Cubs didn’t go to the World Series. We should also be intelligent enough to stop at a red light, keep the safety on on a loaded gun, and never piss into the wind.

And yet, this is not the type of intelligence I find the most important in a mate. My former wife has a Ph.D., spoke Japanese and English fluently and certainly looked both ways before crossing the street. But she didn’t “know”. She didn’t “understand”.

There’s another kind of “knowing”, another kind of “understanding”. And that’s the capacity to “know” when I’m upset, to be ready to “comprehend my “feelings”, to excercise “understanding” by asking me questions when they need to be asked. This kind of personal intelligence is something that I didn’t understand until I met Musubi-chan. She “understands” me perfectly… uh, sometimes too perfectly. She knows what I’m feeling, comprehends virtually everything I’m thinking, sometimes even before I think it–which has been scary sometimes, but amazing nonetheless. And I try to reciprocate in kind–although I must admit to not being totally competent in this area yet. Andwhile it is proving to be as challenging as the Ph.D. dissertation I toiled over (300+ pp.), I am trying….

So what critieria do you use for intelligence in your partner?

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Yeah, let’s beat up Onigiriman!

Comment of the day…
I do a background check on her SATs and college GPA. If she has impressive marks, then I’ll ask her a few questions from the Trivial Pursuit board game. If she answers at least 75% correct, then I’ll give her the final test: whether she likes the new rims on my car..
— Posted 1/29/2004 hamamoto

Okay, I guess I deserve it. First Bane_vixen calls me a loser. Then triphopx tells me, “you were a pain in my a** my senior year.” Whew! THEN Consummate_Leah writes, “Power tripping professors rock! (Sense my sarcasm).”

I know they’re just kidding, BUT! Maybe I am, a pain-in-the-ass power tripper. Hah! But to all of you who think pop quizzes are bad, let me tell you what my pop quiz is like and then let you decide if you wouldn’t mind taking my class. I administer pop quizzes in my language classes only. I teach advanced Japanese, and so I have them read material in Japanese. I give them a clean copy of the text–they don’t have to buy a book. Each copy comes with a word list, and it is fairly extensive but not necessarily comprehensive. Click here for a sample. I require students to read it before they come to class–i.e. prepare–so that if there are portions that are difficult to understand, we can work them out in class. Unfortunately, there are students who do not prepare. There are a lot of reasons, I suppose. Some were sick. some had unexpected guests, some failed to plan their lives successfully and had to write a paper at the last minute. Whatever. I drop the lowest quiz grade, so if they have such an emergency, they should rest assured that I will not count the bad grade against them. (Am I a sweatheart or what.) But there are also those who simply come to class hoping to hear someone elses translation or ask questions on something they did not prepare. So how can I distinguish those who prepare from those who don’t? I give a pop quiz. for the quiz, they cannot use a dictionary, but they can use anything else: the text itself with the word list, any notes they may have taken, any translations they may have written to prepare for class. It is basically an open note quiz. There is kanji as well, Chinese characters that are in the text but not on the word list. Don’t know how to read the character? Well, that is a dead give away that you didn’t crack a dictionary, that you didn’t prepare for class.

So really, how hard do you think my pop quiz is? It’s based on the text you were supposed to prepare, you can use all your notes, and if you did prepare, chances are you will get 100%, an EASY way to kick up your grade, and all you have to do is prepare for class. That’s all.

But keep in mind, I don’t do this to punish those who don’t study. I do this to reward those who do. There is a difference. As I have said a thousand times here (well maybe 27 times): I love my students, especially those who put in the effort. I have learned over the years that studying a little at a time over the course of the entire semester will reap greater benefits than cramming for a midterm and final. This is my attempt to prompt students to study continuously. I do not want any of my students graduating and later saying, “I don’t remember a damn thing!” No way. This may be my “power trip”, but I will not allow students to not study in my class. And just for the record. When I came to this school in ’96, I had only 2 students in the second semester of 4th year Japanese. J-minors do not have to take the second semester to earn a minor. This year, I have 17. Do you get the impression that maybe they want to take the course, in spite of this loser, pain-in-the-ass, power tripping, ego maniac? Dwahahahahah! * sinister laugh * Just kidding, don’t take this thing too seriously–except for the quizzes, that’s the whole truth.

So what was the best method a teacher used to get you to study?

AI: Artificial Intelligence

Comment of the day…
In case you want more snow, I heard that if you stand outside in Krispie Cream boxers, hop on one foot, and simultaneously rub your belly and pat your head, snow will come…
— Posted 1/28/2004 nefarious_hatter

Whew! Today… uh, I mean, yesterday turned out to be busier that I expected. I didn’t get a chance to update. Oh well.

Consummate_Leah brought up aninteresting topic: Intelligence. Apparently, she has begun to look at men using intelligence as crucial component in determining a man. I think she said something like she is more interested in a man who thinks about life than the kind of rims he wants on his car…

I must agree with her: Intelligence is VERY important. But intelligence must be more finely defined. Leah gave a Webster’s dictionary definition:

\In*tel”li*gence\, n. [F. intelligence, L. intelligentia, intellegentia. See Intelligent.] 1. The act or state of knowing; the exercise of the understanding. 2. The capacity to know or understand; readiness of comprehension; the intellect, as a gift or an endowment.

Now, “knowing” and “understanding” and “comprehension” can refer to quite different things. I think that most would consider “intelligence” as understanding “facts.” For example, a person who comprehends the Newton’s law of physics or Einstein’s law of relativity is likely to be intelligent. One who can explain existentialism and metaphysics intelligibly would certainly be intelligent in my books. Of course, this is not everything. Intelligence should also encompass some of the more mundane aspects of life. We should all be intelligent enough to know who the Secretary of State is, what H2O stands for, when the Declaration of Independence was signed (supposedly), where Tehran is, and why the Chicago Cubs didn’t go to the World Series. We should also be intelligent enough to stop at a red light, keep the safety on on a loaded gun, and never piss into the wind.

And yet, this is not the type of intelligence I find the most important in a mate. My former wife has a Ph.D., spoke Japanese and English fluently and certainly looked both ways before crossing the street. But she didn’t “know”. She didn’t “understand”.

There’s another kind of “knowing”, another kind of “understanding”. And that’s the capacity to “know” when I’m upset, to be ready to “comprehend my “feelings”, to excercise “understanding” by asking me questions when they need to be asked. This kind of personal intelligence is something that I didn’t understand until I met Musubi-chan. She “understands” me perfectly… uh, sometimes too perfectly. She knows what I’m feeling, comprehends virtually everything I’m thinking, sometimes even before I think it–which has been scary sometimes, but amazing nonetheless. And I try to reciprocate in kind–although I must admit to not being totally competent in this area yet. Andwhile it is proving to be as challenging as the Ph.D. dissertation I toiled over (300+ pp.), I am trying….

So what critieria do you use for intelligence in your partner?

SNOW! SNOW!

Please SNOW!
I don’t wanna go to school… Does anyone know a good incantation for snow?

** Update 10:30am ** “UNIVERSITY STATUS: NORMAL
The University is OPEN today, Tuesday, January 27. Classes will begin at 10 a.m.”

Nuts! How unfair. I know teachers who have Tuesday off so they get Monday AND Tuesday… Grrrr… I have to get my frustrations out. Maybe, I’ll give my students a pop qu… oops, hope none of them are reading this… Dwahahahah!

** Update 5:30pm **

SNOW! SNOW!
The gods have heard my prayer! Tonight’s class has been cancelled!

** Update 9:48pm **
Okay, I didn’t mean to sound so excited about not teaching class. As one student told me, “You should want to impart knowledge to the students.” Which is true, but one of the main reasons for becoming a teacher is to be able to maintain the academic seasons I have enjoyed for much of my life. While the rest of the world lives from spring to summer to fall to winter, I live–with my students–from one vacation to the next. I look forward to Thanksgiving and Winter break and Spring break and of course the biggie, Summer Vaction. I savor the excitement of approaching breaks, I dread the pain of finals–for different reasons of course. And a sudden unexpected Snow day? My, is this not a treat? I wanna enjoy this with my students.

By the way, Bane_Vixen called me a loser. Me! A LOSER, cuz I was going to give a pop quiz to my students in response to having to go to school, as mentioned above. Well, truth be told, I was going to give them one anyway, and I was just having some fun. And my students know that I would never be mean to them. Strict, maybe. But not mean… well maybe just a little… hahahahahahah, so I guess that makes me a LOSER. Oh well, I’m sure (hope?) that Vixen was just kidding, BUT if any of my students read this and agree with her (or disagree), click on her name and tell her so. PLEASE!

So am I a pain in your ass? Hahahahaha. Whatever!

SNOW! SNOW!

Comment of the day…
Y’all can keep the cold. I want to be able to still feel my hands after I bike to the station in the morning.
— Posted 1/27/2004 by Kizyr

Please SNOW!
I don’t wanna go to school… Does anyone know a good incantation for snow?

** Update 10:30am ** “UNIVERSITY STATUS: NORMAL
The University is OPEN today, Tuesday, January 27. Classes will begin at 10 a.m.”

Nuts! How unfair. I know teachers who have Tuesday off so they get Monday AND Tuesday… Grrrr… I have to get my frustrations out. Maybe, I’ll give my students a pop qu… oops, hope none of them are reading this… Dwahahahah!

** Update 5:30pm **

SNOW! SNOW!
The gods have heard my prayer! Tonight’s class has been cancelled!

** Update 9:48pm **
Okay, I didn’t mean to sound so excited about not teaching class. As one student told me, “You should want to impart knowledge to the students.” Which is true, but one of the main reasons for becoming a teacher is to be able to maintain the academic seasons I have enjoyed for much of my life. While the rest of the world lives from spring to summer to fall to winter, I live–with my students–from one vacation to the next. I look forward to Thanksgiving and Winter break and Spring break and of course the biggie, Summer Vaction. I savor the excitement of approaching breaks, I dread the pain of finals–for different reasons of course. And a sudden unexpected Snow day? My, is this not a treat? I wanna enjoy this with my students.

By the way, Bane_Vixen called me a loser. Me! A LOSER, cuz I was going to give a pop quiz to my students in response to having to go to school, as mentioned above. Well, truth be told, I was going to give them one anyway, and I was just having some fun. And my students know that I would never be mean to them. Strict, maybe. But not mean… well maybe just a little… hahahahahahah, so I guess that makes me a LOSER. Oh well, I’m sure (hope?) that Vixen was just kidding, BUT if any of my students read this and agree with her (or disagree), click on her name and tell her so. PLEASE!

So am I a pain in your ass? Hahahahaha. Whatever!

SNOW SNOW SNOW

Will update later…

Yes, I really hate shoveling, and thought about going to school. But nooooooooo, our school has to cancel classes on a day I don’t have any classes… Crap. So instead, I took pics as Musubi-chan and Unagi-kun cleared out the walkway… Okay, okay, before you bombard me with nasty remarks, I too did some shoveling, like the sidewalk and the parking spaces… I’m right-handed but for some reason I shovel snow like a lefty. That is, I hold the shovel like a left-handed batter, left hand above the right.

SNOW: Update
After shoveling, I made a light lunch. Using some of the sukiyaki leftover from last night–sukiyaki with o-sake on a cold night is kinda perfect, y’know–I made a mix between an omlette and tamago-toji–Japanese steamed eggs, but not quite a pudding. Then, we went to a nearby park and did some sliding down the small slopes on our round plastic sleds. All the neighborhood kids were there having a good time, as did we. It was, admittedly, difficult for me at first.

The pic above right is the wifey, Musubi-chan. She truly enjoys exercise–she was an aerobics instructor in Japan. So when we go out like this, she has a lot of fun as her smile will attest. Me? I’m the epitome of a couch potato. Not that I hate exercise, mind you, but if given the choice between a 3 mile jog and a 3 hour movie with popcorn and drinks, I’ll take the movie (or football game or whatever). Just as Musubi-chan’s smile attests to her enjoyment of exercise, my body–the round glob trying to slide down on the left–speaks volumes, or should I say pints and pounds?

There wasn’t a whole lot of of snow, but it was cold enough that the snow that was there didn’t turn into slush. I wasn’t very successful the first few tries. When I sat down in the disc, it just sorta sank into the soft new snow and I was stuck. I tried to nudge my way forward with a couple of hip thrusts, but to no avail. Giving up, embarrassed, I had to let Musubi-chan and Ungai-kun slide down a few times first. After they packed the snow a bit, creating a mini sled-course, I was able to finally slip down the hill as well. I think I REALLY need to work out more rigorously.

Not to make excuses or anything, but the fall semester is usually very busy and I truly do not have that much time to exercise. I’m either teaching or grading or… ok, Xanga-ing. Hahahahahah. Anyway, to slide down the hill head first on my stomach, a la Musubi-chan, I need to cut out the potato chips and chocolate that I so enjoy. Indeed, I slid down the hill head first, once. And it was a rather smooth and quick run as my weight became a speed factor down the now firmly packed course. But I’m glad it was cold enough for the snow not to turn into slush. Had it melted a bit, the disc would have stuck to my belly like a suction cup. Now THAT would have been embarrassing!

Now if only it would snow just a little more so school would be cancelled tomorrow, too….

So, how was everyone else’s Monday?

SNOW SNOW SNOW

— Posted 1/25/2004
Comments of the day…
I don’t watch enough tv or movies. I feel so lost when people talk about their favorite commercials… Xanga is my only link to reality…
SleepingCutie

because I am in Japan all the nude scenes were blurred out….
imahima

Yes! THANK YOU for this post. I thought I was the only one who liked “Open Range.”
SammyStorm

Will update later…

Yes, I really hate shoveling, and thought about going to school. But nooooooooo, our school has to cancel classes on a day I don’t have any classes… Crap. So instead, I took pics as Musubi-chan and Unagi-kun cleared out the walkway… Okay, okay, before you bombard me with nasty remarks, I too did some shoveling, like the sidewalk and the parking spaces… I’m right-handed but for some reason I shovel snow like a lefty. That is, I hold the shovel like a left-handed batter, left hand above the right.

SNOW: Update
After shoveling, I made a light lunch. Using some of the sukiyaki leftover from last night–sukiyaki with o-sake on a cold night is kinda perfect, y’know–I made a mix between an omlette and tamago-toji–Japanese steamed eggs, but not quite a pudding. Then, we went to a nearby park and did some sliding down the small slopes on our round plastic sleds. All the neighborhood kids were there having a good time, as did we. It was, admittedly, difficult for me at first.

The pic above right is the wifey, Musubi-chan. She truly enjoys exercise–she was an aerobics instructor in Japan. So when we go out like this, she has a lot of fun as her smile will attest. Me? I’m the epitome of a couch potato. Not that I hate exercise, mind you, but if given the choice between a 3 mile jog and a 3 hour movie with popcorn and drinks, I’ll take the movie (or football game or whatever). Just as Musubi-chan’s smile attests to her enjoyment of exercise, my body–the round glob trying to slide down on the left–speaks volumes, or should I say pints and pounds?

There wasn’t a whole lot of of snow, but it was cold enough that the snow that was there didn’t turn into slush. I wasn’t very successful the first few tries. When I sat down in the disc, it just sorta sank into the soft new snow and I was stuck. I tried to nudge my way forward with a couple of hip thrusts, but to no avail. Giving up, embarrassed, I had to let Musubi-chan and Ungai-kun slide down a few times first. After they packed the snow a bit, creating a mini sled-course, I was able to finally slip down the hill as well. I think I REALLY need to work out more rigorously.

Not to make excuses or anything, but the fall semester is usually very busy and I truly do not have that much time to exercise. I’m either teaching or grading or… ok, Xanga-ing. Hahahahahah. Anyway, to slide down the hill head first on my stomach, a la Musubi-chan, I need to cut out the potato chips and chocolate that I so enjoy. Indeed, I slid down the hill head first, once. And it was a rather smooth and quick run as my weight became a speed factor down the now firmly packed course. But I’m glad it was cold enough for the snow not to turn into slush. Had it melted a bit, the disc would have stuck to my belly like a suction cup. Now THAT would have been embarrassing!

Now if only it would snow just a little more so school would be cancelled tomorrow, too….

So, how was everyone else’s Monday?