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Michael Rosefield
11 July 2011 @ 01:35 pm
For which I do apologise, especially to Zippy who keeps requesting one.

Sadly, I just cannot bring myself to go into great detail about the many things that have happened, or are happening, or will happen shortly. There's just so much.

But, hmm, I'll see what I can do just to start things off with.

First, yes, Zippy :) We've been going out over 4 months now, and things are pretty good. Since she's a young'un (20...) she's down in London for the summer right now deluged by obligations and responsibilities, but we'll see each other soon...ish. When I'm not stressing her out with my lameness, we're very happy together.

This is a transitional period for me, which makes it hard to talk about. It's the end of my student days (getting a PhD now is looking rather unlikely), and I have nothing lined up job-wise (am seriously considering programming). That's scary as hell. As well as saying bye to my student days, more and more friends have gone onto other things, like Hollie who's away for over a year. I've just moved house to live with Mahinda for a couple of months. Although I intend to get another one with Sam from September, like the job that has not been sorted out yet. In short, the future scares me and at some point I know I am going to have to face it and start manning up and realising my potential.

Oh, yes. I almost forgot the actual thing I had intended to be my post here. Just a dream I had this morning, while exhausted and trying to get up to go into work. I was on my way to work, when I realised I didn't know where I was. Ah. I had gone too far, I was almost in town. Ah. Wait. How did I get here? I remember being in bed, trying to work up the energy to get up. And now I am here. I don't remember getting up, or showering, or getting dressed, or leaving the house. What the hell is going on...?

And then I woke up. And when I did go into work I missed my turning from the Kingsway onto Moseley Rd, and consistently failed from then on to follow my intended routes into uni, trying to go West but never West enough.
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Michael Rosefield
04 February 2011 @ 04:07 pm
 Again, from the fine-tuning thread:
Michael Rosefield
01 February 2011 @ 11:52 am
 From the same place:

Can I get peoples' thoughts on the following?

We know at least one universe exists, with what seems to be an extremely contingent history and parameters that also seem to be highly arbitrary.

Given then, that this exists, what existential obstacle do other universes (those with different histories/parameters) face?

We don't know what existence _is_. Most people's ideas of it seem to come from some incorrect notion of solidity, but really it just seems to amount to qualia (sensory, emotional, knowledge and logic) we can validate by corroboration with others. It's information but we don't know what the metaphysical substrate is. And every time you try to embed the information in some kind of structure, you snare yourself in the same ontological problem - what is this structure? What is it made of? What makes it real?

So, to me, any attempt to make anything other than information itself the basic foundation of reality and existence just leads to problems.

And so... what makes our universe different from the other conceivable ones? What possible property can it possess that makes it 'more' real, and what prevents us just retrofitting these other universes with that property? I ask this, in all honesty, because I simply cannot grasp what kind of thinking and logic could construct an alternative.
Michael Rosefield
31 January 2011 @ 03:39 pm
 Why not use this blog to plonk down comments I make on the net that I think are interesting, or at least not entirely worthless? Yes, why not?

So here goes the first (in response to a post regarding the concept of cosmic fine-tuning):

Michael Rosefield
13 January 2011 @ 03:20 pm
I was online last night, and clearly in a rather strange mood.

I did this to the Self Summary on my OKC profile:
I then followed that with this rather exquisite message to a girl:

Michael Rosefield
25 December 2010 @ 08:13 pm
So, yeah, as some of you may have noticed the whole relationship thing is consigned to the past-tense. Just in time for xmas, so you really have to congratulate us on our timing.

The quickandeasy story is that, well, it wasn't working. We are just too different, and being together was pulling us apart. It's... complicated. The physical distance didn't help, either. It's sad, and maybe some time in the future we'll give it another go, when things might be different, but for now, we'll just be friends.

If you want any more info, you'll have to ask me nicely. Very nicely.

But yes, here we are again living up the single life. I... I'm not sure how I feel about that. 
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Michael Rosefield
16 November 2010 @ 12:26 pm
I don't have any urge to talk about myself, so I thought I'd give a mention out to some of my favourite internet people. You, in turn, should tell me yours. Do it.

Anthony Clark (aka Nedroid) - makes wonderful comics featuring Beartato and Reginald, and colours Dr. McNinja
Michael Swaim - appears in brilliant videos at, such as Agents of Cracked and Cracked TV/ Does Not Compute
Andrew Hussie - creator of MS Paint Adventures, which is nicely silly and whimsical. I am pretty addicted to the latest story, Homestuck (which really gets going by about Act 2, folks), and there is a pretty awesome forum going on.
Allie Brosh - writer/artist of Hyperbole and a Half. Let's just say I want a tattoo designed by her.

There are, of course, other great people out there, but these are the guys who make me squee when I see an update by them.

I should also mention Eliezer Yudkowsky, a pretty smart guy over at Less Wrong, because I love his ongoing Harry Potter fanfic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, which you should give a try (what if Harry Potter was both very scientifically-minded and aware of fantasy tropes?)
Michael Rosefield
01 November 2010 @ 04:15 am
I don't think this is so bad for a first effort.

Tagged for your personal benefit: nedroidcomics 

Michael Rosefield
24 September 2010 @ 11:18 pm
 Well, you'll take this update and you will damned well like it.

First, though, I face a decision: to friend-lock this post, or make it public. Hmmm. What the hell, it's going to be free and open to all.

So, I have been living on a couch in Boho G for the last week, as the landlord for the new house wouldn't relinquish the keys until everyone had got all the paperwork sorted out. Well, as of today, that's sorted out.

So, yes, I'm writing this from Boho G. Well, the new place hasn't got internet yet, plus carrying all the stuff over by hand is less than appealing.

Anyway, the big news, of which few reading this would be unaware, is that I've been going out with a lovely girl called Lizzie for a little over a month now. I... well, I was intending to say more. But, hmm, no. I'll just leave you with: 
  • She's from Sheffield
  • Sheffield's way too far away
  • Apparently we're very well suited
  • Things are awesome, thank you very much
  • Woooooo!
Michael Rosefield
 Finally, what the world has been waiting for! Yes, it is my t-shirt collection.

Here we have a flickr set of all the photos of me in them I could find on facebook, while over here we have a spreadsheet listing all of the buggers.

Yeah. I rock!

Apparently, I have 50 awesome t-shirts. It should have been 51, but I lost one while camping a couple of years ago.
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