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13th-Nov-2004 01:07 am
Okay, since the only kind of man I can seem to attract is a crazed maniac who wants to sleep with anything that happens to have breasts and a high-pitched voice, I'd like to introduce a bit of information to all the men out there. What Amy Renee Catherine, the beautiful redhead with aquamarine eyes with little silver flecks in them is looking for in a man. Crazed sex maniacs beware...this guide does not inculde you.

1. There are certain physically attributes I notice...they are:
A) Height: You better be taller than me, that's all I'm saying.
B) Arms: Do you have them? Sorry any interested armless bolks, but....I have this thing about being held.
C) Vision: I find eyes attractive, but I can't say what about them. I can say that a guy with vision correction of some kind has increased his sexiness by at least 25.67%

2. There are certain things going on inside that brain that I really take note of...inculding:
A) Are you up on current events? I don't want to debate ever second of the relationship, but I would really adore it if you knew who Tony Blair was or something to that extent.
B) Do you read? And I mean newspapers (more than just the sports section) and books. It doesn't have to inculde any fine literature but knowing Poe, Hemingway, and Austen will get you extra points.
C)Are you well versed in a multitude of subjects? This is kinda the catch all here. Now, I don't expect my future boyfriend to know the periodic table by heart or quote Dickens, but it would be nice if he would laugh about my "Schrödinger's Cat Is Dead" t-shirt or do more then bob his head politely while I babble for hours about various historical eras.
D) The laugh brings us to D. Do you have a sense of humor? Humor is the most important attibute in a man, at least I think so. Also, I expect humor to be more than making jokes, I want a witty guy. Wit is so much better than just straight funny, especially if it's a satirical wit.
E) What's your code of morality like? Okay, guys from recent meeting...you're out on this one...though most of you were out on the "Do you read?" question. Now, I'm not entirely basing this on religion, but I want our moral kinds to slightly align. I was born and raised Catholic so there are things I strongly don't believe in, but I don't go with my church 100% on all things. A lot of it, such as strong sense of loyalty being important, comes from a very loving and large Italian family. (thus making always very important for you to like pasta, so that the relatives will not have you stoned in the city centre.)
F) Can you put up with my weird quirks? I'm not asking you to go be in a chorus line with me, or Hell, even go see me in a chorus line, if you really don't want to, but if you're gonna cringe at Classical music and completely flip out and go postal about going to museums of art, I will be disappointed. You don't have to love it, but there are some oddities to who I am and if you can't take the fact that I'm fascinated by leave prints on cement enough to take pictures of them, or that I love to eat ice cream in the winter, then you're better off not bothering. Also you have note the fact that I may try to take you dancing. I like dancing, but it'll be swing dancing or something and I'll have taught it to you first so we don't look like a couple of epileptic hamsters.

3. And this is most important: Do you have something you are passionate about? I don't care what it is. Do you love football? History? Art? Cinema? anything. If it gets your blood going and you caring then it's perfect. I don't know why this is important, but it's the single most important thing.

Think you can tolerate spending time with someone who lives everyday with an unceasing passion that just may cause them to eventually explode? I'd love it if someone out there (other than someone who's just really desperate to get laid) would apply for the job. I may just have to pass out this as a flyer..cause I'm an old-fashioned girl. And as much as people tell me too. I probably won't say a thing until he does first.
13th-Nov-2004 06:31 am (UTC)
This is so much better than what I just posted on my LJ. It would be much easier for us gentlemen if more girls did this, Amy. What does your Thanksgiving break look like? I need to beat you in cards ;o)
13th-Nov-2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
Well, aside from, you know, the whole family dinner thing (huge affair with those crazy COntini's), my Thanksgiving break is pretty much devoid of activities as of now...
13th-Nov-2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
I whole-heartedly agree with you on the list, love. It appears we definitely have similar tastes. Don't worry, you'll find yours someday. ^_^ I have faith in you.
13th-Nov-2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
Ok, at what point did you get a "Schrödinger's Cat Is Dead" shirt?
14th-Nov-2004 06:37 am (UTC)
who was Schrödinger?
14th-Nov-2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
In the early 1930's Erwin Schrödinger published a way of thinking about the circumstance of radioactive decay that is still useful. We imagine an apparatus containing just one Nitrogen-13 atom and a detector that will respond when the atom decays. Connected to the detector is a relay connected to a hammer, and when the atom decays the relay releases the hammer which then falls on a glass vial containing poison gas. We take the entire apparatus and put it in a box. We also place a cat in the box, close the lid, and wait 10 minutes.

We then ask: Is the cat alive or dead?

The answer according to quantum mechanics is that it is 50% dead and 50% alive.

Schrodinger's cat

Quantum Mechanics describes the world in terms of a wave function. DeWitt wrote about the cat that "at the end of [one half-life] the total wave function for the system will have a form in which the living cat and dead cat are mixed in equal portions." (Reference: B.S. DeWitt and N. Graham, eds., The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Princeton, 1973), pg. 156.)

When we open the box, we "collapse the wave function" or "collapse the state" and have either a live cat or a dead cat.

Of course, this is just a thought experiment. So far as I know nobody has actually every done this experiment.

In a sense the cat is a "red herring" [sorry!]. The paradox is just an illuminating way of thinking about the consequences of radioactive decay being totally random.

Imagine we have a friend waiting outside when we open the box. For us the wave function collapses and we have, say, a live cat. But our friend's wave function does not collapse until he comes into the room. This leads to a strong solipsism, since our friend can they say that we owe our objective existence to his kind intervention in coming into the room and collapsing our state.

As Heisenberg said, then, "The wave function represents partly a fact and partly our knowledge of a fact."

Our friend needn't have come into the room to collapse his wave function: if we have a cell phone we can call him and tell him the result of the experiment. Of course, this assumes that we don't lie to him and tell him the cat is dead when it is alive.

Unexplained but apparently true is the fact that when a state collapses, it collapses into the same state for everybody. If we see a live cat everybody sees a live cat (unless they or us are hallucinating).

As de Beauregard commented: "Finally, the need for consistency of the whole scheme leads me to think of the world we are living in as a Leibnitzian world, where cats are rather high in the hierarchy of monads." Reference: Foundations of Physics 6, 539 (1976).
15th-Nov-2004 01:17 am (UTC)
15th-Nov-2004 02:41 am (UTC)
There's also a bit of Heisenburg's Uncertainty principle in here too.

But I hate theory. With a passion.
15th-Nov-2004 01:41 am (UTC)
www.thinkgeek.com Great website, I must say.
15th-Nov-2004 02:30 am (UTC)
I'm rather partial to "Obey Gravity: It's the law" myself.
12th-Dec-2004 05:55 am (UTC) - Random thoughts here
So, I was rereading this, thinking about how it applied to my friend Andy. You know, the one from the AIM convo. It struck me how much of this applies to him. ^_^;; Kinda weird, and part of the reason I want you two to meet. I love you hon! I just think you'd get along well with Andy.
12th-Dec-2004 05:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Random thoughts here
Really now? *hm* I definately should meet him then...
12th-Dec-2004 06:13 pm (UTC) - Re: Random thoughts here
^_^ Yay!
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