A remarkable book

I place on the top book shelf, albeit a notch below “Jonathan Livingston Seagull“, among books that has had deep impact on my views – the remarkable “Logicomix“.

An epic search for truth, through the eyes of Bertrand Russel rendered in an epic form. The blending of the foundational quest in mathematics and the aesthetics of great comic artwork. It is easy to understand why this book has been given awards across the boards – it presents deep concepts in an ingenious and simple way.

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We are taken through the basic concepts of foundational logic – from Aristotle to the modern masters such as Bertrand Russel, Alfred North Whitehead, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Kurt Gödel.

The genius of Wittgenstein was news to me. He represents some fascinating insight into the foundations of so called reality and its limitations.

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… because:

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And the quest culminates with the profound realization og Gödel in his incompleteness theorems. I have covered this before, but a clearer summary of what I consider to be Man’s greatest intellectual achievement to date would be along these lines:

  1. If the system is consistent, it cannot be complete.
  2. The consistency of the axioms cannot be proven within the system.

Gödel’s first incompleteness theorem showed that a system of logic could not be both consistent and complete. According to the theorem, within every sufficiently powerful logical system, there exists a statement G that essentially reads, “The statement G cannot be proved.” Such a statement is a sort of Catch-22: if G is provable, then it is false, and the system is therefore inconsistent; and if G is not provable, then it is true, and the system is therefore incomplete.

Gödel’s second incompleteness theorem shows that no formal system extending basic arithmetic can be used to prove its own consistency. Thus, the statement “there are no contradictions in the system H” cannot be proven in system H unless there are contradictions in the system (in which case it can be proven both true and false).

This is precisely why the “the meaning of the world does not reside in the world“. Which in essence gives a foundation for free will.

Give us what we need

The above is Peter Heppner anno 2012. This one is from 1991. Again, interesting lyrics:

How long have you been free
In this world of hate and greed
Is it black or is it white
Let’s find another compromise

And our future´s standing still
We’re dancing in the spotlight
Where is the leader who leads me
I’m still waiting …

Leaving home …
And god is on your side
Dividing sparrows from the nightingales
Watching all the time
Dividing water from the burning fire … inside

Leave a light on in the night for me, that I can find you
Remember when we both where young and reckless and so curious …

Now you’re hiding from your child … a new day’s dawning
Remember that you felt alive, sometimes …

And god is on your side
Dividing cruelty from tenderness
Watching all the time
Dividing fiction from reality

Move in circles walk on lines no human being in sight
Calm the winds and calm the seas
Let´s try another kind of peace
Who fights this holy civil war
A million men in uniform
Wo ist der Führer der mich führt?
Ich warte immer noch …!

Leaving home …
And god is on your side
Dividing presence from our history
Watching all the time
Dividing deaf men from the listening ones

Leave a light on in the night for me, that I can find you
Remember when we both where young and reckless and so curious …

Now you’re hiding from your child … a new day’s dawning
Remember that you felt alive, sometimes …

And god is on your side
Dividing cruelty from tenderness
Watching all the time
Dividing fiction from reality

Move in circles walk on lines no human being in sight
Calm the winds and calm the seas
Let´s try another kind of peace
Who fights this holy civil war
A million men in uniform
Wo ist der Führer der mich führt?
Ich warte immer noch …!

Leaving home …
And god is on your side
Dividing presence from our history
Watching all the time
Dividing deaf men from the listening ones

Leave a light on in the night for me, that I can find you
Remember when we both where young and reckless and so curious …

Now you’re hiding from your child … a new day’s dawning
Remember that you felt alive, sometimes …

And god is on your side
Dividing soldiers from the fisherman
Watching all the time
Dividing warships from the ferryboats

Amazing person: Sandra Lyng

She’s not only an amazing artist with a fantastic voice. Sandra Lyng is a warm and empathetic person with a strong will – a fighter with a tough determination to reach her goals and to deliver the goods. She is one of those people I have coached that understands an idea at once and swiftly transforms it into action and results – without hesitation. She may look the blonde, but she’s one smart cookie. And very funny.

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The one quality that stands out the most, is her willingness to help others. Like whipping me into shape – after yesterday’s training session, I can hardly move with muscle pain in odd new places. While I was exhausted, Sandra didn’t even work up a sweat. She’s way too fit.

Her latest song, “Don’t care” is just out on iTunes (Norway), Spotify and other other outlets. Here’s the song on Youtube:

And her previous release:

Visit Sandra’s page on Facebook. And watch out for this girl in the years to come 😉

UPDATE: Sandra has a new blog 🙂

It’s the feeling

In my talk at HP Norway, I covered my history as a calculator enthusiast. I got my first calculator (a TI-57) when I was 13 and my first HP calculator (HP-41CX) a few years later. I started collecting as an adult, and in 2008 eighty-nine of my ninety calculators got toasted when the building where we had our offices burned to the ground.

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A couple of months before the fire, the Norwegian national TV interviewed me and showed my collection. Lots of people saw it. Shortly after the fire, the TV host Petter Skjerven came back to do a “part 2” where he asked me how I felt after the fire. We were standing in the ruins when I told him I felt great.

A couple of weeks before the fire, I had a dream where I had all HP-calculators ever made in mint condition. That saddened me – because the game was over. You see, the point about collecting the calculators, apart from actually using them, is to COLLECT – not to HAVE. So, I had 8 years of fun behind me when the fire struck. And then I had at least 8 years of fun ahead. It felt great. After that second show, people started sending me their old calculators. And now I am almost beck where I was. Except my HP-01 is hard to replace. And my HP-37E had the lowest serial number recorded. Priceless. Oh well. I started to rebuild my collection, and I have calcs now that I never had before – like the gifts I got from HP after my talk; an HP-70, an HP-25C and an HP-10. All rare items.

One important personal point I touched upon in my talk was how I am driven by feelings. The feeling for the unknown, the feeling of learning something new, of discovery, of the vast sea of interesting knowledge, the thrill of learning Einstein’s theory of relativity before I got my first calculator, the excitement of making a self-modifying program on a TI-59 that I borrowed from a friend of mine. The joy of synthetic programming on an HP-41. And the nerve wrecking feeling of reading aloud when I was in high school. The thrill of girls, of the first job, of travelling abroad, of meeting with interesting and amazing people. The emotions, the fun. This is what drives me. And collecting old calculators rejuvenates many tingling, captivating and entrancing rushes. I love it.

This a big reason why I make music, artwork, meet and talk to new people, travel, read, play, point my telescope to the stars and live life as I do. I am a feeling-junky. This is also why I blog.

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Magic Beat – ending with Midnight Magic

A few weeks ago, Stein Halvorsen and I was invited to the Radio Show Magic Beat’s last airing – on June 28th. It would mark the end of a 6 year long era of the Spacesynth and Italo Disco music show on Radio Nova (Oslo, Norway). Pål Hverven was inspired by Midnight Magic, the show that Stein and I ran from 1987-1990. While our show featured role-playing on the air, Pål took the typical music we played and started the music show Magic Beat almost two decades later.

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To end off Magic Beat with style, he invited us to do a full two hour Midnight Magic as part of his last three hours on the air. And in true Midnight Magic style, albeit somewhat rusty after our 23 years vacation off the air, we winged it and had a blast killing off several callers as they struggled to save the Earth. The theme of this show was taken from “The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” where each player calling in to the show had to save the Earth from extinction in a very short time. They faced a variety of dangers as the tried to reach the Council of Elders and convince them not to remove our planet to make way for a new intergalactic highway. But alas, none were successful, and Magic Beat truly did go out with a bang 🙂

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In the middle of the show, we were thrown out of the studio as the fire alarm went off. So, expect some very different music during the show as the automatic system took care of the listeners as we were out on the street.

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The show is in Norwegian, but if you can’t understand a word of what we’re saying, there is still great music to be heard. Enjoy 🙂

The last Magic Beat Radio Show – 3 hours with the last two hours featuring Midnight Magic

Fritz, Nosmo King, Stein, me and Pål

Fritz, Nosmo King, Stein, me and Pål

I should add that the crew was really fun to work with. Pål is a warm and truly nice guy. And I had the pleasure to also meet Fritz and Nosmo King.

Report from the US Tour

OMG! Brendan, Anette and myself did a US race in one week, with two days in New York City, one day in Phoenix/Grand Canyon and four days in Los Angeles. We met with more than 35 people in more than 20 meetings covering anything from business to Scientology, HP calculators, art and music. We had a blast!

A picture tells more than a thousand words. And this time I will let the pictures do the reporting:

New York City

Times Square - New York City is like the real Bladerunner

Times Square – New York City is like the real Bladerunner

Anette & Geir kissing as part of the "making out in front of churches"-series

Anette & Geir kissing as part of the “making out in front of churches”-series

Beautiful Central Park

Beautiful Central Park

Two squirrels in the park

Two squirrels in the park

Brendan and Geir trying hard to follow the rules of the Soup Nazi

Brendan and Geir trying hard to follow the rules of the Soup Nazi

Had a late coffee with Tony Ortega. Intriguing talk with a highly intelligent man. And way too interesting to remember taking any pictures... so here's his official FB pic.

Had a late coffee with Tony Ortega. Intriguing talk with a highly intelligent man. And way too interesting to remember taking any pictures… so here’s his official FB pic.

Zana - we had an interesting chat :-)

Zana – we had an interesting chat 🙂

Meeting Victoria and her wonderful and loving family.

Meeting Victoria and her wonderful and loving family.

Meeting Dave in Little Italy talking about Life, the universe, everything.

Meeting Dave in Little Italy talking about Life, the universe, everything.

Martin the genius DJ

Martin the genius DJ

A taste of Martin’s music (he’s half of the duo CLMD):

Phoenix & the Grand Canyon

Visiting Chris (our resident blogger) and his gorgeous family. Love'em to bits.

Visiting Chris (our resident blogger) and his gorgeous family. Love’em to bits.

Chris took us to Grand Canyon... OMG!

Chris took us to Grand Canyon… OMG!

Got real close to an elk up there.

Got real close to an elk up there.

Saw the outside of Hubbard's home in Phoenix (he lived there for about a year back in the early 50's). No one answered when we rung the bell.

Saw the outside of Hubbard’s home in Phoenix (he lived there for about a year back in the early 50’s). No one answered when we rung the bell.

The almost staff-less but huge and beautiful Church of Scientology in Phoenix.

The almost staff-less but huge and beautiful Church of Scientology in Phoenix.

Los Angeles

Making out in front of Celebrity Centre International (Scientology's VIP church).

Making out in front of Celebrity Centre International (Scientology’s VIP church).

Meeting Jeff and Karen - what a wonderful, energetic and creative couple. The planning of some counter-OSA-ops was fun.

Meeting Jeff and Karen – what a wonderful, energetic and creative couple. The planning of some counter-OSA-ops was fun.

I did a series of videos at Karen’s detailing my various experiences in Scientology – from my work with OSA Int to my meeting with David Miscavige. I will do a blog post for each of these videos as the are produced and released on Karen’s channel. Karen has done lots of videos, like this one:

Attending a show on Scientology at the Silent Theater (Cine Family). Got invited by Karen and Spanky. Winged it... got on the panel and did a demo session. Awesome fun!

Attending a show on Scientology at the Silent Theater (Cine Family). Got invited by Karen and Spanky. Winged it… got on the panel and did a demo session. Awesome fun!

Here’s Tory and Mark’s video on what went down that night:

Doing a demo session with the organizer of the event, Hadrian. He was a good sport and as funny as they come. He even said he had some gain out of the two auditing questions he was asked.

Doing a demo session with the organizer of the event, Hadrian. He was a good sport and as funny as they come. He even said he had some gain out of the two auditing questions he was asked.

JD Shapiro talking about his script writing for the movie Battlefield Earth. Some interesting insight right there.

JD Shapiro talking about his script writing for the movie Battlefield Earth. Some interesting insight right there.

Meeting the lovable Tory Magoo :-)

Meeting the lovable Tory Magoo 🙂

Spanky and me in the garden behind the theater. You just gotta love that energy and compassion.

Spanky and me in the garden behind the theater. You just gotta love that energy and compassion.

The happiest place on Earth :-)

The happiest place on Earth 🙂

Doing the "Star Tour" at Disneyland.

Doing the “Star Tour” at Disneyland.

Boat trip down at the wonderful Newport Beach with Mike and Betsy. Great couple. Very interesting talk.

Boat trip down at the wonderful Newport Beach with Mike and Betsy. Great couple. Very interesting talk.

I'd take it if someone had begged me to live there.

I’d take it if someone had begged me to live there.

...especially with this pelican outside the door.

…especially with this pelican outside the door.

Jason the Writer and Video Producer with Brendan looking over Newport Beach.

Jason the Writer and Video Producer with Brendan looking over Newport Beach.

Tom and Anette on Venice Beach. Tom's a cool chap.

Tom and Anette on Venice Beach. Tom’s a cool chap.

Meeting Garth and Joe at our "mini HHC" (the yearly HP Handheld Club is in the autumn). Great to meet with some fellow geeks and talk HP calculators. Yeay!

Meeting Garth and Joe at our “mini HHC” (the yearly HP Handheld Club is in the autumn). Great to meet with some fellow geeks and talk HP calculators. Yeay!

Talking Incas and her upcoming book and TV series with Theresa. Fascinating stories!

Talking Incas and her upcoming book and TV series with Theresa. Fascinating stories!

At Aida and Dave's. The powerhouse Mexican served authentic food from her home country - all made from scratch. Oh yummy.

At Aida and Dave’s. The powerhouse Mexican served authentic food from her home country – all made from scratch. Oh yummy.

The view from Aida's is not bad... not bad at all...

The view from Aida’s is not bad… not bad at all…

Jason the Writer invited us to the Magic Castle with a really fun show :-)

Jason the Writer invited us to the Magic Castle with a really fun show 🙂

Spent hours with Jason - but with him and us being so much into the conversations, we forgot all about taking pictures together with him and his family...

Spent hours with Jason – but with him and us being so much into the conversations, we forgot all about taking pictures together with him and his family…

...but Anette did take a picture of me kissing one of Jason's bunnies...

…but Anette did take a picture of me kissing one of Jason’s bunnies…

...and his duck. After which Angie took us on a Black Widow safari around their house. That woman's got balls of steel.

…and his duck. After which Angie took us on a Black Widow safari around their house. That woman’s got balls of steel.

Flying home

Flying home

There are so many pictures we didn’t take in all our awe and rush. It was a week we will never forget. And with people we will have many years ahead with great friendship and lots of fun. Next time we’ll go to…

An early inspiration for my interest in mathematics

Tonight I was showing Anette a wide variety of music that has inspired me. From Clannad, Isao Tomita, Vangelis, Klaus Nomi and Andreas Wollenweider. I stumbled across a work by one of Norway’s truly great composer, the late Arne Nordheim. I remember fondly how I discovered Nordheim at the age of 13. I used to sit at the main library in downtown Oslo working my way through number theory and calculus while I was listening to this:

Mastery

Put simply:

Transcript:

We don’t care about money.
All I want to do is make bet­ter sushi.
I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit.
There is always a year­ning to achieve more.
I’ll con­ti­nue to climb, trying to reach the top, but no one knows where the top is.
Even at my age, after deca­des of work, I don’t think I’ve achie­ved perfection.
But I feel ecs­ta­tic all day… I love making sushi.
That’s the spi­rit of the sho­ku­nin.
When to quit? The job you’ve wor­ked so hard for?
I’ve never once hated this job.
I fell in love with my work and gave my life to it.
Even though I’m 85 years old, I don’t feel like retiring.
That’s how I feel.

Thanks to Hugh for the tip.