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|20080707 200031 Z||Things They Don't Tell You (But Should)||www.viruscom … .com/things.html||digg.com/com … uld_COMIC?OTC-ig||Chill, Comics, Funny, Images, Sad||A decent comic is always worth a link. Cynical, almost has a Groening "Life in Hell" feel.|
|20080718 222946 Z||Watchmen Trailer||www.trailera … watchmen/trailer||digg.com/mov … Trailer_is_HERE_||Comics, Cool, Images, Live Action, Movies, Videos||This preview is for Watchmen (2009) a movie scheduled for release 2009-03-06. Good timing to release the preview on the Day that The Dark Knight (2009) comes out. The Watchmen (1986) was straight, serious, cynical work, and is probably the most critically acclaimed graphic novel to date. The trailer looks true to the original: beautiful but gritty.|
|20080913 021332 Z||You should never ask for help on the internet||farm4.static … _o.jpg?t=1053139||digg.com/com … _internet?OTC-ig||Chill, Crude, Cyber Life, Funny, Images, NSFW, Photos||O my. Literally LOL! The dude is asking for some Photoshop help.|
|20081025 024932 Z||I, Computer||http://abstrusegoose.com/70||digg.com/com … I_Computer_Comic||Comics, Computers, Funny, Images, Math, Science, TECH||Yeah, Abtruse Goose is sort of like xkcd. Here are two more that I liked:
936 Little Blobs
The Cantor Madness
|20081025 030815 Z||incredimazing.com||http://incredimazing.com/||Chill, Images, Photos, Quirky||Another social pictures site (in case flickr.com gets too pretty for you).|
|20081107 211310 Z||I do not have any money so am sending you this drawing I did of a spider instead.||www.quoted4t … -spider-instead.||www.reddit.c … ending_you_this/||Funny, Images||Sweet and funny. I will also linkjack if I think the original may eventually be hard to get to.|
|20090305 205802 Z||World War II: Simple Version||fc64.deviant … _AngusMcLeod.jpg||digg.com/com … ersion_FUNNY_PIC||Animation, Comics, Funny, Games, History, Images, War||Nice comic. The Digg thread also had this WWII and gaming related animated gif: http://goofyblog.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/hitlernoobs.gif.|
|20090305 212111 Z||Pics of robots||www.boston.c … 9/03/robots.html||digg.com/gen … nces/Robots_pics||Artificial Intelligence, Hardware, Images, Photos, Robotics, TECH||Of course most of them are in Japan.|
|20090325 172820 Z||10 Most Horrific Russian Torture Devices||www.environm … ure-devices/8850||digg.com/odd … ure_Devices_PICS||BDSM, Funny, History, Images, Photos, Russia||I'm sure that the Russians were not the only ones who tortured, but it seems that they were well versed in it.|
|20090420 162256 Z||Operating System Interface Design Between 1981-2009||www.webdesig … tween-1981-2009/||digg.com/des … etween_1981_2009||Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Images, Software, TECH||Oddly exciting to see the screen shots of old GUI operating systems. Looking at stuff that was new when you were younger makes you feel old and young at the same time.|
|20090428 213123 Z||Cornify||http://www.cornify.com/||Chill, Cute, Cyber Life, Funny, Images, Quirky||Note to self: Cornify.|
|20090520 184443 Z||Amazing surf shots||forum.lessth … php?f=100&t=5874||www.reddit.c … _surf_shots_pic/||Beauty, Cool, Images, Photos||Beautiful.|
|20090521 144334 Z||10 Products Inspired by Brass Knuckles||www.toxel.co … -brass-knuckles/||Chill, Cool, Funny, Images, MARTIAL||For those of us who like brass knuckles!|
|20090521 144700 Z||WikiSky.org||http://www.wikisky.org/||Activity, Images, Space||An online interactive sky map. I like who the site name is like "whiskey" too.|
|20090521 145502 Z||55+ Extremely Useful Online Generators for Designers||www.balkhis. … s-for-designers/||Color, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Images, TECH||Some more useful than others.|
|20090720 153211 Z||We Choose The Moon||http://wechoosethemoon.org/||Activity, Audio, Images, Inspiring, News, Space, Videos||Today marks the 40th anniversary of when Man first stepped on the moon with the Apollo 11 [W] mission on 1969-07-20. I was almost nine months old then. Today I'm at work, but in the background I'll be following the recreation of the mission in real time.|
|20090811 172143 Z||Ice cream shop gets licked||www.chicagot … ,0,5958297.story||Chicago, Chill, Images, Politics||"Scooter's Frozen Custard of Lakeview has chairs yanked by city, but there's hope for thaw". My family has been there. Who are these party poopers who would get in the way of hanging out and eating ice cream? Surely we can scoot around if a wheelchair or stroller needs to get by!|
|20090819 190844 Z||Why Should Engineers and Scientists Be Worried About Color?||www.research … /color/color.HTM||www.reddit.c … ists_be_worried/||Color, Images||Aka why rainbow color maps suck. "Stevens found that hue was not a good dimension for encoding magnitude information. Thus, we have followed Stevens, and have used luminance-based and saturation-based colormaps for representing continuous variations in data magnitude. In the case of ratio data or interval data with a threshold, we have used colormaps which capture the transition explicitly via a perceived discontinuity." See also http://colorbrewer2.org/.|
|20090821 152304 Z||No, I'm the Batman!||http://imgur.com/2k56R.jpg||www.reddit.c … o_im_the_batman/||Cyber Life, Funny, Images, Show Biz, Text||Brilliant! It makes you appreciate the breadth of Kermit. Based upon Kermit Bale [http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/27350111.html]|
|20090829 135810 Z||The 7 Stages Of Being Fat||www.maxim.co … s-being-fat.html||digg.com/com … ges_Of_Being_Fat||Crude, Funny, Health, Images, Sad||Funny, frightening, possibly offensive, but important.|
|20090831 181943 Z||Disney $4 billion takeover of Marvel makes my Spidey sense tingle||www.nydailyn … of_marvel_e.html||Animation, Comics, Images, Kids, News, Show Biz||Disney bought Marvel? It doesn't sound very dark, rebellious, edgy, or anti-establishment.|
|20090922 180426 Z||A Stick Figure Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES||www.moserwar … to-advanced.html||www.reddit.c … nced_encryption/||Comics, Images, Programming, Security, Standards, TECH||This reddit comment had it right: "Worst XKCD ever!"|
|20090923 173618 Z||Schizophrenia||tallguywrite … .com/133179.html||www.reddit.c … zophrenia_comic/||Comics, Health, Images, Mind, Psychology, Relations||I love educational comics. Mental illnesses are so misunderstood.|
|20090923 191345 Z||Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet||gizmodo.com/ … ts-secret-tablet||www.reddit.c … s_secret_tablet/||Amazon, Books, Computers, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Images, Microsoft, Reading, TECH, Text, Videos||Some details about the tablet by Microsoft called "Courier". More details than we've ever gotten from Apple about their potential tablet. While I'm biting my nails over the potential choices, my wife is simply enjoying her Kindle. She's so smart.|
|20090923 204909 Z||25 Coolest Banksy Graffiti||www.holytaco … -banksy-graffiti||digg.com/art … sy_Graffiti_Pics||Art, Beauty, Cool, Images, Photography, UK||I've seen Banksy's work before but not compiled. Much better than the graffiti in Chicago.|
|20091005 151026 Z||Playgrounds From the 70's||www.divineca … playgrounds-70-s||digg.com/tra … om_The_70_s_PICS||Chill, Cool, Images, Kids, Photos, Play||I remember being afraid to go up the double rocket with the twirly slide! To complete the experience, you want the red, white, and blue rocket popsicle too.|
|20091005 172516 Z||Bathrooms of the Future||www.home-des … ms-of-the-future||Beauty, Cool, Gadget, Images, Photos, Sustainability, TECH||The one that uses graywater tech (reusing water) is the most important, but the others are cool too.|
|20091008 193400 Z||Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)||www.boston.c … tsana_ondoy.html||www.reddit.c … hitty_flashajax/||Images, Inspiring, Money, Philippines, Photos, Sad, World||36 dramatic photos. That could've been me smothered in mud. I usually do my donations in December, but I made an exception and donated to the Red Cross last week|
|20091019 232105 Z||Yes you can live in an all-solar house||www.smartpla … olar-house/1817/||Animation, Engineering, Images, Live Action, Photos, Solar, Sustainability, Videos||So much fun to look at this stuff. I'd like some wind capture too.|
|20091106 155307 Z||B is the new C||http://i.imgur.com/LZBup.jpg||www.reddit.c … now_on_b_is_the/||Funny, Images||Ha ha! Literal fail. The chump should have at least glanced at the test.|
|20091224 172621 Z||Climate Change Deniers vs The Consensus||www.informat … s-the-consensus/||Geography, Images, Politics, Science, Sustainability, TECH||Nice graphic that looks at both sides of the the issue. This related graphic is nice too: Climate Change: A Consensus Among Scientists?.|
|20100114 195205 Z||Caveman Science Fiction||dresdencodak … science-fiction/||Oscar||Chill, Comics, Funny, Images, Science Fiction, TECH||"ME AM PLAY GODS!"|
|20100117 174021 Z||Atheist quotes||http://i.imgur.com/mk9bl.jpg||www.reddit.c … i_found_on_b_of/||Atheism, Images, Philosophy||Of the quotes I probably like the one by Epicurus the best: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"|
|20100119 193338 Z||Spectra: The Orignal Laser Superhero||www.physicsc … load/spectra.pdf||Dave||Comics, Images, Science, TECH||An educational comicbook about lasers by the American Physical Society.|
|20100125 194712 Z||Boogie Board writing tablet costs $30, features â€˜no power LCD technologyâ€™||www.crunchge … -lcd-technology/||news.slashdo … ablet?art_pos=32||Gadget, Images, Text, Writing||I'm all for digital scribble boards. I find myself scribbling all the time on my Sony Reader. I'd like ones that I can share over the Internet too.|
|20100129 175859 Z||The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures||blog.okcupid … rofile-pictures/||www.reddit.c … re_attracted_to/||Cyber Life, Images, Photos, Psychology||Interesting stats and all, but whether you smile or show off your body or whatever is simply a personal decision.|
|20100131 041351 Z||Who says birds don't have feelings?||www.binscorn … ve-feelings.html||Fauna, Images, Inspiring, Nature, Photos, Sad|
|20100208 005639 Z||Abstraction||img12.abload … d043d7dacw9q.jpg||www.reddit.c … abstraction_wtf/||Art, Comics, Images, Japan, NSFW, Saucy||At first you think "O no, it's some awful Japanese sex comic", but then it gets interesting. The Reddit thread has some interesting comments too.|
|20100213 035914 Z||GERMANY 1940 and ISRAEL 2009||whatreallyha … aHolo/index.html||www.reddit.c … 1940israel_2009/||Images, Middle East, Photography, Politics||Controversial, but better to have a dialog than nothing. It's a trap!|
|20100216 170104 Z||Photoshop these long tongues||www.fark.com … ink=5012287&tt=s||Chill, Crude, Funny, Images, NSFW, Photos, Quirky||O my. It's been ages since I've looked at a photoshop contest at Fark. Always good stuff.|
|20100225 035442 Z||Famous People Painting with Wiki Links||www.anactive … ncePainting.html||blogoscoped. … 0-02-19-n23.html||Art, Beauty, Cool, Images, Wikipedia||That's so fun!|
|20100305 041439 Z||NASA Blue Marble||www.flickr.c … /gsfc/4392965590||news.bbc.co. … epth/8547114.stm||Beauty, Geography, Images, Photos, Space||She's a beauty. Earth in its truest colors so far.|
|20100322 204545 Z||Quantum Cell Phone Camera Tech: Doom for Digicams?||www.pcworld. … or_digicams.html||Gadget, Images, Nanotechnology, Photography, TECH||So in around 2 years cell phone cameras will be able to get 90% of the light instead of the 25% they get now!|
|20100505 015502 Z||Color Survey Results||blog.xkcd.co … -survey-results/||Color, Cool, Images||xkcd did a survey on color and produced some interesting results.|
|20100625 161154 Z||SVG Flowchart Shapes via Google Docs||Chart, Cyber Tech, Free Gratis, Free Libre, Google, Images, TECH||I've been playing with Google Drawings (in Google Docs). You can save a Google Drawing as .svg. This also means that you can use save their shapes (especially flowchart shapes) and use them in stuff like Inkscape. You can also go to openclipart.org to get other shapes. I'm trying to avoid stuff Microsoft Visio and OpenOffice Draw.|
|20110718 221421 Z||Picasa storage increased||Cyber Life, Free Libre, Google, Images, Videos||So Picasa now has "Photos up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won't count towards your free storage." if you use Google Plus. That's practically free unlimited storage space!|
|20110808 173249 Z||DC Comics The New 52||dcu.blog.dcc … .com/the-new-52/||Comics, Images, News||Much better to do restart/renumbering/relaunch than a retcon.|
|20110929 011521 Z||Holy Shit||shakespeares … 9/holy-shit.html||Cool, Images, Photos, Sustainability||I almost wish that I too could light my tap water on fire.|
|20111122 174708 Z||Money by xkcd||http://xkcd.com/980/Money||Chart, Comics, Cool, Economy, Images, Money, USA, World||Another one of his big charts.|
|20120102 173959 Z||Awkward Family Photos||pinterest.co … d-family-photos/||Funny, Images, Photos, Quirky, Saucy||Proof that WTF exists outside of Japan.|
|20130408 175602 Z||Mozilla takes a fresh look at Google's WebP image format||news.cnet.co … bp-image-format/||Animation, Firefox, Google, Images, Standards, TECH||.webp has lossy, lossless, EXIF, color profiles, alpha channel, and animation! This could beat out JPG, PNG, and GIF!|
|20130409 210612 Z||Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal||theoatmeal.c … cs/mantis_shrimp||Armor, Chill, Comics, Cool, Fauna, Funny, Gear, Images, Nature||Murder sticks!|
|20130501 140018 Z||Stunning new view of Saturn storm shows eye about the size of India||www.world-sc … 30429_Saturn.htm||Beauty, Cool, Images, Inspiring, Space, TECH, Videos||Strange hurricane on Saturn's north pole. The eye is the size of Inida. There is no ocean below to drive it. 530 km/h (330 mph) winds. Nice pictures by NASA's Cassini.|
|20130919 144444 Z||Putting Time In Perspective||www.waitbutw … perspective.html||Biology, Chart, Cool, Evolution, History, Images, Space||I love timeline perspectives!|
|20140110 204516 Z||Display Resolution||/docs.google … RZlE&usp=sharing||Computers, Gadget, Hardware, Images, My Stuff, TECH, Videos||I've decided to publicly share my my "Display Resolution" spreadsheet in honor of all the high resolution displays I've been seeing lately.|
|20140122 151339 Z||Gorgeous comic about depression||http://imgur.com/gallery/0VnF3||Animation, Comics, Images, Introversion, Relations||Some people blur the line between introversion and depression.|
|20140205 013637 Z||Quiet||www.happyjar … com/comic/quiet/||Chill, Comics, Images, Introversion||Yes, introverts like quiet. I often find my own company too noisy.|
|20140210 160545 Z||Perils of Lady Gaming||observationd … 365/@laurendavis||Comics, Funny, Images, Inspiring, Play, Relations, Sad, Sex||Glorious and sad. The freedom to play. A good part of appreciating where we are and where we can go, depends on knowing where we've been.|
An international team of researchers has shown that it can control the quantum state of a single electron in a silicon transistor--even putting the electron in two places at once. Their discovery could help pave the way toward a practical quantum computer.
Not quite a violation of the Heisenber uncertainty principle, but it almost sounds like it!
As the electric field induced by a silicon nanowire (gray) increases, an electron in an arsenic atom moves from its ground state (left) to an excited state (right). During this transition, the electron enters a hybridized state (middle) in which it is in both of the other states simultaneously. In theory, such an electron could serve as a “qubit” in a quantum computer.
Yes, we must be aware of the noise and negativity that tends to be generated (by ourselves and others). Here's the text of the comics:
Do not stop to think or edit: You must be the first who said it. You heard a brand-new band? What luck! You’ll be the first to say they suck. In order to increase renown, add “bacon” to most any noun. It’s not your job to right a wrong, just mark it FAIL and move along. Rather than felicitations, send your friend an application. To be an expert’s no great tax: Write common sense and call it “hacks.” Your friends won’t like it, on the real, but you must Flickr every meal. In disagreements, all your readers must be branded Nazi leaders. It doesn’t matter what you say, just publish it twelve times per day.
There are tons of articles out there about the Palin debacle. EG: Mad Dog Palin and The Palin Pick -- The Devolution of McCain. The need is urgent and important. However we need to do what Obama's doing: Stay calm and play straight, but watch for the curve ball. Maintain a relaxed state of suspension, of readiness, of patience. Have faith because we've prepared and we can do it. This humanizing photo of Obama prepping for the debate captures that state:
The Palin issue is funny and sad, but most of all it's insulting. There are so many people that are more qualified than she is. I'll admit that she has spunk and some sense of timing to have gotten this far. It's not all a matter of luck (She did have some lucky breaks (The governor before her was one of the most unpopular governor ever) but it hasn't been all luck.
Take the Biden v Palin Vice-Presidential debate. She blatantly didn't answer direct questions and instead gave out memorized talking points. Even by beauty pageant standards, it was pretty bad. Biden genuinely got choked up at one point when he was talking about his experience as a single father, and it made Palin's performance look even more plastic. Biden was authoritative, congenial, and knew his facts.
Palin "succeeded" because she stopped hemorrhaging like she was doing with her interviews with Katie Couric. The general public still has not seen Palin speak beyond talking points. It's all very funny and all but more important it's a security risk. We KNOW that the Obama and Biden are smart, so why take a risk on Palin?
Now I'm going to post a few election-related funny items just to archive it at my site.
It's abusing a bad photo, but still funny.
Silly but truthful.
Funny but frighteningly truthful. Via http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/3/43222/8057/718/618653.
Saturday Night Live: VP Debate Open: Palin / Biden [http://www.hulu.com/watch/37730/saturday-night-live-vp-debate-open-palin--biden]. Wouldn't be complete without Tina Fey.
And here are two short blurbs passing around of unknown origin. [NOTE: If anything in the following is not factual, then please inform me and I will update this post.]
...Trying to get my head straight on the upcoming election
I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight....
If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different'.
Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.
If your name is Barack, you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
Graduate from Harvard Law School and you are unstable.
Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 ne w voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society
If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.
If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
OK, much clearer now.
What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said 'I do' to?
What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife after she no longer measured up to his standards?
What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?
What if Obama were a member of the Keating-5?
What if McCain were a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are? This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.
You are The Boss... which team would you hire?
With America facing historic debt, 2 wars, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc.
Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism
Now, which team are you going to hire?
PS: What if Barack Obama had an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter....
I'm sure that the Republicans must little blurbs passing around too. I'd be curious to see those.
"Girl with Down syndrome wins homecoming honor --and peers' respect"
I admit that my last post has made me emotionally vulnerable, but I just have to post this one.
Her mother's videotape of the Oct. 3 school assembly when her daughter was crowned says it all. After Jennings learned that she was among the top five members of the court, the video images began shaking. By the time the crown was placed on Jennings' head, the background noise boomed with the sounds of students cheering wildly. By then, Ellen Jennings said, she had dissolved into tears, explaining why the video images bounce from floor to walls and back to her screaming, happy daughter.
"Amazing. Unbelievable," she said later. "You teach kids to do the right thing and treat people all like individuals, and look what happens."
She credits the warmth shown by classmates to the years that Jennings spent in regular education classrooms, where she was taught through 8th grade. Since entering high school, Jennings has spent more time in separate special-education classes, but she has maintained friendships from early childhood.
Why generate hate when you can generate such joy?
Oddly enough most people don't know the difference between regressive, progressive, and flat taxes. Regressive tax plans lower the tax rate as income increases, while progressive tax plans increase the tax rate as income increases, while flat tax plans have the same tax rate regardless of income.
There are pros and cons for regressive, progressive, and flat taxes, but the bottom line is that the US has progressive income tax, flat sales tax, and tax deductions/incentives geared toward regressive taxes.
In this election, McCain has been saying that he'll lower taxes while Obama will raise taxes. This has some truth to it in that McCain will lower everybody's taxes while Obama will lower everybody's taxes except for the top 1%. The real issue is that McCain's plan is regressive while Obama's plan is progressive. This chart is a clear demonstration of that difference.
I wasn't going to bother to post about the $150,000 Palin spent on her campaign makeover, but these images are too good to pass up.
Yes, she is encouraging us to vote Democratic.
There are so many articles out there about the hope and change that the Obama era brings. From "Obama promises new era of scientific innovation" [http://www.newscientist.com/channel/opinion/dn15130-obama-promises-new-era-of-scientific-innovation.html?feedId=online-news_rss20], to restoring American respect of rights, to restoring respect of Americans. I have great hope for what the Obama era will bring. I have a soft spot for the return of science and "sending a man to the Moon" sort of effort towards sustainability.
Victors are prone to hubris immediately after a victory, so I want to be cautious about all the good news. This article has in interesting perspective on a potential historical pattern in the US.
As I see it, to date there have been three American republics, each lasting 72 years (give or take a few years). The First Republic of the United States, assembled following the American Revolution, lasted from 1788 to 1860. The Second Republic, assembled following the Civil War and Reconstruction (that is, the Second American Revolution) lasted from 1860 to 1932. And the Third American Republic, assembled during the New Deal and the civil rights eras (the Third American Revolution), lasted from 1932 until 2004.
Policy shifts, more than public opinion polls or election results, suggest that a truly transformative moment may be upon us. The first three American republics display a remarkably similar pattern. Their 72-year life span is divided into two 36-year periods (again, give or take a year -- this is not astrology). During the first 36-year period of a republic, ambitious nation-builders in the tradition of Alexander Hamilton strengthen the powers of the federal government and promote economic modernization. During the second 36-year phase of a republic, there is a Jeffersonian backlash, in favor of small government, small business and an older way of life. During the backlash era, Jeffersonians manage to modify, but never undo, the structure created by the Hamiltonians in the previous era. We see this pattern of Hamiltonian nation-building and Jeffersonian backlash in the First, Second and Third Republics of the United States.
George W. Bush was not only the final president of the Jeffersonian backlash period of Roosevelt's Third Republic, but the last president of the 1932-2004 Third Republic itself. The final president of a republic tends to be a failed, despised figure. The First Republic, which began with George Washington, ended with James Buchanan, a hapless president who refused to act as the South seceded after Lincoln's election. The Second Republic, which began with Abraham Lincoln, ended with the well-meaning but reviled and ineffectual Herbert Hoover. The Third Republic, founded by Franklin Roosevelt, came to a miserable end under the pathetic George W. Bush.
The latter half of the article is even more interesting. In the article, the cycles manifest politically but stresses the technological and economic factors. This meshes well with social evolutionary theory as in Guns, Germs, and Steel. A case of practice/pragmatics coming first, followed by theory/ideology.
If this analysis is right, what causes these cycles of reform and backlash in American politics? I believe they are linked indirectly to stages of technological and economic development. Lincoln's Second American Republic marked a transition from an agrarian economy to one based on the technologies of the first industrial revolution -- coal-fired steam engines and railroads. Roosevelt's Third American Republic was built with the tools of the second industrial revolution -- electricity and internal combustion engines. It remains to be seen what energy sources -- nuclear? Solar? Clean coal? -- and what technologies -- nanotechnology? Photonics? Biotech-- will be the basis of the next American economy. (Note: I'm talking about the material, real-world manufacturing and utility economy, not the illusory "information economy" beloved of globalization enthusiasts in the 1990s, who pretended that deindustrialization by outsourcing was a higher state of industrialism.)2009-01-21t20:26:30 Z | TAGS: Geography, Images, Nature, Science, Sustainability, TECH
2008 Global Temperature2008 Global Temperature [http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=36699] [VIA: http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/7r8q7/2008_global_temperature_pic/]
Apparenlty Chicago is close to a spot where the temperature has gone down.
Calendar year 2008 was the coolest year since 2000, according to the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) analysis of worldwide temperature measurements, but it was still in the top ten warmest years since the start of record-keeping in 1880.2009-01-21t21:40:04 Z | TAGS: George W. Bush, Images, News, Politics, USA
The frat boy ships outThe frat boy ships out [http://www.economist.com/world/unitedstates/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12931660] [VIA: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/7qk96/the_economist_crushes_george_w_bush/]
I don't want to dwell on this, but I wanted to archive this chart of George W. Bush's approval ratings:2009-01-23t15:57:33 Z | TAGS: Cyber Life, Hardware, Images, Nanotechnology, TECHUnidym [unidym.com] will be selling nanotube sheets. The main planned use is to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) in transparent electrodes. This should help make touchscreens even more prevalent. I'm looking forward to tactile interactivity, which will help computer artists greatly, but will also have great impact on all computer users.
Clear Carbon-Nanotube Films
2009-02-11t17:25:45 Z | TAGS: Comics, Cool, Culture, Funny, Images, Inspiring, Philosophy, Relations, Sad
For Every Girl... There is a Boy...2009-02-26t21:57:51 Z | TAGS: Barack Obama, Birthdays, Evolution, Images, InspiringI almost let this month slip by with out wishing everyone a happy 200th birthday for Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln! Both were born 1809-02-12. I like how this image of Charles Darwin connects to Barack Obama who connects to Abraham Lincoln.
Very Gradual Change We Can Believe In
2009-03-03t15:40:15 Z | TAGS: Hardware, Images, Nanotechnology, Photos, TECH
Crystals Made to Sprout Tiny Tubes
Magic tubes: Inorganic crystals placed in a solution of fluorescent molecules start to grow tubes automatically. The tubes are robust enough to be injected with liquid (top right). Researchers can also fuse two tubes together (middle) and create designs with the tubes by directing growth with electric fields (bottom right).2009-03-05t16:03:28 Z | TAGS: Hardware, Images, Solar, Sustainability, TECH
Wonderful and innovative stuff! This is might be as good as artificial photosynthesis. This one has been proven in the lab, but now they have to test failure scenarios and play with scalability.The battery is unlike any other. The electrodes are molten metals, and the electrolyte that conducts current between them is a molten salt. This results in an unusually resilient device that can quickly absorb large amounts of electricity. The electrodes can operate at electrical currents "tens of times higher than any [battery] that's ever been measured," says Donald Sadoway, a materials chemistry professor at MIT and one of the battery's inventors. What's more, the materials are cheap, and the design allows for simple manufacturing.
Discharged, charging, charged: The molten active components (colored bands: blue, magnesium; green, electrolyte; yellow, antimony) of a new grid-scale storage battery are held in a container that delivers and collects electrical current (left). Here, the battery is ready to be charged, with positive magnesium and negative antimony ions dissolved in the electrolyte. As electric current flows into the cell (center), the magnesium ions in the electrolyte gain electrons and form magnesium metal, which joins the molten magnesium electrode. At the same time, the antimony ions give up electrons to form metal atoms at the opposite electrode. As metal forms, the electrolyte shrinks and the electrodes grow (right), an unusual property for batteries. During discharge, the process is reversed, and the metal atoms become ions again.2009-03-09t15:08:20 Z | TAGS: Beauty, Chicago, Comics, Images, Inspiring
Being Lynda BarryBeing Lynda Barry [http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/magazine/chi-mxa0308magazinebarrypg13-22mar08,0,7136709,full.story]
It's astonishing: Some meat on Lynda Barry of Ernie Pook's Comeek and Matt Groening of Life in Hell, The Simpsons, and Futurama. It smacks so much of Robert Frost's two roads diverged in a yellow wood.
I have such high respect for the two of them. Here and there they produce an ounce of concentrated, distilled human sincerity. What more could I ask of a human being?
Note to self: Look into Creative Experience (1924) [http://link.library.utoronto.ca/booksonline/digobject.cfm?Idno=99002019&CFID=8316028&CFTOKEN=97408987] by Mary Parker Follett.2009-03-31t17:46:32 Z | TAGS: Funny, Health, Home, Images
Essential Life Lesson #1: Over is Right, Under is WrongEssential Life Lesson #1: Over is Right, Under is Wrong [http://currentconfig.com/2005/02/22/essential-life-lesson-1-over-is-right-under-is-wrong/]Score: 90%. It missed at least one big advantage of the anterior hang: The toilet paper is further away from the wall.
2009-05-06t17:15:50 Z | TAGS: Amazon, Books, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Images, Reading, TECH, Text, Wikipedia
Kindle DX: Amazon's 9.7" Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)Kindle DX: Amazon's 9.7" Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation) [http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-DX-Amazons-Wireless-Generation/dp/B0015TCML0/ref=amb_link_84277971_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=gateway-center-column&pf_rd_r=1E3NVYH4V8DVJ7PEYA3M&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=476565871&pf_rd_i=507846]
After days of teasing us, the Kindle DX is finally here! My wife loves her Kindle 2, so now if I get the Kindle DX, it will be which is whose.
Here are basic stats to compare the Kindle 2.0 against the Kindle DX:
Feature 2.0 DX Price 389 489 Height 8" 10.4" Width 5.3" 7.2" Depth 0.38" 0.38" Weight 10.2 oz 18.9 oz Display 6" 800x600 167 ppi 9.7" 1200x824 150 ppi Storage 1.4/2.0 GB ~ 1500 Books 3.3/4.0 GB ~ 3500 Books Content Formats Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion. Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion. Auto-Rotating Screen No Yes Battery 4 days reading. 2 wks standby. Ports USB for Data and Recharge. 3.5 mm for Audio. Connectivity EVDO modem with fallback to 1xRTT. Amazon Whispernet for 3G high-speed data with no monthly charge. Text-to-Speech Yes References The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries built in. Wikipedia over the wireless.
It would have been sweet to go through high school and college without lugging all those heavy books around. The smaller screen is good for reading straight text, but anything with pictures, even Wikipedia, needs a larger screen and this one is 2.5x larger. As far as whether Kindle DX can help the ailing newspaper and magazine industry, maybe. The real thing issue is if they can produce high quality content with such consistency that people would want to pay for it.2009-05-21t14:33:45 Z | TAGS: Computers, Cool, Culture, Engineering, Hardware, Images, Nanotechnology, TECH
Five-Dimensional Data Storage
This is what happens when you let Deadheads do science!Traditional DVDs and CDs store data on their surface in two dimensions, and holographic discs can store it in three. Now researchers have for the first time demonstrated what they call a five-dimensional optical material. It can record data in three spatial dimensions and in response to different wavelengths and polarizations of laser light.
The material is being developed by researchers led by Min Gu, director of the Centre for Micro-Photonics at the Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria, Australia. The material is made up of layers of gold nanorods suspended in clear plastic spun flat on a glass substrate. Multiple data patterns can be written and read within the same area in the material without interfering with each other. Using three wavelengths and two polarizations of light, the Australian researchers have written six different patterns within the same area. They've further increased the storage density to 1.1 terabytes per cubic centimeter by writing data to stacks of as many as 10 nanorod layers. In a paper published online today in the journal Nature, Gu's group reports recording speeds of about a gigabit per second.2009-06-18t18:10:04 Z | TAGS: Images, Nanotechnology, Photos, Science, Space, TECH
Scientists envision inflatable alternative to tethered space elevatorScientists envision inflatable alternative to tethered space elevator [http://blogs.zdnet.com/emergingtech/?p=1600]
A space elevator would be a key development.An inflatable free standing tower could one day carry equipment and tourists 20 kilometers above Earth, and it could be completed much sooner than a cable-based space elevator, say researchers at York University in Toronto, Canada.
2009-06-29t20:25:12 Z | TAGS: Arms, Guns, Images, Photos, Politics
Is anyone else here a liberal or progressive but not vehemently anti-gun ownership?Is anyone else here a liberal or progressive but not vehemently anti-gun ownership?Is anyone else here a liberal or progressive but not vehemently anti-gun ownership? [http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/8wimc/is_anyone_else_here_a_liberal_or_progressive_but/]Yes: I'm a liberal or progressive who is also pro-gun. I'm taking my daughter shooting this Friday.
2009-07-22t15:55:16 Z | TAGS: Amazon, Books, Cyber Life, Gadget, Google, Hardware, Images, Photos, Reading, Software, TECH, Videos
Head in the clouds
I've always been a "head in the clouds" sort of fellow. I'm forgetful and my mind wanders off and follows threads that catch my eye. So it's no wonder that when it comes to technology, I'm ready for the cloud.
Google already has a lot of my personal data in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Documents, Google Notebooks.
Surprisingly Google is not generous with storage space at Picasa, because then I might dump all my photos there. Perhaps they're still working on that GDrive or they're worried about the massive amounts of porn pictures people would upload. Perhaps Flickr is the way to go. I don't make many videos, but we need something similar for that.
Intuit or Quicken handles my personal finances. I already pay most of my bills automatically online.
I'd like to Amazon (or Barnes and Noble) to sell and store digital media like ebooks, videos, and music. There are some books that are so beautiful or big or both that I'd prefer a print copy, but for most books, an ebook would do. I don't want physical media disks at my house getting scratched and broken. I don't mind them using some consumer-mindful form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) to ensure that I'm not stealing. I'd like to supplement the DRM digital media with DRM-free media from other sources like Google Books and the Gutenberg Project, PDFs, MP3s, etc. Perhaps I'd store it at GDrive. In any case, I should be able to stream digital media (if I'm online) or download them (at least temporarily) for access either on or offline.
I'd like to have my Personal Health Record (PHR) at some place like Google Health or Microsoft Health Vault. I'd like to be able to manage my family's PHRs too. I'd like to be able to import/export my PHR and import/export data from any health provider's Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
Journals or blogs already exist. I'm not so much into the social aspect of blogs but others are. For social two-way "journaling", I think short and fast via Facebook works fine, or a group mailing list. Twitter works for even lighter talks with the masses. RSS readers are OK, but they don't rank like Digg or Reddit.
Apps that are on or offline, smart phone, netbook, or desktop are in the flux and sort of annoying. Phones need bigger and better lenses: We don't need SLR lens but something bigger than a pinhole.
Yada, yada, yada. All this computer cloud stuff still doesn't compare to following the clouds that float by in my own head.2009-09-17t18:33:43 Z | TAGS: Biology, Cool, Fauna, Geology, Images, Nature, Paleontology
Miniature Tyrannosaurus Rex discoveredMiniature Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered [http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2009-09-17-mini-tyrannosaurus-rex_N.htm]
What a cutie!Puny arms, massive jaws, swift legs — all the ingredients of the king of the carnivores — adorned a newly discovered dinosaur, Raptorex kriegsteini, reported by the journal Science. But Raptorex was only about 1/90 the size of Tyrannosaurus, and flourished about 40 million years before T.Rex appears in the fossil record.
2009-09-25t15:47:57 Z | TAGS: Comics, Images, Inspiring, Relations, Sad
Digital mourningsDigital mournings [http://imgur.com/5x5RP.jpg] [VIA: http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/9nw57/i_was_surfing_through_my_dads_old_belongings/]A few other good ones from the reddit thread:
Animal Crossing [http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2007/11/animalcrossing.jpg]
Depressing Comic Week 3 [http://www.explosm.net/comics/1777/]2009-09-28t16:29:36 Z | TAGS: Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, HTML, Images, Programming, Standards, TECH, Videos
Introduction to HTML 5
The rest of the video looks at 5 aspects of HTML 5 and shows simple example code implementing those aspects. The 5 aspects he covers are:
- SVG and Canvas. Lower level control of graphics.
- video. Not Flash, Silverlight, or VML, but native video support.
- geolocation. Especially with mobile devices.
- app cache and database. App cache is like a super browser cache. DB is an off-line DB that uses SQL statements.
- web worker. Similar to AJAX.2009-10-02t16:18:10 Z | TAGS: Anthropology, Evolution, Images, Paleontology
Close to the Missing Link -- Oldest Human Ancestor DiscoveredClose to the Missing Link -- Oldest Human Ancestor Discovered [http://www.dailytech.com/Close+to+the+Missing+Link++Oldest+Human+Ancestor+Discovered/article16403.htm]
Ardipithecus was discovered in 1994, but it's making the news because the papers on it are finally making the rounds. Ardi was around 4.4 million year ago, (compared to Lucy at 1.2 mya), 120 cm (47") tall and 50 kg (110#). Arni probably lived in the forest where she walked on the ground but went on all fours in the trees. Arni is the oldest solid ancestor before the split in the Hominini tribe into the subtribes of Paninina (Chimpanzees) and Homonina (Humans and extinct relatives).
2009-10-17t14:13:13 Z | TAGS: Atheism, Faith, Images, Photos
Cherrypicking IllustratedCherrypicking Illustrated [http://friendlyatheist.com/2009/10/16/cherrypicking-illustrated/] [VIA: http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/9usne/old_testament_fail_man_tattoos_arm_with_leviticus/]
You can't tell from the context whether the person with the tatoo knows about the latter verse.
It's a tattoo reading “[Thou] shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman. It is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22″. Who else sees the problem here? Leviticus also forbids tattooing. In the very next chapter.
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28″
It's annoying and vexing that although Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) [W] has been around for 10 years now, it's not implemented in browsers in a standard fashion, especially Internet Explorer. See:
Reviewing "Ext JS 3.0 Cookbook" soon
There's a new book Ext JS 3.0 Cookbook by Jorge Ramon. There are several cool things about this: One is that now there are more than 2 books on Ext JS out there (I already have "Learning Ext JS"). The other cool thing is that the publisher, Packt Publishing [packtpub.com], is sending me a complimentary copy of it so I can review it!
2009-11-24t21:40:32 Z | TAGS: Chill, Comics, Evolution, Images, Inspiring, Life, Maroon, My Stuff, Orange, Philosophy, Politics, Quotations, Ramblings, Science, Space, USA, Videos, World
150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species
It's been a while since I've done one of my litte free association scribble sessions, so here goes.
Today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species [W]. It's a good and grand occassion for celebration. I don't mind that Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort are giving away copies of the book with an anti-evolution introduction --the book, the evidence, the testing, and the ideas are simply blow away the stuff that Kirk and Mr. Banana come up with.
I have loved science and the philosophy of science for most of my life. Last month I saw David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation [http://www.ted.com/talks/david_deutsch_a_new_way_to_explain_explanation.html], a video of David Deutsch talking science philosophy. Good stuff espencially its tie ins to Karl Popper [W].
By coincidence, I've been having an email exchange with my Conservative/Republican/Right-leaning friends. They were trying to slam Hawaiiaan health care with this article: Remember Hawaii's Health Care Lessons [http://sweetness-light.com/archive/lessons-from-hawaiis-health-care-system]. I countered with this email (which has been edited for privacy and formatting):
As is in the lowest costs per beneficiary in the country?
The attached chart is from last month's article: In Hawaii's Health System, Lessons for Lawmakers [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/17/health/policy/17hawaii.html].
"Hawaii's health care system insures over 95% of residents. Under the state's plan, businesses are required to provide employees who work more than twenty hours per week with health care. Heavy regulation of insurance companies helps keep the cost to employers down. Due in part to the system's emphasis on preventive care, Hawaiians require hospital treatment less frequently than the rest of the United States, while total health care expenses (measured as a percentage of state GDP) are substantially lower. Given these achievements, proponents of universal health care elsewhere in the U.S. sometimes use Hawaii as a model for proposed federal and state health care plans. Critics, however, claim that Hawaii's success is due at least in part to its mild climate and to its status as a chain of islands whose economy is heavily based on tourism: features that make it more difficult for businesses unhappy with paying the plan's premiums to relocate elsewhere."
My brother lives in Hawaii and so does Linda. We can ask them.
Epistemology [W] because there's more than Fox and Rush.
From the responses, at first I thought I went over with the thing about epistemology, so I wrote this:
Sorry if talking about epistemology sound pretentious, but I've been reading about Karl Popper [W] and the philosophy of science, which all ties in to epistemology, as in what distinguishes common knowledge from scientific knowledge? What makes knowledge objective or subjective? How do we know? I think people like stuff that's very objective (science) or very subjective (art), but when things get in between (politics), it gets very muddy. Another important aspect is that somethings that "should" be objective may actually be quite subjective and vice versa. Certainly scientific/objective knowledge isn't everything, but knowing the distinctions between approximating the weight of a thing versus whether you like your weight are interesting to me.
Popper says some interesting stuff about freedom too, which BTW supports fighting: "The so-called paradox of freedom is the argument that freedom in the sense of absence of any constraining control must lead to very great restraint, since it makes the bully free to enslave the meek. The idea is, in a slightly different form, and with very different tendency, clearly expressed in Plato. Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal."
It's all good considering that today is the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species". It's a theory right? What makes it "better" than say a theory that claims that we were created by Zeus? Knowledge are theories and conjectures, but scientific knowledge is testable and falsifiable.
However, further discussion seemed to indicate that it was actually my quip against Fox and Rush that totally sidetracked what I thought was going to be a discussion about health care. So later on in the email thread I said this:
My exact words: "Epistemology because there's more than Fox and Rush"
My words insult Fox and Rush and those who listen predominantly to them. If you have more sources than Fox and Rush, then you shouldn't be insulted.
You could take the same phrase and replace "Fox and Rush" with a comparable pair of terribly left-leaning sources. Would I be insulted? I don't think so. I for example, don't follow any specific blogs these day.
Hmm. I'm having deja vu. This sounds similar to the race discussion we had a little while ago. Am I really so brusque in my communications? My wife gives me a similar attitude sometimes too. I think we're just talking --and then all of the sudden I'm in trouble. Am I becoming some sort of Archie Bunker?
Ewww. Sorry: I'm over-quoting. Anyhow, it seems that as a species, we can be very good at objective/scientific/mathematical thinking as well as subjective/creative/artistic/magical thinking. We can make great science and great art. What gets me is when they clash poorly or maliciously or both. Religion and politics are the primary examples. Religion and politics can be so inspiring, creative, and constructive for society, but they are often abused, dogmatic, and destructive. It seems to me that the problem is largely political (in the sense of people promoting and protecting their own interests). People squibble about power, resources, time, love, ideas, popularity, money, justice, attention, and so on, but if we could all be less trivial, we could do some really great stuff.
I'm tired of being trivial, of being morose and maroon. I want to do great things, feel great love, think great thoughts, share great wealth, be patient, be "orange", foster the good. It's time to maximize that signal-to-noise ratio. Big bold words, idealistic words. I know, I know. But it's hard to not be so when you watch Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when [http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_asia_s_rise_how_and_when.html], and you clapping and really believe that India and China and other lagging countries will become first-world countries by 2048! OK, so maybe we'll lose our polar caps and polar bears by then as well, and maybe we'll run out of oil too, but still, there's a lot of good we can do.
Is it such terrible hubris to believe? I love science, but I'm a believer. I believe that we want what's best for our kids, for all the kids, for our race, for our species, for our planet. We may indeed be a flash in time, an effervescent moment, a fleeting arrangement of legos [http://xkcd.com/659/], but oh how we dazzle, oh how bright are those shinging eyes [http://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html].
Pffftt! I can almost hear those Republican friends of mine tell me about drinking the tree-hugging kool-aid. You know what I say?!? FFFFFFUUUUUUUU!!!! Yeah baby! I'm living large! I'm breathing fire! I'm eager for my next CrossFit workout! I'm ready to cross swords! I'm watching too much TED and South Park and Heroes!
Phew. Slow down, slow down. Take it easy. I can breath fire calmly. I have the hubris to save the world. I'll do it Kill Bill style: I'll make a list.
- Education. Wikipedia.
- Sustainable and Robust. Solar.
- Maximize Signal-to-Noise Ratio
- Tech and Science. Nanotech. Space Elevators.
- Save history. Build future.
Gaah! It's a crappy list, but it's a start. Time's up: Spell check and post. GO DARWIN!2010-03-10t19:49:32 Z | TAGS: Biology, Chemistry, Evolution, Images, Inspiring, Philosophy
Free Energy and the Meaning of LifeFree Energy and the Meaning of Life [http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2010/03/10/free-energy-and-the-meaning-of-life/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CosmicVarianceBlog+%28Cosmic+Variance%29]
This one is so obvious that it's spooky. The concept of successful genes maximize replication is familiar; that life succeeds because it maximizes entropy on a much lower level than the visible mess we create. The complex processes of life enable chemical reactions to get past a little hill and into a lower energy state.
"The purpose of life is to hydrogenate carbon dioxide." -Mike Russell2010-03-30t12:52:24 Z | TAGS: Armor, Beauty, Fauna, Images, Movies, Nature, Photos
OCEANS: 2.5-foot giant isopod found attached to remotely operated underwater vehicleOCEANS: 2.5-foot giant isopod found attached to remotely operated underwater vehicle [http://conservationreport.com/2010/03/29/oceans-giant-isopod-found-attached-to-remotely-operated-underwater-vehicle/] [VIA: http://my.reddit.com/r/science/comments/biub6/my_god_its_a_monster/]
I ran across this photo of a species of Giant Isopod (~2.5' or 75 cm) pulled from the ocean deep. Horrific and beautiful at the same time. I hear these are a delicacy in some parts of the world. I then started poking around its family tree in Wikipedia. Other isopods include pill bugs, whose design reminded me of armour like this: http://armstreet.com/store/armor/1/235.html.
We tend to be most impressed by the exoskeletons of Crustaceans (lobsters and such), but the Anthropod phylum consists of many masterpieces of segmented armour (scorpions, beetles). I can tie this thread back to WMA because the remake of "Clash of the Titans" is coming out in a few days, and it has giant scorpions and a Kraken in it.
I like the idea of people looking at nature, dreaming up our own versions of armour, and dealing with the engineering issues of attachment and balancing mass, protection, and dexterity. I find it hard to separate form from function, beauty from practicality.2010-05-04t15:49:37 Z | TAGS: Apple, Audio, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Gadget, Hardware, Images, Operating System, Software, TECH, Videos
The real reason why Steve Jobs hates FlashThe real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash [http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/04/why-steve-jobs-hates-flash.html]
Well yes. The article states some stuff that's obvious to some of us, but I support erring on the side of stating the obvious. There are many times where I assumed certain things were obvious and then later I end up wishing that I had said something sooner.
Obvious #1. Yes Mac has always been about a captive audience. They have always wanted to control the hardware, the operating system, the apps, the design, the look-and-feel. Apple equals proprietary. I personally prefer open.
Obvious #2. Hardware, software, and Internet connectivity is getting cheaper, faster, and cooler. Monetizing and staying on the curve is business. Ubiquitous HW with 4G+ and cloud storage and apps is the way to go. Beautiful, powerful, intuitive interfacing is the way to go. Ubiquitous media capture (txt, pic, aud, vid) and geolocation is the way to go.
Obvious #3. For most users the following apps will suffice on an iPad: Media Players (pics, audio, video, books), Browser, Office-like suite. There will of course be hundreds of apps that users want, but the emphasis should be on what users need. What should come soon: Skype/phone-like communications, FTP. Specialized tools that may never come but should: Power editors (text, pics, video, etc.), Remote Desktop access, Development IDEs, Database and Sys Admin tools.
Personally I'm itching to buy a tablet but the iPad is too weak to replace a smart phone and my laptop.2011-11-05t16:25:20 Z | TAGS: Culture, Images, Journalism, Live Action, News, Outrageous, Politics, TV, Videos"Judge William Adams beats daughter for using the internet", but I let it slide because others are on it. However this video of Fox News saying that Mr. Rogers is a evil Man is outrageous! I didn't like Fox News before, but it's getting to the point where I cannot comprehend or make excuses for the likes Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter. Mr. Rogers may have forgiven Fox News, but there are somethings that are irredeemable and unforgivable.
Mr. Rogers Just Kidding
2011-12-13t20:27:13 Z | TAGS: Biology, Evolution, Faith, Fauna, Images, Live Action, Nature, TECH, Videos
Fish uses fins to walk and bound
2012-11-07t14:45:07 Z | TAGS: Anthropology, Chill, Cool, Games, History, Images
Ancient Egyptian D20 the oldest in the world?Ancient Egyptian D20 the oldest in the world? [http://www.cnet.com.au/ancient-egyptian-d20-the-oldest-in-the-world-339342360.htm]Come on 20!
2013-01-11t02:39:06 Z | TAGS: Beauty, Cool, Images, Inspiring, My Stuff, Ramblings, Sad
Flaco before and after shotsFlaco before and after shots [http://imgur.com/a/dN4Vp] [VIA: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/164ij7/1_year_ago_today_my_family_and_i_found_a_dog_at/]This story is how I felt this morning. I see so many different people when I commute, some obviously beautiful, others less so. But I knew that for everyone there was something remarkably beautiful, something very ugly, and something mundane. Life is too short to not see the beauty.2013-05-11t18:33:09 Z | TAGS: Art, Beauty, Comics, Images, Inspiring
Went to get my oil changed and found this...Went to get my oil changed and found this... [http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1e1svc/went_to_get_my_oil_changed_and_found_this/]It's not just awesome styrofoam art, but that people can do awesome stuff and I wonder if we'll ever know who did it.
2013-05-11t20:35:07 Z | TAGS: Images, Politics, Sad, TV
What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion? [http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/1dpo5a/what_do_you_think_makes_a_woman_want_to_have_an/]
I usually avoid political posts, but this has too much WTF to resist.
"What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?"
"... I don't know, I have never -- it's a question I have never thought about."
2013-06-25t15:53:54 Z | TAGS: Chicago, ImagesBlackhawks won last night! Good news to get on this fine 6-months-before-Christmas-Day! (I hear that our team is still out drinking!-)
2013 Stanley Cup Champions Blackhawks
2013-12-26t16:47:21 Z | TAGS: Comics, Images, Introversion
A few panels on Introversion
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