A Baby Rocket

April 27, 2007

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My souvenir from the last day of O Chem I Lab. Only cost me $20 dollars. ;)

It would seem as if this whole chemistry major thing isn’t going to “pay for itself.” At least not any time soon.

I’m already 30+ dollars in the hole. And I’m only one semester in.

:(

But as my dad always says, the probability of glass breaking is 1.

I like those odds.

Technology. It’s an amazing thing. No doubt about that. The fact that I can write this now, push a little ‘post this’ button, and then have this fed to you in little over a few seconds is a pretty amazing thing. [more…]

I’m on A-roll…

April 24, 2007

Because I’m on the A-list [that’s Atheist roll], here’s a cool little video by Penn and Teller about the “bullshit” in the Bible. Not really anything new here for those who have actually opened [and preferably read] the Bible. But an interesting introduction for all your Bible-toting friends. And, well, it’s just funny [it IS Penn & Teller].

So, enjoy yourself. The videos about a half hour.

Amazing Interview

Now, that just makes me smile. Bill O’Reilly seems just about as calm as I’ve ever seen him. At least he seems to know when he’s clearly out of his element.

I mean, come on, when you confuse physics with physiology, you know you should keep your “scientific” opinions to yourself.

Maybe there is hope. Let the second coming of Richard Dawkins begin! [Note: Sarcasm Tag]

April 24, 2007

Nobel Prizes in chemistry have sometimes gone to people (such as Ernest Rutherford and Gerhard Herzberg) who thought that they were physicists, and vice versa. The distinction between the sciences is, after all, no more than a matter of administrative convenience.

~ Keith J. Laidler, The World of Physical Chemistry

Well, I haven’t written anything in a while. You know, busy-ness and all that jazz.

And I’m feeling in the mood to write something of some sort of philosophical value. Maybe. I don’t really know yet. We’ll have to see where this goes.

But first, let me talk briefly about a little experiment I did this weekend. Well, I didn’t really plan out the experiment. It just kind of happened. [more…]

April 21, 2007

We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.

~ Seneca

Yeah, that pretty much describes my life at the moment. Now that I have free time, what am I doing with it?

Oh yeah, that’s right. Enjoying it.

Sometimes I forget how to just enjoy doing nothing. Not today.

Pet by A Perfect Circle

April 19, 2007

Don’t fret precious I’m here,
step away from the window
and go back to sleep

Lay your head down child
I won’t let the boogeymen come
Count their bodies like sheep
To the rhythm of the war drums
Pay no mind to the rabble
Pay no mind to the rabble
Head down, go to sleep
To the rhythm of the war drums

Pay no mind what other voices say
They don’t care about you, like I do, (like I do)
Safe from pain, and truth, and choice, and other poison devils,
See, they don’t give a fuck about you, like I do.

Just stay with me,
safe and ignorant, go,
back to sleep, go
back to sleep

Lay your head down child
I won’t let the boogeymen come
Count their bodies like sheep
To the rhythm of the war drums
Pay no mind to the rabble
Pay no mind to the rabble
Head down, go to sleep
To the rhythm of the war drums

I’ll be the one to protect you from
Your enemies and all your demons
I’ll be the one to protect you from
A will to survive and a voice of reason
I’ll be the one to protect you from
Your enemies and your choices son
They’re one and the same
I must isolate you
Isolate and save you from yourself

Swayin’ to the rhythm of the new world order and
Counting bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums
The boogeymen are coming
The boogeymen are coming
Keep your head down, go to sleep
To the rhythm of the war drums

Stay with me
Safe and ignorant
Just stay with me
I’ll hold you and protect you from the other ones,
The evil ones, don’t love you son,
Go back to sleep.

I don’t know. I was just in a mood. And this song, well, it captures that mood.

Enjoy.

At least 400 000 people have died in the Darfur region of Sudan in the past three years. If you do the math, that’s over 300 people PER DAY.

Wake UP, CNN.

I don’t want to cheapen what’s happened. It is horrible. Those people didn’t need to die.

But neither do the people in Darfur. I don’t understand the news media [I won’t go as far as to say I don’t understand the American Public, because I don’t trust the news to show me the real American public]. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

One woman on life support dies, the entire country watches. An entire country is embroiled in a needless war, the country returns to their regularly scheduled programming.

I won’t pretend I’m not complicit. I haven’t gone to Iraq, to Sudan, to Russia, China, or any other places where humanitarian aid should, no must, make a difference. But I’d like to pretend I’m a little bit more lucid. That maybe I can see, from the outside, that this is insane.

When will humanity unite beyond country lines?

Oh yeah, and God bless America.