It’s 2019. The past, lurid and confining, is behind us. Right? I mean …. oh, seriously? Okay. I surrender. We’ll do this again until people get it straight. Women have been doing the science thing for a bit and we’d probably be staring at the moon, instead of walking on it, were it not for them. But, as the World News Center official girlfriend discovered, this is not important news. One nice human took time out of his busy day to enumerate on all the men who were behind the photograph of the black hole which became public this week. However, as my buddy Father Julio noted, they may have been on the bus, but a woman was driving it. And that woman was named Katie Bouman. Before I get to her, and her amazing accomplishment, I thought I’d take a moment to provide a refresher course in human history. [Read more…] about Boldly Going
Science is often seen as an immutable thing. It simply is. But, for anyone who’s paid any attention to science, they know that’s woefully misguided. Science, by its very definition, evolves constantly. When new things are discovered that reject old knowledge, the new is embraced. Some things are perceived to be ancient knowledge and aren’t at all. They are merely a product of modern prejudices. For example, while there are morons today who believe the Earth is flat, they are a relatively new phenomenon. Ancient Greeks knew the Earth was round. As did Polynesian sailors. And pretty much anyone involved in trade. Eratosthenes, three hundred years before Christ was born, knew that there needed to be a method of determining latitude so sailors, and other travelers, could figure out where things were on the planet. [Read more…] about Ooops
Money is a wonderful thing. It makes the world go round. It is, according to Geldish, “the lifeblood of civilization.” And it’s not always what you think it is. The best way to think of money is that it’s what you use in place of barter. The Romans, back in their hay day, used salt as both money and a weapon. You would get paid in salt, thus the phrase being worth your salt, and they would use it to destroy ground after a battle to prevent conquered peoples from being able to grow food, thus salting the earth. Gold and silver have been the most common commodities used for money, but wood, livestock, and many other things have made their way to the fore for different societies throughout time. Currently, we have a fiat system in place for money. Simply put, it means that money is worth what a government says it is based on trade with other governments. You see it all the time on the news; the dollar versus the yen versus the pound, and so on. [Read more…] about Giving Credit Where Credit is Bad
Jesus has been through a lot in the years since his resurrection. First, he morphed from a dark-skinned Middle Eastern carpenter to a skinny white dude. His message of peace has been used to justify wars, slavery, hatred, discrimination, and other travesties. That would seem to be counterintuitive to the whole Peace thing, but who am I to say? Moreover, His words have been through numerous edits since they were first laid down to parchment by Mark in 60 AD. So, all things considered, it’s amazing as much got through as did. Back in March of 2012, I wrote about how Jesus’ death became synonymous with bunnies and eggs. It all makes sense if you follow the bouncing historical ball. [Read more…] about JC & The Sun
It’s a funny old world we live in. We think we have a grasp on this fragile thing called reality when, in actuality, nothing could be farther from the truth. People constantly talk about the Internet like it’s a thing. It’s not. It’s many things tied together, communicating globally, and rapidly evolving into something you may not recognize. Still, at its core, the Internet is a tool, like a hammer or a saw. It only can do what its user allows it to do. The Internet doesn’t automatically send you cat videos, you have to look for them. But that’s changing and you’re making it happen. More and more companies are using the Internet as a foundation for artificial intelligence. I’ll give you a fun instance. Recently Facebook users jumped on board for something called the ten-year challenge. [Read more…] about We’ve Already Surrendered
Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night, and the wind smelled like rain. Even if that’s true none of it is relevant here today. Nope, today we’re going to talk about how things end up meaning something even if there’s no way you could have seen that coming. For example, in 2012 I wrote about how weavers needing consistent patterns led to modern computers. No, I’m not drunk.
Here, see for yourself.
[Read more…] about Threads We Weave
If you take a moment to use our site’s search engine and look for “overlords” you’ll be taken to a whimsical panoply of terror that will leave you laughing as you board up your windows and throw out anything connected to the internet. I didn’t meant to alarm people, but logical extrapolation after logical extrapolation, based on thousands of years of history, shows us that creating a class of slaves never ends well. And, in this case, they would be slaves would have more access to more information and the ability to control machines that could easily kill us. So, when I’m asked “What could possibly go wrong?” I usually have a lengthy answer.
I like to dive into the wonderful world of weird science from time to time. Often I find stuff that will be possible in a few years, decades, or eventually. But, sometimes, I find myself gobsmacked by what’s happening now. What’s available now. What could save your life, extend it, or just make it more palatable. The American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals took a look at what’s out there now and its efficacy.
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Back in 2012 I wrote a fun little blog about Holiday films everyone needed to see. Most people will point you to the classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, a fun story which reminds children that they’re all useless and will be shunned until they provide a service to their overlords, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, which seems like a pedophile’s wet dream today but was actually very sweet when it was first released (and is still a personal fave of mine since I’m not a pervert – well, not that kind of pervert), Frosty the Snowman, a fun story that reminds kids how much fun it can be to hop a freight train with a stranger, and, of course, A Christmas Story, the first holiday special to ever feature bad lingerie and guns. Certainly there are others, from It’s a Wonderful Life to Die Hard, there are plenty of movies for the older viewers who need chronic depression and death with their holiday.[Read more…] about The Holiday Movie Special
Back on December 19, 2012, I took some time to talk about the Gospel according to Luke. I have updated the original article to correct a minor factual error; while there was a large enough portion of Jews who were literate the word “most” would not have applied. That quibble aside there are those who think that pointing out the historical inaccuracies in Luke render it obsolete or useless. I’m not among that number. The story of Luke, an educated man – actually a doctor, who followed Jesus even though he was not the intended audience (i.e., not a Jew), speaks volumes to the power of Jesus’ message. It resonated so deeply with Luke that he went to great lengths to share it with other non-Jews.