Sunday, May 22, 2005

Free to Trash

Here's a point to ponder if you live somewhere other than the U.S.of A... What would your leader do if a national publication did this in your country?

What about the Fuse?

If Newsweek was the match and the fanatics were the cannon, what about the fuse?

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Performing Arts You Say?

Hmm... insight... un... common?

Sunday, May 15, 2005

What's a Multiverse?

Karl asked me, "And what's this about the 'multiverse'? Not a standard physics concept and even if it were, how does this result in a feeble attempt to "deny" the existence of a god or gods? I am confused."

In reply to my statement, "The Matrix, for instance, is a movie crying to be rewritten. In the multiverse (a ridiculous attempt by physicists to deny the existance of God) I can imagine some truly great plot diversions."

A good place to start might be the wikipedia. In particular the many worlds theory.

So I'd have to say, yes it is a standard physics concept. Now the second point, how is this an attempt to deny god's existance (feeble or otherwise?) That's because honest hearted scientists have noted that a multitude (quite a large amount) of physical parameters must be precise (to an extreme degree) for life to exist at all.

The solution to this conundrum for some is that the parameters are what they are because if they weren't we would not exist to measure them. But even given that fact, an infinite number of universes are required to make the statistical obsurdity of life (without God to control matters) a possibility.

And that's about it folks.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Lybian Option

Might Syria see the light? Kadafi did. Check out the map.

Update: Syrian democracy prospects?

When 60 percent is not

Some insights just require historical accuracy.

Is 20 billion barrels of oil a lot?

A lot of blogs are reporting this, but a good fisking of it is very revealing.

A New Hope

In 1977 it was awesome. Next week an era will come to a close. Star Wars will be over... Although, if money is yet to be made, they ain't gonna let the fat lady anywhere near the stage.

But actually, my new hope is that I may write a blog worth reading. I'm actually not ready yet, but just want this page started... just so it will nag me to do something with it.

Sometimes I feel the need to comment on something I've read, but to add a zillion words to someone elses blog comments seems to me to be in very poor taste. Instead I will put my thoughts here (with the hope that anyone out there may rip it to shreds.) I'm a great believer in the idea that genuine criticism (as opposed to bogus slander) can greatly benefit the recipient. Happily, I have a thick (fireproof) skin.

My theme will be the insights of others... Particularly if I find them well expressed. Insights, of course, are more than simple observations. An insight is the revelation of a hidden truth. I like the simple truth, but sometimes it's not readily apparent and often counter-intuative. My hope is to recognize it when I see it; to share it; and perhaps tear it apart and look at it from other angles. Nothing is sacred.

Bloggers are like a family and I find I have warm feelings for many when I read their thoughts. I like people. I even like people that are not very likeable. As a matter of fact, if you put many of the people I love into a single room it would be the match that lights off the next world war... really, I have such eclectic taste in friends. I hope that whether you agree with my thoughts or not, we can be friends. Can you have too many friends? I think not! BTW, can I borrow a few bucks until...

Some thoughts may be expressed with laser like focus. But I'm really not an essayist and I will ramble. Oh well, that's me. Thanks for all the fish... 42!