First time for
This morning, a few minutes from where I work, there
was a part of the street blocked off by a cop car. At
first I thought that there had been an accident, but
when I looked over, I could see four cops with their
guns drawn and pointed at this kid (who looked to be
about 17 or so) who was slowly turning around with his
hands up to show that he wasn't armed. Of course, I
couldn't sit there and watch the whole thing, but when
a co-worker came in about an hour later, I was told
that this was still going on, and that now there were
several other cop cars on the scene.
It was interesting to note that in a
situation where cops have guns drawn, that neighbors
somehow decided that it would be safe for them to stand
on the porch and watch this event unfold. Now, maybe
it's just me, but honestly, I've never ever seen a gun
being pointed at someone in a real manner such as that,
much less cops. (Yes I've seen guns but they've always
been holstered.) To the best of my knowledge, there
is usually a good reason for the cops to have their
guns out, because they feel there may be a threat of
weapons from those they're trying to apprehend. So,
upon seeing several cops with their guns out, why on
earth would the neighbors stand right out on their porches,
or even start to form a crowd around the event, with
their children in tow. (Yes, people brought their toddlers
out there to watch this.)
For even more stupidity (and another example of how
this area of KW is becoming stupider by the day) I found
what had actually gone on after seeing the evening news.
It seems that aside from the kid I saw out front of
the house, five others were arrested for robbery. Two
of the morons had gone up the street at about 7am or
so and robbed a corner store using baseball bats (no
one was hurt, just threatened). They took off with some
cigarettes and a bit of money, and went straight home.
That's right, they got in the car driven by a third
kid and went around the corner and down the street to
their home. How STUPID is that?! Not only are they stupid
enough to rob a corner store (hasn't EVERYONE realized
they're all under video surveillance?) and then head
straight home. (And for those who insist on assuming
a specific race of these kids who were apprehended,
suffice it to say that the kid I did see was not a visible
minority in any way. Morons are available in every skin
||Damn straight Mr Hawking.
Recently, he's "...warned
of an increasing risk of a disaster that will destroy
Earth and it is imperative for the survival of the human
race that man finds new habitations elsewhere."
Damn straight. He's dead on. If we don't get off this
planet then we're limiting the life of our species. Like
it or not, we're all the same species, human, and need
to start seeing ourselves this way. Short-term thinking
is what will ultimately be our undoing if we don't do
something. Right now, we're all on one planet, at the
mercy of asteroids, comets, the sun and of course, ourselves.
By spreading out, not only do we increase our species
life span, but we can begin to offer hope to ourselves
for the future and provide some more room for us to live.
We're overcrowding the planet and ourselves at the moment,
and we need to pull together and make an effort to ensure
that we do indeed have a future. We may lose some lives
in the process of pushing forward, but on a planet where
thousands die every day in horrible ways, at least these
deaths would mean something and help move towards a better
||Book I'm reading : Lonely Planets
I've been reading this book slowly, as it's really interesting
and provides me with a lot to think about. (Normally I
read at about 100 pages an hour) By reading it slower,
I've been able to give a lot of thought to each bit. What
I must say about this book is that I find it extremely
well-written. Instead of using non-stop techno babble
and/or being textbook boring, it's easy to understand
and contains a lot of humor. For anyone wishing to learn
more about the search for life in the universe, this is
probably a good book to check out without the fear of
being horribly confused.
I found today that relates to this search.
In my last few postings I've mentioned things that I've
been researching. You may ask why I'm researching such
things and for what purpose, but I don't have to tell
you my reasons. Well, ok, I have no reason, I just find
this stuff interesting. Nerdy? You bet. Instead of just
posting links, I'm going to try to give a bit of info
with each subject, or maybe a thought I had about it.
Sure, no one will care, but I don't care that you don't
care. Also, I would like to note that yes, I read these
articles in full, as well as many of the links out to
It is about 63.0 light years from Earth, but is notable
because its proper motion, distance, and radial velocity
indicate that it will approach within 1.1 light years
(70,000 AU) from Earth within 1.4 million years, based
on the latest Hipparcos data.
Algol is 92.8 light years from Earth; however, about
7.3 million years ago it passed within 9.8 light years
and its apparent magnitude was approximately -2.5, considerably
brighter than Sirius is today.
This man can't create new memories and is constantly
"waking up". What is strange is that he remembers
his wife and remembers being in love with her. It was
quite insane to read about this man and think about
how his life is. (Interview
with his wife ) Is he living in a sad world or one of bliss? Hmm.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines time as "the
indefinite continued progress of existence and events
in the past, present, and future, regarded as a whole."
Another standard dictionary definition is "a nonspatial
linear continuum wherein events occur in an apparently
We use the Gregorian
calendar. It's interesting how we decide to measure
time, and it's interesting to read through all the different
types and modifications that have been made.
(Try saying THAT ten times fast.) It's the official
name given to the practice/study of tree rings. It's
neat to think that there are trees on this planet that
have been growing for thousands of years. (There are
links in the article to these long-lived friends of
ours.) As well, you can even own a pine from the age
of the dinosaurs! Go visit the Wolemi
pine website and buy me a few while you're at it.
Temüjin, later to be more prominently known as
Genghis Khan, was officially the first in the line of
Yuan Dynasty emperors. He came up with a code of laws
called the Yassa
(No copies of this exist anymore, which is too bad.
It would have been interesting to read them.)
That's right, even languages can go extinct. Some of
those who realize this is happening try to take steps
to ensure their knowledge is passed on. Such an example
Bill Neidjie. There are even cases of purposely
killed languages (or attempts at) called Linguicide.
(How kind was the Welsh
The sky was filled with puffy clouds all day today so
I decided to look this topic up. If you don't think
that this matters much, you should think again, as you
owe your life to it. "The atmosphere protects life
on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation and
reducing temperature extremes between day and night."
I then (a few layers into other articles stemming from
this one) found an interesting article about Urban
heat island effect.