-thoughts and ideas

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Blog More Often

Not completely an effort to put quantity before quality, but I haven't been very consistent in either. So, yeah.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Presidential Crapola

You know, I'm not too confident in the next elected leader of this country. Mainly for one reason only: This is still the country that voted in 8 years of BushCo. Bleh, I'm reeling still I know. But I've never mentioned it here.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tallahasse Beer

Ol' Tally Brew. I made my latest batch of wonderful, delicious beer using a slightly unorthodox main ingredient: Joe Anderson's Old Fashioned Cane Syrup. It made for an obviously sweeter tasting ale. Though a word of advice is still keep as many potential variables constant. I've had some mixed results with this batch and I believe it comes down to some inconsistencies during the bottling. I'm not going to get into meaningless details, because it all comes down to being as consistent as possible to be able to pinpoint actual problems to work out before the next go around.

A word

I found a word I don't like. At least, not used in the present tense. I suppose it is actually as good a word as any at describing the way something had been or had been perceived to be. I can't stand the word crisis. Damn fool-ass word really. What the hell does a word like crisis do for you in the present tense, other than make you out to be a "sky-is-falling" chicken-little-bastard. --"We're in a crisis."--How the hell do you know? Maybe there's going to be...but that's still a stretch...a hell of a stretch. We can generally surmise that "there had been a crisis", but I can't understand anything about crisis. Catastrophe? Ab-sol-utely. But crisis...f--- off

This thought came to me after looking at this article in the NY Times.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


14 "challenges" were announced at the AAAS convention in Boston, Mass. Here they are:
Make solar energy affordable
Provide energy from fusion
Develop carbon sequestration
Manage the nitrogen cycle
Provide access to clean water
Reverse engineer the brain
Prevent nuclear terror
Secure cyberspace
Enhance virtual reality
Improve urban infrastructure
Advance health informatics
Engineer better medicines
Advance personalised learning
Explore natural frontiers

Ray Kurzweil says that humans and nanobots will merge, get this, by 2029. What a load of post-compost. Secure cyberspace??? What the hell is that? I thought we quit using that proto-computer networking-term in the late 90s. Explore natural frontiers??? When the hell haven't we? Prevent Nuclear Terror...I want to know who put that one on the list. You know it's got to be a solo act. Any way I learned of this from the BBC.