· Mar 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm
Looks like Monday is in the running for the slow day.
Good thing I got a new username, better suits my avatar. :-D
· Mar 2, 2014 at 7:43 pm
A Critical Time
We live at a critical moment in human history. The challenges of climate change, food, water and energy shortages as well as the increasing disparity between the developed and developing nations are testing our will to unite, while differences in religions, cultures, and politics continue to keep us apart. The creation of a “global village” through satellite TV and the Internet is still struggling to connect the world into one community. At this critical moment, our greatest need is for a global vision of planetary unity and purpose for humanity as a whole.
The Overview Effect
For more than four decades, astronauts from many cultures and backgrounds have been telling us that, from the perspective of Earth orbit and the Moon, they have gained such a vision. There is even a common term for this experience: “The Overview Effect”, a phrase coined in the book of the same name by space philosopher and writer Frank White. It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us become less important and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative. Even more so, many of them tell us that from the Overview perspective, all of this seems imminently achievable, if only more people could have the experience!
Some day I shall read the book mentioned above.
· Mar 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm
I hate when people say “violently raped” — all rape is violent.
It’s not like there’s “casual rape” or something.
· Mar 1, 2014 at 11:34 am
The job of NASA’s Kepler mission is to peek at the far reaches of space in the hopes of finding potentially habitable planets. The space agency announced a stunning success, saying that Kepler had identified 715 new planets that orbit 305 stars. The discovery boosts the number of verified planets by around 70 percent.
“Four of the planets are about twice the size of Earth and orbit in their star’s so-called habitable zone,” NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce reports for our Newscast unit, “where temperatures might be suitable for liquid water.”
#NASA needs more funding.
· Feb 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm
We have three cats, don’t ask me why. IT WASN’T MY IDEA. But these two are cute as hell.
I often treat them as if they were almost human since I generally agree with Animal Rights, blah, blah, blah.
They can come and go as they please, they’re their own person. They’re loving and playful. Mirah, the one on the right, plays fetch with a rubber snake. She’s the best.
They’re part of the family.
That is until .. THEY EAT THEIR OWN PUKE.
· Feb 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm
Last night, Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times made waves by exposing the identity of @GSElevator, the anonymous Twitter scribe (and now, book author in the making) who purported to relay conversations from inside the elevators at Goldman Sachs. According to Sorkin, @GSElevator is really John Lefevre, a 34-year-old ex-bond trader who lives in Texas, and who has never worked at Goldman Sachs.
The latest from GS Elevator Gossip (@GSElevator). Things heard in the Goldman Sachs elevators do not stay in the Goldman Sachs elevators. Email what you hear to firstname.lastname@example.org. New York / London / Hong Kong
The tweets are PRICELESS.
98% of people making comments about Nelson Mandela on social media would fail a history quiz on Nelson Mandela.
· Feb 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm
I don’t like talking in crowds.
BUT I DO LIKE TYPING IN ALL CAPS.
UPDATE with mathematical clarification:
Me + Another + ANYONE ELSE = CROWD
· Feb 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm
Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.
GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.
In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.
What’s happens in Yahoo, stays in Yahoo. :-)
I’m kidding of course.. This wasn’t Yahoo’s fault but we’ll all be better off as soon as accept the fact that whatever we do online, substantial or not, is up for grabs.