Saturday, February 2, 2008

Boldly Going Where No Man Should Go

Captain’s Blog, Star Date 222008,

I went to a baby shower. That’s right. I am now one of three men in the entire world who have been to one of these strange estrogen fueled oddities, and I have returned with tales of the bizarre and unusual. Well, not really. It was a baby shower/work get together, and I was also a mode of transportation for my friend Bubbles. And as far as the gifts were concerned, I just chipped in a few bucks, and Boss Lady went and got something nice for the guys, as we are pre-disposed to a lack of taste in all things “cute”.

After I picked up Bubbles, we drove out to Boss Lady’s house and a good time was had by all. Even myself for the short time I was there. Having to work today, my stay there was rather brief, only an hour or so. We got to see her open some of her gifts, and had some refreshments, then it was a few quick pictures and out the door again.

I think the Pope hates me….

I found an article on Yahoo News that the Pope is speaking out on bioethical issues. He says that stem cell research and artificial insemination among other things is has shattered human dignity. Define human dignity for me will you please? There are many other tragedies and massacres and genocides and horrible examples of human behavior that surround us, and this is what “shatters human dignity”? Trying to understand the world around us, helping the ill and the ones that can not or chose not to take part in life’s normal processes is wrong? This is what he is concerned with? I found that a little laughable. In fact here is a quote from the story:

“It was the Pope's latest foray into scientific issues. On Monday he warned against the "seductive" powers of science, saying it was important that science did not become the sole criteria for goodness.”

Way to take us boldly into the 16th century buddy. So much for advancement. Still believe we are only five thousand years old? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

I plan on getting the photo page up by this week, as homework should slow down for a couple of days.


Friday, February 1, 2008

The Dumb Found

Hey everyone,

The office of TonyLand Security ahs put me on a Snooze Alert 7. the All-Quieta is making me more sleepy as the evening goes on. Tonight’s post will be kind of quick, as I do have much studying to do. I’m not quite the expert on Electromagnetism yet, but it is coming and this is your warning. I will post detailed notes of my findings, so you will all be up to speed as well. I only had one class today, so only one item on the checklist:

Thermodynamics- More of the same from last time. Cant really say that it is really interesting, but we are going over probability, and that is rater cool (no pun intended on the “cool”, as we are covering temperature). We are also going over work done on systems by heat.

I found an interesting item in the news. A couple of game shows have gotten together, and have given us a list of the “Dumbest Ever Quiz Answers”. I thought the story rather amusing, as I found myself taking the quiz questions with them. Here are the winners from Yahoo News:

1. Presenter: What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963?
Contestant: I don't know, I wasn't watching it then

2. Presenter: Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?
Contestant: Forrest Gump

3. Presenter: In which country is Mount Everest?
Contestant: Er, it's not in Scotland is it?

4. Presenter: Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the
name of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci
Contestant: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

5. Presenter: In which European city was the first opera house
opened in 1637?
Contestant: Sydney

6. Presenter: How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and
Israel last?
Contestant: (after long pause) Fourteen days

7. Presenter: Where did the D-Day landings take place?
Contestant: (after pause) Pearl Harbor?

8. Presenter: What is the currency in India?
Contestant: Ramadan

9. Presenter: Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which
jungle-swinging character clad only in a loin cloth did he
Contestant: Jesus

The ones that I missed: 3, 4, 5, 8. In my defense, I would have not given those answers, knowing they are obviously wrong, however if I did not know the answer and was on one of those shows, I would try and go out with a bang. So it kind of makes one wonder, how many seriously thought that, and how many knew their time was up and wanted to go out on a chuckle.

I’m outie ya’ll. Duty calls.


Thursday, January 31, 2008

Coming To You Live From Thursday Night

Good evening everyone,

For those of you who haven’t heard my grumblings about my Theoretical Electromagnetism course, I will spare you the whining that I have bestowed upon others (namely Mom and From Russia with Love). The class is just a growing problem that is going to require my full attention, while running empty on other things. It’s a bit over whelming, and I would like to thank every one in advance for the support because I am going to need it. Now let’s get the checklist out of the way:

Quantum Mechanics and Relativity- This course is getting more interesting by the day. We are already into Quantum Mechanics and nearing the end, with the cool mind-bending Relativity around the corner. Awesome, this is why I love Physics. Science to me is not just a way of understanding the world around you, but also the fascinating things you find when you dig deep. The world is more than just trees and houses and cars, there are amazing things that happen all the time around you. Sometimes to me it’s like being some where else, an escape from everything and it’s with me everywhere.

Thermodynamics- Mostly uninteresting stuff to report here. We are covering Enthalpy, and the definition of “Temperature”, which is mathematically much more complicated than one might think.

Theoretical Electromagnetism- (see above)

Other things- Work has been going well, despite the dismal morale. There are a lot of changes on the horizon, and they may not all be in calm waters. So to gain insight I had my friend Bubbles give me a Tarot Card reading for my present career situation. Here we go:

Card 1- The Princess of Swards This card represents the past. It means that I have been creative in my thinking, and it is supposed to contain a message. What that is I am not sure, but I may find out later. It just reminds me of a favorite quote of mine “Any man can learn from his mistakes, but a truly wise man learns from the mistakes of others”- (Chinese saying)

Card 2- The Devil- This one represents the present (I know I got the willies too, how appropriate right?). This represents trickery, deceit and oppression, and the message to me is supposed to be that I do not need to resort to deceitful ways to achieve what I want. That is always good advice. Oh, and to try and shed myself of my materialistic ways. That will happen on the 12th of Nevembuary.

Card 3- The Queen of Hearts This card is supposed to be the future. It is protective, smart, caring etc. and usually a person I will meet or become. It takes care of the less fortunate and, basically, it reminds me of another old quote who no one knows said: “Give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, you will feed him for a lifetime.” Sounds pretty positive to me, or a lot to look forward to (I could be pretty important). Depending how much stock you put into these sorts of things right? Or maybe I'm being taught how to fish.

That will do it for me this evening. Congratulations to my cousin B. who just gave birth to the newest member of the family, Lil’ J, we are all very excited. Now it’s time to get work done, and then to study. I am going to be an expert on Electromagnetism by next class, you just wait. Time to bait the hooks.