Today, November 6 denotes the celebration of the life and accomplishments of our favorite theoretical physicist, Carl Sagan. I was pretty taken aback when I discovered he has a designated celebratory day, however I’m fairly pleased that he does!

For those of you who may not know Carl Sagan, who he was and what makes him so great I can tell you a little bit about him, and why I think he’s so fabulous. Taken from an online bio published by Center for Inquiry and Center for Skeptical Inquiry:

Carl Sagan was the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He was a consultant and adviser to NASA since the 1950’s, briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon, and was an experimenter on the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo expeditions to the planets.In addition to many other awards, Dr. Sagan was a recipient of the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences, for “distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare…Carl Sagan has been enormously successful in communicating the wonder and importance of science. His ability to capture the imagination of millions and to explain difficult concepts in understandable terms is a magnificent achievement.”

A Pulitzer Prize winner for the book The Dragons of Eden: Speculations of the Evolution of Human Intelligence, Dr. Sagan was the author of many bestsellers, including Demon-Haunted World and Cosmos, which became the bestselling science book ever published in English. He received twenty-two honorary degrees from American colleges and universities for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment, and many awards for his work on the long-term consequences of nuclear war and reversing the nuclear arms race.

In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his “research transformed planetary science… his gifts to mankind were infinite.”

However, my personal relationship with Carl Sagan’s ideas and teachings go a little deeper than a professionally written  biography can express.

Carl Sagan played a crucial role in opening my eyes to the size and awesomeness of this universe. It started with Pale Blue Dot, that put it all into perspective for me. A universe whose size is that which was once incomprehensible to me, was now put into perspective by understanding that we are not some privileged planet that was strategically placed in this universe. The universe does not function to support our planet, we are indeed a Pale Blue Dot, a small stage in a vast cosmic arena.

Prior to knowing who Carl Sagan was, or even caring about much of the type of work he did, I, as a teenager saw the movie Contact. Aside from my childhood romance with Star Trek: The Next Generation, this film totally sparked my interest and fascination with the SciFi genre. But there was a line in the movie about whether or not we were alone in this universe, and it was stated that if we were indeed alone, then it would be an awful waste of space. Yes, I agree. At that point, my mind was not quite able to grasp the universe, its size and how it functions.

Sagan’s COSMOS is one of my favorite television series ever. COSMOS (along with Star Trek: Voyager [coincidentally Carl’s son Nick Sagan has written several episodes in the Star Trek franchise]) is one of my favorite things to have on the tele as I’m drifting to sleep, or playing on the web; his voice and the context are very relaxing. But from an educational standpoint, as I first opened my eyes to the vastness of these cosmos and closed my eyes to the real possibility that a creator of some sort was responsible for my existence on this planet, and that I owed my life (and, in consequence, afterlife) to him / her / it, I was able to quickly grasp that, as Moby puts it, We are all made of Stars.

So, thank you, Carl for being such an influence in my life. Cheers to you, your life, and your legacy.

COSMOS – click here for  your viewing pleasure

Some favorite Sagan quotes:

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Carl Sagan

…If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Carl Sagan

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.
Carl Sagan

image source here: There Are Four Lights


When I was 18, I began college as an Art major, quickly realizing I was not talented enough and would never be able to make a decent living. Shortly after my third semester I switched to majoring in English when I just got incredibly annoyed with trying to figure out what the author “really meant” by the text that I switched to Psychology. Ah, the lovely social sciences. I rather enjoyed my studies in this field, struggled a bit with the statistics and mathematics of it all, but over all I feel happy with what I’ve learned.

However…

If I’d have known that I had such a passion for physical sciences like I do today (specifically physics and astronomy) I’d have completed a doctorate in astronomy, perhaps even astrophysics. But life is too short for the “what ifs” so I have taken it upon myself to read up and self educate.

Two months ago, I saw an article about a new group that would be meeting up once a month in my city to promote science and science education, specifically targeting non-scientists.

Columbus Science Pub is a part of a the global movement of  the Science Cafe. The purpose of these monthly gatherings are to discuss current scientific issues in a relaxed setting. With ample beer available from the bar upstairs, the Columbus Science Pub is nestled in the cozy and comfortable lower level of Hamptons on King in Columbus OH.

Topics have and will include “Science Denial and the Internet” “Science of Sex” “Beer Science” and other fun and interesting topics.

Started in August 2010 by Dan Siegal-Gaskins, a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University’s Mathematical and Bioscience Institute with the intent to spread the word and increase science education and interest in the general public. He’s done a fine job at that, too. Hamptons on King provides us with a cozy environment, waitress, and $1 PBR’s. Who could beat that? Not to mention an environment that is open to discussion, debate, and perhaps some drunken cursing!

So, you’re in Columbus, you like Science… join us! We are every third Tuesday of the month at Hamptons on King. Do you really like us? Help us out! We are looking to spread the word throughout the city and raise money in order to fund more guest speakers from outside the state. We look forward to seeing you at the next event scheduled for November 16, “The Science of Sex, What You Need to Know About how Sex has Changed” hosted by Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH.

Some additional links I think you’ll like:

PICS!!

Review

The Obligate Scientist

Columbus Underground


On this 9th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 please remember the freedom we are fighting to preserve.  It seems with the bigotry and hate today we have forgotten that in opposing such things as building a mosque near Ground Zero and burning the Koran today to oppose that completely contradicts the Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech, which completely undermines YOUR freedom of speech, YOUR freedom of religion when you oppose someone else’s.

In the event you have forgotten what this means I will gladly refresh your memory.Rather than only highlighting a few, I’d like to refresh everyone on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (source wikipedia). So as you read below, and as you remember the tragic events nine years ago today, don’t forget what it means to be human, and what it means to live free.

Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 4
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 6
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
Article 7
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Article 8
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Article 9
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Article 10
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Article 11
  1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Article 12
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Article 13
  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
  2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including their own, and to return to their country.
Article 14
  1. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
  2. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 15
  1. Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
Article 16
  1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Article 17
  1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Article 18
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Article 19
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Article 20
  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
Article 21
  1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of their country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  2. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in their country.
  3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Article 22
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organisation and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
Article 23
  1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Article 24
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
Article 25
  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Article 26
  1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27
  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Article 28
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realised.
Article 29
  1. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
  2. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
  3. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 30
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

It’s an easy observation that our favorite characters from Star Trek: Voyager have been noticeably absent from most main stream media / television / movies after the franchise ended in 2001. But these actors are not terrible actors, so they’ve had to have landed some gigs, right? My friends joke that none of them have landed anything, so, on this uneventful Labor Day, as I finish season 3 of Voyager, I decided to look it up for myself. Was it really “Endgame” for their careers?

Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew)


Kate has done a significant amount of voice-over work since Voyager, not surprisingly her voice is both sexual and maternal. She’s currently working on two projects – “The Best and the Brightest” (currently in post production) and currently filming “The Captains”, directed by William Shatner. Not surprising, but Mulgrew has been involved in mostly sci-fi projects, even outside of the Star Trek franchise. For more, see here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000550/

Cmdr Chakotay (Robert Beltran)

After Voyager, Robert did some guest spots on popular shows such as “Medium” and “CSI: Miami”, but more excitingly he had a spot on Howard Stern on Demand – “Richard and JD at Chiller Theater” in 2007 – he always was my favorite, now I like him even more! More recently, he’s been a regular on HBO’s “Big Love”, he’s guest starred on 10 episodes since January 2009 as the character Jerry Flute.

Along with the small screen work he’s done, he’s also been active in stage work at the Latino Theater Company. WTF… he’s Latino?!

More info here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000296/

B’Elanna Tores (Roxann Dawson)


Roxann hasn’t done much in terms of acting since 2004. She had some guest spots on TV shows such as “Without a Trace”, and “Star Trek: Enterprise”. But her career is actually pretty busy behind the scenes. She’s taken up a fairly busy career directing and producing such shows as “Cold Case”, “Crossing Jordan”, “Heroes”, “Caprica”, “The Closer”, “Lost” and even an episode of “The OC”.

For complete details, see her on imdb here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0206259/

Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill)


Much like his Voyager counterpart (and Voyager wife), Robert has taken to more of a behind the scenes role since Endgame. His last time in front of the camera was in 2002 in a short movie called “Infested” basically about human eating bugs. Charming. Since then, things have looked a little brighter for his career as he’s directed 36 episodes of “Chuck”, an episode of “V”, and other shows such as “The Nine”, “Desperate Housewives”, and “One Tree Hill”.

It appears, however, that his time behind the camera has not done much for his looks… :/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000536/

Neelix (Ethan Phillips)


Ethan has kept himself busy in front of the camera since the Endgame, he’s had guest spots on shows like “8 Simple Rules… for dating my teenage daughter”, “JAG”, a spot on “Arrested Development”, “Criminal Minds”, “True Blood”, and he was in “Bad Santa”… did you know that? He’s got four things in post production, look here for more info http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0680392/

I’d write more here, but he looks oddly like an old hippy in one of my yoga classes, and I was always on the fence about liking Neelix.

The Doctor (Robert Picardo)


After a great run as “The Doctor” on Voyager, Robert stared in 26 episodes of “Stargate: Atlantis”, a few episodes of “Smallville”, an episode of “Chuck” and “Pushing Daisies” here and there, as well as two episodes of “Castle”! He’s got several things now in post production, so I think we’ll be seeing more of him for quite some time. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000585/

**He is quite the sexy bitch, isn’t he.

Cmdr Tuvok (Tim Russ)


Let’s start with the 2006 movie “The Oh in Ohio” which was released in Mexico – but being an Ohio native I thought it was important to mention this first. Other ventures include daytime drama on “General Hospital” 2006-2007, “Hannah Montana”, “iCarly”, “Samantha, Who?”, “Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “CSI: Miami”, and he was apparently in “Live Free or Die Hard”. He’s also spent some time behind the camera as Writer / Director of “War of Heaven” and also directed “A Night at the Silent Movie Theater” (which also stars Ethan Phillips).

Full Curriculum Vitae at imdb

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0750913/

Harry Kim (Garrett Wang)


Well, can’t say much for Garrett Wang, his career probably peaked at Voyager. Since Endgame, he’s had a role in “Deja Vu” (which, BTW, was a superb movie). He also worked in “Demon Island”, and episode of a show called “Into the West”, “Star Trek” of Gods and Men”, “Why am I Doing This?”, “Acts of Violence” and “The Ride”. That’s it. My guess is Mr Wang has a day job. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0910897/

Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan)


Well, we all love Seven of Nine, particularly in full costume. She’s been quite the busy bee as well. Worth mentioning, she appeared as a judge on “Iron Chef America: Morimoto vs Eme, Lobster”. She has also guest starred on several episodes of “The OC”, “Boston Legal”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Psyche”, “Law and Order: SVU”, and also starring as Sonya Blade in “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” (2010 anticipated). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005394/

Kes (Jennifer Lien)


Well, she seems to like the Sci-Fi genre. After Voyager, Jennifer had two roles, one in the series “Men in Black” and another in “Battle Force: Andromeda”. But did you know that she had a role in American History X? Yeah, me either. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000497/

So, it seems that the majority of the Voyager crew have gone on to make the most of their talents with budding careers, we just haven’t been looking in the right place! I see a lot of mention of the show “Chuck”, perhaps I should tune in.


The Return

07Sep10

I’ve returned from my away mission, which was an unexpected sabbatical in which I dived into the world of self improvement from a health and fitness standpoint.

But, I am back to post in between yoga classes.


I watched The Fourth Kind tonight, alone, vulnerable, and with my overactive imagination, it was successful in significantly raising my stress level.  I’m ignoring the reviews at Rotten Tomato because they all seem like a bunch of elitist assholes.

First off, I really like Milla Jovavich. I think she’s gorgeous, has extremely beautiful facial features, and she did a great job in this movie.

Set in Nome, Alaska – it really was a perfect setting for a film like this – Alaska is really mysterious to me, it’s so beautiful and rural and almost behind the times, or so it seems.

Without giving too much away about the movie in terms of plot etc… I just need to give kudos to Olatunde Osunsanmi for being effective in chilling me to the bone. 20 minutes into this film I was frozen to my sofa, couldn’t move, and the hairs on my arms persistently standing at attention. I had chills the entire time and my mind, blown. I was definitely sucked in to the movie and intertwined in the terror that the cameras captured.

The film had a purpose, a goal, and it was to frighten and spook. It worked on me. I am not ashamed to say that I completely got lost in the movie, and when it was over still didn’t  move from my seat for several minutes.

The assholes at Rotten Tomato’s can say whatever they wish, I am giving this film a great review and will definitely be purchasing this one.

So now what am I gonna do? Well I’m gonna wait for my anti-anxiety pills kick in so I can relax and get some Z’s.


Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. This is the act of breathing, an act necessary for life. Humans survive by breathing in oxygen which is carried in our blood and distributed to our organs, allowing our bodies to function;  keeping us going day to day to complete our necessary tasks. Breathing is such a natural instinct that we almost forget we’re doing it. But what if breathing required us to learn a process, an order of commands and actions required to prompt those commands, would it come as natural as it does for us now?

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), a department made up of over 400 researchers, have created Project Oxygen. The purpose of Project Oxygen is to make computation as “natural as breathing”. Integrating humanity into computing, the goal of the project is to create a pervasive, embedded super network of machines that will not require our direct input in order to properly function; these machines will be everywhere, equipped with tiny microphones and cameras that sense and remember our daily interactions and behaviors in order to aid us in operating more efficiently and reaching our full potential.

The use of a computer today requires knowledge about the machine and its operating system and software packages. An end user must understand where to go to find a specific file, and the steps required to get to that destination. For some, specifically the younger generation, this is quite easy. It is taught to them from a young age, from toys to academia. For others, such as the baby boomer generation and older, it can present itself to be quite the challenge, because it is not natural, and was never taught to them at a young, absorbent age.

The goal of Oxygen is for people to forget about a mouse, forget about a file tree, and start talking to their computers. But this is more than just talking to a notebook or desktop machine, these computers would be freely available everywhere. Using configurable devices that are either handheld, or embedded in the environment, humans will have computing power available to them whenever and wherever they may need it. But this computing would be different than what we’re accustomed to on a daily basis. We will interact with these devices; they will remember our information “personalities”, with the goal to keep privacy intact.

Development of Oxygen has not been simple. Several devices and operating systems are currently in development to make human – centered computing possible. Facing many challenges, researchers must ensure that the Oxygen system can support the diverse human system. So Oxygen must be adaptable and nomadic; pervasive; powerful and efficient, intentional and eternal. To accomplish this, Oxygen’s devices, networks, and software technologies are usable at home, work, or on the go.

At home, we would see the installation of E21s, or Enviro21s. These devices will sense and affect our daily environment through the use of cameras, microphones, and censors. At work, we will be surrounded by sophisticated super-networks called N21s, which will allow machines to locate not only each other, but people, services, and resources. On the go, we will be equipped with H21s, or Handy21s. H21s are handheld devices that allow communication no matter where we are. All three devices are empowered by O2S software that allows us to do whatever, wherever, whenever.

All Oxygen devices run primarily from voice recognition and cameras, or perceptual technologies. This allows users to harness the massive computing power of the Oxygen network to automate, collaborate, and access customizable information – including their own “knowledge bases” as well as those of their friends and co-workers.

Project Oxygen means the advancement of society through the distribution of knowledge to everyone, no matter what the social status of the individual. This allows us to operate more efficiently and accomplish more. Instead of searching for a printer to install on the machine, we can simply tell the machine to print to the closest available printer. Instead of hospital patients waiting hours while several tests are run in multiple labs, a computer can complete it in minutes.

While Oxygen makes the awesome power of computation available to anyone, I feel that precautions must be taken and the use of, or rather, misuse of the technology must be taken into serious consideration before a mass distribution of the finished product. Although the concept of the project is to allow human centered computing without the threat of violating privacy, there just isn’t a way to avoid the computer from becoming very intimate with the details of your life, which will eventually allow someone or something to obtain that information.

Along with privacy concerns, Oxygen also turns our society into a machine based society – even though the intentions of the project are to bring the power of computation to the masses, it will also, in my opinion, downgrade society by relying on computer processing rather than human brain function to solve problems and even complete daily tasks. While exposing oneself to some form of computing technology in 2010, be it a 3G Smartphone, or tablet device, or the traditional desktop – human beings are still required to use their brains to operate these machines. We still must remember commands, or file locations, or codes; we must know how to trouble shoot a problem with the machine, or remember our dozens of passwords.

With information readily available with a few keystrokes, we are presented with a blessing and a curse. If I were to need to reference a line from the Constitution of the United States in a political discussion, I have the convenience to look it up on my smart phone, but with information that disposable at my fingertips, what is the likelihood I would actually retain that information? It is not likely, because I could simply look it up again.  That is the danger.

While Oxygen promises to advance our species to the next level in artificial intelligence, it must take in to serious consideration the damage it could do to the main reason we have gotten this far in the first place, and that is the power of the human brain.


The lucky recipient is @SeanMalarkey, it read as follows:

@SeanMalarkey Shrug it off. It’s only the internet!

So, congrats to Mr Malarkey, a  local Social Media expert. Hopefully you’re not offended that I’m celebrating the 666th tweet. If you are, well… so be it.

This brings me to share a small tidbit of trivia – likely to be useless. My parents unintentionally gave me the mark of the beast when I was born. My first, my middle, and my last names all have 6 letters in them. But, I find it charming. Thanks, Ma! Thanks Pa!


Foursquare has proven to be a silly little social network. However, I find that it’s gonna aid me as I drop my winter insulation through my desire to become the mayor of Antrim Park.

One thing that creeps me out is that as I’m out and about, I know I have an app that I can take advantage of by “checking in” whenever I hit up a local grocery, coffee store, or bar. But… I find it creepy that everyone will know where I’m at. Not that someone has a reason to stalk me, or break into my house, but it is a very effective way to stalk. However, I’m trying to have more faith in society than that.

So, in conclusion, I’ll keep using Foursquare. But I’m done checking in every time I go to work… people don’t care about that.


If you haven’t yet heard, the Large Hadron Collider has successfully caused a Proton collision at near the speed of light. This is BIG news. This will help bridge the gap between the large scale universe view of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and the very small world of Quantum Mechanics. More importantly (perhaps) is the evidence that may be brought to the table for Super symmetry.

I’m no physicist, but I think this is ultra cool stuff. Exploring the Final Frontier is closer to us with every passing day. But, since I’m not the expert – I’ll share some good links with you so you may do your own research!

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/science/03/30/large.hadron.collider/index.html

http://www.physorg.com/news189152837.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/large-hadron-collider/7533737/Large-Hadron-Collider-to-start-high-energy-God-Particle-hunt.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Particle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_hadron_collider

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strangelets

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_matter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_mechanics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_relativity

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supersymmetry