Behold

October 31, 2005

Behold, the Engineer’s Bible!

I picked it up today. For $12. Ask me a question. I’m sure the answer is in there!

Back From The Dead!

October 30, 2005

http://www.geocities.com/fewnomore/

Because it will come to be!

OK. You may remember this, or you may not. Either way, we were pretty cool. Well, the chapter isn’t quite closed. We are in the process of finishing the songs and we will release them soon. It will most likely be a free download from PureVolume or download.com or something. Either way, I’m sick of not having this out. I know you guys might be too, so there’s your little miniupdate.

Also, I have been chugging along on a 10 page paper for philosophy. It’s all about how science is a myth. Most of it is all crap I’ve pulled from random papers and my years as a SundaySchool kid. It’s all just simple logic that you don’t really think of. Here’s what I have so far.

In days long past, the Greeks flourished. Their systems of government and economy were the most advanced of the day. Greek philosophers were considered some of the most knowledgeable in the world. And their equivalent of scientists could explain everything. The sun rose and set because of Apollo. It rained because Zeus wanted it to, and when lightning struck it was because Zeus was displeased. And this was fact in those days.
Today the reasons have changed. The sun rises and sets because of the Earth’s rotation about its axis. Lightning strikes because of a difference in electric charge, and rain falls because evaporated water condenses and forms droplets too dense to float in the air anymore. How do we know these things to be true? We know these to be true because science tells us these reasons are true. Just like the Greeks of old, now myths, we believe science as they believed in the gods. Today, science is our god; our myth.
The shifting of thought from rejection to acceptance of an idea is not uncommon. Critics of the Judeo-Christian Bible used to point to a passage that claimed there were mountains and valleys under the ocean. This was a point that was used to refute the Bible for a long time. Then, we actually went undersea and observed these mountains for ourselves. As a society, we also used to believe in a geocentric universe. After years of research and observation we were able to observe that the Earth went around the sun and that the sun was also revolving through the universe. In much the same way, society rejected the idea of the world being spherical for many years. The notion of a flat Earth was so well accepted that it took centuries for people to believe that it was possible to sail around the world, which proved that the Earth was, in fact, round.
Science is not perfect by any means. There are many contradictions in science that science turns a blind eye toward. A good example is evolution and thermodynamics. Evolution states that man is a product of millions of years of changes. Humankind started out as non-living chemicals which underwent processes to become single organic cells. This, according to evolutionists, is the first form of life. These cells then evolved into clusters, which evolved into invertebrates, which evolved into vertebrates, which evolved into primates, which evolved into humans. This contradicts the second law of thermodynamics. This states that “it is impossible to obtain a process that, operating in cycle, produces no other effect than the subtraction of a positive amount of heat from a reservoir and the production of an equal amount of work.” In layman’s terms, time brings disorder. The pattern of disorder evolving into order does not match with the law. Obviously, one of the two ideas is incorrect.
The universe’s origins are also a source of contradiction. One theory being taught as fact today is the “Big Bang” theory. According to Wikipedia:
In physical cosmology, the Big Bang is the scientific theory that the universe emerged from an enormously dense and hot state nearly 14 billion years ago.
Again, thermodynamics must apply, as this is physical science, and the laws must apply to all physical science. The first law of thermodynamics states “the work exchanged in an adiabatic process depends only on the initial and the final state and not on the details of the process.” This means (when applied to several other theories) that matter cannot be created or destroyed. The big bang theory’s essence is that first there was a dense ball (so to speak) of matter, and then it exploded, resulting in the universe as we know it today. The question that arises is where that dense ball of matter comes from initially. Matter cannot be created or destroyed, so how did that initial matter appear? Science cannot provide a reasonable answer without contradicting itself.
Many times, the explanation for some occurrence is not the best explanation, but rather the best defended explanation. The defense could be anything from an apologetic reasoning to a simple mass refutation of the opposing explanation. In Paul Feyerabend’s article, “How to Defend Society Against Science,” he says “Scientists may stick to a degenerating programme, they may even succeed in making the programme overtake its rivals and they therefore proceed rationally with whatever they are doing (provided they continue calling degenerating programmes degenerating and progressive programmes progressive).” What Feyerabend is saying here is that scientists may doggedly push ideas on people until the people accept the ideas as fact, regardless of whether it is or not. In a second reading, Karl Popper’s “Philosophy of Science: A Personal Report,” he states that “it is easy to obtain confirmations, or verifications, for nearly every theory – if we look for confirmations.” Essentially, no matter how abstract or weird an idea may be, if you look hard enough you will find evidence to support it. This means that the truth may have been long replaced with modern scientific theories simply because the theories were more popular. Freyerabend supports this by stating that “what you have to consider is that the absence of good contrary reasons is due to a historical accident; it does not lie in the nature of things.”
What one believes could contradict everybody else’s beliefs. For example, one could believe that the moon truly is made of cheese, and though he cannot provide evidence of this, he can certainly refute all evidence for the contrary. The validity of these refutations is a matter of opinion. The people arguing that the moon is not made of cheese will bring out lunar rocks and the person arguing that the moon is made of cheese will say that those rocks are from a quarry or something to that extent. No matter how many pieces of evidence are brought up to support the common lunar theories, the party claiming that the moon is made of cheese can disprove the evidence as a hoax.
With this being said, how could one believe anything as the truth? Simply put, through blind faith. A typical Muslim believes in Allah because he simply has faith. The same goes with any other religious devotion to a god or gods. While the believer may not have any apologetic reasoning for believing, they continue to believe. This also applies to science. There are many who believe in one theory of macroevolution, while some may believe only in microevolution. No matter what you tell some of these people, no matter the facts you lay in front of them, they will continue to believe in their theories.
As we can see from this, sometimes society is just simply too stubborn to accept a new idea or to reject an old way of thought. For years, civilization believed that the world was at the center of not only the solar system, but also of the universe. People were even put to death for suggesting otherwise. Over time, we observed that we were not the center of the universe. Nor were we even the center of the galaxy or solar system. The modern science of the day prevented people from believing this until some revolutionaries thought of the idea, and slowly it began to spread.
Freyerabend agrees with this. In “How to Defend Society Against Science” he discusses why Nobel Prize winners are worthy of the prize. “They…become scientists without having been taken in by the ideology of science, they will be scientists because they have made a free choice.” History shows us that science often suppresses this choice. Whether it is the choice to ponder a geocentric solar system, the choice to question the geometry of the Earth we live on, or the choice to doubt the reasoning behind gravity, science limits our view to what it considers logical. There is no doubt that it was absurd to think that our planet was flat. After all, we cannot see the curvature of the world with our naked eyes. So science stated that it was illogical to think otherwise.

Now that you’ve skipped past that, you can understand why I am so burnt out. This weekend sucked for me. There was no one in the hall. So I worked all weekend. And to compound these matters into an even worse situation, my partner for this paper/presentation hasn’t even started on his half. Maybe he has. He’s pretty cool, but I don’t think he get’s how big this project is. It is 30% of our final grade. We have to give a 30 minute presentation on it. Tuesday. And we are meeting tomorrow to put it together. C’est la vie. Live.

Also, I had problems scheduling next semester. I’m in a relatively new major here at MTU, and therefore, I tend to get the shaft. Long story short, I didn’t get the courses I needed. But, on the good side, I got into some Spanish language and culture class. That should be good, since I hope to be going to Reynosa again this summer.

And now, I retire. Too much to do tomorrow. An exam I haven’t really studied for, a bowling quiz (woot), running my bill to some bank I won’t be able to find, class, and working on my project. Oh yeah, and picking up a take-home exam early so I can go home (Midland) this weekend.

Get Flocked!

October 26, 2005

I have been trying to find out who this one girl on campus is. She looks and carries herself very similarly to both Jill and Chellie Lee, so obviously I want to find out who she is. I guess some people in my hall know her, but only slightly.

I’m also a little bit saddened from various things, the most prevalent being that there are people who I am making an effort to talk to and remain involved with them, but they simply dont respond to any of my communications anymore. I know some of them are busy, but they could at least tell me that or something instead of remaining silent.

Rosa Parks died, by the way. Just in case you didn’t hear the news…

I have been trying out this new browser called Flock. I use it alot, mainly for blogging. It is in a developers release, so there are plenty of bugs that need to be fixed, and features to be implemented. However, the things it does are very cool.

Integrated blog editor (best one I have ever used) which includes a Technorati pinger and easily adds Technorati tags.

Online favorites through Del.Icio.Us means that you will be able to access your favorites anywhere

Flickr topbar means that I can drag and drop my photos into my posts easily. Like this:

    Flickr Photo
    There is also this thing called a “Shelf.” You can drag all sorts of stuff from any site you go to to the Shelf and store it for easy access later, complete with links and all. This makes blogging and research projects a snap.
    It all is so good so far. In fact, I posted this using Flock. You just have to wait for a good stable build intended for the general public. I’ll keep you informed.

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The Last Words

October 25, 2005

From the final Five Iron Frenzy concert, after the last song and after the crowd chanting “Thank you” over and over:

“There’s an Ogallala Sioux Chief who’s named Sitting Bull.
Before the Battle of Little Bighorn, he turned, he turned to some of his chiefs
and he said “Today is a good day to die.” Today is a good day to die.

In the Bible, there is a story about the prophet Elijah. At
the end of his life, he takes off his cloak and he hands it down to the person
he has taught his whole life; Elisha. He gives him his cloak, and with it, a
blessing. To carry twice, twice the grace he has been given. Twice the faith. May
you do twice as much. So tonight, this is what is happening to you. We’re
passing the mantle. Do good things with it. Remember that God loves you. Remember
that all He requires of you is to love Him with all your heart and to love
others as yourself. We’ll sing one more song, and then you guys can go home.
Hopefully we’ll see some of you tomorrow. We’ll see you around someday anyway.”

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For Da iPod Shuffle Users

October 24, 2005

devoted1.com

To quote Bakke: “Kinda neat”

A prayer

October 23, 2005

When I was young, the smallest trick of light,
Could catch my eye,
Then life was new and every new day,
I thought that I could fly.
I believed in what I hoped for,
And I hoped for things unseen,
I had wings and dreams could soar,
I just don’t feel like flying anymore.
When the stars threw down their spears,
Watered Heaven with their tears,
Before words were spoken,
Before eternity.

Dear Father, I need you,
Your strength my heart to mend.
I want to fly higher,
Every new day again.

When I was small, the furthest I could reach,
Was not so high,
Then I thought the world was so much smaller,
Feeling that I could fly.
Through distant deeps and skies,
Behind infinity,
Below the face of Heaven,
He stoops to create me.

Dear Father, I need you,
Your strength my heart to mend.
I want to fly higher,
Every new day again.

Man versus himself.
Man versus machine.
Man versus the world.
Mankind versus me.
The struggles go on,
The wisdom I lack,
The burdens keep pilling
Up on my back.
So hard to breathe,
To take the next step.
The mountain is high,
I wait in the depths.
Yearning for grace,
And hoping for peace.
Dear God…
Increase.
Healing hands of God have mercy on our unclean souls once again.
Jesus Christ, light of the world burning bright within our hearts forever.
Freedom means love without condition,
without a beginning or an end.
Here’s my heart, let it be forever Your’s,
Only You can make every new day seem so new.

ARRGH!

October 20, 2005

My pirate name is:
Iron Sam Kidd

A pirate’s life isn’t easy; it takes a tough person. That’s okay with you, though, since you a tough person. Even though you’re not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.

Jack Thompson Sucks!

October 18, 2005

I guess I should update you why I’m not updating more often. It’s because I’m addicted to forums and blogging, ironically.

I’ve been posting a lot on the hall blog, and there’s some interesting stuff there. Check it out sometime.

I have been pretty productive today. I went to Building Systems and did some project work, dropped accounting, scheduled out my spring and summer classwork, cashed a check, worked on some business law notes, replaced my damaged student ID, and actually ate lunch. Woot.

There’s just something wrong with me right now. You know the achey feeling you get the day before you catch the flu? Yeah, I’m about 2 days behind that. It’s creeping up on me, so I’m guzzling fluids. I CANNOT BE SICK! Jill is coming up in 3 days, and I must be well in order to, well, feel good. I mean, no matter what, it will make me happy, but it is much more enjoyable when you are healthy.

On another note:

If you don’t know the story, let me give you a basic rundown. Jack Thompson is a lawyer who blames every bad thing in society on videogames. He claims that Lee Malvo (Washington sniper kid) learned to snipe through Halo (nevermind his father was a millitary trained sniper…) and that videogames account for the majority of violent acts.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think young kids should play Rockstar games. Like Penny-Arcade (who I will discuss in a minute) said, “It’s really sad that when you are defending videogames, you are defending Rockstar.”

Now, about Penny Arcade. They are formed of two extremely talented men with families. They run THE most popular webcomic, and comment on goings-on in the videogame industry. When they heard that Jack Thompson proposed that there should be a super violent videogame where the bad guys are the videogame industry, and that Jack Thompson would give $10k to charity if it was developed, produced, marketed, sold, etc. they thought that was weak. Penny Arcade (comprised of two guys, alias Gabe and Tycho) has a program entitled Childsplay, which encourages gamers to reach out and give back. They have given over half a million dollars to charity this way. They said that it was a small sum Jack Thompson put up for charity.

When Jack Thompson claimed the other day that his idea was all satire, it enraged a lot of people. Not that the idea was satire, but that he renegged on his $10k to charity. That’s just plain bad.

Gabe got some phone calls from Jack. They weren’t happy ones. Mainly just Jack Thompson screaming at him, telling him he had better watch out “or else.” This morning, Jack called the Seattle police department to get the Penny Arcade guys arrested for “criminal harassment.”

Basically, Jack Thompson is a very bad person. While cleaning up the media is a good idea, Jack Thompson has a vile and despicable way of trying to do this.

I’m sorry Jack Thompson. You are a public figure. You are suing because people say bad things about you. Too bad. Any freshmen law major could rip you to shreds. We hate your whimpering cries, and your twofaced rants and threats. You are the worst possible candidate to clean up the media. I can criticize you as much as I want. You are a self-proclaimed public figure, and as such, you may be targeted by any type of speech, even hate-speech.

Your claim could count as harassment. Easily. Your emails to people could count as harassment. Easily. Don’t even think that your claim that Penny Arcade is harassing you will succeed. Penny Arcade has a stronger case than you for harassment than you.

Oh, and by the way, I play videogames. Haven’t killed a person yet. Sorry.

I hope you get disbarred.