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Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
5:01 am
just a bit off topic, but this is important.



Democratic? Republican? Independent? Undecided?
put your politics aside and open your eyes.

The federal government under Bush and his administration lies, has lied, and will continue to lie... AT OUR EXPENSE!!
9-11 was an instrument of the American government to control the masses and empower those at the top even more.

If you care about:
the victims of the 9-11 attacks,
our troops and the victims of an unjust war in Iraq,
your loved ones,
your family,
your friends,
your pets,
your neighbors,
your community,
your city,
your state,
your planet,
and/or YOURSELF...

... then you need to watch this--


Tell EVERYBODY you know, and even reach out to those you don't know if you have the means to. If you've seen this, or know of the information within, then PLEASE share and continue to share the truth.
It takes less than 5 minutes of your time to effectively network with others.

Our inaction and apathy has gone on far too long...
Voting is no longer the proper and sufficient course of action; the federal machine under Bush and his administration's control has seen to ineffective elections and defeating our wills...
... Greater acts of justice are required, but the first steps are to LEARN AND INFORM!!
There is strength in numbers.

For Life.
For Liberty.
For Peace.
For Justice.
For Truth.
For Love, Responsibility, and Progress!!


for additional information and contributing sources:

(feel free to add more supporting evidence)


Current Mood: driven...
Sunday, January 9th, 2005
6:08 am
been some time!!
if the Earth is (almost) continually spinning and churning out all kinds of electromagnetic waves, shouldn't i simply be able to make a mechanism that picks up those waves and harnesses the energy??

i understand that the principle of converting energies can be quite difficult and sometimes result in a loss of energy, but if we can make devices so sensitive that they can perceive the unseen forces of our planet and measure them precisely, should not we be able to use similar mechanics in "trapping" that same energy?

(also, converting electromagnetic energy shouldn't pose much of a problem as it's already in a pretty damn useful form...)

Current Mood: about to pass out...
Tuesday, January 4th, 2005
3:34 pm
strings n things!
hooray, brass n reed just called, my violin is done gettin suped up! HOORAY! back to playing videogame music and stuff!!! weeeeeeeeee! and my new friend is cooler than march in siberia, and we have almost more in common than mary kate n ashley. w00t for friends!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Monday, November 22nd, 2004
12:20 am
Cross-dress. I mean, post.
I thought about lurking for awhile before actually posting, but goddamnit, I'm pumped full of energy and other things I won't be mentioning, so I'm posting this. It can also be found on my journal, right under where I make fun of people with a mental condition.

It occurs to me how fast technology is moving, and how slow it still seems to. I think it's because we're not really inventing anything new or innovative, but because we're cramming more shit into the shit we already have.

For instance, I just now said that anybody who doesn't have web access from their phone might as well be living in the stone age and beating a Stegasaurus over the head with a club. But my old phone, just a few months ago, didn't have web access. Didn't even have color. Before I got that cellphone, 4 years ago, all I had was dialup.

Think about it. My cellphone has a camera and a speakerphone. It can take and show pictures. I can leave myself voice memos, and it has a calendar. I can access the web with a pretty compatible browser. And, oh yes, I can talk on it. Cars have TV's and Playstations installed, with navigation software that talks to you while you drive. European models have full-scale computers with complete web access built in, and the only reason the United States doesn't have it is because we have a bad tendency to drift across freeway medians into oncoming traffic. Our refridgerators probably know more about our diets than we do, and they even re-order food to restock themselves.

There are very few places in the United States where I won't be connected to the internet in one way or another.

I can cram my pockets with enough tech to amuse myself for approximately 24 hours, and that's if I'm wearing regular jeans.

But where's the cool new stuff? Where the hell are our flying cars, where is space travel? Why aren't we mining the asteroids? Why can't we assemble food out of dust using nano-technology yet? Why do things still cost money, why is energy still expensive when the sun is puking enough power on Utah to power the entire world?

We haven't noticed that nothing new has really come out, because anything that can be improved is and touted as brand new. And as soon as it's improved, it's shoved into something else, so it seems new and shiny to us.

This happened before, too. People in the 80's realized that cars didn't fly and that nothing truly new had been built, and started grumbling about it - but then the Net sprung up and distracted them, and has been distracting us for 25 years.

I really hope nano-technology starts having some fun and practical applications before we get bored with cellphones that massage you while you sleep.
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
11:23 pm
faster than light?!?!
umm, this seems like an obvious question to ask, but i have yet to see the question or just an explanation anywhere...

if a black hole's gravity is so immense that it can bend light's course and pull it in, would not a photon at a direct perpendicular to the black hole already heading for the black hole accelerate to much greater velocities??

also, would not that fulfill the idea of forward time-travel??

curious and annoyed...
-Mr. Quick

Current Mood: laxative?
Friday, November 19th, 2004
12:08 am
of Dinosaurs, part 1
Well, "cryptozoology" as defined by the study (if not indirect) of animals that haven't been proven to exist yet, is a big interest of mine. (One of many.) So I would like to share some information I have put together, and let you all look at it.

Concerning Sauropods

Sauropods have long been depicted as large, lumbering vegetarians that we were taught lived about 150 million years ago. Until recently, we thought of their outsides as pretty much elephantine, thick skin etc., but a discovery was made in 1992 that changed that idea a bit. More on that in a moment.

The late Dr. Javier Cabrera has collected over 11,000 stones from Ancient Peru, from around the river of Ica, depicting all aspects of the ancient Peruvians culture. The cover from the idols they worshipped, to successful trepanning (brain surgery of the nature of drilling a hole into someone's head with which to drain excess fluid.) to people riding, hunting, and being eaten by dinosaurs. The authenticity of the trepanning has been verified by the finding of skulls with healed bone that would suggest succesful surgery. I'm no expert on that stuff, but that's what i've read in many different places. Anywho, this is about dino's not surgery. The stones depict Triceratops, Stegasaurus, Pterosaurs, Allosaurs, and Sauropods (i would say they look more like Diplodocus). The Diplodocus are all depicted with dermal frills going down their back. Which I found to be quite interesting.

The Ica stones have been considered fraudulent by the general "scientific community". Back when the good doctor was gathering these rocks, mostly from a local farmer, the government stepped in and stated that if these were truly artifacts, that they belonged to the government and that they were to confiscate them. So the farmer (after some prodding, I have read) admitted to making them all, so as to avoid the trouble of being an illegal artifacts dealer etc. He stated he made them himself and copied the pictures from old magazines, books and other media. That was enough for the government and "scientific communitity". Especially since depicting man and dinosaur in the same place & time seriously shook the evolutionary theory (read: hogwash). But hold on.

First off, there are over 11,000 of the damn things. The farmer would have to invest a good 20 years into this project, without anyone finding out. Second, a few of the rocks show a ceasarian section being done, as well as the brain trepanning. Now along with all the other dinosaurs and other pictures, what extensive library did this man have access to with which to copy all these pictures? Maybe he just knew about them, if they were doing it 2000 years ago (in that area), then its possible they still did it locally. But there's more. The way rocks are made with engravings is like this: rocks get covered in a type of "varnish", a black covering from bacteria and such thats died over a long period of time. This gets scraped off, and the lighter rock underneath is shown and poof: engraving. The nice part is, this varnish stuff is made from dead bacteria, so it can be carbon dated (which isn't entirely accurate either, but it gives a general idea). These Inca stones have an extra bit of varnish, on top of the engravings! This means that the original engravings had to have been done about 2000 years ago, or that the farmer has found a way to cheat time.

In 1992, in Geology Magazine (December, v.20 no. 12) some fossilized skin of a sauropod shows that a median row of spines was present over the tail and continued up along the back and possibly the neck. Many conical/spinelike elements were found throughout the quarry (Howe quarry in Wyoming, a good place to find sauropod peices) and it is definite: sauropods had frills going down their backs. Funny how only we knew about it in 1992, but it was drawn that way back about 2000 years ago. I'd say thats more verification of these stones and thus, man and dinosaur coexisting. But wait, theres more!

In 1945 a one Waldemar Julsrud discovered clay figurines buried at the foot of El Toro Mountain on the outskirts of Acambaro, Guanajuato, Mexico. Eventually over 33,000 ceramic figurines were found near El Toro and Chivo Mountain. A lot of the figurines were of dinosaurs, and of course that caused lots of controversy and people thought they were fake, but they were continually tested and finally verified. The reason i mention this find is that many of the sauropods are depicted with spines and/or frills on their backs!

To keep going, the Mokele Mbembe is an african river monster, whose name translates to "one who blocks the flow of rivers". The locals (it is pretty much assumed to be in the congo, but the same tale with different names is repeated much over africa) always describe it as very large, with a long neck and tail, stocky, 3 clawed feet and frills and spines on its back. I thought it rather amazing that all tales i;ve read about with sauropods and man being together, and apparently them still around in africa, have all depicted them looking the same way.

What think you?

(feel free to look stuff up, i would put up a bibliography, but i'm lazy. If you want one ill put one together. Itd be easier to just look up key words on google though if your interested.)
Thursday, November 18th, 2004
6:42 pm
I want the strength of five Go-rillas.
So, Hitachi released a 400 GB hard drive today. This got me thinking about storage capacities and their implications in the world (and with artificial intelligence in general).

First, you have the rate at which storage capacities are increading. In Febuary the top of the line hard drive was a 250 GB model. This 400 Gb model is a 62.5 5 increase in capacity, in only 9 months. Extending that timescale out, you would expect storage capacity to double about every 14 months or so (it's usually been 14-18 months for this to happen). So by this time next year we will have 750 GB hard drives. In ten years we will have hard drives capable of storing over 100 terabytes of information (if the doubling rule holds true, which it probably won't). This is a mindblowing amount of storage. This 400 Gb hard drive, it can hold approximatly 700000 copies of Fight Club (the only book I have on my computer). That file is in PDF format, so if you made it into a plaintext file, I'm sure you could fix quite a bit more onto the hard drive. So lets round some numbers: say 850000 copies of Fight Club on the 400 GB hard drive in plain text format. Hard drives in ten years will be able to hold about 213 MILLION copies of the book. Insane.

So i'm getting to my point. My point is, what is all this storage space going to be used for? Besides pr0n, that is. I was thinking about this, and I remembered something I read a long time ago about how the human brain can store a similalrly mind-bogglingly huge amount of data. It got me to thinking, "What makes up our personalities? What colors up as people?" Memories. Experiences. Learned lessons. DATA. Don't think about the data that is stored as a text file or a video. You have to consider the entire range of sensory perception we have. This makes the memories much more complex than your average video file. Even taking that into consideration, 100 terabytes of storage is huge. What if we started to store our memories as data? A backup of our memories, in full fidelity. Wouldn't that copy, for lack of a better word, soul into the machine? It's crazy to think of it, but it just may happen. I mean, CPUs can already operate faster than our brains can. So isn't the deciding factor memory density and capacity?

If you do some math on that, well, in twenty years we will be sitting on pedabyte level storage capacities. Suddenly Ghost in the Shell being set 20 years in the future doesn't seem all that off.

I am glad I live in such exciting times.

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, November 15th, 2004
1:53 am
as the moderator, i suppose it's about time i contributed!!
got a good definition for "life"?

i was thinking about the different perceptions of what constitutes a life-form, and the lines got really blurry to me... the way i see it, complex biological DNA is not entirely far off from "inanimate" crystalline lattice... both are geometric patterns that when in the right conditions, allow for and promote the perpetuation of their own pattern... what i would like to know more of, is if and how inorganic crystal could "adapt" to change...

while statistically staggering against a random formation, it is still entirely possible that in our infinitely large universe that enough atoms and molecules were arranged in the right setting for a single celled organism to form... and who is to say that the ultimate root of a single-celled organism is limited to having formed on Earth, or any other planet for that matter??

who is to say that the penultimate root of life is some single-celled organism??
and that takes us back to:
what qualifies as life???

-Mr Quick

Current Mood: speculative!
Saturday, November 6th, 2004
7:30 pm
This community is entirly too structured. RANDOMNESS!!!

Friday, November 5th, 2004
2:41 am
Yo yo yo my btches, C Money is in the house. Tower before my monolithic intellect.

Or our new robot masters. Either one is good.

Seriously though, this is pretty damn sweet. I mean, brain cells learning to control a flight simulator is just off the hook. I would like to know how the cells interpreted the stimulus. Very cool stuff. And scary, too. SKYNET anyone?

-The Man With A Plan

Current Mood: mellow
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
7:03 pm
is this thing on?

i'd really like this community to work out well

Current Mood: eager...
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