Friday, September 23, 2011

Nobody Asked Me, But...

1) So what did we learn last night? Republicans don't like people who have a heart... This is on top of cheering mass killings and death by lack of insurance. And these people stand a credible chance of winning next year's election?
2) Yes, but what's in the bill, Weaker Boener and WHERE ARE THE MOTHERFUCKING JOBS?!?!?!?!?!
3) Here's the question I have for Mark Zuckerberg and the other idiots at Facebook: you beat MySpace to a pulp. Why are you trying to copy them?
4) So it looks like the US is safe from falling satellites*
            * Offer not good in sectors R or N
5) And it seems that scientists have finally gotten a glimpse of neutrinos. Now, this does actually matter, pardon the pun. First, according to Einstein's theory of relativity, nothing can exceed the speed of light. Practically, this is because as you speed up, you gain mass on an asymptotic basis (the faster you go, the faster your mass increases). Neutrinos have no mass, which is why they've never been seen before. Indeed, they've rarely been detected over the past forty years, usually in retrospect (finding a trail of a particle after its passed.) Now, you may have heard of tachyons, faster-than-light particles, and it's true, there are such theories about, but evidence and refinement suggests they might be nothing more than outliers of the uncertainty principle, thus merely mathematical constructs.
Put that another way: they don't exist except in computer models. But if neutrinos have no mass, then it's possible they could travel faster than light. Possible. It would take enormous amounts of energy to drive even one to that speed.
If it's true (and the scientists at CERN have held back saying anything about it for three years as they've gone over and over the experiments again and again), then it's still not likely we'll see time travel. But we could conceivably see breakthroughs in communications and computing the likes of which we've never imagined before.
6) It's a bad law, always has been, and Republicans will never repeal it. I think Obama is spot on here, and watch the flailing of the states' rights crowd.
7) The Santorum problem is a conundrum. On the one hand, he's a public official and so his right to privacy is somewhat constrained. On the other, this could happen to anyone. Is Google a private company any longer? Is it a public utility? And if Santorum manages to force Google to somehow cleanse its results, what does that say for the rest of the Internet?
8) I started to watch a fascinating program this morning on FreeSpeech TV (by the way, give. Now.) The Codes of Gender is a program that follows the work of the late Erving Goffman on how men and women are portrayed in the popular culture. If you want to understand why little girls dress like hookers and why Abercrombie and Fitch ads aren't as gay as you they could be, this is a must-see.
9) Obvious headline writer is obvious
10) Finally, talk to dolphins? Maybe. But why would they want to talk to us?