Friday, March 21, 2008

Things that are sacred

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Interestingly, both emit noxious gases...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

My thought for today

Ignorance is not bliss.
Ignorance leads only to pain and suffering.
True happiness comes only through knowledge and awareness.

Monday, March 17, 2008

So apt...

One of the most frightening things in the Western world, and in this country in particular, is the number of people who believe in things that are scientifically false. If someone tells me that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, in my opinion he should see a psychiatrist.
- Francis Crick.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Some blather to ponder

- Here's an interesting dichotomy:

I keep my work computer well organized. Everything is filed in appropriate folders, subfolders, sub-subfolders etc. Email is generally answered promptly and filed away. But my office... There are so many piles of paper it's hard to see any of the desktop. I have folders on the floor. Books and files on the window sill. It's a mess. How is it I can keep one part of my work life so tidy, but the other is a disaster area? Interestingly, in both cases I do know exactly where everything is. I never have to use the really cool search feature (Spotlight) on my Mac to find things, and I know not only which pile on my desk a particular paper is in, but also almost exactly where it is in the foot plus high pile. Usually within a half inch or so.

I'm going to devote at least 30 minutes a day for the next few weeks cleaning up my office (yes, it will take that long). That much clutter can't be good. Definitely bad feng shui.

- I updated my laptop to OS X 10.5.2 (Leopard) today. So far it seems to have worked without a hitch. It's worth updating for the built-in backup program Time Machine. Sure, there are a lot of backup programs out there. I've used a really good one called Carbon Copy Cloner for a couple of years. But somehow Apple managed to make backing up your computer cool. You have to see it.

- 'Cakes and her hubby, Barfless, gave me a book called "How to be a Genius" for Christmas. After having read it I understood why I haven't won that Nobel yet - you need to be a genius first. So, evil genius, or not-so-evil genius?

- JollyRgr and his L gave me Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion". A must read. Really makes you think. Kind of made my head hurt. Dawkins does a great job of demonstrating what a crock "intelligent design" is.

- Lastly, M and J were watching "Chicken Run" yesterday when they came up with that famous old question: What came first, the chicken or the egg? After some debate amongst themselves. M decided chicken. J decided egg. It's so cool watching them grow up.