Monday, October 18, 2010

3D Printers

Look at this interesting video about 3D Printers! It only uses plastic but the upside is that it replicates 50% of itself for another reprap printer. I wonder where this kind of Technology is headed. What kind of stuff would you build(that is all plastic) that could be useful to you?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Why We Dislike Lawyers

Honest fool: "If I gave you $1,000 would you answer two questions?" Lawyer: "Certainly. What's the second question?"

lawyers in general have earned a bad reputation. They are greedy, and take every advantage, using every legal trick they know. They’re interested only in winning, and will lie and manipulate. They use sophistry to draw distinctions where none really exist, and use dense and confusing legal language to make it impossible to do anything without them. Also include how this draws a certain crowd of people.

Can you blame them though? If I want someone representing me, I wan't someone who will use everything in the book to win my case. Plus, you have an opponent who wants to win too. I'm not saying they are all bad people. Just that it's their job to be that way. Essentially, it all comes down to our adversarial legal system.

Doesn't this seem to be a problem though? Instead of a system that looks at evidence and comes to a logical and humane solution. You have loop holes, contracts, and long drawn out battles. Interesting how "battles" are introduced. Why is justice wrapped in battles? Shouldn't it be wrapped in reason?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Facebook Rage

Facebook crashed late Tuesday night. There could be many reasons for this. One interesting theory could be how much hype the new movie release "The Social Network" is getting in the media. The website has 100 of millions of visitors each day. Yet, they crash around the same time frame as the hyped movie. Twice! Which begs the question, is the hype so large it causes a major website to crash every now and then? What do you think?

Astronomy Updated

Heres a video that will help you think a little more today.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Are Liberals Smarter?

A recent study published in the March 2010 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Social Psychology Quarterly, advances a new theory to explain why people form particular preferences and values. The theory suggests that more intelligent people are more likely than less intelligent people to adopt evolutionarily novel preferences and values. Meaning they go against what was in the past evolutionary important, move on and take advantage of novel entities and situations.

The study argues that that humans are evolutionarily designed to be conservative, caring mostly about their family and friends, and being liberal, caring about an indefinite number of genetically unrelated strangers they never meet or interact with, is evolutionarily novel. Since technology and ways of socializing have changed society drastically in the last century, we have major reasons to become ever more involved with and care about each other.

It's understandable to have a species able to adapt as quickly as possible in order to overcome evolutionary novel problems. We did this in those Caveman days against the Neanderthals, and look where we are today.

All this leads me to my next point. We are all connected toward the success of each other in the economy, yet at the same time divided by it. With our system based on the dog eat dog attitude, how are we as a society allowed to evolve and care for one another? What do you think?

What exactly is a Liberal? The Free Dictionary gives an apt one as tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition.

You can read the full article HERE

Sunday, October 3, 2010

America's Future

Why is it that most Americans and people in general almost always expect a coming of the end of life as we know it? Things like the Mayan 2012, peak oil, asteroids, pole shifts, economic collapse, nuclear terrorism, nuclear holocaust, terrorist attacks, pandemics are all potential game changers. It seems we live in a world of fear and will never run from it. It's just too important. Could this be a natural human instinct like the boogeyman? Or is there more at fault here like the media, all media who cater to these events? Could it be technology and our social system? Something to think about.