Ashley’s Valentine’s Day present to me was a trip to the Maryland Science Center.

It was Charles Darwin‘s birthday!

We enjoyed some 3D dinosaurs in IMAX.

Ashley was mesmerized by a faux tornado.

Reflexology isn’t actually science, it’s magic, so it’s too bad that it was found in the gift shop.

Check out this harp with laser strings.

LOST: Still Got it!

January 29, 2009

After the season 5 premiere, I was extremely apprehensive about LOSTs take on time travel. The LOST flavor of time travel leans more towards magic then it does to science. Admittedly, I was disappointed for the season premiere, I wanted the deeper story to be all based in reality. Week two, I’m over it. The quality of the show comes from the story, not how well they justify practical use of theoretical science. Maybe I’ll think differently when there are no more secrets to be revealed, but for now, LOST is still the best show on TV.

Doubt

December 31, 2008


I saw Doubt last night. The movie was thought provoking and extremely complex. I was familiar with it’s concept going in, but I was weary about how the movie would end. A religious movie entitled “Doubt” will either end in favor of doubting religion, or embrace the faith. (Spoiler!) Philip Seymour Hoffman is a priest who acts sketchy with a vulnerable young black boy. It doesn’t look too good, but there isn’t any real evidence. One nun believes he’s guilty, one nun needs evidence (very faith vs. science). Faith wins and the potentially sketchy priest is bullied out of the Catholic school. The accusing nun draws the parallel between the acting upon the unseen in this issue and her faith in god. The movie ends with her in doubt of god. Really, really good movie.

I showed Ashley the moon last night through my new telescope. In between celestial objects we peeked in on the second floor window across the road and saw a girl pee (I saw her butt, it was cool).

Ashley and I are terribly impatient.  Last night at about 6:00PM, we impulsively decided to have Christmas 8 days early.  My goodness did I make out well!

Britney Spears – Circus

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I made it though the album on my way in to work this morning.  Most of the songs are just OK.  I think about 3 or so songs are really good.  And there is one really awkward song entitled “My Baby” about…. her baby.

Moon in My Room

The Moon in My Room is awesome, you hang the moon on the wall and you can set it to light up in whatever phase you so choose.  It’s for ages 6 and up.

Harmony Universal Remote 550

We have 4 remotes that we constantly lose.  Thank goodness for over-the-top personal electronics.

Wide Angle Lens

I can be artistic now!

Wall-E Blu-Ray

I’m sure this is going to be the prettiest Blu-Ray ever

James Randi – Flim Flam

Teach me how to spread hate for all things pseudo scientific.

Skeptics Dictionary

Again, all about spreading the hate.

Socks

For my feet.

Lens Brush

I’ve graduated from cleaning lenses with my t-shirt!

Evolution T-shirt

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My good buddy Charles drew this diagram for me when he realized that we are all related.

Book Light

So I can read in the dark.

Push Lights

So I can see in the dark.

Starbursts

It’s just candy.

Santa Pez Dispenser

More candy.

Hannah Montana Brush Tunes

Hannah Montana sings to me for 2 minutes as long as I’m brushing hard.

Monopoly Travel

Monopoly so simplified, you can play it in the car.

Daily Pill Organizer

So I don’t forget to take my anti-depressants.  I’m suffering from depression.

Car Air Freshener

It’s for the car.

Advil – Travel Size

It’s for my head.

Spore for Mac

When I get home from work, I am going to lock myself in my office and not come out until I have evolved.

And I’m sure I forgot to list something awesome.

The Singularity is Near Movie

November 19, 2008

The Sony PS3 processes at 205 gflops (205 billion calculations per second).

The new Jaguar supercomputer performs 1 pedaflop (1 quadrillion calculations per second).

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Scientists predict that humans operate at 100 pedaflops (100 quadrillion calculations per second). The singularity is on it’s way.

Speaking of which, Ray Kurzewil‘s favorite topic (the Singularity) is being made into a movie and is coming out next year The Singularity is Near movie.

Jason on god

November 9, 2008

About 2 years ago, I made the most profound discovery of my life: god didn’t exist.

All my life I was a devout Christian. I didn’t swear, I prayed every single day, I believed without seeing. It was a comforting feeling that was hard to let go of. My parents were drama queens at church so at one point we stopped going. Getting away from that weekly reminder, allowed me to start thinking for myself. When I realized there was no god, I was crushed. You go from attributing everything good in your life to this friend you have, and all of a sudden you realize the friend was make believe. What do you do when you have the daily, or even hourly urge to talk to them? I was devastated.

It was very hard for me to come to say that I’m an atheist. I don’t know that god doesn’t exists, it’s impossible to prove that anything doesn’t exist. However, there is currently nothing in the universe that suggests the supernatural. So far science has done a nice job discovering things the good old fashioned way. There are plenty of unknowns, but being unknown doesn’t equal god’s hand.

Most likely what we think of as life, is just stuff interacting with other stuff. The interactions got so complicated that it looks like life. We life in a deterministic universe, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, life is an illusion, free will is an illusion, and all of that is OK. Humans two jobs are, survive, and thrive. Do whatever it takes to accomplish those two goals and don’t do anything that hinder either goal.

We’re very lucky to exist, if even for a short while. Science will try to beat death, maybe someday that will be a reality, but until then, we just die. In dealing with the world believing in god works, but not believing in god works better.