Thursday, February 14, 2008




Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I Want Aliens

From The Daily Galaxy Considering humans, E.T. life, and why it's so quiet out there!

"When we consider the chronological history of life on Earth, humans have only existed for a small fragment of time and our existence has always been precarious. The entire time we’ve existed, we been banding into various groups and attempting to kill each other—or at least are constantly in the process of developing more effective ways of killing each other—just in case. The US government, for example, spends on “Defense” (including “preemptive” warfare) and Homeland Security, 8 times what it spends on educating the next generation. There is enough nuclear weaponry in storage around the world to kill every living creature on the planet several times over. Clearly, we’re a species with poor odds of surviving indefinitely.

Our self-destructive natures aside, curiosity may end up killing more than the cats. The faster technology is advancing, the more our “leap now, look later” nature appears to grow as well. If evolution on Earth serves as a somewhat typical template for evolution of other life forms, then becoming a truly advanced civilization must be a very daunting task indeed and a very rare, if not impossible, achievement."

John Mayer: A little bit cooler now.

I can't stop watching this:

It makes me want to start playing guitar again like I used to.

Year Zero = 2008

Time Machine at LHC

Year Zero is NOW! Watch out for the genetically modified super humans! There are reported sightings around Geneva!

Seriously, this is really cool stuff. I love physics! I am though kind of bummed out because the article says we can only travel as far back as the machine itself has existed. This means nothing before 2008, hence Year Zero.

Fantasizing about the future is quite a brain exercise. I wonder if I'll be 30 with a family and a nice suburban house or 30 with a loyal pooch and lots of excess income. Or maybe I'll have finally put out that Grammy winning rock album or HBO hit LGBT show "Plans". WHO KNOWS???

One positive thing about working at AAAS is : access to all the top peer reviewed journals. Eg. New Scientist, where I saw the article which inspired this post. I had heard about these Russian scientist in a podcast a week or so ago, but I'm just now delving into the specifics. Anywho, I highly suggest all of you out science-minded geeks out there read the article and check out the paper!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dubai Is Out of Control

Dubai, of the United Arab Emirates, is out of control. It's as though a giant piss contest has emerged from this Middle East metropolis. Here are some current projects:

The Burj Dubai, when completed in 2008 will be the tallest building in the world.

The Word, man made arpeglios off the coast of Dubai. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have bought a mock African island there.

The Palm island projects. The artificial island groups designed to attract more tourism to Dubai.

The 6th Crossing at Dubai Creek. Their most recent endeavored. When completed it will be the world's tallest spanning arch bridge.

One more picture:

Seriously folks, ever hear of something called urban planning? One word comes to mind when I see all this; sprawl. What are they trying to prove? Where are they getting the money (oil?)? What kind of work force is constructing these mammoths? How is that workforce treated? I've read that a great percentage of Dubai's residents are immigrants from Asia so I guess that is whose supplying the workforce, but I bet the working conditions are less than stellar.

...more investigating...

Thursday, February 07, 2008