Monday, October 27, 2008

The Astronomer

Speaking of ranking the various disiplines---
Politicians think they are Economists.
Economists think they are Social Scientists.
Social Scientists think they are Psychologists.
Psychologists think they are Biologists.
Biologists think they are Organic Chemists.
Organic Chemists think they are Physical Chemists.
Physical Chemists think they are Physicists.
Physicists think they are Mathematicians.
Mathematicians think they are God. happens that God is an Astronomer.
---Vinay Kashyap (of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), originally appeared in the Annals of Improbable Research, republished in the Washington Post

The Internet's Balls Haven't Dropped

There's a classic image. I'm not sure how old it is. It's definitely not PC, but I don't think anything is on the Internet. It really gets the point across in the way the Internet would.

Above all, the point it makes is that arguing on the Internet bears no fruit. Ever. You're not going to convince someone that Barack Obama is awesome or that John McCain's penis might fall off. A lot of people have realized that, but most of these people have been on Internet boards and forums for a long time. They know that these arguments only end in people forgetting that they were in an argument or the thread getting locked and people getting banned. Either way, the argument was a waste of time better spent.

A lot of people haven't realized this yet. They still read things people post on the Internet, get angry, just HAVE to tell EVERYONE their opinion, and above all, prove that that loser from Wisconsin is WRONG.

Give it a few more years. People will realize the fruitlessness of these things; they just haven't had time yet to do so. The human race as a whole is still learning about this Internet thing and how it works.

This Internet thing's gonna be a lot different a century from now. That's because all the people that were here when it started will be dead. They'll be presented an Internet where most folks have realized its purpose, potential, and how to work it, and as a result, the people will be different.

I can hope.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

An Argument Against Joe the Plumber

Government has existed for approximately seven-thousand years. Generally, it has had a single purpose--maintain the rule of law. Part of those laws have been laws to continue fund the continued of existence of the government--taxes. Without taxes, there's no government, and without government, there's no order.

Without order, I'm fighting for my life everyday. Murder has no consequence except guilt, and that guilt varies from person to person. Therefore, it's better we have order, which means it's better to government, which means it's better to have taxes than no taxes.

Each person has a certain amount of wealth, and to survive in a society's economy, each person must have a certain amount of wealth to feed, clothe, shelter themselves. If the taxes exceed that amount of wealth, then people will suffer from the government. If the government causes suffering, then the people will revolt against the government, and the very existence of a revolt causes an end to order. With order being the very purpose of government, a lack of order is a flag that the government has malfunctioned.

Since people who earn less wealth have more trouble feeding, sheltering, and clothing themselves, for the sake of order and the government's continued existence, they have to keep more of their wealth. From this, the portion of the population who can afford to eat pays more of the tax--that way the government that protects their wealth will continue to exist to do so.

(My logic's a bit choppy, I wrote this on the fly. I'll iron it out more later.)

Monday, October 13, 2008


A lot of people bitch about how artificial the world is now-a-days, and I'm one of them. Advertising convinces us to buy things; grammarians convince us to speak certain ways. On the internet, we'll have neither of them.

The Internet and its communities continually satirize the artificial and break convention. They make things that are "real," that weren't created for any particular purpose or reason but to be. People communicate with speed and concision. The good things rise up and the bad things fade away; it's a capitalism of time and attention.

We're Changing the Language Again, rtard

Steadily, common phrases used over the internet have been converted into abbreviations. These abbreviations become acronyms. For example,

Original Phrase/Meaning | Abbreviaton | Pronounced Form
laughing out loud | lol | "lawl"
good game | gg | "jeej"
rolling on the floor laughing | rofl | "roffle"
too long; didn't read | TL;DR | "teal deer"

The process reminds me of cockney, a form of slang which has left a permanent mark on English. I expect something similar to occur from netspeak.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Sleepless, Period

I really don't know what to make of this. I doubt it's really as miraculous as it sounds.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

All the Time In The World

A man was dying on the field of battle, and he cried out to some god or any god to save him; that to save his life, he would take any penalty or cost. Before him, some god appeared and said, "You shall live forever."

So, he does nothing but eat lunch at a small diner in Columbia Furnace because he can always do things tomorrow, and he has all the time in the world.