It Came From My Brain...

Thoughts emanating from my BrainSpace.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

From the "Well, duh! FIiles"

Monday, June 27, 2005

Programming Note

As of today, all of my science, technology, media and paranormal news will be found on the Variance Press blog. Political and personal stuff will remain right here. Hope to see you both places!

Friday, June 24, 2005

So, we're on Flag Burning again...

So, once again, legislation passes the House of Representatives to ban flag burning. While we're in the midst of a fuel price crisis, two wars (mustn't forget Afghanistan) in which the soldiers aren't adequately armed and armored, and we're being told by the Supreme Court that it is within the rights of localities to TAKE OUR HOMES, the US Congress decides that what really needs protection is the flag. An inanimate object that you can buy for literally a dime a dozen requires more protection than the American worker, our soldiers and our right to private property.

What's really funny to me is that most people who support this proposed anti-flag-burning amendment are the same people who don't understand why Muslims were angered by reports of quran desecration.

At what point do we just say "Enough?"

Monday, June 20, 2005

Now THIS is Science!

A group of scientists have published a paper stating that the Einsteinian model of space-time allows for time travel to the past. They also make the case that quantum mechanics will prevent you from doing anything to change that which you are 100% certain is fact. I don't know enough about quantum physics to fully fathom the implications of this, but they appear to be using the old Schroedinger's Cat model.

This whole story could be dead i nthe water if Peter Lynds is ever proven right.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Knock 'em out the box, Luke.

Offered without comment:

It's going to BE my brain...

Everyone who knows me should be well acquainted with my fascination with enhancing humanity through electronics. This interview with Marvin Minsky, Brian Cantwell Smith, and Paul Davies discusses IBM's plans to (IMNSIO) completely bypass the "enhancing" part and create a digital version of the human mind. A better version of the brain. "Human Brain 2.0," if you will. This project, while exciting, gives me the willies somehow.

I suppose it's 'cause I saw the Animatrix. I know how this ends. :)

Thursday, June 09, 2005

If Someone Doesn't Buy Me This for Xmas, I Will be Very Sad...

Japan unveils "robot suit" that enhances human power

Tue Jun 7,10:14 AM ET

Japan has taken a step into the science-fiction world with the release of a "robot suit" that can help workers lift heavy loads or assist people with disabilities climb stairs.

"Humans may be able to mutate into supermen in the near future," said Yoshiyuki Sankai, professor and engineer at Tsukuba University who led the project.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

And the sad part is...

...Bush will never know about this unless someone tells him because he never reads the newspaper.

June 8, 2005

Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming

A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.

In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved. In many cases, the changes appeared in the final reports.

The dozens of changes, while sometimes as subtle as the insertion of the phrase "significant and fundamental" before the word "uncertainties," tend to produce an air of doubt about findings that most climate experts say are robust.

Mr. Cooney is chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the office that helps devise and promote administration policies on environmental issues.

This is the "memo" the media should be reading.