Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Adsense and squirrels

So my ads are about squirrel elimination now. In other news that is the real reason for this post...


I had the urge to share that with the world. The time is 1:22 AM.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Milton Friedman

"[The minimum wage is] the most anti-black law on the books."
-- Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize in Economics (1976).

There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you're doing, and you try to get the most for your money.

Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I'm not so careful about the content of the present, but I'm very careful about the cost.

Then, I can spend somebody else's money on myself. And if I spend somebody else's money on myself, then I'm sure going to have a good lunch!

Finally, I can spend somebody else?s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else's money on somebody else, I?m not concerned about how much it is, and I'm not concerned about what I get. And that's government. And that's close to 40% of our national income.

--Milton Friedman.

And that, is the truth. No to increasing the minimum wage, and no to more government! (unless its them hiring me)

Muslim is not a race.

Please watch the video. I think that he said many things that need to be said. Muslim is not a race. It is not a component of American society to persecute Muslims.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

OODA loop update

Today, as I was walking to class, I saw a hawk on the top of a electricity pole. I was like, thats pretty cool. On further examination, I noticed a tail. It was a squirrel tail. The hawk was tearing into a squirrel, and looking around with a big grin every once in a while. This was right near where I let Cody (the dog) chase a squirrel.

Cody chased the squirrel in this parking lot. The only cover was a car. In the beginning, it was like the part in snatch where they set the dogs on a rabbit. Cody almost got the squirrel, but the squirrel could turn much faster. He chased it around the car, but the squirrel made it to a tree.

The hawk caught squirrel was not so lucky. The hawk was operating in a different axis, one where the squirrel could not observe, orient, decide, or act very effectively. The hawk was inside of the squirrels OODA loop. The result was squirrel for breakfast.

Elections - Seniors

I have a few things to say about the elections. I am going to focus on one that that really bothered me. THE ELDERLY

According to the voters of GA, the order of support for ad valorem taxes goes something like this:

88.7% Seniors
85.2% Widow of Firefighter or Police Officer *1
71.3% Veteran Orgs *2
68.5% Property of charitable institutions
60.7% Farm equipment

*1 killed in the line of duty
*2 which refurbish historic aircraft for educational purposes

89.9% Surviving Spouse w/continuations of base-year value homestead exemption. This one is different because it is the passing of a base year assessed value homestead exemption to the surviving spouse who otherwise meets the exemption requirements. The spouse gets to get the exemption transfered with the same base amount.

what was voted on

How did seniors beat the widow of a fireman or police officer? I am wondering what sort of person wants senior citizens to have the ad valorem exemption, but not widows. I am assuming that if you voted for widows you probably voted for seniors, but this might not be the case.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


I just watched this short, kiwi . It is inspiring, but also very sad. Go watch it, and come back.

So the Kiwi dreams of flying, (but can't fly) and he puts trees on the side of a cliff. He jumps off, and has the sensation of flying, realizes his dream, and then .... splat. Was the dream worth it if he had to commit suicide to realize it? I was proud of the little guy, until I realized that he didn't have a parachute. Should he have accepted that he could not fly? Should he have given up on his dream? I just came up with the parachute, and I really like that idea. One should find a way past impossible dreams, but also live to enjoy it. Bring a parachute. Don't kill yourself making your dream.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Cat and Squirrel on Skiles

About a week ago, I saw a cat attempt to get a squirrel in the grass between the student center and skiles walkway. It was interesting to watch, but the cat was too fat, and the squirrel could out turn the cat. It almost proved the fighter mafia's position that instantaneous turn rate was important, as the squirrel can't outrun the cat, but can out turn him. Anyway, the cat failed to get into the squirrels OODA loop.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Retro Virus

I will be talking about the article entitled, "Viral Fossil Brought Back to Life". In a simple/short version:

There are viruses that modify the DNA of the person that they infect so that the virus encoding becomes part of the person's DNA that is passed onto their children. We (as humans) have a bunch of these. We are protected from the virus because the version that we carry has a mutation so that the virus no longer works. What the scientists did was take a bunch of human DNA, find the messed up virus, and compare the sequences. Some people have different mutations, and you can see what is the same between all but one sequence. Then you can recombine the DNA so that it is "correct". Once you do that, you have remade the initial virus. Then you can infect humans! Turns out our immune system rocks, so it wasn't very effective.

The interesting quotes appear at the end of the article. Who has the authority to do this sort of research? This is sort of like Jurassic Park, but with viruses instead of dinosaurs. What sort of safe guards need to be implemented? Is it a national security issue? Are predictions of infectivity accurate? I don't really know the answers to those questions. If the person really could make sure that it only replicated once, then I think that level III was appropriate. If all of this stuff was unknown, I would demand level IV. All of us have read Andromeda Strain, and Jurassic Park, heck, even Prey. Wait, and almost Sphere. All involved something that was not understood being haphazardly injected into our world. (all by Michael Crichton ..... what does that mean?!)

PLease comment, with a capital L.