Over-ambitious machines suck

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I was just polishing up a four-paragraph reply to a post that so desperately needed to be set straight, and I was getting the job done.  It was full of the typical wit, wordsmithing, and some other word starting with “w” that is the hallmark of my way with words.

But now it is gone.  The ignoramus poster will never be set straight.  You will never get to read a fine dressing down.  I will never enjoy the many accolades commensurate with such a reply to a comment to a post.  My blog will never have that backlink back.  My comment was struck down before it ever got uploaded.  All because of Yahoo!‘s (air-quotes here) helpful auto-refresh on their news pages.  One minute I was typing.  The next I got a fresh new copy of the same damn story, sans my text box, my text, and my time.

Thanks for your help, Yahoo!! <– one exclamation point for them, and one for me

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In the visitor’s men’s room of the Progress Software headquarters at 14 Oak Park Drive, Bedford, MA 01730, there is an overachieving autoflushing toilet in the stall closest to the waterless urinal that is responsible for far more than its fair share of fresh water and protective toilet seat covers.  This toilet eats them like crinkly doughnuts.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned to sit down just as the toilet gulps the sheet that I had just put down not three seconds before.  “Not this time, you gluttonous bastard!” I think to myself, as I ride out the splashy tsunami while holding the next seat cover in place.  “You can have it when I’m done with it!”  And then, a quick shower as I tuck my shirt in and one more quick rinse while buckling my belt.

Thanks for your help, hyper-sensitive toilet!! <– Both of these are for me

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You Can Lead By Being The First Follower

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The impact of the first follower

This starts out very silly and fun. By the time it was over, there were tears in my eyes. I hope that you can feel it, too.

Here’s a great analysis of the first follower. I think the version of the video that I’ve posted has more raw emotional impact, but it’s worth watching Derek’s, as well, for his analysis.

It would be easy to watch this, get a chuckle, and forgot about it. That would be a mistake.

10/10/10 == 42!

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Tomorrow has got to be a profoundly important day!  The date 10/10/10 only occurs once per century.  And not since 10/10/1010 has there been a date cooler than 10/10/2010.  Regrettably, they probably weren’t even impressed by it 1000 years ago.

But even more significant, 101010 in binary is 42 in decimal.  And that, I’m sure you realize, is the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything!!!

Have a meaningful day!  (I’ll be doing my taxes.  Ugh!)

Discovery Of Gliese 581g Giving Science A Bad Name

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It used to be that science had some dignity and commanded some respect.  It was, after all, SCIENCE!

But like everything else in this age, things seem to be unraveling in the world of science.  It is no longer sacrosanct.

Earlier this year, we learned that environmental “scientists” were cooking the books for political reasons.  Rather than having absolute, unshakable integrity and dedication to The Truth, they doctored data, threw out inconvenient samples, and lied about facts.  They were the Bernie Madoffs of science.

Well, here we find a “scientist” who is making a preposterously bold claim on such thin data that it boggles the mind.  When you consider how much we do not know about the origin of life, it is astonishingly irresponsible of a reputed scientist to claim a 100% likelihood of life existing on another planet, just because we might find liquid water there.

“Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say, my own personal feeling is that the chances of life on this planet are 100 percent,” said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, during a press briefing today. “I have almost no doubt about it.”

One-hundred percent?!  Really?!?  100%???!!!  His definition of “wherever it can” includes everywhere he’s ever been which includes, um, Earth.  And from there he extrapolates to include the perhaps trillions of planets revolving around hundreds of billions of stars in our own galaxy, not to mention the seemingly infinite galaxies in the rest of the universe.  Life has never been created in a laboratory here on Earth, yet Professor Vogt is positive that it exists on this newly found planet, given the fact that it might have liquid water on it.  Gas stations also have a propensity to flourish wherever they can, so they must also exist on Gliese 581g.

This has nothing to do with religion or creationism.  It’s just painful to see science falling into the hands of such inadequate stewards.

When you can’t trust scientists to be true to science, your world is in serious trouble.  Though you can’t tell it from the placid picture above, the planet shown is in serious trouble.  And it’s not because of fabricated global warming.  It’s got more to do with the feeble-minded, emotional creatures that infect its surface.

Hopefully, the scientists that undoubtedly exist on Gliese 581g will have a stronger commitment to hard-core science than Steven Vogt does.

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