Friday, November 21, 2008

Geeking Out!

At the moment I'm sitting here in my lab space completely geeking out because corresponding evidence for e=mc^2 has finally been found, effectively removing it from the column of scientific hypothesis and placing it firmly in the column of scientific fact. (well maybe not firmly, the results still need to be verified) The down side to this is that it has reminded me of the one thing I miss from being in the navy, having a group of friends, with very similar interests, as coworkers who would be geeking out with me right now.

Of course, between the BEB forum, facebook, and my cell phone I can still geek out a bit with them but it's really no substitute for being in the same room as 4 or 5 of my friends and joking about how, "It's a good thing they proved e=mc^2, since we've only been using it to make nuclear bombs for the last 40 years or so".

Thursday, November 6, 2008

It's Getting Better All The Time

Not sure why but The Beatles's song Getting Better is playing in my head right now.

I suppose things are getting better for me. For one thing, there is now no chance that Sarah Palin will become the President, at least not in the next four years. For anyone who is still on the fence as to whether or not she's an idiot, her not knowing if Africa is a country or a continent should seal the deal for you.

I really hope the republican policy of trying to see exactly how stupid of a person they can get in the White House will die off in the next four years, but I'm not holding my breath.

Moving beyond politics, things are going much better for me. I started working out again about a month back, something that was sorely needed. It's a good thing I did too because I've now started playing indoor soccer again after about an eight year hiatus. As much as it hurts because of how out of shape I am, I can only imagine how bad it would have been if I wasn't working out at all prior to this.

I've also effectively stopped playing WarHammer during the week, instead opting to take Bear up to the local dog park when I get home from work. Besides getting me out side for a little bit extra every day it gives my dog a chance to run around like an idiot and sniff some doggy butts for a bit. I'm pretty sure both of us are happier for the change.

Finally, although I didn't get a chance to go back home and hang out with my cousin who's home from the Marines, I will be able to make it back there for Thanksgiving. It will be great to see my family again and I'm really looking forward to the long weekend back in Michigan.

Monday, November 3, 2008

McCain's Path to Victory

538 has run 10,000 simulations of possible outcomes for tomorrow, of which McCain won 624 times. Link

...there are some states that truly do appear to be "must-wins" for McCain. In each and every one of the 624 victory scenarios that the simulation found for him this afternoon, McCain won Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Montana. He also picked up Ohio in 621 out of the 624 simulations, and North Carolina in 622 out of 624. If McCain drops any of those states, it's pretty much over.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Constitution: As Interpreted by Sarah Palin

In a continuation of the series "The Constitution: As Interpreted by Sarah Palin" this weekend's lesson deals with the first amendment. Link

ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports: In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by "attacks" from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama.

Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama's associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate's free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.

"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."

I would really just like to thank John McCain for exposing us all to the brilliance that is Sarah Palin over these last few months. Really, Senator McCain, thanks.

Is it Nov. 5th yet?