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Life is not fair

Posted: October 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
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My mom was and is still an amazing teacher. She has four children and we will just say a lot of grand children. With all these blessings, mom has had no choice but to be a teacher. One lesson learned by my sisters and I, from our mom was that, life is not fair.

This morning I was in the waiting room watching for the first time in 3 years the Today Show. On the Today Show, a video taken in a psych study was shown. The video shows two caged monkeys. One of the monkeys accepts and eats a grape the other throws back a cucumber at the student and expresses some anger. The video is hilarious and part of a study. The study is really incredible in that, it demonstrates how a sense of fairness is something that may be ingrained into man and animals DNA.

Now just because fairness is instinctual, does not mean it takes place in life or nature. Understanding and realizing that life is not fair has helped me cope with unfair situations.

Let me be clear, I am in no way a victim. I am a very lucky man! I really feel like I am living a charmed life, but there are times when I can feel slighted and like I am treated unfairly and then I remember my mom.

Life is not fair the sooner this is realized the quicker we can develop gratitude for things we feel we are entitled to. The realization that life is n. ot fair will bring us closer to developing a good work ethic and a strong sense of civic duty. Because life is not fair man has to work to help themselves as well as the helpless.

Life is not fair and on its surface this maxim can seem foreboding. Mom taught us that life is not fair but she also taught us that, if we put our minds to it that, we could do anything. I love reading about man kinds achievements and I am inclined to believe that mom was also correct about men and women’s ability.

Life is not fair but it is a magnificent gift and it is exactly what we make of it.






I wrote a blog post yesterday, (crazy right, but i post like everyday, well almost everyday) in which I mentioned a new engine being tested by NASA. The engine would be a propellant free engine and enable deep space travel. Now I mentioned in the post that I may have jumped the shark and I just finished watching a very interesting video about the tests and the suspicions that the engine tests were not conducted properly.

This is not certain and the video went on to say that it is impossible for this device to work because of the law of conservation. Now I agree and on a very high level understand how conservation works, but I wonder on a quantum level if this engine could does and or will work.

I really don’t know. I am not an physicist, but I do know that when someone says something is impossible someone somewhere always seems to find a way.

Today nearly all of the energy consumed by the nation of France is generated through nuclear power.  The nuclear power process is clean and safe for the environment and in the long run less expensive than almost any other process for energy production on a national scale.

A man who understood physics made a bold statement about nuclear power.

“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.”

-Albert Einstein, 1932.


So while we watch and see and listen to the skeptics I hope we all remember history.





Connect and Learn

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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12 year old me: “Dad, how does a bullet work?” My 30 something year old dad: “Why don’t you look it up?” My forever 20 something year old mom:”That is why I bought these encyclopedias.”  My mom and her mom bought me and my sisters a few sets of encyclopedias. I learned at a young age the importance of research and the meaning of reference materials.

“Why don’t you look it up'” powerful words for a 12 year old to hear. I was always amazed at the massive amounts of information held between the covers of the encyclopedias. I only accepted the information found in the encyclopedias at face knowledge for a limited time, until I was about 13, then I wanted to know how the information was put in there and proven. I was impressed with science because the principles and concepts could be recreated and proven to be true. Empirical evidence has always amazed me. We know that at sea level water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Why do we know this? Well we read it in the encyclopedia and well we got our dads thermometer and measured all the ice in moms ice cube trays, duh. So science was easy, as was math and health but then came philosophy, political science and religion and I was introduced to the gray area.

To the encyclopedias credit articles concerning these areas simply display information, there really isn’t a right or wrong and isn’t that all we can do really? Ahh good point we can do many things. Let me rephrase isn’t this all we should do really? Who am I to suggest that the political party you vote for is wrong or for that matter the philosophy you adhere to or the religion you practice for that matter?  I shouldn’t tell you how to do any of that, but I can tell you that if your political party, philosophy or religion can justify or demand you take life well you should reconsider.  I am certain that for survival life has to be respected. Now I apologize for the digression, but the more I read it seems intolerance is becoming more acceptable and that makes me sad.

The encyclopedia was and still is a great starting point for anyone wishing to connect and learn, but we shouldn’t stop there. With dropping test scores and the political hyperbole thrown around by leaders, (this is truly a shame too, I really do not think the education system is as broken as the leaders make it out to be.  if you think I am wrong I would  challenge you to get to know some school age children), many of the school administrators teachers and other developers of the curriculum for the school system,  have been forced to evaluate the whole school system, here in the United States of America. Being educators analytic thinkers and   what not one of the first things the educators did was to try to, utilizing science and empirical, determine how students learned.

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It seems from the studies done so far hands on learning is the best type of learning for all ages. Students of all ages have to connect and learn and experiment be wrong and right. It seems what works in school, reading a book (connecting with the author), writing a paper about the book (hands on writing like the author) works best for learning.   Learning should never end. We have no excuse for ignorance. We are living in a time when the most people have access to the most knowledge ever. to not learn,  (of course this is not taking into account those with learning disabilities) makes us lazy, indifferent or both.

The reward for hard work is clear. ”

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.”

Richard David Bach (born 1936);

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Today if we take the time to connect and learn through some hands on action, I really feel like we will have a much better day than if we were to go about and complete it as a lazy uneducated and indifferent oaf.



When will earth reach her carrying point for humans? So the debate goes on in the scientific community. On one side of debate we have the idealist scientist who fell earth can never have too many humans. The gloom and doom philosopher will point out that we are already at earths carrying capacity.  Are you confused yet.

Let me try to clear up Monday’s muddy waters. Thomas Malthus was an 18th century philosopher, who wrote that the earth would reach a carrying capacity. The amount of people the earth can sustain has been argued, and I think will continue to be argued over for a very long time, by scientists from all areas.


You see most recently Eward O. Wilson wrote in his book, “The Future of Life”, that the Earth’s maximum capacity is 10 billion people. Wilson bases this calculation off of a limited resource model. However, remember the idealist scientist from the opening paragraph of the post?  The idealist will point out that sustainability can be reached and maintained despite growing populations. The maintenance of earths sustainability despite growing populations hinges on humans consuming resources smartly.  I know today is muddy waters Monday, muddy Monday and I apologize for the confusion, but allow me to explain.

Resources are limited, this is both true and false. In science there is a rule called the “conservation of mass” this rule states simply that no matter is created or destroyed it merely changes state. So a better way to state the whole “limited resources statement” would be “our optimal state of resources has a shelf life”.

More of an explanation can be seen in the timber industry. Paper and wood products are all around you an the industry has really begun to embrace a sustainability model that is admirable. Acres of trees are planted, cultivated destroyed and then replanted. This model is a prime example of resources changing shape and an understanding of conservation and sustainability.

Many energy companies are beginning to look into some  sustainable models for generating clean energy. There is much research to be done. The world still lacks the understanding of how crude oil is formed? But learning is taking place at a record breaking rate. So with the knowledge being gleaned from research into the earth and her many mysteries as well as responsible corporations, I way the future looks bright.

Now being a caring citizens of earth that we are, of course we look for ways to help out. What can I do?  According to a recent CBS news story, humans consumption of earth’s resources is currently unsustainable.  {I know gloom and doom right?) Hope is not lost though, as stated before many industries are working on research, building and implementation of sustainability models and at home we can take a page from our grandmothers advice and “just take what we need”.  Thee is an interesting website, that has a fun quiz you can take. The quiz will give you your “global footprint” and the website will give you tips for reducing this (if you need to). The tips are common sense things and most center on wasting nothing and not taking more than we need.

This idea of waste not want not is not new. It is tried and true, and, can make a huge impact on a personal level. When used, one will find that he or she basically has everything they need to live and enjoy a full life, without taking part in what seems to be an insatiable consumer desire. “Waste not, want not.” — Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin one of the founding fathers of the United States of America,  was a leading author, printer, political theoristpoliticianpostmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. It would be a hard sell to convince someone that Benjamin Franklin lead an unfufilled life, and yet he made famous the quote “waste not want not”

We would be smart to let the scientific community continue to debate the carrying capacity. While they debate we can do our part by not being wasteful and live a more full and rich life.



I am not sure where you fall in philosophy or theology but I ask this. Can you argue that everyone and everything is not in some way connected? Everything we understand the world we live in it is all connected. The one consciousness idea or theory goes a step forward in stating that we are all one and through love we can tap into this one consciousness. I know you may be upset with the way I have trivialized the one consciousness and I apologize I mean no disrespect to this ideology. The truth is I don’t completely understand the one consciousness, but I do know that everything we do has implications.

Every action is connected and causes other actions to start, stop or change directions (Newtons law of motion). I am still unsure how you feel about the one consciousness idea but I know the science behind everything being connected is sound. The name for it is The Zero Point Field. Even the great Nikola Tesla mentions how everything and everyone is connected….

“If you wish to understand the secrets of the Universe, think of energy, frequency, and vibration. ”

Now science and philosophy aside, here in reality today we can see through smog and pollution that our actions are connected and affect ourselves and others. To apply the idea of one consciousness immediately we can do as the kids are told on numerous occasions “be nice to each other and help each other out”

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Good morning, afternoon or evening ( I have no idea when you are reading this blog). I am posting the blog on Wednesday August 7 2013. The story I am referencing in this post is already “old news”. It seems  scientist have created and grew meat not livestock in a lab. No exclamation point after that statement, there will be one after the next. The test tube meat was put into a burger and two people ate it!

Sounds insane right? I know as I read the stories, I was in disbelief but then I thought about it. The world is becoming more crowded, thanks to modern medicine we have seen the human population swell and because of poor farming practices coupled with bad weather we have seen a livestock shortage. There is also all the abuse we have seen by some slaughter houses and meat processing plants. The debate as to whether or not live stock are sentient beings and the morality behind killing one may become mute. So the benefits to lab meat are plentiful and the two who tasted it said that it was “close to meat

Then I began to wonder to myself… Who were the first homo sapiens to drink cows milk?  It seems that it was 7, 500  years ago when man first drank cows milk and according to this science daily release it was someone in central Europe who drank it.

I wonder what happened? Obviously they survived, maybe they enjoyed the taste, maybe not. Maybe others looked at them sideways and blogged about it. I am not sure what immediately happened but I know this morning it was poured over cereal, and had cookies dunked into it all over the world. So in a few thousand years will man be eating test tube lab grown meat. I have to see yes no doubt and here is the coolest part. Me and you were alive when the first one was made and ate!

You are a part of history. A witness to what intellectuals could possibly call an human evolutionary step. Isn’t that cool?

Now would you eat the burger?  I might





some more links about the test tube meat are at the bottom of the post. I apologize for the geekiness of this article. I am actually working on creating a tech blog, as soon as it is finished I will have a place to put all my tech geek rants and spare everyone from me geeking out. I know the name on the tech blog needs work. If you have an idea fell free to comment on this post

“Change your stars and live a better life than I have.” The line is from one of my most favorite movies, A Knight’s Tale. The peasant father who sold the star of the movie to a Lord or knight in the United Kingdom told his son to change his stars.

As early as 25,000 years ago men and women have looked up at the vastness of space and the stars for answers to our past and future. Astrology and Palm reading have been used for predicting the future of humans.  In Japan Palm reading is very popular to this day, so popular that plastic surgeons have offered and for a price  will change your life lines on your palm, surgically.

Will this change our destiny? Not sure how much weight you put into palm reading, or palmistry but this as astrology is an old technique used for seeing mans future.

For me the jury is out on palmistry and astrology. Are the coincidences where the process of events matched the prediction of the stars and the lines of palms merely coincidences or is it fate? I am sure though that men and women have a brain and this brain is a powerful organ that basically controls their body. Our brains control, the nervous system, language, abstract thought, emotions. I really think we should tell people we love them with all our brain as opposed to heart because the brain is it.

When I googled brain, I noticed a link that was a question. The link read if our brain controls our body what controls our brain. I thought for a second and choose not to click the link. Then I thought some more and clicked on the link. It seems the brain is controlled by a delicate balance of everything. So I got to thinking if I can influence my brain through looking at my palms and make my life longer. Than maybe changing my palms through plastic surgery works!

I haven’t made an appointment yet to have my palm life lines changed yet, (and I don’t think they are called lifelines, so I apologize to all the palm readers) but I have ended and began habits I feel will help me life a fuller more happy and longer life so how much different am I than the man having the palm surgery?

Can we change our destinies? I say yes. How? Well that is up to you