Quantum Theory at its Best

April 5th, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Science/Tech

Thanks to quantum theory and the crazy bastards who try to understand it, I may not have to rely solely on the Time Travel Fund after all. The article’s title sums it up.

Scientists claim that quantum theory proves consciousness moves to another universe at death:

The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist. It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is going to perish, sooner or later, thinking their consciousness will disappear too. If the body generates consciousness, then consciousness dies when the body dies. But if the body receives consciousness in the same way that a cable box receives satellite signals, then of course consciousness does not end at the death of the physical vehicle. In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. In other words, it is non-local in the same sense that quantum objects are non-local.

Lanza also believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously. In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated into this universe. This means that a dead person while traveling through the same tunnel ends up not in hell or in heaven, but in a similar world he or she once inhabited, but this time alive. And so on, infinitely. It’s almost like a cosmic Russian doll afterlife effect.

The Restart Page

January 11th, 2012 at 6:17 am | Science/Tech

Sleep has been eluding me for the past couple of hours, and there are a number of tabs I’ve been meaning to close, so about some light blogging?

The Restart Page is pretty badass, at least if you’re a bit of a computer nerd like me. Watching Windows 3.1 and 95 restart and go through the reboot process sent a wave of nostalgia over me. Nearly brought a tear to me eye.

Of course, you’ll have to go to the actual Restart Page to make the restart buttons work. But I didn’t need to tell you that, did I?

[Via JWZ]

Cruisin’ Down the Freeway in the Hot, Hot Sun

October 5th, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Daylog, Science/Tech

Finally swung by a Verizon store today to get the awesome classical music ringback tone on my phone switched off. It didn’t bother me, mostly because I never have to hear it, but it was irritating several other people who call me on a regular basis, namely Sarah. But now I’m thinking about replacing it with something really obnoxious. Like OMC’s “How Bizarre” or “In the Ghetto” by Elvis. Heh.

In other technology news, my HP Pavilion laptop is throwing a Blue Screen of Death again, with the same “Memory Management” reason as before. Think I’m gonna just replace the RAM, since that’s what I was told the issue was before. Hopefully that will fix it, because, frankly, the damn thing is becoming too unreliable to use.

Gotta say, HP: not a big fan of your laptops right now. It’s my first, and it might be the last I ever buy from you.

Now I am off to Kristin’s. She’s making linguini in pesto sauce tonight, and I plan on helping by staying out of her way.

Secret Plane Crashes

June 2nd, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Science/Tech

Over on their website, National Geographic has a fascinating article up on a top-secret spy plane prototype being tested at Area 51 during the height of the Cold War and which crashed in Utah in 1963, and the subsequent governmental cover-up:

In an undated picture, a mock-up of the A-12 spy plane sits perched upside down on a testing pylon at Area 51—part of radar tests to reveal revealed how visible, or invisible, the design was to radar.

Area 51 staff had to regularly interrupt such tests and hurry prototypes into “hoot-and-scoot sheds”—lest they be detected by Soviet spy satellites.

The article is based on a cache of documents recently declassified by the CIA. There are a number of other wonderful and very retrofuturistic photos on NG’s site.

Resisting the Urge to Knot Make a Pun

April 28th, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Crazy Internets, Science/Tech

A couple times in the past several weeks I found myself in situations where it would have been damned useful for me to know how to tie a proper knot — like when I helped Nate put a tarp on top of his shed to cover a hole, and we ended up tying it down using a variation of the “loop it around itself twenty times and hope to god you never have to untie it” knot.

Peter Hudson’s iwillknot.com would have been useful to know about then.

This is a site about knots: how to tie them, how to appreciate their beauty. Even the seriously knot-challenged among us can learn to tie many useful and popular knots by following along with the short, step-by-step instructional video clips on this site.

The interface is simple and minimal, and Hudson demonstrates very clearly how to make twelve different knots.

I’m saying something about this here in case anyone else finds themselves suddenly needing to tie something — or someone — down and would like to do so using secure knot that will be easy to untie.

Stargate Junkyard

November 26th, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Science/Tech

Where old Stargates go to die:

[via JWZ]

Mechanically Separated Chicken Looks Delicious

October 4th, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Science/Tech

It looks like strawberry soft-serve ice cream, but it tastes like chicken. Science wins again.

At least now I know why McDonald’s chicken mcnuggets always tasted pink to me.

Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. It comes out looking like this.

It looks like strawberry soft-serve ice cream, but it tastes like chicken!

The Skinny on a Paper-Thin, Non-Rigid Battery

September 22nd, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Science/Tech

New technologies like these paper-thin rechargeable lithium-ion batteries make me very happy to be living in the future.

[The researchers] coated a solid support with a thin film of carbon nanotubes and deposited a film of a metal-containing lithium compound on top of the nanotubes. Then the team deposited the double-layer films on both sides of ordinary paper. In that design, the lithium layers function as battery electrodes and the nanotube films serve as current collectors. The paper is the electrode separator and also serves as a mechanical support.

They would be very useful, I imagine, in devices like e-book readers, or maybe even some smartphones. That’s assuming, of course, that such a battery could one day be cost-efficient enough for mass production.

The Gumby of batteries

iPad? Nope, iPass

January 27th, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Science/Tech

Every person on the Internet who has some form of bully pulpit is probably going to write about the much-ballyhooed iPad that Apple announced today, so I may as well throw in my two Abe Lincolns.

In short: I have taken an immediate disliking to this iPad.

It’s expensive, considering how little it does — $499 for the cheapest version, which is only 16GB. You can get up to 64GB, but that costs $699. And then there’s all the extra Apple-exclusive crap that they will nickel-and-dime you for: apps, iBooks, etc.

You can’t multitask with it, since it’s not running OSX, but only the stripped down iPhone OS. So you want to run iWorks and do anything else? Sorry, out of luck.

It’s an ebook reader, yes — but only if you purchase the books through the iBookstore. So if you have other DRM-free or PDF ebooks, you’re screwed.

Boing-Boing has a short summary of the iPad’s major features that is pretty good, though I disagree with them on the theory that it will kill the netbook, if simply because of the keyboard issue.

The iPad has a full on-screen QWERTY keyboard, similar to the iPhone, which is fine for typing in a quick Internet search or sending a short message, but as far as doing any real typing? No, no one who has to do any serious amount of typing is going to want to use an on-screen keyboard. The tactile dichotomy between a virtual keyboard and a physical keyboard is just too awkward for any extended use.

There’s more that I could go on about, but I think that’s good for starters. And as a small note: this post isn’t coming from some hatred of all things Apple. While admittedly I am a PC person, I do own an iPod (sadly, Microsoft’s Zune is a flawed product) and wouldn’t complain if a MacBook magically showed up on my doorstep one day.

My issue is with the annoying fervor of the hype and speculation that has been going on for the last six months regarding the announcement of the iPad, not to mention the perception of Apple in the general public.

Like I told my sister earlier: It’s not that I hate Apple; I just think that they sell overpriced products which uninformed people automatically “know” are better, simply because they cost a lot more and are shiny. People who have no idea how a computer actually works will go on and on about how their PC is slow and has nineteen hundred viruses on it, which is certainly not because they’re an idiot and click on malware links or have 900 programs running or still download music from Limewire, but because “PCs suck.” They think owning a Mac will suddenly make their computing life so much better.

So Apple: I already own two computers — a desktop and a notebook — and I like my books analog. Tell me why I need this product?

R.I.P. GeoCities

October 26th, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Daylog, Science/Tech

Today’s XKCD reminded me that Yahoo’s GeoCities web hosting service was closing its doors today, and taking the zillions of late ’90s- and early ’00s-era we pages offline forever.

I used GeoCities for my first two web sites: “Elephantitic Monkey” and “Stranded on the Edge of Infinity.” I made Elephantitic Monkey when I was still in high school, and Stranded the year after I graduated. They were awful looking sites, as you might expect, but they were badass at the time.

My eyes!  My EYES!

GeoCities’ PageBuilder was a drag-and-drop, WYSIWYG application that was a bitch to work with to build a web page, and an even bigger pain to update. Because I knew nothing coding at the time, anytime I updated the sidebar — where the navigation choices would be listed — I had to update every single page that had been previously made. After a couple months’ worth of content, this became a teeth-grindingly tedious and frustrating process. Eventually I had a friend who actually knew the back-end processes write up some HTML code for frames, which made the updating much, much simpler. I watched him come up with it in about five minutes, and it may as well have been in Cyrillic for all that I actually understood it. Of course, then a few months later, I abandoned Stranded in favor of the first incarnation of this here web site.

I didn’t archive either Elephantitic Monkey or Stranded, and I kind of wish I had, just so I could be nostalgic and mildly offended at the same time. A quick Google search doesn’t reveal any archived version of them, either. (Though it did bring up a result for a book entitled STRANDED: STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF INFINITY — how random is that?)

BUT — since I do keep copies of all the actual files of everything that was on those pages, I was able to go back and read some of the stuff that was on Stranded. I forgot how collaborative a site it really was. There were seven people contributing columns at one point, four or five people contributing short stories and poetry, and several people turning in photos and artwork. That’s pretty fucking cool, actually.

Part of me thinks that it would be intriguing to put together a similar community like that again. If I could come up with an easy enough way to design and maintain it — and find enough people willing to contribute to make it a worthwhile endeavor — I would. It’s certainly something to think about.