Thursday, August 31, 2006

Why can't it be october already!

Oh why isn't it october already! I want my Battlestar Galactica fix! With last season cliffhanger it just not fair that it didn't restart with both Stargate seasons. Even more so since Atlantis is not that good (except for one or two episode this far). Now I need Battlestar! or a new great SF serie i could watch while waiting for Battlestar...

hmm now that could be a geek song: Waiting for Battlestar. A country geeky song now that would be a first.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

What the heck!

Well this isn't something really stupid or shocking so it doesn't deserve a what the hell. But after looking at part of the musiqueplus (french low quality MTV) website (no you cannot ask why I was doing that) I found that musiqueplus made an online dating site. Now ok I can understand the gimmick for Ztele (a french sci-fi chanel) making a "geek/nerds" oriented dating site and even found the idea funny. But now if this channel dating site gets more widespread it probably will get sick, a CNN dating site? how about a history channel dating site for those living in the past? Why oh why are television executive so short on interesting new innovative ideas that they have to repeat everything remotely interesting that is done by another channel (well, technically I guess since the owner for both is probably the same in Quebec it not another channel but you get my point).

As I said I understand the whole geek/nerds angle for a sci-fi network, but musiqueplus the network that wonders if it should still air music?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Returning to seeking a girl

Well I should return to seeking a girlfriend (or maybe just a date) but that would mean returning to dating website or changing a lot of my habits... For example I would have to go out more but then again going out again alone wouldn't be too good for getting a girl. What I need is a wing man or knowing a girl that know lots of cute, intelligent single girl.. hmm lets see if I can see anyone fitting either of those criteria.. nope no, I've got to more friend or more girl to be friend with. Either that or register again to dating web site... I really don't feel like doing that since I've been quite unsuccessfully there in the recent pass. Well that not exactly honest I have meet great girl from those web site, I dated one for more then 3 years after all, but I don't know if I could find someone.. or more exactly I don't know if I can write a nice profile to get any girl. Oh well when I'm less drunk I'll look at my option again.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Starship Trooper, the book

I just bought and read the Starship Trooper book (not a book based on the movie but the book from which the movie allegedly came from) by Robert A. Heinlein. It is a really great book, much better of course then the movies. but not just in the usual book better then movie way. As you might remember the movie it was about a facist society that used outrageous propaganda to keep it population in a war. It censors cruelty to animals while showing attrocity done to the human race. It send thousands of soldier to their death for pointless reason and it's controled by former gun crazy military that are obviously inspired by the Nazi.

The book however shows a much more intriguing society where citezen ship must be earned by services to the states, be it military or otherwise depending on individual capability. It follows the trial and raise through the rank of one soldier as he understand the reason behind the society and how it rose from the failure of our own. I really found the commentary on "failure" of our society to be interesting. It basically say that the problem with our full democratic system is that everyone can vote without having to understand what votes means or to understand the sacrifice necessary for a socity society to work.

It also makes many comentary about how violence are part of human nature and that denying it is denying a part of ourself... well I'm not sure I agree with that but the comments about punishement and crime is interesting. Anyway all in all it is a great book and should be read if only to discuss the ideas.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Look a new link!->

Ahah Made you look! Well apparently another of my friend who happens to be Piccolo's husband as started a new blog. So please visit him and poke at his post until he post some more. Apparently he consider himself an idiot or is planning to get an idot to write his blog for him since it it entitle A Tale Told by an Idiot. I'm not someone that likes to argue with people but I have to say I don't belive him to be an idiot, a little slow at playing games (45 minutes for a first turn at Magic:the Gathering, that certainly deserving of mention) but certainly not an idiot.
Beside like our estimeed former prime minister Jean Chrétien would say: "He's not an idiot he is my friend!" (well ok the correct quote would be: He's not a morron he is my friend")

Thursday, August 24, 2006

A litter solar system?

After much deliberation the International Astronomical Union decided to lower the weight of the solar system by dropping Pluto from the planet rooster. This moves came after much deliberation about the future of alien tourism into our part of the Milky Way. They found with much mathematical (apparently done with as much skills as mine) that the significant increase of weight amongst the inhabitant of Earth would lead in 20 years to the total weight of the solar system increasing by as much as 30%. To keep our system a lean and fit one they had no other choice then to perform a planetomie and removes at least 1 planet from the list of those contabilized for our weight.

It is with much sadness that they let go of USA planetary child found in 1930 but it was a decision that had to be made before our system got so insanely fat that it couldn't even move through the milky way. Leading astrologer where heard commenting: "We knew all along you shouldn't include pluti in astrological computation but being people we made the mistake of listened to liberal no brain scientist and it does explain why one 1/4 of our prediction actually came through since 1932. We are now convinced that astrology will regain it's status as a reliable science since we will only be using facts and true planets"

Already our publicist in the rest of the galaxy are starting an aggressive add campaign featuring our leaner system with the slogan: The New Earth and Solar system now with 10% less fat!

[On a side less humorous notes, I'd like to point out that the removal of Pluto from planetary status does not change the weight of the solar system (even if Pluto isn't a planet it is still part of the solar system, and even if somehow that removed Pluto from the solar system it,s mass is too insignificant to change anything to it's mass). Likewise with the increased waist line of our fellow humans, even the 6 billions of us together are no where close to astronomical body mass. To be perfectly honest the mass of our solar system can be approximated to the mass of the sun without much loss in precision (even Jupiter, the largest planet in our system, weight only about 1/1000 of sun.)]

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ancient, the prime directive and all those things

Just about everyboy now a day is familiar with the Star Trek Prime Directive, the law that prevent star fleet captain from interfering with the develloppement of non warp capable species not to destroy/pollute them. Apparently the Ancient, the Tollan and the Nox in the Stargate universe have similliar law (even if the Asgard from the same universe apparently do not.. except for weapons) with various reason. Now such a law probably are a good idea and for the Tollan at least come from experience of giving technology to a less advanced race and suffering dramatic repercussion for it. But they suffer from a basic problem in my opinion, how do you define a primitive society?

You go with the Star Trek approch and put a single defining technology as a base for your technological sharing? You go with the Ancient and simply wait for everyone to have evolved pass the need for body? The Tollan way seems more logical, if they posses technology you do not and you posses some they do not you can share as you obviously are on a similar level. Maybe you only share with species having a simillar outlook in life, like the Nox? Each one of those approch have problem i guess, the Star Trek one relies on technology not cultural advance meaning that you could technically give nukes to a cultures that would fire them at each other before realising their potential for destruction. The Ancient non inteference policy would probably work.. if they had not littered the universe with relics and weapon not to mention entire city full of their knowledge. The Tollan well if you watched Stargate you know how their view ends... and finally the Nox well I can't find much fault with the Nox approch except that the odd of you finding another compatibly species is very low.

Their is finally the problem of the simple existance of that old technology, suppose for some reason the primitive being simply learned of the existance of that technology, the knowledge might be enough to drive them toward seeking that technology. Afterall if species X can do it, then it is possible to do it and we would be crazy not to try.

Personaly if I was writing the laws for space exploration I would include an non interference law, but it would be slightly more complex then the prime directive. The law would state absolutly no contact unless the species has had self-destruction capability for at least 10 of it's generations or at least one colony in another star system. For exemple, for humanity this fictional advanced species wouldn't be allowed to contact us until 2245 (edit: 2145 as stormcrow pointed out...), i.e 200 years after the building of the first nuclear weapon. The second part stand because you will sooner or latter meet the species if it is capable of traveling the stars and the out system colony makes instant destruction very difficult. I do not tie the law with nuclear weapon because i can easilly imagine a species building biological weapon with the same potential or a more advanced species could be able to drop asteroids on itself. This criterium in my mind prove that the species is technically advanced and the it as at least advanced enought socially not to destroy itself at the first opportunity.

I think this would be a good space exploration law no?

Monday, August 21, 2006

Obesity is not relative

I was reading news on the SRC web site and I found this news tidbit about Canadian parent and children obesity. 9% of the parents think their children are fat, while in reality 26% are, and their is the very distinc possibility that in those 9% some aren't fat but that their parent have a screwed perception of health and obesity. Personally I think the problem might be more and more kids are overweight making parents who compare their kids with the other think that they are normal or at worse have a little too much fat that will vanish when they get older. This is a very serious problem, just as serious as boulemia or anorexia, children are in danger of very serious degerative uncurable disease.

Oh, and while i belive it's probably not the child fault if they are obese (they should not have 100% control over what they eat) i still belive that it is the parent fault in part, remember carbage in carbage out principle.

The poor peasant in another movie!

Yesterday I've once again taken my peasant role that was immortalised in the world famous movie T for Troll. We have film another documentary in the same vein as the movie this time about Goblyn (to be called G for Goblyn of course). It is now in post production and should be hitting an internet near you soon. When it is available I will be sure to provide a link. You should watch it as soon as it become available and before I become so famous that even reading this blog will put you in the IN crowd. Oh and Hollywood? I'm waiting for that Oscars nomination for best screen performance now...

Friday, August 18, 2006

the new blogger beta

I've been on the blogger beta mode for a few days now and I must say I really like what they have done with the thing. I like the ease of use and the label function. I've found out thanks to that that in the last 100 post 51 were about my life. Interesting isn't it?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The war on terrorism

The recent alleged bombing plot stopped in London made me think quite a bit about the current war on terrorism. I am very impressed with the efficiency of the world security forces who up to now have stopped just in time just about every terrorist plot. Call me sarcastic but this amazing efficiency sound fishy to me. I might be wrong but it does sound more like propaganda then actual terrorism stopped. The way I see it some government's need the threat of terrorism to maintain or receive power over their population. I also look at the result from those arrest and I find that surprisingly few verdict have been reached. It is still too soon to say that things are dragging on but with the amongst of proof and the urgency of the situation described by the media I would have thing that a conclusion could be reached fast.

In a way what worries me is that the threat of terrorism is almost as effective as an actual act of terrorism to scare people. In a way to scare the population into giving you power you don't need to have another 9/11 just say that you stopped another one... I'm not saying that any of the stopped terror plot where false but the possibility they might all be propaganda is scary.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The solar system...

A proposal at the International Astronomical Union meeting in Prague is trying to increase the number of planets in the solar system. I can already see the ad in the other galaxies and solar system to get aliens to move in:

The new and improved solar system: NOW! with 33% more PLANETS!

Admit it, it will attract a lot more visitors from outer space and it will be great for the abduction, crop circle and UFO theory business. Aside from that, well it doesn't change much for you and I.. the average 10 year old will probably be pissed as he will have to learn 3 more planets to pass his class but hey such is life everything get bigger!

Seriously I hope that this proposal include a definition of what a planet his... well in fact I think that would be the first step lets find a definition of planet we can agree on and then look at the solar system and count how many objects fit that definition.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Completly single again...

Well you remember the sweet 18 year old that gave me her number at my friend wedding? Well we've been dating for a while (well technically 2 month but since she's been away for 1 of those two month less say 1 month). And well we are not dating anymore, during her 1 month absence she found that her feeling for me had change and that she would rather keep me as a friend then continue dating me (story of my life in a way.) I'm waiting for a proof of that continue as a friend thing, my experience with that is less then stellar so I don't have much hope.

Anyway I don't feel too down about it, it just give me more opportunity to meet woman and keep my astronomically high standard from being meet ;-p At least I had a good diner with her while we discussed her feeling and mine and how our dating as come to an end. I hope I can keep her as a friend as she is fun to be around but well the ball is in her court now. So if you know any woman that would meet my standard sent them my way!

The leader of the Party Quebecois as finally been elected

André Boisclair the leader of the Party Quebecois in Quebec as finally been elected by the population. Previously he had only be elected to his post of leader by the member of the party and wasn't even a elected representative in Quebec, which meant he couldn't argue directly politics and law with the majority party. Now some could be impress that he managed to get 70% of the vote (70,8% to be exact) and say that it is a sign that Quebecer want change in their governement. I'm not saying Quebecer don't want change in gouvernement, but I'd like to point out that the two other major party didn't present a candidate to oppose mister Boisclair. In short he was alone and won the race... how surprising, clearly a sign of a desire by the Quebecer to change everything and return to Party Quebecois leadership. Couldn't be clearer no?

I said before I don't trust the guy, he admited to taking coke while he was in an official elected gouvernement office. That shows a lack of judgement that is simply scary. the ideas he presented before are completly opposed to my own and his insistance to make Quebec a souverain country basically makes me want to vote for someone else party... anyone else party.

Monday, August 14, 2006

No catchy title.

Well I couldn't find a catchy title for this post but anyway I think it will be pretty instresting (at least for me to write it.) For years we have been told that money was slowly replacing religion in many people mind . But this article on skepchick magazin illustrate just how crazy it as become. Come on using religion's tactic to get people to enroll in a pyramid scheme. That is really getting desperate and dangerous.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Vanity sizes

The memoirs of a Skepchick blog lead me to an interesting story by another skepchick blogger, Wendy about vanity sizing in woman clothing.

This is something I have always found puzzeling, why are women size abstract value like 0, 14 or 245 (ok maybe not up to 245)? Wouldn't it be simpler to have straight value like we do in men clothing (a 32 waist means that the waist of the jean is 32 inches)? And it would prevent that current trend of vanity sizing the clothe... ok for those of you who didn't click on the link (and because I want to say something about the trend ) Vanity sizing is the weird idea of making larger clothe with a smaller tag (for exemple make something for a size 8 and label it a size 2) just so the woman buying it will fell better about herself.

The idea is ridiculous, imagine if the trend continu they will have to invent negative size (or go with highter multiple of zero like 0000 or 00000000000000 size) to fit the normal (arguably since average person in america is overweight) and thin woman. While wearing a small size might make the woman feel better for a few minutes everyone else still sees her like she really is. Even if the designer vanity sizing got down to calling size 245 size 0, I'm pretty sure the person gravitational pull would remind everyone that she is not thin at all. The way I see it, it is more then time that woman clothes come with easy, clear to read, objective measurement value. If the skirt as a 28 inch waist then say that don't say it a size X (according to the report that was size 8 previously now is size 2) say it's 28 inch. Woman know (or will learn) how to measure themself and while it might be bad for a few egos it's probably better in the long run.

People will have to choose either accept that they wear 200 inch wide skirt or take step to change it. It's a win win situation and is probably a good step in the fight against obesity.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Now who is picky

Reading Yofed comment on my last post I had only one thing to say: AHAH you're pickier then me! Yep according to this comment their are only 5 people in the world she finds sexy while "I" on the other hand know I find at least 7 thousand women sexy in QUEBEC only! So if we take the same statistic and applies it to the world population (that for convinience sake we will approximate to 7 billion) that means I would find at least 7 million women sexy in the world! Now who is picky? the guy who find 7 milion women or the woman that find exactly 2 guy and 3 girl sexy? Yofed you have lost the privilige of calling my standard for a girlfriend high and to complain that they prevent me from finding someone nah. Your honor (yes of course their is a judge presiding this trial what did you think I was an amater?) I think I have proven that Yofed is pickier then me and as her former accusation damaged my self-esteem and reputation I ask that the court give me compensation! Thank you your honor.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Things to ponder...

If the first thing you think about a woman is how sexy she is she out of your league, if you feel she is drop dead gorgeous she is WAY out of your league. Girl if you wonder if a guy wants to sleep with you, the answer is yes. If you don't wonder then once again the answer is probably yes. If you are wondering if a guy is a pervert well then you can probably find someone that you can define as a pervert.. easilly. But the question you should be asking yourself is would you think him a pervert? and what do you consider a pervert exactly?

well that all I'm not drunk enought to make a really funny drunk post sorry yofed. Oh and it is really funny to try and find which girl you find sexy enough :-p

My computer need a memory transplant

Well after my powersupply died and I bought another I thought my computer was saved from the dept of death. Unfortunatly mister Murphy had another plan for me. You see when I finally managed to get my comptuer working (because of course the hard driver suffered a little confusion in the crashes) it is unusually slow (and by unusually slow I mean dead turtle could have outran the electron moving throught there). After a few minutes of research i found that half my memory didn't register anymore, well it's the half that was "damaged" 6 years ago so I had expected it to fail someday... but still I'd have prefered for it not to happen. So at the moment my pc is close to dead, moving at crawling speed throught data while I wait for the RAM I ordered to arrive (in under a week according to the salesman, but I don't belive salesman anymore). In the mean time please wait a few more days for my pictures to be ready to be displayed and you to be amased by my trip :-)