Thursday, July 26, 2007

A safety blanket

After reading Yofed's post about the nature of god I decided to post one of a similar nature. I believe most of you already have an idea of the nature of the post from the title and the first line but before I begin I want to say that that my vision of god is not extended to the people that believe in god. So to begin:

To me god is a safety blanket, early in life a child believe that it grant him protection and safety. He integrate it in all aspect of life and use it as a confidant, a protector. The safety blanket grand him supper power in his game, it makes him a super hero when he really believe, it hide him from the eyes of the world when he wants to be alone. Having a blanket to protect himself, confide in , comfort him downs,t make sense for the adult but to the child it is the most logical thing in the world. He will throw tantrum when his world view is disputed, he will refuse to eat, sleep or do most thing without his blanket. He believes that no matter what happen the blanket will be there to protect him and save him from harm. He takes other kids and adult humoring his fantasy as sign of the power of the blanket to hide and protect him.

But in the end the child must grow up and leave the fantasy of the blanket protection. It is actually harmful to his development to keep it beyond his childhood. The belief that the blanket can make him fly might kill him when he tries it for real. The blanket has no special power to hide him and no special wisdom to impart to the child now adult, it is just in the end a blanket given power by the imagination of a child. The blanket like god is a safety net a way to fell safe in a world that makes little senses to give senses to that world. It can do miracle, it knows all, it talks to you and accept you exactly like you are, in short it is the perfect friend. A perfect illusion that help you fell safe, protected, loved but in the end an illusion.

The idea for this post came to me when I thought about a quote from Konstatin Tsiolkovsky the theoretical father of rocketry: "Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot remain in the cradle forever." The child analogy struck me as very fitting for the form of god.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Now, who said astronomy wasn't cool

Ok everybody agrees that rock n' roll is pretty cool, not everyone agree that astrophysics is cool but now I think we have the irrefutable proof that it is in fact. Apparently a rock star will be finishing is phd in Astrophysics (after a small wait of 30 years!). Yep, guitarist Brian May is a former phd student in astrophysics and not only that he will be getting data from the Canaries Island. Well he will not be using the WHT like I was he will apparently be using the slightly smaller Galileo telescope (a 3.6 m telescope) and he isn't studying something that I know about (Zodiacal dust cloud). So if astrophysics is good enough for a one of Queen's member it must be pretty cool no? Ok you might say it is not but try to name another science which ever had a true rock star phd (not an honorary one).

Rock On Astrophysics!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Dating site and stuff

I was reading a post about friendship between men and woman on another blog and it had a link to Marc Boilard's web site. For those of you who do not know Marc Boilard, he is a self proclamed master of seduction who has an interesting saying: "Their is two type of guy in the world, those that buy the bras and those that unhook them." As most people I'd prefer to in the second group (well as most heterosexual guy and some lesbian I'm guessing). But anyway back to the web site, it features a dating site section... where: woman rules. Now, with the usual 10 to 1 men to woman ratio in most dating site I fail to see how this is a new concept. On most dating site woman can chose to reject guy simply by their pictures, or if they don't like the title of the mail they send them of for whatever other reason... just like Boilard's site in fact.

Strangely I don't wonder why this is the case, I've already said that I belive it is a lot easier for a woman to find a guy that it is for a guy to find a woman (with a few notable exception). Also most of the woman I know are a little "affraid" of the internet and technology or simply not technosavi (there are more exception to this rule however). Those two factors combined make the number of male on dating site disproportionally high. And there is one last thing, most profile are dead boring, I'm guessing that just about 90% of the people there like: good wine and diner with friends and the great outdoors. Oh well their are some interesting people there.. I hope cause I'm still on one. No, not Boilard's.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Right, left, up, down, front or back

Well I've been reading for the past few months a few political blog of people on different side of the political spectrum. And I've come to a conclusion, the political spectrum is crap. All it does is polarize debate and stop idea that are not on the popular side of the spectrum at the moment. I really don't understand how we continu to refuse ideas based on a perception of where it stand on an abstract, ill defined and very subjective spectrum. I've read blogs that simply make fun of the other side (whatever it might be), blog that try to promote their side and blog that complain that the world is not on their side enought. But frankly it only achieve to waste a lot of energy, and to discart a lot of good idea because they do not fit a minority idea of what should be. I'm starting to belive that the only way our social system can progress is to drop the whole idea of left and right and simply work with ideas, would this be a good idea for the good of the society and it's people or wouldn't it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Intriguing web site...

Hmm while visiting some web site I saw and add on the left side for "pretty, horny and single girl in Donnacona". Well since I know someone that lives there and that has seen pretty much everyone in the small town (Donnacona host 5500 souls). So I looked at the picture and the web site from the add and I must say that Donnacona didn't look like that when I went there... and even if I could belive they where some girl like that in Donnacona, I couldn't belive that on a population of almost 6000 their could be over an hundred sexy, horny, single girl between 20 and 29 years old. I wonder how much reseach they do before putting their "planted" profiles to attract men or woman here. I could belive a number like that for Quebec or another of the provinces not too small town (anything over 10 000 soul basically). But for Donnacona? come on!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The problem with nuclear power

I am someone that believe in nuclear power as a safe and environmentally friendly power source. I could go into detail about why it is Eco friendly and safe but today I prefer to go into the problem of nuclear power and our society. As the accidents in Japan illustrate, nuclear power has risk for the environment. These risk can be minimised or even almost completely removed with an easy step: vigilance. If we keep watch on our installation and do not let any problem go unreported, nuclear power will be safe. However while this happen for the first few years after the establishment of the nuclear power plan our human nature makes us forget our vigilance when nothing happens. Add to that our society idea that profits must always increase we get a combination that can be deadly.

Not to mention that our installation are now facing a crisis, most of them where planed into the 50s and where quite safe, but hard radiation does unpredictable harm to substance (basically tearing them apart at the atomic level if you will) and heavy overhaul must be done in most of the power plan around the world. However, environmental "concern" and public fear of nuclear power (strangely weak in Japan) delay or get those repair cancel with promises that the power plan might be turned off. However growing energy needs and concern in other area of the environmental debate force those power plan to remain operational. The problem is that the longer we keep a power plan in service without modernising it a lot the greater the risk something goes wrong... dangerously wrong.


The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very High
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Thing I really suck at in video games

So this will be a non senses post about a damn part of God of War that took me about 1/2 hours to finish. Basically you have to walk your character across a serie of small blanck without falling down. I fell maybe 20 million times! In short I suck in that part, i suck so hard I almost threw the controler away! Well thankfully I manage to get throught it but I hope their is no more of those because I hate them!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

I blame yofed for those!

You Should Rule Saturn

Saturn is a mysterious planet that can rarely be seen with the naked eye.

You are perfect to rule Saturn because like its rings, you don't always follow the rules of nature.
And like Saturn, to really be able to understand you, someone delve beyond your appearance.

You are not an easy person to befriend. However, once you enter a friendship, you'll be a friend for life.
You think slowly but deeply. You only gain great understanding after a situation has past.

Your Personality is Very Rare (INTP)

Your personality type is goofy, imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant.

Only about 4% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 6% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving.

You Are 92% Tortured Genius

You totally fit the profile of a tortured genius. You're uniquely brilliant - and completely misunderstood.
Not like you really want anyone to understand you anyway. You're pretty happy being an island.

You Are 64% Gentleman

You are definitely a gentleman. You're very considerate and you have excellent manners.
Occasionally, you slip and do something foolish... but usually no one notices!

You Are a Mac

You are creative, stylish, and super trendy.
You demand the best - even if it costs an arm and a leg.

I might have seen the birth of a new star

If you look at the label for this post you will realise that the astronomy one is strangely lacking. Well the reason is quite simple it as nothing to do with astronomy. A few months ago I met a girl online on a dating site and while we didn't hook up or anything we did become great friends. Well this girl wants to be a signer and change the world and yesterday was her first ever concert as an artist. I can tell you that she is not one of those Star Academie/American Idol kind of predisgested star you'll see these day.

No this is one person I could see as a true star a girl that could sing a song that would end a war (if you don't get the reference it's Macross). She as a voice that eclipse every other voice I have heard, rich strong and beautifull. And she does look amazing on stage. I am pretty sure she will succed and become very famous (tho probably not rich... she too generous for riches) and once she is well I'll have the honor of having one of her first autograph, and some of the best pictures of her first show. No I won't be posting them here, even if she wants to be famous I don't have her permission for it and since most of not all the 300 pictures I took are of her well... You'll see her when she become famous!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Sneak Attack!

Well fabulous reader I am back and this time with a little serie of video I found really funny on youtube. If you know anything about Dungeon and Dragon I'd recommand you watch them.