Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Buses and collisions

Well this morning I’ve been in a bus accident, not a big collision just one bus going about 15 km/h hitting another bus that was at rest. Thankfully, almost no one was standing in either bus but their were still at least two peoples were hurt. I do not know the severity of their injuries but at least one was evacuated in an ambulance. From what I could gather (the wounded were not in the same vehicule as I was) the person taken away in an ambulance suffered head trauma. I was very disapointed with the way the drivers handled the situation, yes they called the ambulance, police and fireman but aside from that they did not do anything. They did not inform the people they should leave the bus to take the next one, did not inform us on what was happending, did no really try to do any first aid to the wounded and did not really check on their passenger. For exemple, in my bus one old person that was getting on the bus at the moment of collision felt right next to the driver, the driver look to see if she was allright but failed to ask anyone else on the bus about their condition and the woman next to me fell to floor. I hope the injured woman only suffered minor injuries and I must say I’m very grateful that this happened with buses that were not fully loaded with standing passengers. The number of wounded would have been much higher with probably a lot of serious injuries.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

(Il)logical proof tht the universe is full of intelligent life

It all comes from a quote from Frank Zappa:

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

Since scientists now know that the main component of matter in the universe is dark matter, it stands to reason that dark matter is stupidity. Now you might wonder what in hell does it have to do with intelligence in the universe? Well it simple really, since we know that stupidity, i.e dark matter, interact with all form of matter only with gravity that means that if Earth was the only source of dark matter everything would orbit around Earth. It would be the most massive thing in the universe aside from black hole just from the concentration of dark matter around it. Since we observe that there is a lot of dark matter in the universe and that as far as we know stupidity can only be produced by sentient species (i.e intelligent being, talk about irony) we have not choice but to conclude that the universe is full of intelligent life producing ungodly amoungt of stupidity.

Here you have it folk, you’ve seen it here first, the conclusive irrifutable proof of the existance of millions of intelligent species in the universe just as stupid as we are.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day

90 years ago on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the war to end all war, that would ironically only a few years later reconized as the 1st world war, ended in whimper. After years of battle and countless death, the guns were finally silent, peace and the prelude for another war were starting to be built. Today, in Canada, we remember and honor the sacrifices of the soldiers that gave their lives to defend Canada ideals all over the world. Remember that a soldier is someone that will put his body between his loved one and war so that they would be spared its horror by his sacrifice.

In flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short day ago,
We lived, flet dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing had we throw
The Torchè be yorus to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In flanders fields.
Lt Col. John McCrae , MD(1872-1918).

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Shield up!

Humanity is taking one more step toward workable space exploration as well as taking one more step toward SF fan boy dream, shield technology. The theory was old, we where pretty sure magnetic field could deflect solar wind particules (well that one of Earth's protection from harmful solar radiation) but it's the first time we duplicated the effect.