Reposted from a status post on Facebook on November 1st, 2013. Be sure to fill out the poll(s) below, if they’re still available – I may use it in my speech for class next week! Read more of this post
First, this will probably be replaced with something more in-depth later as I am given time to actually think about this, so don’t count this as an official post, and don’t link to this posting, as it may be gone. I just want to get this on the computer prior to meeting someone today.
If you’ve never been to meetme.com, aka the former myyearbook.com, you might want to consider doing so. It’s a social networking site geared more towards dating and meeting people rather than an all-encompassing social site like what Myspace used to be or what Facebook is now. One of the sections on the site is “Ask Me Anything,” which allows members to ask friends and people questions – or, if no one is asking you anything, generate questions for you to answer.
One of the questions it asked me that got my wheels turning was “Do you believe that there are real psychics?”
The first thought I had was t think of how a psychic might scientifically be able to legitimately exist. This lead to two thoughts, one of which is theory I’m going to explore.
The one I’m not going to explore is how they might work, which involves energy being able to be transferred along the fabric of time to receptors able to understand and translate those energies. This one is not important enough to me to explore, as I’d gain little from the knowledge.
The one to explore has much more merits as a writer as well as a scientist – which somewhat fits me well. That theory explains the creation of theories in terms of the currently untestable, and has two parts. The first part is the fact that, to come up with said theory, you need to be able to explain how it might work. That’s the easy, as humans have been doing this for years.
The second part is figuring out what gap(s) in knowledge and current science exist to get from point a to point b, This doesn’t mean giving full detail of said gap, unless you think you can explain the details missing in between; or, in other words, coming up with two-three possible theories to get back to the initial theory. If you can do this, you can argue it as possibly a real theory, since the only part in the way is proving it.
Note that I didn’t add “disprove” – that’s because, as humans, we tend to believe stuff can not work until proven otherwise. We already know we’re not going to be able to prove it right away, but if we can fill in enough of the gap to give someone else, either now or in the future, the ability to test said theory, we can give them a door to try to go through.
I have to run now – I’ll explore this more in-depth in a future post.
Here is the scenario: You wake up stranded on an island. Civilization has never been her, and as far as you can there is no evidence explaining how you got there. You are naked, and there is no wreckage nearby either to explain things or to assist you. What do you do?
Some of you may already understand the exercise (and it would not surprise me to find a few people have gone through this – or worse), and a few of you may already have your minds made up. Some (like myself) will have obvious questions: What happened, how did I get there, why am I naked, etc. Other people will have extreme reactions, some in a definite direction of death, others towards a more positive end. Some people will have an external motivator they can focus on. Read more of this post
On this day 36 years ago I was born. Today I plan on 2 posts, one of which had to be delayed from the original time I was going to post (hence, why there’s an announcing post instead.)
Expect a post at
12:07 and 6:07 P.M. postponed until further notice. Sorry for the delay, hope you enjoy them.
Let’s get a few points before I begin. First, THIS IS ONLY AN OPINION – I am only a student in the educational system, not an employee, so at best, this is speculation. Second, This is not an argument about which one is correct, nor is it an argument for which one is wrong. While I will state why I feel teaching both are important, I’m neither a scientist nor a theologist for any religion. I’m not going to pick sides or ask you to pick sides – I’ll leave that to those more qualified than myself.
Last but not least, I ask that everyone keeps an open mind on what I have to say. Opinions are great when all sides are informed of the arguments and make their choices from that information, but more often than not, one side skews a view in their favor. As I said, I’m here to give an opinion on why a problem that becomes ridiculous debate exists even at the college level.
That problem: The theory of evolution as taught in school.
Last week we started our summer semester at Rock Valley College, and the first class of the semester was Human Biology (BIO-100). The first two chapters we started learning from were based on what Biology is and the Theory of Evolution. As we hit the second chapter, my professor brought up creationism repeatedly, pointing out problems the theory has not answered, the flaws with common knowledge about the theories, and some of the similarities between the two. He did not cover creationism directly, but his intent wasn’t to do so – it was to make us think.
Sir, you succeeded. My thoughts?
Okay, let’s get the easy part out of the way: Windows 8 is far from a perfect operating system, and its many problems and shortcomings – not the least of which stem from not listening to its consumer base – is shameful and disappointing. I’m not going to blame anyone on any platform for having complaints on it.
However, for all of the flaws for which I am seeing people gripe and moan about, there is alot to like about it, and a good argument for keeping both Metro and standard desktop UI elements together. It’s not yet ready for the work floor, but for the home consumer, it’s a step in the right direction – and deserves a little less flack than what it’s receiving.
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Has anyone given thought to the words we use? Most of us (at least people that I know) are brought up not to say certain words until a certain age, and other words not at all. While I don’t agree with this practice, the “how it’s used” part I definitely think is important – especially when you’re reffering to either yourself or the people you care about in your life.
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Now that summer’s almost underway and I am making a change of plans in my career and lifestyle paths, I have some time to deal with some things on my mind. One of them is the continual number of people that I want to be around rejecting me, and the people I don’t want in my life wanting me around.
That may be a mean way to look at things, but from my point of view, it is necessary. While I believe everyone is capable of change, and that people are able to be anything they really want to be, I don’t have the time, patience or skill to make those kind of drastic changes in someones life – nor should I. While I don’t mind helping someone who wants to lose weight, I should not be the main reason for that change, nor should I be the one pushing it onto someone else.
Likewise, some behaviors and beliefs are more difficult to change. While we can easily point to someone whose constant visits to the all-you-can-eat buffets lead them to a dependence on insulin shots and heart monitors, it’s harder to show how the actions we take as adults impact our children’s futures. As much as I’d rather not be alone, I’d also rather not be responsible for not giving any kids I have the best possible futures they can have.
So what am I looking for in someone?
- Behavior, or how you treat others. This one is big – huge – in my world, and with good reason. Most of the women I reject have attitudes and behaviors I disagree with. For example, they let their kids run around like wild children, misbehaving as they like, staying up for odd hours of the night or doing crazy stuff. Likewise, there are some parents to strict and scary that anything might set them off. This is something that can be observed even in non-parents: How they treat their animals, friends and family is almost a reflection of how they’d treat kids. If you make me cringe, scared or concerned, I will dump you.
- Looks are very important. I don’t ever expect to date any Playboy models or red carpet queens – and many of these women aren’t worth approaching anyway. However, I’m not looking for the next supermodel – I just want to know that you’re really taking care of yourself. Many of the problems I have now are the end result of not doing my best to take care of my health – spending too much time in fast food joints and all-you can eat buffets, and not enough time camping, biking, swimming or even walking. I’m a firm believer that is big is not beautiful, that looking like you have parts chunking or swooshing about you can’t be healthy. I don’t want some rail-thin twig in my life, but I don’t want to date someone who looks like a cross between a human and a rhinoceros or elephant either. I’ll give anyone a chance, but your attitude and actions about this will determine how long I stay.
- I have to be comfortable around you. This one is extremely difficult to do, but is crucial to our relationship. As much as I’d like to say I can weather anything, the truth of the matter is that I really need to be able to trust you. I need to know, if I mess up or do something you don’t agree with, that you’re not dumping me the next day. If I can’t trust you to do that, and if I have reason to believe you’ll run out of my life, we’re not going to work. (This I speak with experience – my last relationship failed because neither of us could trust the other.)
- We’re Equal. This is one of those things where I should not have to say it, but from what I see, no one understands. I may not bleed monthly, grow kids in my belly (I don’t have a womb to grow them in, either!), and will probably not be as good looking as, or cook as awesomely, as you. Whatever my shortcomings are, I’m not going to tolerate someone controlling or manipulating me, nor will I tolerate talking about how you’re better than, or in control of, me. I don’t want to tell you what to do or how to live your life, either – I want to see you as an equal, as a partner and a friend, not as competition. I view it as respect, and those sort of things show a clear lack of.
- Make our time count! I should not feel like I have to give ALL of my time and energy to you, nor do I expect you to do that for me. However, we should not be so far apart as to not give each other those moments daily, whether it’s cuddling while watching TV, sharing some quality shower and massage time, or going on little trips and adventures. One of my bigger mistakes was neither supporting any efforts my ex made to have her alone time, or to allow her that – nor did I make the time we had together as enjoyable as it could have been. I’d like to enjoy my hobbies, get the projects I need to done, and when I feel it is right, share in my hobbies and interests, and learn from you with your hobbies and interests as well.
Part of the reason I am making the efforts I am to change and improve myself and my quality of life is knowing that I’m not where I feel equal in these matters – expecting you to take care of yourself, for example, is very unfair when there was a long time when I didn’t. That’s also the reason why it’s there and why I am working on those things, because I now have injuries and hurts I would not have had I taken better care of myself. I’m not going to ask of you what I do not expect of myself, and It’s why my emphasis is more on behavior than on looks.
I won’t blame anyone for rejecting me anymore – but I try to make sure to have a solid reason for rejecting someone as well. If you see what I am looking for as a problem, say so and back out – I’d rather have your honesty than you try and waste each other’s time.
One last thing: There is a lot I can look past and can forgive. Don’t take any of these as bullets for breaking the relationship – if I’m giving you an honest chance and you’re breaking one of these, we’ll talk about it when I feel it is right. I know people can change, and I know I’ve forgiven these things before.
If you can pass these tests, and accept me for who I am, we can go a long way together.
So, here we are, and every part of the world is now officially on or past the 22nd, and we now know that, whether we misinterpreted the markings, someones translation was off, or the stone carver felt they had done enough, the apocalypse prediction was wrong and nothing major really happened. I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing…
Two things nationally have me angry. The first is major media news, whom I think have finally come to a point of desensitized that the shooting I relinked from Jenn earlier was, more or less, glossed over while an organization spewing the same rhetoric they’ve always spewed gets all of the attention. I would think a person who tried pulling off another mass-killing would have more attention, but I guess we’re going to compare numbers and 3 people dead does not compare to 26. I think we’ve forgotten the value of life altogether.
The other thing is our elected officials – not just our president, but both sides of congress as well – having had all of this time since the election to come to terms and work out an agreement on our budget, yet are at their homes, divided by party politics, and set on screwing all Americans monetarily once again. I think all of their jobs should be put on the line, and if they can’t come up with a resolution by New Years Day, they should be fired – every single one of them – for not doing the job we elected them to. I wonder how serious they’d take their jobs if they faced what the poor and jobless face everyday.
All of this does tie in together: a worry that I have. I wonder, with all of the jokes we cracked about how the Mayans were wrong, if we’re going to go back to our ordinary lives, forgetting that we should be living every day like as if the world will end tomorrow. I wonder if we’re so desensitized by the media and the government that we have a statistical and monetary value for something that should be priceless and cherished. I wonder how many of us aren’t that desensitized already…
Okay, off my soap box – for now…
This is a repost from Facebook on 12/19/2012. It may be edited to fix spelling or grammatical errors. It was used to post a link: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/video-games-violence-generation-blames-latest-media-expert/story?id=18009898#.UNGVhORQV8F
“I knew it was only a matter of time before THIS discussion showed up on some news channel…
I’ve had a lot of thought on this topic, as well as a lot of debate, over the years, and in some ways I’ve mellowed a little. I think, when you enjoy certain types of media, any thing saying something may be wrong with it is considered an offense and we go into attack mode. It’s also easy, until we look at other people, to forget how while the majority of people can handle things under normal circumstances, not everyone is capable of handling certain normalities in society. It’s also easy to ignore how many things that are unhealthy for our bodies and our minds have grown exponentially, or to look past how we’ve become not only as a society, but as individuals.
In spite of all of this, I can’t help but to stress the importance of what I’ve felt all along. You can only shelter your kids so much – some people simply lack the understanding or consideration not to play harmful stuff, such as movies, music and video games, in front of others It’s not yours or the government’s place to dictate stuff like that, as much as you may dislike it.
However, as more of us are becoming or have become parents, we have responsibilities to our kids, to raise them to be better, smarter, and more responsible as adults. This goes beyond those that have kids, as well – while it is okay to do as you please inside your home, anytime there’s kids present we should be conscious about what we enjoy and interact with in front of them. That doesn’t mean hiding everything – some things, like this shooting, children should know as much of the truth as they can understand. It does mean, though, that we probably shouldn’t let our 3-year-olds watch the news when they get graphic in descriptions of the events.
Violent or graphic media – gangsta rap, fighting/first-person-shooter games, horror movies – should not be banned, taxed or restricted because of some crazy people having a harmful effect to it, any more so than alcohol, cigarettes or food be banned because of the harmful effects they have on people. The same principle does apply to usage, though: there’s a difference between use and abuse. If you’re forcing your kid to eat apples and celery instead of Twinkies and McDonald’s, and you’re forcing them to either go outside or do homework before TV and Video Games, you probably are aware of this: Your 7-year-old probably is not ready to go from nursery rhymes to Tupac, your 10-year-old probably is not ready for “Call of Duty:Black Ops II”, and your 12-year-old might not be ready for the “Saw” series or “Schindler’s List”. I say “might” on the last one because if you’re lucky to have a perfectly healthy and stable kid, they might also be mature enough to handle both the blood and gore, as well as the adult content, of the series or film.
I can’t stress this enough: responsible parenting, not bans and restrictions, will make our society better, and will help to stop these sort of events. I’m adding, however, that this extends beyond the reach of the parent, to all adults: All of our actions are observed by kids, whether we like or want them to, whether we’re related or connected to them. What you do in the privacy of your home is with you – If you want to watch “Dirty Sluts on Parade in Nazi Land” in the privacy of your bedroom or after the kids go to bed, that’s fine. What you do in front of, or allow your kids to do, is a different matter.
You can’t control everyone else, but you can control what you do.”
Although I do not make as many blogs as I used to, I do not take kindly to SPAMmers. Any posts I find will be deleted in a prompt fashion. If you don’t like it, pay me advertise here – I’ll be more than happy to give space to people who pay me the money to do so. Thank you.
I realize most of you won’t care, but I’m reposting this so there’s record of it. I just sent a message to Mr. Zuckerburg with a couple of suggestions I’ve talked about on here. Enjoy!
I hope you will indulge me for a minute and forgive me for what I am missing – I’m clearly not a parent, and I’m not trying to judge or tell anyone how to live or raise their kids. What I have to say is based only on my observations in recent months, and not on any hard data, either statistical or scientific.