I had them order a 32GB model for me. So I'll be getting mine in a few days.
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It was October 21, 2015 that the time-traveling DeLorean went to in the movie Back to the Future II. There were flying cars, hoverboards, and Mr. Fusion.
2015 is fast approaching, and I think I may have spotted a prototype of the flying car. The front tire is in the hover position.
I hold to the philosophy that everything can be joked about, especially the tragic things.
If you don't remember or haven't seen them, this is a spoof of the rather annoying Headon TV commercials that ran a while back. They'd say it 3 or 4 times in a row, "Headon: apply directly to the forehead." Without ever really telling you what the product actually does...
I want one. It's controlled with an iPhone app.
I've been waiting for a remote controlled quadrocopter. Regular remote controlled helicopters are too tough to control, and they never seem to hover stationary like that. The on-board cameras make it even better.
This is the industrial wasteland city I was talking about in the post about Thaylambar.
So I just heard that one of my favorite teachers from high school died. Don Kralus and his wife died in a car wreck outside Terrace, BC in Canada on their way back from a vacation. An elderly driver crossed the center line and hit them head-on. The Canadian police figure they died instantly. The elderly driver and the Kralus' dog survived with minor injuries.
I had a lot of respect for that man. He taught Earth Science and Physics at the high school. Although the most common topic in class was Bigfoot. Mr. Kralus1 knew a guy in town who was a Bigfoot "expert". One year on the day before spring break he showed a video on Bigfoot and pointed out all the flaws. One example is in the famous Freeman Bigfoot footage the Bigfoot has no butt cleavage, indicating it was a suit. After that he became known as the Bigfoot Guy at high school and showing the video became an annual tradition. All throughout the year the topic of Bigfoot came up, and Mr. Kralus couldn't resist talking about it.
I have some good memories of Mr. Kralus. He was the only adult I knew of that watched South Park. I remember discussing the latest episode with him every week. He was a good friend as well as a teacher. He will be missed.
1: It's just so strange to call an old teacher by their first name, so I'm still calling him Mr. Kralus.
Why is it that people say, "I'm sorry," when they hear something unfortunate has befallen another person? Be it a death in the family, or a diagnosis of a terrible disease. If it's not your fault, you're in no position to apologize for it.
I make it a point to never apologize in a situation like that. It just doesn't make sense. I never know quite what to say, but I do know "I'm sorry," isn't it.
In TED talk by Michael Sandel, he asked the audience by show of hands who thought state recognized marriage should only be a traditional marriage between 1 man and 1 woman: 2 people raided their hands. Then he asked by show of hands how many favored the inclusion of same-sex marriage: nearly the entire audience raised their hands.
In another TED talk by Richard Dawkins he mentioned that he was (pardon the expression) preaching to the choir about atheism. 90% of the intelligentsia are atheists. This is an inverse of the general population.
TEDsters are my kind of people...
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It's not true that I believe in "nothing". I believe in the world I am presented with. I don't think I'm just a brain in a jar hooked up so some alternate reality Matrix. I believe this is the real world.
I suppose I believe this is reality for the same reason I'm an atheist. If I were a brain in a jar, there would have to have been someone that designed an elaborate alternate reality, found or created my brain, and hooked it up. There's still the issue of where the designer came from. It doesn't truly answer any questions; it only compounds one problem with another, far more complex one.
If there was ever a town that needed this (for real), it's Ketchikan! Those damn tourists will literally stand in the middle of the road or stop mid-step right in front of you to take a picture.
The Tourist Lane
Just a quick update on my Deckbox progress.
I took a break for a week or two, but now I'm back at it. I've just entered my black commons, and that alone took me 11 hours. I've now got 10,961 cards in my inventory. I estimate about 4,000 more to go.
I still have a few of these worries.
"Things I have Worried About" Tales Of Mere Existence
I'm no good at sports, but that doesn't bother me. I don't go to social occasions anyway, so I don't worry about how I'm dressed for it. A few of the other ones are legitimate though...
God Is Unnatural, Like Homosexuality
His 5th point (around time index 5:05) gets a little fuzzy. At time index 6:52 he says we should be able to measure God's effect. That's not the case if He's always interfering. We wouldn't be able to tell the difference between His effect and what nature would do without it. His effect would become a quality of nature that we take for granted.
At time index 12:13 he makes an excellent point. If any one religion were actually correct, and miracles were something other than random chance1, then they would only happen in favor of the one "true" religion.
1: ...and magnets.
Now that there's finally achievements in the PC version of Half-Life 2, I played through it again and got them all.
It seemed most of the achievements were just story related, and impossible to not get if you finish the game. That's kinda sad, achievements should be something special or unusual that you have to do.
As I said, I got all 33 achievements. You know what was the hardest and most frustrating achievement for me to get? Not Zombie Chopper (Play through Ravenholm using only the gravity gun), not Keep Off the Sand! (Cross the antlion beach in chapter Sandtraps without touching the sand), not even Lambda Locator (Find all lambda caches in Half-Life 2). It was Two Points (use DOG's ball to make a basket in Eli's scrapyard). It took me forever to finally get that one.
I admit, I used a guide along the way to find all the lambda caches. I didn't even know some of those places existed. The lambda caches are weapon and health packs inside supply crates. They are marked by a yellow spray painted lambda ( λ ) symbol. But some of them are in such random places that no one would find them... Kinda defeats the point.
On to Half-Life 2 Episode 1!
He can slam revolving doors.
His beard rivals that of Wise Beard Man's.
He once thought he was wrong, but he was wrong about that.
He is the most interesting man in the world.
Stay thirsty, my friends!
Please note: I do not endorse the drinking beer or beating of wives.