Friday, May 20, 2011

The End of The World

Allegedly the world will end, or at least be the beginning of the end, sometime tomorrow.  I haven't put much thought into why Mr Camping thinks May 21st is the big day.  It's pretty much irrelevant.

Let me say it again:

Whether or not the Rapture occurs on May 21st is IRRELEVANT.

In my experience only two kinds of people worry about the rapture, the end of the world, whatever, with regard to a specific date.  One, there are those who fear the coming of the end, primarily for themselves.  Not always because they fear eternal damnation, but because they fear the loss of the things they know and love.  The other type looks forward to the end of a world they cannot understand and perhaps enjoy the idea of people who have wronged them getting their just rewards.

They both miss the point, although the oblivionists less so.  One day, the world will end. Whether that is tomorrow or two thousand years from now makes no difference to me.  It only matters to anyone in as much as you may have another day's grace to work out your own salvation.  But even if the Big Day is called on account of idiocy, you personally may not get another.  Anyone, at any time may get hit by the proverbial bus.  ANY time.  Think about that.

Who do you need to apologize to today?  Who do you need to show, not just tell, your love to?  Have you gotten your heart right with God?  You may not even make it til tomorrow night.  The time to get yourself straight is now, rapture or not.

I won't be waiting up tomorrow night.  I feel pity for those who will be sorely disappointed Sunday morning.  That will be when the true test of your "faith" is.  If you are convinced Camping is right, and excited about the end, one way or another, you need to take a long hard look at why that gets you so worked up.  It may not be the reasons you are telling yourself.

As for me, the rapture is welcomed anytime.

Friday, April 29, 2011

xkcd: The Difference

How many times I have ended up having to repeatedly reinstall
(rebuild, reconstruct, remake, recook, etc.) because of the phrase: "I
wonder if..."

Friday, April 8, 2011

Three Months with The Cr48 Notebook

I got a Cr48 notebook in late December and have been messing with it ever since.  More or less.

I was initially rather excited about the notebook, it was fast, secure, light.  It has insane battery life, it is Linux based, it's more or less open to developers and reverse-engineering.  I took the time.  I tweaked.  I updated.  I joined a number of Cr48 discussion groups.

After three months, I still use it.  Some.

The overall design just doesn't work.

So, the parts, and what makes them great:

The hardware is robust and fast enough for what it does.  Really, the CPU is a little slow by today's standards, but everything else is well matched to it giving an overall experience that feels lightning fast.

The browser is Chrome, of course and it is awesome.  I really feel that the Chrome browser is the best browser you can get today.  It does an unbelievably good job of keeping the state of your browser sync'ed over multiple machines with usually being obtrusive about it.  Almost everything "just works."

The OS is just the browser,  basically.  This is where the trouble starts.  The Cr48 is basically useless without a network connection.  I'm not always well connected.  Thus, when I want to write a paper, a lesson plan, a blog entry, even a simple note to self, I do NOT pull out the Cr48.  I use my clunky (but reliable) old Toshiba, or increasingly I find that I use my Android phone.

In fact, I am becoming more and more solidly of the opinion that the Cr48 needs to be dumped in favor of fully integrating the Chrome browser into Android.

Sorry, Cr48 team, I tried.  I'm still trying.  But I think the Cr48 is going to be remembered as a false step on the path to better things.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Science Fair, Here We Come!!

Building nuclear reactor at home - from scratch

(Credit & Copyright: Svarychevski Michail Aleksandrovich)

Svary shows how to make a homemade nuclear reactor for under $50.

Unfortunately it doesn't even produce enough power to charge a cell phone.  But perhaps there are improvements?

Regardless, it -looks- cool!!