New Sources of Energy

If you haven’t seen Daring Fireball, head over and check it out. That’s the format I want to emulate.

Thorium reactors are the way to go

“The White House has approved $8bn in loan
guarantees for new reactors, yet America has
been strangely passive. Where is the superb
confidence that put a man on the moon?”

Gasoline is going to run out, do something about it Obama. Please?

Facebook

I have a firm anti-Facebook sentiment due to the lack of privacy and amount of inanity on the site. Generally, I like to filter out the junk around me, and only concentrate on what’s important. What you had for breakfast or how much you love your boyfriend this week doesn’t interest me. I saw the appeal of having somewhere to post ideas and get instant feedback from friends when I was back in high school. I signed up to use Facebook within the first few months of 2007, after hearing about it from a friend. If I recall correctly they were talking about relationship statuses.

While not necessarily interested in posting that I was single, the site was a cleaner alternative to Myspace. The site and I go way back. Remember waiting for your messages to stack up, hoping someone would post on your page? New layout? Did you finally figure out how to make your page look like a junkie’s arm? I did my best to make the page look clean by removing borders and finding appeasing combinations between text and background color.

When I found Facebook, the site was instantly appealing. Profile pages were clean and easy to navigate. If I wanted to find a new friend, all I had to do was look through someone’s profile I was friends with. Writing on someone’s wall was simple and I could write “notes” that people would comment on. I could feel good about myself because it seemed that some at least, enjoyed the effort I put into writing the things.

After a while, no one read my notes and no one posted on my wall. Poking everyone on my friend’s list became the only reason I signed in to Facebook and I started disabling my account for weeks at a time to see who noticed. Very few did. At that point I realized I didn’t need Facebook any more. I could still communicate with the people I wanted over Skype or AIM, and so began the time without Facebook.

As a CA in Stevenson, there are 39 other CA’s in the complex whom I can get to know and hang with. Not having the social crutch, forces me to hang out with them in person. Being so close to everyone, my social occlusion would be an unnecessary waste of time. If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find somewhere else to hang out because my room is far too stifling. Let’s estimate the temperature with my thermostat… looks to be 80-something.

Materialistic Wants

At the moment I find myself wishing I had a PS3, were I less fiscally responsible, I would have gotten one a while ago.

…and now I’m back from Newegg looking at prices again, later I’ll probably end up on Amazon or Ebay. The fact that I could legally watch HD movies on Blu-ray disk is quite enticing. The only thing I would be leery about, is not having the right outputs to output sound to my desktop speakers. All things considered, I really don’t need to get something so expensive, while still in school. Then there’s the nagging idea in my mind, urging me to buy it, because I’m missing out. Why not buy something and enjoy it, instead of waiting and having money pile up in a checking account?

Wants, needs… who’s to say which are which? Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a convincing argument for several things if you bend it the right way.

Thoughts on the political spectrum

Ask me my views and I’ll tell you what I think about the legalization of illegal drugs or where the health insurance industry should be at present moment. You may ask what my reasoning for these opinions and I’ll plainly say, logic. It’s logical to me, that the policies and regulations put in place help the people who live here. Whether it be saving money or improving their quality of life, I think laws should directly help people and not companies.

The occupation of the Middle-East isn’t helping me, end it.
Pursuing those who use marijuana and treating them as criminals isn’t helping me, stop it.
Paying our money to private companies that gladly pocket it instead of paying our medical bills sucks.

There’s a logical and direct benefit if the rich were taxed more. Who needs thirty billion dollars a year, when one billion is more than enough for an entire city to live on? Then you may say, who is the government to tell these people how much is “too much” and I’ll tell you to sit down. Be less greedy you idiot and keep your mouth shut.

I wish we could do away with these arguments about who’s left and who’s right and do what’s a good idea. I saw an excellent video on TED.com about the power of the first follower. One person dancing in the street is a loony flailing their arms, but two people is something to join. That first supporter and all subsequent followers are the power behind spreading opinions. Instead of supporting who’s left or right, follow those who have good ideas.

Better yet, support your own ideas. Actually give your own opinion instead of trying to make your party look good. Perhaps that’s asking too much.

A note on Sarah Palin, I feel her rise is the best testament to prove how many idiots there are living with us. Slogan idea, putting the us back in USA.