My mind is a jumble lately, a lawn mower that keeps stalling before it can get to the other side. Here are a few things that I don't have the words to fully explain.
The six categories of quark are: up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Those are referred to as flavors, and they're divided again into red, green, and blue. That is science. The more I learn about science, the more I realize that I'll never be able to dismiss an argument simply because it is too absurd.
Work is fun. Contact me if you want to help beta test a new (very unfinished) site.
I am having trouble "experiencing" Katrina. When I think about disaster, and meaningless death, and "who to blame", I wonder if we're using the government as a bit of a scapegoat... we can't blame God for this because we don't believe in Him and we can't blame sinners because we don't believe in them and we can't blame the victims because we can't relate to them and we can't blame ourselves because we're still dry (AND we donated to Red Cross), but just like you can blame the doctor for not curing the cancer in your loved ones why not blame the government for the people that died meaninglessly in the streets, and the people who were raped meaninglessly in the shelters, and the people who died simply because nobody helped them... some things people have said that I've been reading almost seem to WANT the horrors to occur simply so that we can be more justified in our hatred of the government. It's almost an anger contest, and a sadness contest, and I'm a bastard for even mentioning this.
I have a new million dollar idea. Do you know how there are hot dog stands sometimes outside of clubs? You emerge from a hot, noisy club dehydrated, impaired, and hungry, and nothing would top the night better than a polish dog with sauerkraut and mustard, and you'll even pay $5 to get it? What if there was a confession booth attached, or on the side, or merely partnering, and you could confess your night's sins for an additional $5? To atone, instead of doing Hail Marys, do a shot of tequila. Is that not the best idea ever? Hot Dog Confessions. Know what would be even better? A way to secretly divulge all the things your friends did too! Buy your own transcript back for an additional $1, and we'll email it to you or post it to your blog! This idea just gets better and better.
Everything in this world is a club. The church, companies, sports teams, scientific societies, the family, the mafia, friends, etc. There is a science to clubs that I'm not sure has been explored. Does anyone know if this has been studied? For example, which clubs lend the most advantage to their members?
I'm getting used to my not-so-new single life. Do you know what the problem with dating is (online and off)? Hey, there is no problem!
Our lives are messy. Lederman, talking about something completely different, said, "There is a deep feeling that the picture is not beautiful." Maybe the picture is crazy and fun instead?
Things I like that are related but not in obvious ways: maps, collaborations, "The World" project in the UAE, Josh Harris's 1999 millennium party in NYC, CERT's campus.
September is going to adopt the tagline of "Road to Health". I've been drinking too much, eating too much, and just generally being too gluttonous and unhealthy... and this month will be my token "1 step forward" before I return to the regularly scheduled "2 steps back".
Benjamin Franklin: really boring, but really smart.