The Sublime and Malcontent Rant

the-truthIt’s time to unleash secrets from the unknown.  Enlightenment through the murky darkness.  Clarity beyond the misty haze of confusion.  It’s time for another rambling blog post.  Or as some would say, the musings of a mindless idiot.  Whatever your take, there is no need to fasten your seatbelt, this is a slow ride.  Oh, what the hell, why sugarcoat it?  I’m in the mood for a miscellaneous topic rant!!

Some people believe the harder you work, the more you are rewarded.  You know, the “you get out what you put in” thing.  Not me.  I believe hard work takes years off your life.  That just seems so logical to me.  I’m not talking about professional athletes who play high-impact sports because I think we all recognize that the average NFL lineman’s life expectancy is diminishing by the minute.  Within the next few years most of them will be walking around stuttering and wetting their pants during the combine before they’re even drafted into the NFL.  I’m referring to work in general, showing up every day, and putting your time in doing whatever job is it that you do.

Whether you’ve got a job where you only use your brain or if you’re doing something more along the physical labor side of things, either way, hard work is bad for your health.

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Google Glass – Your Privacy Compromised

google-glass-violates-privacyTechnology can’t stand still.  It is a resident quality in human beings to keep evolving and keep moving forward.  We as a species are never content with the latest and greatest when it comes to technology.  I guess that is a good thing for most, a not so good thing for some.  As much as I tend to resist technological advancements, I still have a need to use some of them.  As much as I hate to admit it, I need to have a smart phone.  Not to make phone calls mind you, but to stay connected to the world in other ways.  I need my laptop because it is a tool that I have to use almost daily.  Personally, I’d rather park my butt in a chair on my back patio, pour a cocktail, leave technology behind and take in my view of the river behind my house.

I wish people were as passionate about moving forward with solving real-world issues such as poverty, homelessness and our planet’s health as they are about pressing ahead with technology that does little if anything to help find solutions to those real problems.

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Boston Teaches Us a New Kind of Math

boston-strongThere is old, traditional math.  When I was in school they began teaching what they called the new math.  And now there is yet another new math.  This one is called The Boston Equation.

The Boston Equation follows several principles already used in basic math.  It uses operands and operators just like the older math forms.  In most cases, operands occur on the left and right sides of an operator.  Basic enough, but this new thing is different.

It’s different because it comes from Boston and its suburbs.  It comes from its people, its law enforcement agencies and the spirit of the community itself.  Let’s have a math lesson, shall we?

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Boston and the World Rise Above Terrorism

boston-marathon-bombingTraditionally, the third Monday of April is called Patriot’s Day in New England.  It is a right of spring in this part of the country.  The spring thaw, though not yet completed, is well underway.  The chirps and calls from endless varieties of birds fill the soundscape of the early morning and as people begin their day, they know this day will be a little warmer than yesterday.  Baseball season has begun and people are filled with reasons for new optimism.

Patriot’s Day means the running of the Boston Marathon.  Another annual footfest of self-discipline and endurance, of challenging one’s self and fighting a physical and emotional battle from within.  It means there are goals to be reached and obstacles to be overcome.  It has the three elements of every good story; man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus himself.

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Why Kissing Your Sister Isn’t So Great

everyone-winsMy wife just told me about a news story where two fifth-grade boys are going to stand trial in juvenile court for conspiring to stab a fellow female classmate to death.  These two kids had an elaborate, seven-step plan devised to lure the girl away from the school and stab her to death, and one of the boys was to be ready with a gun to stop anyone who tried to interfere.  Why?

Because the girl they targeted had been mean to them in the past.

What the HELL is going on with our kids these days?

It starts with kids not knowing how to handle conflict anymore.  For several years the trend has been everybody wins and nobody loses.  When kids enter into sports or academic competitions at an early age there are no losers.  Everyone gets to win.  No one can have their feelings hurt anymore.  This is pure communistic behavior as far as I’m concerned.  Everyone has to be the same, no one can excel and the rewards go to everyone instead of those who deserve them.

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The God Particle and Choosing A Pope Name

god-and-physicsThis week physicists announced they are more confident than ever that the “Higgs-like” particle discovered last year is the Higgs boson.  In case you haven’t kept up to date on your physics, the Higgs boson is the particle that holds the key to understanding why objects in the universe have mass.  I don’t know what a boson is, but I do know that Higgs is the guy the boson is named after.  It’s funny, when I first saw the headline link to the news story I thought it read, “Physicists Increasingly Confident They’ve Found the Big Bosom“.

Once I opened the news story and realized what it was really about I closed it after losing all interest.

One thing that intrigues me is this: exactly how does one go about discovering a new particle?  Are there really people on this planet who have that kind of brainpower?  You would have to think if someone here is that smart, they might be able to chip in and help fix some of Earth’s problems like war, hunger, poverty and the new problem with the annual monarch butterfly migration to Mexico.  When they get done tackling those issues they could move on to climate change, recreational space travel and taking care of those idiots in North Korea once and for all.

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