I’ll be accepting the second LGBT Pride Month Proclamation on behalf of the LGBT community here in Visalia.
May 29, 2013
May 23, 2013
A very interesting read. You might end up tossing out everything you thought you knew about success and failure.
The Misconception: You should focus on the successful if you wish to become successful.
The Truth: When failure becomes invisible, the difference between failure and success may also become invisible.
In New York City, in an apartment a dozen blocks west of Harlem, above trees reaching out over sidewalks and dogs pulling at leashes and conversations cut short to avoid parking tickets, a group of professional thinkers once gathered and completed equations that would both snuff and spare several hundred thousand human lives.
People walking by the apartment at the time had no idea that four stories above them some of the most important work in applied mathematics was tilting the scales of a global conflict as secret agents of the United States armed forces, arithmetical soldiers, engaged in statistical combat. Nor could people today know as they open umbrellas and twist heels on cigarettes, that nearby, in an apartment overlooking Morningside…
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May 20, 2013
The Facebook messages have already started. As Oklahoma digs out of the destruction caused by tornados, well-minded people have started reminding each other to “pray for Oklahoma”. I can’t think of anything more useless. Praying obviously had no effect on the path or strength of the tornados, and if they did, I’d still have a serious problem with the deity in charge of such things. A much more useful idea, and one guaranteed to help, would be to donate to recognized charities responding to the area. Cash donations are what serves those agencies best, allowing them to respond in the most efficient manner possible.
You can talk to yourself all you want (praying), but that won’t do anything but let you think you’ve done your part to help. You haven’t. If you really think “God” responds to your prayers, you still have, or more precisely “God” has, a lot of explaining to do about the whole process.
Don’t pray. Act.
May 18, 2013
I just got home from seeing the latest Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. I don’t know where to begin on this one, it’s all over the place.
It’s a huge, bright, fast, funny, dramatic, incredibly well done technical marvel of a movie. There were some incredibly unbelievable ball-drops as well, however! Some things where I get the feeling somebody high-up decided they didn’t have to solve that problem, or have things make sense, because 80% of the audience they’re shooting for wouldn’t know the difference anyway!
I watched it in 3D, and it was very impressive. The depth and realism had me at points startling at things suddenly in my face. The more than 2 hours flew by, and I’ll be going to see it again.
If you haven’t seen it yet, and [SPOILERS!] want to avoid knowing plot points in advance [SPOILERS!], stop here, and go see the movie. Then come back later and tell me what you thought of it.
May 16, 2013
2 am, 5/16/2013