Star Party

I went to a star party last night.  Whats that?  Its a bunch of people hanging around in a parking lot, in the dark, looking at stars.  Its more fun than it sounds.  The organizer had a green laser that he used to point out stars and constellations.  The greatest thing is, the location was on top of a mountain and we could see the Milky Way Galaxy without a telescope.  That was the first time I saw the Milky Way; its generally impossible to see in a populated area as the light pollution drowns it out.  Seeing something so huge it stretches across the entire sky is quite overwhelming.  Knowing it is 100,000 light years across and houses maybe 400 billion stars (most of which probably have planets too) is even more awesome.  Mars and Saturn were clearly noticeable also.  All this stuff in the sky can be located on the iPhone app I use called Sky Guide (http://fifthstarlabs.com/).  Best two dollars I ever spent.  Also that night, we saw the International Space Station fly overhead.  You can know when it goes overhead by going to this NASA site (http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/).  On the way up the mountain, I stopped to take this photos above the fog that constantly makes San Francisco gray only 10 miles away.

View from Mt Tam 8-2-2014

View from Mt Tam 8-2-2014

 

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Quotes (round 7)

You attended to their sugared words
But looked not on the poison of their hearts.
God keep you from them, and from such false friends.
– Richard III – Shakespeare

Do what you love; grades are not everything.  Remember this: Sir Isaac newton, possibly the world’s smartest person ever, was a poor student.

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. – Mozart

I only know one thing, and that is I know nothing – Socrates

My advice to you is to get married: If you find a good wife you’ll be happy; If not, you’ll become a philosopher – Socrates

You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it – Robin Williams

I admire/respect people who can look at their darkness, not run from it, & turn it into light. Rock on – Jennifer Esposito

People aren’t chocolates.  Do you know what they are mostly?  Bastards.   Bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.  But I don’t find them half as annoying as I find naïve bubble-headed optimists who walk around vomiting sunshine. – Dr. Cox

We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear. – Nelson Mandela

The Jedi were so right: Be mindful of the present.

Real sign of intelligence isn’t knowledge, it’s imagination – Albert Einstein

Let me lay a little science on you, Nina.  All women are two drinks away from a girl on girl adventure. – Dennis Finch, Just Shoot Me

If your sentence contains the word “Hope” then you’ve confessed no control over the outcome you’re hoping for – Neil deGrasse Tyson

All warfare is based on deception – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Look for 3 things in a person: Intelligence, energy and integrity.  If they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two – Warren Buffet

If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.

Don’t let your dreams do all the work – Amanda Seyfried

Take your evil tongue and eye and turn them into birds that fly!  Don’t waste precious time.  Spend it ion things you love! – Madonna

Enjoy the journey because the destination can always change – Cheryl Lynn Michaels

Train people well enough so they can leave.  Treat them well enough so they don’t want to – Richard Branson.

Its tiring living in California.  Everyone is so politically fricking correct, they lose their sense of self and you can’t say anything right to them.

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist, that is all. – OscarWilde

I have long believed that if there is a purpose to our existence, it is to bear witness to the mystery and beauty of creation. My thinking, as always, was simple — a universe unobserved is just a wasted effort. What’s a play without an audience? Going forward from that understanding, I further believe that the key ingredient for conscious living is curiosity. – Chuck Lorre

Amy to Robert on police work: I just have so much respect for people in your line of work.

Robert: Ehhh, it’s just hours of boredom interrupted by moments of unbelievable horror. – Everybody Loves Raymond

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss

Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. – Mark Twain

You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. – Truman Capote

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. – Andy Rooney

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. – Albert Einstein

You can tell everything you need to know about someone by watching how nice they are to people who can do nothing for them.

The path to success is to take massive, determined action. -Anthony Robbins

If someone in your life talked to you the way you talk to yourself, you would have left them long ago. -Carla Gordon

You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.. But who wants to catch flies anyway? – Nicole Steinwedell

We are never so helplessly unhappy as when we lose love. – Sigmund Freud

Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed – Buddah

 

 

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Google’s Driver-less Car (my opinion)

Google Car 640x426Google is now in the process of making driver-less cars.  It has been reported that these cars don’t have steering wheels or brakes but they do have a panic button.  Yes, its true.  That makes sense; why would we need an option of steering?  I’m sure nothing could ever malfunction, right?  I’m sure this thing will be the first device in human history to work exactly as planned and never break down in any way.  Yeah.  So…..when something does malfunction and I am careening out of control, with rivers of sweat streaming down my face, I guess Google thinks the best option would be to panic helplessly and press a button instead of doing something to keep me from driving into the oncoming traffic or over the cliff.  Does the car also have a black box?  That way, when they recover my body, they can check the recording and hear me screaming and crying.  Then they will look at the data and say, “But look, he properly utilized the panic button.” And of course, it’s probably a button like at crosswalks….you know….they don’t actually do anything.

Maybe Google’s way of fixing car problems will be like their website update process.  They won’t ever talk to anyone.  They will just gather lots of data from the (in the case of the car) panic button black box, and then figure out what alterations to make to the driving algorithms in the future.  For example, if a high percentage of people hit the panic button as their cars are spinning in circles on the wet highway, then that will be something Google looks into fixing first.  If a low percentage of people hit the panic button because, lets guess, that the car might be perpendicular parking itself instead of parallel parking itself, then that malfunction’s fix will be put off until the panic button frequency increases to a higher level.  Of course, not many people will hit the panic button for perpendicular parking, so it could be a long time until that issue is fixed, unless the cars all suddenly decide to randomly perpendicular park on the freeway.  If that happens, I think the panic button will come in very handy as opposed to a steering wheel.

Speaking of one’s demise, I’ll never know about mine, since I won’t even know about any panic button usage issues as I will be sleeping off a drunken night out as the car takes me home.  Can the police arrest you for drunk driving if the car is doing the driving and you are sleeping?  Maybe the law will require you be awake and sober so you can press the panic button.  Actually, I can’t imagine ever NOT napping while the car takes you from place to place.

I also read that there is a spinning device on the roof that is a laser range finder.  This made me wonder, if a bird craps on the laser range finder, do you wake up in Mexico?  I guess that’s the other use for the panic button.  Lastly, I wonder if, being a Google car, the car takes you via the directions that Google Maps gives it?  So it will take the highway that’s 20 miles out of the way, make you drive down the most crowded roads, and wind you through the most dangerous neighborhoods surrounded by drug dealers and gang members while you sleep.  I can’t wait for this new technology.

 

 

 

 

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Dino Thoughts (not my thoughts, theirs)

newly found dinoI’m into science and as I was watching a TV show about dinosaurs recently, I imagined what it must have really been like to live then. What an existence the dinosaurs had; all day long….eat or be eaten. It made me think, I wonder if dinosaurs ever woke up, took a breath of fresh air and thought, “What a great day! I’m so happy to be alive.” If they did, I bet they were California dinosaurs. The Tyrannosaurus Californicus. A mostly vegetarian dinosaur but they would eat anything who didn’t subscribe to their political viewpoints.  They also had long arms with which to hug trees, and a rainbow emanating from their ass. Actually, the rainbow is a leading theory of mine, along the lines of the known theory of colored feathers on some dinosaurs.  Scientists though have yet to actually discover a fossil with a rainbow emanating from anywhere or an anatomical clue that one could even be produced.

I just read an article stating that some small dinosaurs apparently had tail feathers and may have used them as part of a mating dance. Now, I’m a big advocate of funding Triceratopsscience and more scientific research going on, but I would like to know how those scientists think they discovered that part about the mating dance. Maybe the dinosaurs they found were also wearing tight pants and sequined shirts. Reading this article did made me wonder what other dinosaurs did as a precursor to mating. stegosaurusDid the Tyrannosaurus Rex do a chest bump with his buddies before going to the dino bar to seek a potential mate? Did the Triceratops, the one with 3 big horns on its head, do an acrobatic horn stand to impress the ladies? Did the Stegosaurus, the one with the large, bony fins up and downBrachiosauraus its back, do a fin dance or a fin “wave” while purring like a kitten? That would be cool huh? Did the Brachiosaurus, the huge dinosaurs with the long neck and tail, do a seductive belly dance or neck snake dance?  The Velociraptors were a nasty, aggressive bunch.  Maybe they were into S & M.Velociraptors

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Hey, let’s go to the park!

“Going to the park.” It sounds like such a nice outing: Sunshine, relaxing walks, picnics, back to nature in a clean, safe place.   But living in the city of San Francisco, I have seen the reality of going to the park.  First of all, forget laying out the blanket and having a picnic.  The park grounds are all full of dog crap.  And of course that means the dogs are mostly off leash.  And of course, the dogs are mostly pitbulls.  And of course the dogs are mostly off leash because their owners are rude, inconsiderate assholes….or more correctly the nastiest, angriest neighbors in a 20 mile radius.  But don’t worry, pitbulls are loving creatures ….unless their owners teach them to be angry and nasty….but that hardly ever happens, right?  And of course the other park people are homeless people who live in the park…. who sleep on the park benches that now smell like them.  Think about that; you and your lover sit on that bench and enjoy the view and the day, and then the stuff you sat in adheres to your clothes, which it does, and then you go home and sit on your couch (so some of what was on your clothes is now on your couch) and then, continuing your day of nature, you go to the bedroom and make out on the bed before getting naked and doing in on the covers that are now contaminated with whatever was on the homeless peoples’ clothes….. that they wear every day of their lives…..without washing…..and who crap in the bushes….without paper or washing….and who truly enjoy the park by smoking grass, cause that’s the only pleasure they get from their crappy lives. Hey, let’s go to the park!

 

 

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Quotes – 6 – Yes, I like quotes

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly – Robert F. Kennedy

The mark of a mature man is one that he realizes he cannot control his circumstances, he can only control his response – Frasier

The cosmos is within us.  We are made of star stuff.  We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. – Carl Sagan

We are all made of star stuff. That being true, how is it that we can’t see how we are all related? – Neil deGrasse Tyson

You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. – Joan Baez

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them – Albert Einstein

You are the result of 4 billion years of evolutionary success.  Act like it.

December 14th only comes once a year so we celebrate it – Lovey Howell

We are going to the spa; it will get the toxins out. – Betty Suarez
I like my toxins…..with two olives. – Claire Meade

Honesty is a very expensive gift.  Do not expect it from cheap people – Warren Buffet

Waiting for someone else to say “I love you” first, doesn’t mean you are more powerful.  It just means you are afraid.

H=S-F : Happiness equals Smiles minus Frowns – Steve Wozniak

Niles Crane: Fasten your seatbelt Daphne
Daphne Moon: Fasten yours Niles
— from Frasier

I don’t know what you did to that girl… but it was bound to happen the way you carry on.  Live now, pay later.  Diner’s Club.  Why don’t you grow up. – Dr. Dreyfuss, The Apartment

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

I think most people, in the course of their lives, are afraid to truly break the 4th wall. Self-containment does not make one strong.  It only contains them. – Jon Marcus

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde

But why, some say, the Moon? – JFK

You can’t fit in and stand out at the same time

The inability to forge lasting relationships has its roots in child / parental trauma – Frasier (and probably many others but I heard it on Frasier)

Republicans are pro-life, until your actually born – Ellen Barkin

Republicans require a constant regeneration of the low-income working poor in order to make their vision of the US function.

When life gives you lemons, yell “Screw you, lemons!” – Donna Nicholson

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana – Neil deGrasse Tyson

You are not biased any time you ever speak the truth – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you.

I have generally found that when someone accuses another of being judgmental, the person doing the accusing is actually the judgmental one.

What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame but something wild to run with – Robert Brault

 

 

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What Valentine’s Day Does To Us

Valentine WindupIt sounds like a heartwarming idea on the surface…a day to express your love.  On Valentine’s Day, I took a walk around the city and watched the activity.  At a flower stand, two guys were talking and laughing about how they were buying their women the same pre-made flower arrangement.  When one of them left, he walked over to a car, where his girlfriend was literally in the divers seat, showed her the flowers, she slightly smiled and they drove off.

Conan O’Brien tweeted on Valentine’s Day what the comic reality is, “A survey found that, on Valentine’s Day, men spend $87.00 more than women. I.e., a survey found that, on Valentine’s Day, men spend $87.00.”

Let’s be honest, if a corporation has to tell you when or how to express your love for someone, then you don’t have love; you are giving a bribe.  What that guy from the first paragraph was telling his girlfriend was essentially, “Here are some flowers as a token of appreciation for letting me touch you and screw you on a regular basis.”  Her response was of course, “Thank you.  You have done your duty.  I don’t view myself as a whore so I won’t exchange any physical affection at this moment but as a reward, instead of looking around for someone else, I will temporarily let this pattern continue…. of course not right now.”

Why is this holiday insidious?  Because it makes people feel like they have to conform to an institution’s suggested rituals to keep the (pseudo) love going?  Because they mindlessly follow their instructions, like sheep?  Because in doing so they lose sight of the reality or existence of true emotions and lose sight of their instincts to recognize if the other person even likes them?  Because both men and women brainwash themselves into thinking that the exchange of gifts for affection is the way it should be?  There’s more.

Take a guess where Valentine’s Day started?  Take a guess.  Believe it or not, while its run by businesses today, it didn’t start there.  What institution on this planet has created another holiday telling people to give gifts in exchange for emotion?  That’s right, the church.  The same people that imposed Christmas on the world which is a holiday that does the same thing.  Christmas, another holiday that has come down to people spending money in exchange for love and friendship.  In a way, this is actually quite comedic since churches scorn prostitution but create these rituals which essentially follow the same patterns.

We try to justify it all by saying that these holidays boost the economy so much, that they actually save the economy and thus our society.  But that justification is the same that a drug addict says to themself about needing more drugs.  What if the holidays didn’t exist?  Then our economy wouldn’t have adjusted to require these large boosts.  The economy would have been more stable and uniform throughout the year, so people would have adjusted to that stable income level and made it work for themselves and their businesses.  The only thing these holidays do are to get a few people and corporations at the top richer and to achieve that added income, essentially act like a drug to the economy.  Consequently, now without that drug fix, the economy has what it feels are problems.

There is hope though.  I ran into a couple talking about how they don’t subscribe to this holiday either.  The woman told her husband, standing next to her, that she didn’t want flowers or anything.  When I told them it was nice to hear, we conversed and she eventually told me that the trick is to find a woman who also doesn’t want gifts in exchange for affection and won’t subscribe to rules dictated by institutions.  This glimmer of hope for us all is that there are still a few people who can think independently and are secure in themselves.

 

 

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