Category Archives: Rant

Saving the Planet

George Carlin did a bit a few years back about what a ridiculous notion “saving the planet” really is. The planet isn’t in danger, he claimed, and it’s not something that needs saving. If anything, we’re in danger from the planet (natural disasters, disease, etc). Of course, since his act usually revolves around the cranky misanthrope spouting his general hatred for humanity, his act twists from this notion into a hopeful glee that the human race will eventually extinguish from the Earth. (you can never tell if George Carlin is actually misanthropic, but I don’t have the heart to Google “why did George Carlin hate me” to find out). Continue reading

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What is a meme?

I’m going to declare “meme” the official word of 2010. It took off in popularity, almost as much as the cultural touchstones the word refers to. It’s a confusing word, because it was intended to mean something entirely different 35 years ago.

Richard Dawkins coined the term in his book “The Selfish Gene” to mean any influential idea that builds itself into a culture. Continue reading


Our Perception of Privacy

SXSW 2010Privacy is an important facet of freedom. It will never lose importance regardless of social or technological changes. We may perceive privacy differently, we may question the value of privacy, but it does not change the solid relationship between personal privacy and personal freedom. Continue reading


Getting Organized – Why We End Up In Low Energy States

Getting OrganizedThere’s a lot to be said about getting organized. And a lot of us would love to consider ourselves orderly individuals. However, clutter usually creeps into our lives no matter how careful we may be.

Why does this happen? Disorder is a natural phenomenon because we usually define “order” in such a way that it goes against how things naturally occur. “Nature abhors a vacuum” because a vacuum is extremely ordered – no matter whatsoever. Disorder is easy because it only takes one particle to destroy a perfect vacuum. Continue reading


Mio Knight Rider GPS – The Power of Licensing

Mio Knight RiderThere’s a new GPS unit in town – and it’s themed after the original Knight Rider television series. Licensed by Universal Studios, the Mio Knight Rider was announced last year and has recently been released.

The unit has mixed reviews on Amazon. One of the major user complaints is that the unit was loaded with old maps (up-to-date maps should be the focus of an in-car GPS). One user gave the device four stars, but claims it gives incorrect directions.

How could a GPS device packaged with wrong maps and bad software still sell relatively well? Continue reading


Video Games – Are They Really Art?

PassageIn the past few years, there has been a lot of discussion about the place of games in the world of art. This isn’t just a case of watching the latest graphical adventures on our next-gen consoles and swooning over the artwork in the game. Video game graphics are (surprisingly) ignored in the “games as art” debate. Game graphics fall into the classical definition of artisan; a game’s rendered graphics are a craft to be used by the consumer. Rather, it is the content of the game and its interaction with the player that has brought this discussion about. Continue reading


Don’t Drink Soda – It’s Not Water

Coca Cola - IconI drink the recommended amount of water per day. How much liquid does our body need us to take in daily? The recommended amount is 8 glasses, though the exact amount is 2000mL. Recently, soda companies have been claiming that their products are just as healthy as water – even better, since you’ll want to drink it. This advertising campaign worked; though many people did not believe it, a select few did. And converting a select few is the entire purpose of an ad campaign.

What if soda replaced water in our lives? I did some math, and will now share my results. It’s simple math – just multiplication against the Coca Cola nutrition facts sheet. I convert each amount given for 240mL and scale it up to 2000mL. This is what you’ll get if you drink nothing but Coca Cola Original in a single day. Continue reading