Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pollitical Musings

Ok, so if I'm supposed to take President Obama at his word that he has saved us from another great depression (despite the current high unemployment rate,) does it then logically follow that I'm supposed to take former Pres. George W. Bush's word about all the times he supposedly saved the world from terrorism?

When I listen to how both major parties and their followers blame each other for the current situation (whatever situation that may be,) I think of Ayn Rand's Forward to her novel We the Living:

"Take a look through the files of the newspapers. If you do, you will observe the following pattern: first, you will read glowing reports about the happiness, the prosperity, the industrial development, the progress and the power of the Soviet Union, and that any statements to the contrary are the lies of prejudiced reactions; then, about five years later, you will read admission that things were pretty miserable in the Soviet Union five years ago, just about as bad as the prejudiced reactionaries had claimed, but now the problems are solved and the Soviet Union is a land of happiness, prosperity, industrial development, progress, and power; about five years later, you will read that Trotsky (or Zinoviev or Kamenev or Litvinov) or the “kulaks” or the foreign imperialists) had caused the miserable state of things five years ago, but now Stalin has purged them all and the Soviet Union and the Soviet Union has surpassed the decadent West in happiness, prosperity, industrial development, etc; five years later, you will read that Stalin was a monster who had crushed the progress of the Soviet Union, but now it is a land of happiness, prosperity, artistic freedom, educational perfection and scientific superiority over the whole world. How many of such five-year plans will you need before you begin to understand?"

Thoughts?

TTFN
-Tony

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Daily Cuteness

My son and I took a trip recently to visit my parents. We thought it would be fun to take the train. I was explaining him how to plan a trip online, and mentioned that our destination was the Lyons Station. My daughter ran over all excited. "Lions? You're going to the zoo to see lions and elephants and giraffes?" Ever since, for three days now she's been asking me to go to the zoo. Sometimes she's just too adorable for words.

Still don't believe me? We've been watching back episodes of Lost recently on Netflix. As the credits rolled on the last episode, I closed out the browser window. "Where's the bad robot?" Mandy yelled. "I want to see the bad robot!" Of course, I started it again. At the end of the credits, she happily shouted along with the children's voices, "BAD ROBOT!"

I spent the day finishing a project on Neutrino Astronomy. Did you know millions of those little buggers are passing through you as you're reading this? Well now you do.

Goodnight, my friends
TTFN
-Tony

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Strawberry Stickers

I had an uneventful day today. My daughter is obsessed with stickers. There are stickers everywhere. Most of them are of Strawberry Shortcake. One of them is mysteriously stuck to my computer desk next to my keyboard. I think I'll leave her there.

TTFN
-Tony

:)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Morning :)

I'm feeling a little happy this morning for some strange reason. It must be the thought of shoveling my car out of the frozen snow. ;)

TTFN
-Tony

:)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

If we live in a multiverse of parallel worlds, is it possible that to each of our consciousnesses, our world is unique? Are we each, in fact, God, and is our subconsciousness shaping our individual worlds without us realizing it?

I once had a lucid Kafka-esque lucid dream where I was really a sort of walking stick alien playing a computer simulation, and that my friends and people I cared about were aliens playing along with me.

Neatorma has an interesting psychological post about Placebo Buttons. I thought you might find it interesting.

Well that's all for today. Hope everyone is doing well and has a good one.

TTFN
-Tony

:)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Another Blog in the Life

I made the kids one of those bucket-of-soups for lunch. I had to cut up Mandy's because the noodles are too long. She keeps saying she wants this, that and the other thing, and if I say no, she points out the window at the snow and whines, "But DA-ddy, it's CHRIST-mas!"

I've been having dreams the past couple of nights where I'm continuously throwing up.

I went to see Tom and Rachel in PA this weekend. Their daughter Caragh is so beautiful and sooo tiny! I forgot how tiny little babies can be!



The best part though was watching Tom play daddy and cuddling with her. I've never seen that side to him before. Who knew? It's good to visit good people.

Sometimes I miss my friends more than I can say.

-TTFN
Tony

:)

Muddy Knees Have Got Me All a Quiver

Illustration Friday: Muddy

(Please click above image for higher resolution.)

Some days, I would give anything to try Ray Bradbury's method of changing the past. (It worked pretty well for Homer Simpson, if I recall...)

TTFN
-Tony

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Bureaucratic Insanity Award

Today's winner of the coveted Bureaucratic Insanity Award goes to the Michigan Department of Human Services. The MDHS wins this prestigious award for telling Lisa Snyder that allowing her friends' children to wait in her house for the school bus to come during winter constitutes running an illegal daycare, even if it's not for profit, threatening her with fines and possible jail time. Way to go, MDHS, we salute you.

-TTFN
Tony