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Fun Fact: Independence Day

July 4, 2009

1st entry into my new “fun facts” category: Today is July 4th, our Independence Day, here in the good ol’ US. The 4th of July signifies freedom to us and while it may not equal the popularity of Christmas, Thanksgiving and arguably New Years, it still ranks up there on our list of big days of the year. Unfortunately July 4th equals a different kind of freedom to 3 US Presidents; as it is the day they died and they were freed of their mortal coils. On July 4th, 1826, on the day of the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, both, the 2nd and 3rd presidents, respectively, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died. “Many say that a few of Adams’ dying words were of Jefferson, even though he was unaware of his passing just a few hours earlier.”¹Exactly 5 years later, we lost James Monroe (5th prez) to heart failure and tuberculosis. So of our first 5 Presidents, 3 died on the same date, forever linked to the Declaration of Independence, which the former two signed themselves exactly 50 years earlier.

So anyhow, have some fun this Independence day, get drunked up, think about how good this country is, even w/ all of it’s flaws, past, present and future. And hey try not to lose your fingers, toes or ‘hair de genitalia’ whilst effin around with bottle rockets and/or other fireworks and/or OTHER homemade mistakes waiting to happen.

-A-

Give us your poor, tired, huddled masses and avoid getting hit by Mike Tyson in the first 1:30 of round 1.

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free and avoid getting hit by Mike Tyson in the first 1:30 of round 1.

Nerdgasm: Lego Safe

July 4, 2009
The only safe strong enough to secure my Duplo blocks.

The only safe strong enough to secure my Duplo blocks.

I realize that should I proceed and build this, I will be nowhere in the neighborhood of Fort Knox level protection, but, as a guy who’s spent more than a couple bucks (possibly a couple thousand) and hours (possibly a couple krotillion) on Lego blocks and kits well into my adult life, I WANT THIS. I mean, it’s a damn Lego safe with working gears (not that Lego is foreign to complex working gear structures. I’ve hand built a few complex mechanisms while just freestyling builds -You should’ve seen the A-815 Battlehawk and the blueprints for the unbuilt A-822, both manufactured by the mysterious Drachius organization, James knows what I’m talking about. That plane was a monster. The Battlehawk had 4, Double-barreled, recoiling, pulse blasters, mounted on the underside of the airjet and a removable pilot’s pod-). So I love the idea of this safe and it does have a fair layer of protection, plus, it’s completely up Omar’s alley. Though I may sound kinda childish on my social networks and this blog, I’ve actually rid myself of most of my material ‘Kiddy Stuff’. All of my remaining categorical toys sit on two shelves in my room along w/ my books, DVD’s and CD’s and that’s far too little. I’ve given up pretty much all of my old Lego kits and blocks when I moved here and haven’t purchased any replacement kits because of the money suck that Lego blocks are to a guy like me, but I think this safe may get me to jump ship on that pattern. I love building stuff, I love thinking through concepts and I love being a kid at heart and I have a LOT of free time these days, you know, with the whole, “I have a disease and a lifestyle so erractic I can’t handle most normal occupations”, so I believe that this would be a nice little distraction of a project and a way to ease back into them Lego and the child I actually am, internally and externally. I dare you to block me from finishing this project. *rimshot*

Lego Combination Safe (Instructables)

∞*½=?

February 27, 2009

I am the Master of things trivial (yes, I kill at Trivial Pursuit…I’m also incredibly humble) and being TMoTT, I tend to think of trivial things and problems and some time ago I came up with a question that I like to ask to people to actually hear what they think. So it goes like this:

Is there such a thing as half of infinity and why?

So, we all know infinity, he’s a good guy, great for helping you win a 3rd grade argument, has his own car company, he is a bit long winded, seriously he just goes on and on and on and never knows when to stop, but overall, he’s dependable and will always be there.  (Wow, math humor, I think I just won nerdery). But seriously, Infinity, definition, a never ending entity, and in that description lies both arguments.

Entity (yes): meaning a single object, so then it should have a midpoint, somewhere, which means, you should be able to halve it. If it’s a whole, then it should also be fractionable (not an actual word), the people who say no are just playing semantics. “The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.”-Carl Sagan

Never Ending (no): meaning there is no end (no shit dick), so where would you put it? Sure there’s an equation for the puzzle (It’s that group of characters that probably confused you when you read the title of this post), but there’s no answer. It’s a theorem at best. Where is half? We don’t want a formula, we want an solution. Immeasurable=Indivisible.

So is there or isn’t there? If no, then why not? If so, then where is it? Some will say it’s a dumb question, but the thing is, as much as I’ve asked it, there is no dominant lean and most people are passionate about their stance, almost defiant of the other view. I have my own belief and I believe that I’m right, almost positive, but I probably wouldn’t ever say never, there is always a possibility of the other. I have found a mild stereotype in who believes what between the answers, but you never can tell. Which is why I love the discussion, the thought patterns, strong stances. So now, which side are you on?

Impromptu math joke from back in high school (I’ve told it before): Back in Serra High, my algebra teacher, wrote an infiniti symbol on the board and I, the smart ass, asked, “Mr. Dewey, who killed 8?” He says, right on beat, “Pi…it’s an irrational number.” Best math joke ever. +5 funny on slashdot.

PS: Wanna know what I love? The fact that I have officially created a post that contains an infinity symbol AND a hard  fraction (½ vs 1/2) in the url. (Now I’m a two time nerdery winner. Yup, I won the whole thing twice, in one post. Test me now bitch.)