Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Mercator Projection

The Mercator projection is the world map most familiar to us. However, as you may know, it isn't scaled evenly. This Mercator Puzzle shows just how skewed the projection is:

Yes, that is Australia covering Canada, Brazil covering the US, and Mauritania covering Alaska. I put South Africa up in the Arctic and Greenland down in Brazil to show their relative sizes as well.

h/t to Boing Boing

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

You can See Vesta!

If you look in the constellation Cetus, right around his tail, you should be able to see the asteroid Vesta for the next few days, if your sky is dark enough.

Monday, September 28, 2015

No Blood Super Moon for Me

Seems like the more hyped up it got, the less interested I was. I did poke my head out... I mean I literally only put my head outside the door but saw only clouds. I think I like comets better. You never know when a new comet might show up and they are usually visible for days or weeks, allowing for better viewing opportunities. And there is also the possibility that they might be on a collision course with us, so there's that extra excitement, too.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Native Americans Still More Likely to be Killed By Police; You Ignore the Facts

According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, and the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice,
"The racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans..."

I don't see any campaign on TV or the internet to protect Native lives. Hey, you 'lives-matter' people... do something about THAT, why don't ya? Wait... you can't. You can't do anything because you only do something if you are told to do it, or if it's 'cool'. You are so worthless. Does it make you feel good about yourselves to talk about lives mattering? You know you don't really do jack squat... you are utterly out of touch and clueless about what is really happening in the world.

If you truly wanted to help, you'd take the cases where innocent people were killed by police for no reason at all, good or bad. But you don't. You pick the ones where the victim is of questionable character.

I'm beginning to wonder if you aren't trying to incite racial hatred, anyway. You make martyrs out of exactly the wrong people, while completely ignoring when innocent kids are being killed by police. You ignore the cases that would be a good example and use these other examples, knowing that folks will see the videos of those kids beating up and bullying people before the police killed them and lose sympathy.

Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin were not the best examples. You could have taken sweet little Aiyana Stanley Jones, or one of many from the lists found on the internet of the innocent victims of law enforcement. Most of them are white, though. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reports that over the span of more than a decade, around 2,000 whites were killed by police compared to around 1,000 blacks. Yes, about twice as many white people are killed by police, although, per capita, Native Americans, followed by blacks, are the most likely to be killed by police.

Maybe you just don't want to admit that the problem isn't racism, it's statism.

I know my words here are probably in vain. I know my rant won't wake anyone up. It's just so frustrating that I have to write it somewhere and this blog is pretty much my only outlet.

Friday, August 28, 2015

So Taxing...

I looked at my check stub for the last two weeks, and, as usual, complained about how much money is taken out for state/federal/ssi.  I figured up the number of hours I worked to pay those taxes... it was 33!  The first 33 hours I worked were for the government. 

I'm not going to be one of those who complains how some people don't work and get paid from the money I pay.  That's not true, anyway.  The government couldn't tax us enough to pay for all the obligations it has created.  My money just disappears.

It goes into the black hole of government debt.

So, then, why do they tax us?  If our money isn't even capable, at a 100% tax rate, of servicing even the interest on the debt, why, then, are we required to continue to pay it?

It makes no sense.  But that is to be expected from an entity which does nothing that makes sense.  Government authority makes no sense.  It is like an amateurish story written one line at a time by random and mostly idiotic people who hallucinate themselves into believing they know what everyone wants. 

Phrases go nowhere.  Dialogue trails off into oblivion.  Devices, barely started, lie unintelligibly mangled in a tangle of redirection.

What can we do?  I strongly doubt there are enough people who've looked at their check stubs and done the basic math to care.  Half the country doesn't even pay income taxes.  There is naught to do but laugh at the futility of it all and wonder how long it will last before the whole stupid mess collapses in on itself.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Easy is Rarely Best

...but sometimes it is... oh, sometimes it really is.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dreaming All Weird

I had a really weird dream last night.  There wasn't time between waking up and getting up this morning to think about it.  Now, the details have been forgotten.

There is a memory of not wanting to wake up. The knowledge it was a dream was there, yet the memory of what it was about seems to be inaccessible.  There is just the memory of the feeling that it was odd, but in a very comforting way.

We all dream every night.  With little time to think about them, dreams quickly fade from memory.  This dream was just so pleasant I really wish I could remember what it was. 

I say that, but if the memory suddenly returned of the night's dreaming, there would probably only be disappointment.  Perhaps it's the vagueness of memories that make them so dear.  Like a grainy picture of a loved one long ago lost.