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Tell us about it... / Re: The countdown to spring has started
« Last post by Valentine on Today at 04:19:22 PM »
It was sunny and in the 50's today, so while I worked in the office, my son and d-i-l did some early spring cleaning and rearranging.  I haven't seen it yet, but I'm sure it will be an improvement.  They spent some time getting the backyard ready for the kids to play outside also.  Cleared off the entire patio.  Son brought home a big plywood box on wheels for the cats to live in.  They have  litter box and cat tower on top.  He even installed a little window in there.  The remaining indoor cat was put out there today since she has started pooping in the portacrib they were using as a time-out corner.  Happened several times, and we're just not going to tolerate it.  I can't afford a cat psychiatrist to figure out why she's doing it. 

Anyway, now we need to paint and spruce things up. 
My only problem with the "sarcophagus" is that the rock doesnot look bigger than couple of feet.
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Watcher, on your question, I made a recent "generation ship" post over here:
There is probably an optimum size for this: A minimum mass is probably needed for radiation shielding, debris shielding, etc. Too much mass makes starting & stopping the journey too energy-extravagant. So, say, asteroid size...

A lot of the 'right size' depends on what your technology-level is, and the purpose of your 'trek'. Obviously, the quicker you can accelerate to some fraction of light-speed (and decelerate), the shorter your journey is - and thus what you need to haul along as consumables. Also, if you are going to be only one of several succeeding generation ships (to the same destination), you don't need as much 'redundancy' as when you are the last 'ship' out (or only ship out) of a dying planet or soon-to-be-nova star-system...
Tell us about it... / The countdown to spring has started
« Last post by Fsbirdhouse on Today at 02:13:23 PM »
Freezing rain during the night.
Let Jake out this morning, and he went sprattle legged the second he hit it.
Glad I saw that or I would have gone down again as I stepped on driveway.

Am really looking forward to warming temps. I know Feb. can be really snowy in our part of the country, but I'm hoping not!
10 day forecast calls for 40*s starting Monday.
May start raking last fall's leaves and all the branches and twigs that fell over the winter months..........a little at a time.
 Reading and Netflix will fill the rest of time until fishing starts, and fishing can't get here soon enough!
Anomalous Herald News / Re: it's Friday at HM..
« Last post by Wook on Today at 12:10:51 PM »
Bill Gates: Get on your knees and beg for your jobs
By Rasha B. Foda on January 24, 2015   • ( 2 Comments )

He might not have said it in so many words, though I wish that he had because only that kind of candor can get Americans to wakeup and do what is necessary to survive this stealth and brutal war, calculated to destroy their lives.

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates isn’t going to sugarcoat things: The increasing power of automation technology is going to put a lot of people out of work. Business Insider reports that Gates gave a talk at the American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington, DC this week and said that both governments and businesses need to start preparing for a future where lots of people will be put out of work by software and robots.

“Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses… it’s progressing,” Gates said. “Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set… 20 years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don’t think people have that in their mental model.”

Of course, they don’t. Thanks to you and the mainstream media that people like you own, the masses are constantly bombarded and distracted by lies, working 24/7 to get them to work against their own interests while you and others like you destroy their lives.

As for what governments should do to prevent social unrest in the wake of mass unemployment, the Microsoft cofounder said that they should basically get on their knees and beg businesses to keep employing humans over algorithms. This means eliminating payroll and corporate income taxes while also scrapping the minimum wage so that businesses will feel comfortable employing people at dirt-cheap wages instead of outsourcing their jobs to an iPad.

Many people criticize me for painting Gates as the monster that he is. But there is no question what he and others like him mean when they eliminate jobs altogether by the tens of thousands, or off shore them to increase their profits and expand their empires along with their egos, unless of course governments give them license to reign over both natural and human resources as they will.

The man puts Lord Sauron to shame. At least Sauron tells you straight to your face what he plans to do with your sorry carcass, unlike Gates who hires others to gut you from behind as he pats you on the back and feigns sorrow at your demise.
Tell us about it... / Re: FOOTBALL Thread
« Last post by Wook on Today at 12:09:09 PM »
re-writing the universe... One Neuron at a Time :reefer:

Researcher explores how the universe creates reason, morality

Jan 23, 2015 by Kelly Smith

Recent developments in science are beginning to suggest that the universe naturally produces complexity. The emergence of life in general and perhaps even rational life, with its associated technological culture, may be extremely common, argues Clemson researcher Kelly Smith in a recently published paper in the journal Space Policy.

What's more, he suggests, this universal tendency has distinctly religious overtones and may even establish a truly universal basis for morality.

Smith, a Philosopher and Evolutionary Biologist, applies recent theoretical developments in Biology and Complex Systems Theory to attempt new answers to the kind of enduring questions about human purpose and obligation that have long been considered the sole province of the humanities.

He points out that scientists are increasingly beginning to discuss how the basic structure of the universe seems to favor the creation of complexity. The large scale history of the universe strongly suggests a trend of increasing complexity: disordered energy states produce atoms and molecules, which combine to form suns and associated planets, on which life evolves. Life then seems to exhibit its own pattern of increasing complexity, with simple organisms getting more complex over evolutionary time until they eventually develop rationality and complex culture.

And recent theoretical developments in Biology and complex systems theory suggest this trend may be real, arising from the basic structure of the universe in a predictable fashion.

"If this is right," says Smith, "you can look at the universe as a kind of 'complexity machine', which raises all sorts of questions about what this means in a broader sense. For example, does believing the universe is structured to produce complexity in general, and rational creatures in particular, constitute a religious belief? It need not imply that the universe was created by a God, but on the other hand, it does suggest that the kind of rationality we hold dear is not an accident."

And Smith feels another similarity to religion are the potential moral implications of this idea. If evolution tends to favor the development of sociality, reason, and culture as a kind of "package deal", then it's a good bet that any smart extraterrestrials we encounter will have similar evolved attitudes about their basic moral commitments.

In particular, they will likely agree with us that there is something morally special about rational, social creatures. And such universal agreement, argues Smith, could be the foundation for a truly universal system of ethics.

Smith will soon take sabbatical to lay the groundwork for a book exploring these issues in more detail.

 Explore further: Physicists propose identification of a gravitational arrow of time

More information: Manifest Complexity: A Foundational Ethic for Astrobiology?… ii/S026596461400085X
Tell us about it... / Re: Merry Christmas
« Last post by Wook on Today at 11:22:29 AM »
well well
I just got my latest blood work back
seems like I am in complete remission
a big load off my mind
now if I can get Doctors to understand my thyroid issues since I was a kid and my under size kidneys
I keep reminding Doc's
that they have been telling me I would be dead in 5 years from my kidney problems since 69
I must be doing sumthing right.
Two 'Future-Sutures' = One "continuum".
the quantum cat is an  bifurcated face of itz observer.

The more things that stay the same in this thread...
The more they change.

Change is good.

Physicists propose identification of a gravitational arrow of time

Nov 03, 2014 by Bob Yirka

Configuration of masses evolving under Newtonian gravity. Barbour et al. show that nearly all such systems have a moment of “lowest complexity,” which they identify as a unique “past” from which two “futures” emerge.

Monkey-doo  is not considered a ufo if you are aware of what side of the cage you are on in a zoo.[/color

The great thing about relativistic reference frames is that Einstein never knew about this thread,
and in fact could not know,
even though this thread knows about him.

Occulted from the view of cowans vieled in allegory by terrible parables.
The world has no idea what is occuring inside this thread inside linke's head.

This is the Education of Lincoln.
Courtesy of the Hidden Mission Members.
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