So Madonna wrongly adopted/ bought/ stole a child from Africa.
So Google is taking over the world.
So Bushie don’t know the Internets from the Intelligents
Meghan and I watched NOVA the other night, I made her watch it. I am on the NOVA mailing list because the show is good, worthwhile and has NO commercials. About the only other shows I’ll suffer through are Law/ Order and Project Runway. Yea, jacked.
The NOVA show we watched was about Earth’s magnetic field and how it’s weakening significantly. This field is what protects us from the sun’s radiation by deflecting harmful solar winds away from the earth and toward the South and North poles. This is where aurora borealis comes from, and why it’s easier to see way up north or way down south.
So, it seems that not only is the field weakening quickly, but it’s about to completely reverse itself, which is something that happens every 300-700 thousand years. I guess we’re due for a switch. When this happens, compasses will no longer point north, but south. In between the switch, there will be no field at all, and we’ll feel the full strength of the sun’s radiation. This in-between time could last up to 3000 years. Yea, no shit we won’t be around any more, but does that mean we should not fully comprehend it?
Steven Weinberg said, “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.” His point was that the human species is just one of billions of species of life on Earth. The Earth is just a typical planet near a star. And our big star is just one of a trillion stars in the galaxy. And our galaxy is just one of hundreds of billions of galaxies!
So what’s the point in understanding our place in all of this? I think it’s the most important point, and everything is pointless. And I think I don’t spend enough time working on it, and I spend too much time working on the wrong stuff. (I just got Splinter Cell-Double Agent, so I’ll let you know how it is.)
On a lighter note, I had a chance to see the new Burton Snowboards movie the other night at Kennedy School. “For Right or Wrong” was produced by Burton and Mandalay Entertainment and featured the stories of a group of riders who are in it for different reasons. But the fact is, they’re all in it for the money in the end, except maybe for Jake. I believe Jake loves snowboarding for real, and he may be the only untainted rider in the movie.
Everyone loves snowboarding for different reasons, and if you ask them, everyone can get real philosophical about it and tell you why they do it, “fo’ real”. But the bottom line is: Shaun, Keir, Jeremy, Dave, Terje, and Kelly all get paid a shitload of money to go snowboarding. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t ride as much (because they’d have to get a job) and they wouldn’t be so good at it. Shaun is pretty down to earth, believe it or not, but he’s got so many people up his ass, it’s impossible to do things for the right reasons. Jake has the ultimate freedom now, to do whatever the hell he wants in snowboarding AND surfing.
Told some Burton folks I was going to draft a comparo between the brand new Burton movie (which really isn’t about Burton itself) and the first, ever Burton movie, “Winter Waves”. All I have to say about that is that the characters in Winter Waves did not have the means to hire a gigantic Russian helicopter to take them to the deep shit, so they stole one. They did what had to be done to get to the goods, not for money, a video part or a gold medal. They stole a heli and jammed up there as a tight group of friends just to ride for fun. They took matters in their own hands and never criticized each other’s steez. Nor did they have a CAD machine to design the takeoffs and landings of their jumps. And I am sure the production budget for “Winter Waves” was a smidgeon less than the new Burton movie.
I am calling bullshit on a few things, because there’s not enough honesty behind the intentions of the things to respect. In, “For Right or Wrong”, Nicolas Mueller comes closest to the pure intentions of the boys in “Winter Waves”.