Jun 11

Intelligent Design Discussed Intelligently

 

So, after my last post on Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about UFOs, I watched both clips again because they’re just so damn good. At the end of the second clip, I was offered this video, where deGrasse Tyson does a presentation on Intelligent Design.

Now I thought, foolishly it turns out, that this was something about how to design everyday objects intelligently, perhaps imbuing them with some kind of natural efficiency, or intuitive function.

Nope, “intelligent design” is a philosophy which invokes God as the creator of everything. Here, I’ll save you the act of looking it up on Wikipedia which goes into a LOT of detail on why this “scientific hypothesis of God” is anything but scientific.

It’s a long presentation at 45 minutes, but let me just say – I only intended to watch 5 minutes to get the gist and ended up watching the whole presentation. THEN, I felt compelled to blog about it, because it’s just that awesome. Hope you enjoy it.

Jun 11

Isaac “The Man” Newton

 

My man, Neil deGrasse Tyson, talks about his man, Sir Isaac Newton.

I love how naturally deGrasse Tyson makes you interested in things that wouldn’t normally interest you. And while that first clip was great, this one covering UFOs will let you see deGrasse Tyson in full swing. Excellent, free entertainment and you learn a little bit about the human brain in the process.

Jun 22

Great Ubuntu Software

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Just a quick list of top-quality Ubuntu software that you may or may not have heard about.  In no particular order.  Many are installable from the repository, while others might require a little google/search for their PPA (I’ve kicked you off with a link for each).  This post revolves around Ubuntu 10.04 – the Lucid Lynx.

1. Handbrake.  This allows you to rip your DVDs into MP4 format for viewing on any H264 compatible device, such as Sony PSP or Android phone.  The interface is very slick and easy and it will take advantage of multiple cores to speed up the process.

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Nov 17

Earthrise

I sincerely hope this works.  If it does, you can see the earth rising over the moon, from about 100K above the moon’s surface.  From this Register article.

Shame – that embedded object didn’t work.  You can still see the movie by using the link above, or by visiting it directly, here.

[EDIT : I've added a Youtube rendition below]