Saw and interesting article a MIT professor about how the world is really just a big quantum computer. It’s a different take on the creation of the universe, the definition of reality and life after death. I’m kind of torn on how to take this. I mean, I have faith, and I believe that there is something bigger then all of us. I just never thought it might be a computer (and we’re all done if it runs Windows). The author does concede at the end to the existence of heaven, so perhaps it’s not that he believes God doesn’t exist – rather that the story we’re told by organized religion might be a little off. If you’ve ever read the book God’s Debris then some of this rings true. I’m willing to concede that being human, we may not be able to understand and/or fathom all that’s going on. And maybe we make generalizations to allow us to wrap our minds around it.
Pretty deep in all. I highly recommend God’s Debris and especially since he’s giving it out free in PDF form. It’s a relatively quick read too.
I like his last point. That somehow the ones we care about have affected this world and continue to be a part of it, even after they’re gone. It’s been shown, I believe, that matter can’t be destroyed – only reorganized. I’m not nearly intelligent enough to draw many conclusions from either work, but the more exposure they get the better.
To become less serious for a moment, speaking of computers Intel is slashing prices. Supposedly to match AMD’s recent advancements and to try their loss of market share. Not really related to the earlier topic, but I wanted to pass it along as well.
Ever wondered how a Death Star would match up against a Halo? Or the Borg ship to a Super Star Destroyer? Well, I don’t think the actual arguments could ever be resolved, but an interesting site allows you to at least compare them in size. It takes actual specifications and lays out graphic models so you can kind of get a scope of the different universes – all in one place.
On size alone, a Halo looks like it would decimate pretty much anything. Leave it to Microsoft to think bigger is better.
As some of you may or may not know, I lost my third ferret Scooter earlier this year – February 11th. Scooter was the last ferret I adopted and he loved life to the end. He was also the one that seemed to miss Bogey (my first ferret lost) the most – they used to play together.
I am now down to only one ferret – Mugsy, my first – and it’s kind of sad to think that once she goes I will be without ferrets for the first time in over 7 years. I cannot even remember what it felt like. Such a big part of my existence the past few years has been taking care of them, playing with them and laughing at their little antics and idiosyncrasies. So much so that I named my site (www.bogeywebdesign.com) after one of them and my blog after one of their best traits – the weasel war dance. If you don’t know what this is, I almost feel bad for you. I can’t really do justice to it in words, but basically the ferret arches it’s back and hops around mouth open and you can almost hear them saying “bring it on, let’s go!” Because they are related to weasels and look like rodents (though they are not) a lot of people don’t like them. I don’t see how anyone seeing this display of enthusiasm, energy and just pure love of life could not fall in love.
Anyways, if you have lost a pet or loved one, I feel for you. I have been fortunate enough to not lose someone in my immediate family – though there have been close calls. I can’t imagine what that would feel like for someone.
Update: Mugsy has been kind of moody and depressed. Not sure if it’s because she’s all alone, or because of the recent relocation. It’s tough.