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Moral Relativism, Absolute Truth, and Pi December 11, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in absolute truth, moral relativism, Morality, Parenting/Children, Pi, Religion, Religion, Philosophy, and Science, Science & Technology.
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It’s been a long time coming, and I suppose I should have stated this clearly earlier. I have a confession to make. I don’t know the exact value of Pi.

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Oh, sure. I know an “approximate” value: 3.1415926535. I know that from memory. But I have to confess that I don’t know the exact value. (more…)

3 Strategies for Getting (Almost) No Spam December 7, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Computers, Digital Identity, email, IT Security, Science & Technology, Spam, Technology.
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I have several close friends and co-workers who are fighting an apparently hopeless battle against unwanted e-mail, typically referred to as “spam.” In sharp contrast, I get virtually no spam at all.

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Why the huge difference? Why are my co-workers and friends swimming in the stuff, and I go through the day relatively spam-free? Here are the three things that I do. What differentiates me from my co-workers and friends, is that they do only one or two of these things. The key is to do all three. (more…)

Blinded by the Lights August 27, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in color blindness, Science & Technology, Technology.
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Color blindness sucks.

Let me rephrase. Being “red-green pastel color-blind,” along with roughly 10% of the male population, in a world where color vision is assumed, really sucks.

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To elaborate further, what really sucks is that so many of the components of everyday life in the United States demand usable color vision. It’s not just a matter of convenience, it’s a matter of safety. (more…)

Questions of Faith August 15, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Astronomy, Education, Family, Learning, Love, Morality, Parenting/Children, Politics, Race and Prejudice, Religion, Religion, Philosophy, and Science, Science & Technology, Stupidity.
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I have a few questions

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  • Why is it that so many of us who are Christians… (more…)

Silly Adult, Cartoons Aren’t Just for Kids! August 8, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Cartoons/Animation/Video, Education, Family, Fun, Humor, Learning, Parenting/Children, Science & Technology, Stupidity.
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Those who think of “adult cartoons” as Anime, pornographic cartoons, and so on, have no clue what they’re missing. In the early 90’s, Steven Spielberg produced several cartoons that took chidren’s programming into some fairly zany areas. My favorite was “Pinky and The Brain.”

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Any number of people have posted raves about this cartoon, which was ostensibly for kids, so I won’t add more verbiage than is absolutely necessary. In my opinion, this cartoon, possibly even more than the old Bugs Bunny cartoons, wrote at multiple levels.

For example, where else would you find a scene in which stealing a submarine would be hindered by the steering wheel having “The Club” on it, but it’s referred to as “the Sub Club”? In that same episode, the right-hand-turns-only route describes a Nautilus shape, which The Brain correctly identifies as being representative of “the Golden Mean.” In this episode alone (titled “Das Mouse,” a clear reference to the movie “Das Boot”), there are pages of movie spoofs, accurate science lingo, and pop culture references.

If you were unlucky enough to miss “Pinky and The Brain” when it originally aired, you can pick up the DVD and enjoy those laughs all over. However, this is one DVD that the kids may swipe, so keep it under lock and key.