Also too: This is my kind of art. No idea the artist, but FSM damn I admire them greatly for spending time crafting this masterpiece. Just imagine a world where a terrible Betty White hunts down evildoers with her Flaming Chainsaw of Justice whilst riding her trusty John Ritter steed. Comically terrifying.
But today? I stop by to give you this. And then off to the beach.
But this is all fiction, made real by the fervor of the fans and the universality of the meme. It can be made real by people repeating it, spreading from person to person, a momentum is created, reaching critical mass, until it breaks into the mainstream.
Live long and prosper. From Star Trek, but the origin is the Hebrew and Arabic "Peace be upon you". It's a noble sentiment, for who would not wish that for themselves and those they love, their friends and the people they admire? Why not for everyone? For are we not all people, with hopes, fears, dreams for the future? Do we not all wish for children and families healthy and happy, safe in hearth and home?
I don't think we all do. A minority, to be sure, but vocal and disruptive enough to unsettle the majority. A shame. For as pictured above, President Obama truly wishes for long life and prosperity for not only all Americans, but everyone in this world. And, being the Nerd in Chief, I have no doubt Barack would wish good tidings on any alien out there in the wide, wide Universe. And why not? All life wishes for prosperity for themselves and their children. It's the basis of Compassion, yes?
Education is one way we can lift the overall majority of humanity out of base, savage fear. As such, reading is fundamental:
And yet, out there raging, are 27% of the population who just HATES them. For no good reason other than blind tribal allegiance. If we are to progress to our full potential, we will have to continue finding ways to marginalize people who blindly hate. Education Summer Camps have a nice ring...
But, much has still been accomplished, and the USA and the world saved from the brink of Depression. Wars are ending, torture is done, sincere attention being paid to education, infrastructure, health care, and a myriad other important issues. In spite of Repuglicans. And so as we approach the Crazy Time of billionaires flooding the media with all manner of slanderous lies, keep the faith. Hope for a better day, vote Obama and any and every Democrat you can - if for no other reason than NOT to vote for a Repuglican. They're evil and must be defeated.
And with each lost election, their defeat grows closer. And with their defeat, perhaps sanity and reason can once again claim the upper hand in America.
This was the range of our connection for hundreds of thousands of years, until electricity, until Marconi (he played the mambas). And then suddenly, anyone in the world, almost everywhere, is reachable at a moment's instance. The world is shrunk. Physical distance no longer matters as much.
Soon enough video calling will be the norm and the networks will cover every inch of land, sea, air, and space, and there will be no where you are not instantly connected to someone else. No escape. And our change will continue apace.
Also, I am dreading the inevitable increase in "WORLD TO END 2012 MAYA APOCALYPSE REPENT!!!" talk. I saw an ad for Ameritrade or some such investment company and they directly referenced 12/21/12, the DAY OF DOOM. Reversal of gravity, apparently, which would actually be an awesome way to end the world. But it's not going to happen!
I once dabbled in 2012 dreaming, having read all about the Mayan calendar decades ago. But back then, no one else much knew, so it was cool. But now? LAME!
No, now I know and understand Science, and thus have moved past all mythological answers to real questions. The world might end on 12/21/12 - but it could also end tomorrow. Or a billion years from now - it will end one day, our world at least. An asteroid, a volcano, a cosmic ray, lots of ways. But I bet it won't end on 12/21/12 and if by some strange chance it did, that still proves nothing about Mayan religion of Gods. It might speak to their astronomy, however doubtful.
But! The very idea of it - and this meme has grown wings and will soar ever higher in the sky as we approach the dread date - aye! This very idea will be self creating, as lost, lonely people latch onto it and try to make it real. Hoarding, looting, general mayhem could happen as fear mongers in the media ratchet up the tension.
Wait and see. I had a vision.
And then Science emerged, and survived, and spread. Now with a firm foothold the world over, Science provides truer answers - perhaps real answers - and allows mankind to grow ever healthier, smarter, wiser. And thus is the bane of Religion - we are now in the midst of a mighty struggle between the two. This struggle will define our future.
Which side are you on? Hocus pocus, or truth?
What would a nerd of this day do? If lucky, a monk or scribe of some sort. Treasurer types perhaps. Otherwise, nerds or not, they probably worked in the fields or some other grueling physical labor that crushed their snarky spirit as well as their bodies. Like most everyone else. Thus perhaps the appeal of the Monastery.
Point being, however, for all we have gained - and it's a lot (greater equality, health, longevity, safety, etc) - we have lost an equal amount. Imagine living in a world of silence save for natural sounds, or the sounds you make yourself or with others. Discussion would become a major form of entertainment. Self made music or listening to friends play would be mind blowing.
You had to make your own fun, damnit! And now that we don't, I fear that part of the brain, that part of humanity, fades away to nothing. And we'll all be nerds then, if not already.
This all is leading of course to the point where we humans shed our bodies and move on to more flexible forms. Without major interruption, it is inevitable. And the Nerds shall lead us.
These trends will continue, relying more and more on our technology and less and less on our bodies. It will inevitably and fundamentally change us in major ways. Over time - but you can see it happening already. Some people have lost all sense of direction thanks to GPS.
The solution of course is to exercise the very skills technology is turning obsolete - navigation, sense of time, memory of numbers and addresses, recall of facts, focused attention, etc. Hard work, though, rite?
And so, Escher. This Legofied lithograph is a marvel. It's got all kinds of science baked into it. Wiki it up.
If you're bored, check out the Lego poses here: a LEGO a day
This is the Super Star Destroyer, Darth Vader's personal flagship. When a regular Star Destroyer just ain't enough. And thus a parable for our EXTREME society - when the regular Star Destroyer wowed audiences in 1977, something bigger was needed to get the same wow in 1980. And so on, forever. This is the power of EXTREME.
Or maybe that's just me. Any iced cream people out there want to speak up?