That Fanciful Future and the Musings of a Daydreamer

I have a vision. My thoughts have finally taken their predictable turn to outrageBlue-Marble-by-Nasa-Public-Domain-via-Wikimediaous ideas and notions to make this world a better place.

I should start by saying the TV show on National Geographic called Cosmos aired this year. It is a revamping of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos back in the 70s. It is a continuation of his series as well as an update for us regular people, letting us know whats going on in the scientific world. I have come to realize this term “the scientific world” actually just means “the world.” Science and its consequences and blessings are ALL AROUND US!

287136406_e1b339d67b_oThis leads to a few videos that were brought to my attention today that really provided me with food for thought. The first one is incredibly inspiring and frustrating all at the same time. “We Stopped Dreaming (Neil deGrasse Tyson) Parts 1+2” is just a beautiful summary of how NASA has impacted our every day lives. I will let you watch it now because my points won’t work if you don’t. So, sit down at the computer or grab your phone on your afternoon breaks and watch this video.


Buzz-Aldrin-on-Moon-Apollo-11-1969-NASA-photo-public-domain  Okay, so now that you have discovered how fear drove our country to do great things, but that security that was restored resulted in apathy and a tapering off of natural innovation due to a lack of funds. These lack of funds has led to our country and our government grossly under-appreciating all that science does. Here is a 10 item list of things invented by NASA that I personally had no idea they invented, but I see them every day. These ideas turned into reality have completely changed lives!

Unfortunately, after the fear race with the Soviet Union, the government forgot the urgent need humanity has for science, invention, innovation, and hands on research in order for progress to be made. The way our country is set up, where everything has to be for profit instead of purely for the betterment of living, it is nearly impossible for honest progress to be made. The example that comes to mind is the Lead discovery. Clair Cameron Patterson was a humble scientist who fought for 30 years for lead to be outlawed from being used in everyday items: gas, paint, pencils etc… He had to fight the very government that is supposed to protect us from the sshuttle_launch_NASAelfish companies that throw their weight around. Car companies didn’t want to change the way they made cars because it would cost money. They were able to lobby and lie for 20 years after the first hearing on lead poisoning before the leaders in our country realized they needed to make a drastic change. I wouldn’t say it was too late, but it was sure as hell late. This COMPANY kept our whole country in a stagnant period where we were closed down to learning because if we learned about lead poisoning, that would cause this COMPANY issues. Progress has become too in line with profit. They are NOT necessarily the same thing, although they can definitely work together.

Here is my wild idea that would literally be the coolest thing to flag-ship.

What if there was  a campus like collection of highly technological buildings, full of research tools, in the LargeMagellanicCloudmiddle of the USA, perhaps on the border of Kansas and Colorado where land is relatively cheap, weather is only slightly bipolar and hopefully with the mountains in the background? So lets say we have this place, we build houses that surround the main buildings. These houses would have known and unknown scientists living within, with their families. We would gain these connections through people such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk, who have made science their life. These scientists would research, create,  and invent ideas and then put them into practice. These life changing ideas would then be freely given to the public, maybe they receive royalties from these inventions. However, the main way this could all be possible, would be through YOU. It said that NASA’s budget amounted to 1/8th of a penny from each tax payer. If we could turn this into one penny or ten cents, think about what we could accomplish? Screw the government and lets take progress into our own hands. Lets land on Mars and asteroids! Lets find another home and maybe send settlers. This would be where Science Fiction could become Science Fact.

I think it could change the world. However…… in the end it’s probably 637ea84d3f66aef3cb3498ea4b9c57a1not as possible as the idealist in me would like to think. I think that we need to somehow move towards progressive ideas and inventions that the public has access to, but I highly doubt THIS idea will solve that problem.

Someone do something quick! Before its too late!

The second video I watched is just surprisingly awesome. Science is cool in “Kevin Delaney Makes a Cloud” on the Jimmy Fallon show.


The Case for Slow Programming

This is very well said and also very true. I would also say this applies to man other activities we partake in where we bypass the processes in order to try and make things happen faster. Faster doesn’t mean better.

Nature -> Brain -> Technology

My dad used to say, “Slow down, son. You’ll get the job done faster.”

I’ve worked in many high-tech startup companies in the San Francisco Bay area. I am now 52, and I program slowly and thoughtfully. I’m kind of like a designer who writes code; this may become apparent as you read on 🙂

Programming slowly was a problem for me when I recently worked on a project with some young coders who believe in making really fast, small iterative changes to the code. At the job, we were encouraged to work in the same codebase, as if it were a big cauldron of soup, and if we all just kept stirring it continuously and vigorously, a fully-formed thing of wonder would emerge.

It didn’t.

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Life is Like a Turtle

“Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.” ~ Bruce Feiler

Some days, life seems to catch you off guard with how fast time flies. Other days you are just begging for it to hurry up and move on. I can’t believe that it’s already September. I barely feel like I had a summer! So much has happened in the world that I feel like my own life is at a stand still. I’m waiting for several things to come through or work themselves out, but I never seem to be “caught up” or just ready. I keep telling everyone this year is going to be a big year and I think so far it has been. I just hate being that idealist because no matter what, we never get as much done as we’d like to.

I don’t want life to hurry up at all, I’ve come to realize all those story books about time speeding up as you age, THEY ARE ALL TRUE. Life has flown by this year, at least on the Calender, while my day-to-day life at work has been increasingly dull I still try to make the most of every evening. Not as well as I should… I still get lost in video games and Bob’s Burgers or Southpark. BUT I do try.

I’m ready for another adventure and another trip far away. Distant mountains, rivers and oceans call to me! I can get as melodramatic about this as y’all want but I’ll hold myself back and exercise that famous self-control.

I just want life to stop with the turtlesque type deal. Lets get on to the travelesque type deal! I am a gemini after all. We thrive on adventure.

Also side note, we are thinking about getting a pet turtle!! They seem pretty chill and relatively easy to take care of, which is always a good thing in my book. Give me your vote on whether or not that sounds like a fantastic idea or a rather misguided ideal, if that makes sense.

Not my picture!

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. ~ James Bryant Conant

Trying to Stop That Hurricane

I’m not trying to stop a hurricane
I’m not trying to shake the ground below
I’m just trying to find a way to make it back home

I’m not trying to part the ocean waves
I’m not trying to overthrow the throne
I’m just trying to find a way to make it back home
I’m just trying to get home ~ American Authors, Home.

I head this song today over the our work radio and for one, I do really love this song. Its catchy and heartfelt in my personal opinion, but they have almost over played it. For two, it caught my attention today though because looking over my past posts, I have a tendency to be forceful about being extraordinary or living an extraordinary life. Which, my opinion isn’t changing on that, it’s just modifying. I still think everyone limits themselves and life really is boundless. However, this song reminded me that you don’t have to stop a hurricane or move a mountain in order to lead an amazing life. Lead that extraordinary, ordinary life. There is that fine line between the two and it really depends on each person what the definition of each word is in regards to themselves. Some people will climb MT Everest, and some will not. This doesn’t make either better or worse. Just different definitions.

I guess my whole goal in life is to help people gently see that there is so much more to them then they realize. Y’all are special and amazing and there is no one stopping you from being a world-renowned movie producer or a not so world-renowned genius web designer  who may very well make the same as a movie producer. It all depends on what you personally desire your life to be. I just don’t like to see anyone waste their life away because they limited their dreams to what they could see directly in front of them. Me, I’m a dreamer so I don’t think I will ever just see what’s in front of me. If anything, I need to work on being in this reality more instead of in the reality of my dreams (which will come true in some way, just maybe not the way I expect). Implement and practice your dreams today, just don’t worry about trying to stop a hurricane.

The view after leaving a Philippine prison. Stormy weather ahead!

The view after leaving a Philippine prison. Stormy weather ahead!

Something About Mathematics

I have two quotes for y’all today! First, a brainy one from a person who hardly anyone has heard of, Shakuntala Devi, and  a second one (not so brainy, but kind of funny) from a person everyone in at least the USA has heard of, George W. Bush. I should first let you know though, math is and has always been one of my least favorite subjects to learn about. It’s not that I’m awful at it, I just really hate the idea of learning it and thinking about it. However, ever since watching the show “Cosmos” this year and working with the finance department at my job, I have a whole new-found respect for all things mathematical and scientific. Without the world of physics and numbers… we would be no better than any other animal on this planet. It amazes me.

“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.” Shakuntala Devi was from Bangalore, India and was also known as “the human computer”. She was put in the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records because of her knowledge of numbers. Pretty cool for a woman born in the late 1920s.

For our next quote I pull on a native of our USA, George W. Bush. “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” Although never known as our smartest president by any means, George did help where he could. Being the president of the United States of America is probably one of the toughest jobs in this country simply because of the incredible scrutiny they are under. No matter what they seem to do, someone is unhappy. How do you wake up every morning knowing you are going to disappoint at least half the population of your country with whatever decisions you make? I couldn’t do it that is for sure. That’s why, even though this isn’t the brightest statement made by our former president, I still put it up. It’s a funny statement…. even if he didn’t mean it to be funny. Ciao for now!



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