Power napping

September 21, 2007 at 12:21 pm | Posted in culture, personal | 2 Comments

More great stuff from ririanproject.com. Not much to say about this one, just that I wish I had time to power nap. If only our jobs would allow us to power nap.

In class the other day, there was a fellow student who was either dozing off or actually asleep. Regardless, I was very concerned that he was going to break his neck. While several of us found it amusing, the constant falling and recoil of his head and neck seemed a bit unnatural. Maybe he could have used a power nap…

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Apple iPod Touch

September 20, 2007 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Apple, culture, iPhone, iPod, technology | 2 Comments

Here’s a great article about Apple’s new iPod touch. What do you think?

iPod Touch May Do More Than Apple Expects

As I have said in other articles, technology is progressing at such a dizzying pace that it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all. Is Apple aware of this? Are they dumbing down technology just so we can all soak it in? Surely they could have released the iPhone and the new iPod lineup more feature-rich than it is now.

Tasered Student: Shame on Everyone

September 19, 2007 at 6:12 am | Posted in America, democracy, education, Florida, government, news, politics, society | 1 Comment

I found this latest bit of news very disturbing and very sad. To actually hear someone cry out “Please don’t tase me!” only to be tased anyways is nothing but cruel.

Video of police Tasering a persistent questioner of Sen. John Kerry became an Internet and TV sensation Tuesday, generating fierce debate about free speech and the motives of the college student involved – a known prankster who often posts practical jokes online.

Mailtribune.com

Don’t get me wrong, the guy was definitely a disturbance to the event and seemed intent on disruption that bordered on harassment, but who needs to shock a man that is on the ground with 4 people on top of him?

And no matter what John Kerry says, shame on him for not trying to diffuse the situation. Law enforcement may be up to law enforcement, but I can think of a million different ways any good speaker and leader could have talked the young man down from his hysteria.

I mean, do you think if Kerry had stepped away from his “safe zone” and confronted Meyer and the police, offering to answer the question if he left quietly with police, that it would have turned out so ugly? I don’t think so.

Shame on the campus police and shame on Senator Kerry. Shame on Meyer for not having the restraint to participate in a mature and responsible dialog with fellow citizens without resorting to hysterics and exhibitionism.

Food for thought: what social or moral responsibility did the audience have? You can hear a girl (or two) off camera shouting for them to stop, but would it have been appropriate for the group to protest the violence of the police officers? By being silent, was the audience condoning this entire spectacle?

Health Adventure: Momentum

September 18, 2007 at 11:35 am | Posted in Asheville, children, community, health, science | Leave a comment

Exciting things happening here in Asheville, North Carolina…

Today, the Health Adventure announced their intent to build a new $25 million museum almost right across the street from my University. I think this is great for the community and awesome for the kids.

“The health and science museum is planning to unveil its plans today for its new, 10-acre indoor and outdoor health and science park at the intersection of Broadway and Catawba streets, to open in 2010.”

Citizen-Times

I remember when I first moved to Asheville that I took my then 10 year-old brother to the Health Adventure at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. I was 18 or 19 at the time and even I thought it was a pretty cool exhibit or “museum” – a novel combination of fun and learning.

I can’t wait to see how this latest extension of the museum turns out — I just wish I had a kid brother to take there. Check out the article here.

When worlds collide

September 17, 2007 at 12:33 pm | Posted in astronomy, physics, science | Leave a comment

Awesome picture!!!

Current planetary theory has the moon existing as a result of a collision of a massive object with the Earth, just after the Sun formed. The Sun formed from a rotating disk of material that spanned about the diameter of the solar system, if not even larger. Left over debris from the Sun’s formation accumulated into what we know as our eight planets, one of which we call home.

When World's Collide

At some point, scientists theorize, a large massive object collided with the earth and knocked off all of the lighter material. While the Earth re-surfaced itself, the moon was formed from that lighter material. There is lots of science behind this theory that is worth exploring. Follow this link to a great explanation of the moon’s formation by the Dr. Pamela Gay and Fraser Cain over at AstronomyCast.com: Where Did the Moon Come From?

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