Friday, July 30, 2010

Angry Kansas

I don't "tweet" that much but maybe I should start. Maybe I should start "tweeting" more positive and happy thoughts. Because it looks like Kansas is just one pissed off state. If you watch the video, I don't think Kansas turns green once. It's red almost the whole time.

Pulse of the Nation: U.S. Mood Throughout the Day inferred from Twitter

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church

I hate to give this guy any press at all, but this is just too funny.

Superheroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church: "sv_libertarian writes 'They've faced down humans time and time again, but Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist Church were not ready for the cosplay action that awaited them at Comic-Con. After all, who can win against a counter-protest that includes robots, magical anime girls, Trekkies, Jedi, and... kittens?'"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Board Certifications

*** Immediate Announcement ***

The LPGroup is now offering Board Certification in various fields. Please note that these fields may change at any time. For an extensive list please see below.

Board Certifications
Fellowship Awards
Computer Repair
System Administration
Network Administration

Please feel free to contact any board members with questions.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues

Maybe the courts should just fine her for lack of common sense?

Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues: "Hugh Pickens writes 'The Toronto Star reports that a Utah woman is suing Google for more than $100,000 in damages, claiming its maps function gave her walking directions that led her onto a major highway, where she was struck by a car. Lauren Rosenberg sought directions between two addresses in Utah about 3 kilometers apart and the top result suggested that she follow a busy rural highway for several hundred meters. The highway did not have sidewalks or any other pedestrian-friendly amenities, and Rosenberg was struck by a car. Rosenberg filed suit against both the driver of the car that struck her and Google, claiming both carried responsibility in her injury. Her lawyers claim Google is liable because it did not warn her that the route would not offer a safe place for a pedestrian to walk. Google has pointed out that the directions Rosenberg sought come with a warning of caution for pedestrians, but Rosenberg claims that she accessed the Maps function on her Blackberry mobile device, where it did not include the warning.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Research show that Reseach doesn't matter

Ok, I didn't do any real "research" on this topic but it has always bothered me. Why is it that when any number of completely unbiased institutions around the world come to some concrete conclusion after years and years of painstaking research and testing, some people just don't care. They can be utterly unchanged in their opinion on a subject even though they have been proven wrong by numerous research and development groups.

You can Google Research on Research and get a lot of results about how to do research properly and how to get involved in research but nobody seems to care about how many people around the world simply do not care what research presents to us.

My in-laws for example are dead certain that a programmable thermostat doesn't save any energy at all. They know that it just takes more power to "bring the house back up to that temperature" so you really don't save any money (or energy for that matter). It wouldn't matter what I did to convince them otherwise. I could hire a team of HVAC people to come to their house and show models and slide shows of how climate control systems work and they would remain unconvinced. They would be just as certain, if not MORE SO, than before. It would all be some kind of scheme to get them to buy something that they didn't need or save energy that doesn't need saving.

A recent article in USA Today shows how same sex couples can be just as effective at raising kids as a couple consisting of both sexes. Do you think this is really going to change the minds of people opposing same sex marriages? Are these people really going to sit back and say "Hey, maybe after all theses years... they are right."?

I'm not saying we should stop all research and give up our causes. I'm just wondering how we can present these things to people in a way that seems less threatening. In a way that will make people listen. In a way people can learn, without realizing they are learning, I guess.