Coming to terms with the complexity of life and the fear of death

I thought I'd write a lighthearted, cheery post, sort of a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year ahead, so naturally, I wrote (and made a video) about how complicated life is and how we're all afraid of dying, but we shouldn't be, because zombies and vampires... Wait, what?! “We trouble our life by … Continue reading Coming to terms with the complexity of life and the fear of death

Permanent data storage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e79Bu2dQEHA We need to focus our efforts on finding more permanent ways to store data. What we have now is inadequate. Hard drives are susceptible to failure, data corruption and data erasure (see effects of EM pulses for example). CDs and DVDs become unreadable after several years and archival-quality optical media also stops working after … Continue reading Permanent data storage

The boring sameness of Romanian restaurants

Romanian cuisine was (and still can be) wonderfully varied and delicious. Not only are there different dishes in each region of the country, but even the basics, the staple traditional dishes, are prepared differently from region to region. Visiting Romania should be a delectable experience for one's palate -- the potential and the means to … Continue reading The boring sameness of Romanian restaurants

The Secret Powers of Time by Philip Zimbardo

This video is an epiphany. It explains how people's conceptions of time affect their lives and societies -- and vice-versa. My jaw kept dropping as I watched it. If you're a sentient human being, you will think it's the best 10 minutes you've spent in a long time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3oIiH7BLmg RSA Animate - The Secret Powers … Continue reading The Secret Powers of Time by Philip Zimbardo