Archive for October, 2008

2008.10.31

Happy Halloween 2008!

Happy Halloween Everyone! I hope you’re having a great one.

If you’re in San Francisco feel free to stop by!

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2008.10.25

Bay Area Earthquake Due

Everyone that lives in the San Francisco Bay Area knows that we could experience a large earthquake at any time. We’ve got the San Andreas, Loma Prieta and Hayward faults all here (and more!). What most residents don’t realize is that we are due -almost past due!- for another big one that they are saying could create a disaster larger than Hurricane Katrina.

When the next big earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area, it will be a catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina proportions. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of people will die, and hundreds of thousands will become homeless. Economic losses will be on the order of $200 billion, the vast majority of it uninsured. Outside help will be desperately needed, but difficult to coordinate and execute.

And just as before Hurricane Katrina, scientists have been sounding the alarm, warning that the disaster is inevitable. It’s not a matter of if, but when the “Big One” will strike.

Fun! Or not. Interestingly, the Hayward fault slips on average every 140 years. On October 21st we passed 140 years since its last quake. Time for me to restock my disaster preparedness kit again…

1 Comment | Catergorized: life  san francisco  science

2008.10.24

Getting the Nerd Vote

Not a bad list.

1: Broadband Everywhere.
2: Universal Healthcare.
3: No Federal Taxes on Internet Purchases.
4: Renew a Commitment to Education.
5: Renew a Commitment to Science.
6: Real Changes to Transportation.
7: Allow Early Voting by Mail.
8: Revamp Copyright/IP Law.
9: Fund the Patent Office So It Can Do a Better Job.
10: Open Government.

The only thing missing from the list is to make me absolute ruler of humanity.

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2008.10.17

Presidential Election Levity

With all the ugliness revolving around the presidential battles between McCain and Obama it’s somehow absolutely awesome that the two of them could come together, honestly and with good humor, rib each other, and have a good time. Normally I don’t embed videos directly to my site here, but these are worth it.

Here’s McCain:

And here’s Obama:

1 Comment | Catergorized: political

2008.10.12

Questions About the Bailout

I know the economy is so vast and complex that if anyone claims they know what is going on I am instantly skeptical about themSo not too long ago Congress approved the Bush Administration’s $700,000,000,000 bailout package…

1: Why? Isn’t this the same administration that believes in free markets and laissez-faire economics? That regulation is ALWAYS bad?

2: Let me get this straight… We’re going to give money to the same banks that fscked everything up… so they can turn around and loan me -with interest!- money I already paid in taxes? My own money?

3: I won’t claim to be the wisest person on the planet about the economy. I know the economy is so vast and complex that if anyone claims they know what is going on I am instantly skeptical about them. And Bush’s administration claims to magically “know” this will save everyone? Congress claims that after great deliberation and modification of the original terms they agree?

4: I thought we already had some craptastic economic stimulus package that was supposed to “fix” this problem? I got $600 just a few months ago and was encouraged by Bush to spend it. Instead I put it into savings. After all, it was my tax money in the first place. I can’t help but wonder if I ruined the economy by not spending it.

5: Can anyone explain to me where all this money is coming from? Because our country is already so far in the red it will take years to dig out of it (if we can even get people responsible enough to do the hard work).

This thing is pissing me off more than I expected. I’m already seeing businesses going out of business. Maybe they were struggling already, I don’t know. I’m already seeing more and more houses up for sale. I have the feeling that soon I’ll start seeing less traffic on the roads, more people on the streets, more crime as people get desperate, more competition for fewer jobs, prices for everyday items like food going up…

How did anyone prepare for the Great Depression?

1 Comment | Catergorized: grrr  thoughts

2008.10.09

3rd Annual Bury These People in a Cemetery Party

It’s time for our third annual Halloween party… Save the date and invite your friends! Dress up! We’ll have dancing, chill out rooms, the ever crowded kitchen, a bonfire, drinks, snacks and a freaking ton of fun. The third time is the charm, and after the two previous excellent parties, I can’t imagine how amazing this one will be!

Start Time: Friday, October 31, 2008 at 8:00pm
End Time: Whenever it ends! Last year: 4AM
Location: The French Embassy (just ask…)
Street: 768 16th Avenue (between Fulton and Cabrillo in the Richmond District)
City: San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415.577.2754
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=39229902164

3rd Annual Bury These People in a Cemetery Party

Previous Invitations and Pictures:
1st Party: Invitation; Pictures
2nd Party: Invitation; Pictures

1 Comment | Catergorized: food-drink  friends  life  san francisco

2008.10.08

Dad Moved

My Dad moved recently and sent this extremely quotable line that I just love.

“Big boxes reproduce and have little baby boxes that run about the house and hide in rooms where their contents do not belong.”

Heh…

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2008.10.05

Prime Number Currency

So here’s an idea that came out of celebrating our friend Dave’s birthday. Amazing what drunk talk can net you…

Our current monetary system is systemetized around base-10, meaning that you have divisions of 10 as the coins and paper notes in America.

Coins: 1, 5, 10, 25
Bills: 1, 5, 10, 20

Mind you I’m not rich so I’m not including the $1 coin or $100 bills (or more). Those are, on the whole the most common divisions of money in most countries, with the possible exception of replacing the 25 cent coin with a 20 cent coin.

But what if all currency were replaced with only prime numbers? These are the first twenty: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71. What if we only allowed coins for every other number, and bills for the alternate?

Coins: 3, 7, 13, 19, 29, etc.
Bills: 2, 5, 11, 17, 23, 31, etc.

I feel we should have a one cent or one dollar, too, though “1” is not by many definitions a prime number. Imagine the chaos that would ensue from using prime numbers, especially if a law were passed mandating that change from a purchase must be made in the fewest number of coins and bills as possible? And the insane math issues so many people would have until they got use to it all?

Personally I love the idea. Not only would it make things interesting, but it might even kick start people’s thinking about math in a new, novel fashion. When I’m ruler of the world I will mandate prime number currency, and metric for everything else except kitchens, where traditional English measures will rule. How much more confusing can we make the world?

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