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Disparity
3/30/2005, 11:34 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Geek-Out, Physics, Social

A little quote that was placed at the end of a chapter in my Statistical Mechanics book:

A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: ‘Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?’
C. P. Snow
The Two Cultures
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge
1959

It is something I myself am guilty of. Does well-rounded really mean well-lopsided? It does not seem to extend out in all directions as the phrase implies.

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why gay marriage is and should continue to be illegal
3/25/2005, 5:45 pm
Filed under: Frustrations, Politics, Social, Spirituality

A funny little piece of sarcasm I copied from a friend of mines blog, who also copied it from someone else.

GAYS SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO MARRY.

1. Homosexuality is not natural, much like eyeglasses, polyester, and birth control.

2. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Infertile couples and old people can’t legally get married because the world needs more children.

3. Obviously, gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if Gay marriage is allowed, since Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage was meaningful.

5. Heterosexual marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are property, blacks can’t marry whites, and divorce is illegal.

6. Gay marriage should be decided by people, not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the rights of the minorities.

7. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country That’s why we have only one religion in America.

8. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

9. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

10. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why single parents are forbidden to raise children.

11. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society. Heterosexual marriage has been around for a long time, and we could never adapt to new social norms because we haven’t adapted to things like cars or longer lifespans.

12. Civil unions, providing most of the same benefits as marriage with a different name are better, because a “separate but equal” institution is always constitutional. Separate schools for African-Americans worked just as well as separate marriages for gays and lesbians will.

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..time to make the donuts…
3/10/2005, 7:24 pm
Filed under: Geek-Out, General, Social

Well, in an attempt to make up for my lack of writing as of late, I’ve put together a pictorial essay, entitled “A Day In The Life.” Click here, and enjoy!

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