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05 May 14
Newspaper

HipHop Vocabulary versus Shakespeare

One metric used to justify Shakespeare’s work as literary genius is the unique (not volume) word count. One, apparently bored, coder [Matt Daniels] decided to put rap and hip hop artists against Shakespeare by using song lyrics. Stereotypically, rap and hip hop music don’t exactly make one think “genius” or “literary mastermind.” For scaling purpose, Daniels ran word analysis against Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, As You Like It, Winter’s Tale, and Troilus and Cressida whereupon he compared it to the gamut of various music artist’s songs. While Shakespeare does thoroughly trounce most of his competition, there were plenty of artists that, using the unique word count metric, best him mightily.

24 Apr 14
Newspaper

Limitations on Longevity

How old can human beings really get? Discounting the ridiculous math of the Old Testament, the current human limit is about 122 years old. One old woman that lived to 110 donated her body to science so that her longevity could be studied. Researchers determined that it may be our stem cells that limit how long we could live as there are only a finite supply of them and over time, as they stop regenerating, so too do the body’s repairs. They believe humans begin life with about 20,000 blood stem cells and it was found in her body, at the time of death, she was literally down to 2. The researchers found their approach unique to looking at somatic mutation (non-cancerous) and believe the discovery may imply that an injection of fresh stem cells could prolong and rejuvenate our bodies.

11 Apr 14
Newspaper

Assassins Not So Sexy

Assassins are typically glamorized by movies and television. But sometimes the reality is just plain lame. The recent apprehension of a Baltimore contract killer through an FBI sting has revealed the more mundane side of the murder business. First shattered illusion – weapons transferred in an old shoebox instead of specialized tools in a quality Pelican cases. Second shattered illusion – it only costs $5K and leveraging Baltimore’s poor arrest record instead of the profitable depiction of killing someone to cover expenses, getaways, etc. Third shattered illusion – they lack professionalism as the killers talk like (quote TFA):

16 Mar 14
Cup

MH370

Pirates!

I believe that Somali pirates (or their associates) tried to steal that Malaysian airliner. This would be a logical extension of their business development plan that I have been expecting to hear about for some time.

Think about it. Why should aircraft be an exempt target for them. They are a valuable and vulnerable asset, and full of affluent hostages.

Those Pirates have got away with worse crimes, and they are game as hell. Flying, navigating and landing a big jet is beyond their competence but not their ambition. So they lost it in the ocean.

Look for it in the Gulf of Bengal, en-route to Somalia

07 Mar 14
Newspaper

International Credibility and Ukraine

It would appear the Russians are about to annex the Crimean portion of the Ukraine back into their fold. This is, of course, after they occupied the region and basically took it by force. A CNN opinion article asks some interesting questions about the matter:

  • What does this mean for the United State’s foreign policy credibility?
  • Is this a sign that disarming and trust are truly mistakes?
  • Where are all the peace protestors?
07 Feb 14
Newspaper

Conditions At Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics have officially kicked off in Sochi. Journalists were reporting particularly horrible conditions at the venue in the leading days that were indicative of Russia not being prepared. My particular favorite came after the stories of undrinkable water that if restored, patrons were advised, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” They’ve also reported on an abundance of stray animals walking throughout the city (and their rooms) which magically disappeared leading many to wonder about Russia’s methods. Despite these reports, the IOC has certainly been lavishing praise on Russia for the rest of their preparations.

06 Feb 14
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Kangaroos on the arc?

Would any of the creationists out there please explain to me how Noah got his kangaroos?

This is a huge problem for them. Think about it. Australia??

09 Jan 14
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Getting Started With Bitcoins

You’ve certainly heard of ‘em … and probably thought it was too late several times before (and are kicking yourself now). But it is still possible to join the Bitcoin bandwagon – you just need to be smart about it. Maybe this time around you won’t have to kick yourself again. I put together a short little guide on navigating the post-GPU mining world (2012-2013) and how to get involved with Bitcoins these days – using mining pools, ASICs and cloud hashing. After all, you probably thought it was either too late or a fad in May and again in December but there are still people out there making decent money. And maybe it still is a fad, but its unlikely at this point that Bitcoins are going away.

21 Dec 13
Newspaper

Budget Plan Shafts Troops

As part of the budget deal that has passed the House and Senate, the military takes a direct shot to the face. The deal includes an exclusion of 1% cost of living raises for everyone less than 62 … with no grandfathering. This roughly equates to a 20% overall loss for service members that are currently retired or even about to retire. Considering the number of troops still overseas in combat, it’s an even uglier shaft to deliver. So much for “Support the Troops” right? The divide between those who know what it means to serve and those being served continues to widen.

20 Dec 13
Newspaper

Kim Jong Un is Batshit Crazy

It really didn’t take long for Kim Jong Un to get the North Korea power bug and allow it to escalate quickly. Right now, he’s using the latest technologies to threaten his southern neighbor, the fax machine. In response to South Korean protests as a mark on North Korea’s dignity, particularly on the 2nd anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, the new ruler has promised merciless death via a fax.

Anyway, Kim Jong Un has his censors hard at work erasing the fact that his uncle ever existed. This would, of course, be the uncle he recently executed, presumably in a power play to let his “elders” know where they stood in the hierarchy. If you thought that was crazy, a little over a year ago Kim Jong Un executed one of his generals in a much flashier way. After accusing him of partying during the 100 days of mourning for Kim Jong Il’s passing, the general was forced to stand on a zeroed mortar target whereupon he was obliterated.

20 Dec 13
Question

Duck Dynasty Chewbacca Defense

So by now, whether you wanted to hear about it or not, you’ve most likely been ear raped by friends, family, or colleagues talking about the Duck Dynasty guy suspended by A&E for his anti-gay remarks. You’ve especially been over exposed to this crap if you have a FaceBook account. I’d like to take a different course on this one to expound on the Chewbacca Defense the conservative community is using in support of whoever this guy is – you know, the classic “but its in the Bible” argument.

18 Dec 13
Newspaper

Best Possible 2013 Investments

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Some analysts looked into what could possibly happen if a trader starting 2013 with $1000 was able to make the, now historical, best possible trades each day. They would enter 2014 sitting on roughly $264 billion in cash. The first million would have appeared in April followed by one hundred million in July. From there, it just gets super ridiculous at one billion in August and one hundred billion in November. Each of the trades and their respective effect is documented on the 2013 calendar within the original article. Ultimately, the article caveats that aside from the statistical improbability of such an event ever occurring, that sort of money moving around would simply destroy the market as well:

17 Dec 13
Cup

Americans Oppose Santa's Privacy Violations

Privacy advocates within the United States have jumped onto the bandwagon and lumped jolly old Saint Nick in with the National Security Agency for his egregious violations of privacy. Tea Party spokesmen decried his actions, “I mean, its one thing for the NSA to be listening to my phone calls … but its another entirely for Santa Claus to watching me while I sleep. How does he know when I’m good.” Atheists have scoffed at the conservative right, “What do you have to hide? Your adulterous ways? If you were living those values you keep thumping at us you’d have nothing to worry about. Hippocrites.” Even Snowden seemed upset, “I tried to find documents linking the NSA to Santa. I know they or the CIA must have him secured in a locked room somewhere, waterboarding him for information. He has it coming … the pervert is watching our children.” Santa quickly dismissed charges that he operates in league with the NSA to provide detailed information on global activities. “I’ll admit, I have a pretty amazing repository of information and the naughty list is fraught with terrorists. My network of elves covertly tap all available resources in order to properly identify bad children, miscreants and people that don’t believe in Jesus. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re reading all the Christmas lists … after all, you could probably correlate terrorists trying to get their hands on enriched uranium from me! Ho Ho Ho!

15 Dec 13
Question

Affluenza

Justice served or denied?

A 16 year old in Texas recently killed four pedestrians while driving drunk (three times the legal limit). After stealing two cases of beer and then speeding in his Ford with friends, the driver plowed over a 52 year old, 43 year old, 24 year old and 21 year old. The case was tried and concluded with – probation. The judge agreed to the boy’s wealthy parents footing a half-million dollar rehab bill and 10 years of probation in lieu of a 20 year prison sentence. His defense is being called affluenza, purported to make him a victim of reckless parenting that fostered a belief that money would solve all problems – and in this case, it did. The judge claims that 10 years of probation keeps the youth under the legal system’s thumb longer since he’d likely be out of prison in a mere two years.

14 Dec 13
Cup

330 Million Guns Used Safely Today In America

There’s been plenty gun violence this past year. An estimated 33 thousand deaths can be attributed to firearms of which only a third used for homicide. However, with an estimated 330 million firearms in the United States, it’s safe to say that 330 million guns were used safely today, yesterday, the day before that and pretty much every day this past year. Yup, only a hundredth of a percent of America’s guns were used improperly last year and it would seem all the ones in the newest ban lists weren’t part of the violence anyway. I’ll bet 330 million guns continue to be used safely tomorrow and for the duration of 2014 as well.

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