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    Carl Sagan on Civil Liberties

    Fri, 23 Sep 2022 22:45:26 GMT

    Back in 1987 (yes 35 years ago!) Sagan gave a talk to the ACLU about the science, civil liberties, and democracy. The source is this: https://quillette.com/2022/07/01/science-and-civil-liberties-the-lost-lecture-of-carl-sagan/amp/

    Inventions & Patents

    Tue, 26 Jul 2022 12:28:20 GMT

    I talk about the joy of inventing something and the patent process. I talk about the three people who influenced me and helped get me to think critically.

    The Tour de France

    Sat, 09 Jul 2022 20:51:38 GMT

    I talk about various aspects of the event. Which I love watching.

    The scientific method

    Fri, 24 Jun 2022 11:25:30 GMT

    I talk about the scientific method and give a simple experiment you can test it out with - and talk about how that simple notion led to bigger things.

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    The nfl is stupid.

      Wed, 31 Aug 2022 22:33:00 +0000
    Flores and the other plaintiffs lawyers take exception to the idea of arbitration - which is being requested individually rather than as a group - because the arbitrator would be Goodell.

    Goodell has previously said the case was without merit, and he was tapped as a potential witness if the case went to trial.

    Think there's any chance he'd be in any way impartial?


    This is … well, a little creepy.

    And it brings up a host of ethical questions.

    But I have to wonder, in todays climate where abortion debates and religion govern some of the laws, does this qualify as "human life?" Does it "have a soul?"

    The world is changing (often for the better due to science) and we're still living with fairy tales and antiquated notions - mostly to control people.

    It should open up a broader debate because there is no conception here. So what does human life mean?


    Short. Sweet. To the point. That's the beauty Dave's iPhone.


    Obi yawn kenobi

      Wed, 24 Aug 2022 20:56:00 +0000
    I was excited for the series on Disney+. I have really enjoyed the content thus far, so I was looking forward to seeing how they treated the iconic character. 

    I was waiting for my son to come home so we could enjoy it together…I avoided discussions and spoilers over the month or so since it premiered.

    6 episodes. Each 45 or so minutes. Can't wait.

    And then…disappointment. It sucked. They really missed on the character and storyline. Sure, the concept was okay. But they spent almost the entire first episode setting the tone for the show, as we watched Ben work in a packing plant and take long rides across the desert.

    Uhhhhh. Wow. What a waste of an episode. Maybe it gets better in #2?  Not really. Just a snooze fest.

    It's not what I expected obi wan to be doing. Or how I thought he'd be acting. Or whatever.

    And on top of that, if you're a diehard Star Wars fan, maybe you know about the inquisitors. But if you're a causal fan, probably not.

    They spent 5 minutes giving you their back story. And even then it was weak sauce. 

    So that part of the story was glossed over, while they bored us with Ben telling everyone he left that life behind. 

    The dialog was mostly drivel. There wasn't a purpose, other than meeting Anakin, er, Vader along the way. 

    They could have kept the core story points and created a more interesting and richer story. But why bother? It's obi wan. People will love the fan service!

    That's not to say there weren't a couple of bright spots. I liked young Leia. She was much as I might expect. And a few of the background characters held a little interest.  The battle between obi wan and Darth Vader was good, but very dark. And intermixed with Luke running away (almost completely in the dark) it lost some of the magic. 

    …overall, it was not worth the 6 hours I spent watching it. It just didn't work. 

    There was one additional point I wanted to make: I enjoyed the book of boba fett, in spite of it being similar in terms of how they spent a lot of time "doing nothing" in the desert. 

    So what's the difference? It's all about perspective. Boba fett takes place *after* episode vi. We don't know what happens to the character, so it was interesting to see where they took the character. He took over Jaba's territory and there could be a richness to the storyline - because it was essentially unknown to the viewer. 

    Obi wan takes place between episodes 3&4, and we know what happens in both. So there's no real mystery there. This one has to rely on a good story to make it come together. Having him help Leia was clever, but not enough. All he does is live a solitary life and then get chased across the Galaxy by Vader as he helps her. 

    Why not have him "pretending" to live a solitary life while actually out doing something? He could have had a series of adventures that culminated in a battle. 

    Anyway, that's my take. 

    So I guess the robot chicken joke applies. From a certain point of view this all made sense. 

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