Jan 27, 2012

Looking Ahead

Here is something I really like.

Jan 5, 2012

"I used to think that information was destroyed in black holes."

Super physicist Stephen Hawking turns 70 on January 8th, and New Scientist interviewed him. I'm convinced Hawking is an alien sent to Earth to help us out. Other notables include Walt Whitman, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln. Read some of the interview here and then poke around New Scientist's site and contemplate asking for a subscription on your birthday.
NS: Einstein referred to the cosmological constant as his "biggest blunder". What was yours?
SH: I used to think that information was destroyed in black holes. But the AdS/CFT correspondence led me to change my mind. This was my biggest blunder, or at least my biggest blunder in science
NS: Black holes consume everything, including information, that strays too close. But in 1975, together with the Israeli physicist Jakob Bekenstein, Hawking showed that black holes slowly emit radiation, causing them to evaporate and eventually disappear. So what happens to the information they swallow? Hawking argued for decades that it was destroyed – a major challenge to ideas of continuity, and cause and effect. In 1997, however, theorist Juan Maldacena developed a mathematical shortcut, the "Anti-de-Sitter/conformal field theory correspondence", or AdS/CFT. This links events within a contorted space-time geometry, such as in a black hole, with simpler physics at that space's boundary.  In 2004, Hawking used this to show how a black hole's information leaks back into our universe through quantum-mechanical perturbations at its boundary, or event horizon. The recantation cost Hawking a bet made with fellow theorist John Preskill a decade earlier.
NS: What do you think most about during the day?
SH: Women. They are a complete mystery.

Jan 4, 2012

Apr 1, 2011

Here's a thought...


Mar 20, 2011

Mar 4, 2011

Never Say No To Panda

Best commercial concept evah...

Mar 1, 2011

Battles' Plan

 I'm getting pumped pumped pumped about the new album. Slow and steady baby. Keep going.

loops from battles on Vimeo.

Jan 8, 2011

Sad Day

There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons. -Ronald Reagan, Governor of California


Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords from Arizona was shot in the head at an event today outside of a Tucson, AZ supermarket. She is in surgery, and has been gravely injured. Her current condition is unknown. At least eleven others were also shot. A suspect is in custody.

Here is Rep. Gifford reading the First Amendment on the floor of Congress, two days ago.

There's a lot of speculation and confusion about today's incident at this point. But, for the sake of grabbing these images in case they disappear, here are a few things to think about.

Rep Gifford's tea party opponent Jesse Kelly held a campaign event in November, inviting supporters to join him and shoot a fully automatic M16.

Sarah Palin marked Rep Gifford on her cross hairs Facebook post. Arizona and the representative herself were marked with a gunshot. Sarah Palin's staff has been working tirelessly today to scrub her social media sites of such rhetoric.

Gabrielle Giffords was one of three political candidates Keith Olbermann donated to, which eventually led to his suspension from MSNBC.

The NY Times:
Mr. Olbermann’s contributions came to light in an article by Politico Friday morning. Mr. Olbermann acknowledged in a statement that last month he donated $2,400 to the campaigns of Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and Attorney General Jack Conway of Kentucky, who lost his Senate race to Rand Paul.
Talking Points Memo just confirmed that a Federal Judge was one of the victims today.

Press Conference from hospital. The hospital received 10 patients total. 1 is confirmed dead, a 10 year old child. 5 victims are in critical condition, and 5 are in the operating room undergoing surgery. The surgeon is very optimistic about Rep Giffords.

The suspect has been identified as 22 year old Jared Loughner.

The suspect used a pistol with an extended magazine. Local news in Tucson is reporting 6 people were killed, and Loughner is in custody.
In a You Tube video, Loughner states, "I can't trust the current government because of fabrications." He writes about currency and language, but his writing is pretty jumbled.
All humans are in need of sleep.
Jared Loughner is a human.
Hence, Jared Loughner is in need of sleep.
If I define sleepwalking then sleepwalking is the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening.
I define sleepwalking.
Thus, sleepwalking is the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening.
I'm a sleepwalker - who turns off the alarm clock.
All conscience dreaming at this moment is asleep.
Jared Loughner is conscience dreaming at this moment.
Thus, Jared Loughner is asleep.

A screen grab from Loughner's Myspace account.

Here is a still image, followed by an interview with Congresswoman Giffords about the violent political rhetoric spewed today. Giffords also comments on the threats she receives and acts of violence at her headquarters.

Dec 9, 2010

F**ked up

Senate Republicans blocked legislation today that would ensure medical care for residents and rescue workers who got sick from the fumes and air conditions in lower Manhattan after the attacks on September 11th...

I repeat: Senate Republicans said NO to legislation that would take care of 9/11 victims, workers, and their families, many who are very ill and dying horrible deaths because of the conditions near ground zero following the attacks on the World Trade Center.

I can't begin to imagine the hysteria if the Democrats were blocking a Republican effort to provide medical care to the sick heroes and victims of 9/11. And lets say they were doing this while attempting to kill unemployment benefits, cut social security and medicare expenses. And at this same time, how about if they were willing to let middle-class tax-cuts expire unless they could also keep tax-cuts for the wealthiest Americans, which they would pay for using borrowed money from China. (Remember to imagine their most passionate about insuring tax-breaks for the millionaires and billionaires.) Really? Sarah Palin would be tweeting her thumbs off. (rather her ghost tweeter would)
Democrats? (crickets....)

The NY Times:
WASHINGTON — The bill is known formally as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named after a New York City Police Department detective who participated in the rescue efforts at ground zero. He later developed breathing complications that were common to first responders at the site, and he eventually died in January 2006.
After the vote, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, a chief sponsor of the bill in the House, urged Senate Democrats to include the 9/11 health bill in the larger tax-cut legislation to, in effect, dare Republicans to oppose it in that context.
read article
Democrats should dare the Republicans to oppose this bill in the context of the bill as it is right now. How dare the Republicans keep up their No No No game when it comes to a 9/11 health bill? This coming from the party that flings around accusations of anti-American un-patriotic flag-haters without hesitation? Well, here is an actual circumstance where that kind of name calling is quite fitting.

Dec 8, 2010

The Face

Fucking A....

via TalkingPointsMemo.com

Dec 5, 2010

Sarah Palin's (First Time in) Alaska

Out in the wilderness scrapping for food in a refrigerator with a to-go coffee and lipstick saving bendy straw. WE don't have the advantage out here hunting, the ANIMALS do. {Except for our guns. Go ahead and shoot that caribou right in the neck.}
Wait, I'm confused!?

Dec 4, 2010


I needed this tonight. It makes me feel old, but it makes me feel sweet. I was ecstatic when I heard this song. I still am.

Nov 29, 2010

Friday Night

An apartmental meditation: For you, coming back. 

Welcome Home: Kitty-Style from Kate Rose on Vimeo.

Nov 19, 2010

It's Such a Bad Feeling, A Very Bad Feeling

I have to re-visit this clip from Fox and Friends annually to remind me about this narcissistic generation I'm a part of. Why I feel so entitled. Why I feel like I can have my arugula AND eat it too.

See the evil?

Heh, it Would be Tim Robbins...

WAIT...PBS is the same as NPR minus Juan Williams. Now I get what Roger Ailes was talking about!

Nov 9, 2010

Do it for Grandma! Run Dr. Dan! CANADAAAA!!

I love walking 4 blocks from my Fort Greene apartment on a Sunday morning and finding a marathon. I pat myself on the back for waking up early enough to join in the excitement, but any sense of accomplishment is immediately crushed by those dang runners and all that they've done up to this point.
It's a constant struggle for me to hold back tears as I cheer for Juan and Luz, Rebecca's Dad, or I am Gay. Sometimes my tear ducts are more powerful than my will, but I slickly play off the gushing as wind-blown eyes.
 I love Brooklyn always, but extra-specially on this day.

<~This Picture is from 2009. Are your freaking kidding me? I've never wanted to impress someone THAT much.

For at least 4 years I've managed to see this guy dressed as what I interpret to be a walrus. (not pictured on right) The problem is, no one else ever sees him! I wonder if it's an annual, pre-coffee, overly emotionalized hallucination? I sure hope not. If anyone has any ledes/ photos, please CALL ME!

The most magnificent moment is the start, which is odd because I can only watch that part on TV. Beyond the profound symbolism behind roughly 40,000 people running away from Staten Island as fast as they can, the view of the Verrazano Bridge saturated with human beings thinking God-knows-what at this point of the race is breathtaking.