On the Defense of a Theory

August 31, 2008

While I was reading my biology textbook, I read something really interesting. No, it is not about any science thingy. In one part, the book was actually defending from the argument that evolution is “just a theory.” Not that it was surprising at all. No. It was interesting. It was interesting because the book actually had to defend a scientific theory from such a fallacious argument. No textbooks defends the theory of gravity, mechanic, germs, quantum mechanic, relativity, electromagnetism, and other gazillions of theories from the idiocy “it is just a theory.” Not that there aren’t people denying those things, because there are. For all those other theories, though,¬†giving evidence for them and doing the experiments are convincing enough, but not for this one, isn’t it? That kind of say something about the state of things in the U.S., don’t you think? Especially with the creationists trying to undermine science in the classrooms, and all. Think about it.

First Week of School (and Mideaval Torture)

August 29, 2008

First week of school is over, and it has been a difficult transition. From sleeping at 4AM to 11PM was difficult. So yeah, I got to meet my classmates again, got to taste the disgusting food, and had homework. But they screwed up! They didn’t screw up deliberately, so I don’t blame them. Basically, they didn’t AP physics and German thanks to staffing, and they couldn’t fit piano into the schedule. Now, I may have to take French, which sounds disgusting. Well, German sounds disgusting too, but it sounds cool and rough and sophisticated and… yeah. Read the rest of this entry »

Mythbuster: The Moonhoax

August 29, 2008

This episode of the mythbuster was awesome! (Like all other episodes of it ūüôā ) They showed that the moon hoax people, those who believe people didn’t land on the moon, were wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

Total Physics Woo Pawnage of Our Undiscovered Universe

August 26, 2008

Update at the bottom of the post.

I am really late, but I still think it is worth it. You see, a commenter, apparently from MIT’s lab¬†of nuclear science named Ben Monreal (that is what it says on the web page)¬†reviewed that book I mentioned. That book is “Our Undiscovered Universe,” and it seems to be the work of¬†just a crank physicist trying¬†to make things up.¬†Well, this guy makes this really long review of how he got everything wrong. That is right, Terrence Witt couldn’t get almost anything right. It is too long to go into full details¬†in here, but basically, he makes stuffs up.¬†Here is the link. And his conclusion is written below. Read the rest of this entry »

Cool Geometry and Topology

August 26, 2008

I found a serious of cool math videos about cool geometry and topology stuffs (thanks to A Blog Around the Clock). Also, it has stuffs about the fourth dimension, ooohh… mysterious. Well, the fourth dimension is actually only in our minds, an abstraction. It exists mathematically, but we don’t know if it exists in the real world. And no, space and time doesn’t count because we are talking of spatial dimension. All we can know about an nth dimension above. Another one I found really cool is the imaginary number, and that one is surprising. I never realized the beautiful kind of things that could be created with them. Here is the link to the webpage of the video, and I posted a video myself on this blog. (Darn! How do I eliminate the sidebar?!) Anyways, whoever made this made a heck of a job and I congratulate them! One of the most awesome math videos ever.

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Reading Marathon (end)

August 26, 2008

Yes! I read all of House of the Spirits, and did the essay and all. And no! School started today! ūüė¶ Onto my comment of the book.

As I said in the previous post, this book is good AND does not bore me. Anyways, as things progresses to the last few chapters, things get serious. Remember the thing I talked about in which a Latin American country has this oppressive government, and it is replace by a coup with a worse one? Things go along that¬†flow. The difference is that the new liberal government is for the better, while the conservatives who used to have power are trying to get rid of it, and ends up with that coup. Reading the torture scenes was intense, and it is a major change of mood from the funny to the serious. Not that there weren’t serious parts before, but the last few chapters are more serious.

As for Esteban, I changed my mind about me not liking him. I still think he is a jerk, but his tantrums are pure comedy. Also, he sees commies everywhere, to the point that even his own party thinks that he lost his mind. In the end, he changes into a less temperamental, nicer guy, and regains the few relations he had had before back, actually, he never had any except three or four people. He still retained his tantrums, which occurs less frequently.

In the end, it turns out that the narrations are the result of the remaining family members writing this book so that other people know about the atrocities commited.

Reading Marathon (day 6)

August 25, 2008

Yeah, I finished 320 pages of House of the Spirits. English class is in Wednesday, so I still have time. The first thing that comes to mind of this book is that House of the Spirits and One Hundred Years of Solitude feels like plagiarism of each other. Of course, they are quiet different, but there are many similarites. Those include the multigenerational families, the farfetched situations created by the fantasy elements (Soledad is the more exaggerated one), and the theme of real Latin American politics. Seriously, these countries¬†must have been¬†kind of screwed up, considering that these two authors considered adding those stuffs. From what I know of Latin American history, that is kind of the case, since these days, they are better off, though in many countries, not by much. It also reminds me of the fun times I had making fun of Chavez while I was living in Venezuela. Good times… Read the rest of this entry »

The Family of 92 (synthesized elements are rejects)

August 23, 2008

This is the third edition of *drum rolls* Pop Quizz! A quizz in which the answers are not obvious and if it is obvious, and you get it wrong, you are rebuked at!!!

Occasionally, I will occasionally ask a question, and the reader will answer them! For every wrong answer, I will consider one of your comments a spam. Ha! See how you like that suckers! (I am kidding, of course) Sometimes, a wrong answer won’t invite rage, some really obvious one will, and you will be called an idiot if you can’t answer the obvious¬†one. In fact, I may have to make an extra page on my¬†blog for the lists of idiots. ūüôā¬†So, let the question begin!!!

3. What are the commonalities between the first 92 elements? (other than the fact that they are not man made, k?) (extra credit 5. if you know the full complicated process from element 1 to 26, even I don’t know it, so good luck! *cough*suckers*cough*) (Note: You just have to answer the simple part of it, okay? You don’t have to overdo it like I do in my answers ūüôā ) Read the rest of this entry »

Fun With Oil

August 23, 2008

You must be liking me by now. Not only do I post about science and math, my favorite subjects, but I have also done history, religion, politics, and literature. And now, it is about economics. Don’t worry, I am not rambling about some basic stuffs of economics that you don’t care about (but should). Instead, I am making Stepthen Colbert do the talking*. (thanks to the blog the Intersection) Basically, oil is expensive not because of supply and demand, but because of the stupid speculators who are speculating that prices might go up, even though we have enough now, and then, they are drilling more so that it might be cheaper even though we have enough now. Now, that is stupid. There is one thing I disagree on, though. I think the technology of alternative fuel is here, but others just won’t let it through.

*Sorry I couldn’t post the video itself here. Somehow, the program won’t work on this one.

Sciency Stuffs

August 23, 2008

Firstly, 118  videos about the elements. (thanks to this blog) Here is a cool one about sodium:

Secondly, there is a cool article about the structure of ice cream. (thanks to this blog) Basically, one has to cool the ice cream quick enough so that its ice crystal don’t get big. If it does, then the texture is different, and tasting is also related to texture, so it will be yucky.

Thirdly, an article about a cool nebula (from badastronomy) and this beautiful picture:

And finally, the great¬†“what is a planet” discussion right here.