Is this for real? If so, I have exactly no idea how to feel about this.
After pondering that, now think of it the other way around.
Doesn’t it become obvious that revelation and texts written by ignorant bronze age authors are NOT adequate sources of information? Isn’t the provincial nature of these “divine” texts obvious proof of their human origin? The Bible (especially Genesis) never mentions micro-organisms even though they are far more important to us than any macro animal such as goats, pigs, and asses. Why? Because bronze age humans didn’t know of their existence, nor therefore did their invented gods.
Why do people still believe this garbage?
No matter what MTV tells you (Rock the Vote), your vote simply does not matter. Voting is a waste of time and effort. This has become clearer to the general public over the last few decades. Here are some selections from articles indicating as such that are easily digestible by the teeming masses.
You can’t affect the politics of this country by voting. End of story. Now if you want to actually get involved and work your way up to becoming a presidential candidate, then that may be another story. Barring that, don’t fret over politics. Spend your time enjoying the life that you have.
I’ve been a computer gamer since 1980 and I don’t think I’ve actually played any game more than I have played Great Planes RealFlight R/C Simulator. Okay, so it’s not technically a game, but I still seem to load it up almost every night and fly for a while. The latest version of the software is RealFlight 6 and it is amazing.
RealFlight is expensive because it caters to a niche market… those who fly (or wish to fly) R/C aircraft. A few years ago I was able to score a full copy of RealFlight 4.0 on eBay at a very good price. It came with the official Interlink controller (required) as well. A quick call to customer service fixed any issues with the software being previously registered to another person. They are very helpful.
At some point I upgraded to RealFlight 4.5, and I believe it was a free upgrade if I remember correctly. The sim was better than ever, and that is the version I flew with for a couple of years. I added a couple of expansion packs and downloaded a ton of aircraft and aircraft from the swap site. Great stuff, and a very fulfilling sim experience.
Recently I noticed that version 6 was out and I figured that was enough of a jump to justify an upgrade. So I ordered a copy of the RealFlight 6 Upgrade on Amazon. Frankly, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. What it really be any different? Would the PC requirements jump up such that I would lose performance with a computer that hasn’t changed specs in years?
I ordered a copy of RealFlight 6 on Amazon and just installed it tonight. Amazing. I’m not sure exactly how to to describe it, but it just feels better in every way. The graphics are better and much smoother. In 4.5 I noticed graphics “jitter” every few seconds where the screen would pause for a microsecond. Though annoying, it was something that I had learned to live with. This is completely gone with version 6. Buttery smooth is the only way to describe the visuals… even with everything turned up to max.
The physics seem improved as well. The extremely low ground-effect zone seems very much improved. This matters a lot to me because I find the most enjoyment in landing aircraft precisely and in a scale manner. In 4.5, most aircraft seemed to just drop down when they leveled at about 1 foot off the deck. All aircraft in 6 carry on right through this zone smoothly and with very good control. Either that or I’m suddenly flying better all around.
I installed Expansion Packs 1 and 4 without any issue at all! That’s good programming. These expansion packs were released in 2006 and 2007 and they recognized RealFlight 6 (2011) without any problem at all. They just work.
If you’ve ever been on the fence about dropping the bucks on an R/C simulator, I can’t recommend RealFlight 6 enough. You won’t be disappointed.
The Brothers Brick did a fairly nice write up of a few of the new girl-oriented LEGO sets called LEGO Friends. Some have protested that LEGOs are inherently gender neutral by design, and therefore don’t need a pink and purple themed girl-line. While I fundamentally agree, I and many other AFOL welcomed the new sets and their unique pieces and colors.
My daughter has her eye on the LEGO Friends Heartlake Vet set, while I’m more interested in the Inventor Workshop… mostly due to the erlenmeyer flask piece. Why don’t they include more of these in the set?
LEGO Friends Olivia’s Inventor’s Workshop 3933
Anyway, here is the link to the Brothers Brick father-daughter review…
LEGO Friends – a father-daughter review
Read more on The Brothers Brick
You are an agent of change. Has anyone ever told you that? Well, I just did, and I meant it.
Normally we stay away from from politics here at the official WordPress project — having users from all over the globe that span the political spectrum is evidence that we are doing our job and democratizing publishing, and we don’t want to alienate any of our users no matter how much some of us may disagree with some of them personally. Today, I’m breaking our no-politics rule, because there’s something going on in U.S. politics right now that we need to make sure you know about and understand, because it affects us all.
Using WordPress to blog, to publish, to communicate things online that once upon a time would have been relegated to an unread private journal (or simply remained unspoken, uncreated, unshared) makes you a part of one of the biggest changes in modern history: the democratization of publishing and the independent web. Every time you click Publish, you are a part of that change, whether you are posting canny political insight or a cat that makes you LOL. How would you feel if the web stopped being so free and independent? I’m
You may have heard people talking/blogging/twittering about SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. The recent SOPA-related boycott of GoDaddy was all over the news, with many people expressing their outrage over the possibilities of SOPA, but when I ask people about SOPA and its sister bill in the Senate, PIPA (Protect IP Act), many don’t really know what the bills propose, or what we stand to lose. If you are not freaked out by SOPA/PIPA, please: for the next four minutes, instead of checking Facebook statuses, seeing who mentioned you on Twitter, or watching the latest episode of Sherlock*, watch this video (by Fight for the Future).
Blogging is a form of activism. You can be an agent of change. Some people will tell you that taking action is useless, that online petitions, phone calls to representatives, and other actions won’t change a single mind, especially one that’s been convinced of something by lobbyist dollars. To those people, I repeat the words of Margaret Mead:
We are not a small group. More than 60 million people use WordPress — it’s said to power about 15% of the web. We can make an impact, and you can be an agent of change. Go to Stop American Censorship for more information and a bunch of ways you can take action quickly, easily, and painlessly. The Senate votes in two weeks, and we need to help at least 41 more senators see reason before then. Please. Make your voice heard.
We have a number of Lutron Faedra light switches in our home, and they have worked predictably (and awesomely) for many years. However, just recently, one of the switches started exhibiting strange behavior. When pressed, it would bring up the room lights to full maximum… which was not desired. With a single press, the switches are supposed to only bring the lights up to the brightness that was last selected. All of our Faedra switches have worked this way from day one. Therefore, somehow this one problem switch had “lost” its programming.
Actually the solution was just the opposite! The switch had GAINED a “Locked-in Preset” by accident. According to the installation sheet, you can set a preset brightness to which the light will always return by rapidly tapping the switch 4 times. The tiny LEDs will blink 2 times to indicate that a preset has been established.
To remove the “Locked-in Preset” you simply need to turn the light on and then tap the switch 4 times quickly. The LEDs will blink 3 times indicating the preset was removed. I did exactly this and the problem switch started working correctly again.
I hope this helps you.
Browsing apps is pretty frustrating now.
With 500,000 apps in the app store, old fashioned, simple, one-size-fits-all browsing techniques are not really good enough. The categorization and search-string filter system is way too primitive. Apple is going to have to do something to keep up with that scale.
Microsoft is up to 30,000 apps for Windows 7 Phone, I think I recently read. Even at that lower number, you are beginning to push limits of Apple’s rudimentary browser. It’s a very nice UI, don’t get me wrong. It’s approach is just not good enough too handle the mountain of apps they have now.
When I shop for one, I don’t want to find an app that is good enough. I want to find the one that is best for me. As things stand now, I might not see it. My grocery store has more aisles in it than Apple has categories and my grocery store does not have 500,000 kinds of food.
Sad that when we finally get a huge online store for software application shopping, the app we would most like to upgrade is the store itself.