Sunday, February 28, 2010

One Giant Testicle of Freedom

Allow me, if I may, to ask you a deep philosophical question. If you had to choose between living in a seeming utopia that, on closer inspection turns out to be an unspeakable dystopia, or having free will, which would you choose?

Okay, that’s a bit too easy. Let’s try another. If you had to choose between living in an actual utopia or having free will, which would you choose? This is a more difficult question, so I’ll make it a bit easier. If you choose the utopia, it will turn out to be an unspeakable dystopia. Why? Because I said so.

Okay, a third question. If you had to choose between having seventeen normal-sized testicles or one giant testicle the size of a coconut, which would you choose? By the way, if you choose seventeen normal-sized testicles then it will turn out that you live in an unspeakable dystopia.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same

Remember George W. Bush? Remember how he had this thing called “No Child Left Behind” that was supposed to solve the education crisis by cutting the funding to schools that weren’t doing well? Remember how this idea was completely idiotic because the schools that performed poorly did so because they were under-funded? Remember how it was completely obvious that this had nothing to do with “helping the children” and everything to do with privatizing education and union-busting. Remember how everybody hated “No Child Left Behind”? Remember how they were completely right to hate it?

Remember how there was that guy Barack Obama who ran for president on a campaign of “Change”? Remember how he won and is currently president? Well, in Central Falls High School in Rhode Island, the school district board of trustees managed to outdo even Bush. They fired the every single teacher!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Last Theorem: Pro and Con

As I'm sure you all know, back when Arthur C. Clarke died two years ago, he left an unfinished novel entitled The Last Theorem, about a Sri Lankan mathematician who finds a three-page proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and, as one would expect, gets recruited by the CIA to fight aliens. All in all it sounds like a perfect idea for a book. I mean, aliens! Math! Sri Lanka! What's not to like?

Making matters even more awesome, none other than Frederik Pohl was hired to finish the book and it was published in July of 2008. Yet when looked it up on it averaged three stars. This shattered my confidence.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My name is George Brown and this is my blog.

This is one of those personal blogs that will just collect random thoughts so don't expect much thematic unity beyond the fact that it's me.

This is what I look like as a bee: