Oil

November 20, 2008

Our country has been dependent on oil for along time.  And we have enjoyed its low price’s for even longer.  But for the past couple of years as gas prices went up people starting getting worried.  So they started to cut back and the “green” movement became really popular, and still is.  This isn’t going to be a long post about climate change or global warming but i will say that because we cut back our demand for oil significantly we have helped the environment.  Because all of us have become more aware of the situation we have started to actually do something about it and for that i am proud.  But I am a little worried now because gas has dropped significantly in the past 6 months or so.  According to Bloomberg the cost of gas per barrel has hit an amazing low not seen since 2004.  While this is good news for every average Joe American, it may not be good news for the ‘green’ movement.  Because now that the pressure has been taken off it will result in less overall support for the ‘green-izification’ of America.  Well the one thing I’m hoping is that our next president will keep his word and put through an intensive energy/climate change policy so that my future was as green as my parents.

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Relativity

November 18, 2008

Everything is relative.  Everything and anything from objects to ideas.  I noticed that everyone has their own idea of a certain topic be it politics, religion, etc. and while some are similar no one is exactly the same.  This relativity is derived from individuality, because everyone has their own unique life experiences, add a little chaos and bam you have arrived at a point where no one is the exact same.  I’m not saying people don’t agree, they do, but most of the time it is either a specific fact of an idea or its a sort of smudgy agreement where one party only agrees with parts of the idea or concept while the other party agrees on other parts.  Realizing this I helps me, helps me realize that everyone has their own position.  And that each position may be valid and should be not denied a voice.

This is how I see law and local cultures or even religion.  The collective conscience determines the areas rules and common courtesy.  Then everyone is expected to follow these rules and courtesy, but what if someone has a different idea?  They are considered outsiders who don’t belong.  I have seen this too much in both real life and in fiction where someone with a new idea is persecuted because of their difference.  And that difference can be anything from a physical attribute to a hobby or passion.  The only way to change an areas rules or courtesy is to change the collective conscience and it always will through time no matter how much hesitation.  This form of rule of law stymies much reform or quick change, which is a good thing and a bad thing.  If the prevention wasn’t present then nothing would stay consistent and you would be in a state of pseudo-anarchy.  While on the other hand if nothing changed then everything would eventually get boiled down to a routine and life would be boring.  This is why it is good to have a balance between the two sides and make compromises, but there must always be room for the non-grouped, for those that have completely different ideas to be at least presented.  If these people were not allowed then we would not have innovators and therefor no innovation, which would set us behind as a society.  So for society to stay ‘current’ we must all have an individual voice and be able to present ideas no matter how crazy or out there they may seem.

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Win!

November 5, 2008

So Obama won this morning/last night and fun was had, parades were semi organized, and merriment was spread.  Lets just hope it lasts.  We shall see if his message becomes truth in the next four years.  I will probably write up a bit about my political views and the outcome of the election some time, it might take the until the weekend.

CNN link to Obama victory


Means

November 2, 2008

Living within your means is very important, because not only does it prevent you from going into bad debt but it also helps the planet.  The more you use, especially things that are in excess hurt the enviroment ever so slightly.  And if everyone lives beyond their means then we get into two big problems, Global Warming from all of this wasted material and energy, and major economic issues.  Both of these issues are hot topics right now, as seen from most news sources main stream or not.  I don’t want to get into detail about either issue because i have no particular insight about either, just my opinion.  But I can point you to a very interesting article.  This article shows you just how we got ourselves into both of the above problems.  Fortunately my parents were smarter than this and lived within their means, and we still have our house and live comfortably.  We will not have to worry for the next few years as my parents move into retirement.  I’m just hoping that our economy turns around soon so that we can address the issues that are affecting us most.


Health Care

October 30, 2008

Socialized or not everyone needs it, health care that is.  To tell you the truth I don’t know which is better because I have heard glowing reviews and harsh criticisms of both.  The one thing though is that I realized something after reading this article.  It’s by a professor of economics and he focus’ on some negative aspects of socialized medicine, in both Canada and Britain.  I don’t know where he got his information but I have read in other articles that its almost the exact opposite, so I guess its just where you get your statistics from.  But either way it doesn’t make a huge difference.  He argues that if America were to socialize its health care system, even more than it is now, it would become a disaster because of government regulations.  He used horrifying examples of people having to wait after being diagnosed for treatment and losing their chance to survive.  And potential factors that could exclude you from any government health care at all.  But the one thing he doesn’t seem to bring up is that both of these can happen in a private system also.  I mean we all know that many Americans do not have health care because of cost and preconditions.  And some would say, in a free market economy they would still have options because of competition.  But that doesn’t really make sense, if a company’s goal is to make money, why take the riskier customers with preconditions?  Shouldn’t a sound business model only consider making good investments and ideally only accept healthy customers who are less likely to have a disease/treatment that costs lots of money and might lead to expensive care.

I dunno but it seems either way, socialized or not, the health care system ends up at the same thing.  Ungainly regulations that could leave some out, and unwieldy bureaucracy which slows the entire process.  So in my eyes there is really only one system with the same flaws, except some call it public and some call it private.

Health Care at its most profitable

Health Care at its most profitable


Gamezzzzz

October 28, 2008

As I just posted on my twitter feed, I am desperately in need of some new games for the fall, so I figured I would take an entire post and try to list a few that I am particularly interested in. I’m going to go ahead and link each game title to either the review page of overall game page (if it hasn’t been reviewed yet) from 1up.com since that is my go to source for gaming knowledge.

  • Fable 2 – One of the coolest looking RPG’s this generation, and i missed the first one
  • Fallout 3 – Another awesome RPG this generation, also set in Post apocalyptic Washington DC, is it weird that i like Post apocalyptic settings?
  • Ninja Town – So cute yet looks like such an awesome hardcore game, its like tower defense, but with ninjas!
  • Little Big Planet – If you haven’t heard about this game it is amazing, endless playability because anyone can create entire levels and there is so much to it, from making machinery, to enemies, and custom prizes, I think this will win many game of the year awards.
  • Rock Band 2 – If you haven’t played the first then ill just let you know now, that this is hands down the best music rhythm game out there, right now, Yeah better than guitar hero
  • Gears of War 2 – Looks to be a revision of the first which i enjoyed thoroughly, And the online horde mode should be tons of fun

Secondary List

  • Banjo Kazooie – I’m a little worried about this one because it is such a break away from the originals, but i really enjoyed the first two on the Nintedo 64 and i trust RARE to make a good game, if not the one i was expecting
  • Left 4 Dead – Looks to be a good co-op FPS for both consoles and PC, and its from Valve so you you know its going to play well, the problem is there is so much else to play!
  • Far Cry 2 – Another open world FPS but this one is set in Africa, which is a very interesting setting.  I’m really curious about this one because i have heard good things, but again time maybe short.
  • Crysis Warhead – looking like i might now play this one for a while, even though i enjoyed the first it just doesnt look like enough to get me to play it
  • bunch of downloads too – from XBLA, PSN including geometry wars 2, bionic commando, and more

Troubling

October 23, 2008

The top story on digg today is actually a video, and of course it just happens to be about politics.  Because this is digg it is most likely to be a liberal leaning video that also involves in some form diminishing the other side.  But before I go off on that whole other topic of digg and politics I will just embed the video.

This troubles me because to elect someone based purely on their perceived faith is ridiculous.  For one how does she know that McCain is more faithful than Obama.  She uses Obama’s “background” as evidence in support of her argument, but even her evidence is so flaky and one sided that it completely disenfranchises her argument.  This bothers me how someone can so blindly make a decision based purely on faith. Both candidates images have been so distorted for the election that no one knows the truth anymore, its just impossible to tell.

Now please don’t just call me a liberal who is trying to smear the right.  That is not my objective, this lady could be supporting barack obama based purely on faith and I would dislike her the same amount.  My biggest question for any argument of any flavor is what evidence is this based on?  And how reliable is that evidence?  This example shows an argument for McCain based purely on his faith, not on his religious views?, even though she brings up Obama’s father was a muslin?.  I only trust arguments with solid reasoning and rational thinkin behind them, being supported by evidence.  I think blind faith in anything is what ultimately destroys it.  A person or group has to be able to see both sides of the argument and open minded to see the faults of both.  But unfortunately most Americans don’t vote based on evidence or rational argument.  They vote based on party or faith alone, and that I’m afraid is something that could lead to trouble in the future, some of which we are getting a taste of right now.