Where Science Breaks Down

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 3:33 am in

I recently spotted a book titled “The Trouble with Physics” and it reminded me of some trouble with physics of my own. Our physics has come a long way since the days of Newtonian mechanics – we’re now working on “string theory” and the book (seems to) analyze string theory and poke holes in it. I was never a big fan of string theory. I’m still learning the Newtonian stuff, but plenty comes downwind from the theoretical physicists.

I have my own point to add: what if the next big step is the hardest? My thought involves the supernatural. My musings about my fictional universe have come about and started affecting the way I view the real one. I realize that many things belong in fantasy, but I hope that the following is a rational point. More…

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Found the old test

Posted on April 24, 2010 at 10:20 pm in

I dug through some backups and found the old spoof tests. The files may not appear as they were intended, they were made in an old version by a novice. When I opened them in Word 2007 some of the elements were out of place, but the original text is the same.

File format: ’97 Word documents.

I’ll try out a new version. I have updated the cover so far.

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Fuel Cell Car

Posted on April 24, 2010 at 3:57 am in
My desk with the car and equipment


I got a fuel cell car kit for Christmas a few years ago, and I set up the solar cell but not the fuel cell. Turns out the fuel cell acts like a battery. When the solar cell or power supply gives power, the cell conducts electrolysis and produces the gas components, and when the cell has a load it reverses the process and makes water and current. Earlier in the day I performed electrolysis of salt water with the solar cell, but the sun went down.

The stuff on my messy desk includes the solar cell, which I disconnected. I used the power supply to do electrolysis. When I was still using aluminum electrodes in salt water, the clamp in the corner held the test tube for me. When I hooked up the fuel cell, I had to hold it. Not visible is the tub of distilled water. The lighter and candle are for testing the presence of the gases. The hydrogen makes this whistling pop noise when it explodes. There is a popsicle splinter I lit on fire to detect oxygen. Water on the inside of the test tube would nearly put out the ember, put then putting it farther in would make it start burning again.

The cell is really amazing. The gas just comes out and goes in mysteriously. The car is propped up because the wheels are turning when the picture was taken. The only power source is the fuel cell.

I want to compare the cell with a normal battery, to see if it is more efficient. Because then fuel cells would make sense as a power source

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STAR Test Spoof

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 6:13 am in

Back in middle school I made this spoof of the STAR test I wasn’t fond of. If I can find the document I’ll update this post with a pdf. I actually traced the cover to make the picture in that entry. Since it’s STAR testing time again, maybe I’ll make a new spoof. But I want to do a better, more offensive version. More…

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Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:41 am in

The blog is now published with WordPress instead of Movable Type. The problem I had was that MT kept causing a 500 internal server error, and checking the log revealed that the program was running out of memory. I could not publish my website! So I switched to WordPress and have not encountered any problems yet. Everything works instantaneously! It’s really nice. I tried dynamic publishing before but MT vanished my website. Only disadvantage is that I have to reformat some of the entries which were in Markdown (which WP does not support).

Wish me luck as I try to reestablish my old (cool) theme!

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Posted on April 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm in
Trellis with bean plants

The trellis

I built a simple trellis for some bean plants I’m growing. I kind of went into it without a detailed plan, so I hope it’s not too kludgy. There’s this weird feeling I get when I make stuff, whether it’s art or especially something mechanical, or a program, it’s almost addictive to create. Granted, I get lazy. Maybe those are crashes (shrug). But this has an effect on my attitude toward random destruction, since I can understand how much work is needed to create something versus the single moment needed to destroy it. It’s like a slight empathy for inanimate objects. It’s not like I object to any and all destruction, it’s a weak feeling but a prevalent one. More…

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Race 2

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm in

In the previous post, I talked about how racism and race distinction makes no sense. What I mean is that no “race” or whatever is genetically superior, as superiority is a floating term, one that can have whatever meaning you find convenient. But they are different. I recently came across the notion that the most superior race for a given area is the indigenous race. It makes sense, those individuals had adapted to surviving in that area, there’s no reason to mix people around, they don’t belong there. And given how much mixing has already occurred, I know how outlandish that sounds in pragmatic terms. It’s an ideal.

Many pre-industrial are indigenous races had created an at least somewhat sustainable system for their local environment, since they were stuck there, they needed this property. Although, to contradict that, there were some empires which I have heard were not sustainable but probably indigenous, like the Mayans and whoever screwed up in Mesopotamia and made the Middle East a desert. So, we have a habit of screwing up, and global shiftlessness isn’t helping.

My middle college teacher, Ms. Louie, has given us a speech my Martin Luther King to read, and I am experiencing difficulty as I keep stopping and thinking. And blogging.


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Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:41 am in

You know what they say about playing favorites. But in an effort to provide you, the reader, with a coherent browsing experience, I have selected the following flash animations from the sites under Domain Index. Since those sites may not be as clear as this one. Also, I only recently realized how much stuff there really is on this website and I wrote this page and the domain index accordingly. More…

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Fly on Screen

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 8:22 am in

Random flash I made awhile back…click the link below to see (no loading screen).


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Deviant Art

Posted on April 9, 2010 at 10:11 am in

I have a deviant art page but I haven’t put much in it.

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