The Maelstrom of Mining

In EVE Online I finally bought Markosias a Maelstrom battleship (and there was much rejoicing!).  It’s a very cool looking ship – I’ve included screenshots on the “Screenshots” page (imagine that). I think it was last week sometime that I bought Orobas his Retriever, I still need to take some screenies of that. I’ve also got Markosias trained up a bit as a Mining Foreman, so that is helping quite a bit as well.  He hangs out with Orobas in his Maelstrom, which is currently decked out as a mining ship, until the … Continue reading

My Heroes

While watching the “Beyond Belief” conference, mention was made several times by the various presenters of whom they held to be their personal heroes.  Many of them mentioned the obvious pillars of modern science; Einstein, Darwin, and Newton.  And I’d agree that those men were and are great heroes of science.  However they weren’t my heroes because I wasn’t a scientist and I could barely understand the theories they offered in my school science classes.  My heroes were heroes because when I read their books, I fully understood what they … Continue reading

Beyond Belief (part 2)

I’ve finished watching all of the recorded discussions from the 2006 “Beyond Belief” conference.  All in all I think it was time (near 20 hours) well spent.  I must say that I was rather surprised at what some of the panelists believed and just plain didn’t understand what is at stake in this dialogue.  The two biggest “thick heads,” were Scott Atran and Melvin Konner.  Both were perfect apologists for organized religion, and particularly deferential to Islam.  Another, almost comic interjection by Jim Woodward was his misunderstanding as to why there … Continue reading

Beyond Belief

I’ve been watching the recorded symposium, “Beyond Belief; Science, Religion, Reason and Survival,” recorded by The Science Network concerning the divide between science and religion and it’s quite impressive. And at times incredulous.  Impressive in that some of the speakers are incredibly eloquent and inspiring about the future of reason.  Persons like Steven Weinberg, Sam Harris (who is just amazing!), and Neil deGrasse (who is also a great orator), and, of course, Richard Dawkins.   I’d only had experience with Richard Dawkins through his book and BBC program “The God Delusion,” and … Continue reading

Nostalgia, PBS style

This week I discovered two programs on PBS that caught my nostalgia.  The first one, Tracks Ahead, is about trains and model railroading.  I grew up with HO train sets and race tracks.  And once the channel-surfing fell to that program, I was enthralled. Our family never had the space to build a permanent layout, so I only got to set up circles or figure eight’s in my bedroom for a few days at time before I had to put my toys away.  At one point I did get a 4×8 … Continue reading