It seems just like yesterday that I was watching the successful landing of our beloved Curiosity on Mars. Well, it has been a year already. Here’s to many more successful years of giving us breakthrough observations from our red neighbor!
Below, I have provided you with a video (not mine!) of a recap of what this curious rover has been up to for the past year!
Twelve months of work…in two minutes!
English: German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I believe in God, but I also have a huge belief in scientific theories and evolution is one of my big ones. Like it is ingrained in my mind, so to speak. As if it is a natural occurrence that has happened to the human species and I cannot shake it off – nor would I want to.
According to an article on Haaretz.com, 92% of Americans believe in God, but only 16% believe in the theory of evolution. While the theory has fewer believers, that also means that some that believe in God also believe in the theory.
While this is a touchy subject, I’m leaving my opinion here and mine alone. I will NOT tell you what to believe. Not many believe in the co-existence of religion and this theory. In fact, 93% of scientists are atheists or agnostics.
Agree or disagree, that is just fine with me. But, I feel this theory of evolution can come hand in hand with God(s) in some way or another.
Mr. Einstein was a genius in so many ways…
“Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”
I’ve had conversations with people that say there couldn’t be other life out there, because of their religious beliefs. I always come back with a response such as, “If God created the Universe, why couldn’t he have created other creatures on other worlds?”
Science without the ideas of religion still holds validity with my beliefs, but I still believe in a God.
This post is in no means to offend anyone, but can these beliefs ever be mainstream as one?
Let’s get this straight – a big ego is a horrible color on anybody.
I’ve always been a modest type of person that looked after others. But, I’ve known many self-centered people that couldn’t fit their heads through the doors.
Don’t get me wrong, it is okay to put yourself high on the list.
In my opinion, people that have big egos are blind.
They are blind to what really matters and their values are skewed. Sure, everyone wants to be successful and get what they want. But, with a large ego other people may back down and keep their distance which could actually give you the opposite result – failure.
Some believe that an egocentric mind is no different from one that is a narcissist. I can see why people could think that, but are they really wired the same?
Here are some signs/symptoms of a narcissist:
- Believing that you’re better than others
- Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
- Exaggerating your achievements or talents
- Expecting constant praise and admiration
- Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
- Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
- Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
- Taking advantage of others
- Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
- Being jealous of others
- Believing that others are jealous of you
- Trouble keeping healthy relationships
- Setting unrealistic goals
- Being easily hurt and rejected
- Having a fragile self-esteem
- Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional
You may know people with some of these listed above, but don’t fret – it may just be over-confidence. A narcissist would put themselves “above” everyone else, but someone that doesn’t have this disorder would still consider themselves worth as much as everyone else.
Blindness is included in narcissism as well as a big ego, because people do not see outside themselves and only see what will benefit them. They are blind to other people’s feelings, values, and their own morals (or what should be). This is unfortunate and could affect everyone that knows the person, especially if it is more than a big ego.
I have seen the fall of connections towards friends and family that had these characteristics and it is hurtful to everyone that tries to stay connected. A large ego, I can deal with, but no one can deal with the constant hatred that comes from someone that feels like they should have the right to hurt others.
Today Google / Motorola unveiled their new baby, the Moto X. The phone has been assembled (That’s a key word here, no one is claiming the parts are manufactured here) in the USA, and sports customizable looks, if you are on AT&T anyway. The phone has a 4.7″ 720p screen which should look great but just can’t outclass the newest flagships from HTC and Samsung.
The X sports a dual core, 1.7Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage and Android 4.2.2.
The price is said to be $199 on contract. If this phone were to come out last year I would have been drooling just to touch one, but with superphones like the Droid DNA being offered at $50 on contract or even the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One for $99 I can’t see a compelling reason to jump on this one.
I really wanted Motorola to pull this off. Competition is an excellent thing in the smartphone world, and it makes things better for us as consumers but if they are going to topple Samsung off of the Android high horse, Motorola is really going to have to up their game.
Good luck, Moto, you’ll need it…
First, I’d like to thank Pranav Mistry.
You are making a study guide for an upcoming test in class and you find great information in a book at the library. You “pinch” the text in the book and move it to your laptop display and – BOOM!- all the text is now on your computer. Awesome!
This is what I hope our future technology holds for us and it doesn’t seem like a far off reality.
For a couple years now, I’ve been interest in Pranav Mistry‘s Sixth Sense Technology. Now, I hope to see it go mainstream!
If you are on your way to the airport and you are concerned about delays, you wouldn’t even have to turn your phone on to check the status of the flight, just whip out the ticket!
This technology connects to the cloud and it utilizes search engine application program interfaces (APIs).
Interestingly enough, this technology is open source. Check it out here!
I hope this great idea really takes off!
Our world is connected in a vast webbing of information through the internet and in fact, thanks to our technology, we can connect to our spacecrafts like Cassini which is out near Saturn as we speak taking the most beautiful pictures. Just recently, the Earth was seen in one of these breathtaking photos.
The idea of sharing ideas has lead to a broader understanding on an individual level. We have so many resources that have giving people information about our world, scientific theories, and what other people can provide.
The television and radio are great resources to provide information to a large audience and I’d like to note that they have been around much longer than the internet. But, I have to say that the internet is the ultimate in information sharing platforms. Social sites like Facebook and Myspace (back in the day) allowed family and friends miles apart to share their daily lives. People couldn’t do that before social websites became the thing. They just sent photos and letters in the mail and made weekly phone calls. Well, that has changed and will forever be this way (and forever improved, I’m sure!)
YouTube has an infinite amount of videos that allow people to wonder, learn, and be entertained. But, fear not when entering the weird part of the Tube when going through a few “related” videos. Go back, go back!!!
One of my favorite places to hang when surfing at home is Ted (Ideas Worth Spreading). This place is packed full of people with ideas to share with the world. It has changed the way I see things and given me an open mind on what the future holds and what is possible.
Sharing information will never be the same again and will always evolve as long as we are evolving.