If I have to learn this math, I’m doomed…

August 30, 2009

I can’t stand math, with a sweet passion… But if I had to learn some math to figure out the apocalypse via zombification, I might manage.

That’s exactly what some students at Carleton and Ottawa Universities did not too long ago.  Apparently they mathematically calculated the spread and subsequent zombification of the planet like a pandemic spreading around the globe.  SPOLER ALERT: We die…  But I thought it was kind of an interesting read… but not because of zombies, mostly because I hope that students don’t actually get funding for this.  Really?  I don’t care how it relates to actual pandemics, that’s just crazy talk… how come I’m not in medicine!  I lied, it wasn’t much of an interesting read… Did I mention there’s also a Zombie Research Society?  Thankfully, non-profit…

I don't think they factored in that we'd probably escape because they'd be dancing most of the time.

I don't think they factored in that we'd probably escape because they'd be dancing most of the time.

But again, I’m also interested in the professor heading up the project, and how he purposely added a question mark to his name to be different (Robert J. Smith?).  Does he get money to do this?  Do his students have to pronounce his name like a question every time they say it?  “My zombie thesis?  Oh, I’m working with Dr. SMITH? over there”.  Obviously that’s hard to type, but you get the idea… jerk.

Question: If everybody on Earth eventually becomes a zombie, what will they (we) feed on afterwards?  If I waited it out somewhere tricky while everybody died off, would I have the planet to myself?

Answer: I hate math…


The universe ‘explained’

August 24, 2009

First off, I have to excuse for the last couple posts… they’re basically pity posts.  I just haven’t found the time to finish off the ones I’ve started, then time flies and it becomes old news.

But fake apologies aside, this is pretty cool.  Obviously, the universe can never be explained, it can only be speculated upon.  This can be fun, but also frustrating at the same time  Fun because when you’re dealing with something like the entire universe, there’s so much potential for wondering how it was created that you can think of anything, and it would be plausible.  And frustrating because, you’ll never find out… But this video below is pretty wicked, and the woman easily explains all the theories that are out there about how the universe may have come to be, and what it actually is.

I do have to wonder about when they show the Earth, and they show an age of 6.77 billion years.  I’m not sure if there recording that as the age (because it’s really only 4.56Ba), or they’re trying to explain something else that I’m missing.  Someone figure it out for me!

I can see why the thought of multiple universes out there is appealing… it’s just effing cool… I dunno, you start thinking that there are other universes out there, then you’d start thinking about, hmmm, maybe they’re parallel universes, and then, oh man, what if there’s another me out there, and cut off jeans are still cool, so I’d be a total ladies man.  Not bad… But it does put things in perspective about our place in the universe… or universes… universi?  Not so much a question of if we’re just a blip in the cosmos, but more like how small of a blip, because we’re guaranteed to be only a blip.  Most likely smaller than we thought, which is pretty damn small.

But don’t worry my fellow blips!  Life still seems pretty big from down here, so there’s plenty of it for everyone… go enjoy!  Which is hard to say when you’re stuck in this damned airport going back to where you just came from because your flight’s been cancelled due to…. yes… lack of available aircraft.  Enough said…