February 09, 2005
Special Bulletin: Voltaire's "prayer" answered!
Mr. Ed down there is great.
I have a bumper sticker that states - Thanks for not paying attention. Oh how true it is.
The Chimp probably could beat Bush in a spelling bee or debate.
Maybe the DNC should have put the Chimp on the ticket in '04, he seems to be a bit more personable.
Also, the comment posted by "zealott" about the theory of relativity could not have been more wrong. Essentially, the theory states that there is no proper reference frame, i.e. you can only say something is moving relative to something else, nothing is standing still. Also, no matter what direction light is traveling relative to you, you would measure the same speed, 3x10^8 meters per second. If you are traveling at the speed of light, time has no meaning, but for the sake of zealott's example, assume that you are traveling relative to the earth very close to the speed of light, and you were to shine a flashlight. To someone standing on the earth, the photons would still be traveling at the speed of light, not two times the speed of light, as zealott suggests. This has all sorts of profound implications, specifically that time elapses at a different rate for the individual traveling on the spaceship than it does for the individual standing on earth. Experimental exidence of this phenomena can be found in muons, particles created when cosmic radiation interacts with matter in the upper atmosphere. These particles decay very quickly--they have a half life of 2.2 microseconds. They also travel very close to the speed of light. At this speed, however, they would not be able to travel all the way from the upper atmosphere to the surface of the earth for us to observe within the 2.2 microseconds that they exist. According to relativity, the muon experiences time at a slower rate relative to us, and that is why it can travel that great distance in only 2.2 microseconds.
Also, one of my previous comments on the March 12th post, "Motive instead of meaning..." was accidentally duplicated. I'm sorry, it was an accident. I know you are getting a lot of spam, but I promise, I didn't mean to do it.
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