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Evolution, Darwin, and other liberal schemes February 12, 2009

Posted by optimalrisk in Nature, Politics, Science.
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I was on Facebook today and saw that my friend had joined a group called “Can we find 200,000 by Feb 12 to wish Darwin a happy 200th birthday? ” It just so happens that I am trying to finish “Origin of the Species”. I am not seeing monkeys fly out of the book just yet. What I am seeing is a naturalist (and a practicing Catholic to boot), trying to figure out the world. I am at one many points where Darwin is realizing we are connected in one giant ecosystem. If one thing is disturbed, it disturbs everything in that chain. Organisms will either adapt or die. However, I am guessing that he will find that there are limits to adaptation and that extinction is the only result for some situations.

For some, evolution is liberal media’s way un-christianizing our children. I see it as a necessary framework for the study of biological science. I don’t wholly agree with the evolutionary mechanisms proposed by Darwin, but I believe that change happens overtime to organisms. Chemists have their periodic tables and Physicists have their laws of mechanics, thermodynamics and such. So here’s to Darwin, creationists, and people don’t care where they came from.

Social Networking Wants to use our info for marketing purposes!? February 4, 2009

Posted by optimalrisk in Business, IT, Marketing.
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According to this article, social networks and companies want to monetize the marketing information we are giving them.  Not only do they want to bombard us with ads, but they want to use the information we are giving them to tailor their marketing schemes in general.

Granted, I feel as perturbed as the next person, but come on people.  I am learning how to program.  It’s just beginner JavaScript, but this stuff is not easy.  I know geeks that give their coding away for free, but that’s usually for street cred or portfolio building.  Now take something that is several times harder than JavaScript.  People are a little naive to think all the games and other applications are free because of the side advertisements.  We are telling them exactly what they want to know about our spending habits.  There are free things that are put out by social misfits, humanitarians, or open source communities, but Facebook is not one of them.

I’m alive February 3, 2009

Posted by optimalrisk in IT.
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I’ve decided to regularly post to my blog.  I want people to actually read it.  Do I have something to say?  That’s for you to figure out. Today I am searching for an MS Exchange host.  It is unbearable!  I don’t know why I quoted such a low price on last year’s budget projection. Oh well, another chance to show how resourceful I can be.