Scientific Savvy?

The most surprising finding out of this article is that 1 in 5 people believe the Sun revolves around the Earth.

I had thought people had a better basic understanding of science. How does someone not know what DNA is? Of what a molecule is? I thought this was basic stuff. People need a basic understanding of science in order to have meaningful debates on issues that are important today.


Gas Rationing in Greensboro?

So I’ve heard a rumor that an announcement will be made shortly concerning gas rationing. There was also an article saying a stretch of the Colonial pipeline between Houston and here had to be shut down.

Anyone know about this? Do you have rationing (or the threat of) where you are?


N.C. lottery

I had heard that North Carolina was the only state on the east coast without a lottery. Until now.

I figure it’s about time for a lottery, since all we would have to do is drive up to Virginia and get a lottery ticket. And provided the proceeds actually go toward education, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m afraid that might be a big if, though. Once the economy starts to go south, money from the lottery tends to get shifted from education to general stuff. Although this article is a bit old, it does illustrate my point.


Armored iPod

Now the case I have for my iPod definitely gets the job done, it doesn’t quite work for everyone. This armored iPod case looks really neat, but seems like it would take away from that whole portable music player bit. Although, the article it links to is in Japanese, it looks like the whole thing weighs only a pound. Still a bit heavy for me. But I’m not exactly rough on my iPod either.


Back in the Saddle

It’s been a hectic week. After the move, we didn’t have any cable or internet access until tonight. So I’m back, and will be updating again.

As for the move, it’s continuing, and feels like it will take forever. Packing is easy. Unpacking seems a lot harder. Even though we nearly doubled our living space, it still feels like we don’t have room for everything.

Gadgets, News

Video Tombstone

This guy wants to have video screens displaying a short film about the deceased.

Chalk it up to a case of real life following in the steps of The Simpsons. I admit, it’s a little different, but there’s still a video screen on the tombstone.

Perhaps the most disturbing quote from the article, “What we’re trying to do is create the ultimate funeral experience.” I don’t really go to funerals expecting to get the “ultimate funeral experiece.” Maybe I’m just old-fashioned.