Friday, October 15, 2010

Ran Dom

  • Cars have come a long way in a hundred years, right? Smart, adaptive cruise control, air bags, pretensioning seatbelts, etc. Contrast that with plane landings. In the decades I've been landing in planes, they don't seem to get any smoother or nicer. It's still essentially a semi-controlled collision. Why does it seem that there hasn't been any progress?
  • Things I had right when I was a young teenager:

    • My parents really suck at parenting.
    • You can't argue with solipsism.

  • Things I had wrong when I was a young teenager:

    • I can't separate the logical rational me from the evolved animal that I am.
    • Just being smart means nearly nothing. The game of trying to do the least while being the best is a silly one. Life's about "doing."
    • Everyone is insecure. Even famous physicists.

  • A Nobel-winner discusses the implications of relativity on interstellar trade...the economics of it, anyway.