It is probably a myth that Albert Einstein said:

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

A myth because there is nobody who has ever printed that quote who has provided an original source. Also two people (here and here) have taken it up with actual Einstein historians who have never heard of the quote.

However, even if it is a myth, the quote is quite apt. Recently the Bee has been disappearing. What would happen if the bees disappeared?

So what's happening? It seems to be called CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder). Many reasons are being researched, from the foods being fed the bees to cell phones. Whatever the reasons this is a real problem.

posted by dharh 11:59 PM Apr 23rd, 2007 via idt

Manifesto of philosophy and intent.

All people are created equal. No one is worth more than any other. Not through wealth, not through birth, not through stature, not through politic, and not through belief.

No belief likely has it right. Only through science and methodology can one gain knowledge about reality. No book alone can give knowledge, it must be backed by science and logic. Myth and tradition is not in itself intrinsically good or valid as truth no matter how many people believe it or how old it is.

Democracy over unary rule. Moderation over fanaticism. Consensus over solitary leadership. Separation of all Churches and State. Multi-party balance over single party permanent majority. Multi-branch co-equal government over single branch executive. Moderate market policy over free market over government run market.

Caution over care free. Environment over economy. Health over economy. Happiness over economy. Freedom over economy.

Freedom over security. Life over freedom.

posted by dharh 9:47 PM Apr 23rd, 2007 via idt

Recycle something.

posted by dharh 12:24 AM Apr 23rd, 2007 via idt

You all know I hate DRM. Well it looks like Apple has followed through with the open letter Steve Jobs released last month about iTunes and DRM free music. Bringing EMI along with them, next month EMI is going to release their entire catalog DRM free, which includes iTunes. Hurrah for EMI. I finally have a reason to buy some music on iTunes.

posted by dharh 10:54 AM Apr 2nd, 2007 via idt

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I bought a Wii. Being the gamer I am, less hard core now then in years past, I always feel obligated to get a next generation of some console.

I purchased only one game with it, Twilight Princess, and it does indeed produce fun. The game brings me back to the days of Link to the Past, which seems to be the foundation of this game, even if the story elements are essentially completely different.

The comparison is not exactly apt but it will do. If you watch for it you are given hints that the Zelda and Link characters and story are replayed throughout time in this world, this is but one of those stories.

I thoroughly enjoy the new controller mechanics and can't wait for Super Paper Mario. I will indeed eventually purchase a "true" next gen console, that being the 360, however that can wait until a price drop and Halo 3.

posted by dharh 10:56 AM Mar 6th, 2007 via idt

Alright, so the story mainly talks about how the Nintendo Wii beat the pants off the PS3 and Xbox 360, but they noted that the PS2 also beat both the PS3 and Xbox 360. Hah take that Sony! Er wait...

posted by dharh 12:34 PM Feb 22nd, 2007 via idt

Score one for the largest consumer of global energy.

posted by dharh 10:00 AM Feb 16th, 2007 via idt

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