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Christopher Laing
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Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! May the 4th be with you!
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From Wikipedia: "Schiff is one of a minority of economists credited with accurately predicting the financial crisis of 2007–2010 while "nearly all [macroeconomists] failed to foresee the recession despite plenty of warning signs".[46][47] In his book Crash Proof, he described several aspects of the U.S. economy that would lead to a recession.[3]"
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So, Google+ is still pretty much a wasteland, huh? Alrighty then, as you were.
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On the bright side, no update emails about how many people have played MafiaBirds or AngryVille, or whatever in the last 20 minutes. An oasis of stupid app game calm. For the moment. Of course, I could just turn that off, but deep-down I really want to know how many tomatoes my pet's previous owner's landlord's Aunty-in-law has finally managed to cultivate. Virtually. (Can you tell PhD frustration is leaking into everyday life?) Upshot: maybe I should use G+ more...
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Well that was a clever investment, then
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What the hell did they do to cause that?
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My Ubuntu-using friends: Which do you prefer: GNOME 3 or Unity, and why?
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I've been toying with the idea of writing up a review of OSX, Windows and Ubuntu at some point.
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You want a physicist to speak at your funeral ....

"You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

"And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell them that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

"And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

"And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly.

"Amen."

Aaron Freeman

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Mathematician, Libertarian, Geek
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  • University of Otago
    Phd Candidate, 2011 - present
  • University of Otago
    Mathematics (Hons I), 2004 - 2009
  • University of Otago
    Law, 2004 - 2009
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