Science is cool

I’ve created a blog called:

Science is cool

It is my first try at a blog with a subject. The subject is, of course, science and coolness. Well, cool science. I find things related to science, every day, that are cool and I want to share them. Videos of experiments, conferences that are funny or inspiring. This is my way to share them with everybody.

It’s also a statement in an age where myth and legend are jumping at us everywhere, we have to remember that science and technology brought us where we are and that science is cool.

My web site was born around 1998 or 1999. Since then it has been many things, but for a while it has been a blog. My blog, my personal blog, where nothing I write is off-topic. Science is cool is my first try at a blog with a subject and that a blog that I intend to grow beyond a handful of friends.

Of course, linking, sharing, re-tweeting and so on is very welcome.

What I didn't like about Avatar

I’ve just seen Avatar. I liked it, except for one thing.

In Avatar there are two societies, one is technologically advanced and believes in science; the other is religious. Of course they gave some consistency to the religion, but it remains a religion. The technological society, the humans, are warmongers; while the spiritual society is peaceful. They go to war and the religious society wins. I don’t think that’s the right message.

I’m a geek. I believe in reason. I believe in science. I believe in technology. I believe the human race will only survive if it stops taking myth and legend seriously and start seeking proof, learning, studying, researching, building. Look at medicine, people were dying of very simple deases a hundred years ago. Today we conquered a lot of them!

The life expentansy is growing at the rate of one year every two years. If today the life expectancy is 80 years old, by the time I’m 80, it’ll be 106 years old. And that’s consider the growth of the life expectancy linear, it’s actually accelerating.

The previous generation of science fiction authors dreamed of supercomputers in our pockets, being able to pick up a microphone and talk with anyone on the planet. We are living that and it’s great.

Back to Avatar, for me a story that is much more worthy of being told is the one of Rama. In Rama there’s an alien civilization, extremely advanced and technological, and at the same time very pacific. They inhabit part of a huge ship while the humans inhabit another part. One day the stupid humans decide they want the whole ship. Maybe they were procreating too much and were overpopulated, go figure!

Stop reading know if you intend to read Rama, spoilers ahead.

They start invading the technological civilization. A selected group of the technological civilization gathers to save their race, they develop a virus that would kill adult human males; the group that was actually attacking them. In a couple of hours, the war is over, every human adult male is dead and peace returns.

The individuals of the advanced civilization who participated in the extermination, all commit suicide. It’s part of their law: those that participate in war must kill themselves at the end, even the leaders. Nobody that causes the death of other beings is fit to return to the society.

How many soldiers would enlist if they knew that after returning from a tour, what awaits them is suicide? Very few. How many wars would we have in the world if those declaring them would have to blow their brains out at the end of it? None.

The iPad's lack of Flash is a win-win situation

It seems iPad lack of Flash support is the debate of the moment. On one camp: “You can’t use the web without Flash”, on the other camp: “We don’t need no stinking Flash”. Although I do realize how a technology like Flash is sometimes needed, I’m more on the second camp. The less flash, the better.

I think iPad’s lack of Flash cause two things to happen:

  • Slow down the adoption of the iPad: surely someone will say “No Flash, No iPad“.
  • Speed up the adoption of HTML5: surely someone will consider using HTML5 to support the tablet.

Giving that the iPad is a closed device, probably the closedest non-phone computer consumers ever had access to and that HTML5 is good progress for the web, I consider both results of the iPad not having Flash positive. If I have to say anything about it, it’d be: please, stop trying to wake Steve Jobs up regarding this, you’ll ruin it.