Monday, January 28, 2008

Soccer, er I mean Futbol.

I watched the Real Madrid vs Villarreal game on Gol TV today, and man was that a good game. at 2-1 you think it's over. Then Villarreal come back in style, but in less than a minute, Madrid closes the door making it 3-2. Both goalies were exceptional, and the play was great. I think in the end, they had like 17 or 18 corners in the game. Madrid has always been strong, and this year they dominate.

The whole time I watch it, I want soccer like this in the US. Don't get me wrong we do have MLS, and they have some good teams and good players, and often I catch their games on ESPN2 or other networks. It just isn't the same level as Europe. I would watch some Central/South American games but I have a hard time following Spanish commentators.

btw, the movies Goal and Goal 2 are totally AWESOME. I highly recommend people watch them if you like soccer at all. I can't wait for the 3rd to come out later this year. I heard it will be about the World Cup and Argentina.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

GET OUT and See The World

I was watching TV the other day and there was this show on called “1000 Places To see Before You Die”. Was a really good show, but the thing that suck with me was the intro. ‘You see only 936 full moons, and experience only 312 seasons in an average lifetime.’ That is profound and shocking when you think of how fleeting our time on Earth really is.

There are a lot of things I have yet to do, and many things looking back I should not have tried, but none of it has stopped me from trying. The couple staring in the show takes 6 months out of their lives to go globe hopping, and that’s great for them, they likely spend $10 million doing it to. Personally I don’t have that kind of money, and neither does most people I know. Most people with money are so busy making it, they can’t enjoy it.

Anyone out there have a few million to donate to my ‘Adventure Fund’?

On a more serious note, You really should cease the moment. Every day, every hour will never come again. If there is something you want to try and do, you should go for it. Problem is people are inherently evil and do not do right. I admit, when I see a pretty women, first thing I think about is sexual in nature. Often even married women if I turn around and see one that is attractive, my mind will lapse into sex for a minute, or two, or ten. Mathew 7 begins with

1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

It’s a delicate balance for a Christian in this day and age. It's hard to keep a level head. There is so much to see and do, so little time to do it in, and for the first time in history, possible to do it.

Still I managed to go to Brazil twice, Mexico a dozen times, and been everywhere in the USA. So I guess you could say I have seen a lot in my first 37 years. Now I have only 88 more countries I want to see (most of the other 120 are meaningless or places I would be killed in).

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Global Warming is a Theory

I figured I would just jump right out and say how I feel on this subject. GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT PROVEN. Global Warming, and Man Made Global Warming, and CO2 Based Global Warming are theories. This is not a religion, and those who are skeptical are not heretics. It is not certain, or likely, but plausible.

I thought about linking scientific papers, but I have some 1200 links, and that would be foolhardy. Let us just take some of the basic parts of the Global Warming Orthodoxy.

First that it is warmer now than EVER before. By now, almost everyone has seen the hockey stick from Al Gore’s film. What many do not know is that was statistically proven flawed more than a year before Al Gore filmed it. It was warmer in 1000AD than it is now, and was warmer for several hundred years. It was FAR warmer in the Holocene period around 4000BC, for almost a millennia. I’m sure it was all the automobiles and industrialization the Babylonians did that caused that.

More over, neither time did CO2 cause it. In fact the only time in that period when CO2 was spiking up was near the peak and during the fall in temperatures, past the peak so to speak. That leads me to talk about CO2 and how it effects global warming.

CO2 is the single largest component that allows plants to grow. There have been MANY studies that show more CO2 in the air allows plants to grow faster, and stronger (Berkley, and University of Florida were reports most directly relating CO2 in the air to plant growth). CO2 is only 0.03811% of the atmosphere today. If you look at it in the geologically context it has been more than twice what it is now, and more. More over, Water vapor is on average about 1% of the atmosphere, and is 3x better radiator of solar energy. So here you have something that is 25x more common in the atmosphere, and 3x stronger at releasing solar energy in the form of heat. A 1% change in water vapor is equal to a 75% spike in CO2.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it. So what causes water vapor to fluctuate in the atmosphere? Cosmic rays, and the solar wind. So a single sunspot can equate many hundreds of years of total earth CO2 output. Is my SUV really all that bad?

That leads to another question. If CO2 isn’t even all that bad, how bad is human caused CO2 (all the planes, trains, cars, and power plants combined)? Well the oceans produce somewhere between 20x and 50x as much as humans on any given year, and for example animal droppings in New Zealand produce more than the human populations of New Zealand and Australia combined.

So why are people so hip on CO2? Today it has to do with being anti-capitalisms and Anti-West. Who produces the most atmospheric CO2? The USA. Side effect of this is preventing much of the developing world, specifically Africa from developing. Africa has oil and coal, but the UN is politically preventing them from exploiting this fully. Also in the middle east where oil is abundant they use it as an excuse to pursue Nuclear Power and Weapons. The only reason they want Nuclear Power is to produce weapons but CO2 emissions are a perfect cover and excuse. South America are the only ones smiling at the issue since they spent 14 years building, and are now upgrading the worlds largest hydrodynamic power plant. It produces All the power needed for Argentina, Paraguay, and most of Brazil. This is a clean, alternative and has cleared most of the pollution around Sao Paulo and Rio. Combine that with their use of Ethanol and Brazil is leading the world in many clean fuel areas, and little or no dependence on fossil fuels.

I’m all for removing our dependence on fossil fuels, and I don’t just mean Ethanol. I mean Hydrogen or some form of Fusion (there are many theories but no one has yet spent the money needed to research them properly.). I think the United States needs to begin a Manhattan Project style research project for commercial fusion power. That would end the whole debate. Someone would still say we are polluting the atmosphere with Oxygen or something tho.

Anyway, that is just a small part of how I feel on the subject. Basically Al Gore is nuts, and needs to give back the Nobel Prize because he is wrong.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

First Blog

I always wanted to just have a place to vent and tell people how I felt about different things, I guess a blog is the best place! I just never had the time before. I'm going to say some things to make people mad, happy, glad, or whatever. If you like it, hate it, or whatever, just give me some feedback and I'll tell you where you can go. Seriously, there will be quite a few people mad at me about some of my views on politics, religion, and the world in general. No one can argue with me that blueberry muffins are awesome tho.