A while back I wrote a post called Top 10 Reasons Ghosts Don’t Exist. It remains, without question, the most popular thing I’ve written on this site. Thank you to everyone who has read it!
I recently re-read my own article and found my arguments to be a bit weaker than I remembered, and this meant that I had to go back to the drawing board and bolster my thoughts. With that in mind, I decided I’d throw a few more reasons onto the pile to make my point even clearer.
Posted in Life, People, Science
Tagged demons, fake, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, pareidolia, placebo, science, space, spirits, zombies
I came across an exciting new service today. One that promises to take our massive photo collections and make some sense of them automagically. The app is named Bundle and, as of this writing, is in private beta. The Dutch firm has raised quite a bit of money to attempt to take on some serious competition. The least of which is Facebook, which features facial recognition already. I’ve thrown my email in to sign up regardless of the fact that I need another photo sharing account like I need a hole in the head. Why? Because if it’s as automatic as they say it is, I shouldn’t feel burdened by it. Right? In any case I think it’s important to support startups, so give them a shot and invite your friends!
I used to collect ideas wherever it was convenient at the time, which always made revisiting them inconvenient later on. It seemed like no matter what clever notebook scheme I came up with, or whatever file structure I made on my computer, I still just dumped things from my brain, never to be seen again.
Then one day I met Evernote®, and after a few fits and starts, I’m finally in a groove where my ideas are working for me, and so is the way I store them.
If you’ve ever called me, and I didn’t answer, don’t take offense. I don’t like the phone. If I want to speak to you, I’d rather do it face-to-face. If I want to communicate with you, I’ll do it however is most convenient.
Years ago, the way to communicate with someone when you couldn’t (or didn’t want to) do it in person was to send a letter, or send someone to say the words for you.
After that we invented the telegraph. You could talk to someone without writing a letter or going to see them. Note that people didn’t stop writing letters.
Then they invented the phone and the radio to speed up communication. This was a great success, but being able to put your thoughts in writing carefully ahead of time were still not replaced.
Along came the Internet. Finally, instant communication with the benefits of radio and letter writing combined. I no longer need to speak to someone face to face, and they no longer need to wait a week to hear from me. We still write email instead of using Skype or FaceTime.
Don’t call me. It’s a waste of time. Not because I don’t like your voice, but because your words are easier to respond to when they’re written down. Honestly, when people are talking to me, my mind wanders to the next topic. Speaking is slow, like hand-writing things. And I’m bad at it. Give me a second to collect my thoughts and maybe I won’t sound like such a jerk.
That is all.
Posted in Life, People
Tagged Call, Phone, Text
Last year I wrote a top ten list of reasons why ghosts don’t exist. In my opinion, all of the logic I used in that post is sound. But this year I decided to dig into the opposing viewpoint. Let’s assume it was even remotely possible to have real evidence of something that doesn’t exist. And let’s further assume that we live in a world where there’s an overwhelming amount of that sort of evidence. Specifically, video evidence that ghosts do exist. If we lived in that world, what would the best examples be? Here are ten of them.