What would happen if the world had no Internet?


Hey. I was BORN and LIVED in a world without Internet for most of my life!

It was pretty much the same as now, except people spent more time sitting in front of the TV than computers.

It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I even saw a personal computer. As kids, we all had plastic guns and played Combat. We ran in the woods and swam in the reservoir. We dug tunnels!

I even strung a wire. A single bell wire, from my house, all the way to my cousin’s house up the street. We used the ground as the ground. Literally. The wire was one side of the circuit, the water pipe the other, and we were able to send Morse code to each other.

We had acorn fights in the fall and snowball fights in the winter. We went to school and hid under desks for drills in case there was a nuclear war with the Russians. I learned to type on a mechanical typewriter, a skill I find very useful now inside my Linux box.

I’m 63, soon to be 64. I’m a baby boomer, born in 1953. I grew up on black and white TV. My Uncle Henry had the first color TV on the block. We’d all go to his house to watch the only color TV shows on the air at the time: the CBS evening news with Walter Cronkite followed by Bonanza, every Wednesday.

We never locked the car or the house even though we were 35 miles from New York City. Had a dog and a cat. A great childhood and a great life!

Bullied Kid Seek Revenge?

What if I told you scientists don’t know how life started on Earth? Well they don’t. Demoralizing I suppose.

Scientists do not know how life began on Earth. They do know that the early Earth’s atmosphere was very different from the atmosphere now.  -Las Cumbres Observatory website

Then there’s these curious comments made here and there. In 2015 Science magazine said: “Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum”  (they didn’t). In Wikipedia: “The origin of life is a scientific problem which is not yet solved. There are plenty of ideas, but few clear facts.”

Theories abound. Lightning. Storms. Even pass it on to somebody else’s problem, like it began elsewhere and came here on a rock from space.

Scientists will be the first people to tell you they don’t know everything. They never claimed they did. They’ve got lots of areas where more research and scientific research is needed and is inevitable.

Combine this with trying to find life on other planets and I see a great unspoken bullied kid grows up syndrome. Scientists have been bullied, and now they’d love to punch back.

For centuries, indeed even in today’s political field, science itself and those that are trained in it’s methods, are politicized and bullied. In the past the Church called them heretics. Nowadays politicians suggest the government has no business funding any scientific research at all!  For example, the respected journal Scientific American, once wrote an article “Battle over Science Funding Gets Fiercer in U.S. Congress … Research agency critics, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, have new positions with power to control money and priorities.”

How things would change if we could just somehow prove that life exists on other planets, and that it evolved from chemicals here on earth! It would mean the Earth isn’t the center of the Universe. It would give a scientific explanation for life other than Creationism. It would mean the bullied kid could grow up and take on the bully.

That’s why the category of this article is called “The Way I See it.” Because it is.

Martian Pipe dream?

There’s no way humans are going to colonize Mars. Hate to burst your bubble.

There’s no organized magneto sphere on Mars to protect people from the sun. It’s why the Martian atmosphere blew away and the oceans evaporated.

For that reason terra forming can’t be successful there, and scientifically no one wants to contaminate Mars with our germs.

We’re just going to have to fix what we’ve got. Star Trek is fiction.

Fruit Flies like a Banana

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana, which is exactly why a will is a dead giveaway because if you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed. Speaking of which, I wrote a book about poltergeists and it’s flying off the shelves. I wrote another book about time travel because when a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

Politics is on everyone’s mind these days. Remember, in a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes.

My wife complains a lot, but with her marriage she got a new name and a dress when the guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered. Honestly, when my friend’s wife saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.

Since marriage, I’m stuck with a debt and I can’t budge it. You see, a lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine. Lord knows food is expensive these days; a boiled egg is hard to beat. Budgeting is all about how you shop. When you’ve seen one shopping center you’ve seen a mall.

My problem is I have a photographic memory which was never developed. My daddy always said, those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end. I needed some acupuncture and found a jab well done. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

So goes a day in the life of a Boyd.

Hope he Fails?

Do you hope that he will fail?

The question is a smokescreen. He’s the president. Fairly elected despite the Russians.

People aren’t wanting him to fail. They worry he may totally blow it to the detriment to you, me and the country.

They worry he might totally blow it, and that would be really scary.

 

Why you should blog

It was my wife’s idea. One evening she thought to start a blog on WordPress. She even came up with a great domain name: USAviewpoint.com. Needs work still.

She has a lot of ideas and wants to express herself. That’s the point of a blog, isn’t it?

So I started my own, too.

Living in wild sociopolitical times seemed an appropriate time to launch RationalThinking101.com.
Expressing myself daily helps me to share my thoughts and cross-post on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. 

Ups and Downs of WordPress

The way I see it, WordPress has it’s ups and downs. If you just want to blog and get some quick thoughts up, it’s easy, and the way to go.

Oh, but the theme business is a business. When you set up a WordPress site on WordPress.com, you have to choose a “theme.” A theme controls the look and feel of your site, and allows customization. So it’s cool with a click of a mouse you can change the theme of your site and therefore the whole appearance, and to some degree, how it behaves.

Now here’s the rub. All the “good” themes cost money. Big money.

Now here’s the rub. All the “good” themes cost money. Big money. We’re talking in the $60 range, a lot for your little blog. Or you can opt for a premium membership for $10 a month, wherein the themes are free, but in a year you’re paying $120, which is twice what the theme cost in the first place.

So for now, I’m sticking with the crappy little free themes they have. And if you see this site change from time to time, it’s because I probably changed the theme.