Matthew Orlando's Blog (6)

Dark Matter/Energy, Resolution of Spacetime, etc.

Warning: This is wild speculation from someone who probably doesn't know what he's talking about. Please link me to any resources that would set me straight. :)



Cliffs Notes: Could the possibility of a fundamental resolution to the universe explain dark matter/energy?



Something about the search for the nature of dark matter/energy has always bugged me. Every time I've seen the topic explored (and I admit I haven't done any really advanced reading on it), they've taken for… Continue

Added by Matthew Orlando on July 6, 2009 at 10:47pm — 5 Comments

Correcting Misperceptions About Libertarianism

As posted on the Richard Dawkins forums.
When I joined this "clear-thinking oasis" late last year, I was shocked to see such strong negative reactions to those of us advocating a libertarian position. The first couple incarnations of "How Bad is Socialism Anyway?" are rife with personal attacks triggered by nothing more than a statement of a political belief.



The more I involved myself in the… Continue

Added by Matthew Orlando on April 17, 2009 at 11:49am — 3 Comments

Sheeple Report 1

In order to give my rants a bit of consistency, I’m starting a new series of posts called Sheeple Reports. A large part of skeptical inquiry is pointing out the blind following of numerous trends from religion to homeopathy. Sheeple Reports will give me a chance to vent my frustration in dealing with the various followers all around me. First on the agenda is an update to my previous snippet of… Continue

Added by Matthew Orlando on February 26, 2009 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Snippets of Frustration

“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” they say. Taking each small thing in a vacuum, I couldn’t agree more. The sweat, of course, starts flowing when small thing piles on small thing, until you reach the proverbial backbreaking straw. A ton of feathers still weighs a ton. In order to wash off some of my sweat, here are a few small things that have me a bit riled up:

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Added by Matthew Orlando on February 19, 2009 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Frankencorn

Having family members who come to me for my take on various issues makes for great blog fodder. This time we have someone asking for my thoughts on a petition going around to stop the FDA from approving a new genetically modified variety of corn. My response follows:
I love that you come to me for this sort of thing. It’s a great way to keep my brain exercised through the occasional stints of mindless tedium at work. Without spending the 4… Continue

Added by Matthew Orlando on February 4, 2009 at 1:56pm — 1 Comment

Sour Sweets

The other day an acquaintance asked for my opinion on an article about mercury contamination in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Here’s my response—corrections welcome:
My first smart-ass response is “good thing I only drink cane sugar or diet sodas.” ;) My initial, unreasoned, reactionary response to the article itself is… Continue

Added by Matthew Orlando on January 30, 2009 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment

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