Thursday, 29 March 2007

Science, Energy & Time

Last Sunday Ange and I where heading back to Ballarat after another all-too-short weekend at home. Ange is doing Year 12 this year, and her favourite subject is Chemistry. She's a freak, but a science freak as she doesn't mind Physics either. So we where talking about science and stuff and I came out with this statement/question

"Energy can never be created, nor destroyed right? It just changes forms. That being the case, why is there any energy at all? Why not nothing?"

I'm sure people have thought about it before. Because the same goes for matter. For energy to have never been created, it has to have always existed. If energy has always existed without being created, the Universe is of infinite age & there is no time, and the earth should've been destroyed several times over by greedy people by now. But because we can measure time something in my prior reasoning, or one of my assumptions is wrong. (Unless you don't believe in absolute truth, but that's another blog for another day.)

I believe I know the answer. As I'm sure many of you do. Is there a science law in there that I'm missing? Are there alternative explanations to the one I believe to be true?

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Five Score & Seven Years Ago

I have it my possession. THE NEW RELIENT K ALBUM!!!! Whether they can top the awesome album 'mmhmm' which I still love after purchasing it the day I finished my Year 12 exams remains to be seen.

But I'm up to track 4 & after the best keyboard intro I've heard in a song (sorry RPM7, but I'm sure you could do just as well with the Relient K production budget)

Tuesday, 20 March 2007


Dwayne Leverock is my newest cricketing hero. I never saw Warney move to take a catch like this:
It's not every day that a 110kg+ fielder at first slip pulls off a catch like that to give a 17 year-old a wicket off his first delivery ever in a World Cup.

EDIT: Download your own Dwayne Leverock desktop background!

Thursday, 15 March 2007


"UPDATE your blog"
- Sus
My head is a mash-up of stuff at the moment. Probably one of the reasons that this is my first blog in week or so. Some of the many things floating through my head are as follows:
  • I have no idea about 'predicate calculus' and can't seem to grasp this new concept in the previously mentioned AI.
  • I regularly feel out of my depth in any social situation outside of my normal friends. I'm quite shy.
  • Being this far away from Tiarnee sucks, I know it's for a good reason and this is where God wants us etc. etc. But a weekend every 2-3 weeks is never enough and it's hard and not getting any easier. (Over 2 years later....)
    • I said that I'll lead some studies at 'The Empty Chair' our small group that I've been going to whilst I'm at Uni. I've never done this before, so I'm a little bit nervous.
  • I need to start researching and applying for Graduate jobs now! That's way scary, not to mention time consuming.
They're the really serious ones, a couple of less important ones are:
  • Australia won it's opening World Cup match by 206 runs. The second highest World Cup victory in history. That's pretty cool.
  • I found the funniest blog ever the other day: "The Dilbert Blog." It cracks me up something chronic. It's written by Scott Adams, the guy who invented and writes the Dilbert comics. He humerously points out the faults in alot of attitudes and ideas going around.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Artificial Intelligence

One of the Units I'm studying this semester is called "Artificial Intelligence." It's probably the most difficult & yet interesting subject I've done while being at Uni. Basically we get given riddles, and we have to use our knowledge of "Predicate Calculus" (knowledge I'm still developing) to solve &/ or prove them using prolog (A weird type of programming.) One riddle we got in class to look at was the good old: "I'm my own Grandpa" song as follows:

I Am My Own Grandpa
by Dwight B. Latham and Moe Jaffe

Many many years ago, when I was twenty-three,
I was married to a widow as pretty as can be,
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red,
My father fell in love with her and soon the two were wed.

This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life,
For my daughter was my mother, for she was my father's wife.
To complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy,
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy.

My little baby thus became a brother-in-law to dad,
And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad,
For if he was my uncle then that also made him brother
To the widow's grown-up daughter, who of course was my step-mother.

Father's wife then had a son who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandchild for he was my daughter's son.
My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue,
Because although she is my wife, she's my grandmother, too.

Oh, if my wife's my grandmother then I am her grandchild.
And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild.
For now I have become the strangest case you ever saw
As the husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa.

I'm my own grandpa, I'm my own grandpa.
It sounds funny, I know, but it really is so
I'm my own grandpa.
I'm my own grandpa, I'm my own grandpa.
It sounds funny, I know, but it really is so
I'm my own grandpa.

This is the riddle we need to solve for our first assignment:

A farmer along with his wolf, goat and cabbage come to the edge of a river they wish to cross. There is a boat at the edge of the river that only the farmer can row. The boat can only carry the farmer with at most one other of the wolf, goat or cabbage. If the wolf is left alone with the goat, the wolf will eat the goat. If the goat is left alone with the cabbage, the goat will eat the cabbage. The problem is to find a sequence of crossing so that all four of the part get across the river safely.

Telling me the answer to the above riddle isn't the point, so it's not plagiarism by me doing this. I already know the answer to the above riddle, just not how to represent it in prolog.

It's interesting anyway.....

Monday, 5 March 2007


I've been sick since Friday night (head cold) so I've had the biggest nothing weekend ever. I've literally done almost nothing for the last 3 days. Hence the more numerous blog postings.

As a result of this I've been able to finish a book I started reading towards the end of the holidays. Without holding you in suspense any longer, the book was called "The War Against Truth" written by Paul William Roberts. This guy was in Baghdad before and during the First Gulf War (1990) & was also in and around Baghdad during the beginning of & aftermath of the Second Gulf (Iraq) War (2003) While I could (& yet may) write many things about what I read, perhaps my best summary of the book is: 'If you're in a really good mood & wish to get really, really angry, then go & read this book.' I can't do justice to the way this guy describes walking through a Baghdad Hospital that has run-out of medical supplies.

Honestly reading this account has made me ashamed to be an Australian. To think that our government went along with all the lies that the propaganda machine of Bush II sold makes me incredibly angry. I can't imagine what being an Iraqi must be like. What advantage has Australia or any country gained from this (or any) war. Or more to the point, what advantage has Australia or any country gained in supporting a war that has killed so many people in such a violent way.


Congratulations go to my anonymous **cough Jas **cough** visitor from WA for being my 200th unique visitor to my Blog. Congrats must go to this same person for possibly being the first person to visit my blog on a Mac, using Safari V2.0 as their web browser. This momentus achievement happened at 1:45am EST which translates to about 11:45pm Perth time. You where almost defintely using an RSS feeder as well.

Gotten used to the Daylight Savings Times yet?

Sunday, 4 March 2007

A contradiction?

I put this question to you: the Blogging community. Where is the happy medium between 'humbling yourself before God' and believing in God and the power he has within you?

This is something I often struggle with. I seem to either:
  • Be humble to the point of believing that I'm not worthy of God.
  • Be confident in Gods power within me for a while until I get a big head & think that it's my amazing faith that does it.

Saturday, 3 March 2007


Relient K's new album "Five Score & Seven Years Ago" is being released worldwide on the 6th of March. Which is this Tuesday, I wonder if they'll have copies in WORD Ballarat by this Friday for me to get. Look here to find out....

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Colours & Observations

So I went to my first ever "Colours Night" last night. It was also one of my very first "Nights out", where I go over to UniBar or wherever & watch other people drink, being that I don't myself. I've been to smaller events before, but last night was probably the biggest one I've been to. It also reminded me why I don't frequent these events. While there I made a few observations:
  1. I didn't appear to be the only one not having fun. Every second person there, looked either bored, really unsure & insecure about themselves or lonely. (Music too high to talk properly) The other half where hammered enough to not care. (This point was later reinforced by the fact that random people where joining in a game of beer-can hacky)
  2. So soon after I noticed this me & a couple of mates when just outside to take a breather. It was a very mild and nice night for doing this. While out there, I noticed that by far the majority of people outside where wearing white. White being the colour of First years. So these people I concluded, from their body-language etc, were the first years that where at the party cos that's where you where supposed to be. Yet they couldn't hack the pace, or plain felt really uncomfortable & didn't like what was going on inside.
  3. (This one was by Sus) There where no water or soft-drink prices on the bar. Which I guess makes sense because they wouldn't make much money on them.
Who knows? Maybe if I didn't have a God who loves me infintely I would buy one of those pubs. Then I could create my own completely boring environment, where the possibility for any meaningful personal interaction is removed by loud electronic noises (as opposed to music) and all my patrons insecurities about their own selves can be on show for everyone to see. I could then promote my venue as the "hottest new rave club in town"& get societies future workforce & leadership to pay me to enter my venue so they can pay me to drink a drink that makes them lose all sensibilities (as well as making them thirstier) so they can pay me to drink some more.

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