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Meet your meat
June 30th, 2007 posted by JB under Bits & Pieces. [ Comments: 5 ]

Quite possibly one of the most heart-wrenching things you’ll ever see — and it’s not even fiction — is this detailed video of how animals that end up on your platter are raised in absolutely incredible inhumane conditions.

“Ironically, the very first time in their lives these pigs see the sun and breathe fresh air, is the day they are loaded onto trucks to the slaughterhouse where they will die.”

JB has blogged 120 posts

Calling all Adamsonian Alumni in UAE
June 22nd, 2007 posted by ferdinandlm under Current Events, Living Overseas. [ Comments: 5 ]

Invitation to all Adamson Alumni here in United Arab Emirates.

All those interested to join to unite all our Adamsonian Alumni here in the UAE. On July 12, 2007 at Jollibee Karama 8 PM. We encourage you to join and bring also or inform all those Adamsonians you know here in the UAE. We consider this as our 1st Meeting for this year.

For details, please contact me or Herma Dulay.

Here’s our contact number:

FERDINAND L. MACANAS- 050-7683352,

HERMA DULAY-050-2242725,

ferdinandlm has blogged 1 posts

Stephen Hawking Universe: Taming the Mind of God
June 19th, 2007 posted by white garapata under Opinion, Uncategorized. [ Comments: 1 ]

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I am no New Yorker Fat Ass Critic but three words for “A Brief History of Time: from the Big Bang to Cum-hole err…Black hole—“dude, how kinky!”

What would you sacrifice to win Paris Hilton?

Sorry, wrong question. What’s in the mind of God when he created the universe? French Fries or how to wear a thong, maybe? Well, mentat Stephen Hawking (How do you pronounce apple in his talking computer?) of University of Cambridge offers some interesting answer why the universe acts like this way as we know it and not the other way around (like all those third rate sci-fi movies in Hollywood). It also answers some interesting question in the field of cosmology and theoretical physics, like why Paris Hilton is Biatch. The book is a cult-classic pornography for popular science book fanatic turned torrent junkie. Hawking knows the missing piece of the Grand Unified Theory of Your Own Wet Dream, believe me. Enough said.

Ex-Nihilo, out of nothing, God created the universe? Pre-Socratic philosophers, like Heraclitus, mystified the void and insignificant space. The Omnipotent and Omnipresent Being seemed the right answer why the universe bothered to exist. For them such question as “Who made God?”, “What is the role of God in creating the Cosmos?” is taboo. The basic nature of the universe and the role of God in the dark realm of the Cosmos are reserved only for a kind of mind like Woody Allen. The Vatican even said (ah, screw the Pope, will yah!) that the Big Bang was the moment of creation and therefore the work of God.

An old philosopher even summed up his old idea about the universe and God: We exist only in the mind of God. But the promise of tomorrow continues Man to search why the human species and the universe bothered to exist out of futility and helplessness. To put Ellie Arroway in Contact: “Look, all I’m asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision”. It’s like craving for more milk chocolate.

It’s really one hell of a promise for humanity. Man is not only pre-occupied on prevention of premature ejaculation, indeed. The bigger picture is to understand your place in this “benign neither hostile universe”, deconstructing theoretical science into unified truth to fully understand ourselves, and perhaps, quoting Hawking, knowing the mind of God.

Did God construct the Universe out of nothing? Is there a creation in which time and space is eternal? (I wonder the URL address of God’s porno sites. That’s worth knowing, isn’t it?)

Is there a divine purpose? If there was a moment of creation and God as sole creator of everything, is it possible for us to understand the profound implication of divine laws and finally know the mind of God?

Yes, for Hawking, knowing the mind of God is explaining the unexplainable, digging the underlying principle, the box within the box questions concerning the mechanism of the Cosmos. The ultimate goal of science is to search for the single theory of everything, an accurate and complete description of the workings of the Cosmos and “of the events around us, and of our own existence”.

The idea of Grand Unified Theory makes me think of my lost obsession with Hegel’s Absolute Idea while still an addict of Barely Legal series.

Hawking explores these questions like using an infrared mapping the uncharted body of a woman. His goddess is Marilyn Monroe. In his book, he explicitly deduced, “so long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is really self – contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end, it would simply be. What place, then, for a creator?”

Hawking also reminds us that a scientific theory exists only in our mind and has nothing to do with reality (Martin Heidegger, hands off!). It is a mathematical model that “corresponds to our observation and therefore, an abstract representation of reality”. You can apply the Copenhagen interpretation of reality as, “nothing is real unless it is observed”.

Is there really a hope for us to understand who we really are? What is our place in this vast ocean of colliding galaxies, flavored cosmic quarks and streaming info-porn? Perhaps the answer was first explored by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: Space Odyssey. Our ultimate goal is summed up in our effort to compute the last digit of the infinite sequence of the Pi.

As Hawking puts it, without our insatiable appetite to search for the possibility of a single theory we would stagnate.

Perhaps, the edge of discovery would just end like the film Zodiac: dumbfounded, end of credits. And God will reply, “See, I screw you, you stupid machine!”

white garapata has blogged 13 posts

Adamson CPE’s “Dancing Robot” on ‘Magandang Umaga, Bayan’
June 9th, 2007 posted by JB under Current Events. [ Comments: 5 ]

Recently, Computer Engineering students and their works, the “Dancing Robot” and the “Robotic Wheelchair” were featured by Kim Atienza on ABS-CBN’s Magandang Umaga, Bayan. The YouTube video follows.
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These “inventions” were also covered by TV Patrol and were in fact part of this year’s CPE Exhibit.
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In 1995, I got acquainted with a group of robotics and CpE students who got a gig building the character robots in Star City. If you went to Star City in late 1995, the robotic hydraulic dinosaurs and elves you saw there were built by Adamsonians. But that was 12 years ago; I wonder if the present crop of students are lending more decision-making and navigation skills on their robots. But judging from the interview, the robots were pretty much straightforward hydraulic contraptions, like what the kids were doing more than a decade ago. They’re more like metal puppets.
We can’t really blame these students for not knowing any better, but what I’m pointing at is this: you can see you have students whose research talents the university can nurture, so why not challenge them some more and push it higher. Why not make them try playing with something like Microsoft’s Robotic Studio next time; they might enjoy it. And they might even be able to create far more beautiful, awesome things.

JB has blogged 120 posts

Plastic life in a Third World Country
June 5th, 2007 posted by Mikaela under Uncategorized. [ Comments: 4 ]

Having at least one plastic inside your wallet, has become a status symbol in this country. When I say “plastic”, I am actually referring to that thin,rectangular piece of plastic that has a Mastercard or VISA logo on it. If you can’t figure out what I am talking about, don’t bother reading the rest of this article.

Mikaela has blogged 2 posts


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