Feynman on “God”



“God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you’re taking away from God; you don’t need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven’t figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don’t believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time — life and death — stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I don’t think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out. ”

(via Onegoodmove)

Fun With Google Satellite Maps

Ok let’s give this a try. Here are some cool satellite pics found using Google Maps.

Feel free to add some to the comments and I will update this page.

Las Vegas Strip

Diamond Head, Honolulu, HI

The Golden Gate Bridge

Mt. St. Helens

Statue of Liberty

The White House

Meteor Crater, Flagstaff, AZ

Burning Man setup

Vehical Assembly Building Launch Complexes, Merritt Island, FL (Thanks PVC)

Yellowstone National Park, (Thanks Cardinal Biggles)

Area 51. I think.

Updated Area 51. I like when you click on the map section for it, there is just a large grey spot. (Thanks Joshua)

Atomic Testing Site in Nevada.
(Stolen shamelessly from Adding Understanding)

Niagra Falls (via Sueme Weblog)

Olympic Stadium, Montreal QC (Thanks Poussinfrais)

UMD, My alma mater. (via Aces Full of Links)

Augusta National (Thanks Kelly)

Post Furman Botched Executions


12. May 4, 1990. Florida. Jesse Joseph Tafero. Electrocution. During the execution, six-inch flames erupted from Tafero’s head, and three jolts of power were required to stop his breathing. State officials claimed that the botched execution was caused by “inadvertent human error” — the inappropriate substitution of a synthetic sponge for a natural sponge that had been used in previous executions. They attempted to support this theory by sticking a part of a synthetic sponge into a “common household toaster” and observing that it smoldered and caught fire.

Disney Film About Venereal Disease


Even the marketing department at the Walt Disney Educational Media Company acknowledged that it was somewhat incredible for their company to address such a vulgar subject as venereal disease. The front page of their promotional brochure announces; “Yes, it’s true. Walt Disney Productions has made a significant contribution to the war against VD. VD ATTACK PLAN – A fully animated Walt Disney 16mm motion picture.”

(via Presurfer)