Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 4

December 11, 2022

The Sombrero Galaxy contains 10 times more stars than there are people alive on Earth. It would take you 60,000 years to travel from one edge to the other if you were going at the speed of light.

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There are 2 trillion such galaxies in our universe.

Each human on this planet could own an entire galaxy! Assuming no one living there claimed it first.

What would you do with your own galaxy?! Truly a godly question.

P.S. I have already claimed the Sombrero Galaxy as my own. Since I'm the first one to do so, it's mine! Go find yourself some other.

December 10, 2022

This is a pretty outrageous and under-reported event. The US Supreme Court has been infiltrated and corrupted by right-wing religious ideologues.

Sam Seder does an amazing job reporting on how the right-wing uses judges and courts to further their ideological agenda. He's been ahead of everyone on this issue for years.

It is absolutely vital to our democracy that Supreme Court judges are completely impartial and non-ideological. The way the Supreme Court has been make partisan and ideological is a disgrace. Judges should not be selected based on partisan ideology, right or left.

December 9, 2022

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December 8, 2022

This is a great film that shows the horrors of being too liberal with science, specifically genetic engineering:

Notice that many of our current political and social problems stem from radicalization and brainwashing of people via social media. Which stems directly from the culture of Silicon Valley being too liberal. "Move fast and break things" was literally the motto at Facebook, and pretty much all over Silicon Valley and most tech start-ups. But there are trade-offs to such liberalism. "Move fast and break things" is not a valid survival strategy when the stakes are high. Otherwise you move fast and break peoples' minds. But since breaking minds and breaking democracy is an externality from Facebook's POV, they can fool themselves into thinking that this strategy is workable. Until it all comes crashing down on them. Which is exactly what a true conservative is trying to defend against.

If you are wary of new technology, if you can foresee all the possible horrors and failure cases, you are a true conservative. But of course you must do this in an even-handed, non-partisan way, not just in ways that benefit your political party to help you win elections. Otherwise your conservatism will be dysfunctional.

December 6, 2022

So I was playing Skyrim, then as I was battling Nord barbarians in a dungeon, it killed my PC.

Not sure exactly why. Seems like the CPU might have gotten fried. Maybe the cooling unit failed? Although the fan still spins. But it makes a weird rattling noise.

I have been building my own PCs since I was a kid. This has never happened to me before.

Now I cannot render videos until I figure out how to fix it.

Damn you Todd Howard. It just works.

Update: I discovered that the CPU liquid cooling unit started to leak, leading to overheating of the CPU. Ordered a new cooling unit which should arrive in a few days.

December 5, 2022

Police have gotten a bad rap in our politics lately, but it's important to understand the difficult and vital work that police do every day to make civilization possible.

Remember, police have to deal with some of the biggest assholes and idiots on the planet, every day, for years.

Demonizing the police is not an intelligent political position.

Although, of course, minorities have a right to demand humane policing.

This channel, Police Activity, is an amazing collection of raw footage of police and the scumbags they have to deal with on a daily basis. Have a look for yourself. I was binge-watching this channel for hours.

Yes, of course, police — just like the best scientists — make mistakes. But you will only appreciate that when you understand how difficult policing and science are. If you tried to do policing or science yourself, you'd be much more empathetic about the situation.

December 4, 2022

Now this is survival:

If you are too liberal as a parent, a coyote may run off with your kid :D

Now you understand why parents are anal.

You also understand why kids scream like they are being dragged by a coyote.

A conservative is one who appreciates that a coyote may be lurking around every bush.

December 4, 2022

Very important topic to understand:

December 3, 2022

Our galaxy contains an estimated 1 trillion planets. Some 10-20% of them are in the habitable zone.

Large uninhabitable gas-giant planets can have as many as 80 moons each, some larger than of the size of Earth's moon.

There are an estimated 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe.

Let the scope of Infinity sink in.

Humans are so dumb for thinking they are anywhere close to understanding this thing.

November 26, 2022

This YT channel features a fascinating series of videos briefly illustrating the evolution of the major families of creatures on Earth: