Archive | September 2015

Another Rube Goldberg machine

I already talked about a Rube GoldBerg machine before.
Machines that do a very simple task in a very complex way.
While they are known and conceived to be useless, I can totally understand the appeal of building them and seeing them in action.

In this video sponsored by RedBull apparently (and a famous Youtuber/Vine Maker: Zach King), you can see a new one in which I don’t understand all the mechanisms:

How does the egg become a chicken? How does the balloon pieces become pieces of paper?
Let me know in the comments.

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Does anyone remember the Google glasses?

You know the glasses invented by Google which had screens on the lenses, a camera, a microphone so the glasses would answer to orders by vocal commands.
Well, after a long period of advertising during which all websites would say it would be the future… it disappeared.

Why?

Some hints of explanation here:
“The users who didn’t realize that it was rude to wear these info-glasses must have found out soon enough when they’d hear complaints from people on the street, or worse, the ultra-expense Glass was grabbed off their face. I simply wouldn’t talk to anyone wearing Google Glass until they took them off. There was nothing confidential or personal that could be discussed with anyone wearing the device. You’d be foolish not to assume the conversation was being recorded. You may as well pull out an HD video camera and start recording when you were chatting. It was an imposition.”
http://uk.pcmag.com/wearable-tech/36416/opinion/rest-in-peace-google-glass-2012-2014

And here:
“My love for gadgets makes me look and sound like one of the people whom residents of the city have come to feel oppressed by.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/i-was-assaulted-for-wearing-google-glass-2014-4

Power

Power between humans is a fascinating thing.

By the time we were born to now, we are constantly being taught an awful lot of social rules.
Giving power to people during some moments of our lives is one of them.

We respect teachers in school, parents at home, police in the streets, bosses at the job, and government above everything.

Government is usually ( 😀 ) made of humans. We are humans too, if we are told to respect and obey others, why isn’t it the same for humans in the government?

What’s justifying us giving power to somebody else ? And to somebody else we don’t know?
If I want that power, why wouldn’t I get it?
I don’t think anybody is inferior or superior to me. And it is the same for everybody else.
We are all different yet we are raised to compete against each other.

When something goes wrong on purpose (or not) in a country, we are being told that our neighbor is responsible of it.
Why? because he has a different skin color? a different religion? a different sexual orientation?
I don’t care about any of them, he doesn’t have the power to make laws or tell me what to do.

We keep on trying to obey people with power without thinking if the order they gave us is appropriate.

By being a soldier in an army, you absolutely have to follow orders. It could be a life or death matter, for your colleagues or yourself.
You are sometimes sent in another country, and you must kill people you don’t know and who wants to kill you.
Why do you must kill these people?
Why should you try to apply the rules of your country in another unknown country?
Because your government will get a lot of money thanks to that?
Is it worth betting your life and the ones from your entourage like that?
If you are just from the police (the inside army), is it worth obeying your government when you know it is wrong? Is it worth doing so when you know that your government will betray you just after?
Why kicking pacifist protesters asses? Why respecting stupid orders?

We should inform more ourselves about the people around us and stop trying to find enemies all around.

It’s not because some person arrived to live in the same country than you that he is your enemy.
It’s maybe the people telling you that he is your enemy, who aren’t that trustworthy.