The ancient California redwood trees, the tallest growing things, have rings that clearly show the repeated history of drought in California but the powers that run this place are too ignorant to look at that historical record and plan accordingly.

This is the second major drought I’ve lived though since I’ve been in California and after the last drought subsided I was completely against lifting the water restrictions but green lawns are way more important than drinking water or flushing your toilet.

Hell, I even went to my homeowners association when they were landscaping and insisted they install drought resistant desert plants instead of more Midwestern style landscaping.

Did they listen?

Oh hell no. They ripped out a huge patch of ice plants and replaced it with grass a couple of years ago. This grass is now dying, along with my investment in the landscaping which is run by people that are either oblivious or in denial that they LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT!

Green lawns should be against the law unless it’s artificial. But that won’t happen because the idiots running the state won’t do anything to piss off their constituents that clearly don’t have the common sense that God, assuming such existed, gave a goose!

When the drought ends the restrictions should remain until the lakes, reservoirs and aquifers and back to 100% and even then is shouldn’t be squandered because you simply cannot count on that water coming back the next year.

If the state of California wishes to actually survive and thrive and not become a deserted ghost state, they should start planning where to capture and save even more water than ever before. Even if it’s not all potable water, we need all we can get for other purposes which usually just runs into the bay.
I’m sure my words will fall on deaf ears yet again because keeping the green lawn crowd happy is more important than actually doing what must be done, making the hard decisions, and stopping the water waste when we have abundance.

They forget we lose a lot to evaporation too so it’s not just human consumption, it simply vaporizes into the air.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

People need to start investing in new technology such as the atmospheric water generator and bring the prices down to under $1K so your average homeowner can afford them. The problem is these expensive devices only generate about 2-5 gallons of water each day. Hardly enough for showers, washing machines, dish washers, etc. but at least it’s enough to drink, cook and maybe flush a high efficiency toilet ~1.2 gallons once or twice if you’re lucky.

We could be building desalination plants which would quickly add massive amounts of water back into the drained California water supply. Unfortunately the ecofreaks try to stop this measure as they’d water watch the state dry up and blow away.

So what should California do to protect it’s future?

  • Build several desalination plants across the state
  • Get personal atmospheric water solutions down in price so people can supply their own drinking water for a reasonable fee.
  • Increase the storage capability for future rains and snow melts
  • Increase the water capture capability as millions of gallons of water just runs into the bay and ocean
  • Ban outdoor landscaping that isn’t drought resistant desert plants
  • Ban outdoor car washes and other water wasters that doesn’t recycle or use waste water
  • Don’t lift water restrictions when the water supply fills up because we know from history that it will become empty once more.
  • Water conservation needs to become the status quo, not an emergency measure

There may be other obvious things I’m missing but the point is we can’t simply go back to the “way it was before the drought” when the water supply returns, if it returns. History has shown this is not a wet area and never will be so we need to deal with this rationally and not pretend we live in the Midwest because we don’t!

Sadly I know this plea for common sense water management will fall on deaf ears again and eventually this state will crumble under it’s on unsustainable water consumption.

Given the political climate, we’re doomed to repeat this situation over and over because permanent conservation isn’t popular and desalination won’t set well with the eco freaks.

Bye bye California, it was nice knowing you before you dry up and blow away.

I must not be loved any more because not only did the bots grind to a near halt, as reported previously, the automated spam suddenly stopped all together!

It’s been nearly a month now since I’ve had a single comment spam.

Did they figure out my anti-spam was bulletproof?

Did they just get bored and go away since they got no return on their spams?

Maybe they got shut down, that would be nice but I doubt it.

Anyone care to speculate?

 

For those that don’t know what quantum entanglement is the simplest way to describe it is two particles that behave exactly the same, regardless of their distance. They’re like twins, you change one and they both change. Unfortunately it’s not quite that simple (yet) or we’d probably already have quantum phones, tvs and more already.

However, let’s not let modern limitations slow us down and proceed like the problems have been solved and explore what this phenomena could be used for in future civilization.

Much like a science fiction writer, I’m constantly mulling around the bleeding edge of science and how it might impact technology and our future as a species. Maybe someday I’ll even branch out and write some science fiction but I find cranking out long blog posts somewhat tedious which is why anything the length of a short story will probably never happen, but who knows. Until then, this is as close as you’re going to get for any scifi from IncrediBill so soak it up.

Anyway, the latest thing to catch my attention and the topic of this blog post is quantum entanglement, which could be the biggest breakthrough since the telephone or telegraph, possibly even bigger than fire, if they can just figure out how to make it useful. Sadly, it’s eluding some of the brightest minds around trying to figure out how to turn this phenomenon into a communications medium.

After reading all about it I think it might already exist: IN NATURE!

There have been many anecdotal reports about twins that can sense each other, so many in fact that it’s beyond mere coincidence. Such shared events include sensing the other having heart atttacks across vast distances, or as silly as buying the same exact thing at the same time, or other ESP-like oddities. Could twins simple be quantum entangled?

More importanly, could all of us theoretically be entangled via DNA as it splits?

A very personal thing, that if it hadn’t actually happened to me, I wouldn’t have believed it. I was sitting at work and suddenly got ice cold, shivering, like I was getting massively sick and suddenly it passed as fast as it started right before I was about to go home sick. I knew something was very wrong but I didn’t know what. The phone rang about an hour or so later and I was told this very close family member had passed away. I told them about that incident at that time and sure enough, that’s when the family member died. [insert Twilight Zone theme here] I’m not alone in this as people have reported knowing when relatives have passed since record time.

Did I really sense my family member passing or was it something else? Hard to say, but the timing of the events was way more than coincidence.

For the record, if you’re rolling your eyes about ESP and such, I’m a man of science, not hocus pocus, so if something happens there has to be a reason for it, a scientific reason for it, and just because we don’t understand it today doesn’t mean it’s not possible and won’t be easily explained in the future. Either that, or there’s just a lot of coincidences going on and we associate them together when no real association exists. Either is possible but now that we know about quantum entanglement, let’s explore it as a possible explanation.

Scientists may scoff at my suggestions today simply because they have to use extreme technology to create a quantum entangled particle, but they really don’t understand them yet and anything is possible and it’s the closest thing to explaining many unexplainable phenomenon if it exists and can be easily manipulated.

FWIW, let’s assume if it’s not what we currently call quantum entanglement it’s something very similar the eggheads have yet to discover. It’s always possible they’re on the right track with the wrong particle, but I digress, back to entangled issues.

Which brings up some very interesting questions:

  • Is DNA quantum entangled?
  • If so, is DNA always quantum entangled or only¬† sometimes?
  • Is actual ESP simply the ability to sense quantum entanglement?

If you think about it, theoretically we all evolved from the same set of humans starting in Africa so if DNA is ever proven to be quantum entangled and the same entanglements somehow are passed from generation to generation, there already is a sort of collective consciousness which may only be perceived by our subconscious or in our sleep. This would explain how many people tend to come up with nearly identical ideas at the same time from opposite sides of the planet called multiple discovery.

By now some might be wondering why quantum entanglement is such a big deal, so what if it proves how ESP works, assuming ESP exists in the first place.

Let’s assume quantum entanglement is real, the scientists finally figure out how to use it to sense the particle state changing and we could modulate it, what does that do for me?

Imagine a future with no cell towers, no TV towers, no radio antennas, and possibly no cable TV, wired or wireless internet and the end of communications satellites as well. Suddenly all this technology gets a hell of a lot cheaper and theoretically takes a lot less energy to power. Imagine suddenly you have the ability to transmit data instantly with no latency around the world. Instant communications with no infrastructure of cables or wireless transmitters would be a major change in the landscape we know today, it would be a total game changer.

if you could make a small chip that empowered quantum entangled communications, you could simply remove the crystal from a walkie talkie and replace it with the quantum equivalent component and it no longer has an operation distance limit. Heck, it might even allow the operators to communicate between the Earth to the Moon, Mars, or maybe even the stars.

Let’s face it, without such a loophole in physics to allow instant communications in space, ala Star Trek’s sub-space radio, we wouldn’t be able to communicate with any spaceship that goes to the stars with any level of practicality, if at all.

Nasa is actually working on a real-life Warp drive, if it works, which could take us to a new planet theoretically in mere weeks instead of many decades using modern propulsion systems. If the humans actually get to their destication it would still take decades to get a message home using traditional communications methods. If you had a functioning quantum entangled communications device theoretically you could communicate in real-time back to Earth unless there is some distance limitations to the technology we don’t know about yet.

Just in case entanglement in a big bust, the easiest way to communicate with someone on a nearby star would be a warp drive powered message relay system. People on Earth and the destination planet would be sending warp-drive message relays back and forth if it proved to be practical.

Perhaps all of this explains why we’ve never gotten any messages at the SETI listening stations is because:

  • Signal strength is too weak to reach Earth
  • There was too much static due to their star and they never used radio waves, only directly wired transmissions
  • Perhaps they use quantum entangled communications which if you weren’t entangled, you couldn’t receive in the first place

Other thoughts that cross my mind are that we, as a civilization, have only been broadcasting radio for a little over 100 years and are on the brink of possibly embarking on a whole new technology that isn’t detectable. It’s possible another civilization followed the same path and we simply missed their radio era or they discovered entanglement first and never used radio waves.

Then again, it’s possible other planets never had the cycle of extinction and rebirth or a higher level of intelligence that happened on the Earth and they’re all full of dinosaurs still chasing and eating one another.

Imagine one more time that The Church still ran everything and Marconi, much like Galileo before him, was called a blasphemer and punished for creating radio to “talk to god”. If such crazy backwards thinking grips alien planets like it has Earth multiple times, maybe superstition is hobbling their science to this very day.

Anything is possible but I’d like to think it’s the more advanced technology situation being why we don’t hear any noise in space and if quantum entanglement can be made to work we might even figure out how to tune into other entangled particles anywhere in the universe just like tuning a radio dial for various frequencies.

Who knows, we might discover there’s an entangled version of the internet on an intergalactic scale and that’s how all the other aliens communicate with one another.

Otherwise, without such loopholes, everything we know using traditional communications means we’re so far away that we’re just isolated from the rest of the universe by the laws of physics.

This is one case where I hope scientists figure out how to break a few laws and some aliens out there were smart enough to do the same.

Otherwise, assuming warp-drive can actually be made to work, the best we could do would be to send a bunch of drones around the galaxy looking for broadcasts and return home with a recording when it finds one.

Back to to initial topic, if we discover human DNA entangles us all by default, then perhaps the simplest way to make quantum entangled communications would be to better understand what capabilities we’re born with and see if we can’t figure out how to enhance or boost those quantum abilities that nature gave us.

Oh, what an entangled web we weave ūüėČ

 

 

 

Been busy as hell which is why I haven’t posted in almost 2 months. I was away at Clifton Park, NY for several weeks at Internet Marketing Ninja’s Headquarters. I stayed just a few blocks from the office and the daily commute was a real bitch, longest minute of my life ever spent on a road. There were 2 minutes a day wasted I’ll never get back.

If you can’t tell that I’m being sarcastic, turn back now, here’s a site more your speed.

Looked around at the local housing market and found a few rental places I could see living in before buying another house. The only problem is that even the upscale places with the granite, nice cabinets and stainless steel appliances DON’T HAVE A FUCKING ICE-MAKER! Assholes. Some of them also put the microwave on the counter top wasting valuable space instead of mounting them over the stove. Idiots. Doesn’t matter, nobody has much of anything available to rent, it’s worse than Silicon Valley in that regard.

Other than the housing situation, had a fine time in NY as everyone was nice. Couldn’t ask for a more down to earth town compared to all the snobs and users around Silicon Valley. If you can’t do something for people in the Valley, included but not limited to getting them a better paying job with gobs of stock options, they don’t want to be your fucking friend.

Maybe it’s time we’re moving to NY as I’ve had my fill of the crap that goes on in the Valley. People chirping the latest development methodologies like it means anything. If you don’t know the latest development craze that someone cooked up overnight you’re a has-been around here no matter how much product you can code and get out the door.

I’m sure software developers in Manhattan would have the same bad attitudes but so far they don’t seem to have infected upstate New York.

The most interesting thing I ran across in my travels was the Blue Tooth integration between my phone and the rented Toyota Camry. Very cool. After a simple installation, when you turn on the car it activates your phone and starts streaming music, downloading your contact list and the phone is hands free from the dash. It was the easiest and most reliable car to phone integration I’ve experienced yet.

I’ve tried various smart phone integration with rental cars in the past and the Ford Edge claimed to connect via Blue Tooth but didn’t do anything when I tried. Tried the USB port on a Chrysler Town and Country a couple of years ago and it just downloaded all my MP3’s to play and nothing else. It was USB 1.0 too so it was slower than shit. Overall, the Camry had the best experience with no documentation needed, paired our phones with the car and 2 clicks later it was running the phone remotely. Very nice.

Still, all of these vehicles seem to lack the simplest interface of all: A GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING JACK! How hard is it to present an AUX jack for playing sound from ANY device as not all of my MP3 players have Blue Tooth or any of the other shit they require. The most universal interface used by all phones, MP3 players, DVD players, laptops, and even ancient transistor radios is the common JACK. Costs about a dollar in bulk from China. Buy a few million of them and use them you cheap car building bastards.

More later…


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bear through the story for the revelation at the end.

When I was in college I was an avid chess player. I was pretty much the dominant chess player at my high school so finding some real competition at college was quite refreshing. What I hadn’t anticipated, was that some of the competition might be better and smarter than I was. The problem with youth, especially one used to being the top dog and conquering all that came before him at this game, was you start to wrongly think you’re invincible until someone comes along that just cleans your clock like it’s nobody’s business.

I’m sure you can see the parallels to business where someone dominating the market can incorrectly think they’re invincible and become complacent, same thing, different day.

But the story isn’t finished yet.

After being beaten at chess over and over by the same person, and after coming close to getting him a time or two but not being able to secure a win, I decided it was time to cheat. Not cheat really but throw him off his game and I could theoretically get a slightly unfair advantage. Anyway, the next time our chess club met for a friendly little game, I got there early and set up my distraction, a tape recorder with some prerecorded comments tucked away under the table with a remote control in my hand to play these comments on demand. I moved to place him in check as early as possible in the game so I could start the side-show and sure enough, I managed to get his king open and put him in check, pressed the remote control and the room filled with the sounds of a laugh track and me yelling “YOU’RE IN CHECK! WHAT A DUMMY! CAN’T YOU PLAY?” and the whole room fell apart laughing. Suddenly all eyes were on our game, I did the check laugh track a few times, my opponent was sweating bullets and lost his first game to me ever.

The point of the story is sometimes all you need to do to get an advantage against your competitor is to completely baffle them with bullshit.

This can be as simple as rolling out a new feature that your competition doesn’t have and promote the hell out of it like it’s the most important thing in your software just to throw them off their game as they won’t understand it and think you know something they don’t. While you have them distracted you can hit them with your real new big feature, where you think the money is, so they’ve been scratching their heads over your previous move when you move in for the kill. Now they have no good answer for customers and have to play catch-up just to get back to an even playing field.

If you can successfully manage to baffle the competition with bullshit and get them on the run, don’t stop, keep them on the run until you’re positioned to move in for the kill and CHECKMATE! they are done, less market share, crippled.

Just don’t fall for such tactics yourself and know when you see a snow job vs. something serious.

The water condition in California is critical, has been an issue a couple of times in the 25 years I’ve lived here including rationing. Yet the politicians won’t do anything to keep us from getting into a real crisis mode until it’s too late to pull back from the blatant waste of water for a desert state. Don’t upset the people, give them what they want just to get votes when anyone with half a brain knows what we’re doing is ultimately unsustainable and is just as big of a ticking time bomb as the fault lines that criss-cross this state causing non-stop quakes.

Reminds me of how the airline industry didn’t want to inconvenience passengers until thousands paid the price the day planes flew into the Twin Towers.

However, if the California drought and water crisis, the worst which has exceeded 200 years of drought, gets too far out of control it will impact millions and not only destroy the state’s economy but perhaps put the entire nation in the toilet. The worst part is we won’t have the water left to flush that toilet. Without abundant supplies of water you can’t grow food year round in California nor can you keep millions of people alive. If the water goes, so goes the people because we’ll get gouged when bottled water prices skyrocket as it actually gets imported instead of just filtering the local tap water from the fountain at the mall. People will be in for a big shock.

Obviously we won’t survive a 200 year drought without drastic measure like desalinization plants, the power infrastructure to power such operations, and more. It’s technically all possible and based on the history of this state having easily sustained 10-20 year droughts the fact that nobody is addressing the issue before it’s too late boggles the mind. True, the eco-freaks won’t be happy but you can’t make them happy no matter what you do so fuck ’em. They rest of us wouldn’t mind continued prosperity and an infrastructure to support basic human needs like food, drink and sanitation as a minimum.

A little background helps about now as I live in the wonderful land of California near San Francisco in some of the best weather on the planet with my city sitting in a micro-climate that averages about 70F all year. You can drive in any direction from my house and hit other micro-climates that are always colder or hotter than hell so on a warm summer day where it’s about 80F it can be a chilly 65F on the SF coast or 100F in San Jose. Crazy shit!

Anyway, we live in a desert and the Arctic currents chilling the ocean and keeping my house in a Goldilocks zone of weather, a sweet spot of not too hot, not too cold, doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a fucking desert and drier than shit. Just because we’re surrounded by water doesn’t mean it’s usable water, it’s salt water, so unless we do some desalinization all that water I see daily in every direction I turn is ironically deadly and useless.

The wackos that live around here think they live in Kansas City or Chicago and have lush green lawns they dump tons of DRINKABLE water on daily, plus trees that change with the seasons like they do in the Midwest which is a waste of resources cleaning up after that mess plus all the water lost in the piles of leaves that annually die. Nuts!

We should be using native vegetation, stuff that is drought resistant and water friendly. All new landscaping using the water hogs should simply be banished but the politicians don’t have the balls to do what needs to be done. They prefer to be voted into office regardless of whether or not the general population knows what’s good for them because the masses can’t see past their need to water the lawn.

FUCK THE LAWN!

I don’t have a problem with lawns as long as you’re using non-potable water, perhaps drain water run-off or filtered bath water, all perfectly fine to dump on the lawn. But not our fresh drinking water just so your dog has a big plot of green grassland to facilitate dropping a deuce so you can proudly carry it in a steamy plastic bag but I digress.

The bottom line is we’re still below average and even these little showers which will bring us back from the brink of disaster won’t be enough to just use without concern what will happen with next years rainfall.

Even if the reservoirs were overflowing this year it might not be next and the only way to make sure we could sustain a multi-year drought to start with would be to stop dumping it on the ground NOW!

  1. End of green lawns, switch to low-water vegetation and low-water drought resistant trees
  2. Reduce the water allocation per building to what actually supports the people inside, not the piles of decorative plants surrounding the premises.
  3. Start watering existing landscape with recycled non-potable water only
  4. Invest in salt-desalinization plants that can augment our water supply but this should be strictly used only for human consumption or food production, not watering the damn lawns.
  5. Ban all car washes unless they use non-potable water or recycled car wash water.
  6. Any other water waste, BANNED, etc.

More importantly, don’t just let people pave over the previously green spaces because they did that in Phoenix and now the heat escalates every year to record highs putting a massive strain on the grid because the pavement locks the ground heat in and doesn’t release it nightly like it did before allowing a natural cooling process to occur. So in Phoenix they just keep piling on more resources to generate more and more electricity instead of tearing out the pavement and dealing with dusty cars. Fucking morons.

The solutions are simple and most of them inexpensive but since people don’t prefer them, we continue to go head first into an easily averted disaster.

Forget 49ers in the SuperBowl, Dust Bowl anyone?

This is a very simple but very useful function that seems like an obvious feature lacking from the PHP XML class. Typical. This should make adding multiple XML attributes per element a breeze and why an array isn’t what’s passed to xml::writeAttribute() already, or as an option, truly baffles my ass.

Here it is to save you a bunch of time:

function writeAttributeArray($xml,$attr_array)
{
    foreach($attr_array as $name=>$value )
        $xml->writeAttribute($name, $value);
}

While it doesn’t look too complicated, it isn’t. Very simple, pass in an $xml object created by XMLWriter and then create an element and assign attributes in bulk with one simple function.

$xml->startElement('graph');
writeAttributeArray($xml,array(
'lineThickness'=>'3',
'showValues'=>'0',
'numdivlines'=>'4',
'divLineColor'=>'333333',
'numVDivLines'=>'10',
'formatNumberScale'=>'1',
'rotateNames'=>'1',
'decimalPrecision'=>'0',
'anchorRadius'=>'2',
'anchorBgAlpha'=>'0',
'numberPrefix'=>'',
'divLineAlpha'=>'30',
'showAlternateHGridColor'=>'1',
'yAxisMinValue'=>'800000',
'shadowAlpha'=>'50' 
));

$xml->endElement();

This makes it exceptionally easy to add lots of attributes for XML elements used by some graphics packages, hint hint. Bet you can see where this is going.

When you run the above example it will create the following XML output:

<graph lineThickness="3" showValues="0" numdivlines="4" divLineColor="333333" numVDivLines="10" formatNumberScale="1" rotateNames="1" decimalPrecision="0" anchorRadius="2" anchorBgAlpha="0" numberPrefix="" divLineAlpha="30" showAlternateHGridColor="1" yAxisMinValue="800000" shadowAlpha="50">

Well that’s all for this blog post, we’ll pick up more XML fun later.