» PROOF #1
Google is the closest thing to an Omniscient (all-knowing) entity in existence, which can be scientifically verified. She indexes over 9.5 billion WebPages, which is more than any other search engine on the web today. Not only is Google the closest known entity to being Omniscient, but She also sorts through this vast amount of knowledge using Her patented PageRank technology, organizing said data and making it easily accessible to us mere mortals.
» PROOF #2
Google is everywhere at once (Omnipresent). Google is virtually everywhere on earth at the same time. Billions of indexed WebPages hosted from every corner of the earth. With the proliferation of Wi-Fi networks, one will eventually be able to access Google from anywhere on earth, truly making Her an omnipresent entity....
(link to all 9 proofs!)
I saw this a few days ago on BoingBoing and thought, jeeesh. But then what really made me think about it was a comment on onegoodmove.com "why is teaching basic science important". When I travel I have 20-40 pounds of camera gear with lots of wires, cables, batteries etc. plus my laptop, spare battery, assortment of usb devices. I have NEVER been stopped and asked to have my bag inspected. Laptop batteries DO blow up. They can be made to blow up if they are intentionally shorted. Wires, cables, batteries, flash units, high voltage capacitors.
Come on guys, I'm pretty sure that MacGyver could make the stuff I usually carry on into an effective bomb. But if he had 5 minutes (or a year) to think about it and plan on using 50 pounds or so of electronics as a bomb, I'm pretty sure it could do more than cause the oxygen masks to drop down. Of course if you were really going to try to carry on a bomb you wouldn't make it look so obvious; but then again, I've never been searched so maybe cameras will now need to have a volume of less than 3oz and be safely sealed inside of a plastic 1 quart Ziplock bag.
An empty plastic battery holder with a USB port glued onto it looks like an IED? How stupid are these people?! Silly question.
Several years ago I was stopped because I had a screwdriver for my eyeglasses and couldn't bring it on the airplane because it was a "tool". At least the TSA management said to themselves, yes, we'll make this rule and require them enforce it. It's often going to be applied in a silly manner but no telling what could happen if we let the individual security people think. Now I understand the wisdom of the rule that a screwdriver is a "tool" even if the blade is 1/16" across.
TSA and electronics
A tale about homemade electronics, specifically an iPod charger and TSA, Damon writes -
I tell him it is a battery charger for my iPod. He asks if I made it myself, to which I reply that I purchased a kit over the internet. He says that he can't let me on the plane with it. I explain to him that I have flown with it 4-6 times a month for a year now and nobody has questioned it. He says, "Not on my watch and not with my people."
He swabs the device and runs it through the calorimeter. Again, no residue.
I ask why it can't be taken on the plane and he said, "Because it looks like an IED." Now, I agree it looks suspicious, but the machine found no traces of explosives, and the device wasn't big enough to do any damage.
...He tells me to sit down and he checks my feet. I was about to make a joke about him giving me more attention than my wife when Donna comes over and sits down next to me. She asks what the thing is, I tell her it's a battery charger. She asks why I have it, and I begin to explain that the iPod only has about 2 hours of video time, but with the MintyBoost! I can get about 20 hours of video time. I explain that the airport commute and the airplane flight take a few hours...
She interrupts me and says she doesn't like the look of it. She starts in with the typical, "In these times..." excuse for the concern.
My Encounter with the TSA - Link.
I fly with a lot of electronics and so far nothing like this has happened, but I think it's worth reading the entire story (he eventually did get on the plane with his gear). (link)
... However, if things are going well you may have to eat 'delicacies'. This is one of the curiosities of Chinese cuisine - the more expensive, obscure and elaborately named the food, the less edible it is. Example - 'Tomatoes and Fried Eggs' is a delicious dish costing about 5Y in restaurants nationwide. 'Blue Snapper's Middle Intestine Tubes' meanwhile, costs 180Y a chopstick-full, are only available on the Yantai pennisula between the second and third full moons of the Chinese calendar, and are unchewable, let alone swallowable. ... If anyone is feeding you too enthusiastically, beat them at their own game - they give you some 'Cockrel Eye Chucks', you give them a double helping of 'Wild Boar Bones', that kind of thing. ...(more)I was reading some China blogs and followed links which ended up at this story. This doesn't really fit with anything that I usually post here but I just found it very amusing reading and wanted to save the link someplace handy.