Tuesday, January 17, 2006

More of the Playboy Interview *Updated* (Part 2)

You have kept a low profile the last year, why?
Have I? I hadn't noticed but I know I was out of cell phone range for over 4 months this year and that may feel like an absence to those who talk with me more than they see me, which is most of you. I will admit to also leaving my phone at home or in the car on purpose. I am not a big fan of being always available for people, we live in a world of instant gratification and over time we (I know I have) loose interest and no longer derive the same happiness we once did. Stay with me on this, if I was always available over time the shine wears off, I like to stay fresh.

Past, Present, or Future?
That's easy, since I can't do a thing about two of them, I love that I live in the present. I just wish some times, not often, it wasn't this present. The universe tends to unfold as needed with or without me so I go with it. Of course I could go into the idea that all three happen at the same time but I don't think you would find it interesting.

I have heard you say 2005 was not one of your favorites, is that true?
Yes, I have said that on occasion. I came rolling into '05 from '04 (in the top 5) only to, how can I say this, make a sharp course correction on my journey. While it was very unexpected, my life has been built on changing course. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not. That is what makes life fun, the unexpected. While I admit '05 basically sucked for about 5 months out of the 12 it was not an entire loss.

What about '06?
I seem to do well in the even years so I have a lot of hope for this year. I have enjoyed the first part of '06 for sure, Savannah is great and I have St Patricks Day right around the corner. And you know what the Monty Python boys say? What "Always look on the brightside of life." No, it's - "No one expects the Spanish inquisition."

What is on your iPod?
The two albums I listen most lately are U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" which is the best U2 album since "Joshua Tree" and Green Day's "American Idiot". The Green Day album could be the best I have heard in the last 5 years. Pink Floyd "Animals" and "Wish You Where Here" are staples. I do have a main mix I listen too which is an eclectic mix even by my standards. It al depends on my mood.

You answered my question about God. Does this mean you believe in God?
Yes, but not in the way you would think. I have said before that the only truth is what can be proven mathematically and everything else is just opinion. So I look at "God" as you put it, as truth, that's all. So if I want truth I look to math and in math I find the truth or God to me. I think you may find sometime in the future I will be looked upon as somewhat ahead of my time in this thinking. Then again I could be completely wrong since as of yet I can not prove everything in the know universe
mathematically but I will get back to you when I do. I do think sometime the universe may just be an equation on God's chalkboard he is currently working on. Now if I could just come up with some "L. Ron Hubbard" religion scam out of this idea I would be set.

I find your belief structure fascinating, what else is there I don't know?
First I call it "an idea" nothing more. I think one thing people find interesting is this. My math may be off but not by enough that would matter. We are the third rock from a sun (read 1 Star) on the outer edges of the galaxy. There are 6 billion people in this world. There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. So that means there are aprox. 16.5 stars for each man, woman and child on earth now. I will make it 15 to be easier. Now there are 100 billion galaxies in the known universe. If we make a big but simple assumption that all of these galaxies are like ours, I know they are not but trust me, go with it. So that would mean there are 15 GALAXIES for every man, woman and child on earth. And if my 15 galaxies have 100 billion stars that means I (just me, or you, this works for everyone but just one person) could control 1.5 trillion (1,500,000,000,000) stars. Now I would think only 20% may have or had planets so that leaves me with 300 billion chances for life. Now times that by 6 billion people. That gives us this 18,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 chances for life somewhere out there. Or are we the 1 in 1.8e+21 chance over the last 3.5 billion years. How's your bean now?

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