Random Truths

Below are some of the random thoughts that I have found floating through my consciousness:

“Nothing you do will ever be of any significance to the Universe.”

“Humanity is only important to itself.”

“The phrase ‘as nature intended’ is a misnomer. We are all creatures fighting, killing, fucking and scheming to survive. “Nature” has no direction or intention.”

“Never trust anyone, including yourself.”

“Don’t read into anything, but consider everything with a grain of salt”

“Only date people that are more in love with you than you are them. Never marry.”

“Love every person not for who they are but for what they are – your brother or sister in the Homo Sapiens family.”

Obviously, these are not unique thoughts as pretty much all consciousness is a conglomerate of previous thoughts modified through slightly differing perspective.

On Our Universe

If you’ve ever had even a passing interest in space, then this post is for you.

 

“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.– Douglas Adams
I want to tell you a little bit about space.  But first, I’d like to remind you that while you may think you’ve never been to space, you’re wrong – you’re in it now.  Both you, I, all politicians and corporations, all homeless people and people who’ve ever died have lived in space – in this space.  On Earth, as we call it.

 

The thing about the Earth you have to remember is

that it’s old, and heavy.  I’m talking 4.5 Billion with a B years old, and 5.94 X 10^21 tons, comprised mostly of iron, making it the densest planet in the solar system and the largest terrestrial planet.  And it’s got some energy, 2.6 X 10^33 joules in fact.  The Earth is both huge and fast, sixty six thousand miles an hour around the Sun.  That’s the planet we live on, the only known planet to harbor life, which is more a statement of the shortcomings of humanity than of the scarcity of life.

Note:  I can do nothing to help you appreciate the sheer scale of the following objects, but do realize that even if you could travel the speed of light for your entire life from birth to death 120 years later, you wouldn’t get further than a small group of very close stars.  You could only travel to Alpha Centauri around 28 times if you never stopped or slowed down.  Think of how many times you’ve driven to work or how long it took you to take your last vacation around the world and then you’ll get a feel for the incomprehensible distances of the following.

On the Solar System

Our solar system is only slightly older than the earth by about 100 million years.  It’s about 100AU, with that range varying widely as our furthest probe, Voyager 2, has arguably passed the Heliopause multiple times.  Our solar system itself is mostly the Sun, with 99.86% of the mass coming from the Sun itself.  We’ve only explored only a very small part of it, and only sent humans to our nearest satellite, the Moon.

 

On the Galaxy

Our Galaxy is called the Milky Way, an average spiral galaxy. However, the total number of stars in just the Milky way is between 2×10^11 to 4×10^1, something like 200-400 billion stars.  The human mind is not accustomed to the word billion, so let me give you a sense of scale.  If you could visit one star system every second (breaking the speed of light several times over), it would take over six thousand years, about the full extent of recorded history.  Everything you’ve ever done is more recent than the light from nearly every star in the Milky Way.  Just exploring the Galaxy enough to have seen 1% of it will be a feat of several hundreds of orders of magnitude greater than anything humanity has ever done.

On the Universe

It is at best millenia away, but one day humanity might traverse the vast distance between our Milky Way to another galaxy.  Unless humanity matures and the laws of physics go through several major revisions, humanity will most likely be stuck in our own galaxy, but it is not an impossible feat.  The Universe is so gigantically large that there could be millions of civilizations that will never reach each other due simply to scale.  But it’s where we live, and it’s what we’ve got to play with.

It’s Time

That’s right.  It’s time for me to lose some weight.  Yesterday I weighed 324 pounds and although I’ve been trying to make some lifestyle changes without exercise, it obviously isn’t working because for two months my total weight lost is 6 lbs :(

 

So starting today, I’m going full force into trying to lose some weight.  I’ll use this site to post updates and progress pictures.  My set date to weigh 200lbs or less is July 24th, 2012.  That means I have to lose 124 pounds, and my plan, simply, is to drastically cut intake to 1000-1500 calories a day and include at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, as well as on weekends do one strenuous activity a day.

 

I’ll try to make a point to post weekly updates.

Web Server Issues

Some URLs (such as the minecraft map) aren’t loading.  I know, I’m working on it.  It has something to do with mod_rewrite.

 

[Edit: all fixed, that was easier than I thought]

About the Admin

Greetings, I’m Tyler.  In most things, my user name is InMSWeAntitrust.  I’m new to webhosting and I don’t know how I feel about it.  Links to my pages on various sites below:

Facebook
Google+
OkCupid
DeviantArt

Steam name:InMSWeAntitrust
Name in Minecraft:InMSWeAntitrust

Send me an email about my site at InMSWeantitrust&gmail0com. (&=@ and 0=.)

About My Server

For those interested, here is some specs on what’s running the site:

Hardware:

MSI Wind

1.6GHz Dual Core Atom Processor

2GB of RAM

1TB Harddrive

Internal Wireless Card, 10/100 Ethernet

Operating System:

XBMC Live (Ubuntu-based, boots in ~30s)

Software:

XMBC, Mumble, Minecraft Server (more on this below), Deluge, Apache, MySQL

Minecraft Server:

The Minecraft server runs Craftbukkit with the following plugins:

AdminCmd, ChatterCraft, MagicCarpet, MapMarkers, Nanobot, Runecraft, WorldEdit

The Minecraft world is backed up every 30 minutes.  Overviewer is installed at tylerphawkins.com/minecraftmap/ and it updates nightly.

Other Thoughts:

There’s other stuff running on the server and special configurations for different things, but most of it was made only for me.

 

[Update 12/3/11]

I now run the site on an EC2 instance.  This machine now is media-center only.

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