The planet is fine. The polar bears are fucked.

What has George Carlin got to do with Climate Change.  Well apparently plenty of vision came from Carlin. Those days we used to call Climate Change as Global Warming. The Ozone layer was a separate problem.

To hack climate change you may want to hack the way people think. The way people think is the way the climate ended up changing itself.

See this at NYTIMES Greeland is melting away. “Every scientist, Dr. Smith said, is keenly aware that the research costs “a tremendous amount of taxpayer money.”


Rather the spend a lot of money to exotic places in Greenland to collect data, maybe we can use the Internet of Things to just keep some chips to collect data and transmit it via the Internet.


Newer forms of climate change data might need newer forms of mathematics rather than brute forcing older mathematical techniques. It might need newer languages in terms of computer software. There is a lot of carbon locked up in ice and it will increase exponentially not linearly. We dont even have a proper way to forecast yet.

Rising temperatures would also mean newer species maybe at a smaller microbial or bacterial level. There will be change. Summer is coming. or maybe a newer Ice Age is coming. Who knows. We were too busy spending money on Christmas trees. We forgot to do the math.

The planet will be fine. The polar bears are fucked. The people … the people… Oh the people. (or read it here)


You got people like this around you? Country’s full of ’em now. People walkin’ around all day long every minute of the day, worried about everything. Worried about the air, worried about the water, worried about the soil. Worried about insecticides, pesticides, food additives, carcinogens, worried about radon gas, worried about asbestos, worried about saving endangered species.

Lemme tell ya bout endangered species, awright? Saving endangered species is just one more arrogant attempt by humans to control Nature. It’s arrogant meddling. It’s what got us in trouble in the first place. Doesn’t anybody understand that? Interfering with Nature. Over 90 percent, over, way over 90 percent, of the species that have ever lived on this planet, ever lived, are gone. Wooosh! They’re extinct. We didn’t kill them all. They just disappeared. That’s what nature does. They disappear these days at the rate of 25 a day—and I mean regardless of our behavior. Irrespective of how we act on this planet, 25 species that were here today will be gone tomorrow. Let them go gracefully. Leave Nature alone. Haven’t we done enough? We’re so self-important, so self-important. Everybody’s gonna save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails. And the greatest arrogance of all, save the planet. What? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned to care for one another—we’re gonna save the fuckin’ planet? I’m gettin’ tired of that shit. Tired of that shit. Tired.

I’m tired of fuckin’ Earth Day, I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white bourgeoise liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalist don’t give a shit about the planet, they don’t care about the planet, not in the abstract they don’t, not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that someday in the future they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me. Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet, nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The people are fucked. Difference. Difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doin’ great! It’s been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We’ve been here, what? A hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand and we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the conceit to think that somehow we’re a threat? That somehow we’re gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that’s just a floatin’ around the sun? The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sunspots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles, hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids, and meteors, world-wide floods, tidal waves, world-wide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages, and we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference?

The planet isn’t going anywhere. We are! We’re goin’ away. Pack your shit, Folks, we’re goin’ away. We won’t leave much of a trace either, thank god for that. Maybe a little styrofoam, maybe, little styrofoam. Planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake, an evolutionary cul de sac. The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas, a surface nuisance. You wanna know how the planet’s doin’? Ask those people at Pompeii, who were frozen into position from volcanic ash. How the planet’s doin’. Wanna know if the planet’s alright, ask those people in Mexico City or Armenia, or a hundred other places buried under thousands of tons of earthquake rubble if they feel like a threat to the planet this week. How about those people in Kilauea, Hawaii who built their homes right next to an active volcano and then wonder why they have lava in the living room. The planet will be here for a long, long, long time after we’re gone and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself ’cuz that’s what it does. It’s a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed, and if it’s true that plastic is not degradable well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn’t share our prejudice towards plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allows us to be spawned from it in the first place: it wanted plastic for itself. Didn’t know how to make it, needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old philosophical question, “Why are we here?” “Plastic, assholes.”

So, so, the plastic is here, our job is done, we can be phased out now. And I think that’s really started already, don’t you? I mean, to be fair, the planet probably sees us as a mild threat, something to be dealt with, but I’m sure the planet will defend itself in the manner of a large organism like a bee hive or an ant colony can muster a defense. I’m sure the planet will think of something. What would you do, if you were the planet trying to defend against this pesky, troublesome species? Let’s see, what might, viruses, viruses might be good, they seem vulnerable to viruses. And, viruses are tricky, always mutating and forming new strains whenever a vaccine is developed. Perhaps this first virus could be one that compromises the immune system in these creatures. Perhaps a human immuno deficiency virus making them vulnerable to all sorts of other diseases and infections that might come along, and maybe it could be spread sexually, making them a little reluctant to engage in the act of reproduction.

Well, that’s a poetic note. And it’s a start. But I can dream, can’t I? I don’t worry about the little things, bees, trees, whales, snails. I think we’re part of a greater wisdom than we’ll ever understand, a higher order, call it what you want. You know what I call it? The Big Electron. The Big Electron. Woooohhhh, woooohhhh, woooohhhh. It doesn’t punish, it doesn’t reward, it doesn’t judge at all. It just is, and so are we, for a little while. Thanks for being here with me for a little while tonight.

Change the Mirror

Things I can change
Rate of Change
Things I can change slowly Things I can change quicker
Executing Change Training Build Buy
Need for Change Ambition Money Passion
Things I cant change
Things I need not change Things that are too expensive for me to change
Executing Non- Change Ignore the thing to be changed Outsource the task to be changed

Heaven is a place on Mars

A few years ago, on a flight, in a land far far away, I was asked by a another person, What do you think we should do. I said, lets go to Mars.Why is that? the man asked. Because, I paused and said, this planet is going to run out of resources.

Perhaps that is what we should tell the Russians and Chinese and the Anglo-Saxons to do. Kill ISIS together, stop fighting over the Arctic, and reignite the battle to make empires but on Mars.

One more thing, climate change is the 100 billion dollar opportunity. Any startups willing to hack climate change?

Think of the market opportunities, yall.



Data Science to kill and Data science to sell

My computer science professor at University of Tennesse tried to teach me genetic algorithms. I managed to score an A thanks to the brilliance of my team member who created a genetic algorithm using C. For some reason the loveable professor had something against C ++. Real men talk to the metal using C.

Anyways the professor had this theory to say about computer science. He said computer science had two principal sources of revenue.  One is increase kill ratio. The other is to make people sing your tune.

Department of Defense consumes the maximum revenue a nation produces globally across most nations and it funds the maximum data science atleast in the USA.  Making people click you ad is the other source that data science gets funded for. Apparently there is history involved here.  The Italian navy funded Galileo’s telescope ( but stood aside when the Pope disagreed). DARPA funded the internet. Insert here- standard joke on Al Gore inventing the internet.

Principal sources of data for this signal intelligence (sigint) fueled data science comes from telecom, websites and sensors. Principal sources of analysis is actually a huge amount of reports (written on conversations with humint) that are better of  mathematically text mined but are in practice dissected one by one.

Real intelligence begins when no guns are fired. The cold war on the internet is a real threat to free internet and cyberwar is just a way to combine kill ratios for servers to data sourced from ads.

In the meantime, I prefer the maths of Good Will Hunting than the maths of Patriot Games. I prefer the music of Bourne again.



Java by Code Academy

I love the Java by Code Academy course, even though it is very new and quite possibly one of the first of many Java courses that hopefully appear on this beloved website. I crossed 800 points today on CodeAcademy.

Summaries  from Code Academy on Java- these are sourced by the nifty help provided and are cited to Code Academy ( how does one cite it!)

Java is an object-oriented programming (OOP) language, the coder can design classes, objects, and methods that can perform certain actions. These behaviours are important in the construction of larger, more powerful Java programmes. Java is a programming language designed to build secure, powerful applications that run across multiple operating systems. The Java language is known to be flexible, scalable, and maintainable.


  • Data Types are int, boolean, and char.
  • Variables are used to store values.
  • Whitespace helps make code easy to read for you and others.
  • Comments describe code and its purpose.
  • Arithmetic Operators include +, -, *,/, and %.
  • Relational Operators include <, <=, >, and >=.
  • Equality Operators include == and !=.



Control flow allows Java programs to execute code blocks depending on Boolean expressions.

  • Boolean Operators: &&, ||, and ! are used to build Boolean expressions and have a defined order of operations
  • Statements: if, if/else, andif/else if/else statements are used to conditionally execute blocks of code
  • Ternary Conditional: a shortened version of an if/else statement that returns a value based on the value of a Boolean expression
  • Switch: allows us to check equality of a variable or expression with a value that does not need to be a Boolean


Garbage Collection in a technology startup

Garbage collection (GC) is a form of automatic memory management. The garbage collector, or justcollector, attempts to reclaim garbage, or memory occupied by objects that are no longer in use by the program. Thats garbage collection from Jimmypedia. When you dont do enough garbage collection in a program you can end up with Stack Overflow.

Tech Startups have garbage collections too. A garbage collector looks only for garbage. In the edges, on the floor, below the carpet, under ths stairs. In meetings, in team discussions, in stock options, in business plans, in cash burn projections. These are negative anti social emotionally dysfunctional people. Their over abundant IQ (Intelligence Quotient)is balanced by their teenager like EQ ( Emotional Quotient). To balance the cyncial Einstein, you generally need a shiny eyed startup founder who has dreams of ringing the NASDAQ bell every night.

Tech Startups also have unicorn catterpillars. These are people who think they will shed their legs, wrap them in a silky cocoon and become unicorn butterfliess with wings. The shiny eyed founder can become an unicorn butterfly very fast, till the garbage is collected from the cocoon and the oyster returns to being an oyster than turning into a pearl.

Tech Startups have over caffienated engineers and under caffienated salesmen. I wonder how the industry would react if they introduce mandatory drug testing for startups. Maybe we will all migrate to Canada under a Treudian utopia of hemp and grass.