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WotD: Omniscient

August 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Today’s Word of the Day is: Omniscient!

Omniscient: having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.

If you read the previous WoTD, then there’s no need for me to repeat the whole paradox issue with this concept.

However, there’s something insanely funny, or better said, ironic about the concept of having unlimited knowledge: Those who have unlimited knowledge, can never actually KNOW they have unlimited knowledge. Since if they KNEW they somehow had unlimited knowledge, it wouldn’t be unlimited anymore!

“Blasphemy! How dare you rebel against me!”

Anyway, that’s an ironic paradox for you!

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WotD: Infinity

June 22, 2007 Leave a comment

Today’s Word of the Day is: Infinity!

Infinity: the quality or state of being infinite.

“Well duuh! Let’s be more specific, OK?”

Infinite: immeasurably great

Alright, so infinity is something that’s so big that it’s immeasurable.

“So what?”

Oke, so something that is infinite, by definition, cannot be measured. Otherwise it’s not infinite. However, something that cannot be measured, doesn’t have to equal infinity, it can just be something that we can’t measure for some unknown reason. More than often because we lack the theory and the tools to do so.

“So what?”

Sooo, how does anyone ever (no pun intended) know something is infinite? If it cannot be measured, then you simply don’t know if it’s infinite or not. If you knew then that would mean that you could somehow measure it, which isn’t possible.

“So what? Ugh my digital head hurts.”

On the other hand, I suppose you could theoretically think of something that is infinite without actually knowing what it is, like something to do with numbers. Technically, you could have an infinite amount of numbers between 1 and 2, as 1,1 to 1,9, to even 1,1111111111 and likewise that in 1,9999999999 something and to an infinity of digits. So given something that’s infinite, it’s possible to theorize or “know” that it is infinite, but just impossible to place it in any kind of measurement. Confusing.

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WotD: Oops

May 28, 2007 Leave a comment

Today’s Word of the Day is: oops

Oops: used to express mild dismay, chagrin, surprise, etc., as at one’s own mistake, a clumsy act, or social blunder.

“Now wait just one minute, aren’t these things supposed to be daily? You’ve skipped some days?”

File that under insignificant. Moving on…

“Tsk.”

MySpace Labels Innocent Woman as Sex Offender

Jessica Davis, a 29-year-old University of Colorado senior, found herself falsely branded a sex offender and kicked off MySpace last weekend, ABC News reports. There is no registered sex offender by her name in Colorado.

MySpace isn’t talking about this, but Sentinel — the company that built the database for MySpace — has acknowledged the error. Sentinel CEO John Cardillo told ABC News that the system functioned properly, because an actual sex offender existed with the same name, and a date of birth two years and two days apart from Davis’.

Hey, I’m all for putting IT, and the collective data gathered through its users, to good use, but with new measures come new threats that need to be handled properly with the right control mechanisms. Otherwise, sh-t like this happens.

“Today a sex offender, tomorrow terrorist? You certainly don’t want that to happen through IT!”

Actually I don’t want that to happen at all!

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WotD: Parthenogenesis

May 25, 2007 Leave a comment

Today’s Word of the Day is: Parthenogenesis!

“What the…?”

Yes, a new section and hopefully some newer updates. Word of the Day will be another section for some inspiration!

“Tsk, just filler for someone with no creativity.”

Whatever, get on with the program.

Tsk, Parthenogenesis: the development of an egg without fertilization!”

Yes, from an article I read here: Hammerhead Shark Gave “Virgin Birth” in Omaha Zoo

Actually kind of strange, considering the definition of the word and then reading something like this in the article:

The finding marks the first confirmed case of a female shark fertilizing her own eggs and giving birth without sperm from a male, a process known as parthenogenesis.

So is it fertilized or not? If it is, doesn’t that mean it doesn’t fit the definition? And if so, is the dictionary wrong or is it just used in the wrong way in the article? Enquiring minds would like to know!?

“Ah well, guess I don’t really care for semantics.”

You should, considering this category has something to do with vocabulary and all? Maybe I’ll e-mail them as a good citizen and ask them for clarification/correction.

“Your blog, not mine. And a good citizen?”

Anyway, imagine if humans were able to do something like that. Would that be an upgrade or a downgrade in terms of revolution? Technically, it makes humans less dependent on 2 different types of humans, so I’d say that’s a good thing. Course, it may also bring all kinds of shortcomings biologically, not to mention culturally when men aren’t necessary anymore for the birth and upbringing of new generations.

“Still, the concept sounds like fun.”

It’d be interesting to find out what an all women society could do, literally. Maybe even change “mankind” to “womankind”.

“That is already a real word, you doofus!”

Yes, but not with the same meaning. Ah well.

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