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Photo: No Diving

Photo: No Diving

No swimming/diving… sign by the Halifax River in Ormond Beach. I don’t know why I found this interesting, but it might be the dark blue-green water in the background.

Note that I am starting to tag many posts and photos with “none,” because I’m getting tired of coming up with tags… it’s inconvenient and boring. If you want to search my site, just go to Google and type in site:richardxthripp.thripp.com before your query.

Canon Rebel XTi, EF 50mm 1:1.4, 1/1600, F3.2, 50mm, ISO100, 2011-01-11T15:28:07-05, 20110111-202807rxt

Location: Cassen Park, 1 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach, FL  32174-6378

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Photo: Publix Teas

Photo: Publix Teas

Various flavors of teas at Publix in the deli. They have good subs, but buying tea in small bottles is a very bad value because you can get a whole gallon for under $3 and disperse it into your own containers at home, and then carry it with you. ;)

Canon Rebel XTi, EF 50mm 1:1.4, 1/125, F2.8, 50mm, ISO400, 2011-01-12T15:22:01-05, 20110112-202201rxt

Location: Publix, The Trails Shopping Center, 220 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, FL  32174-5124

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Photo: Fish Sandwich with Fries

Photo: Fish Sandwich with Fries

This was a delicious fish sandwich with french fries and extra tarter sauce. :)

Canon Rebel XTi, EF 50mm 1:1.4, 1/125, F3.5, 50mm, ISO1600, 2011-01-14T19:19:30-05, 20110115-001930rxt

Location: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, The Pavilion at Port Orange, 5501 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange, FL  32128-7370

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The Psychology of Education

Firstly, people do not want to learn. They want to be given things (privilege). Therefore, they naturally assume you’re giving them bad information and want to do the opposite because they believe they can “handle” the “danger.” So if you tell kids not to smoke, they’ll smoke. You tell them not to do drugs, and they do drugs. You tell them sex is positive, and they have shame about it.

Secondly, people respect authority and are bound to emotion. If you don’t activate your students’ right brains, or you focus on their right brains without focusing on their left brains, they will instantly forget what you teach (it will go in one ear and out the other). Additionally, you should put “Dr.” before your name even if you have only a PhD but not an MD, because people will naturally assume you’re a more valuable person and therefore what you tell them is more important than someone who has “Mr.” instead of “Dr.” before his name.

Thirdly, people learn best in chunks, not blocks. Instead of having 5 separate 1-hour classes, it would be better to have 25 separate 12-minute classes in alternating classrooms with a change of rooms each time. That way, boys can sit next to the girls they like, there’s no need for physical education because it’s integrated into the changing of classrooms, and students will be much more likely to remember the gist of the curriculum.

President’s Day Message

If you were President of the United States, what would you do? I would end the Federal Reserve, return us to isolationist policies, and provide grants for the opening of new factories and power plants.

Feel free to post your ideas in the comment section on this post.

Responsible Environmentalism

On the surface, ensuring the protection of nature is a noble goal. But many people make it into something worse. It’s okay to recycle plastics, drink well water, and use compact fluorescent light-bulbs. It’s not okay to sleep outside or deny your children blood transfusions (note: the govt. has synthetic blood so get that if possible).

If we lived like apes, we would make no progress as a species. Apes don’t write books, create Internets, or mine metals. Humans used to die at 25 commonly, whereas now the average lifespan has surpassed even the three score and ten promised by the Bible, not because of fate, but because of hard work. Who would have though a fungus (penicillin) could be the solution to so many of life’s problems?

Humans are naturally at war with nature, and we’re supposed to be. Most people prefer to live in structures we call buildings, because living outside exposes you to all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and ailments due to a lowered immune system. Pushing your body too hard is stupid, because it makes you more vulnerable to disease.

In the same vein, it isn’t reasonable to demand everyone to stop using cars or burning fossil fuels, unless you have a logical replacement which takes us to the next level and works right now. Obviously, it is a good idea to research better solar power, wind power, and nuclear power, but until the technologies are easily implemented, we can’t begin real cutbacks on oil and gasoline.

Similarly, some of the solutions provided to us are worse than what they replace. CFLs produce the same number of lumens using far fewer watts, but they contain deadly mercury and the EPA actually recommends you call a Hazmat team if you break one. The Toyota Prius has a giant battery that goes bad after about ten years and needs replaced. Compact cars often result in more carbon emissions, because with one accident you become a vegetable for life. Instead of contributing to your safety, the plastic-and-Styrofoam car becomes your coffin.

If you are going to espouse the ideals of environmentalism, please do so logically. :)

Photo: Wood-Burning Stove

Photo: Wood-Burning Stove

Picture of fire in our wood-burning stove, which can also be used to fry eggs and light matches.

Canon Rebel XTi, EF 50mm 1:1.4, 1/60, F5.6, 45mm, ISO1600, 2011-01-12T08:02:52-05, 20110112-130252rxt

Location: Thripp Residence, Ormond Beach, FL  32174-7227

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Religion at a Higher Level

If you think about it, it’s very possible that Jesus was killed and then a clone took his place to show him having defeated death. If the human race was seeded here by space aliens, they may have decided that we needed something amazing to believe in because the human mind naturally escalates things so that it requires a bigger and bigger story to stay interested and motivated. In some people, inability to sleep or schizophrenia may even set in. However, with the advent of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, anti-histamines, and the Internet, it’s very possible for someone to not feel closed in but rather feel the amazing power of whatever God(s) they believe in.

The Great Pyramid at Giza is an amazing structure that cannot be recreated by humanity, even with 21st century technology. It’s built in the only place that would work to support its weight — without the large granite deposit below, it would sink into the sand. The large, inter-locking blocks fit together with tiny grooves that even modern machinery cannot duplicate.

Is it possible that the human race has started over again and again, like in The Matrix: Reloaded, each time destroying itself either by hydrogen bombs, sterilization, or mass cognitive dissonance? I would have said no in 2010, but in 2011 I’m not so sure. Human nature shows that people naturally want to believe in human potential, but at the same time want to sacrifice maidens to volcanoes and abort their unborn babies. But if there’s one thing humanity is good at, it’s rationalizing irrational or imaginary numbers, and this is necessary for most people to lead normal lives without resorting to prescription or illegal drugs, unless they never let their mind expand to that level.

Whether you want to believe it or not, the yin-yang dichotomy is present in every person and every facet of the universe and remains irreconcilable.

Facebook as a Platform for Mass Behavioral Modification

Facebook, because it is used by over 500 million people or approximately 7% of the global population, is a platform for large-scale modification of human behavior, whether we like it or not. While we may think the layout of Facebook is the logical conclusion of stream-lining and optimal programming, it is entirely possible the layout was developed as such because of limitations of Apache, Linux, PHP, MySQL, HTML, or even laziness. Oftentimes, the ideal solution to a problem is unideal because of the great difficulty required to implement it. Knowing the difference is the difference between having a successful social network or a ghost town.

Therefore, it may be advantageous to manipulate view counts, statistics, and even to run robots and automatons on a new social network, but only as long as 1.) no one finds out, or 2.) the people who find out choose by free will to not reveal the truth, either for a higher power or because they think deception is “cool,” i.e. Jack Bauer in the TV show Twenty-Four.

Taking this to its logical conclusion, a new social network’s main feature could be robots, and people would sign up in droves if they believed the robots would be more interesting to talk to than real friends. The truth of this thought will determine the future of social networking, i.e. will it continue to grow in power but plateau in numbers or will it grow in numbers while no one takes it seriously or is willing to commit secrets to it?

Building a War Chest

If you think about it, there really should be no shame in asking for money because if you are ashamed, you are implying that the people who would be willing to donate money to you will make better use of it than you are capable of.

I would never assume anyone can make better use of money than me. ;)

If you want, send me your PayPal donations to richardxthripp@thripp.com for donations > $11.90 and thripp@gmail.com for donations < $11.90. :cool:

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