Irony in blogs, black holes, and more

Slashdot had three articles that caught my eyes. All of them have an element of irony.

First, Dayton, Ohio, of all places, is getting free citywide wi-fi. It’s not really city-wide, but it’s better than nothing. The irony here is that I used to live near Dayton, and I would not have guessed Dayton would be one of the first cities with a free wi-fi network. Why not Seattle (home of Microsoft, Real, and Amazon) or Portland (Google nearby)? I thought the Northwest was all about hi-tech and fun public projects. Midwest: 1. Northwest: 0.

Second, some astrophysicists are now claiming to be “nearly certain that black holes don’t exist”. The Nature article is short and interesting. One of the strange problems that the idea of black holes presented was the effects on matter at the event horizon:

This problem is particularly pressing at the boundary, or event horizon, of a black hole. To a far-off observer, time seems to stand still here. A spacecraft falling into a black hole would seem, to someone watching it from afar, to be stuck forever at the event horizon, although the astronauts in the spacecraft would feel as if they were continuing to fall. “General relativity predicts that nothing happens at the event horizon,” says Chapline.

Pretty weird huh? I think the real irony about this whole issue is that it was only 4 years ago that scientists were first wetting themselves because they thought they had finally discovered a real black hole. A simple search at Slashdot and you can see how much scientists were relying on the existence of black holes. Now, these astronomical beasts of myth “almost certain[ly]” don’t exist. People often knock religion or philosophy for being wishy washy, but these people usually neglect the fact that the central messages and tenants don’t change. The Ten Commandments given 4,000 years ago are still the same Ten Commandments we have today. What scientific “law” hasn’t been significantly changed or debunked in the past, oh, say, 100 years? Ah, Science, such a fickle mistress.

San Francisco, the deepest blue of deep blue cities, a virtual liberal paradise, wants to regulate blogs. The linked story opens up nicely:

Just when you thought the Federal Election Commission had it out for the blogosphere, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took it up a notch and announced yesterday that it will soon vote on a city ordinance that would require local bloggers to register with the city Ethics Commission and report all blog-related costs that exceed $1,000 in the aggregate.

Blogs that mention candidates for local office that receive more than 500 hits will be forced to pay a registration fee and will be subject to website traffic audits, according to Chad Jacobs, a San Francisco City Attorney.

Yeah, yeah, it’s not so heinous — yet! — but it’s still a scary first step. I am just amused silly that its the liberals who are trying to regulate free speech. The goverment can control what I say on my blog when it pries the keyboard from my cold dead fingers. I need to get a gun. Then they’ll have two things to pry from my cold dead fingers.

And for the final dose of irony, a friend of mine grabbed this screenshot of Drudge:

Here is the fullsize grab.

2 thoughts on “Irony in blogs, black holes, and more

  1. Don’t forget about Spokane! They have city-wide wifi.

    I blame the Starbucks/Tmobile partnership for Seattle’s lack of free wifi.

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