He posted it to YouTube. It speaks for itself.

Just at a time when Microsoft screwed up Windows by coming out with Windows 8 and 8.1 which suck and suck a little less respectively, and ending support of XP; it created a window of opportunity for Linux to make it’s move into the mainstream. So what did they do? KDE and GNOME copied Microsoft to come out with new versions that really suck. In fact Linux has gone backward more than Windows in that generally Linux users want more functionality, not less.

Think about it. When you have an operating system that’s FREE and you can’t compete against an expensive operating system that sucks, what does that tell you? The Linux desktop was far better 10 years ago than it is today.

The one distribution that I like that I tested is Mint Linux. Mint agrees with me that GNOME 3 sucks and has forked GNOME 2 to create the MATE desktop. I brought it up in a VirtualBox and it’s the first time I installed a Linux distro where everything works.

It seems that stupid is the new smart these days. It’s like everything is getting worse. A lot of application software is worse. Internet is worse. Web browsers like Firefox getting worse. Yahoo email getting worse. Hotmail and outlook.com – worse.

Maybe it was a mistake to let stupid people have computers?



I’m not a fan of the name Mars, god of war. I think if Elon Musk builds a rocket that reaches Mars that we should rename the planet to Elon. I think Elon is a much friendlier name than Mars. And when a person who just decides he wants to colonize a planet builds a rocket company and makes it happen, he deserves to have the planet renamed after him.

The meme starts here. Spread the word! Planet Elon.


Alanna Petroff

Move over Sarah Palin. Get out of the way Fox News. The new moron is Alanna Petroff – of CNN Money – who is sounding the alarm. Old people are bad for the economy. Everyone should die young to protect investors. Watch out for the plague of super aged countries. She even has a map showing where these evil countries are and how it’s spreading!

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Open discussion – what do you think?


Here’s a presentation I (Marc Perkel) did at the Humanists Community in Palo Alto on July 27, 2014. The only definition of God that makes sense is if God is a personification of Reality the same way Uncle Sam is a personification of the United States government. If my God is really Reality itself then  my God is bigger than your God.

My God (Reality) created the Universe. My God is omnipresent. My God speaks to us through evidence, and my God says the same thing to everyone. Are you worshiping the wrong God? Are Christians really the Atheists because they turn their back on the real God – Reality?


It’s a well-known fact: bacon makes everything better. From martinis and ice cream to filet mignon and asparagus, there’s pretty much nothing you can include this gift of the swine to that it doesn’t improve.

So Sad. Robin Williams debut on Happy Days.


Warning – watching this video will lower your IQ. Please at least take a breath before contradicting yourself. It’s totally random babble. She should run for office!

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The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place entire “categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.
Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat.

How does Elon Musk do what he does? How does one guy start 4 billion dollar companies that are all disruptive? What kind of mind does these kind of things and where do we find more of them? How do we clone Elon Musk?

Besides starting PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and SolarCity, Elon has 2 more notable ideas that he just doesn’t have time to work on. He would like to design the Hyperloop, a transportation system that could get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. And he wants to design supersonic electric jets. He can do it but he just doesn’t have the time.

Elon tells us a lot about how he thinks and maybe we should be listening and learning to channel Elon Musk? Elon talks about thin king from “First Principles”. The idea being that instead of looking at a problem from the perspective of the way people always have, wipe the slate clean and look at the fundamentals.

monkey selfie

A monkey grabbed photographer’s camera and took selfies. Wikipedia refuses copyright take down because monkey took the photo. Does the camera owner have a copyright claim?

I will remove this pic if the MONKEY asks me to.



There is a story out that Russian cyber gangs stole 1.2 billion passwords. I think the story is FAKE. You’ll notice the story lacks and details about who and how this happened. They say it was from 400,000 web sites. Running what? How could they know that? I think it’s bull.


My solar panel installation from Solar City is moving forward. I’m told that the city has approved the building permits so it’s just a matter of scheduling the install.

A lot of people have been asking me why I decided to go with SolarCity rather than do it myself. I am a tech guy and I do have access to the money to buy a system up front. So my friends are wondering, what’s up with that? And why SolarCity as opposed to some other local mom and pop installer or other big company like Sungevity.

There are 2 main classifications of reasons I chose Solar City. One class is economics, but the more important class is environmental/political. So I’m going to address both of these separately.

So how do you use this method to multiply pi and an imaginary number?

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