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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Yes, they could

«It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.».

Barack Obama.


Yes, Barack Hussein Obama will be the next president of the USA. Now it's official. It seems that the majority of the people in the USA believe in change. Something that could only happen in the movies just few years ago did happen last Tuesday.

I don't think that so many things will actually change. The system will work in the same way that it has been doing for decades. But the manners will change. Hopefully, they will change dramatically. And the manners are very important. They are what people perceive.

In the rest of the world, Obama's election means hope. We hope that the USA will have a president who regards the rest of the world as people, rather than as a battleground, or a huge oil deposit.

I have to say that I am already fed up with all this 'Obama will be the first black president of the USA'. First of all, because I don't care if he's black, white or green (well, if he was green I would be worried about his health :D). And second of all, because he is not black. He is as black as white (if that matters at all).

Saying that Obama is black we are already showing our racism and our white-centered point of view. So, if you are not a 100% pure anglo-saxon, you are 'black'? Obama's mother was 100% white. From our white point of view, he might be black, but let's put him in a village of Kenya, his father's homeland. I bet he looks perfectly white among them.

Anyway, I have to say, I am really curious, and I believe that Obama will have brilliant pages in the History books (they would look brilliant anyway, being next to the dark chapter of Bush). If he has overcome all the clichés, if he has beaten two 'political monsters' being a perfect stranger a couple of years ago, and if he has managed to do that talking about change and hope, we have reasons to expect great things of him.

Let's see.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Imagining the tenth dimension

Life in Athens goes on, calmly, and we only notice the upcoming winter because of the shorter days. It's just 5.30 pm and the Sun already set. Besides that, it's 25 ºC outside, perfect weather to enjoy a frappé in a terrace.
Since it's already november, I decided that it was time enough to write a new post. And today I remembered a very good video explaining the String theory for 'all the audiences', meaning that you can get at least the background of the whole issue without being a quantum physicist.
It takes a lot of imagination to think of the tenth dimension. The first part of the video is 'more or less OK', the concept of time as the 4th dimension is already a very old idea (even H. G. Wells wrote about it in his Time Machine).
But things get somehow twisted in the second part, when we have to picture the infinity (and that means just everything, all the possible timelines of our Universe from the beginning to all its possible endings) as a single point in the 7th dimension, in which there are more possible points and connections among them, possible splits (8th dimension) and possible folds (9th dimension).
So, open your minds and enjoy!

1st part

2nd part

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