a braver thing

the following is a short story that i read in a science fiction course that i took. i fell in love with this story, and i was finally able to find it online. if you actually take the time to read it, i hope you enjoy it.

charles sheffield – a braver thing (pdf)


is hell exothermic or endothermic?

so i found this a couple years ago, but i just rediscovered it today. now, i’m not sure exactly which college this is from (as the internet has about 1000 different, “this is a real essay question from…”), or if it’s even real, but heck, it’s hilarious and witty no matter what. now there are two different versions of this online (the endings are different), but i think this one is definitely the better one. so if you’ve seen this before, enjoy it again, and if you haven’t, well, i hope you find this as amusing as i do!

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same , the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.

The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct…leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a Divine Being, which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting, “Oh, My God.”

yad eht fo…

song. alphabeat. 10,000 nights of thunder.

something you should know about. improv everywhere.

youtube video. going off of the something you should know about, this one of my favorite improv everywhere pranks. there are so many awesome ones, though, so be sure to check them all out.

quote. “programming is like sex: one mistake and you’re providing support for a lifetime.” michael sinz.

object. ti-89 titanium. my best friend as an engineer.

picture. watercross. so legit.

website. monoprice.

recruit. george farmer. wr. 5 stars.

a windows 7 journey…the beginning

i just purchased a lenovo thinkpad edge. i’ve become quite the mac person, but it just came down to the fact that my mac just couldn’t fulfill all of my geeky needs.

so i’m going to take you on my journey of jumping back into the non-osx world…the software i install, suggestions, projects, things not to do, etc…so here we go. and not that anyone reads this, but if you ever have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know!

after booting up w7 professional x64 i did what every computer using human should do – start up internet explorer so that i could download chrome and firefox and never use ie again.

once the browser fiasco was handled, i started installing things up a storm…

in terms of display, i haven’t really done much. i did install rocketdock, however, i have not have much of a chance to play with it and really trick out my desktop, but when i do, i promise full details and pictures.

i did change my background to the class and sophisticated dark wood

for my virtualbox, i downloaded ubuntu and backtrack. i haven’t had the time to get those up running yet, but again, full details once that happens. in fact, i would love to do a whole series of posts on backtrack, but we shall see how successful i am first.

so for now, that’s it, but i promise to keep you updated with some, hopefully, fantastic documentation.

the end of an era

now, i hate to be admitting this as a junior in college, but i love the tv show hannah montana. absolutely love it. the series debuted on march 24, 2006. and i’ve been in love ever since. in fact, i bought the best of both worlds single on june 4, 2006. and now here i am, nearly 5 years later buying songs off of the hannah montana forever soundtrack and singing along.

unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and on sunday january 16th, the series aired its final episode. i put off watching it until yesterday because i figured as long as i didn’t watch it, it wouldn’t end. i was terrified as how it would end. i would have been utterly crushed had i not liked the ending. but thankfully, the ending was perfect. absolutely perfect. i will openly admit that i was an emotional mess at the end. i couldn’t believe it was over, yet at the same time, the ending was so wonderful that the emotions were just so high and bittersweet.

my favorite element of the show had been the friendship between miley and lilly and that was the whole focus of the final episode. not to mention the “wherever i go” miley and emily duet…something i have been waiting for for forever. no really. it was just such an amazingly perfect ending. i can’t stress that enough.

and now i’m done. feel free to judge, but i just had to get that out there.

…of the day take who cares

song. 1000 faces by randy montana.


news article. it may seem out of the blue, but this basically has a super creepy relation to my spring break last year. hearst castle zebras shot

tweet. @anaheimducks: ryan records his third career hat trick and sets a new career high with four points in a 7-4 ducks win over the blues.

book. moneyball by michael lewis.

youtube video.

…of the day take 3

song. in honor of my roommate. mine by tswift.

picture. filming glee. i’m the tuba.

youtube video. this gives me chills.

website you should check out. or more like the person you should check out. a usc grad. cameron ernst.