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Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Well obviously the egg did. There were many species before chickens that laid eggs.

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Moon Landing Anniversary

I’d like to acknowledge July 20th is probably the coolest day of human history. Specifically 1969. It was the first time a human being ever stepped onto a piece of land that was not Earth and we began our off world exploration of other places. Our journey is currently suspended, but I’d like to remind everyone on this day that it is not over. Our species must at some point scatter ourselves amongst the heavens for any chance at long-term survival. When we are all centrally located, we are to mimic the fate of the dinosaurs. In some regards, space travel is paramount to all other human concerns in that way.

While the American space program is indefinitely on hold, private citizens are stepping up to flip the bill for further research and the cool idea of space travel for all is slowly beginning to take hold. There is a tremendously long wait for this to become affordable for the average citizen, but luckily, all our indications do lead us down that path in a timely enough manner for it to become doable. Programs like SpaceX have already sent rockets into space without any government assistance whatsoever and currently have their sights on visiting Mars. Our grandchildren may be the ones to see this happen. We may even be fortunate to witness this if we live so long. Remember it has been speculated the first person ever to live to 150 years old has probably already been born.

There’s a lot going on to be excited about. It’s been a bit of a sad year to those strongly promoting we don’t give up our programs, but progress is not on hold. That is something I, myself, am extremely happy about. Mars may be our next big step in our goal of protecting ourselves from total annihilation in the face of one planet of trillions being destroyed. I hope we see it happen. In the meantime, take the day to remember it was only 42 years ago today that we began spreading ourselves to other worlds. I submit we’ll see it again without having to sit through Transformers 3.

-Ian
http://www.kidinacape.com

I have a love-hate relationship with traveling. I love the new locations, the thrill of moving along and what’s in store, and the time you aren’t expected to be doing chores or cleaning your room. Hate the close quarters, the attitudes everyone eventually develops from that much togetherness, rushing to make sure you don’t forget anything, and the panic because you DID forget something.
Right now I’m heading to California. The land of Hollywood, Los Angeles, and DisneyLand. On the way there, my family and I will be visiting Dinosaur, Colorado, and on the way back we’re spending a day at the Grand Canyon. A grand adventure, yeah? (See what I did there?)
More updates as we eventually leave Illinois.

~Alexa

Bread and Circuses

I am starting this blog to bring you into this discussion of talking about whatever it is that makes you happy. I’d like to take an intellectual approach to everything in our lives that is not intellectual.

There’s an old Roman saying that stated:

“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”

I understand the writer when saying this was saying this with disdain of the people observed. He was saying that these people have given up so much power. They had say over how they were to be ruled and instead all they care about is being fed and being entertained (bread and circuses). I want to look at it as a a truth of human nature.

Roman governments across the world started applying this model of providing in one way or another for their people only those two things. Food and entertainment. They observed this was somehow enough for quite a long period of time to keep the people happy so they wouldn’t revolt. It was a win/win for everyone. The people didn’t demand shelter or health care. For the most part they were content with only those two things. They were happy.

I understand food. It’s essential to not starve to death and we can not live without it. But entertainment? Is entertainment an essential part of being happy and living a full life? I submit it is in one form or another.

It’s with that thought that I start this discussion with you. I will have several bloggers featured on this blog discussing what makes them happy. They will be taking a thoughtful look at why these things make them happy, what they have in common with one another, and why they ultimately matter.

-Ian
http://www.kidinacape.com