A little bit of optimism for the weekend


I want this blog to be much more optimistic.

I cannot keep blogging if I repost bad news every single day.

I have added a new category for “optimism.” All my “current events” posts seem to be news about violence. The “optimism” category is meant to inspire light-hearted feelings of hope.

First, let’s set the mood with a little music, accompanied by a video of 3-D printed metamaterials that are all one piece, but work as if they had multiple moving parts.

So here are a few small reasons for optimism:

1.

Michael Snyder is running for office.

https://secure.anedot.com/michaelsnyderforcongress/donate

Michael Snyder is not a huge hero. He is an ordinary guy who blogs about crimethink topics. He is running for office. That is grounds for optimism.

2.

Elon Musk isn’t sitting on his butt, he’s going out and making mistakes.

https://futurism.com/the-boring-company-isnt-just-digging-tunnels-theyre-building-a-hyperloop/

I suspect that a lot of Elon Musk’s ideas will turn out to be misguided. People say that he is being propped up by huge investments. I don’t know. I’m just glad he isn’t sitting idly by and watching the world decay. The world is desperate for leaders.

3.

Many software engineers are thinking different, and some of them might be insanely great.

For example:

View story at Medium.com

These guys might fail. They might be misguided. But they are not sitting around playing World of Warcraft.

4.

Metamaterials are finally showing some of the results that were promised 30 years ago.

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-super-light-graphene-ceramic-metamaterial-high.html

Materials science has been making big promises for a long time. Some of them are paying off, finally.

5.

China has quantum teleportation of information:

China sends unhackable message nearly 750 miles using quantum satellite

This warms my heart because for years, unpleasant sociopaths used to scream at me that quantum entanglement couldn’t possibly pass information because it would contradict Einstein. I am glad to see someone proving those people wrong. If this means that information is moving faster than light, or that information is nonlocal, then we will have to rethink our devotion to Saint Einstein, who is still worshiped by superstitious Spurdoburgers.

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