Age of Ignorance

I feel like this quote does a good job of capturing my feelings behind why I have no kill switch on awesome:

From www.nybooks.com:

Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources. Sure, they are, but do we still want them? It doesn’t look to me as if we do. The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit.

I’m just one person though. And my sphere of influence is only so big and so powerful. This makes me feel very sad about what our country has become. Is it too late for us to make things better? How do we make intelligence desirable?

An Atkins Wedding!

During all my travels last year, I did get to do many fun things, such as attending the awesome wedding of Lance and Nicole! I’ve known Lance for several years and he’s one of the most interesting and funny guys I know. He’s also done some amazingly cool things like going on a mission trip to Africa for two months to help fly airplanes, start his own business making computer cases, and marrying Nicole. Nicole is really awesome too, and very sweet. And together, they through a pretty awesome party, as evidenced below:

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As always, there are more pictures over on Flickr: An Atkins Wedding!

Tornadic Supercell Thunderstorms

I spent some significant amount of time (significant for me at least) in Oklahoma last May. I also survived some major weather phenomenon again:

From www.srh.noaa.gov:

Several tornadic supercell thunderstorms developed over parts of western and and [sic] much of central Oklahoma on May 24, 2011, with extensive damage occurring over many areas of central Oklahoma.

Highlights included:

From www.srh.noaa.gov:

  • Twelve tornadoes were confirmed.
  • One tornado has been rated EF-5. Two tornadoes were rated EF-4. Two tornadoes were rated EF-3, two EF-2, two EF-1, and three EF-0.
  • In addition to the damaging tornadoes, hail sizes reached at least 3″ in diameter.

I made the best of it by tweeting, taking pictures, and foraging for food after it was all clear.

From twitter.com:

It’s a mixture of tornado sirens, thunder, and lightening. Insane.

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