Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Puzzling matters

Did you know that five different people have patents to the "Puzzle with Pieces Rotatable in Groups"? Hmmm. It seems that everything can stand for a little improvement.

Did you also know that there are 43,252,003,274, 489,856,000 different ways to position the sides (without taking it apart)? To put this into perspective, if every permutation of a 57 millimeter Rubik's Cube were lined up end to end, it would stretch out approximately 261 light years.

Despite the vast number of positions, all Cubes can be solved in twenty-five or fewer moves! It is said to be the world's best-selling toy, with over 300,000,000 Rubik's Cubes being sold worldwide to date.

Let's see... I paid about $10 for mine. Um, let's say that we average the price, since it was first sold in 1980 by Ideal Toy company, to, say $7, this would equal gross sales of $2,100,000,000. This is over 2 Trillion Dollars!

And I can solve it in 2 minutes. Yes, I'm a genius. And a superhero. I wish I was an inventor too.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

What makes us Human

What makes us human? Its not walking on two legs. Birds can do it. Its not being able to figure out complex tasks. Dolphins and monkeys can do that.

What makes us humans is the ability to have our hearts broken. To know a numbing pain that eats away all the joy we used to feel. To have memories and experiences trigger a gut-wrenching pain that we project will last well into the future.

What also makes us human is the ability to take these same experiences and let them mold us. They shape the way we stand; shoulders square with purpose, or bent over and beaten. They affect how we see the world; a lonely desolate island, or a delightful and exciting wonderland. And they also provide us with the opportunity to change; ourselves, our surroundings, our choices and our future.

"The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind." Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday, October 6, 2008

Been there, done that

It's true. You may "marvel" all you want. I'm a super-hero. Yesterday alone I scooped up my entire neighborhood's collection of dog poo as it handily lay all within the confines of my back yard.

Today I defied all obstacles on the road as I skillfully drove all the way to work within the speed limit. As other maniacal drivers tried to thwart my law obedience by whizzing, cutting, and tail-gaiting, I maintained my calm collective to arrive safely and legally.

Tomorrow I might even attempt to throw caution to the wind and conduct only one transaction at the drive-through bank teller.

You can't stop me.