This simple, nonlinear equation describes quantum mechanics in terms of the probability wavefunction, psi. Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense, it’s all Greek to me as well. Or at least the bit about the wavefunction. h, m, V, i, and t are Latin letters. I think.
Earlier this week, this blog exposed the current top 3 lies in the United States. Much has happened since then, it’s as if we need a faster form of the Internet to keep up. However, fear not, faithful reader (yes, both of you!). I, your ever ready and trusty blogger, will keep you current — even if the stories move faster than the speed of light. So here is an update on that post.
Gov Mitt Romney continues to be the Schrödinger’s Cat presidential candidate you first read about here. (When you hear this phrase on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, you’ll know where it originated from. That’s assuming you can hear it on either of those two shows since Viacom recently shut down full episode Internet streaming of them.) Gov Romney now is on record as both running and not running Bain Capital between the period 1999 to 2002.
If only George Orwell had been more aware of quantum mechanics, I’m sure he would have used something like it in his book, 1984. Actually, he did:
“How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”
“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”
Moreover, instead of collapsing into one of the quantum states he has available (running or not running — that is the question!), Gov Romney is now using the “liar, liar, pants on fire” defense… once again turning the GOP into the Party of Pee Wee Herman. (And yes! You heard that here first as well!)
As for the largest tech corporation in the world? Well, this week Apple had a quantum mechanical date also. Or didn’t.
You can never be certain with quantum mechanics.
After pulling out of the green electronics (EPEAT) standards earlier in the week, Apple claimed it was doing better than those standards. One would think, however, that if they were doing better, then they would automatically satisfy the EPEAT standards. (Another quantum mechanical logic conundrum.)
Well… today, Apple is back on the EPEAT standards. Wonder why? Perhaps it’s because San Francisco actually followed their own buying guidelines and were not willing to purchase Apple products. Perhaps Apple finally found the limit of where their
enthusiasts fanbois would draw the line. Whatever the reason, Apple reversed itself. You have to marvel at this throw-the-spaghetti-on-the-wall approach to corporate policy. Even without Retina Display, Apple could see what was sticking to the wall: nothing.
Sure would be nice if there were a bit of logic and consistency from both Gov Romney and Apple, wouldn’t it? Rather than deal with all this quantum mechanical uncertainty?
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