Issue 68: Thanks for the USA

Each November, much of the USA gets geared up for a variety of holiday events. Turkeys meet their rightful end, kitchens are occupied with intermittant squabbles about the right way to cook, schedules are rearranged around football and Black Friday, and the transition to Christmas carols and poor holiday movies seems to come earlier and earlier. It is really easy to become jaded and turned-off by the whole spectacle. But we at Blog Wyrm would like to remind our readers that the thing we should be most thankful for is the very system of the United States that allows us to be crazy fools, from time-to-time. The same holds true in our political and economic circles. All of these can be summarized in one word: freedom. Let us all be thankful for the freedom that living in the oldest and greatest experiment in democracy.

We can also be thankful for the really cool columns coming out this month.

Unfortunately Jack wasn’t able to successfully complete her Halloween Challenge on Green Screen. However, she’s keeping up with her current streak of out-of-the-box material. Not only is it the first full-length feature on a television series, it also happens to be about an anime. Don’t let that scare you away, though; this show is chock full of details virtually any audience can enjoy.

This month’s Aristotle To Digital examines the application of regression within logic throughout the ages. While many things in life change, the use of this logical tool has remained essentially the same over 2500 years yielding a variety of really amazing results ranging from ontological justifications of Man’s purpose, to the existance of God, to the foundations of mathematical set theory. This is one tool in the human toolbox that looks like it will never become obsolete.

Under The Hood continues its analysis of waves and the wave equation with particular focus on the Lorentz transformation and how the speed of the wave become invariant to all observers. This famous and important result is the cornerstone of relativity theory.

About Comics finishes the two-part series on the Watchmen mini-series. Despite its highly-lauded position within the literature of the twentieth century and its beautifully-constructed facade, Watchmen is, at its core, a vapid and simplistic exploration of nihilistic philosophy.

Do you think that a pencil is simple? Do you think that it is easy to manufacture? Read this month’s Common Cents as it argues that the division of labor and the Invisible Hand guide society in into making it look easy when it is anything but.