Monthly Archives: February 2007

Here on this lump of rock…

Do you ever find yourself sitting around attempting to contemplate the entire universe all at once? Or is that just me?

We sit here on this lump of rock. The immensity of it alone boggles my mind. Earth is HUGE, compared to me. But I haven’t traveled more than a couple hundred miles from home. I suppose if you travel around a lot it doesn’t seem as huge. But it’s still pretty big.

Yet this lump of rock is so small, pointless, and vulnerable on the grand scheme of things. We can look up at the moon, and it doesn’t look so far away. But it’s kind of hard to judge distances with something like that. If you were to actually move out away from the Earth and Moon a few hundred thousand miles or so, you would see them something like this:
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Compared to their sizes, they are pretty far apart. Otherwise the moon would look much more gigantic in our sky (like it used to, billions of years ago). And yet, if you back even further, Earth and moon merge into a single point of light. The distance between the Earth-Moon system and other planets is HUGE! I can hardly even imagine it. Yet we’ve sent little (and big) spacecraft out there, cruising around between planets. That makes me feel really good.

Any time we send something (except ICBMs) into orbit or, especially, beyond, I get really excited. Humans are explorers. It’s just our nature. If we weren’t, we’d all still be stuck in one tribe in Africa (or probably be extinct). I hope we continue to invest in our explorations, and spread ourselves across the solar system and the galaxy.

Because, you know, Earth ain’t gonna be inhabitable forever (especially if we keep trying our best to destroy it). And it isn’t going to be here forever, either. I think we, as an intelligent species, deserve to continue to exist until there is no more energy left in the universe. In order to do that, we gotta get off this lump of rock.

It’s not easy, getting off lumps of rock, but we can do it, and we will do it. It is essential for the survival of our species.

Some people might say, “Well, the Earth is going to be fine for another couple hundred years at least… why should we worry about it now?” Well, you have to start at some point. If you wait a couple hundred years before going into space, then you’ve got a lot of technology to develop really fast in order to get people off this rock. But if you start early (now), you can take the time to develop the technology, and get it right, and improve it, as we slowly spread ourselves outward. Believe me, our great great grandkids will thank us for that, even if they hate us for destroying the planet.

So yeah, that’s my little rant for today. Hopefully we will get off this lump of rock and go to other lumps of rock and beyond, or something.

What’s up?

Howdy! I haven’t posted on my blog in a long time… so I thought I’d just provide an update on goings-on.

First of all, the blog has moved! I set up a domain and got some great web hosting from DreamHost. Then I set up a blog for both Trish and I, with WordPress. It is highly customizable and very un-featureless, so I like it a lot.

The last time I posted was just before Christmas… so, I’ll mention that Christmas went well. It was quite busy, but it was good to see everyone… and eat a lot. New Years was pretty good too, except I ended up getting a cold very suddenly at 7pm on December 31st, which lasted most of the week.

Work has been extremely busy lately. We’re still trying to release a product that was supposed to release in October. It’s supposed to be out next week, though, and I think we’ll probably make it this time. I’ll be glad when I can sorta relax again.

Of course Trish and I are still as together as ever. I seriously could not have asked for a better person to spend my life with. I cherish our togetherness. I give her all I’ve got to give, because she certainly deserves it.

Next week is going to be very busy. Wednesday is Valentine’s Day, Friday is my 24th birthday, and Saturday is our fourth monthiversary. Trish got me something for my birthday, but I have no idea what it is. She says I will love it. I got something for her for Valentine’s Day, too… we’ll just have to wait and see what that is…

Alright, that’s enough for now. I’ll post more later or some other day or some other month, or something.

Quotes

I like to quote funny or insightful things that people say around me, and collect them here. I hope you enjoy it!

Seth: I think it’s always a good idea to learn as much as you can about whatever tools you happen to have. Then when somebody’s says, “Nice laptop,” or whatever, you can show them the little button on the bottom that releases the battery, and the tiny door with the memory behind it, and eventually they go to sleep. That way they won’t notice when you take their stuff.

Seth: The thing about mountain biking is, when you’re on the street, it feels like you’re riding a bus… it takes forever to get anywhere, and you sweat a lot.

Me: I think this morning seems more recent than this morning was… which is a very roundabout way of me saying that it’s later than I thought it was.

Phoenix (age 2): I see that noise!

Me: … I realize they are in reverse-alphabetical order. Would that be lacitebahpla order?

Seth: Typical hijacker. No respect for the laws of physics.

Seth: You have lots of voices.
Me: I hear them in my head.

A Guy at Work (considering something that might be illegal): It’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

Seth: I feel like my grandma.

Me: 1/2 mile vs. 3/2 miles.
Seth: I hope my bike supports improper fractions…
(shortly after…)
Seth: I think I’ll go buy a bike chain. The current one has elongated such that the links are (193 / 16) / 12 inches long.

Dave: The only conclusions you can draw are that any of your conclusions may be the right conclusion, the wrong conclusion, or not even a conclusion.

Jay: I’ve been wrong twice.
(Several months later…)
Me: But you said you’ve only been wrong twice.
Jay: Oh, I’ve been wrong since I said that.

Me: I’m trying to confuse my body.

Michael C.: I’m terminally helpless, and thinking about that cheers me up a bit.

Trish: It’s like frozen snow!

Me: I’m very close to my brain.

Pete: You say that only because you’re so used to being in your own brain.

Mark: Judge yourself not by what you do not have, cannot do or have not done. Judge yourself instead by the quality of the decisions you choose to make every moment of every day. In so doing realize that you have the power to be the person you want to be.

Trish, noticing cars on the road: They must be going somewhere.

Trish: I’m a button!

Me: I am severely salinated.

Trish: Good thing I’m not sick in a non-ill way.

Jason: Sorry, I used to be a school teacher; I keep talking until a bell rings.

Jason: I like to apologize a lot, because I’m British and that’s what we do. The biggest apology I’d like to make is for leaving your country when you tried to kick us out. If we’d stayed maybe you wouldn’t have done this to yourselves.

About

Well, hello there! My name is Tyrel Haveman. I am a Software Engineer at Attachmate Corp. in Bellingham, Washington. I recently (June 2006) graduated from Western Washington University, where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

I am interested primarily in software development, science, and my fiancĂ©e. I spend the majority of my free time with the latter, however, and that’s just fine by me.

My blog is about pretty much whatever I can think to write about, which usually isn’t much. But usually the entries won’t be extremely boring (“I woke up and had breakfast. Then I went to work. I ate lunch five minutes late, but it was good.”). I try to keep them interesting to at least one person other than me. meh.