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"The most common elements in the universe..."

Posted by Janet DuVall on November 25, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

"The most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity"  Harlan Ellison. 

Attending a writers workshop at a comicon in Novi, Michigan in 1996, I heard that quote from Harlan Ellison.

After laughing, that quote burned into my brain, I wanted to wage war on ignorance.

It terrified me because I knew that Harlan Ellison was right, the implications for us all are dire indeed.  I later learned that Harlan Ellison is recognized as one of the most, if not 'the most' prolific writers in American history.

On NASA channel I had the good fortune to heaar Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson tell a group of NASA scientists that the film, 'Idiocracy' should be required viewing for everyone in America, because he doesn't want to be the only one in this country losing sleep over the dumming down of our society.

Idiocracy should serve as a wakeup call to action against ignorance, I watched the movie, 'Idiocracy', found it disturbing, insanely funny, and haunting, and sad as I recognized too much truth.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and superb science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.

Never give up, never accept "No", follow your real passion, be willing to say goodbye to boredom, and defeat.

I have spent almost my entire life knocking down barriers, kicking down closed doors, yes I have had periods of healing after banging myself up on those barriers, I used the rubble to launch my next assault & eventually made it showing elitists that we can get it done too, we don't have to flash their brand of swag to get what we want & achieve our dreams...unless we want to  I am a seasoned warrior who knows that iron will, persistance, and taking advantage of every blink leads to success in any endeavor. 

If you committ to your goals with excellence, hard work, with effort & energy, nothing in the universe can stop you but you.

I refuse to exit this life seeing my own citizens, comrades, and people, in my own country be defeated by the demon of ignorance, fueled by lack of access to the technology & tools that can provide anyone, anywhere with best in class education like the Khan Academy, and online free tutorials on everything from elementary to the most advanced mathematics, programming, and development.

I wired my friend's home with a high speed routerI had left over when I upgraded so he has access to online video tutoring for his kids, and the quality of life improved for him & his wife with access Hulu & Youtube he never could afford due to his layoff.  Simple things like that restored his spirit, saved his self esteem, and his daughter advanced 2 grades thanks to daily access to the free Khan Academy & the other free education, & tutorial websites & video's she gained access to.

XDA Developers and Tablet ROMS websites are a laborof love & commitment by some amazing talented programmer-rebels, hackers, geeks, who share how to's and code with people like me, the rebels who always wished we could be like Star Trek's Scotty, but who lacked access to the inner sanctum of hard science, the best school's like Harvard (we are the un-connected) we just love technology for its own sake, and enjoy the rush we feel when we re-program our our own gear & beam ourselves up!

The Internet changed all that & blew all theold 'gate-keepers-rules and barriers away...finally we are free to learn Exactly what WE want, HOW & when WE our own pace, no more slogging along so slowly to some old fools prescribed pace & pattern that we can't stay awake.