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by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Rocky Mountain Power (I still prefer to call them Utah Power & Light– it’s reminiscent of the good old days) shut off the power to our neighborhood today in order to do some maintenance on the powerlines running through the block. Upon arriving home from my morning/afternoon occupation at Innovations High School, I nearly just decided to not even try to work from home for Western Governors University since I would need electricity to run all of my heavy equipment (such as a lappy, a second monitor, and a power-over-ethernet adapter for the VoIP phone, not to mention the standard router and network switches).

Then it came to me.

I had already set up my network switches and router to run off of two UPSs (uninterruptible power supply– basically a giant battery with standard 115v outlets in it) if the power ever went out, and I just so happened to have a couple of enterprise-grade UPSs that I bought for a song from a downsizing business, which UPSs I plan to sell (Innovations High might buy them, actually, if the boot fits) and make around 800%-1000% profit. Though these UPSs have the odd three-prong 125-volt plug that is not compatible with any of my standard outlets at home, there was still enough juice left over from when I uninstalled them from the business’ server rack to run a few things for a while; in fact, I forgot to turn off the UPSs after I unplugged them and then left for an hour or so, and they were running two or three servers for all of that time. These are hefty UPSs!

The videos tell the rest of the story:

When I found that the internet wouldn’t work, I decided to kick back:

The Spectrum of Atheists and Religious People

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Atheists and religious people are more similar than you may think. It’s the imbalanced ones of either party that give both a bad name, and usually that bad name is only known between the two parties, which is a little interesting.

I was pondering within myself (as I often do), and this infographic just splattered across my mind, so I decided to create it for the mental illumination of the masses. I shan’t explain much as the graphic says it all; the only thing that I will comment on so as to save the breath of thousands of angry internet people (otherwise known as “trolls” or people who fit into either radical side of this infographic) who will surely tell me how awful I am for categorizing people so strictly is just this: I don’t pretend that every person strictly fits into nice and neat categories such as the four (or two, technically) presented in this graphic. This graph represents a spectrum, meaning that people can (and do) fall at various points between pure moderation and pure radicalism (AKA pure insanity), and nobody fits perfectly into broad categories. People will likely hover around on different points on that spectrum, too, depending on where they are at in their development or even depending on how their digestion is doing, though most of the time most people will stay within the general vicinity of the moderation or radicalism they have settled at for the past several years.

All in all, the opposition between religious and non-religious people is really quite silly; the disharmony that comes has less to do about a person’s beliefs and more to do about a person’s insanity. Yes, beliefs are going to clash– that’s all right. It’s the hate and the attacking that are really when things get out of hand. I think a part of the insanity is due to a form of self-worship rather than the worship of a god or the lack of worship.

I’d like to say that I’m smack-dab in the middle of this graphic, but I’m afraid that I must admit to being a little to the right side, and sometimes a little more to the right side especially when people on the farther left side are acting at me the way they normally do, and then I feel inclined to go and beat them over the head with my words. Sometimes I just am really hungry, and I honestly become a distasteful person.

Oh, and these extremes being on the left side and the right side are purely coincidental; there is no subtle political statement I’m trying to pass here.

Also, the word “Christian” can be replaced with the name of almost any religion except those handful whose doctrine is to be radical (or insane).

I’d like to give one example of pure radicalism (AKA insanity) on the religious side: Javert from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Insane. Obsessed. Snooty. Hypocritical.

To see the image at its full resolution, please click on it.

A Graph Showing the Spectrum of Atheists and Religious People2

You Are Reading an Environmentally Friendly Website

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

By choosing to read my blog instead of scouring the interwebs for more nothingness, you are showing Mother Earth that you care. How? Let me explain.

95% of the most popular websites today (Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Amazon, eBay, and more) have a light-colored background– usually white. HTML coders claim that this is for reading that is easier on the eyes. However, a recent poll* has shown that the majority of people polled preferred darker-based websites with lighter fonts rather than lighter-based websites with darker fonts. One poll participant commented that “this has the same effect on the soul as walking into the wilderness and soaking up the stars. Reading websites with white or light-colored backgrounds just extends the workday, and thus is extends stress, sadness, and suicide.”

Science has proven that viewing darker images on one’s screens– whether television or computer monitor (they’re morphing into the same thing these days)– actually saves electricity. Look at the following mathematically mustered and scientifically sourced figures; they prove that nerdology.org’s black background and dark theme are phenomenal energy conservationists:

  • The average CRT monitor will save over 17 watts by browsing nerdology.org instead of Facebook or Google.
  • The average LCD monitor will save 3.8 watts.
  • The average LED monitor will save 2.5 watts.
  • The average OLED screen will surprisingly also save 2.5 watts† compared to viewing white-based websites. This is due to the fact that OLEDs can literally shut off pixels when needing to display true black whereas all other monitors basically just display a very dark shade of gray. Since most OLED screens are found in tablets and smartphones today, only the very rich who can afford the expensive OLED monitors and televisions will be able to experience such marvelous power savings, but one day we all will be sporting them.

Just imagine. The average person will save about three watts by reading the high-quality content here at nerdology.org instead of all of the fluff that is elsewhere on the interwebs. Over the course of a year, the energy savings and cost savings for you and for your family will be substantial. Multiply that by the hundreds of millions of monitors being used every day throughout the world, and we could change the course of global warming.

So here is the promise. I will deliver more riveting, entertaining, thought-provoking, and head-scratching content while my readers become more and more loyal. Choose me for your internet content provider, and all of your wildest dreams will come true.

Together we can save the unicorns!

*Poll conducted by myself. Poll margin of error is 0%. Number of people polled was 1 (one).
†Due to the lack of data readily available on OLED screens, the wattage estimation was much more of an estimation than the other calculated estimations.

Virtual Choir 4 Featuring Yours Truly

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

If you haven’t heard of composer, conductor, and man of pure awesome, Eric Whitacre, then it’s high time you did. Not only do his pieces have the power to capture your soul and then let it fly free on silver wings to vistas you have never before dreamed about, but he has a knack for utilizing technology to do things with music than no one before has accomplished. I shan’t go through the history of the Virtual Choir as you can read all about it on the history tab of the Virtual Choir section of his website, but suffice it to say that I joined Virtual Choir v1.0 some years ago to sing Lux Aurumque with several hundred other people with Eric Whitacre as conductor… none of whom I had ever met, nor did I meet any of them while we practiced or performed! I had a few days to record and submit my entry for Virtual Choir v2.0, Sleep, before I left for the MTC for my two-year adventure, but I simply didn’t have time to do it what with all of the preparation for said adventure. VC3, Water Night, which piece I had the privilege of singing in high school, which introduced me to the genius world of Whitacre, premiered while I was on my two-year adventure in Arizona.  Thankfully he didn’t organize another Virtual Choir until just recently, and I excitedly downloaded the music, practiced, recorded myself, uploaded, and waited with great anticipation until its release (it will be or has been presented to the Queen of England at her coronation celebration concert, celebrating her coronation in 1953).

And no– I haven’t found myself in the video. Yet. There are over 8,000 videos on all of those buildings, you know, with over 5,000 individual people singing them from 101 countries. Phenomenal. More phenomenal than the AMD Phenom.

I have to say that I’m not sure how I feel about that anime girl wearing weird anime clothes throughout the production, but everything else is perfect. Incredible.