First Annual KCBvsT

Welcome to the first annual Kansas City Bloggers vs Twitters competition.

We had initially thought Laser Tag would be the best event to keep the geeks from having to take oxygen, but after The D stepped in and scared the twitters with his military background and my fear that he will go into “combat mode” and just Chuck Norris us all in the battle field, we have switched this year’s event to be Whirly Ball.

Honestly I looked into the local Laser tag centers and it seems that they are all way too run down. I even thought about the offer from @wrytir to have it be dodgeball, but I don’t think 140 characters would be enough for the twitters to cry about balls flying at high speed to their faces.

The Place is going to be Power Play in Shawnee Mission
The Date is TBD
The Time is TBD. < - No excuses, be on time because we only have the court for an hour!

All the participants need to contact me via e-mail at logtar(at)gmail-dot-com for some more detail$

I have placed the wafflers (Shane and the D) mainly because of Shane's re-branding, that just makes him an automatic twitter.

There is still time to sign up! so join your team and let the smack talk begin!

The teams for
#KCBvsT stand as follows

Bloggers Twitters
Logtar @wrytir
Sponge @duckman1221
Betizuka @JohninKC
A Librarian @JeffIsAGeek
Faith @arogersphotos
Average Jane @kcklo63
Chimpotle @hoopstar311
Meesha @Vivid13
T-Rave @whitneymathews
The D @ShaneAdams

Barça WINS

Barca

With two spectacular goals, Barcelona showed the world that it is the top club! Even though I did not watch it live, it was still very exciting to see.

When it comes to soccer, those that miss scoring opportunities seem doomed to watch the other team do it… and well Ronaldo missed plenty. Excellent match, might have to watch it a couple of more times!

Felicidades Barça!
Barça WINS

Noodle Tacos with a hint of Curry

One of the positive side effects of the economic crisis is that it lets people take a look around them. More and more people are paying attention to what is going on in the world. All of a sudden what the economies elsewhere are doing is not irrelevant to the common person anymore. No not when foreign companies are the ones buying the remains of our auto industry.

While many common people have been crying foul at globalization, it took the economic down turn for the US to finally stop giving tax breaks to companies that took jobs overseas. Yeap, I said it before, if a job can be performed here in the US, it should stay here. I am an American, and while I was born in Colombia you do not need to tell me to go back to my country. I am quite comfortable watching the world change from here.

The world is far from flat, and globalization is harder to understand than what one book or even research on the subject can really explain. I have a very different perspective on the subject because even though I am not a natural born citizen, I did finish my education and started my career here in the U.S.

So what does this have to do with noodle tacos with a hint of curry?

Recently I had a couple of conversations with older white middle upper class north Americans. They are and have been the ruling demographic here in the U.S. However, they are frightened at the thought that they are slowly becoming the minority.

Being a minority is scary, it is something that is not easy to deal with. Many middle upper class Americans had never even considered that they were a minority in a lot of ways. People in the US seem to not care about the global stage, I don’t get why but I constantly hear “who gives a $#!7 what the world thinks of us?”. Just look at the raw population number and over 50% of the humans alive right now are actually Asian. Whites make up less than 10% of the world population.

Ask any middle class Indian how they feel about globalization and natural resources and they will explain that the Americans and Europeans were early to the global buffet line, but they want in on it too… and there are a lot more of them. China has more English speakers than the U.S. and Latin America’s economies are truly emerging. Just recently I learned that oil exploration down south is being done in a large percentage by China.

Many Asian countries are looking elsewhere in the world, specially Africa, for farmland. I will leave this for another post to flesh out (because it angers me that now the world wants to invest in irrigation and farming technology in Africa, but it is not to feed the hungry but to secure future resources for themselves… I digress).

So here come the “o-shit” factor. In the push for low wages and outsourcing US companies strengthened the economies of both China and India. The Latino population in the U.S. is growing and we are now the largest minority already making whites minorities in areas you would never think of opening a burrito shop.

This makes me happy in many levels. Mainly because it really angers bigoted people that wear the xenophobia under their crisply dry cleaned shirts. Realistic individuals will see that with globalization comes multiculturalism and lots of changes, and while I don’t go as far as believing in a one world government (as my buddy XO talks about) mainly because I believe that humanity is not capable (like my other buddy Emawk eloquently wrote), the world is now becoming a huge melting pot. I am just sitting back and waiting for a tasty meal.

Bloggers vs Twitters

The Challenge!

I think Bloggers RULE! and Twitters are just a FAD! Well, maybe not really but I had to come up with some cool fighting words!

The idea is that we should have a friendly competition between the two groups here in KC, and since I don’t think many people would sign up for a paintball all out WAR, I am calling for a simple LASER TAG match. Time, Date and Place to be determined.

The rules would be simple, if you have both twitter and a blog you can pick sides. I of course will be on the blogger side and I am openly challenging @JeffIsAGeek to command the twitter people!

So what do people win?

If the bloggers win the match, the twitters would have to tweet about each one of our post for a month as well as comments.

If the twitters win, we would have to write a blog post dedicated to a twitter, be their company, an interview, a post that they get to chose the topic of.

The matchups would be randomly selected out of a had from the people that compete.

Sign up here. I believe most laser tag places do 12 on 12, but once I have the list of participants I will call around and set it all up. So pledge your affiliation here and lets see who rules the KC Social Media WEB!

*Update* – Use the Hash #KCBvsT
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More details on this event will be discussed at this Month’s Blogger/Twitter Meetup!

Welcome To Your Brain

One of the traits that I admire in people the most is their capability for research or respect for it. Betizuka is reading Angels and Demons and besides cracking up at the joke by Barry “Here’s a spoiler: The Angels did it. And the Demons.” it reminds me a lot about how sometimes science and aspects of our life clash. I don’t think it is just religion that is at odds with science, I think many facets of our life really contradict what science knows or has already proven.

One of the most surprising things I heard during a medical interpreting seminar I attended was how young internal medical science really is. Until not too long ago, a hospital was somewhere you went to die. We all like to think of computers being the field that has changed the most thanks to the microchip, but science as a whole has moved forward quite a bit. So we “know” a lot more than what we did 100 years ago, well some people do.

I recently started reading a book called “Welcome To Your Brain.” I have been amazed at the wealth of information that has been presented in such a simple format. It also has killed many myths that I myself use to believe. The format reminds me of the dummy books, but it is actually a lot more in depth about what is talking about than those. It has also been nice to read that some of the things I thought about were correct, well at least correct from a neurosurgeon’s point of view.

The first myth that was blown out of the water was the “We only use a small % of our brain.” I used to think that there was some unlocked potential there, and while it does seem that some people do turn off logic sometimes, most people use 100% of their brains. You can read about six other myths here and the book goes into great detail about how the myths came about, and what the science behind it is.

The book has a blog, and a lot of the topics in the book have been discussed. Some of the coolest things I have learned (or reaffirmed) after reading the book are the following.

Drinking does not kill brain cells.
Will power improves as we accomplish things, even small ones.
We react before we think. (I learned this from Blink)
Homosexuality has a very strong neurological component to it.
We retrieve memories, erase them and then record them again.
You cannot tickle yourself.
Woman have a disadvantage when it comes to math.
Video games improve brain function.
Love is a drug.

I recommend you read this book. Even if you just go to specific chapters, it is really a good resource for information.

Related Links
Will Power
50 Myths and Truths (in Spanish)
10 Amazing Facts about your brain.

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