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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MMA: Deadly stakes

Take that, you winner you!   (Photo by MatthiasKabel)
The old expression, "I'm gonna knock some sense into you,” doesn’t always ring true.  It’s quite likely that the senses will instead be knocked right out of such victims.

A 26-year-old mixed martial arts fighter died recently from a “technical knockout.”  That’s a polite way of saying he was beaten to death. Although authorities are allegedly looking into this, Rondel Clark will still be dead when their investigation ends.

MMA is a throwback to the bad old days of gladiator-type sports.  Its roots are in ancient Greek pankration (translation: pretty much anything goes).  Arrhichon of Phiglia, a top Olympic pankratiast of his day, was killed in 564 BC while defending two previous titles.  His opponent suffocated Arrhichon by squeezing his neck.

Never fear, Arrhichon won anyway.  Clark, too, may have gained a legacy. Nevertheless, posthumous awards are highly overrated.


Copyright August 16, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Angry? Sleep on it

Time for a nap!    (Etchings by Bernard Picart)
Although anger can make for a rock-hard pillow, duking it out until 3 a.m. can be even worse.

In order to “argue efficiently,” you need your rest.  Sleep replenishes the energy that anger has burned.  After a good night’s snooze, you are refueled by ATP (adenosine triphosphate), rather than by rage.

But didn’t mother always warn against going to bed angry?  This may come as a shock, but mother was wrong.  Feeling slighted?  Sleep on it before blaming your short fuse on her.


Copyright August 15, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   /All Rights Reserved

Monday, August 14, 2017

Got bot? Then beware

Now you behave!    (Photo by Nohau) 
If you’re wondering just how smart your Roomba can be, then you’re on the right track.  Chances are, it’s already mapped your entire house.  Elon Musk has long warned against the onslaught of artificial intelligence.

Looks as though Facebook is getting Musk’s message.  It recently “shut down a pair of its artificial intelligent robots after they invented their own creepy language.”  These two bots actually “developed their own language for negotiating.”

Trouble is, what if they’re negotiating human extinction?  If we can’t crack their code (and no human, to date, speaks AI fluently), then they might irreparably crack ours.


Copyright August 14, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved