2020 Day 20: Twenty predictions for 2020

20. The U.S. Congress will continue to vote primarily along party lines (Duh). This will increase the chance of a third-party movement gaining momentum.

19. The Wuhan coronavirus will spread in a similar way as other SARS-like coronaviruses. All cities with direct flights to Wuhan will be infected.

18. I will run 5 miles at a 9-min mile pace, 4 miles at an 8.5-min mile pace, 3 miles at an 8-min mile pace, 2 miles at a 7.5-min mile pace, and 1 mile in 6.5 min.

17. I will update this blog from at least two other countries.

16. Apple will have an exciting “one more thing”.

15. AMD will continue to take away server market share from Intel.

14. A 3rd-party candidate will shake up the U.S. presidential election.

13. Alan Greenspan’s coined phrase irrational exuberance will become a trending hash tag.

12. Religions across the world will reclaim their role as protectors of the long-term survival of humanity by joining together with a common voice against climate change.

11. Gasoline prices, Gold, and Bitcoin will spike higher with Gold hitting $2000/oz and Bitcoin topping $20,000.

10. April will be a tough month for the stock market, which will end 2020 roughly even after a rollercoaster of a year.

9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will remain a Supreme Court justice longer than Trump will remain President.

8. Combined global land and ocean surface temperature for August 2020 will be almost a full degree Celsius above the 20th century average of 15.6°C (60.1°F).

7. Over half of U.S. states will legalize marijuana for at least medicinal purposes, and over half of those will also legalize marijuana for recreational use. Vaping will continue to be increasingly banned.

6. CERN’s plans to build a 100 kilometer particle accelerator will move forward while China’s plans to build a similarly sized particle accelerator will remain uncertain.

5. Tom Steyer will continue to gain unexpected support for President at the expense of Biden.

4. Bernie will gain the Democratic nomination in a brokered convention and will select a woman as his running mate.

3. Despite all of the saber rattling, 2020 will be a peaceful year.

2. Trump will not be removed from office.

1. The Battlestar Galactica Series coming in 2020 on NBC will have a unique storyline that will be well received by most Battlestar Galactica fans.

2020 Day 13: Superstition

I’m superstitious and will definitely notice the number 13. I will often take greater care when it’s Friday the 13th, but I have taken advantage of cheap tickets to fly on a Friday the 13th. I use to judge people for being superstitious. Now I just wonder to myself if the people who live or work on the 14th floor of a building feel better or worse knowing that there is no 13th floor. A 2007 Gallop Poll reported that 13% of people living in the U.S. would be “bothered if given a room on the 13th floor” of a hotel.

2020 Day 10: 3 miles in 27:20

Over the holidays my cousin was in town with her husband, who happens to be a runner. With the new year approaching, I took up his challenge to run 3 miles with him. Having not run much over 2018, and having only run up to 2.5 miles when I did, I knew it would be a challenge. We ran the first mile in 7:45, the second mile in 8:15, and then I dropped back on the third mile to run all three in around 27:20. Today I decided to run the 3 miles again. I ran the first mile in 8:00, the second mile in 8:00, and then I found myself tired and finished all three in 27:20 again. In 2020, I’ve now run 3 miles more often than in the prior 20 years combined. My fastest time in running 3 miles is 19 minutes and 80 seconds. I like to remember it that way because it sounds faster 🙂 and because it helps me remember the year I ran it. I realized recently that my fastest time of 19:80 is actually 20:20. I wonder if the fact I have remembered this time has significance for me in 2020. Why else would I have remembered it? In addition to writing more in 2020, I want to run more in 2020. So far, I have run 3 times – each time 3 miles. I know there are universes where I run 3 miles at an 8-minute mile pace. I visited one earlier in the week. I plan to surround myself with universes where I run 3 miles at an 8-minute mile pace.

In other news, it’s 15:40 and I have my MacBook Pro back with a new battery at 100%. Six hours later, the battery is at 67% without much usage – in fact the notebook was closed much of that time. More analysis of the battery to come later.


Page 31 – Is Anything Possible?

I was asked yesterday if anything is possible. To answer this question, I considered two possible interpretations:

  1. Is anything possible in the set of classical futures which are connected to the classical now?
  2. Is anything possible in the set of quantum futures which are connected to the quantum now?

The normal interpretation would be #1 – where someone wants to know if a particular event can be classically experienced. Unfortunately, anything is not possible by this interpretation.

However, the good news is anything is not explicitly forbidden by the fundamental laws of the universe IS possible in your set of quantum futures. As you develop your quantum sense, you will find that even though you can’t classically experience some futures, you can feel as if you did.

2015-0817M 1930 @ Paradise Restaurant, Capitola