Sunday, October 22, 2017

Podcast Episode 4: I Gave My Kid a Funny Haircut on Purpose

Welcome to the Y Karp? Why Not! Podcast. This is episode 4: I gave my kid a funny haircut on purpose

I’m your host, Yossi Karp and let’s talk about technology, writing, gadgets, gizmos, and the stuff of life that makes it interesting!

I’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsor, mazesplace.com. Mind-bending mazes for download now at mazesplace.com. More on them later.

When I was growing up, my grandfather used to cut my hair. I had no concept of fashion or style, of course, but I’m sure he did a good job of it. At least for a while when I was a kid, my grandfather used to cut my hair and it was alright for me. So when my boys were born and needed haircuts, I had no trouble getting out the electric hair trimmer and cutting their hair.
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A special long-form edition of the Y. Karp? Why Not! Podcast is going live this coming Tuesday, featuring my interview with author, Shaul Behr. We talk about his new novel and the trials and tribulations of editing and publishing a book.

It’s a fascinating discussion with loads of stories, laughs, and great hints and tips. So stay tuned for this extra special episode with author Shaul Behr coming to you on Tuesday, October 24 on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, and on www.ykarp.com.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Podcast Episode 3: Tech Companies Will Rule the World

Welcome to the Y Karp? Why Not! Podcast. This is episode 3: Tech Companies Will Rule the World

I’m your host, Yossi Karp and let’s talk about technology, writing, gadgets, gizmos, and the stuff of life that makes it interesting!

I’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsor, mazesplace.com. Mind-bending mazes for download now at mazesplace.com. More on them later.

As the world becomes more and more technology-centric, we become more and more reliant on tech companies to bring us the goods and services that we think we need. Tech companies will rule the world.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Podcast Episode 2: Out There Somewhere

Welcome to the Y Karp? Why Not! Podcast. This is episode 2: Out There Somewhere.

I’m your host, Yossi Karp and let’s talk about technology, writing, gadgets, gizmos, and the stuff of life that makes it interesting!

I’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsor, mazesplace.com. Mind-bending mazes for download now at mazesplace.com. More on them later.

With the recent launch of the new Star Trek television series “Discovery”, my mind has been wandering again to the idea of whether we are actually alone in the universe. My family will tell you that this is one of my favorite topics because I just can’t believe that out of the 200 billion star systems in this galaxy alone, that there is no other life out there.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Podcast Episode 1: Unboxing the Podcast

Welcome to the Y Karp? Why Not! Podcast. Episode 1: Unboxing the Podcast.

I’m your host, Yossi Karp and I am excited to introduce my new weekly podcast, which is all about technology, writing, gadgets, gizmos, and the stuff of life that makes it interesting!

In the first five episodes we’ll be talking about
  • The crazy world of smartphones 
  • aliens and space travel 
  • our future living under the rule of the tech oligarchy 
  • my take on electronic musical instruments 
  • and why I gave my kid a funny haircut on purpose 
Every episode will also feature a discussion on a new, interesting, or innovative product selected from my online Flipboard magazine “Everyone Needs One of These”.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

There is Life on Other Planets

I have long been convinced that we are not alone in the universe. Perhaps my love of science fiction fuels my dreams of visiting far-flung societies. Or perhaps it's my suppressed adventurous spirit that makes me wonder what exactly is out there, in the deep black, beyond our current reach. Maybe it's because I hope another civilization did better than us.

Right now, there could be another world where the population is preparing for an annual festival, with colored streamers, music, and fancy dress. Or maybe there's a raging war on a once prosperous world where tragedy and turmoil are ripping society apart. Maybe a teenage alien is sitting by her window, staring up at the moons, wondering if we exist.

Or just maybe aliens from outer-space are planning to invade Earth and eat us all, but wouldn't it be worth it, just to know? Okay, maybe not the being eaten part...

According to Space.com:
All in all, Hubble reveals an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe or so, but this number is likely to increase to about 200 billion as telescope technology in space improves.
Given that the universe contains billions of galaxies, on the balance of probabilities alone, there is a good argument that sentient life exists on other planets. Is it really probable that Earth is the only planet out of all those planets to support sentient life?

The answer to this question might come sooner, rather than later. We are making great progress with space exploration, propulsion systems, communications, and telescope technology, which bring us ever closer to finding life out there.

Conspiracy theorists maintain that the US government already has evidence that we have been visited by aliens of the extraterrestrial kind. The conspiracies maintain that this information is kept top secret because, if revealed, the government worries that it would cause widespread panic and the fall of religion.

Why should religion fall? Does the notion of "aliens" conflict with Creation? Does "life on other planets" contradict the words of the Bible? Well, I don't profess to be a scholar, but I think not. I think that it can be easily and neatly reconciled by understanding the Bible in the context of "the universe", rather than in the narrower context of "the world". And is "discovering new peoples" on another planet really any different to discovering the previously unknown societies of the American Indians, Australian Aborigines or the Incas?

So, if the idea of aliens is indeed compatible with religion, isn't it important for clergy to get ahead of the issue and declare now (well before the "discovery") that the notion of extraterrestrial life is compatible with religion?

If left too late, it will look like religion is just making things up.

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