Dec 20

I was looking at a photo article today about snow, winter, and how it’s being really cold & snowy all over the world.  Each picture had a caption underneath – usually describing how it’s really cold or that there was lots of snow, and how said cold & snow have ground the locals to a halt.

As I was reading, I noticed there weren’t any pictures of Canada.  Then I realized – what really could the caption say? “This photo shows -30 degree temperatures and 3 feet of snow.  It was a Tuesday.”

Jul 15

As I was walking home from doing some banking today, I realized since getting the house, I’ve enjoyed doing nothing less, wake up earlier, and do chores around the house more.  I don’t enjoy gaming as much, and I find myself wanting to do things to fix up around the place.

Does this mean I’m growing up?  Sigh – I knew this day would come eventually.

Also, I found a bookmarklet for WordPress that allows me to post about whatever page I’m currently browsing.  I’ll probably do more of that in the future – just to give you guys an insight into what I find cool around the interwebs.

Feb 24

…but it has a point.

Jul 29

May 30

I’ve got a daily quote widget on my Google homepage.  It’s usually got decent quotes – but I particularly like the one I see today:

Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
- Edith Sitwell

May 26

Just read off a screenshot of Google:

“Atheism is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby”

Apr 26

A friend & colleague (same person – not 1 friend and 1 colleague.  Really, 1 “freague”) tagged me in a note on Facebook.  I hate the chain-letter aspect of those things, but enjoy doing them.  So, I thought I’d post it here for all to see.  It’s just one of those basic “put your iTunes on shuffle…” things.  I think you’ll get out of this as much or as little as you get out of a horoscope – about as insightful too.

  1. IF SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY?
    The Plug (Bonobo)

  2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
    Fire in the Middle (Nightmares on Wax)

  3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
    Colores (Dzihan & Kamien)

  4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
    Follow Me (Pnau)

  5. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
    It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr)

  6. WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
    Mi Swing Es Tropical (Nickodemus & Quantif feat. Tempo)

  7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
    Busy Child (The Crystal Method)

  8. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
    Borealis (DJ Eco)

  9. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
    …Off By Heart (City and Colour)

  10. WHAT IS 2 + 2?
    Trigger Hippie (Morcheeba)

  11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
    Lovebeat (Yoshinori Sunahara)

  12. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
    Fuzz (The Egg)

  13. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
    Your Touch (Derek Howell)

  14. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE
    Murder (The Crystal Method)  (Hey – I said don’t read anything into this!!)

  15. WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
    Un Dia Mas (Cichi Peralta)

  16. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL
    Flip Ya Lid (Nightmares On Wax)

  17. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST
    Gonna Get By Pt. 2 (Groove Junkies feat. Indeya)

  18. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
    The Sun’ll Shine (Ohmna)

  19. WHATS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
    Sweet Emotions (Aerosmith)

  20. WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
    Pont Des Arts (St. Germain)

  21. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
    Mutual Slump (DJ Shadow)

  22. WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
    100 Years (Tommy Guerrero)
Apr 26

I just ran across an article on Wired.com about the “Georgia Guidestones” – a huge granite monument meant to instruct the survivors of a major worldwide catastrophe on how to rebuild civilization.

It’s probably nothing, but it is a very good, interesting, and mysterious read:  http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/17-05/ff_guidestones?currentPage=1

Feb 18

Walking back from 7-11 just now, I smelled smokey laundry. Like… campfire & Bounce sheets. BEST SMELL EVER.

But then I thought – wait! What if somehow I could make it just have rained. Fresh Rain + Campfire + Bounce sheets = MORE BESTEST SMELL EVER!!

Jan 13

Had this sent to me by a friend:

A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students, “Let me explain the problem science has with religion.” The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.

You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?
Yes sir,” the student says.

So you believe in God?
Absolutely.

Is God good?
Sure! God’s good.

Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?
Yes.

Are you good or evil?
The Bible says I’m evil.

The professor grins knowingly. “Aha! The Bible!” He considers for a moment. “Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?

Yes sir, I would.

So you’re good…!
I wouldn’t say that.

But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. “He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?

The student remains silent.

No, you can’t, can you?” the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?
Er…yes,” the student says.

Is Satan good?
The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. “No.

Then where does Satan come from?
The student falters. “From God

That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?
Yes, sir.

Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?

Yes.

So who created evil?” The professor continued, “If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.

Again, the student has no answer. “Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?

The student squirms on his feet. “Yes.

So who created them?

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. “Who created them?” There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. “Tell me,” he continues onto another student. “Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?

The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. “Yes, professor, I do.

The old man stops pacing. “Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?

No sir. I’ve never seen Him.

Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?
No, sir, I have not.

Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?

No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.
Yet you still believe in him?
Yes.

According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Nothing,” the student replies. “I only have my faith.
Yes, faith,” the professor repeats. “And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.

At the back of the room another student stands quietly for a moment before asking a question of His own. “Professor, is there such thing as heat?

Yes,” the professor replies. “There’s heat.

And is there such a thing as cold?
Yes, son, there’s cold too.
No sir, there isn’t.

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. “You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.

Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?

Yes,” the professor replies without hesitation. “What is night if it isn’t darkness?

You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word.

In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. “So what point are you making, young man?

Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. “Flawed? Can you explain how?

You are working on the premise of duality,” the student explains. “You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.

It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.

Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.

Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.

To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.

The student looks around the room. “Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?” The class breaks out into laughter.

Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.

So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. “I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.

Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,” the student continues. “Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?

Now uncertain, the professor responds, “Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.

The professor sat down.