August 27, 2008
I have a long weekend coming up, though, so I will hopefully get them posted along with at least one more, if for no other reason to prove that I'm not blogging to you from beyond the grave.
August 26, 2008
And, ok, so it's my own fault I didn't back up my music before my hard drive experienced a fit of self-immolating cannibalism. But there ARE ways to get my music off of my old (not THAT old) iPod.
If, of course, my lappy would recognize my iPod.
I don't actually hate computers, I just want them to work. And I REALLY dislike it when they don't work when I expect them to work.
It's past my bed time. I'll work on this tomorrow.
August 21, 2008
This cracking me up! Although the sound of chewing makes my skin crawl and triggers my gag reflex.
Found over at Joe.My.God.
August 20, 2008
I love it! It's beautiful how quickly it spreads.
But if you say EST and Daylight Savings is in effect, you're referring to a time that is one hour earlier. "Spring forward, Fall behind."
If you are at all in doubt, you can simply write ET and people will either think you're talking about some number of aliens or Eastern Time.
See, it's 12AM... Ante Meridian... Before the half, noon. See? And Noon is 12PM, which is Post, after, Meridian, half. See?
Please spread the word about this important distinction
August 17, 2008
Update: In related news, Overheard at Barney's Warehouse Sale:
Flibbert: My willingness to pose for these photos is probably going to be my undoing.
Seeing these people makes me concerned for the future of humanity.
I read somewhere a long time ago that intelligence -- the biological capacity for it, anyway -- is passed through the the female. What if Tiffany (Tiffany Pollard AKA New York) and Brooke have babies?
Also, faux hawks. Done. Played out. Over. So, stop.
This female... words fail...
Qwertz, you should avoid this show at all costs.
But these friends of mine are late people. They really might not call me until 2 and even though I have things I could do in Starbucks, I'm not really trying to spend 4 hours sitting there. Also, they might think it's a little weird that I'm already in their neighborhood when they call.
If they ran out to get coffee at Starbucks, they would think it's even more weird to see me sitting there waiting for them, too.
Not that me doing weird things or being insanely early to something would surprise them at all, really.
Maybe I could just go sit in the park with my book and wait for them there. That is definitely less weird. But that means traveling two times to see them instead of just traveling once and I hate stuff like that.
hmmmm... I will shower and think on this.
August 16, 2008
Body: I saw you couched down with your pants around your ankles. I asked "Hey, what are you doing?". Your reply was "Pooping in a groundhog hole! I read about it online. It's suppose to trick the groundhog into thinking another animal has moved into it's lair.".
Since you are normally a sane person I refrained from calling the police.
I go on there and look at the Missed Connections to see if anyone has been scoping me out on the subway. I look at the free stuff to see if there is any trash with which I'd like to stock my apartment. I sometimes read the discussion boards, but they aren't as fun as other things. I look at the M4M section, but let's face it: no one there is actually looking for a date. I look at the real estate listings even though most of them are posting their New Jersey properties in the Manhattan section. But the best posts are in the aptly-named Best of Craigslist section.
This evening, I potted a post that has me rolling:
Title:Your Pets Will Not Be Flagged For Removal By Jesus During the RaptureI'm just sad I didn't think of this.
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"No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don't know. Only the Father knows."
"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord."
(1 Thessalonians 4:15–17)
Have you ever thought about what will happen to your pets after Jesus comes back to claim the souls of the saved during the Rapture and deliver them to heaven to enjoy ever lasting life? The bible clearly teaches that only those that have accepted Jesus as their savior will enter heaven (John 14:6, Romans 3:23), and we all know that pets do not have the cognitive ability to do this, so what will happen to your beloved pets? Surely without you there, they would be stuck inside your empty house, starving to death with no one to feed them, let them out to potty, or clean their litter box. This is probably not what you envision for your pets after you are gone. This is where I come in.
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"And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him." Mark 12:17
Since neither Caesar nor God does a thing for anyone, it really is no wonder people marveled at the remark. The audacity and repugnance of the idea to anyone who defends individual rights is obvious: Jesus advocated allowing the government whatever its form to do as it pleases to its citizens and it is the Christian's duty to submit.
Fortunately, that commenter admitted readily that his position was irrational and the discussion seems to have slowed.
Many members of the church in which I was raised were obsessed with prophesies of the end times and the rise of the Antichrist and they were highly suspicious of anything and everything that could be linked -- no matter how tenuously -- to those prophesies.
Credit cards are seen as instruments of creating a single global currency/economy. I was an adult before my father got a credit card of his own. (My mother had subversively been managing their credit for many years already and when he found out, he was very angry.)
My uncle and his sons once told me that they believe televisions manufactured after a certain date are outfitted with special cameras that allow the government to spy on Christians. They also believe that the government uses spy satellites to watch us outside of the home. And when you're at home, but not in front of the television, the satellites use infrared to see you.
The people who follow these late Biblical prophesies are split about where the Antichrist will appear. Perhaps it is a bit of egomaniacal nationalism or just observation of US economic and military superiority that lead many to believe that he'll be a US president. Others think he'll be the leader of the UN or another European nation. The hypothesis popular among my family and others in the church was that the Antichrist would be a pope and the "whore of Babylon" mentioned in Revelations is the Catholic church.
At any rate, anything that even smells like a "new world order" is cause for alarm among these people. Mention the Rothchilds and you're sure to catch a few worried looks. The World Bank, the Hague, and the UN are all part of the conspiracy they imagine is threatening their freedom.
I, on the other hand, have extremely little patience for conspiracy theories. They can be entertaining, but it's worrisome that there are people who actually believe these things.
Recently, a commenter on YouTube directed me to a series of videos about this very conspiracy theory.
There are 14 of these videos and I haven't watched them all as yet. I'm not sure I will because I don't have that much patience for this. I bring this up mostly out of the sheer novelty of this particular theory and my personal history with it, but also because in that video Ron Paul makes an appearance seemingly speaking in support of this inane idea.
And the other night, I had a dream that my mother turned her front yard into a gym and some of the Olympic athletes were working out there. One of them wasn't wearing any pants.
I guess that dream is at least understandable even if strange.
August 13, 2008
Today the New York Times reports that there has been a bit of a recent scandal related to the opening ceremonies. The article reports that one of the most touching and memorable elements of the performance actually involved a bit of deception.Let me sum up: The girl who could sing the song the best wasn't cute enough to appear on television singing the song, so they got a cute girl to lip synch.
At one of the key moments in the ceremony, an adorable 9 year old Lin Miaoke stood center stage, replete with red dress and 'cute-little-girl hair,' and sang a song called “Ode to the Motherland.” (A video can be found on YouTube here.) Some time into her performance, the national flag of China enters in grand, Party-Approved fashion (the song is basically an ode to the flag, making it the perfect choice for a 9 year old girl to understand and communicate) and the whole world goes “Awww! Let's all be friends with China.”
However, this event was not everything it seemed. The NYT reported that the voice we heard was not Miaoke's, but instead that of another girl, Yang Peiyi. It was Yang Peiyi who had the vocal range and skill to sing the Ode to the estimated billion viewers of the opening ceremony. She had the voice of the girl who should sing the song,But not her face. Photos posted online showed a happy girl with imperfect teeth, hardly an uncommon problem in China. “Everyone should understand this in this way,” Mr. Chen [general music designer of the opening ceremony] said. “This is in the national interest. It is the image of our national music, national culture, especially during the entrance of our national flag. This is an extremely important, extremely serious matter.”
It's soooooo Milli Vanilli... or Phoebe Buffet...
In addition, the fireworks that my trainer oo'ed and aww'ed over was digitally enhanced and portions of it were pre-recorded.
CNN: Beijing enhanced Olympics show with faked 'fireworks'
Beijing organizers confirmed Tuesday that some of the fireworks display featured prerecorded footage.(I don't know why CNN put "fireworks" in quotation marks when it was already qualified as faked.)
Fireworks that burst into the shape of 29 gigantic footprints were shown trudging above the Beijing skyline to the National Stadium near the start of the ceremony.
Though the footprint-shaped fireworks were real, some of the footage shown to television viewers around the world and on giant screens inside the "Bird's Nest" stadium featured a computer-generated three-dimensional image.
"It was confirmed that previously recorded footage was provided to the broadcasters for convenience and theatrical effects -- as in many other big events," Beijing organizing committee spokesman Wang Wei said. "On the day of the ceremony there were actual footprints of fireworks from the south to the north of the city.
And the media was hyping up how strict Chinese officials were being in testing female athletes to make sure they were all actually females and not transsexuals. Hmmm... I guess what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander.
Further, the Chinese government has been back-pedaling, soft-pedaling, and even censoring exposure of their deception. They KNOW they're wrong. They KNOW that they're frauds and they KNOW people won't like it.
It's absolutely disgusting, but why is anyone surprised? All I can say is that this is so very typically tyrannical of... well, tyrannies.
How many times in history have tyrants and totalitarian governments tried to hide their failure and evil from the prying eyes of the public?
I can't help but think of the Potempkin Villages from Russia's Catherine the Great. But more appropriate than that, I think of Soviet Russia's campaign of propaganda to the world in which they broadcast edited and staged images of Soviet industry, society, economy, and everything else. They faked it.
Even they are ashamed of their activities!
But this is the nature of the beast. The supposed good of the whole supercedes the good of the individual. A few people coercing a child into putting on a fake performance so that the country looks good is perfectly acceptable.
They don't even try to hide their justification, either: national interest.
This is a nation that routinely violates its citizens' rights with force -- yes, guns. Doing so with fraud is no worse and no better. That they would do the same to the rest of the world is also not a surprise.
I would not be surprised to learn that the Chinese government did other nefarious things in preparing for the Olympics.
As luck would have it, they actually offer membership to people "my age" but it's an associate membership. I'd be an associate of the American Association of Retired Persons.
I was just about to sign up for a 5 year membership and get discounts and all kinds of stuff and then I asked the question that broke the deal.
"Do you guys lobby for legislation in Washington such as for supporting Social Security or extending Medicare and the like?"
In fact, they do. So, I could not join that and support it.
And I asked again that they not send me any more junk mail.
August 12, 2008
I'm reading a book right now where the people use the phrase "value attribution" instead of "evaluation." They also use the term "commitment" to refer to some people's tendency to adhere blindly to the theories and ideas that they've adopted.
I also hate when people use the term "rational" to describe decisions people would make if they were omniscient or lack any values or context apart from the one assumed by the people describing the decision.
more cat pictures
First, I went to Circuit City and bought myself a portable hard drive. I am soon to be attempting to recover all of my music from my iPod because my other hard drive died, and I'd like to back up other stuff, too. And carry it around. So, I did that.
Then, I went to dinner at Coffee Shop, this bar and restaurant in Union Square. It's moderately priced and the food is pretty good. I had salmon, which I love. And I even had Key Lime pie for dessert.
Finally, I went and got my hairs cut. I even had some blondification. I kind of like it, although I do not like this guy's technique, which in a few places resulted in some odd-looking stripes. Fortunately, they aren't SO obvious. Overall I like it. You'll get to see it on my next video.
It was just a very enjoyable evening out on the town. Woohoo!
Found at Fail Blog
August 11, 2008
I loved the first part of this book with the discussion about relativity (both general and special!) and quantum theories. But I am not very interested in Black Holes, the Big Bang or that other stuff. My personal preference here led me to blast through the last half of the book, not fully absorbing the very complex concepts contained therein.
I thought I kind of understood relativity before I read it and now I know I didn't, but now I know more.
And also, quantum theory is more strange than I thought, but also not what everyone seems to think it is.
By and large, the book is very well-written and the ideas, though complex, are laid out in such a way that even non-science people like me can grasp it.
I did not appreciate his entertainment of the notion that God might could possibly exist. No, it cannot.
I also did not appreciate his glossing over the role of philosophy in science, especially because many of the topics he discusses, like the Anthropic Principle, are easily addressed by philosophy.
But overall, I do recommend this book.
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