Thursday, September 29, 2005
Girls Gone Raunch
An excerpt that echoes my thoughts:
"Hot has replaced beautiful as the ultimate compliment and hot, according to Levy, means 'f--kable' even when you're not -- legally, or inclined to."
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Did I get a smile?
I couldn't resist thinking, "I don't think one can 'clear' a name like Dingwall."
(Say it outloud, it's euphonic I tells ya)
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
A sad truth
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Advertising on Police Cars
why don't you call someone and find out
how it is we can all belong
to something that no one
wants any part of
one day you'll wake up and they'll be
advertising on police cars
Saturday, September 24, 2005
That being said, my goal is to use the 'Western' method when I'm happy and the 'Eastern' method when I'm unhappy. Happy/Unhappy now, happy later. Either way, happiness! :)
(Though there is the potential for my misunderstanding these different cultural concepts, as well as my own abilities to achieve my aforementioned goal, it would seem that at least I have an understanding of 'Western' greed.)
Friday, September 23, 2005
IN A COMA :D
I just picked up "In A Coma," a compilation of Matt Good songs from 1995-2005. It has 3 new songs, 23 three previously recorded songs, acoustic reworkings of 9 songs, a DVD of all 17 videos & commentary, a making of the acoustic portion and some other stuff! (and it wasn't expensive!)
I am a very happy Darren!!!
Thursday, September 22, 2005
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
(He is just so darn endearing. A wonderful face for religion)
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Magic or location in time?
-Arthur C. Clarke
Monday, September 19, 2005
Ah! The sun's in my eyes... no, head...brain? what?
Winston S. Churchill, My Early Life, Fontana, London, 1972, pp 123-124.
I enjoyed it so much that I am tempted to describe it as 'a modern masterpiece.'
Time shall tell (me and the world).
I didn't want it to end.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Humans can be such despicable beasts
I just watched the documentary "Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire," and I highly recommend it. The documentary illustrated the repugnant carelessness of the world and the strength of a man limited by an organization that disgraced itself. Humans can be such fragile, detestable creatures. Yet, they can also be honourable, inspiringly noble and worthy of admiration.
The documentary was educational... so sadly educational.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Moving at the speed of life...
(How detailed, eh?)
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Dear Red States
We're ticked off at the way you've treated California and we've decided we're leaving.
We intend to form our own country and we're taking the other Blue States with us.
In case you aren't aware that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast.
We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the people of the new country of New California.
To sum up briefly:
You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.
We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.
We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand.
We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.
We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs.
You get Alabama.
We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states
pay their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.
Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro choice and anti war and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home.
We wish you success in Iraq and hope that the WMDs turn up but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.
With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation's fresh fruit, 95% of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the US low sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven
Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush
Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
We're taking the good pot too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.
Author Unknown in New California.
(I'd just love to have links for every stat. It's still amusing though)
Last Chance to See
It was delightfully amusing, diversely interesting, undoubtably insightful, wonderfully witty and subtely but passionately moving.
J.Lo on Inside the Actor's Studio?!?!
The show has dishonoured itself.
ps: On the unrelated note of blog links, the brain-dead Baserates link has been replaced by something more worthwhile (For Unquiet Minds) and it appears bemusement is no longer confused)
The continuing approximation of reality...
'... My answer to him was, "... when people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together."'
Isaac Asimov,The Relativity of Wrong, Kensington Books, New York, 1996, p 226.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Eh, ess, ess..
I'm just a regular joe
With a regular job
I'm your average white
I like football, and porno, and books about war
I've got an average house
With a nice hardwood floor
My wife, and my job
My kids, and my car
My feet on the table
And a Cuban cigar
But sometimes that just ain't enough
To keep a man like me interested
Oh no, no way, uh uhh
No, I gotta go out and have fun
At someone else's expense
Oh yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
-Dennis Learys "I'm An Asshole"
Friday, September 09, 2005
Human Brain Evolving?
Thursday, September 08, 2005
The Daily Show is fantastic (but you already knew that)
ps: Inarguable is the perfect word.
Decreasing (my) Ignorance
I had only tertiary knowledge about these conditions and though ‘personal’ accounts, they are authored by highly informed people and do a great justice explicating their respective conditions.
I feel a little less ignorant.
Monday, September 05, 2005
Well, something needs to be done...
Saturday, September 03, 2005
It's a sad world...
- Use your head and always drink responsibly
- Never drink alone
- Always protect the people you are with
(Of course, if one doesn't voluntarily drug oneself, such a situation is a lot less likely to happen, but still...)
Friday, September 02, 2005
"I am absolutely disgusted. After the tsunami our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering," Sajeewa Chinthaka, 36, as he watched a cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
"Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S. we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."
(As for the validity, I'll have to look into crime stats more thoroughly, but I only found stuff related to false charities)
Don't know much about...
"American adults in general do not understand what molecules are (other than that they are really small). Fewer than a third can identify DNA as a key to heredity. Only about 10 percent know what radiation is. One adult American in five thinks the Sun revolves around the Earth, an idea science had abandoned by the 17th century."
(Yikes! I'll try to look into the actual questions used)
Thursday, September 01, 2005
More ID - Dawkins & Coyne
A glimpse of Iraq
"A giant new Wal-Mart was looted, and the entire gun collection was taken."
"The governor's office said looters tried to break into Children's Hospital."
If you've been living under terror for so long, terrible things are more likely to happen.
(Although unrelated, it is interesting that it might just be a matter of time until I can become Wolverine)