Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
- Catch up on missed TV shows: This summer, I've watched all the DVDs of the recent Doctor Who revivial, and we're working though the spin-off Torchwood.
- Video games: I'm powering though Call of Duty 4, trying to max out my stats on the multiplayer before the new game comes out this fall.
- New taste sensations: I've made my own Gyro meat, tried my hand at cooking with wine, and figured out how to make Lexington-style BBQ sauce from scratch.
- Books: Well, not much reading, but I've listened to a few dozen audiobooks from folks like Scott Sigler and J.C. Hutchins, and I've just started on Hutchins' new book Personal Effects: Dark Art... it is a fucking humdinger of a read so far, and I've barely scratched the surface of the "transmedia out of book experience" that goes along with the story.
- Playing with computers: I've installed an evaluation copy of Windows 7 on two of our computers, and I'm shopping for a new laptop since my old one is about to die.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I started with a Scotch on the rocks as an appetizer. They have a salad bar... with FUCKING CAVIAR ON IT!!! I had me some of that, damn right! The basket of bread had a variety of different fresh-baked goodies in it. I ordered the bronzed grouper, which came dusted in spicy seasonings, and covered in lump crab in a mild cream sauce. Broccoli and rice on the side.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sunday Stealing: The Heretic Meme
1. Who was the last person of the opposite sex you lay in a bed with? My wife, of course!
2. Where was the last place you went out to eat? Panda Express.
3. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed? I had a couple too many Shock Tops last night... much less than I normally drink, so why do I have a hangover?
4. Which do you prefer - eyes or lips? Eyes.
5. Medicine, fine arts, or law? MATH!
6. Best kind of pizza? Thin crust with lots of meats, and extra bacon.
7. What is in store for your future? More college, even more college, then back to work for the first time in years.
8. Who was the last band you saw live?Joe Satriani... it was motherfucking awesome!
9. Do you take care of your friends while they are sick? Nope.
10. How many songs are on your iPod? Maybe 2 dozen? I have mostly podcasts and audiobooks on my iPod.
11. Where is the last place you drove to? The store to get beers... worst mistake I made yesterday.
12. Where did your last kiss take place? Over there... my wife leaving for work.
13. What were you doing at 11:59 PM on Monday night? Wishing I could sleep and not being able to.
14. Are you a quitter? Yep.
15. Who was the last person you had in your house? That I had what? Had for dinner? OK, you caught me, we ate the mailman...
15. What do you think about people who party a lot? Not much either way. As long as it doesn't have negative consequences, party all you want!
16. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable? Depends on who is asking.
17. What was the last CD you purchased? Joe Satriani's last one, Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock.
18. What are two bands or singers that you will always love? Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd
19. Which of the seven deadly sins are you guilty of? All? Lots? More, please? I don't buy into the whole "sin" bit though.
20. How is your last ex doing? Don't know, don't care, life is too short to look backwards.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
- There is a "democratic" view of knowledge that places all perspectives on equal footing: "You have your opinion, and I have mine."
- That view is bolstered by the mistaken notion that everything is ultimately opinion, there are no real facts, and everything is subjective.
- Because everything is ultimately subjective, having a belief about a claim based on feelings or religious faith is just as valid as conducting experiments and gathering evidence, because ultimately you've got to "take it on faith" that the evidence is valid.
- There's a contradiction in that people claim that there's no real way to prove them wrong, therefore their views should be taken seriously. However, once you assert that there's no way to know what's most likely to be true or not, you also surrender the ability to make any claims at all. You are attacking the basis of all REAL knowledge, in order to squeeze in your feelings and faith as a viable alternative.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
There are two main views concerning the reason why Americans are so pathetically fucking delusional at the population level concerning the nature of objective reality, especially in relation to the history of the planet Earth.
One view is that the problem is that scientists and science teachers are no good at explaining science to laypeople and students, respectively. The other view is that the problem is that American society is grotesquely polluted with patently absurd wackaloon religious bullshit from top to bottom, stem to stern, and port to starboard.
If you buy in to the former, then you concern troll scientists and science educators and tell them that they are DOING IT WRONG. If you buy in to the latter, then you implacably debunk patently absurd wackaloon religious bullshit everywhere you see it.
Yeah! Just as importantly, Americans have this strange notion that they are entitled to an opinion on anything and everything, and that everyone's opinion is equal. It just isn't so. Some asshole politician denying global warming, based on some right-wing economists' amateur pseudo-research should carry ZERO weight in the discussion of climate and energy policy... but that asshole (James Inhofe) is sabotaging the goddamned world and gets plenty of support. Some silly cunt claims that the world is 6000 years old, and only Jesus knows when it would end, and therefore we shouldn't worry about pollution from radioactive materials... and she's an elected official who isn't immediately removed from office for being mentally defective!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Didn't get out to the dog park, looks like it is going to rain which means no walk tonight either.
So then, they decide to make a movie... a MOVIE! I guess they weren't interested in picking someone with a similar physique... or even more traditionally Asian. Lazy effing casting if you ask me. So here's what we get:
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Sunday Stealing: The "I've Come to Realize" Meme
1. I’ve come to realize that my chest-size. . . is why I get all the chicks.
2. I’ve come to realize that my job. . . is being cool, so you don't have to.
3. I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving. . . I'm putting my life in the hands of a bunch of angry idiots.
4. I’ve come to realize that I need. . . less than I'm used to feeling like I need? I'm not as obsessed with getting new stuff.
5. I’ve come that realize that I have lost. . . none of my desire to be a super hero.
6. I’ve come to realize that I hate it when. . . other people try to ruin my day.
7. I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk. . . I'm a little bit happier, but not much.
8. I’ve come to realize that money... isn't everything. But it helps!!
9. I’ve come to realize that certain people. . . shouldn't be allowed to live.
10. I’ve come to realize that I’ll always. . . be smarter than you.
11. I’ve come to realize that my sibling(s). . . are who they are, and I don't need the one who is an asshole to be in my life ever again.
12. I’ve come to realize that my mom… means well, but it is filtered through all sorts of issues she has.
13. I’ve come to realize that my cell phone. . . is too big.
14. I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning. . . I can drink a hell of a lot of beer without getting a hangover.
15. I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep. . . that I drank a hell of a lot of beer!
16. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking. . . that the people who put "what you are thinking" things in memes? Fucking morons who need to be slapped around with a shit-dipped sea bass.
17. I’ve come to realize that my dad. . . has the worst sleeping habits of anyone alive.
18. I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook. . . it means the world has ended. I don't mess with that shit.
19. I’ve come to realize that today. . . is just another day.
20. I’ve come to realize that tonight. . . is just another night.
21. I’ve come to realize that tomorrow. . . is Monday?
22. I’ve come to realize that I really want to. . . adopt a stray ring tailed lemur.
23. I’ve come to realize that the person mostly likely to repost this is. . . yo mama.
24. I’ve come to realize that life. . . is your oyster. Really, that's all it is. And everything happens for a reason. And other silly platitudes.
25. I’ve come to realize that this weekend. . . is probably the last time I should drink for at least a little while.
26. I’ve realized the best music to listen to when I am upset. . . is the same music I listen to when I'm in any other mood.
27. I’ve come to realize that my friends. . .
28. I’ve come to realize that this year. . . I'm turning 35.
29. I’ve come to realize that me exes. . . are better off exes.
30. I’ve come to realize that maybe I should. . . finish this and take a nap.
31. I’ve come to realize that I love. . . ring tailed lemurs a little TOO much.
32. I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand. . . why people can't all be cool like me.
33. I’ve come to realize my past. . . doesn't matter.
34. I’ve come to realize that parties. . . aren't my thing.
35. I’ve come to realize that I’m totally terrified. . . of being asked "what are you thinking right now?" in another of these memes!!
36. I’ve come to realize that my life. . . is not so bad after all.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Skip to about 6:30... they declare that "the only chance we have as a country" is for Osama bin Laden to "execute a major attack" in order to serve the political goals of Beck and Scheuer.