February, 2011

'High-maintenance' means you're a gluttonous queen, narcissistic and mean

Feeling: Content


My weekend was pretty amazing. Friday night was Skeptics In the Pub, where a neurosurgeon gave a nice lecture on how near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences are simply the product of an oxygen-deprived brain. Saturday, Cody, Nate, and I met up with Lindsy and Kelly to hang out at the Somerset Mall. And Sunday, I spent the day being lazy with Emily.

Cloud computing is one of the more recent buzzwords in tech. The idea is that a webserver holds important documents that multiple people can work on at the same time. This is a great concept, but it is something I will probably never have very much faith in, because I rarely trust tech developers to make solid hardware or software. For example, Google just erased 150,000 gmail accounts. When you run your gmail locally (i.e., don't use a cloud), you don't have to worry about this unless both your local computer and the webserver crash at the same time. Redundancy is efficiency.

Who's going to shoot Obama? According to the teabaggers, they all want to. But remember folks, making jokes about murdering a real person doesn't cause school shootings, violent videogames do.

Joseph bilks millions of families out of their cattle in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Colorado's House of Representatives has violated the first amendment to the US Constitution by legalizing prayer during taxpayer-funded meetings. They claim that the prayer is generic, and as such shouldn't offend anyone. However, when a Christian tells you a prayer is generic, what they're really saying is the prayer is to the monotheistic Abrahamic deity believed by most of the people in the USA. However, there are thousands of religions and millions of adherents that are not represented by such a deity including every polytheistic religion, all non-theistic religions, and those who don't subscribe to any religion. I can bet that their prayer isn't generic enough to include Norse Paganism and Humanism. What about atheistic Buddhists and Taoists who don't believe in any gods? These groups are being marginalized and ignored by the very government setup to give them a voice. This is precisely why government should stay out of religion.

The NeverEnding Story... 20 years later.

Those unregulated body scanners used by TSA are great if you want to use your cellphone to take nude pictures of your coworkers. Too bad they don't detect a bunch of materials that can be used to make a bomb.

Love me cancerously

Feeling: Happy


Do you remember awhile back when hundreds of emails from scientists were stolen and published on the Internet? Climate change skeptics jumped all over the emails and said that they contained damning evidence proving that climate scientists had been lying about climate change. But after only a little checking, no evidence of deceit could be found in the emails. And now, after the emails have had time to be investigated properly by impartial groups, absolutely no evidence of foul play has been found in any of the stolen emails, and the scientists have been completely exonerated. The lesson here is, never trust puppets of the oil industry.

Another bizarre conversation occurs in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Michelle Obama has been wisely working to combat childhood obesity. Because of this, she follows the advice of nearly every physician in the world by advocating breast feeding for infants. The IRS now lists breast pumps as tax-deductible items. This makes sense, if anyone needs a tax deduction it's new mothers, and many items that revolve around child care are tax deductible. However, this just isn't sitting well with teabaggers. Sarah Palin dismissed the idea while at the same time attacking the cost of milk in the supermarket. And Michele Bachmann cried that we've reached an all new level of the "Nanny State" when the government is buying mothers breast pumps. I guess Ms. Bachmann never bothered to learn that a tax deduction is not the same the government buying you something. Funny, someone who hates taxes as much as her would get mad when people have to pay less in taxes, but I doubt she can see past the "Democrat" in anyone's name.

Jokes with punchlines replaced with legitimate answers are still really funny.

Cape Coral, Florida can't make up its mind. Because they can't legally have a prayer during a city council governmental meeting, they have a pre-meeting prayer. However, when a man protested their pre-meeting prayer, he was arrested for interrupting the meeting.

Space Shuttle Discovery made its final launch, bringing an end to the space shuttle missions.

The guy who made a web page threatening Matt Stone and Trey Parker for their Muhammad episode of South Park has been sentenced to 25 years. Now, if we can only give those asshole who threaten doctors who perform abortions the same treatment.

Soccer is for sissies who hit themselves to cause fouls.

This clip from the Atheist Experience has become quite popular recently, and for good reason. It explains one of the major problems with religious adherent becoming xenophobic for reasons of faith.

That bill introduced by Republican Representative Phil Jensen that would make it legal to murder doctors for performing abortions isn't going to pass. But that doesn't mean it can't pass in another state! Senator Mark Christensen is trying to introduce a similar bill in Nebraska. However, his bill doesn't just allow immediate family members the right to murder doctors, it allows -anyone- the right to murder doctors! Nebraska, crazier than South Dakota.

My lyrics database now boasts 3,200 songs.

Skeptics In the Pub tonight!

As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again!

Feeling: Happy


Everyone should own a robotic birthing vagina.

The Pope won't be welcome in Germany if two lawyers make their case convincing enough. They're charging him with various criminal counts based on his edicts demanding totalitarian oppression, preventing Catholics from using condoms and forcing religious conversion on children.

What happens when you call Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker and pretend to be Republican David Koch? Well, you get Gov. Walker admitting to ethics violations and saying he doesn't care about people, only about getting his way.

More atheists on YouTube.

I added some Rad Racer, Times of Lore, and Rygar memory addresses to the NES Hacker Wiki.

Hanging out with my homie Devin before he heads back to base.

What a woman!

Feeling: Happy


Matt Bors points out the disengenuineness of Republican law makers. They campaign on the grounds that they're going to cut spending and fix the economy, but the first thing they attack is abortion. Planned Parenthood isn't even a blip on the economic radar, but they keep trying to cut its measly funding.

Pharaoh does quite make sense in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Lots of impressive trickshots in pool.

Incredibly awesome snow slide, though I'm sure the fire department will come and shut it down.

The Color Clock is awesome. It displays the time while also displaying the RGB color of the time.

There is something seriously wrong with the income gap in this country and this site graphically depicts it for you.

Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!

Feeling: Happy


Republican House Bobby Franklin is trying to add a bill that forces women who have a miscarriage to prove that it was due to natural causes or face felony charges. This would be extremely difficult considering how high the rate of miscarriages is already.

A record executive, who had no invested interest I'm sure, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to attack the judges of the Grammys for voting on Arcade Fire over Justin Bieber. Really? He doesn't see why they would vote for a band of musicians over a the current passing teen fad? Really?! Here's the thing, Arcade Fire is comprised of several highly-skilled creative musicians. They play a large variety of instruments, they write their own lyrics, and they produce their own albums. Justin Bieber, on the other hand, has an amateur understanding of few instruments, shares only co-authoring credit on his incredibly cookie-cutter lyrics, and has an army of producers arranging and mixing his music for him. Bieber is the bottom rung of artists and none of his music will have any lasting effect on our culture. His contributions will be just as important as 98 Degrees or the Back Street Boys. I'm not even a fan of Arcade Fire's music, but I recognize their skill. Justin Bieber is flash in the pan, and, just like every teen idol before him, he will be forgotten as soon as this generation's teenybopper crowd graduates middle school.

A new hybrid pepper has been named the world's hottest chili.

Alex Tanney can throw some seriously accurate footballs.

My cold is just a remnant these days. Throat feels fine, just a little bit sniffly. It's about time too, I need to get my butt back on the treadmill.

Tomorrow is another day

Feeling: Okay


Wasn't able to go skiing. It was above freezing up until midday Sunday and skiing in slush is terrible. However, when the snow did begin, it began with a vengeance and continued all night. We got about a foot which shut down most of the office.

Had a great weekend with my woman despite the snow. We watched Gone With the Wind (my first time, her hundredth time). I really liked the movie, but we had to watch it in two settings. I picked up four quotes that have since become major cultural references. Emily and I also made whole wheat rigatoni with spicy Italian sausage and delicious salad.

A rather ignorant Christian hit the Blasphemer's Bible and commented on the first 20 or so comics. Lots of fun rebuttals.

Catholics in Scotland are trying to stamp out criticism to their faith by demanding the same tactics used to stop drunk driving. I guess they don't realize the difference between preventing someone from accidentally killing people, and protecting child rapists.

The American Anthropologist Association drops the word "science" from their credo, putting many scientists up in arms. Let's hope those who appreciate the "-ology" prefix continue to use science to learn.

Garfunkel and Oats make my panties wet.

I'm almost completely over my sore throat. It's about time!

When I hear you on the car radio you're goin' to be a sensation!

Feeling: Blah


New sport: laser cat bowling.

Could it be possible? New episodes of Firefly? Still a big maybe.

Another huge dull lineage in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Another victory for science and reason! The biology portion of the 2009 AQA exam, which included questions related to Creationism, will have those ridiculous questions removed for the next version of the test.

Tides, how do they work?

I was planning on going skiing tomorrow, but it looks like global climate change has decided that I won't. All the regular snow has melted leaving only slushy artificial snow on the hills, not good for skiing on.

Victor Stenger gave an in-depth lecture on how Spiritualists and theists hijack physics.

Is it soup yet?

Feeling: Blah


Never trust MTV to tell you what a nerd is supposed to look like.

I for one welcome our new computer overlords.

Hawaii joins the ranks of allowing same-sex civil unions.

Jacob's family finally makes it into Egypt in the Blasphemer's Bible.

A few days ago, the Department of Homeland Security shut down 84,000 websites and replaced them with a huge banner saying the websites were involved in the distribution of child pornography. There was just one tiny little problem, none of those sites were actually distributing child pornography. Millions of web users visited those businesses and personal pages only to find the government's message about child pornography! Rather than admitting to their mistake and assuring the owners of those 84,000 sites that it would never happen again, the Department of Homeland Security just gave them back their websites, three days later, and issued a press release claiming to have stopped child pornography distributors.

Richard Carrier gave an interesting lecture at Skepticon called "Are Christians Delusional?". Also, here is an interesting lecture about how Creationism has evolved over time to try and cope with the separation of church and state.

I'm breaking the habit tonight

Feeling: Okay


Game Boy on an oscilloscope is damned impressive.

MC Escher would be proud.

Jacob kills stuff and gets lied to by God in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Turns out Donald Duck beat science and art to the punch on a lot of things.

One nation, under surveillance. The House has extended the Patriot Act which means your phone calls, email, and texts are still being monitored without a warrant, and you can be detained and held indefinitely without reason. And it's all still perfectly legal.

What happens when you ask someone to draw a line, and then have another person try to copy that line, and then again and again 500 times? You get art.

A 16-year-old wrestler recently injured his spine in a school wrestling match. Though his spine wasn't fractured, he was unable to move for some time and without surgery to correct the problem, he will be extremely vulnerable to further spinal injuries. The parents are trying to prevent his needed surgery, and instead focus on healing him with herbs. There is an upcoming custody hearing, and hopefully these idiotic parents will wise up before they paralyse their son.

Frank has built and lost his creature

Feeling: Sleepy


Rocky Horror Picture Show has come and gone. I'm very pleased to finally have my evenings free once more, but disappointed to no longer be hanging out with my new friends every night. The show was very successful; we sold considerably more tickets this year than last. I'm also surprised I didn't get deathly ill with all the sleep I missed as well as being in close proximity to a couple sick cast members during rehearsals. I do have a mild sore throat, but that should be gone after my next long sleep.

Fox Nation is reporting that a short clip of footage from the riots in Egypt contains, get this, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse. The greenish blob that they say looks like a Medieval horseman appears to be nothing more than a lens-flare from the fire in the background. I also find it amazing how they can tell which historical era's clothing the green blob is dressed in, and even more amazing that a Biblical character would be dressed in clothes centuries older than the book itself. I'm not sure if this is meant to be a joke, or if the people at Fox News are really this stupid. The really sad thing is, when it comes to the credibility Fox News, I honestly can't tell if they're joking or making a serious claim. They're a perfect example of Poe's Law.

The brothers are all set to take Jacob to Egypt in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Lots of artsy photos of celebrities.

Shooting water jugs at point-blank range with increasingly powerful guns is fun to watch.

Republican Rep. Phil Jensen is trying to pass a bill that would make it legal to murder a doctor for performing an abortion, even if the woman wanted the abortion. The bill allows for what it calls "justifiable homicide" to be committed by the woman's partner, parent, or child. You should always trust the people who want to legalize murder to tell you the value of human life.

RHPS Tonight!

Feeling: Sleepy


Tonight is opening night of Rocky Horror Picture Show! SWEET! I took a half day off so that I could try and catch up on sleep. I've only been getting 5 hours a night for the past week and it's really been taking its toll on me. Plus, I want to be plenty rested for the cast party!

We're one step closer to having real life Bionic Commando!

Pharaoh gives his blessing to take over Egypt in the Blasphemer's Bible.

A 14-year-old girl in Bangladesh was killed after being whipped to death as punishment for adultery. And by "adultery" I mean she was accused of having an affair with her adult married cousin, a term we here in the States refer to as statutory rape. Well, after she died 11 days after being severely beaten, but the local doctors said there was no link between her death and the beating. After her body was exhumed and reexamined, new doctors found that she had suffered massive internal injuries. While this is a disgusting display of the Muslim religion, let's not forget that Christians and Jews were doing this very same thing here in the US only a couple hundred years ago, and continue to do it in places like Africa.

Rocky tomorrow! Still need more sleep!

Feeling: Sleepy


Why you should most certainly not trust Fox News to explain even the most basic aspects of science to you.

Joseph makes out with his brothers in the Blasphemer's Bible.

10 anti-gay activists who protested a bit too much.

PZ Myers gave a great talk on the evidence for evolution at Skepticon 3.

I don't own one, but it's worth noting that the jailbreak code for Sony's PS3 is "46 DC EA D3 17 FE 45 D8 09 23 EB 97 E4 95 64 10 D4 CD B2 C2". If you bought it, you should be allowed to do whatever you want to it.

2 more days until Rocky! Need more sleep!

Feeling: Sleepy


Today, an asteroid the size of a car is going to pass the Earth at a distance of only about 100,000 km!

That's a seriously large touch screen.

Joseph finally lets the cat out of the bag in the Blasphemer's Bible.

This makes me cold just watching it.

Man gets killed by a rooster as he watches a cockfight.

David Fitzgerald gave a wonderful lecture on the historicity of Jesus.

Submitted without explanation: The Empire Farts Back.

3 more days until Rocky! Hell week is quite hellacious.

Feeling: Sleepy


BBC Horizon made an awesome documentary about the strangeness of reality at the quantum level.

Joseph finally lets the cat out of the bag in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Piss off kooky sandwich-board preachers by having your gay friends kiss in front of them.

Ever get confused about the UK, Great Britain, Wales, Ireland, etc.? This video will clear things up for you.

4 more days until Rocky!

Feeling: Excited


Wine is heavy

More repeating in the Blasphemer's Bible.

We choose to go to Europa, not because it's easy, but because it's hard.

It's official, there will be an Arrested Development movie!

And yet again, no link is found between vaccinations and a specific disease. Speaking of vaccinations, scientists have successfully tested a new influenza vaccine which targets the virus much more broadly, and may consolidate all the vaccinations into one!

Enjoy the Teabaggers view of our nation's history.

There is a law in Minnesota that requires employers to pay men and women equal wages, but the Republicans are trying to repeal it.

Ever wanted to know the science of homeopathy in simple English? Turns out its not possible. Actually, it's not even possible for it to be explained the same way twice or for people to even explain science properly.

1 week til Rocky!

Feeling: Happy


Fun school stuff happening. The Republicans of New Mexico are trying to pass a bill that will protect teachers from being fired when they lie to their students about evolution, climate change, etc. Texas Republicans have an interesting way to combat school shootings. Rather than make it harder for people to obtain guns, they want to make it legal for students on college campuses to carry concealed guns. So, not only will there be more guns, but they'll be in the hands of drunken frat boys. Nope, can't find a problem with that.

Joseph claims magical powers in the Blasphemer's Bible.

You can't get something from nothing? Actually, it turns out you can. This page graphically explains Casimir energy.

I've added three new games onto the Online section: Arkandian Crusade, But That Was Yesterday, and Feed the Head.

Do you like to go hiking? How about trying out the trail at Camino Del Rey?

Noah's Ark on Robot Chicken.

8 days til Rocky!

Feeling: Happy


A federal court wisely overrode an Ohio judge James DeWeese's ruling on the Ten Commandments being displayed in a state courtroom. Imagine if the judge actually enforced the Ten Commandments! He'd have to execute anyone working on a Sunday, or anyone exercising their first amendment right to freedom of religion!

NASA Kepler mission has identified 1,235 candidates that are likely to be planets, confirmed 525 extrasolar planets, and over 10% of those (54 planets) are in Earth's hospitable zone!

As if you needed another reason to stop using IE.

Brian Dalton of Mr. Deity fame gave a wonderful speech on atheism.

This stolen cup is found in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Where were these geek girls when I was in high school? Oh who am I kidding... when I was in high school I would have ran away and wet myself.

12 things you probably didn't know about the movie Ground Hog Day. Also, did you ever wonder how long Phil Connors was stuck in Ground Hog Day? A devoted fan figures out a decent estimate.

Free online dating site OKCupid was just purchased for $50 million by match.com. The first thing to change was the removal of a detailed article explaining why it's a terrible idea to pay for a dating site.

9 days til Rocky! Your apple pie, don't taste too nice!

Feeling: Anxious


The brothers are arrested in the Blasphemer's Bible.

It turns out that the universe may be 250 times larger than we thought (however, the observable universe remains the same size).

Oh how I love Google! They've just created a massive database of extremely high resolution photos of art work composed of the catalogues of several of the world's best museums.

Half day today because of the snow (which was severely overrated, as expected)!

Only 10 days til Rocky!

Feeling: Anxious


Fox News fails at geography. Where is Egypt again?

Joseph plants stolen evidence in the Blasphemer's Bible.

Same-sex civil unions are now legal in Illinois. It's a step in the right direction anyway.

It looks like there will be a new country by July of 2011. South Sudan appears to have officially seceded from Sudan.

Carl Sagan's spaceship of the imagination kicks ass.