May 10th, 2009

wart

Twitterpated

  • 01:14 Reagan comes running when I get out the wet cat food, but I have to carry Wally to it before he'll eat it. #
  • 08:45 The only living pig in Afghanistan www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE5444XQ20090505 #
  • 09:25 The tech at the CVS had a conventionally pretty look. I guess if the pharmacy tech thing doesn't pan out, she could get into modeling. #
  • 09:28 When thinking of umbrella songs, my mind tends to go to the Hollies' "Bus Stop" before the Rihanna song. #
  • 09:28 I had a dream that involved something disturbing happening at an @amandapalmer concert, but I can't remember what. #
  • 09:29 Another dream had me playing Scattergories with my dad, but the game we started playing wasn't anything like Scattergories. #
  • 16:10 Firefighters prepare to confront Jesus bit.ly/5MF8L
    (link from @kidicarus222) #
  • 16:12 Dying is easy. It's living that's hard. #
  • 21:17 @eehouls Is that Santa during the off-season? #
  • 21:33 @mattie_bloomers Happy birthday! #
  • 21:33 I had a burger with a fried egg on it at Red Robin. That's sort of a gateway to the Good Morning Burger, isn't it? #
  • 21:34 The burger probably wasn't soaked in rich creamery butter, though. #
  • 21:34 When we were leaving, they called "Dorothy, party of three." I wonder if she was there with Betsy Bobbin and Trot. {g} #
  • 21:35 Speaking of which, today is the anniversary of when Jinnicky was inadvertently pulled out of the ocean by the fisherman Bloff. #
  • 21:48 @poisonyoulove Heh, on my Twitter page, this appears right under my own unrelated tweet about classic rock and cavemen. How eerie! #
  • 21:50 @DVDBoxSet I thought Spock only got horny every seven years, or something like that. #
  • 21:50 @colleenanne Good idea! #
  • 21:51 @DVDBoxSet I can see SOME similarities, but I don't think Spock is a total douche like Dr. Manhattan. #
  • 21:54 RT @3x1minus1 the house that attention deficit disorder built: www.parkapts.info/459.jpg #
  • 21:54 I think I would like to live in that house. #
  • 22:08 "1503: Christopher Columbus and his crew became the first Europeans to visit
    the Cayman Islands." And did they set up the first tax shelter? #
  • 23:35 @DVDBoxSet So the family show isn't a rock show? Because rock breaks up families, sort of like Jesus did? #
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You Can Only Think of God

I don't think separation of church and state is a particularly difficult concept. Apparently some people do, though, because they think religion dominates EVERYTHING. And this not only applies to matters such as science and government, but even entertainment. If a song isn't glorifying God, it isn't worth listening to! Now, I'm not saying there hasn't been a lot of great music that's been religiously inspired, but I get the impression that even most of that uses God as a base, not as the entire subject of the song.

My thought on this sort of mindset is that it's pretty archaic. In ancient societies, it was pretty much a given that most aspects of life concerned the gods, so it made sense to consult a priest if you wanted to heal the sick, predict the weather, or decide whether or not to go into battle. Since then, however, we've discovered more effective ways to do most of these things without involving religion. Medicine has proven to be a lot better than prayer at curing disease. And science has made many advancements in finding out how the world works. Even if there is some supernatural force behind it all, it doesn't have to be directly involved in day-to-day matters. So to say that schools should teach "God did it" as an alternative to evolution is essentially holding on to an outdated point of view, and willfully ignoring any advancements that DON'T directly involve religion. And yet these people (with some exceptions) don't avoid other such scientific knowledge. I mean, why are there TV shows espousing Creationism when television was a secular invention? Or do the makers of these shows believe that God is directly involved in sending television signals?

Also baffling is how some private schools claim to use the Bible as the ultimate source for everything. Does that apply even when the Bible is obviously wrong? I'm not necessarily even talking here about supernatural matters, but about simple historical facts. The book of Daniel says that Belshazzar was the son of Nebuchadnezzar, when in fact they weren't even related.

Even when the Bible was written, I seriously doubt it was intended to be the source for everything. If it had been, then why does it reference other books (most of which no longer exist, as far as we know)? For instance, the books of Kings keep making references to the Annals of the Kings of Israel and Judah, implying that not everything that needed to be said about these kings could be found in the Biblical record; it just provided an overview of the kings' reigns seen from the point of view of the priests. Yet even today, you'll see people who think the Bible has the answers to everything. Well, no, there are in fact a lot of hot-button issues that it doesn't address. But then, some people have taken it upon themselves to invent Biblical answers to things that aren't actually mentioned in the book, and sometimes even directly contradict it. I'm not sure Jesus would have been too keen on trickle-down economics, for instance, but I've seen a fair number of Christians promoting it. Why is that acceptable, but evolution and gay marriage aren't? People can believe in whatever religion they think makes sense, but I think we all have to realize that, in this day and age, not everything can be directly related to whatever faith you have. And really, what kind of creator would make an entire species with the full intention of having them do nothing but think about how great He is all the time?

Anyway, I know there are some mothers on my list, so happy Mother's Day! It's also Dewey's seventh birthday, and Constitution Day in Micronesia.
wart

Let the Cartoon Begin!

The most recent Simpsons episode was pretty lame, honestly. Doing four stories meant they didn't leave much time to develop any particular one. The Queen Elizabeth one seemed like it had some potential, but it was practically over right after starting. The Snow White one had some good jokes, especially with the working animals, but still struck me as lacking. I didn't care much for the Macbeth segment at all, but Maggie's Fountainhead was kind of cute.

Family Guy actually did a better job with the multiple out-of-continuity stories thing, which they do a lot less often. I remember the genie/superpowers/Little Rascals one, and the one about Griffins throughout history, but I think those might have been the only two. All three of those were pretty amusing, even though I've never actually seen The Shawshank Redemption. (I haven't read any Stephen King either, but despite the reference to books at the beginning, the segments were obviously parodies of the film adaptations.) American Dad was pretty good as well, and I appreciate that they maintained the character development, with Stan no longer being totally homophobic.

While on the subject of cartoons, here's a survey-meme-thing that I got from secondlina:
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