2. iPod So You Don't Have To - I've been considering getting a new MP3 player, since my current one is now about four years old. It still plays, but it has occasional problems, and it's probably better not to wait until it conks out entirely. I currently have a Creative player, and I like it, but I don't think they make any with much storage capacity these days. I know some of the iPod Classics can store a lot of music, but is it true that you can only use those with one computer? I've heard that, if you plug an iPod into someone else's computer, it will erase all of the stored data. Is this true, and if so, is there any way to get around it?
3. This Is Not Really an Item - I already mentioned this on Twitter, but I thought I'd elaborate on how ridiculous I found it when an eHarmony commercial insisted that it WASN'T a dating site. Their explanation for this was that it was a match-making site, or something like that. I forget the actual phrase they used, but it was something that sounded suspiciously like a dating site to me. It reminded me of something I first read in a Chick Tract and later heard from other fundamentalists, which is that Christianity isn't a religion, but a relationship with God. I don't think any of them have been able to sufficiently explain what the difference is, though. Is saying things aren't what they pretty obviously are a growing trend?
4. Brangelina Blues - Well, I've now heard about 80,000 times from various media that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are breaking up, although they officially deny it. Wow, what a shock! You know, if you get shocked by really obvious things. ("Oh, wow! Grass is GREEN!") Didn't Brad cheat on Jennifer Aniston with Ms. Jolie in the first place? Not that I really blame him for that one, since at least Angelina is somewhat interesting. Ms. Aniston has to be one of the dullest people in the entertainment business, yet somehow she keeps appearing on magazine covers. The story usually seems to be something like "Jen upset over break-up," which I suppose is news because people who didn't star in Friends just LOVE breaking up. But anyway, my point is that I never figured either Brad or Angelina for the type who goes for stable relationships.
5. Haitian Satan - An interesting post I read today puts Pat Robertson's moronic comments about Haiti into context. Apparently the idea that the Haitians are in league with the Prince of Darkness is nothing new, because some Christians assume that Voodoo rituals must be Satanic. Yes, we're back to the idea that every god other than yours has to be the Devil in disguise, as if Satan really has that much free time. As the article mentions, Christianity itself was subject to that sort of slur in its early days. I can't say I believe in any of these gods, but I always kind of liked the ancient Roman notion that having more gods would strengthen the state. Really, I think paganism would work out well in today's society, because as it is we have hundreds of different interpretations of the same deity. If you really want a violent deity, why bother insisting that the notorious pacifist Jesus would have been cool with guns? Just become a devotee of a war god (Ares/Mars, Tyr, Mithras, etc.), and you can easily mix your pro-war stance with your religious fanaticism! Also, I think I might do an article on Voodoo mythology in the near future, as I don't know a whole lot about it and it sounds interesting. I do know one of their gods (or loa, anyway) is a skeleton in a top hat, and how can you go wrong with that?