March 28, 2009
Global-Warming Cultists? Screw 'Em... Celebrate Human Achievement Hour - UPDATED 3-28-09
(cross-posted from IMAO)
The neo-cavemen of the "1022 tons of rock is TOTALLY fragile" movement want you to turn your lights out between 8:30 and 9:30pm tonight.
To which I respond with a heartfelt "bite me".
I'm going to celebrate Human Achievement Hour, instead.
In response to which I'm sure the 21st century hippie losers will snivel "Oh yeah? What's there to celebrate? What have human beings ever achieved?"
Got 3 minutes?:
Personally, I'm going to celebrate by taking a minute to appreciate the taken-for-granted miracles of human civilization that surround me:
* This stupid blog post? Yeah, I'm writing words... with LIGHT! Even Gandalf never pulled that one off.
* Sure, the elves had that freaky little "vision pool" going on, but my 40-inch plasma flatscreen does the same damn thing, except in hi-def.
* The computer I'm writing this on (with LIGHT!) contains exactly zero natural or organic materials. I'll bet that stupid hippie Steve Jobs cries himself to sleep every night just thinking about that.
* If I jump in my SUV right now, I can be 60 miles away from here an hour later. Basically it's just really slow teleportation.
* If wolves could do that, I'd stop hunting them from airplanes just out of respect.
* I'm gonna play a CD. Look! I'm making music... with LIGHT!
* My cell phone... actually, I'm gonna turn that off because you're busy reading, and having it pop off with "It's Raining Men" right now would probably annoy the crap out of you.
* SIT! my domesticated dog, son of wolves who weren't hunted from airplanes.
* Twitter... is just self-indulgent twaddle. The hippies can shut that down if they want. Of course, if they did, they might get bored and do stuff that leaves big, carbony footprints. You know, like work or bathing.
* Zo - totally not a slave anymore.
How are YOU gonna celebrate?
PS - Regarding the last Earth Hour post... I wasn't able to rework the Earth Hour video with appropriately ominous background music, because I still don't have video skills or software. However, if you have some time to kill, you can do a manual mashup that I thought worked pretty well.
Load up the Earth Hour video, pause it at the 30 second mark, and mute the sound (click the speaker icon to the right of the time stamp).
Start the music then the video as near simultaneously as you can, and watch the Earth Hour video.
Krig the Viking suggests another excellent mashup:
Pause the Earth Hour video at 26 seconds, and start Holst's "Mars: The Bringer of War" (at 0 seconds).
It's like these old, dead, music guys knew this was coming.
FRIZZEN SPARKS (v3.0)
Put away your shotguns, he's not a zombie. He just smells like one.
Update your blogrolls, though, because he ditched the .com address for a .org one.
As Grau likes to say, "less dot commie, more dot orgy".
IT'S A BOY!
Long overdue on this one, and I have only myself to blame.
Somewhere around a millionty-billionty years ago, Blogson Contagion of Miasmatic Review conned some poor sucker into starting a blog, and he turned out to be an excellent writer, a prolific poster, and a worthy member of the Bad Example Family. It's [way past] time to celebrate the arrival of
Petey of Petey's Powderhorn
Let's take a look in the baby carriage...
Hmmm... not there...
... must've gotten out and walked to the liquor store to pick up a bottle of scotch. Kids grow up so fast these days.
Anyway, since he's got about 80,000 posts up already, we'll just have to skim for some highlights:
Obligatory sucky first post - well, it contains blood and cannibalism, so I'd have to say that it doesn't suck very much. How disappointing is that? However, he makes up for it by calling his fourth post his first post and it's filled to the brim with suck, thus managing to follow the rules and break them at the same time. A+ for creativity.
Some thoughts on gun control - love that picture.
"One of these days I am going to end up biting my lips off" - still struggling to control his craving for human flesh.
This only SOUNDS dirty - Petey's got wood 'cuz he likes a good paddlin'.
St. Patrick's Day - Lots of entertainment here.
Membership in the Bad Example Clan is also an option, if you're so inclined to jump through the requisite hoops, but is not mandatory.
And as Contagion's boy, you're also a member of the Frizzen Sparks Family, who's blogroll code is thus:
Meanwhile you can look forward - with either anticipation or dread - to occasional visits and comments from me.
March 26, 2009
BLOGROLL UPDATED - (post updated 3-27-09)
I updated the Bad Example Family blogroll. There were a few links that needed changing, but the big difference is that I went through and took out everyone who hasn't posted in the last six months. If you need to find one of them, they're now listed under the Milk Carton Kids blogroll.
Two discoveries - Alex of Alex in Wonderland is posting again. Johnny-Oh of Closet Extremist is not, although he dropped a couple comments recently. I'll give him another week to post some blah-blah-I've-been-really-busy thing before putting him on the missing list.
Anyway, let me know if I bollixed up something in the process.
Oh, and hetero life-partner and co-blogfather of many of my spawn Graumagus of Frizzen Sparks is rumored to be coming back on line very soon. Details to follow when I get 'em.
Finally, Contagion of Miasmatic Review had a blogson over a year ago that - regretfully - I never acknowleged. Petey of Petey's Powderhorn is now on the Family Blogroll.
My apologies for dropping the ball on this. Proper birth announcement to follow soon.
UPDATE 3-27-09: Looks like Johnny-Oh of Closet Extremist will stay off the Milk Carton Kids list for another 6 months. Little smartass.
March 25, 2009
I PREFER TO THINK OF IT AS "DEITY IMPAIRED"
Steven Crowder (whose comedic works I adore, by the way) thinks that Atheism is a "Mental Handicap" and wants atheists to tell him if he's correct in that evaluation.
As an atheist, I have to say, "it depends on WHY you're an atheist".
Me, I'm an atheist-by-reason. I just don't see enough evidence to believe in a being that both created the universe and also occasionally intercedes in day-to-day events on behalf of individuals. I'm more of a "the universe just is, and things just happen" kinda guy.
The atheists Steven spends most of his time talking about are atheists-by-morality. They're actually immoralists who claim to be atheists. They see the Christian code of morality, find it inconvenient or uncomfortable, then reject the existence of God as a means of rejecting Christian morality and often ANY hard & fast sort of moral code.
And I would agree that lacking a moral compass constitutes a mental handicap, because my observations indicate that embracing a moral code leads to a happier, healthier, longer life, all things being equal.
A functional moral code requires accepting responsibility for one's actions, and reflecting on those actions from time to time for the purposes of correcting past mistakes and avoiding future mistakes.
For Christians, this takes the form of prayers for forgiveness of sin, and prayers for God's guidance. For me, it's just "thinking things over".
The other part is how you treat others. For Christians, it's "do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and "turning the other cheek". For me, it's "be courteous" and "don't waste time pursuing revenge against idiots - get on with your life".
People who reject morality usually do so in order to avoid either self-accountability and/or self-correction and/or good manners. After they make the conscious decision to be thoughtless jerks, they cover their asses by saying, "it's ok to act like a reality show contestant all my life, because I refuse to believe in a God that tells me otherwise".
So, Steven, you don't HAVE to be a mentally-handicapped Hollywood jerk to be an atheist, it's just that a lot of people get there that way, and they give the rest of us a bad name.
March 24, 2009
THE 18-INCH RULE
Blogdaughter Teresa had an issue with misplacing a SD memory card. I don't know if this advice applies in this case, since she found it under some paper, but the 18-inch rule is still a handy tool, so I thought I'd share this (NOTE - I didn't invent this, it's just something I stumbled across while wandering the mysterious backwaters of the internet many years ago).
Since your arms are about 18 inches long, a misplaced item will usually be within 18 inches of where you are when you notice it's missing.
Unless you're the type of person who will get up and walk around your house, hiding things from yourself.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm not here to judge your choice of lifestyle.
March 13, 2009
I read the news headlines daily. Usually Google News & Drudge.
I read the headlines on Wednesday, and apparently nobody remembered the Madrid bombings of 3-11-04.
All I can say is that although I didn't remember, I haven't forgotten.
More dead terrorists, please.
March 11, 2009
THE PERFECT METAPHOR FOR REALITY TV
Via I Hate My Cubicle!
Click the link (SFW) and enjoy purposeless, repetitious activity propped up by dramatic camera angles and even MORE dramatic music.
Now, I don't do scrapbooking or quiltmaking or needlepoint, and I generally prefer to have my candy manufactured in inadequately ventilated factories by underpaid illegal immigrants. However, I realize that this site might have some appeal for those readers who have crafty inclinations, so I'm spreading the word.See better examples »
March 01, 2009
THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS & TYRANTS
Blogdaughter Tammi of Tammi's World worries that America may be verging on civil war between the
haves & have-nots producers and produce-nots.
Will we EVER get back to the point of wanting to take care of ourselves? Will we EVER stand up and tell the government ENOUGH!?
Because 1 or 2 voices are not enough. And right now the majority of folks are enjoying having someone take care of them.
And I just hope it doesn't come to a "blowout" (on a grander scale) like the one Mama and I had all those years ago. That......would NOT be a good way to see this end.
Well, the bad news is - yes, there will be a revolution.
The good news is - it will happen at the ballot box.
Historically, entrenched government power always becomes corrupt and oppressive. And it never just goes away on its own. It has to be forcibly removed. Usually by bloody revolution every 20 years or so.
America is a little different, because its citizens have options besides killing the bastards. We can move to another city or state that's less oppressive, or we can forcibly remove political dirtbags merely by voting. In America, NO politician has ever ignored the results of the ballot box. The winner wins, the loser goes home, and everybody tries again later. The game is fair, and nobody screws with the rules. It's sorta like football. Everybody might cheat a little - a hold here, a late hit there - but no one tries to shoot the refs and declare the scoreboard results invalid.
And personally, I don't think it's actually the MAJORITY of the folks looking for a handout. I think it's just that the usual suspects are making more noise than normal.
Fortunately, they've stopped being polite about it. They no longer say "please" or "thank you". Now they're just grabbing & saying "GIMME!".
Big mistake. Americans don't like rude, greedy, grabby people. Our mommas raised us better.
Which means the time is right for the responsible adults to ACT like responsible adults and start punishing the spoiled children who are misbehaving. That means saying "No! Bad! Don't!" out loud, with feeling, and as often as it takes to correct the unacceptable behavior.
Hopefully a lecture and a time out will be sufficient.
But still, I admit that there's a part of me that wouldn't mind carving a hickory switch.
Wouldn't mind a bit.