Some people are less intelligent than others.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Serenity 2: Electric Boogaloo?
Rumors of Serenity 2 have been going on-and-off for a long time, and Lord knows the fans would jump at the idea to see their beloved characters back on the screen again. Any screen, even if it were on DVD. In an interview with Clint from Moviehole, cast member Alan Tudyk let loose that Universal is very interested in a sequel due to enormous DVD sales.
“They had to put [the Special Edition DVD] out because they’ve been selling out of the other one and so Universal’s like ‘So, let’s do another one’. And now… there’s now a chance there’s going to be another movie,” Tudyk said.
Posted by _J_ at 3:55 PM
Sibling works at an Animal Hospital. A few weeks ago some people brought a kitten in who had, presumably, been hit by a car. Apparently they already owned 9 cats and that night one of their cats led Weeble to their house. Sibling ended up adopting the kitty and naming him Weeble, because Weebles wobble but do not fall down. On Monday Weeble is having his right front leg amputated because it does not work, but Weeble does not care because Weeble is awesome and doesn't need that damn leg.
Here are some pictures:
Weeble Hates Pumpkin People
Weeble Stalks and maintains balance on the back of the couch
Weeble R Teh Awesomes.
Friday, October 5, 2007
“My job is a decision-making job. And as a result, I make a lot of decisions,” the president said.
“I delegate to good people. I always tell Condi Rice, `I want to remind you, Madam Secretary, who has the Ph.D. and who was the C student. And I want to remind you who the adviser is and who the president is.'
“I got a lot of Ph.D.-types and smart people around me who come into the Oval Office and say, `Mr. President, here's what's on my mind.' And I listen carefully to their advice. But having gathered the device (sic), I decide, you know, I say, `This is what we're going to do.' And it's `Yes, sir, Mr. President.' And then we get after it, implement policy.”
Yesterday on Tucker, Tucker Carlson interviewed Pastor John Hagee, a man with a gigantic hard-on for Israel. Here are some choice quotes.
"We are living—reliving history, if you will. It‘s 1938 all over again. And Iran is the new Germany. And Ahamadinejad is the new Hitler. Whenever Hitler was talking about killing the Jewish people, not very many people were listening. We have a new Hitler in the Middle East working to put together nuclear power for the purpose of attacking Israel and using those weapons on the United States of America."
- Pastor John Hagee, Historian
I never get tired of "___ is the new Hitler." statements.
"To be a Christian, you obey the bible and the bible is very clear about supporting the state of Israel, beginning in Genesis 12, Psalms 122, Romans 15: 26 and following. There is a plethora of scripture where Christians are mandated to be supportive of the state of Israel."
- Pastor John Hagee, Biblical Scholar
Here's an idea of how "commanding" those passages are:
"Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
Genesis 12: 1-3
Psalms 122 doesn't command a fucking thing.
"For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem."
Romans 15 : 26
"If we can take away America‘s dollars from the hands of Iranians who are putting together weapons that are killing America‘s soldiers on the battlefield in Iraq, that would be of great benefit and practical service to our nation right now."
Pastor John Hagee, Military Strategist
It's a good thing that America never sold weapons to anyone who helped arm the Iranians.
And this is the gem of the interview:
"Let me speak for myself. I certainly do not speak for all Evangelicals. But as a group, we are not comfortable with Rudy Giuliani. We would prefer some other candidate."
- Pastor John Hagee, Confused as Fuck.
I love that last one. He's speaking for himself, he doesn't speak for all Evangelicals, but as a group...
Bungie leaves Microsoft
Microsoft Corp said on Friday that Bungie, the crown jewel of its video game unit that was behind its hit "Halo" franchise, will become an independent company.
Microsoft said it will retain a stake in the new company and will continue to publish future "Halo" games and other titles, although Bungie indicated it could also make titles for gaming devices other than Microsoft's Xbox 360.
So Bungie will be an "independent company" and Microsoft "will retain a stake" in it.
"Bungie released a statement saying Microsoft, which bought the developer in 2000, will retain a minority equity interest."
What does that mean?
Thursday, October 4, 2007
As I have said before I fucking hate Larry Craig. If he wants to solicit sex in airport bathrooms then, awesome, have fun. If he wants to have press conferences and proclaim that he is "not gay" then, you know what, fine. That's his perogative.
But if he says that he'll do something, such as resign if he cannot retract his guilty plea, then being a Senator and a man of his word he ought to, I don't know, FUCKING RESIGN instead of changing his god damned mind.
I don't hate him because he's gay and in denial. I don't hate him because he's a dipshit. I don't hate him because nobody fucking believes that he is a straight man caught in a problematic situation. I hate him because he doesn't respect the legal system. Because he calls police officers, who were just doing their job, liars. Because he says "If I cannot withdraw my guilty plea I will resign." And then when he cannot withdraw his guilty plea he doesn't resign!
What does that say to his constituents? What does that say to his peers in Congress? What does it say about him? I mean, besides him not being a man of his words and a liar and an opportunistic shitstain.
If you say you'll resign then you fucking resign. You pack your bags, you go home, and you sit in a bathroom stall in a rest stop in the hopes that a big juicy cock appears under the stall dividers. That's what any self-respecting repressed white republican homosexual would do.
But Larry Craig? He has to be an obstinant ass about it.
And it pisses me off.
Zeno's Paradoxes illustrate various reductio ad absurdum arguments for various manners of discussing motion. The dichotomy paradox states that to walk a distance X one must first walk a distance X/2. To walk the distance X/2 one must first walk the distance (X/2)/2. In english, to travel 4 meters one must first travel 2 meters. To travel those 2 meters one must first travel 1 meter. On and on in an infinite regress, rendering a person incapable of movement. This description of movement is obviously flawed, as I am fully capable of walking to walls, through doorways, etc. Keep Zeno in mind.
Yesterday on the PA forums a thread appeared discussing whether .999... equals 1. I am certain that .999... does not equal 1. Why? Read on. Keep Zeno in mind.
1 ≠ .9
1 ≠ .99
1 ≠ .999
1 ≠ .9999
If we continually write this sequence no number of 9s to the right of the decimal will put the value to the right of the decimal equal to 1. It won't happen. Yet mathematicians maintain that when the value "goes infinite", when we cease writing 9s and instead denote an unending sequence of 9s something happens which puts the two values equal. But how? What happens? Remember this, as I will now talk about Anselm's ontological argument for the existence of God.
Anselm defined God as aliquid quod maius non cogitari potest (That than which a greater cannot be thought). By defining God to be aliquid quod maius non cogitari potest Anselm argues that God must necessarily exist, since God is aliquid quod maius non cogitari potest, and aliquid quod maius non cogitari potest must necessarily exist for if it did not exist it would not be that than which a greater cannot be thought, but would be that than which a greater can be thought, which is a contradiction. This type of argument is called an Ontological argument, an argument based upon the nature of the thing. It is not an argument for existence based upon proof, but rather is based upon definition and the nature of the being. As many philosophers have argued, the ontological argument is nonsense. "Existence" is not the stort of thing one may gain via definition.
As I have described Zeno's Paradox, the inequality of .9 and 1, and Anselm's ontological argument I will now discuss Unicorns.
Unicorns are often used in philosophy to illustrate non-being. Stated simply, Unicorns do not exist but we can discuss unicorns. We can draw pictures of unicorns. We can discuss the temperment of unicorns, the feeding habits of unicorns, the properties of unicorns. We have a wealth of information for these things which do not exist.
Now, combine all of that.
Infinity does not exist. Everything is finite. The universe, existence, being, apples, all are finite. So the problem with the notion of .999... is that it does not exist. And yes, we can describe it (like unicorns) and we can argue for its existence (like aliquid quod maius non cogitari potest) but in actuality infinity is nonsense.
Think of an orange. If I cut an orange into thirds do I have three unending, infinite fractions of orange? No. Oranges are finite. 1/3 of an orange is not .333... of orange. That is nonsense. Much like Zeno's paradox, infinity is a bad and inaccurate description of reality. There is no infinity. Like unicorns, we fabricated the notion.
Sequences of numbers stop when we stop writing them, stop computing them. The notation .999... doesn't actually mean anything, is not representative of anything. Surely we can write .999... and gesticulate wildly as we articulate the properties and qualities of it. But we can do the same for aliquid quod maius non cogitari potest, for unicorns. We can argue, as Zeno did, that there is an infinite amount of space between myself and the wall, myself and the door. But then we walk to the door and open it, we cut the orange into thirds and consume it. All is finite. The infinite, unending sequence is an innaccurate, flawed, and bad description.
And that's why 1 ≠ .999... There is no .999... There is just the decimal and as many 9s as we can write or calculate. But when we stop writing, stop calculating, the sequence stops.
Because it is finite.
I always knew I couldn't trust him as a child.
Everything is starting to make sense now...
He was always smiling at me, trying to entice me to play with him. Now I know he just wanted to get me hooked, so he could bleed me dry knowing full well my addictive personality. I was often curious why he kept trying to look like someone else, changing his physical appearance in a never ending series of make overs. Now I know, he was trying to avoid the feds. Now they have him and I can peacefully rest at night again...
... that is after they bring the Slinky into justice...
To the Hanover Campus Community:
When I first arrived at Hanover I quickly learned that there were many folks in the Hanover/Madison community who had not been on our campus and didn’t really feel comfortable coming to campus. I wanted to make sure our neighbors knew they are welcome and that they would begin to feel like Hanover is their college campus. I therefore asked the student life staff to come up with plans for a community open house with lots of activities for young children. They more than rose to the challenge and have planned a wonderful open house/”thank you” to our local community members. I would like to encourage all faculty, students, and staff members to help welcome our neighbors this Saturday, October 6 from 1:00-3:00 in the afternoon.
You may see young children and community members in the Horner Center, the Science Center, the Library, Art Gallery in CFA, Haq Center, and walking around campus. Bill Bettler and his band will be playing between the library and CFA. Many of our Hanover students and staff have volunteered as clowns, face painters, and game organizers, as well as helping with set up and clean up. If you would like to participate please call Ashley Clifford at 7079.
Please help me welcome any community members you see on campus this Saturday. We want to live up to our reputation for being the “Friendliest small campus in the US”! I hope to see a lot of Hanover T-shirts on Saturday.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Transparent animals opens new frontier for dissection-free research.
Animal Rights groups often bemoan the dissection of fetal pigs and frogs in High School science classes. They consider it a travesty that sometimes frogs are killed so that children can learn things.
Enter Professor Masayuki Sumida, professor at Hiroshima "glow-in-the-dark" University. He and his colleagues have successfully bred "see-through" frogs. Since "internal organs and blood vessels can be observed without dissecting the creatures" these transparent frogs can be studied and observed without the need for dissection.
The question I have, though, is whether or not this actually accomplishes anything. True, one no longer need cut open a frog to see its heart. But now instead of raising frogs to be dissected, frogs will be raised to be kept in classrooms, doomed to a life spent within the confines of a glass cube, poked and proded yearly by high schoolers with worksheets in-hand.
Seems to me that killing them would be more humane.
Monday, October 1, 2007
I spent this evening at the local Right to Life group's yearly Banquet. I was there to run a camera to record the event. The main speaker was Janet L. Folder, the author of The Criminalization of Christianity. And I have to say, probably the most compelling difference between a KKK rally and a Right to Life Banquet is that in many ways the KKK is more subtle. That, and the audience of a KKK rally is usually not 95% octogenarians.
It began with an aid reading a letter from our State Representative who could not attend as he had to be in Washinton voting against The Employment Non-Discrimination Act which was described in the letter as, "The ENDA our Religious Freedoms act". After this the bar was set so god-damned low that unmitigated ignorance ran rampant throughout the proceedings. Here are the highlights:
- According to one speaker once upon a time a 14 year old girl got knocked up and was able to keep the child and raise it. Thus proving once and for all that ever 14 year old, ever, is capable of raising a child on their own.
- An ex-cancer patient shared her story in which she had cancer, was pregnant, and was able to deliver the child and successfully battle cancer. Proving that any pregnant cancer patient who chooses to abort her child is a cold-blooded murderer.
- I learned that life begins at conception, and no scientist will refute this fact.
- I learned that one can use science to support one's claim of a fetus' humanity and at the same time refer to Evolution as a myth.
- I learned that Roe V. Wade is a wall that must be torn down. Despite the fact that walls hamper action, and Roe V. Wade enables action.
- I learned that every Christian should vote for Mike Huckabee if we wish to "win the abortion battle".
- I learned that everything in the Bible is literally true. And in 2007 one can cite the story of the walls of Jericho as proof that God will help us tear down the wall of Roe V. Wade. And if you're in a room full of people who are ignorant enough? They will cheer.
- I learned that Al Gore won the Florida recount, and it was the prayers of Evangelicals that allowed Bush to win the election despite the electoral system of the United States of America.
- I learned that there is no Separation of Church and State.
- I learned that hate crime laws based upon an individual "feeling threatened" are absurd. I learned that threatening abortion doctors is both fine and dandy.
- I learned that in California there are Abortion Mills.
- I learned that Right to Life groups use Billboards because, "If a woman is driving to an abortion doctor they will see our sign and change their mind." Because people are basically unthinking sheep.
- I learned that no argument for Personal Freedoms and Choice with regard to Abortion is sensible and all are the result of a desire to kill children.
- I learned that the entire abortion debate is in fact not nuanced or complicated for it can be reduced to "Do you want a Dead Baby or do you want a Living Baby?"
- I learned that we were all fetuses at one time, which means that all fetuses are human beings.
And finally, I learned that now matter how long human beings exist, no matter how much we learn an explore, no matter how far we evolve and grow as a species, there will always be ignorant, ignorant, ignorant, ignorant people who cling to the ideas held in a book composed by Cattle-Sacrificing Primitives who thought every species of animal lived within walking distance of Noah's house.
While reading the Indiana Daily Student (the IU newspaper), I ran across an opinion piece entitled Byte the Power, and I was genuinely surprised by how stupid it was. It's about Luddites and how computers are a fad and also evil. I'm tempted to think that her tongue is in her cheek given that the overall tone is silly (frivolously stupid), but I'm afraid she might be serious (dangerously stupid).
I think my favorite part is where she says that since computers sometimes crash at inopportune times, and since it's possible to be charged multiple times for a single monetary transaction over a computer network, that computers "Obviously [...] have done us more harm than good." I wonder what it's like to have the wind rushing against your face as you leap, gazelle-like, to such a conclusion. Also worth noting is where she wonders what we can do about technology, turns to the Luddites as an example, then suggests not using them as an example, segueing effortlessly into a list of computerized things that should be kept around. Splendid.
The original article is maybe a page long, but I think I can pare it down to about 15 words.
COMPUTERS BAD BLAH BLAH BLAH OH WAIT THEY'RE ACTUALLY GOOD, SORRY FOR WASTING YOUR TIME.
Also, I've had this in my head all day thanks to this article.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
So, they added another account type to Hellgate London.
Eligibility for the Hellgate: London Founders Offer
This limited-time offer allows you to make a one-time purchase of $149.99 USD to upgrade your Live online account to a lifetime subscription*. Please note that this offer expires after November 30, 2007. The Founders Offer will be available to you on your Account Management page once the retail game ships and you log into your Live account.
So, pre-order Hellgate London and you can pay $149.99 as a flat fee for lifetime online play.
ATLANTA - Evander Holyfield once defeated George Foreman in a battle for the world heavyweight boxing title. Now he is seeking to oust his former foe from another arena: the grilling world.
Holyfield, of Atlanta, is preparing to unveil the “Evander Holyfield Real Deal Grill,” a direct competitor to Foreman’s famous “Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine,” which has reportedly earned $100 million in sales since 1995.
We are fucked.
Posted by Mike Lewis at 9:40 PM