Thursday, March 27, 2008

Calling All Creationists

I've posted about the whole evolution vs. creation debate before. Recently, I came across this frightening video.

Now, this is going out to any creationists out there who feel the same way that the people touring the museum in the video do. It's something that honestly puzzles me that I'd like to know the answer to:

May I ask - why would it make God any less majestic if evolution were real? God gave us all brains to solve problems. Science is the exploration into how God's universe works. If it were true that all of God's creation evolved from primordial soup, wouldn't that make all of God's creation closer to each other and part of the same whole? Does knowing how fusion works make the sun and the stars any less beautiful? How does believing that creation is billions of years old as opposed to thousands make God any less powerful, or shake your faith in Him?

In fact, if God created evolution and if it were a constant factor in life, wouldn't that be proof that God has a constant hand in existence, rather than that he just put the world into motion?

I'm not trying to put anyone on the spot or start a flame war - you all have your beliefs and I respect them. (And again, I ask any commenters to do the same.) I've just never understood how using the brain God gave you to understand his creation rather than just taking it as read that what was written thousands of years ago is scientifically accurate could possibly shake your faith in Him or all of His glory.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Internet Trolls

Illustration Friday: Pet Peeves

Say you like sunshine, and a troll will post a treatise about the evils of supernovas.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

YouTube's Regional Censoring

Being the life-long sci-fi geek that I am, I searched on YouTube for the new Dr. Who Season 4 Trailer. I clicked on it and got the following message:

"This video is not available in your country."

Excuse me? This video is not available in my country? I'm sorry, I was under impression that YouTube content was only blocked in such countries as China, not supposedly free countries like the United States. Apparently information is only as free as the corporate giants want it to be.

All right, I hear you cry, it was bound to happen. But why? The BBC (who puts out Doctor Who) has their own site that streams video only to British IPs. Fine - any videos they wanted to restrict they could have posted there. Why did YouTube (whose parent company Google's laughable motto is "First, do no harm,") have to make their site anything but free to the world? But a bit of searching shows that the problem is more than the entertainment industry trying to make the internet as region blocked as a DVD player. Apparently, there are cases of people in Germany who get the "not available" message if trying to watch films about Nazis. So the issue is not only about copyright, it's about censorship as well. Thank you, YouTube, Google, and your corporate masters, who have once again caved in and made the internet a slighty shittier place to be.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Hea-vy, Man.

Illustration Friday: Heavy

(Does the Atkins Diet support cannibalism?)


Friday, March 14, 2008

Davros is Everywhere

Kudos to Telltale Game's Sam & Max: Chariots of the Dogs for putting (future) Sam in a Davros chair, with Captain Pike's three lights thrown in for good measure. Bonus points for Future Max's Geordi LeForge visor.

A special note to the news media in the NY area: He resigned, she's a high-paid-ho. There's nothing more to tell. Please find something new to blab about. You're embarrassing yourselves.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Disney Fastplay = Show Me the Disney Commercials

The other night, I rented Meet the Robinsons on DVD. I popped it in the player, and immediately the following message came up:

"This Disney DVD is enhanced with Disney’s Fast Play. Your movie-"

Ok, this was all I needed to hear. I clicked on Fastplay - and, of course, was led to a preview. What the hell? I went back and played it again. This time I listened to the whole message:

"This Disney DVD is enhanced with Disney’s Fast Play. Your movie and a selection of bonus features will begin automatically."

Obviously, "selection of bonus features" means "Disney commercials." Ok, so they're not entirely lying sacks of shit, they're merely dishonest sacks of shit.


Is the "Do Not Call" List Actually Being Enforced?

Is the "Do Not Call" list actually being enforced? When the list first started in 2003, it mercifully cut the seemingly constant barrage of unwanted calls. After a year or so, the telemarketers slowly started harassing my phone again. Now, five years later, I'm back to an average of three calls a day. These automated transgressions usually start with, "This is not a sales call," or, "This is an important message from your bank." My new nemesis is, "This is an important message from your car's warranty provider." Honestly. Are there people out there who are truly so stupid that they don't realize that if their bank was calling them, they a) wouldn't use an automated service, and b) they would actually say the name of the bank? And a special note to the NYC Department of Education: please stop your automated calls during dinner that tell me to "stay on the line for an important announcement," when that "important announcement" is an upcoming PTA meeting. I truly don't give a rats ass.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Governor "Steamroller" Spitzer Resigns.

As I'm sure everyone knows by know, Governor "Steamroller" Spitzer has resigned after getting caught procuring a highly-priced Naughty Woman of the Night. While I enjoy the hypocracy, (for those who don't live in NY, he got the nickname "The Steamroller" as a prosecutor who refused to give anyone a second chance, and delighted in revealing the moral lapses of others,) I never felt either way about him. The ones I really feel sorry for are his wife and kids. Not to pick old wounds, but I can't help but think that if a certain president hadn't gotten away with committing perjury while in office, the governor might have thought twice about committing a crime during his tenure. Ah well.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Pharmacy in My Tap

In case you don't know, recent studies show that the tap water in New York City (and other major cities) have been found to have traces of over the counter and prescription drugs. Officials claim that the traces are so small that they are negligible, (although they also admit they haven't actually tested it themselves.) How the hell do they know? Fine -they may be negligible to adults, but what about my kids, who have been drinking the water and eating food cooked in the water since they were infants? What effects does exposure to these drugs have over years on a child's forming brain?


Monday, March 03, 2008

A "Prisoner" of the Daddy Loop

Recently, my sister Mary (the blogless one) and I had a conversation how we are turning into our father. Specifically - as much as it annoyed us when we were kids - we've both taken to talking back to commercials. But I've recently taken on another of my father's traits - pointing out morals in tv shows. When I was an adolescent, my father used to constantly point out how Kirk and Spock never lost their cool on Star Trek. (Bones would lose it all the time, of course. "Damn it, Jim!") Lately, I've been getting Joe into The Prisoner. ("I am not a number, I am a free man!" for you Iron Maiden fans.) And like my father, I find myself pointing out attributes in Number Six that I want him to have - and wish I had myself. (Of course, as a daddy, I have to pretend I already HAVE these qualities.) "See how he never ever gives up?" I say. "See how they want him to conform and stop thinking for himself? See how they want to make him afraid? See how they want to make him feel guilty? Because when you feel that way, you won't stand up for yourself." I don't think it annoys him. Give him a few years. Then when he grows up he can do it to his kids. As the 2000 Year Old Man said, "We mock what we are to become."

Be seeing you

PS - May I add my displeasure at the way the A&E DVDs of The Prisoner milk the fans for every dollar they can get? 17 episodes over 10 DVDs means an average of less than two episodes per DVD. Hell, that's less than an average of 1 & 3/4 of an episode! Have some shame, fellas!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Leap Into Insomnia

Illustration Friday: Leap

I tried- I really tried - NOT to do a picture about a frog. Lots of things crossed my mind: Columbus jumping off the edge of the Earth, someone jumping off a bridge, Indiana Jones taking his "leap of faith" from the lion's mouth - then it hit me. Frogs are probably tired of this whole leap shtick as well. "Leap into learning" my ass. Joe destroyed that annoying leap-pad thing within a day. (For those who don't know, there's a whole "LeapFrog" educational toy franchise. If you're a parent, you're obligated to buy one for your kid, lest the other parents look upon you as neglectful.)

I made the mistake of going to bed early tonight. A few hours sleep, and I can't go back. I've been up since 1am, like you care. I don't feel so good. I had some Alka-Seltzer with aspirin in the back of the cabinet that I had Jen buy when I was hung over once upon a time. It's berry flavored. Is there anything more revolting than flavored Alka-Seltzer? Now I can't get the disgusting taste out of my mouth.

These days, I'm up all night, and then I sleep most of the day. Usually I work on my adventure game or write until about two am. I can't get anything done during the day because my wonderful kids want to spend time with me. They don't know any better. Why am I up talking to you when I could be sleeping next to my wife who loves me? Because I just lie there, until the anxiety grips my chest so tightly that I can't sleep. Then I get up and pace around the apartment in my shorts, muttering to myself like a homeless person for a few hours. When it gets warmer, I think I'll try it on the streets.

At least we get to spend this quality time together.