Friday, October 06, 2006

The IgNobels have been announced!

Scaring, glasses of water and holding your breath not working for those hiccups? Try digital rectal massage!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Alright now, we have proof the war is a current mistake

if only we can get to it.

I'm beginning to get a little ee cummings in my head:

plato told
him:he couldn't
believe it (jesus

told him; he
wouldn't believe
certainly told
him, and general(yes

and even
(believe it or

told him:i told
him;we told him
(he didn't believe it,no

sir)it took
a nipponized bit of
the old sixth

el;in the top of his head:to tell

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Something finally changed for the better!

Finally, some last shred of decency was forced upon the Bush Administration. It took four embarassing years out of our pride as a nation with justice and laws that apply to all people, equally. I hope that this is just the first of the many apologies and amends that we will have to make for this drunken one-night stand with "cowboy diplomacy".

Monday, June 19, 2006

Pondering Religion

I've been thinking a lot about my beliefs lately. It's been a painful struggle for me, but I think as a result of my brother's death I lost my faith. I mourn its loss. I desperately want to believe that there is some sort of order to the universe and that things happen for a reason. So I generated a creed, or maybe it's an anti-creed:

I doubt God (or Goddess, or Supreme Being).
The earth was an amazing and beautiful accident, but was not made.
I do not believe in the divinity of any particular human being.

I believe evil is man-made.
I believe that the horrible things that humanity does to itself go unpunished.
I believe that the good that humanity does in this life is the good that happens in this world and there is no external genesis of good.
I want to have faith in something greater than humanity.

I believe that those who die never return.
I wish that the above were not true.
I believe that love is stronger than death.
I wonder if there is a soul.

I believe that shared ritual is necessary.
I believe that religion is used by the powerful to control the weak.
I believe that religion can engender positive change in people.
I believe that religion can be the excuse for bigotry and hate and the cure.

So, I took a religion quiz (I know. It seems so stupid to ascertain your belief system via an Internet quiz. But hey, I’m an American in the digital age, that’s how we discover everything about ourselves.).

Here’s my results:
1. Liberal Quakers (100%)
2. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (96%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (94%)
4. Secular Humanism (82%)
5. Neo-Pagan (76%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (75%)
7. Bahá'í Faith (72%)
8. Mahayana Buddhism (67%)
9. New Age (62%)
10. Taoism (61%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (61%)
12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (57%)
13. Reform Judaism (56%)
14. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (56%)
15. Nontheist (51%)
16. Jainism (50%)
17. New Thought (47%)
18. Jehovah's Witness (45%)
19. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (41%)
20. Sikhism (39%)
21. Scientology (39%)
22. Hinduism (37%)
23. Seventh Day Adventist (34%)
24. Orthodox Judaism (25%)
25. Islam (21%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (16%)
27. Roman Catholic (16%)

I thought "Secular Humanism" would be the highest. Maybe it doesn't behoove the creators of this list to have one completely abandon organized religion. However, Quakers and Unitarians are as unstructured an organization could be and still lay some claim to be a religious group.

Mom and the Primate

My mother is one of the delegates who elected the first woman Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. I found this picture on Yahoo. The new Presiding Bishop is on the left, my mother is directly behind her in the black flowery dress.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Build your own SUV ad

Chevy has come up with the brillian idea of letting the general public make their own Chevy Tahoe ad. Check these out on Eco-Geek.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The fox has been appointed to the office of henhouse oversight...

So let me get this straight...Tom DeLay is indicted on charges relating to the way he shuffled around money to evade the law, so they hand him the ability to spend and shuffle more money. He is also being placed on a committee that will (correction, make that will not) investigate his own ties to Abramoff. sheesh.

Friday, January 20, 2006

How Congress choose to spend your money.

An interesting diagram. Thanks to Justin for the link.