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Archive for February, 2007

Bone boxes of Jesus (and family)

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Oh God, more bullshit. It’s all they can talk about on CNN this morning.
My POV: Jesus (< Joshua) and Mary (< Miriam) and Joseph and Judah were EXTREMELY common names. Who knows how many Joshua-son-of-Josephs married Marys (Maries?) and had little Judahs (Judas?!) in the Roman Palestine over the years. This is just silly. There […]

Further Idol Thoughts

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The contestants from Birmingham, Alabama—although generally as bad as people from the other audition locales as far as their singing was concerned—nevertheless displayed one important (and nice) difference: they were extremely polite and gracious in the face of criticism—and even a bit of downright rudeness—from the judges.
Say what you will about people from the South […]

Tsurara (氷柱)

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Jobanni evidently went snowboarding with friends over in Aizu over the weekend. Sent me this pic this morning of an interesting ice formation (a tsurara or “ice pillar”) they passed on the way back to Ibaraki.

They were curious enough about it that they stopped to get out and look.
Reportedly they found a broken waterline, from […]

American Addle

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

This afternoon I watched the New York auditions of this year’s “American Idol”. (I think we’re about a month behind; the Birmingham auditions air for the first time in an hour, at 10:00 PM.) I kinda got hooked on the show last year when Fox Japan carried the fifth season. (As far as I know, […]

Witch brooms and Santa’s beard: Ho Ho…WHOA!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Fell asleep in front of the tube again last night and at some point a rerun of Millennium came on. And invaded my dreams. Take my advice: Don’t try this at home! If for no other reason than that you’ll be able to tell people that you’ve never dreamt of Lance Henriksen…without lying.
I have NO […]

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Auto-tag-memics

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Quoth The Tart, “As far as tagging…only if you want too.” I thought some of them might be fun, so here we are:
1. I swear because…I love words. I’m my most creative when behind the wheel. In Japan. Don’t get the wrong idea—every other word out of my mouth isn’t the “F” word or some […]

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On the collection of dreamtext excerpts

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

I suppose since I spend so much of my waking life reading, that it’s only natural I find myself doing it in my dreams as well. This, from some random history text, was particularly interesting:
Although the discovery of the Crisium Artefacts effected a brief resuscitation of the moribund SETI project and resulted in nearly a […]

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…And I Feel Fine

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

I started seeing an advert tonight on my satellite channels for an upcoming movie (mini-series?) to premier on March 11. The narrator says, in Japanese…
A nuclear war between China and the United States has devastated the Northern Hemisphere. The Southern is slowly being poisoned by radiation and the end of humanity is nigh. … A […]

So…how’s your VD?

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Mine’s turning out nicely in spite of the rain:

Somebody gave me chocolates. Ain’t that sweet?

Belatedly…

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

A Belated but Merry Darwinmas to you all!
(Poo. Missed it, this year.)

How to welcome the curious new member

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Surely not like this:
Re: [autodynamics] new member
Dear Akira:
1.- I think that you whether didn’t study AD Systems in Relative Motion deeply or you didn’t understand it. AD is making Physics no Mathematics or Analytical Geometry.
From the Spruce Goose herself, Granny Luce.
(Things seem to have calmed back down to their usual lull over in those parts. […]

Even smart people get it wrong

Monday, February 12th, 2007

During lunch today I caught the last part of a Discovery show about an underwater exploration team with a submersible who were surveying the waters around Cuba—the first American team to do so since the revolution. Was interesting enough and well-done, as you’d expect from Discovery fare; had Martin Sheen as the narrator.
At the end, […]

Today I want…

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

…to wear white flannel trousers.
…to roll the cuffs and not wear any socks.
…to part my hair a new way.
(One that doesn’t show the growing bald spot behind.)
…to eat a peach.
…to listen to the mermaids singing as I walk along the beach.
(I’ve heard them before, you know. And seen them playing in the surf, combing the […]

If there was any doubt…

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Just noticed that this has come in over at you-know-where. Sympathy from members of another religious organization!
Re: [autodynamics] Continue Rejecting
I checked the Widipedia site and was disappointed too. Is there a way to complain to them?
I thought Travis’ statement “Anyway, it basically boils down to the classic anti-intellectual argument: ‘I don’t understand it, therefore […]

Ibid. I, Ron.

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

After posting the previous, I popped over by Mark’s blog and discovered that he had posted something containing a sentiment very similar to that which I expressed (though less seriously and not as eloquently) at the end of mine:
There is no rage here, the word that best sums up my feelings towards your group is […]