Wednesday, June 6, 2012

We're Back....For the Time Being!

So after several unsuccessful attempts to keep this blog going, I finally just stopped but I kept paying the hosting fees.  I apologize to anyone who had genuinely enjoyed my posts and I hope you found something else to read in the meantime! 

I've been reading a lot more blogs lately and I just decided that I should stop back in over here and see if I still have anything to add.  So, on that note, look for some new posts to start coming out every week or so! 

In the meantime, you might want to go check out, as it has a similar tone as my blog, and is a lot more focused!  Also, I've really enjoyed reading through, and to name a couple more. 

Check those out and be sure to check back on here for new posts soon!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

On Green Tea...(awesome)

I've been drinking a lot of green tea lately, not for any real reason other than it is easier to prepare than coffee and it is free where I work.  By "a lot" I mean I usually drink anywhere from 4-7 cups of the stuff each day, considering a package of Timmings Jasmine Green Tea only contains  25 tea bags, I would imagine I'm having a noticeable effect on the bottom line.  Strike another point up for the little guy versus "the man" if you're into that kind of thing.  Today I've only had two cups, so I'm going to be playing catch up in the next couple of hours to make sure I get in at least five cups. 

The supposed health benefits are pretty amazing, but I'm not going to bore you by regurgitating shoddy research or statistics that I've read on other blogs or on university websties, which are oftentimes not much more credible than blogs, in my opinion.  Everyone seems to conclude that green tea is really good for you, but nobody can really prove how.  They say that it "may raise your metabolism" and "could be linked to reductions in certain cancers" and it is also supposed to somehow increase your immunity to colds and such.  Of course, nobody ever goes so far as to say "green tea fixes ____, or wards of ____."  They pretty much just guess at it, which, in this world, I suppose is just about as good as it gets.

So, over here at, we take the official stance that green tea is awesome...we're not really sure why it's awesome, but we dig it, and that's enough.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Free will or Determinism, God or Man?

"Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it. You know, I just... do things."- The Joker- "The Dark Knight"

I've been thinking a lot lately. Mostly I've been thinking about the same things that everyone thinks about, money, power, chicks...but I've also been considering the question of whether or not we truly have free will, or if "God," some supreme being of the universe, has a plan for us. In my pursuit for answers, I stumbled upon an iTunes U lecture series from Princeton University by a fellow named John Conway. You can probably find it by doing a search for "The Free Will Theorem." The basic premise of the whole series is to explore whether or not free will is true on the micro as well as the macro level.

You always hear people say "everything happens for a reason." Atheists think this is bullshit...agnostics suspect that it's bullshit, and the faithful hope it's not bullshit. I have conveniently fallen into each of the above categories, depending on what emotional and mental state I was in at the time, and whether I needed the support that believing there was some grand order to this whole mess might provide. Honestly though, when looked at objectively I can see no evidence of a plan. I would prefer to believe in free will, rather then to believe that I have no say in any matter. You just simply can not have it both ways.

One problem with trying to say that people have free will, but that there is also a plan and everything that occurs fits into this plan perfectly is that the notion of a predetermined outcome absolutely absolves people of any personal responsibility. An example would be the absolute shithead who lives a life of evil decision making, only to later "find God" and turn his or her life around. They will then have a "moving testimony" to recount to thousands of church goers and to explain how "if God hadn't let me go through what I did for all of those years, I would have never found him and I wouldn't have this wonderful testimony to tell you people today..." So basically, the argument here is that "God's plan" absolves this person of all of their shitheaded ways, simply so they could have a good yarn to spin to attempt to persuade other shitheads into "finding redemption" in religion.

It seems to me that faith is nothing more than a method for reconciling with yourself the fact that you have pretty much sucked at life up until that point. The neat thing about most religions is that they come with an abundance of forgiveness, so you can still be at least a moderate shithead and as long as you feel some solid remorse and ask for forgiveness, bam! you're fresh and clean again. But here I go on a tangent, digressing again. We were talking about free will, not trying to point out all of the flaws of religion.

It is simply not possible to state that free will exists inside of the scope of a grand plan. You either have one or the if you argue in favor of determinism, then you also argue that nobody is responsible for any action, because it is all predetermined by some greater force. With that in mind, if you tell me that I need to save my soul, and I tell you to get bent, then you should consider that part of God's plan and just move on. Or you can believe in free will and leave the safety of everyone's soul to themselves.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Incoherent Ramblings

I don't have a whole lot to say these days. I guess I walk around in state of general discontent at the things I see that are wrong, but I'm not so sure that it really matters. I feel like Walter from the movie "The Big Lebowski" when he loses it and draws a pistol on his friend for allowing his toe to slip over the line during a bowling match. "Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one who gives a shit about the rules? Mark it zero!" I'm mad, but not mad enough to take real steps to change anything, so it feels a bit hypocritical to bitch too much in this somewhat anonymous forum. If I really cared I would get some skin in the game and go change something. Instead I insulate myself as well as I can by making preparations for "when the shit hits the fan" completely ignoring the shit smell coming from the fan already...I guess it will take turds being physically flung into my face to really get my attention. Maybe by then it will be too late.