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I don't think that the scrawled response, 'drink water,' came through very well. The Peanut Board wants you to know that they can help you through the 3-o'clock slump. One New Yorker disagrees.

I went jogging this morning with Erin. Very short trip at a moderate pace. I just wanted to give her the opportunity to get a run done and give me the chance to loosen up a bit for my run tomorrow. Unfortunately, I've got to get in early tomorrow because we're meeting at the guardhouse at 4:15, where I usually leave work just before 5.

The Portable Atheist has been getting much more readable now that I'm in contemporary works. But, there are still some pieces that are worth skipping. Like one piece was solely a critique of some other work, not included in this collection for obvious reasons. I know I Should seek out this referenced work myself & then return, but I can't be bothered. Oh, and Richard Dawkins is much less annoying in print than he is on YouTube.

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It's a flower. Aren't you glad its a flower? This looks like a different style than our favorite proto-anarchists, who recently scrawled 'Live Free, Die Free,' on another bench, but I could be wrong. Maybe one of them has a new girlfriend or something.

I've been finding 'The Portable Atheist' rather slow going. Part of it is my natural bias against non-fiction, and part of it is the flowery prose of the Enlightenment. But the biggest part is annoyance is with sound bitey authors like Marx. He constantly does things like, 'It is not the A B, but rather the B A!' Granted, this provides a lot of catchy, punchy lines, but for this to go on for 8 pages of ranting about the 'German Situation' (which our editor has completely failed to tell up about) gets a little tiresome. The later 19th century is more bearable, and I took a quick trip to the 21st, just to take a rest, so I should be ok from here on in.

Erin and I did a knife skills class last night. I now feel much more able to cut stuff

On readings

Jun. 2nd, 2008 07:50 am
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Found in 125 Street Station. No, I've not gone to the site.

I started reading 'The Portable Atheist', and I have to admit I feel very vulnerable when I do so on the train. I know it's not rational, but I recognise that atheists make up one of America's least favorite minorities. Don't believe me? There have been polls that showed that not only do a majority of Americans believe in angels, but an overwhelming majority believe that atheists are unfit to be president, or to teach.

Rational or not, I'm most worried that a casual aquaintance will think less of me for not needing or wanting a Supreme Being in my life. Frankly, I do not understand what triggers the Theistic Question in the first place. But back to my paranoia for a moment - see how ingrained the concept of 'atheism = moral failing' is? And this from a lifelong atheist.

Oh, and I want to talk about theodicy for a moment. Pope Guilty posted about it recently, and it turned out to be a word I'd been looking for. Out of space!

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My youngest brother says that Nintendo games are heavier than non-Nintendo ones. I think I may have bought one of the heaviest ones ever.

Working second shift today. I really appreciate that I can run errands on days like this, the Nintendo World release of Wii Fit. Erin is really excited about playing it, and as she's graduating tomorrow, she'll have tons of time for it. (While she's not looking for a job, or learning stuff on her own, or doing housework, &c.)

I've been reading 'Sissy Nation' lately, and while it is a fun read, the author has yet to present a solution out of our American Sissyhood. On the other hand, I'm less than 25 pages into a 165 page book, so that may be a little premature. :-)

To that end, back to the book.

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Every time I see the 'Are you clear enough to be a child protective specialist?' ads, I think of Scientology and I wonder how long until Internet Group Anonymous figures this out, too.

Today has me on a new NJTransit schedule. I should have checked it before leaving the house. Oh well. If I have time, I'll pick up a copy at my transfer. About to get to Penn Station, so off to the Drafts folder.

Now I have nothing to read, unless I reread the pulp that I didn't manage to return on Saturday. Specifically, it's one of the Kris Longknife books, 'Audacious'. It is thoroughly Escapist gung-ho military sci-fi. Lately, however, it has become even more jingoistic than I previously thought possible. For instance, the main people are all in the group of planets called the United Sentients. Anyone who isn't in the military is presented as craven and unprepared for when excrement hits the turbine. While our lead is a princess, her planet has a constitutional monarchy, with a parliament. Even though we're in the far-flung future, where Earth is a nearly isolationist power center, and our Princess is from the galaxy's Rim, people still get 20th Century cultural references—the Marines even sing the American Marine's Hymn, which, in case you've not heard it, makes reference to the "halls of Montezuma" and the "shores of Tripoli" in the first stanza. Recall that all those things are dozens of thousands of light-years away from these Marines. Oh, and all the various fighting men and women in this book are all witty and eloquent, while civilians are all shallow and often caught speechless.

But as I said before, it's nice, escapist pulp.

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I greatly enjoyed the Dresden Files Premiere, and I especially enjoyed watching it with [livejournal.com profile] rosefox, [livejournal.com profile] sinboy, the ever-lovin' and ever-present [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet, as well as the roommate Chris, Bonnie, her girlfriend Rachel, and [livejournal.com profile] last_soldier. Tasty snacks were available, so it didn't matter that I forgot to grab dinner.

I found that [livejournal.com profile] jimbutcher's world was accurately translated, and while I was initially taken aback at the negativity between Bob and Harry, it resolved itself into its usual playful banter. Some of the character changes were a little unsettling probably because most of the non-Harry characters didn't get enough screen time to "prove" themselves.

The episode was somewhat formulaic and predictable, and I find that Harry was too quick to form emotional ties (although this is normal for him from the books), and too slow to do magic. I think he did one spell in the entire episode, maybe. And it wasn't even his usual "evocative" game.

I'll still watch, but I'm expecting a bit more from the series as it progresses.

In addition, not the best "first" episode pick, very little exposition, so we're dropped into a very big and confusing world without a lot of bearings.

I know that the end of this "review" makes it sound like I didn't enjoy it, which is wrong (see first paragraphs). Rather, I think that it's a rather promising series, and I can't wait to see the possible heights, but unfortunately, it can easily go in the toilet from here, and I'd hate to see that.
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We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.


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I've been reading Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do by Peter McWilliams, and you can too, online for free.

I've also just found out (five years after the fact), that he died by choking on his own vomit. Yay nausea from AIDS medication that was only combatable by marijuana. Oh, and he couldn't smoke it anymore, or his family would lose their house (as the house was morgaged to post his bail). There are those who say the Federal government killed him. I won't go so far, but they are certainly not blameless in this affair.

Regardless, I really am enjoying the book. Thanks to the Erin for loaning it to me. The writing style is truly enjoyable, and while I am reading the book cover to cover, the author stated that it was actually intended to be browsed, rather than read through (due to the size of it, if nothing else).
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You know, I should post more often, but with less complaining. Or at least that's how I feel about it. Of course, I've said that a few dozen times already, so y'all must be getting sick of it by now.

People are never static, we know. We often assume we are more static than others, but that is a fallacy. Or at the very least, incredibly short-sighted.

I've been reading the Sandman books lately. Quite delicious. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] belcantin.

You know, I think I am determining my limits. Which is good, because it means that I've been getting enough good things lately that I am learning when to say, "No, thank you." It is incredibly hard to do this to ice cream, though. Or sex. C'est la vie, I suppose.

Time to get showered, wake up Nick, and maybe even throw out some of the things my mom wants me to throw out.
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