Friday, February 29, 2008

Quote: Ideology

The problem with ideology is, if you've got an ideology, you've already got your mind made up. You know all the answers and that makes evidence irrelevant and arguments a waste of time.

- Bill Clinton

Friday, February 01, 2008

Pictures: More random pics

Run kids! Ruuuuun!!!!!

If he can show up in a sweat stain or a grilled cheese sandwich, then I don't know why this is so far-fetched.

Ha! This pictures requires no caption.

I guess mom gets the head.

I don't know why, but I'm suddenly imagining that Sputnik looks like a spider hanging on the wall.

That's pretty cool. I'll bet that hermit crab's like...."Hey! Where's the dark???"

Charles Darwin: "Well...hello there little boy! Would you like some candy?"

This seems just a tad exaggerated to me...even for an advertisement. "If you use our cream, all of your 100-year-old wrinkles will go away, your hair will change color and style, and the shape of your nostrils will change."

Article: It's good to be an oil company

"Oil giant makes corporate history by booking $11.7 billion in quarterly profit; earns $1,300 a second in 2007."

You know....all the rhetoric aside, if you look at pricing trends (ie. gas prices will skyrocket overnight but take months to recede again), I really have to admit that I do believe that gas prices may never go back to pre-Bush levels. There's too much FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) that big oil can use to pad their excuses. Later, they can simply claim that the general public just can't fathom the new kinds of math used to explain why. I typically don't take such a staunch stand on one of my blog entries, but when I see articles like these, I can't help but imagine the drooling stock-holders.

Sadly enough, war is GREAT for big business! The rich get richer.

Entry: To do or not to do....

I'm a big fan of a program on Showtime called 'The L Word'. On this show, one of the characters maintains a giant whiteboard with a ginormous diagram of all the main characters and with whom they've all slept and so on and so forth. It's a pretty darned big chart!

I was browsing the show site and ran across this interesting little application that lets people start their OWN charts. I'm sorely tempted to start one of my own. Of wouldn't have anything to do with sex. It would be a good-friends chart or a good-hasher-buddy chart. I think it would be interesting to see what kind of social dynamics are at work (particularly if hashers were used).'s just a brain-stormed idea at the moment.

The Desiderata

A very special person read this to me recently. I figured that I would serve as a humble echo in the halls of the universe by posting it. Enjoy.

Go placidly among the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful.
Strive to be happy.