Friday, December 4, 2009

Moving

The Angry Gnome is moving to Posterous... a cool site you can update and post to via email or from the web, and it's way easier to use than any other blogging service I've ever tried. Check out my new home in the interwebs The Angry Gnome.

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Rave

This is way cool! I can post from anywhere I can get on email and it works way better than the Blogger system for email posting. This may well be my new blog location guys. Awesome! Check out what it does if you just attach several photos to an email.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Graven Images?

From Pastoral Meanderings, on images:


The Image of the Unseen

I have in my office many, many things on the walls. I have degrees and an ordination certificate and Luther's Sacristy Prayer and some photos... I have organ pipes and personal photos of my family... I have a dozen or so crucifixes (nearly all high quality hand carved wood from Italy and my prized one from Oberammergau)... I have a couple of original paintings (Noah and the ark and one of an American highway scene)... I have several posters (Birgitta and one called Sing Me to Heaven)... I have resin castings (can't afford the real thing) of stone carvings of Mary, of the Risen Jesus, of Jesus as Priest with bread and cup, of Celtic crosses... And I have a ton of icons (okay, well not a ton but lots and lots). One in particular is a sterling silver icon from Romania (the Holy Family, an icon crucifix and traveling icon, and most especially, an icon stitched for me by my colleague (the Asst. Pastor)... Most of them were gifts... the vast majority... some I have purchased...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving

Hi all, I just wanted to share what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving morning.

I thank God for all of these things that He has so graciously provided for me:

First, and always at the very top of my list, is Jesus, he came and took on human flesh (John 1:14), lived a perfect life and took on my sins (2 Corinthians 5:21), and died for me (Romans 5:6-8).

Second is family, my mom who never gave up on me and kept praying for me even when I was rejecting both her and God. My daughter Lora whom I love dearly and who is so much like me. My granddaughter Serenity who lives life full bore and keeps me going all the time. For my cousin Mike who has been so generous with our expanded family the last several years. And of course my little sister Kari who has such a great way of bringing me down to reality when I wander off in my head sometimes.

I'm thankful for Messiah Lutheran Church and our congregation, and especially for Pastor Ledic.

I'm thankful for my job, and my employers, especially in these tough times.

I'm thankful for our unschooling friends who are so much fun to be around and to camp with too.

Thank you God! :-)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Reason Not to Dehydrate: Man Speaking After 23 Years in Locked-In State » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog

Reason Not to Dehydrate: Man Speaking After 23 Years in Locked-In State
Monday, November 23, 2009, 10:57 AM
Wesley J. Smith
We hear constantly that people diagnosed as being persistently unconscious should be dehydrated to death because they are not “persons,” or are actually “dead”–and so should be available for organ harvesting. We hear that even if the family resists, futile care theory should permit bioethics committees to impose unilateral withdrawal. And we hear this even as repeated studies demonstrate that 40 or more percent of patients diagnosed as PVS really aren’t...

Read the whole story here:

Reason Not to Dehydrate: Man Speaking After 23 Years in Locked-In State » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bay Cruise

Last night Mike, Maryann, Topanga, Serenity, Lora and Larry all went on a Commodore City Lights Bay Cruise that Maryann had tickets to. It was pretty fun actually. The dining room was a bit noisy for my taste but once the loud music came on and I didn't have to try and figure out what people were saying it was all good :-) I like loud music but hate loud rooms full of talking people. Go figure. I didn't take my camera but did take a few fuzzy shots with my phone so here you are, enjoy :-)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Good Advice


Thanks Mom :-)

Pleasanton Weekly : Movie review: 2012

Lora, Serenity and I went and saw this thing yesterday, the biggest warning I can give is this thing is LOOONG! And pretty funny too, especially the alleged "science" they tossed in. It was fun though. As the review says:

There is something inherently ridiculous about using a (primarily) paranoia-inspired date and transforming it into a cinematic spectacle. The scientific explanations behind the catastrophes that rip through "2012" are about as believable (and logical) as a book by Dr. Seuss. The 160-minute run time overwhelms before the end credits roll, almost making an after-film Advil a downright necessity.

"2012" is, admittedly, a fun ride at times -- albeit a dumb and dizzy one.

Pleasanton Weekly : Movie review: 2012

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Advent Fast?

I never realized that Advent was a season of fasting before reading this from Weedon's Blog:

On Keeping Holy Advent

For us Western Christians, the Advent fast is fast approaching (our Eastern fellow Christians already have begun it). But how shall we approach this holy time so that it produces spiritual benefit for us?

First, it requires time. Here's where the busyness of our lives does us such a great disservice. We hurry ourselves to the grave. Don't think of the extra services in Church as "one more thing" added to your already insanely busy schedule. Instead, see them for what they are: oases of peace that will allow you time for prayer and reflection on the coming of our Savior into the flesh, His coming in the Sacrament, and His coming in glory. Make every effort not to miss a single one of the Sunday or Wednesday liturgies. We were not made for busyness; we were made for communion with the Blessed Trinity! Click here for the rest.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Quitting Smoking?



Heh, two ways to cut down to just one per day.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Think about these things

Philippians 4:8-9 (ESV)
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

So, it should have been obvious to me but it wasn't. When struggling with sins it doesn't actually pay off to be dwelling on the sins. Constantly thinking "Oh why did I do that again?" and trying to figure out how to stop doing whatever the particular sin I'm worried about just seems to make things worse. It keeps that thing I am trying to avoid at the front of my mind. If it wasn't something I wanted to do it would not be a temptation now would it? So thinking about something that I actually want to do, whether it be lusts or angry outbursts or snarky expressions of superiority or disrespect to authority, just gives the devil an opening to work through.

But if I follow the injunction of Paul in Philippians 4 to think on good things, pure things and honorable things, then instead of the devil having an opening to keep me on the subject of sin I will instead have an opening for the Holy Spirit to lead me toward the result promised in Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Like I said, it ought to have been obvious but has not been. I have spent endless hours dwelling on how horrible my sins are and figuring ways to avoid them and thinking of what triggers them in my life, instead of focusing on the good. Well duh!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Cool unschooling moment.

Last night, after having spent all day at Perpetual Recess, Serenity came excitedly to my room and dragged me to the computer she was "playing" at. There she was listening to, and singing along with, a Japanese cartoon video. I thought she would have no idea what they were saying but there was an English version she had listened to as well. She said "at first it sounded like gibberish but then I could understand it!" Heh, fun stuff, none of it was intended to be "educational" but there she was learning some Japanese words ;-)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Proposal, for reforming Selective Service

I received this as an email but thought it worthy of inclusion here:

New Direction for any war: Send Service Vets over 60!

I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry' We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, 'I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical SOB....

If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real stretch.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet. An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head. These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

***How about recruiting Women over 50 ....with PMS !!! You think Men have attitudes !!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my Lord!!! If nothing else, put them on border patrol....we will have it secured the first night!

Share this with your senior friends. It's purposely in big type so they can read it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Slacker and Unemployment


So, I was listening to Slacker radio today and I glanced at the screen and saw that the California Employment Development Department (aka Unemployment) had an add there so you could "click your unemployment benefits into place." I thought it was funny. I guess I'm easily amused. :-)

Screen shot is to the left, click to embigenate it.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Large Hadron Collider stalled again... thanks to chunk of baguette - Times Online

Not long ago, on October 14th, I posted about the LHC being sabotaged from the future, well look here :-)

Large Hadron Collider stalled again... thanks to chunk of baguette - Times Online

Science and an Incarnational Approach to the Bible - Science and the Sacred

I think this has potential, I'll forward links to the following posts when they come out, if they live up to my anticipation:

Science and an Incarnational Approach to the Bible - Science and the Sacred

TSO Videos

Anyone who really wants to make me happy for Christmas will find Trans Siberian Orchestra DVDs :-) ooh, ah...


Getting in the Christmas Spirit early :-)

Thanks to Trans Siberian Orchestra I'm in the Holiday Spirit a little early this year :-)

Here is the Christmas Canon


Christmas in Sarajevo

Christmas in Sarajevo

Music

There are some amazing music services out on the interwebs these days :-) There is Pandora, which I'm listening to at the moment, Up Around the Bend by Credence Clearwater Revival was playing when I started this post. Pandora plays a customized blend of tunes on stations you make for yourself so you tend to get music you like most all of the time, and it turns you on to music you might not have known about that is similar to what you have been marking with a thumbs up as you go along. There are occasional ads that play but not nearly as many as on over-air radio. You can listen for 40 hours per month for free, if you happen to use up those hours in a month you can pay 99 cents and listen as much as you like for the rest of that month, which is pretty reasonable I'd say. I have never yet used up my 40 hours though. Another cool thing about Pandora is that I can listen to it on my Blackberry, which makes walks and bike rides and commutes a pleasure, though you have to have signal and parts of the BART underground are still not accessible.

Another cool music service is SomaFM. Lots of interesting stations there, and it's all free. I listen to Groove Salad , Secret Agent , Doomed and Space Station Soma on this site, all full of stuff you will never hear anywhere else for the most part. Pretty cool spot to chill in the evenings.

An old fashioned online radio station that plays a nice selection of rock and stuff is Radio Paradise. I used to listen to that more in the past but with all the other places to hear music I don't get to Paradise as frequently as I once did.

A good site for mobile listening, like on my Blackberry, is Slacker Radio. Custom stations, genera stations and such. Very good.

Oooh... Pandora is giving me Hey Jude by the Beatles right now. Ah... now it's Every Breath You Take by the Police, old fashioned rock on the station I made called "My Kinda Rock"

Finally my newest find, via Pastor is Lala. This service allows you to upload your music to the web, and browse and listen to new stuff too. Sort of cool because you can then listen to your own music from your computer at any computer you happen to be on at the time. So I can listen to my music on the computer at work or in the front room on Lora's computer or wherever. You also have several ways to buy music on this site. You can buy 'web only' music that you can only hear via Lala for 10 cents a track, or you can buy no DRM MP3's for 79 cents more if you decide you want to burn a CD of the track, or you can actually buy the CD itself with the web album included free. More options is a good thing. No sign of mobile capability that I can find yet, but it's free and way cool.

Those are the music services I use now, there are others of course, but really if I'm using these you know they are the best :-)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Unschooling

Here is a link to a great interview with Sandra Dodd about unschooling. We met Sandra at the Good Vibrations Conference in San Diego back in September. She has a way with words and is fun to listen to. If you ever wondered about how unschooling could possibly work this is a short discussion to get you started.

Unschooling

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another safe Halloween

Like the risk of "Terrorist" attacks in America the risk of Halloween candy poisoning is pretty close to ZERO. Even so, we can't be too paranoid, eternal vigilance, even if it sucks all the joy from life, is the price we must pay to eliminate even the slightest risk from our lives! That way we will all live forever, right?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bacon!


Baconbetter_160by600_1, originally uploaded by ldevich.

God Whisperers had a special bacon edition that I listened to this morning and then this showed up next to my face book page, coincidence? I don't think so!

Pheasant escaped from Chinatown


Pheasant escaped from Chinatown, originally uploaded by ldevich.

This pheasant landed outside of our front door at 3:00 am, security called Animal Control and they picked him up. The tail was tied with a rubber band so I'm pretty sure it escaped from a couple of blocks up Washington in one of those shops up in Chinatown where they sell live birds for dinner. I'm assuming they will release it in the wild :-) Don't bother telling me otherwise, I don't want to know... la la la la... I can't hear you...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ooh look, I'm "rich" :-)

Sadly "Mr. David Norman" does not seem to have a telephone, nor is he capable of writing English well enough to pass for an actual Englishman, so I guess this Nigerian will have to try his scam on someone else.

Mr.David Norman,
Knights quarter, 14 st. john's lane,
London, ec1m 4aj England
Email [Deleted]

Sir,


Compliments of the day!

I got your contact on my private search for a reliable and trusted person to handle a transaction of this nature. I know that the contents of this mail might sound so strange, but I want to assure you that every word of it is true.

I am Mr.David Norman a financial consultant to a deceased immigrant Mr. Andreas Devich, property magnate who was based in the U.K., who happens to be my client. on the month of July 2000, my client, his wife Maria, their daughter andrea each, her husband Christian, and their children katharina and maximilian all died in the air France concord plane crash bound for new York in their plan for a world cruise, since then I have been managing his properties here in the u.k. and some others which he put out for sale.

The properties which have long been put out on sale have now been paid for and now the money paid has long been deposited into his local bank account here.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and estate left behind by my client before they get seized or declared unserviceable by his bank since both of you have the same last name.

Particularly, the bank has issued me with a notice to provide any of his beneficiaries or have the account confisticated within a short period of time.

my late client has an account valued at 50.3 million united states dollars only. since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of my clients relatives for some time now and with no one coming forward since my client passed on and with the bank now giving me a deadline, I now seek your consent to present you as the beneficiary to my deceased client just for the sake that you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of his account valued at 50.3 million united states dollars only can be paid to you.

This I intend we share amongst ourselves in the ratio of 50% to me and 40% for you while the balance 10% we shall use for settling any miscellaneous expenses that might arise. I have all the necessary information that can be used to back up any claim that we may make and I can assure you that you shall be paid this amount as the beneficiary of the funds of my late client.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Trust me as his personal consultant that this is a risk-free transaction. Please get in touch with me via my confidential email, and send me the following information:

1) Your full names and address as you want them used in the payment documents
2) Telephone and fax numbers .upon receipt of this information,
We shall discuss further about this transaction.

Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.

Best regards,

Mr.David Norman.
Please get in touch with me via my confidential email [deleted]

Whores, of various types


Gee Whiz, I called Obama a "corporate whore" before he was elected. I called him that because it accurately describes him, and nearly every other politician. Everyone knows "whore" has a wider meaning than just low level sex workers, it also includes really offensive people like politicians & lobbyists. If you want to know where the power is in America just follow the money, when you do that you'll realize that "whores" describes pretty much the entire legislative, judicial and most especially executive branches of the DC Mafia. Heck, PJ O'Rourke called them that years ago and got a best seller out of it!

Now we have hypocritical right wing spew condemning the use of the word just because it was uttered by a Democrat. A new low even by these dweebs. Pathetic losers all.

Source: zealfortruth.org
You would think in a country where people swear, cuss, deride others, gossip, slander, lie, cheat and steal on a daily basis - that someone referring to another person in a “derogatory” way would not make national news. ...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sophia and Serenity

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Lora and Serenity at the Presidio

Serenity "met" her Great-great-great Grandmother and Grandfather Hans & Bella Gilbertsen (Pearson) Also said hello to Hans and Anna Sletten while we were there :-) We were on our way just over the hill to Sophia's birthday party.

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Sophia's party was Pirate themed, Aargh!



Pirate party
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

California State Parks cutbacks widespread

About a million useless, parasitical Sacramento drones will keep pushing paper around in the capitol, but the parks will close... as I've said before, it's time for some major civil disobedience, just hop the fence and use OUR parks anyway.

California State Parks cutbacks widespread

Larry Devich Here is a photo of the new California State Parks Pass, only $19.97 plus tax. Only good on weekdays, on weekends you might have to use money. Oh well.

Source: www.homedepot.com
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Issues Etc.

Still the best talk radio around, Christian or not: Issue Etc.

Is Obama an American? And do we really care anyway?

An old friend, of a somewhat "conservative" bent, sent me this today. I thought I'd share it here, along with my own reply which I have appended at the end:

While I've little interest in getting in the middle of the Obama birth issue,Paul Hollrah over at UTFSM
(What the hell is that anyway?) did so yesterday and believes the issue can be resolved by Obama answering one simple question:

What passport did he use when he was shuttling between New York ,
Jakarta ,and Karachi?

So how did a young man who arrived in New York in early June 1981,
without the price of a hotel room in his pocket, suddenly come up with
the price of a round-the-world trip just a month later?

And once he was on a plane, shuttling between New York , Jakarta ,
and Karachi , what passport was he offering when he passed throughCustoms and Immigration?

The American people not only deserve to have answers to these questions,they must have answers. It makes the debate over Obama's citizenship a
rather short and simple one.

Q: Did he travel to Pakistan in 1981, at age 20?
A : Yes, by his own admission..

Q: What passport did he travel under?
A: There are only three possibilities?
1) He traveled with a U.S. Passport,2) He traveled with a British passport, or
3) He traveled with an Indonesia passport.

Q: Is it possible that Obama traveled with a U.S. Passport in 1981?
A: No. It is not possible. Pakistan was on the U.S. State Department's
"no travel" list in 1981.

Conclusion:
When Obama went to Pakistan in 1981 he was traveling either with aBritish passport or an Indonesian passport. If he were traveling with a British passport that would provide proof he was born in Kenya on August 4, 1961, not in Hawaii as he claims. And if he were traveling with an Indonesian passport that would tend to prove he relinquished whatever previous citizenship he held, British or American, prior to being adopted by his Indonesian step-father in 1967.

Whatever the truth of the matter, the American people need to know
how he managed to become a "natural born" American citizen between
1981 and 2008..

Given the destructive nature of his plans for America, as illustrated by
his speech before Congress and the disastrous spending plan he has
presented to Congress, the sooner we learn the truth of all this, the better.

If you Don't care if Your President is not a natural born Citizen and in
Violation of the Constitution, then Delete this and go into your cocoon.
If you do care then Forward this!
Thanks for reading this-sk

Nope, I did not "forward" this, though putting it on my blog should count for something I suppose. Here is my reply to him, I've added a couple of things here that I didn't get into the email I fired off but essentially the idea is the same:

--Now sk, you *know* I don't care, I'm an anarchist for goodness sake. What difference does it make to me if a thieving rotten politician is born on this island with "our" folk or that other island with "those" people? To me it's just lines on a map that mean nothing. Either way governments have theft, murder, rape, pillage and other such fun and games in mind for me and mine. Just peruse the posts at Pro Liberate if you doubt it (Dum spiro, pugno! "While I breathe, I fight.").

I say NO to the whole idea.

Resistance starts at home, just say no, ignore the government and all its BS as much as possible. Avoid paying taxes whenever you can, ignore all silly laws, especially when the man can't see you. Jay walk, smoke a joint, drive 85 in a 65 zone. Work for cash once in a while, barter instead of buy and *Smile* for the surveillance cameras while you give them the single finger salute at the same time :-) Most importantly of all don't give your kids to the man, don't let him fingerprint them, don't send them to the government indoctrination camps they call schools, don't encourage your kids to "respect" cops and the government. Let them know the truth, cops and all governments are the sworn enemies of all free people.

It is more blessed to ask forgiveness than permission. Larry Devich

Ya Old Goat!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Nobel Prize, Ribosomes, and Evidence for Intelligent Design | Reasons To Believe

The longer I study biology and science in general, as a rank amateur of course, the more undecided I become on the debate between evolution and creation. I don't have any doubt at all about the fact that God initially created all that is. The Big Bang seems pretty conclusive evidence of that to me.

When it comes to the origins and development of life though, I find myself simultaneously agreeing with about a half dozen contradictory theories, and this just doesn't quite work for me :-) I mean, I can easily believe two or three contradictory things at once but I start to lose my balance when I attempt to juggle a half dozen. So, I either need to get better at mental gymnastics or keep on studying and reading and pondering and praying. Which, since I find the subject of origins so fascinating, is undoubtedly what I will continue to do.

I find much to agree with in the Reasons to Believe model, but it starts to seem a lot like the old God of the Gaps take on things and that just pushes God into little corners that get smaller and smaller as we find good solid explanations for those gaps. Now, to be fair RTB maintains that they are not God of the Gaps people and they have good explanations for why that is the case. But it still tends to look like God of the Gaps to me when you strip it down to its essence.

On the other side I find that naturalistic evolution, à la Richard Dawkins, fails to account for the very origin of life itself in any remotely plausible way, that is one gap that really needs an explanation! Then, after failing to get the whole process started they proceed to claim to have eliminated the need or even possibility of a God from the cosmos. This leaves the whole thing rather pointless and a bit depressing I think. Though I suppose one might buck up and have a good time anyway, even though when you're dead it's over and in the end the entire cosmos fades out into the despair of entropy.

Theistic evolution, which is really where I tend to settle most of the time, is OK I suppose but it is little different from naturalistic evolution when you look at it, we just say things like "God intended it to go that way and it did." Which I think is true but not very compelling to most non-believers. :-) I tend to think that God maybe entered into the evolutionary process from time to time to nudge things forward and then in Adam and Eve he intervened by somehow "breathing" the Image of God into them. Or maybe God, being Omniscient after all, set the whole thing rolling at the Big Bang and knew it would all come out the way it did. But that has problems too, like the whole sin and salvation thing doesn't quite make sense without free will and this view, that it could not have gone another way, just fails to explain things for me.

As to Young Earth Creationism (YEC), well the less said about that the better I'd think. "It's Turtles all the way down" just ain't gonna cut it with me, ever.

Hey, look, really I'm only juggling three things here, all is well after all! I believe in all three for the moment, which means I can't stop thinking about it or the whole thing crashes to the ground. Heh.

That said here's a bit on the RTB side, the complexity of the inner workings of the cell simply boggles the mind, putting it all together through evolution seems impossible, but is that just a gap, or is it evidence of design? I'm not decided yet.

The Nobel Prize, Ribosomes, and Evidence for Intelligent Design | Reasons To Believe

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

XKCD nails the truth again

We live in a world where there are actual fleets of robot assassins patrolling the skies. At some point there, we left the present and entered the future.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Medical-pot backers react to new Obama policy

A small bit of common sense from Obama. Now if we can just get rid of brain dead dweebs like Lamar Smith who think that killing people because they take drugs he doesn't like is a good idea, things will be even better. END PROHIBITION NOW!

Idiot politicians...

Medical-pot backers react to new Obama policy

Sunday, October 18, 2009

BBC NEWS | Health | 'Ethical' stem cell crop boosted

Now there is even less justification for murdering babies to harvest stem cells:

BBC NEWS | Health | 'Ethical' stem cell crop boosted

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Sheriff Calls Balloon Chase a Hoax - NYTimes.com

The fact that the poor kid vomited twice when being interviewed makes me want to just slap the crap out of his dad. Forcing a child to lie, when obviously he really did not want to, is just plain evil. It's child abuse. In fact, that should be one of the charges as far as I'm concerned. As to punishment, I think a week in the stocks in the public square would be about right, humiliate the jerk and allow the community to tell him (and the mother I suppose, if she was really in on it from the start as well) what they think of his stunt. Prison and fines, that would be a waste of resources. Stocks are cheaper, just lock him in and let the family or friends (if he has any left now) feed and water him for the week.

Sheriff Calls Balloon Chase a Hoax - NYTimes.com

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How "Justice" Operates Under A Criminal Regime

William Grigg nails it again. Our "government" is just like every government that has ever existed anywhere. It is nothing more than a pack of violent thieving thugs out for personal gain, either money or personal power or, usually, both.

Pro Libertate: How "Justice" Operates Under A Criminal Regime

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Finding Common Ground - Science and the Sacred

...Simon Conway-Morris, the renowned paleontologist at Cambridge University, is just one scientist who argues that religion and science are completely compatible.

The British professor believes evolution isn't as accidental or random as one might suspect. In his opinion, if evolution began all over again, human intelligence would develop pretty much in the same way as it has. Conway-Morris emphasizes that developments happen as a result of pre-existing conditions, such as the need for blood cells to have hemoglobin in order to transport oxygen. Evolution, therefore, works only because it plays out within a certain set of rules.

Evolution "is after all only a mechanism, but if evolution is predictive, indeed possesses a logic, then evidently it is being governed by deeper principles," he recently wrote. "Come to think about it so are all sciences; why should Darwinism be any exception...?"

...the proportion of Christians among the science faculty in certain departments at Oxford and Cambridge universities -- such as the Earth Sciences Department in Cambridge or the Physics Department in Oxford -- appears higher than the national average, says Denis Alexander, director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, an academic research enterprise based at Cambridge.

"There are generally more Christians in the sciences than in the humanities," he said.

So, mushy headed post modernist English profs are atheists while geologists and physicists are Christians, I find that pretty interesting :-)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sagan - Hawking remixed "A Glorious Dawn..."

Sagan - Hawking remixed "A Glorious Dawn..."



Lyrics:

[Sagan]
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch
You must first invent the universe

Space is filled with a network of wormholes
You might emerge somewhere else in space
Some when-else in time

The sky calls to us
If we do not destroy ourselves
We will one day venture to the stars

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way

The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature

I believe our future depends powerfully
On how well we understand this cosmos
In which we float like a mote of dust
In the morning sky

But the brain does much more than just recollect
It inter-compares, it synthesizes, it analyzes
it generates abstractions

The simplest thought like the concept of the number one
Has an elaborate logical underpinning
The brain has it's own language
For testing the structure and consistency of the world

[Hawking]
For thousands of years
People have wondered about the universe
Did it stretch out forever
Or was there a limit

From the big bang to black holes
From dark matter to a possible big crunch
Our image of the universe today
Is full of strange sounding ideas

[Sagan}
How lucky we are to live in this time
The first moment in human history
When we are in fact visiting other worlds

The surface of the earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean
Recently we've waded a little way out
And the water seems inviting
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Essay - The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate - NYTimes.com

Is a particle from the future coming back in time to destroy the Large Hadron Collider? How cool would that be? :-)

A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, put this idea forward in a series of papers with titles like Test of Effect From Future in Large Hadron Collider: a Proposal and Search for Future Influence From LHC, posted on the physics Web site arXiv.org in the last year and a half.

According to the so-called Standard Model that rules almost all physics, the Higgs is responsible for imbuing other elementary particles with mass.

It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck, Dr. Nielsen said in an e-mail message. In an unpublished essay, Dr. Nielson said of the theory, “Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God.It is their guess, he went on, that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.


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Pleasanton Weekly : Earthquakes reported just south of Pleasanton

So yesterday we had record rainfall followed in the evening by our house jumping around for about 4 seconds, just to make sure we were all paying attention to the fact that nature is still bigger than we are ;-) God is in control, not us.

Pleasanton Weekly : Earthquakes reported just south of Pleasanton

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Government School Child Abuse

From the blog "Imperial Twilight"

Imperial Twilight: More Government School Child Abuse

This time the victim is 6-year-old Zachary Christie:

Zachary’s offense? Taking a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school. He was so excited about recently joining the Cub Scouts that he wanted to use it at lunch. School officials concluded that he had violated their zero-tolerance policy on weapons, and Zachary was suspended and now faces 45 days in the district’s reform school.

Yep, just another day in the mind-squashing, soul-killing, "zero-tolerance" prison that is the Delaware state school system.

The good news is that Zachary's mother is home schooling him now. The bad news, it seems, is that she only intends to keep this up until her son's punishment is overturned or he goes into the kiddie lockup. After that, presumably, it's back to the regular "schoolag" for another 12 years of mandatory idiocy and degradation. Let's hope Mr. and Mrs. Christie will receive strong encouragement and support from home schooling parents, so that they decide to remove their precious son from the public school system altogether.


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

News & Culture in CA | Dianne Feinstein: A Question of Ethics

War for fun and PROFIT. If you had any doubts as to why the US is in Iraq and Afghanistan, this should clear things up for you. On the Democratic side we have DiFi and on the Republican side we had Cheney and Halliburton. It's all about bloody money! They can all go to hell, as I'm pretty sure they will, but sadly they are taking America with them.

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More awards for Obama!

It's not just the Nobel, BO is getting a whole slew of awards:



Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fog forces Blue Angels to abandon their show

So I got up this morning and looked out the window and saw low clouds and fog here in Pleasanton and ditched the idea of going to see the Blue Angels. Later in the day when it was really nice and sunny and warm I was feeling like maybe I ought to have gone... but nope, I made the right call after all.

The Blue Angels were forced to cut short their program - the highlight of Saturday's Fleet Week air show - when heavy fog rolled in and made flying unsafe, said a spokesman for the Navy's elite demonstration team.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

In Surprise, Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for Diplomacy


Cool, you can continue slaughtering people in countries around the world, drive the world economy into the ground, do absolutely nothing different from your hated predecessor in fact, yet because you are "Black" you win the big prize. The Nobel Prize, now fully committed to "Affirmative Action" We do live in Bizarro World now, don't we?

In Surprise, Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” a stunning honor that came less than nine months after he made United States history by becoming the country’s first African-American president.

The award, announced in Oslo by the Nobel Committee while much of official Washington — including the president — was still asleep, cited in particular the president’s efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

“He has created a new international climate,” the committee said.

Read the rest of the media's reality free fawning tripe here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cyberbrethren: One Nation Under God

It is all I can do to keep from ranting and screaming. This is appalling and borders on idolatry (worship of the state) in my opinion. Click through to the blog post by McCain, and read the comments. Then go on through to the actual painting's web site here and read the explanations this clueless git writes about history and America.

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Delayed photo

A few days... er... weeks ago, we went to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. That day Serenity had colored everyone's hair, except mom who said no thanks... here is what we looked like when we went :-)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

San Francisco Fleet Week 2009

It's Fleet Week in San Francisco again. I love watching the Blue Angles and checking out the ships that come in to port. I plan to go to the city on Saturday along with whoever is willing to come with me.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Italian group claims to debunk Shroud of Turin

Debunked yet again, for the umpteen thousandth time. But don't let that stop you from believing in it! I'm sure the aliens who picked up Elvis will come back and explain everything any day now...

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Saving the Children - Science and the Sacred

From the Blog Science and the Sacred:

We don't want our children to grow up misinformed about creation. We want our children to know about the truthfulness of evolution, but we also realize we are in the minority in our churches. Because our position is the minority view, books, videos and websites abound which teach children that biology, at its very roots, is wrong. Curricula teach children things we parents and grandparents know to be untrue. Our concern is that as our children come to independence, as they learn the earth really is billions of years old and life has been evolving from the beginning, they will discard the faith of their youth. If that faith is interwoven with anti-scientism it will be nearly impossible for some of our young people to rebuild the fabric, when they find that many of the threads within the fabric have to be removed. Augustine, 1600 years ago, said it best. In reading the following, simply substitute the word "child" for his word "infidel."

It is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, while presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense...If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves [come to] know well and hear him maintain his foolish opinions about scriptures how then are they going to believe those Scriptures in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven?

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The gulf between the entertainment world and America ? Cranach: The Blog of Veith

Over 100 Hollywood moguls and insiders, including Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, David Lynch, and Harvey Weinstein have signed petitions urging the release of child rapist Roman Polanski, who has been arrested after fleeing a plea bargain 30 years ago.

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APOD: 2009 October 4 - The Same Color Illusion

I argued with this one for a while, even when I clicked on the "to verify this click here" link. But if you cover everything except the 2 linked squares on that page it proves it to be true. Just goes to show that just because you saw something it does not mean it was really there.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Imperial Twilight: State Secession versus Counter-Economics: Which Is the Better Strategy?

This movement should create a situation in which authorities will control empty stores, but not the market; the employment of workers, but not their livelihood; the official media, but not the circulation of information; printing plants, but not the publishing movement; the mail and telephones, but not communications; and the school system, but not education.

Kulerski's words appear in a fine article published by The Freeman, "A Tribute to the Polish People". It's a fascinating study of how to beat a modern police state without resorting to violence, which is a game the state usually wins. Significantly, the Poles were able to outmaneuever and undercut their oppressors even though they had no cell phones or Internet. Of the six points Kulerski enumerates, the American state is already retreating in the fields of information, publishing, communications, and education.

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Intelligent Design vs. Alien Intervention - Science and the Sacred

Check out the video at the end of this post, it's fantastic. We must teach the controversy! We need to hear both sides of the issue! Heh, this parody is wonderful. I mention that it is parody for those of you out there who might actually think this is serious. It is a joke.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sand Castle Building

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Today...

We are here in SF after going to the Gulf of the Farallones Visitor center where we learned about plankton and other cool stuff. When we leave here we will ve going to the symphony.
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Riding bikes to school is forbidden!?

I walked and biked to school when I was in elementary school. This sort of over controlling BS makes me just a bit crazy. Obviously the folks who make these rules would not be very comfortable with the concept of unschooling ;-)

Source: www.timesunion.com
Saratoga Springs board to consider modifying ban on riding bikes to schools

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gregorian Chant

I have always loved Gregorian Chant, Issues Etc. talked about it on Monday, take a listen:

Another War in the Works by Paul Craig Roberts

Here we go again, more of the same old BS only now instead of Bush it's Obama spewing lies. I said it before the election and I'll say it again, Obama is nothing but another corporate whore, just like Bush. The only "Change" he ...brought was the amount of melanin in the oval office.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

My Weekend

My mom has been with us all month and this was my last few days off before she flies back to Arizona on Wednesday. So we crammed a lot into a few days, which we do even when she's not here actually ;-)

On Wednesday Serenity and I went to Shadow Cliffs where we met up with some unschooling friends and spent much of the afternoon keeping cool in the lake.

On Thursday Serenity and I went to the library in the early afternoon and got several books to read. Later in the day mom and I were off to San Francisco where we had dinner at CPK and took in a set of Mahler at the SF Symphony. It was not your normal performance, it was being recorded for a TV/DVD thing and the soloist was out sick... nice anyway though.

On Friday we all, Lora, Serenity, mom and me, went to the Winchester Mystery House. Now that is a very strange house :-/

On Saturday I went with Serenity and mom to Mt. Diablo for stargazing with the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society. I saw more things in the night sky that night than I had ever seen in a single night before. I looked at the half moon, of course. Checked out Jupiter and viewed a transit of the moon Io with several other moons to either side. Saw the Andromeda Galaxy which is on a collision course with the Milky Way. Saw M13, the Hercules Globular Cluster and M92 and the double cluster in Perseus:

The night was warm and calm, the sunset was spectacular and the whole night was beyond glorious. Serenity had a blast checking out all the telescopes and chatting with the astronomers, mom seemed to enjoy herself too :-)

And that was that...

Lame idea #147,698

Here is another bone headed idea brought to you by Govco, your full service killer of dreams:

More government indoctrination, more bullying, more drudgery, less playing, less real life learning. Yep, sounds like a plan to me.

Source: news.yahoo.com
Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

California mulls legalising marijuana (BBC)

Here is a no brainer, ending prohibition is the only way to go, IMO. I do like the comments from the narc, his job is threatened by this law so he tries weak, very weak, scare tactics. "Marijuana smokers will wreak havoc on the streets driving stoned!" Huh, yeah, right, just like beer drinkers do. It's a separate issue from legalization though.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk
In 1996, voters in California approved a referendum that made it legal for the first time in decades in the US for people to consume cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Understanding Earth - Science and the Sacred

Earth in Genesis does not refer to the planet but to dry land. Now that makes excellent sense to me.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Planet Pootwaddle


I usually listen to Radio Paradise when I want to listen to an eclectic selection of rock music, but sometimes they are just to "serious". So I was looking for something else to listen to when I came upon Planet Pootwaddle. It is now my favorite rock music station on the net! From the "What it Be" section of the site:

Planet Pootwaddle is an extensive collection of both
familiar and eclectic music coupled with a healthy dose of
12 year old boy humor and all seamlessly bound together with our
unique blend of production, or as we like to call it "jingle magic"

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mahler at the symphony on Thursday

I just got tickets to the San Francisco Symphony for Thursday night. It's a night of Mahler conducted by MTT, should be awesome! The baritone soloist is Thomas Hampson:



Find more videos like this on San Francisco Symphony Social Network

Here is some other guy singing part one of Songs of a Wayfarer that will be on Thursday's program:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Link to photos of Good Vibrations

I just wanted to make the location of the Group Pool of photos from Good Vibrations a bit more obvious: It is right here: Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference Photo Pool.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good Vibrations

I've uploaded some more photos to my Good Vibrations Flickr page here. Also there is a "pool page" of photos here that I hope to add mine to pretty soon.

On Monday we left San Diego and traveled up to San Simeon where we stayed overnight at the Motel 6.


Today we visited Hearst Castle, very cool, and that counts as "history" for our "schooly" family and friends ;-)



Then we had a picnic at the beach in San Simeon where we watched hundreds of pelicans diving into the water after fish.

A short way up the coast we saw 60 or so Elephant Seals, or as Serenity and I tend to call them "Sea Elephants." :-)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Good Vibrations

We are on our last day at the Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference in San Diego. We're having a great time, learning lots of new things, meeting new people and making new friends. It's a nice hotel, nice city and all in all I'm really glad that we have come. I have not been taking many pictures because I've been way too busy to do it. I have a few posted up on Flickr right now but that's mostly from the Thursday beach potluck. I think I'll take some more tonight at the dance and maybe this afternoon poolside. Or not :-) I'll post and let you know if I do.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Fiddle Creek

Over the weekend, Mom, Serenity and me all went up to Fiddle Creek campground on the Yuba River north of Nevada City. We had a great time! Serenity especially loved meeting the two rats that Jaden brought, Russia and Rose :-)


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More on closing parks

Well, it looks like a consensus is forming in California, we are going to ignore those closed signs on the parks :-)

From the SF Gate:

The question on everyone's mind seems to be, "How do you close a beach?" One imagines giant tractors hauling away the sand, or armed guards standing sentry at the shoreline. I'll admit I've entertained visions of Schwarzenegger himself stomping on toddlers' sandcastles.

The reality is far less dramatic. "There will be nobody to clean the restrooms and haul away the trash," Stearns says. "Parking lots may be barricaded." But people will still be able to walk in and out of the parks, just as they've always done.

Even if there's no toilet paper in the restrooms, I daresay beachgoers will find their way to the dunes. Northern California is uniquely equipped to maintain its gnarly vibe despite the loss of funding. After all, this isn't Malibu. On Bay Area beaches, lifeguards are as scarce as the sun. As for maintenance, those who've never bothered to volunteer at the soup kitchen may prove a bit more proactive when they see litter piling up on their beaches and graffiti gracing their seawalls.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/richmond/detail?entry_id=46083#ixzz0PybTYjOR