However much I throw candy at trick-or-treaters or sing Slaughter the World, it still doesn't make the job of handing out candy not fucking boring. I need my laptop for that.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
As the post title says.
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
3: 1: I have yet to get a girlfriend, and hope to fix that sometime before I leave high school.
2: I fail at the interwebs. I know not what /b/ and 4chan are, and Encyclopedia Dramatica makes no sense to me.
3: I really need to read more skeptical/atheist blogs. I only visit, like, 10.
4: I once attempted to come up with a scientifically plausible way to create a lightsaber. I failed.
5: In real life, I'm some sort of pariah. Paradoxically, I make massive amounts of friends online.
6: I appear to have, at some point, made up the phrase "liquid awesome". I've never heard anyone else use it, and I don't recall a source for it. Plus it just doesn't make sense.
4: I think these two are ambitious enough for little old me. What do you mean too ambitious? Check.
5: Will be check in like a minute.
6: ...eh, BD will notice on his own. Screw it.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The Skeptic's Circle is doing well so far. I have 3 submissions and it's only been a few days. But I want a giant circle, with a great many submissions to choose from! So get crackin'! The more you guys submit, the better it will be.
Has anyone else played WAR, and if so, what do they think of it? My current opinion is that it's fun, but needs a lot of patching to fix some problems. A few things I thought of:
1) Make it so that more than one class can use the random drops you get. I've gotten like 5 blues in the first 6 levels before, but none of them worked for me.
2) Have incentives to do scenarios other than goddamn Nordenwatch! It gets boring doing the same one over and over.
3) Make talismans not just be something you get to use for 30 minutes before they disappear. I'm not sure if it still applies at higher levels of talisman making, but it's annoying to have to have a new one every 30 minutes if I want to keep my bonuses. And not only that, but if I want to put multiple talismans in, it's even worse.
I haven't tried out the other making things profession, but at least you can apparently make healing potions and stat bonuses.
4) Make PQs a bit easier. Oftentimes you won't get to do anything in PQs because nobody else is around to help, or there's only 1 other person.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
PZ has alerted me to the education of the candidates for president. While it sounds obvious, and it kinda is, there is one problem that's kinda misleading: McCain is fucking ancient. This does balance it a little bit.
That does nothing to help Sarah Palin. I don't think being a journalist will help her much in politics.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I'm trying to get some more puzzles for Saturday's DnD game; I have one puzzle so far, and I'm hoping to make a whole puzzle session. Any ideas? My current puzzle is a raising-lowering water puzzle.
Okay, you guys suck. I've got an hour and a half till my game session and I have maybe an hour's worth of stuff prepared. I need 4 hours worth of stuff. >.<
Huh. Maybe I don't. Managed to make it through due to the inability of my players to realize levers can be switched back to their former positions.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Abram and God discuss Abram's heirs.
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
God is a prize? Where can I win him?
2 But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”
4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
I don't think it's possible to father billions of children in one's lifetime.
6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
7 Then He said to him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
8 And he said, “Lord GOD, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”
9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
Yes, folks, cutting things in half gives you bad drug trips! Or maybe it was just those magic mushrooms.
Seriously, though, this shit makes so little sense, it makes the Messiah confused:
The moral watchdogs made me put this warning before the next image:
17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.
Floating torches? God has telekinesis! Awesome!
18 On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying:
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”
If I cut a cow in half, will God give me farmland? I bet that kind of prime real estate has a pretty good going price.
Wow. These histories are repetitive, boring, and probably false, based on what I've heard about the possibility of ancient Jewish kingdoms. Seriously.
1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations,[a] 2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 6 and the Horites in their mountain of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar.
8 And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations,[b] Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled to the mountains. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre[c] the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they were allies with Abram. 14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:
“ Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.
21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— 24 except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”
...seriously fucking boring.
Huh... I actually can't say much about this one. It's really kinda boring.
1 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the South.[a] 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3 And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. 6 Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD.
14 And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants[b] forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
18 Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre,[c] which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the LORD.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Today.... shit happens. Abraham/Abram takes his stuff and moves!
1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.
I'd like to note that A: I don't remember there ever being any evidence of a great Jewish nation. The nation God promised Abram probably never existed. B: Abram had slaves. You can see the evidence right there. That's right, the first prophet of a monotheistic religion had slaves. Eat that, people who say evolution leads to slavery!
6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh.[a] And the Canaanites were then in the land.
7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD. 9 So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.[b]
Perfect reason why you should displace other people: God said I can have it!
Though I don't see why he kept going afterwards if he had found his land.
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I[c] may live because of you.”
14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
17 But the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.” 20 So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.
Okay, what does this have to do with anything at all? Seriously. Once again,
I finally got around to redoing Genesis 10. Some ways I altered my text dissections for this New And Improved Version are there. (Mostly improved on my end, and there's only 1 alteration, but still!) Now be the Tower of Babel, where God smites people cuz he doesn't want any live people in Heaven.
1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
Paraphrase: "Let's get famous by building something really cool!"
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
Paraphrase: "O noes, you got smarter than me!
Now I can't control you as well! Be smited by being unable to talk to each other! That's better, my ego is cured somewhat."
Now more boring genealogies.
10 This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood. 11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and begot Salah. 13 After he begot Salah, Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber. 15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and begot Peleg. 17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.
18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu. 19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters.
20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot Serug. 21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.
22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor. 23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot Terah. 25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. 28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. 30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. 32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.
Later, Lot fucked his daughters to continue this genealogy.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Google says that, in terms of war, I am the super special awesomest. Seriously, go search Google. I'm the first result for "Super Special Awesome War". Therefore, I declare a super special awesome intellectual war on stupid people. Vwoot!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I'm sure you've all heard the argument that God didn't have to be made by another being, because since he's omnipotent, he could make himself. Obviously, this makes no sense. If true, it would also make monotheism unteneble. Think about it; if one potential omnipotent being does it, then couldn't every single potential omnipotent being do it? And then, wouldn't some make their presence obviously known? This debunks the idea God made himself; we'd see some evidence from other omnipotent beings if an omnipotent being could make itself.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
We now have the mudkip lulz version of the Skeptic Circle available! All your mudkip are belong to Skeptic's Circle. Or something. (I'm not good with memes.) Anyway, next up is this guy. Then me! You're all happy that I'll be up for the Circle hosting soon right? Right? ...you guys suck. =(