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It's 6:00 and I'm still not asleep.

"A local technical college" never got back to me, or returned my email. I will have to try and catch up to them after the House closes. (http://www.fearworld.com )

Plan A is currently on permanent hold, as logistical concerns outside my power have made implementation of bits one and two functionally impossible for the time being, renderering the rest of the plan rather, well, lame.

News Bulletin: I have issues.
News Update: I have issues with married chicks.
Everyone should ask sophocles about this, as he is getting lots of practice explaining it to them. Is it so impolite to opt to spend time with the non-married, non-engaged possibly lesbian woman rather than the married or marrying in Dec women, cute, lonely, and friendly as they may be? Nevermind, read the news bulletin and update again for clarity.

More candidates for the 4th District House seat keep coming out of the woodwork, as it were. I profess weakly the hope than Ms. Majette is not as dumb as her handlers made her out to be, in the hopes that I won't have to run, too.

COTB update: Further exposures: minor Wed, major this evening have led to a mild reoccurance of all listed symptoms. I have contacted the subject to see if she can help to eliminate some of this. This may be why I am awake (still).

Phil is not dead. He emailed me. If this line makes much sense to you, you should get a copy of the email soon, as I failed to bcc it.

Oh, reading update: 2 June 2002

Potential Thesis Topic:

On the Metaphysics and Belief Structures of Certain Recently Developed Religions with Particular Respect to the Memetic Payload Design Thereof
I still need a better academic euphemism for left-hand-path religions. I plan to hit Satanism, Setians, Discordians for sure, and I may have to discuss the thrice-cursed Scientologists. Input welcome, and please help with the google-baiting by linking that $ word to xenu.net. Later: I may be able to include some Wiccans in this. Skepdic thinks they fit under pan theist, and reminds the reader of the true purpose of "white magic" rituals (No, not sex: self-actualization, self-deception, self-control .. Ok and naked-in-the-woods fireside sex, too) ...

Oh, and if anyone knows anyone in London, England, UK or there abouts, have them drop me a line? They can easily help me out with a slight (snail forwarding) problem I am having over that way...

I am seriously considering setting up a MOO on the atlbbs.com domain. Once beta-complete it would have a tribute room for the ABBS and it's users. Otherwise it would serve as, well, a discussion and chat board that is mostly family friendly, and not on Prodigy ;)

I fully intend to rant more about weblog code and releated meta-code issues, after I have tried out MT, geeklog and some others.

MOO Code: Oh, whenever I set a continue message on the duck, wound it and let it go, it forked fine, but the emits came out as { List }, not "Quack." or something. Seems like a mistyping, but I dunno where ... A Duck Tutorial by yduJ (link fixed)



I finished (mostly) filling out a personal on a website. Some people know where to look. I might tell you if you ask nicely..

This is my new desktop wallpaper. Check her LJ for more very cool photographic art: diversify

The DC sniper and the hostage takers in Moscow have both become "radical Muslim terrorists" by this mornings news.

Humor: 102 Ways to Destroy a Computer Check out "Blame It on Microsoft"

Still here? Have some pentagram links, quite interesting:
http://skepdic.com/pentagram.html
http://journey1.org/freedom/pentagram.htm
Summary, the orientation is symbolic only in certain cults (ie LeVay) and good/evil differentiation did not occur before the 19 C. The symbol only [re]gained popularity as an amulet in th 1960s CE, as part of Gardner's influence in neo-paganism.

Whee.

Current Music: All Neon Like-Björk-Homogenic

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pinkeffigy From: pinkeffigy Date: October 26th, 2002 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude... are you discussing this pentagram thing because of the upcoming holiday? Or did someone not listen to you and you felt like making your point?

what i have been enjoying lately are the wealth of shows with true believers in anything arguing their points against skeptics of all sorts. One thing I know is that the skeptics have firm beliefs. They believe in nothing the other guy says and they have made that a religion, and are fervent beleivers. And while I am quite skeptical about any number of things, I have a quite low opinion of the skeptics that I see on television. They do seem to get thier panties in quite a bunch over stuff they swear doesn't exist.
techaholic From: techaholic Date: October 27th, 2002 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

I think you misunderstood...

the people you describe aren't skeptics, though they might call themselves so. Adric has a long history of exploring alternative religions (my words, not his). AFAIK, his interest is academic, with a side note that if he were to find a religion that suited him, he would pause on it for a while, until it no longer suited him. I could be wrong, as I am not inside his head, but I've known him for years and had many conversations on these topics. I do know that He prides himself on debunking commonly held beliefs, in this case the history of the pentagram as a religous symbol. I myself didn't care enough to click the links, so I would have my default doubts about the research the authors did, but I'm too lazy to go and look to see if they even named their sources. the people you describe in your comment have already formed an oppinion that they have no intention of honing. a skeptic may have an opinion, but is eager to change it in the face of credible evidence. the rub here is trying to apply the word credible to religion, which is almost always inherently dependant upon faith. I am a skeptic. I was raised Jewish. I went to the most religious Schools in the city. then one day, about 3 years ago, I decided to re-examine all the religious dogma that I had been indoctrinated into believing. I realized that I believed things that I was tought to believe when I was too young to actually put rational thought behind. things that when I was 7 were miraculous, more closely resembled B.S. at 21. I am so sure that Yahweigh put old dinosaur bones under the earth's surface as a way of testing the strength of our faith. right. that is far more reasonable to belief then to say that the Humans who wrote down the bible guessed at the age of the earth and were just WAY off. I still smile when I hear people say that creation and science can coexist, because in the Eyes of the Lord, a day could be a million years. an dI suppose that that same lord didn't realize that we his people would have a hard time swallowing that one, and he should have just said that he created the earth in 6 million years, not 6 days.
pinkeffigy From: pinkeffigy Date: October 27th, 2002 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I think you misunderstood...

um... duh. not the point I was making. And I know adric very well. In fact, have seen him naked. I was sort of making friendly conversation with him about things that I have ALSO discussed with him. Seeing as how I have known him for years.

Get off my shit with the preachiness, k?
pinkeffigy From: pinkeffigy Date: October 27th, 2002 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I think you misunderstood...

and btw- as far as religious symbolism is concerned:

Most Christians, although they recognize the symbol of the star of David (tm) as important wear a cross to represent thier particular faith. Neo paganism does the same thing with the pentagram. The six sided star also appears in many old texts that I have come across, pre-gardenerian Witchcraft. And most people who have done serious research into that whole thing know that as well. Its the outward symbol of a faith, not the ONLY symbol used in that faith. Just like a cross, while maybe a very important part of the Chrisitan faith, one might say it shouldn't be the most important. If we are to believe the Bible perhaps the symbol "SHOULD" be a stone, a large one, resembling the one that rolled away. But imagine trying to decorate a churchyard with those at easter. Or wearing one as jewelry.

A religious symbol is only that. a symbol, a way to recognize something about those around us. It is not the totality of any religion. and at the very least, an odd religious symbol (like a bronzed chicken foot) can make for a snappy fashion statement!
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