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If you believe in God then you must be dumb!

Friday, June 13th, 2008

So today on Telegraph, “Britain’s No.1 quality newspaper website” they had an article called “Intelligent people ‘less likely to believe in God'” . After reading this narrow minded, egotistical view of the world and its inhabitants, I can’t help but feel insulted. Believing in God has influenced my life because it was how I was raised and has helped me structure my value system and helps direct my morale compass. People are raised in different ways and are directed towards a certain way of thinking mainly because, at the time, we don’t know any better. Must be another idiot!

As adults, we can CHOOSE to continue to believe in God or not. I personally still use the lessons taught by the bible from when I was growing up and morales conveyed through sermons of the priests at mass whenever I occasionally go to church. I am not a BLIND believer and I will question things that I’m told to follow blindingly. That shouldn’t reflect on how intelligent I am or effects on how high my IQ is. I think that the Professor Richard Lynn of that university should be careful about simplifying his research like that. It makes him seem unintelligent.

Cubs VS Sox: An epic battle of Good VS Evil or just another Marketing Gimmick!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

So on Sunday, I went to the Cubs VS Pirates game. They won by the way 4 to 3. I have to admit that having all those bars close by made the whole baseball-going experience better. The view of Wrigley from my seatNow, should I feel guilty for going to a baseball game and having a good time? No. Would I have enjoyed myself better if I had gone to a White Sox game? Definitely. Does that make me a trader for going to see the Cubs? No.

At the end of the day, I still prefer the White Sox. We may not have all the “cool” bars near U.S. Cellular Field but our team doesn’t require you to be drunk off your ass (which I was at the Cubs game) to watch them play. So I guess what I’m trying to say is…

GO SOX!

Growing Up: Does that necessarily mean growing apart too?

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Lately, it seems that our group has been hanging out less and less. Is it because we have even less time than we did before; Because of work and/or school? Is it because we have found new friends to hang out with? Or is merely just because we never really had any real interests in common, so we make no effort to stay in touch? Maybe we were never  real close to begin with? Add a little bit of guilt for some people and some embarassing moments for others and what we have here is what I like to call our “current state of friendship”. At least, that is what it seems like to me. I’m sure some of you aren’t as apart as others. Some of you guys prolly still hang out with each other every weekend.

So why care now? Why am I talking about this like it’s something new? I mean I’m sure most of you have seen this starting back when we ended our last LAN party. After people stopped bringing their computers to Greg’s. I am sure everyone’s lives have been filled with something new and exciting like jobs, friends, co-workers, girlfriends and other exciting life events and no longer have time to even COMMUNICATE (talk/text/email/IM) with old friends (if that was what in fact we were).

I just want to make this clear before people start offending other people. I’m not accusing any particular one person. I’m not singling anyone out. I’m not saying its any one person’s fault. As a group, I think we need to find more AND new cohesion for this group. Bring back dinner night, join a sports league together or something else. The past will always be filled with good times (Vegas was my particular favorite), and we’ll always have that. It’s what defines us as people. Our past experiences have, for better or worse made us who we are today. I just want people to know I may have pushed some of you away before but now I want to change that. I want to welcome you all to my home (well technically Dan’s, but you know what I mean) and stop by, for some (i want to say tea here but that would be kind of gay) beer or even a game of Wii. Let’s catch up! We might not have every interest in common, but maybe we can find one together? (wow, that WAS gay. LOL.) We can start with the upcoming social event, An’s Birthday. If we even put a little bit of effort, maybe we can have more good times and continue to create wonderful memories for all of us to share.

Thank you for reading and God Bless!

Remember when it use to be cool to post on blogs?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Well I see the TDH blog website has been getting lots of great posts in the past few months. So I decided to post something for you all to read!

Remember when it was cool when you posted stuff on your blog site?

Yeah, I don’t either. So here’s to posting less and less until TDH blogsite is no more.

Huzzah!

Spam – Not the tasty food in a can

Friday, July 27th, 2007

What is up with all this spam that hits tdh? I mean it use to just be in our email accounts but now it has seeped into our blog site. Shouldn’t there be someone monitoring this shit. It freaking ridiculous. I’m sure you already know the statistics on how much spam goes through the internet daily. But seriously this is out of control though and I think they should make a law or if they have, start enforcing it more maybe. Thats my two and half cents on that.

Apple iPhone: WHAT THE HELL?!

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Okay. The Apple iPhone is being released today at 6 pm. YESTERDAY I saw people waiting in line to get there chance to purchase an iPhone, more then 24 hours earlier then the release date. The iPhone is a 500 to 600 dollar phone, plus a minimum 2 year contract of 60 dollars a month. How the hell can people afford to skip work, and wait in line for this phone? On top of it, Apple/AT&T has not announced how many iPhones are available at each store. So who knows if you are waiting in line in vain or not?

I understand people waiting in line for a movie. If you don’t have a job, nothing better today, I can see waiting in line and paying 10 dollars for a movie. I can see waiting in line for a video game console. That brings countless hours of entertainment, and if you want to turn a quick buck, sell it on eBay the day of the release, and get back over two to three times the amount you spent on the gaming system. But it’s a phone! It may be a unique phone, but it is still just a phone. On top of it, the sales goals Apple is putting out for this phone, it doesn’t sound like you would have to wait long to pick one up, even if they did sell out tonight.

What I took away from this iPhone launch is that I should have invested in AT&T and Apple 6 months ago.

Too old to be cool too young to be Retro

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Frankly the title says it all. Let me relate to you all (the three people that read this) my little story of self awareness. There are teenagers alive today who have never heard of the Beetles. Okay, so its not a story. But its the truth. Now I am no classic rock pushing lunatic but come on… the Beetles man… Never even heard of them? I have always figured the Beetles fell into the same category as Shakespeare. You may not have ever read him but you sure as hell know who he is. It nearly as disturbing to me as way back in the nineties when there were 14 year old girls upset that I ruined the ending of titanic for them by telling them the ship sunk.

Not that I am comparing historical ignorance to the knowledge of a rock group but the impact of learning of said ignorance is similar. It may be time for Bowling for Soup to do a follow-up song called 1995. It could be all about me. When DID Nirvana become classic rock? Maybe its the Fatherhood venom rushing through my veins but I have a strange urge to sit Brodie down and tell him about the good old days when Transformers were metal and there was nothing cooler than a talking car with a swooshy light in its grill. There are children out there who think that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a cheap american ripoff of an Anime.

So what’s my point? I guess there is none but damnit I want to be retro! When I tell highschoolers that I saw Nirvana live they ask me where my walker is. I am definately not even close to being old. I think kids have just lost there generational depth. there I’ve said it. Teh inturweb has removed the need for adults to bore their children with tales of days long gone and therefore stopped the flow of wonderful Americana. So here I am protesting this by blogging….. yeah I’m done.

Preconceived Jackass?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

I continue to be amazed at life. I consider myself to be rather open minded and that while I can go off on tangents, and sometimes it is just plain fun to play with stereotypes and their place in society, I feel that I keep an open mind. Frequently my words do not match my true feelings but I also am under the delusion that I am amusing to others. Sadly a movie brought my opinion of my thoughts into question. Even sader is the fact that the actor in said movie is not what you would call samaritan. The actor is Johnny Knoxville. The movie is The ringer. Before I had seen the movie I was expecting an over the top comedy that went devilishly close to stepping over the line and perhaps danced across it once or twice. To be frank I was expecting something along the lines of Drawn Together. I was wrong. I was very wrong. When I mentioned that I had recently rented the movie a comment was made “[…] and how is that not exploitation?” I felt at the time that it was most likely a form of exploitation but not to the extent that it would first seem. the only reply i can make to that statement now is until you see the movie keep your mouth shut. Really, becuase you will most likely feel like an ass afterwards. I sure do.

The concept behind the movie is well known. I won’t go into detail about it. What I feel the need to say however; Is, that if after watching this movie, you still feel the disabled actors and athletes were exploited, then you are just as narrow minded as the individuals you believe you are protecting them from. Bottom line is they are disabled but not incapable. A physical handicap is NOT a mental handycap. And a developmental delay does not mean they are stupid or incapable of making a rational decision. It wasn’t until after I saw the movie and went into the special features that I learned that this was a Faralay (sp) brothers film. The same team that brought us Shallow Hal. This gives the film a very large credit in my book because nobody else in Hollywood seems to have the bravery and capacity to make a film that takes their subject matter and makes “fun” of it to the point where the ones truely being made fun of, are actually the people laughing at the supposed subjects.

In addition to this being a Faralay bros. movie it was also %100 supported and endored by the Special olympics. Infact many of the actors in the film were actuially athletes in the Special olympics. These actors were mixed with non-disabled actors seamlessly and if you did not recognize an actor from a previous film it was nearly impossible to tell who was really disabled and who was acting. Kind of like Something About Mary. People still think that the guy who played Wendel was really, lets be frank, retarded.

So please do me a favor shut the fuck up and watch this movie. But really watch. Understand that if you really feel this movie is exploiting the disabled actors that you are infoact even MORE of an asshole for not giving these people (and I MEAN people) the credit they deserve in being able to tell when they are being taken advantage of.

(Note this is not directed at anyone in particular and the individual I quoted just happened to say something that stuck in my mind)

I think I may losing your mind

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

I have recently been drifting in and out of what most people would consider to be rational thought. After having resurected my iPod using the “Drop and Pray” method I found myself listening to my whole playlist on random. This is an activity I highly discourage. Especially all of you out there who think reality is a Hoopy place to be. The opening cords were not familiar to me so I glanced at my much abused screen. I caught the name of the track and had what I can only describe as a temporary detatchment of my cerebral cortex. It turns out that I was listening to the MI2 sountrack. The specific track was named “Nyah” pronounced Nye-Ah. However I read this as Niii-ya (imagine a Pirate going nya-nya-nya) I found this so odd and amusing that I rather loudly repeated the word outloud as I heard it in my head. On a side note this all occured during my break at work and I had been sitting in the Hospital Cafeteria. Needless to say my sudden outburst caused a few heads to turn. As soon as I finished my outbusrt I realized the proper pronunciation of said song title. This then stuck me as incredibly amusing and I began to laugh at myself muttering Nyah (improperly pronounced) in between my bouts of laughter. I don’t think that it comes as a surprise that even more heads were turning a this point.

So I have come to ask myself why my mind seems to go on brief holidays and I have come to the conclusion that I am borrowing my sanity from some source. Or perhaps it is a time-share.  I am not entirely sure. All I know is that my credit seems to be running thin at the mind-bank. Come to think of it wasnt “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank” a really bad Sci-Fi movie with Raul Julia in it? Spending time as a fox as punishment for a crime must be strange. But then I would know if I was a dog or a cat. What the hell are foxes?!?! Hmm I think I am done imitating Chef Brian for a while. Back to floating around in a man made lake with a cooler of beer on a liferaft I suppose.

Ways of the Anti-Social Hermit

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

I know once in a while we like to keep to ourselves. Sure we have a busy work/school week interacting with others and being social so its okay for us to want to take a night off from people we don’t know. Yes, it does require us to put on a social face to be out of our comfort zone. To act a certain way, to keep our comments tasteful, and in general pretend to be that “normal” person society thinks we should be. All this so that others may want to stick around and become friends with us. Maybe even find that special someone you can spend the rest of your life with, Man or Woman. Then maybe one day, after we get to that level of comfort, show them our true selves. A sick, twisted, disgusting, grotestic, pesimistic, unhappy, hateful, gross, and overall a disturbed individual. So why even bother putting up with this? Why should I even care whether. I have friends and family who I can talk to. Friends come and go and lets face it. Family may not be around all the time seeing as our lifespan is 100 years or so. Sometimes families send their old folks to a retirement home early just so they don’t have to deal with “Grandpa”.

In life, there are two certainties: Death and Taxes. The closer you get to death the more you ache to be surounded by people you can call friends and your family. People you have known for years since you started to hang out in High School, College or even Work. Not that you can’t make new friends in a Nursing home but if you’re set in your ways of staying home more than trying to be social. You are on your way to spending your remaining years ALONE with a nurse being the closest thing to a piece of ass. Life can be filled with regrets. I myself, already regret not being more social in high school. I am not saying I am the most social guy you can meet. I sometimes enjoy a night of vegging out watching tv or playing computer games online. But now, I know that I can’t spend my life being anti-social I need to try to go out to meet new people. So that one day, when I do meet that one female that complements me and we can spend the rest of my lives togther NOT BEING ALONE and I can write my own happy ending.