Friday, October 31, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands update

Best.. episode.. ever. Well, ok. maybe not the best (Jerri getting voted out was the best) but it ranks right up there.

Morgan and Drake arrive at the challenge site to find a third tribe - the outcasts. The stakes: if either Morgan or Drake lose to the Outcasts, they have to vote someone out. The Outcast will in turn vote someone back into the game.

Well, the Outcasts beat Drake by a nose and Morgan by a mile. Drake goes to tribal council and sends Shaun, the creator of so much tension and a lazy bum - he spent more time complaining about work than working (and wasn't charming like Gervase or Shawn from Marquesas), home.

Morgan arrives after a tribal meeting back at camp. Osten wanted to be voted out. He was mentally done, exhausted and ready to go home. And home he went - with a verbal spanking from Jeffie Pop (the host) about how everyone worked too darn hard for him to just quit. There was a tribe of outcasts more worthy of being in the game to begin with than him.

Even Mike S from Australia was voted out after leaving the game injured. Osten was told to go home and his torch laid on the ground in disgrace. Good riddence.

Next week: we find out who's coming back. My guess - Lill and Burton.
Wicca is not truth

''In Christianity, often there is a minister between you and God. Wiccans seek their own relationship with deity" says Willie Jones. I'm not sure what aspect of Christianity he is speaking with - maybe he has confused us with Judaism - but I have a relationship with God, my creator thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. I don't have to go through a saint, a priest, a preacher, a bible teacher, or anyone else to speak to the Heavenly Father. The veil in the temple that seperated man from God was torn when Jesus died. There is nothing seperating God from man except his own pride and sin. And the cross is the bridge.

In another interestring and misguided statement, Rev. Mary Katherine Morn says ''I think because we're all so different, we all have different ways of celebrating God" in explaining why her church had a Pagan pride day. There is not a divine-ness in the trees or even in you as another human. We were made by the divine but we are NOT little gods waiting to get somewhere. She is right in saying that we are different and there are many different ways to celebrate God, but Wicca is not one of them.

It is a lie from the pit; it smells like smoke. It is teaching you to rely on yourself and not on God. It is self-centered (though teaches do no harm). When you build a wall around yourself - through false religions, alcohol, games, sex, tv, etc... - you are a sitting duck for the lies of Satan. You start to believe that you are one with the creator or not worthy of love and affection, that you are no good, or that you are entitled to something because you complete all the religious rules and check lists.

Source: The Tennessean - 10/31/03

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Oh please... grow up

This rant is based on an editorial about how
Gen X'ers are over educated and under-employed. Somehow she was denied that right of passage to back pack across Europe because she is 25 and not 30 (the group that was the heart of the internet boom.. er.. bust).


For crying out loud. And shut up! Go back to work. I am three years older than you chick and I didn't backpack anywhere (that would require sleeping in places there is no way I would sleep in). I didn't hit it big with the internet boom, and I don't know any 29 year old millionaires. If I do, they hide it well.

Stop comparing yourself to the Jones'. Alot of people didn't experience what a select few did. What is bothersome about our society, as compared to just a few generations ago, is:
1) media. It is so easy to see the Hilton sisters living the high life and want it for yourself. Martha Stewart gives every homemaker an inferiority complex if you don't make your stuff from scratch and from speciality stores instead of dressing up Pottery Barn close-outs. Because of this, we look longingly at "the good life" and forget that "the good life" would suck without people to share it with. Stop buying crap and invite someone over to sit in your living room for a chat. And it doesn't have to be perfect. We all have clutter.
2) America is fat and lazy. We have too much lesiure time. We don't have to work for anything. The hardest thing I have to do to get meet is walk into the grocery store from the far end of the parking lot. Because of this, we rarely have to work hard at anything. Therefore, when that time to work presents itself, we complain like 2 year olds. The author of the editorial is now having to face the real working world and realizes it stinks and now wants to go back to law school to avoid if for another 3 years. Honey, you will work harder in law school and as a lawyer that you do now. Think carefully. Can you find an altruistic career otherwise?

I could keep going for another 3 pages but I digress, If you don't like your job, find a new one. Take some freakin' personal responsibility. Just because your parents said "you can be what ever you want to be" doesn't mean that at some point, there won't be anyone else to blame. They will have left your sorry butt a long time ago.

For your gray hairs, talk to your stylist. There are a variety of colors on the market to cover it up. You know, you aren't going to be young forever. Accept it. You'll be happier.

For your wrinkles, BeautiControl has a line of wonderful products that will reduce the appearance of them - for any age group. Email me. I can hook you up.

Friday, October 24, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands Update

There once was a man named Rupert
Who both tribes thought was super.
To no ones surprise
He won them the prize.
And with the help of Christa,
Drake enjoyed a feast of lobst-ah.

At immunity time, the weight was to be across their backs.
It was not for the weak or those who are lax.
Osten dropped the bar too quickly,
Leaving folks in quite a tizzy.
For Drake it was Christa to take up the cross
But in the end, they received the loss.

Along comes a woman named Trish
To whom Rupert seemed like a fish.
He was "too strong" for her care.
so she made a plan to send him on his way
But she walked the plank instead.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

More on Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ"

Mel's 'Passion': No One Would Touch It

I told you early last week that Mel Gibson would have to distribute "The Passion of Christ" himself in Europe and Australia. Yesterday, Gibson's company confirmed this, but will give Newmarket Films the license to distribute in the U.S.

Newmarket is famous for "Memento" and will have "Monster" in the Oscar race this winter.

"The Passion of Christ" will not be released on Easter, as originally planned. Instead, Newmarket will put it out on Ash Wednesday. This happens to fall on February 24, just five days before the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles. Can you imagine what Billy Crystal will do with this, especially if the release is preceded by protests and bad reviews?

I'm of the mind that "Passion" must be released and that everyone -- I mean, everyone -- should get a chance to see it. Gibson has already come across like a total nut in his interviews, especially the one in The New Yorker. Is he anti-Semitic? Is the movie? On February 24, the movie-going audience will be able to judge for itself.

The result will affect Gibson's future in show business.


Wednesday, October 22, 2003

I think I hurt myself laughing

Re: building peace palaces -

"[B]ack in June, [David] Lynch, his "Wild at Heart" actress Laura Dern and "Mulholland Drive" starlet Laura Haring, as well as Heather Graham, declared their support for a $4 million peace center in Los Angeles, where meditators would gather twice a day to practice "yogic flying," a group practice that supposedly sends positive vibrations out into the world and reduces stress and crime."

Hey! Send some positive vibrations my way.. particularly with dollar bills attached to them. Hollywood types will believe anything. It's sad.

Source: New York Post Online Edition: seven
"Hi, My name is L'Oreal..."

I admit it. As a kid, I hated my name. Half of the girls I knew were named Jennifer. I hated that my name was so unusual and so hard to spell (admit it - you've missed an "n"). However, my name is not nearly as bad as those cited in this story from the Denver Post.

I've heard of girls named Mercedes.. but DelMonte? Is she going to grow up to be Miss Chiquita Banana.. or is that a trademark violation?

Monday, October 20, 2003

And let's ask Ben Affleck his advice on foreign policy

Morissette, Mike D Declare Eco War because they don't like the US National Parks Chief. Yes, celebrities can have opinions.. but why theirs make Yahoo News and mine don't when I'm far more informed, amusing, and just a better person than the self-righteous Morissette is beyond me?

Everything got clearer for her after her visit to India several years ago you know.. it's such a peaceful place, in harmony with nature. RIGHT! Ask the people in Kashmir if they think it's so peaceful. Ask those living in fear because they converted from Hinduism to Christianity if there's a whole heck of alot of harmony floating around.
More from the Duh files...

Israeli women won't see combat because women can't march as far or carry as much as men.

Uh.. that would be because men are bigger and stronger.. and they were designed that way. Memo to feminists: men and women are NOT the same. Stop thinking that we are.. acknowledges the differences and play to strengths!

Saturday, October 18, 2003

More Queer Eye Quotes

Andrew, a straight guy:
The back hair is like a guardian angel. I never see it but I know it's there.

Building a bridge, one manicure at a time.
Straight guy - But it says professional.
K - It's not. Trust me, I'm a professional.

You are a nasty, nasty man.
Your sofa and chair look like they came free with a fill up.

STOP! That's a fashion violation! Don't move!
Oh look.. plaid for every season.
You look like Ben and Jerry Affleck.
You're like a metal detector at the beach - you go straight for the plaid.
We can tease this [back hair] and everyone will think it's angora.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands update

Once upon a time, a Prince named Rupert went visiting to the land of Morgan. While there, he fished, moved a hut, irked a lesser being, the Court Jester Osten(who is not amusing at all!), and became a hero when he helped the Morgan folk win reward.

But he did not partake.

The Prince at the first opportunity returned to his homeland of Drake to find that things were not as he left it. Bastard step-twin Burton had left, leaving his brother Shawn who attempted to prove that he is worthy of leadership. (He is not and should be run over with the royal horsecarts.) Prince Rupert found a new pet, a snake named Balboa. This royal observer wishes that it was big enough to eat Evil Duke Jon.

At the end of the day, Lady Sandra could not eat the fish, lost immunity, and Duchess Michelle left the land of Drake for a hot meal and a shower.

The End.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Survivor: Pearl Islands update

Yes, dear reader, I've been lax in my updates of the most recent installment of Survivor. This is actually turning out to be an excellent season. It's really good.

Skinny Ryan was voted off in week two. Lil was voted off on week three. Morgan lost 6 challenges in a row to become the suckiest tribe ever. The only reason they won this week was because Drake decided to throw the challenge.

And Burton (who is cute but not the brightest bulb in the box) took the walk down the plank. Jon is the biggest player and biggest jerk out there (He thinks he's Rob from Survivor: Amazon but somehow isn't as charming.) Jon is the one who serious orchestrated the boot with Rupert being gone...

Rupert was shipped for one day over to Morgan. Rupert wanted Burton gone for suggesting throwing the challenge..

So, Morgan still sucks. They only suck less because Rupert is there. If there is an All Star Survivor, Rupert must be on. Rupert rocks. He is so stinking cool.. and actually gets the game. I doubt he'll win but it would be great if he did.

And Osten is a whiner.

Friday, October 03, 2003

Serious Scholarship

As a former acadmic, I've always looked for good topics for research that are both interesting and professionally relevant. See The Ig Nobel Web Page for a collection of projects that are not interesting or professionally relevant.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Enough to make you cry

There's a famous photo in there, taking at Vanderbilt Medical Center (across the street from where I work.

Thank God that medical technology has advanced to the point that babies can be operated on in the womb. Be thankful that you don't live even 20 years ago.

WorldNetDaily: 'Baby Samuel' testifies before Senate

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Al Franken is an irrelevant sissy

So says Vox Day.
In the world of strange and unusual

I've never claimed to be a fashionista but I do try to keep somewhat current in my clothing. However, this guy gives a whole new meaning to out of date and out of style. The Dorothy Hamill haircut starts it off...