1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, "life."
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately "work."
4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
6. "There" is no better a place than "here." When your "there" has become a "here", you will simply obtain another "there" that will again look better than "here."
7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
10. You will forget all this.
I’ve never been accused of being overtly political or overtly religious, but I just saw an article on CNN.com that made me laugh out loud.
The headline reads “Evangelist accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible“, I assumed it mean some sort of Christian whack job that usually stands up when they should sit down and shut the fuck up, and I guess I wasn’t disappointed.
James Dobson is that whack job and the best quote I found in the article was this ‘James Dobson says Barack Obama is distorting biblical teachings to fit "his own confused theology."’. So it seems it would be an opportune moment to chant, Hey pot the kettle is calling and guess what?
When has a evangelist ever not distorted the bible to their own ends? I don’t think I’ve heard of one. Basically with his popularity flagging this wonderful example of humanity has decided to go on the attack. Like there’s something to attack besides his own distorted views on the bible, religion or politics.
In the last few weeks I’ve been working on taking more photos, what I didn’t realize was my camera was about to turn 10,000. It’s a joyous day when on my camera’s 10,000 shutter click it takes a photo of a half naked woman doing a burlesque show.
I’ve had this camera body since November 24th, 2005. I had sold my old Canon 10D to a friend and was upgrading to the 20D, of course within a few short months Canon came out with the 30D and then the 40D, but I’ve been very happy with the performance of the 20D over the last two and a half years. From the first shot I took to the 10,000 last night, I’m happy with my camera and the only thing I have to worry about now is how much longer it’s going to last.
I was playing softball yesterday, of course I was playing softball yesterday and of course I managed to hurt myself. I was hitting, catching and throwing pretty well yesterday and in the bottom of the 8th I managed to stop a hot grounder up the left field side and in my stupidity I rolled onto my right shoulder as part of the stopping of the ball. Well something popped and I still managed to get the ball thrown into third, but I was done. It still hurts a whole lot and after finally taking a look at it in the mirror this morning I think I might actually need to go to the hospital later to find out what’s really wrong with it. I have a very limited range of motion and it pretty much aches and hurts no matter what I do, so my guess is something’s wrong.
But I did manage to get stop the ball and make the epic play… But given the track record of my hurting myself when I make the epic plays I think I need to stop doing them, or put on full body armor.
Moderator: We’re here today to debate the hot new topic, evolution versus Intelligent Des—
(Scientist pulls out baseball bat.)
Moderator: Hey, what are you doing?
(Scientist breaks Intelligent Design advocate’s kneecap.)
Intelligent Design advocate: YEAAARRRRGGGHHHH! YOU BROKE MY KNEECAP!
Scientist: Perhaps it only appears that I broke your kneecap. Certainly, all the evidence points to the hypothesis I broke your kneecap. For example, your kneecap is broken; it appears to be a fresh wound; and I am holding a baseball bat, which is spattered with your blood. However, a mere preponderance of evidence doesn’t mean anything. Perhaps your kneecap was designed that way. Certainly, there are some features of the current situation that are inexplicable according to the "naturalistic" explanation you have just advanced, such as the exact contours of the excruciating pain that you are experiencing right now.
Intelligent Design advocate: AAAAH! THE PAIN!
Scientist: Frankly, I personally find it completely implausible that the random actions of a scientist such as myself could cause pain of this particular kind. I have no precise explanation for why I find this hypothesis implausible — it just is. Your knee must have been designed that way!
Intelligent Design advocate: YOU BASTARD! YOU KNOW YOU DID IT!
Scientist: I surely do not. How can we know anything for certain? Frankly, I think we should expose people to all points of view. Furthermore, you should really re-examine whether your hypothesis is scientific at all: the breaking of your kneecap happened in the past, so we can’t rewind and run it over again, like a laboratory experiment. Even if we could, it wouldn’t prove that I broke your kneecap the previous time. Plus, let’s not even get into the fact that the entire universe might have just popped into existence right before I said this sentence, with all the evidence of my alleged kneecap-breaking already pre-formed.
Intelligent Design advocate: That’s a load of bullshit sophistry! Get me a doctor and a lawyer, not necessarily in that order, and we’ll see how that plays in court!
Scientist (turning to audience): And so we see, ladies and gentlemen, when push comes to shove, advocates of Intelligent Design do not actually believe any of the arguments that they profess to believe. When it comes to matters that hit home, they prefer evidence, the scientific method, testable hypotheses, and naturalistic explanations. In fact, they strongly privilege naturalistic explanations over supernatural hocus-pocus or metaphysical wankery. It is only within the reality-distortion field of their ideological crusade that they give credence to the flimsy, ridiculous arguments which we so commonly see on display. I must confess, it kind of felt good, for once, to be the one spouting free-form bullshit; it’s so terribly easy and relaxing, compared to marshaling rigorous arguments backed up by empirical evidence. But I fear that if I were to continue, then it would be habit-forming, and bad for my soul. Therefore, I bid you adieu.
In a not so surprising move the publisher of Northwest Baby and Child has decided to suspend publication of the paper. It’s been publishing monthly for 27 years. The publisher has really let the community down by mis-managing the publication, and frankly I’m disappointed they didn’t realize the proper thing to do months if not years ago and that is bring on a partner or sell the publication to another publisher.
Some might ask why the hell do I care? Well I’ve been working for the paper since 1998 and have been the subject of articles by the editor for roughly my entire life. I’ve only been working on the project for 10 years in various capacities, and the irony of just completing the transition from an old design and old content management system to a new design and system just last week, the suspension of the print publication is a bit of a blow.
Now let me set something completely straight, in the last few months if not the last year I’ve been distancing myself from the publication in an attempt to no longer be responsible for the site / admin work that I’ve been doing for a long while now. But I was drawn back into it a few weeks ago when the new “design” went online with no management system for content or advertising. This was a big no no in my books as it meant someone would have to hand code every article that’s placed on the site. Which in this current age of blogs, open source and all the free tools out there that help manage content, I thought it was near impossible to not come up with something that could work. Hell, even MS offers a free offline blog editor, which I happen to be using at this very moment. That and the combination of WordPress, it would seem like a pretty easy transition from the old not so user friendly CMS we had in place to something far more sexy like WordPress and just use Live Writer to manage the content updates.
So here I am still working to make the site / newspaper work online so that parents can have access to the information they, according to the stats, really enjoy reading and having at their fingertips.
I was looking through my reader this afternoon and I noticed a great photo of the Dalai Lama from his visit last month. Well look at that, it’s one of mine. I love the fact that I can get my images out there for a bunch of people to look at. Especially the ones I want them to actually see.
Thanks Seattlest for using the photo!
Spring in Seattle… Gotta love it.