Saturday, December 03, 2005

I'm still drained from writing about my sketches...

` ...How about some good, old-fashioned uncreativity?

` Hmmm. La le la. Hey, did you know, it's actually been actually snowing here a tiny bit? That's right! We even had to turn on the heat!
` Meh. Surely there's more interesting things to talk about than the weather. For example, I'm sure you will enjoy these quotes which were created by the somewhat famous and very creative Jack Blanchard.
` If not, too bad.

"Nobody is completely sane
when you get to know them."

"The only problem with democracy is this:
The majority is dumber than we think."

"Anything is possible,
but not probable.
Give it a try anyway."

The Modern Hypochondriac:
"Right now I don't feel too bad.
I wonder what that means?
Should I ask my doctor?"

The Futility of Debate:
"Opinions are our most prized possessions
and we protect them from your logic."

My Condition:
"My brain is so packed with wisdom,
that just writing this
eases the pressure."

` Heh. That little surrealist! Also, check out what I found in my e-mail just the other day:

Nature 438, 576 (1 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/438576a

Palaeoecology: A gigantic fossil arthropod trackway

Martin A. Whyte1

A unique, complex trackway has been discovered in Scotland: it was made roughly 330 million years ago by a huge, six-legged water scorpion that was about 1.6 m long and a metre wide. To my knowledge, this is not only the largest terrestrial trackway of a walking arthropod to be found so far, but is also the first record of locomotion on land for a species of Hibbertopterus (Eurypterida). This evidence of lumbering movement indicates that these giant arthropods, now extinct, could survive out of water at a time when the earliest tetrapods were making their transition to the land.

  1. Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Brookhill, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK

` Who knew those huge basal arthropods schmoozed on land with the ancestors of amphibians? Oh and one more thing - according to one of those stupid online surveys, I am a:


You are an atheist, a rationalist, a believer in the triumph of science and of reason over libido. You can’t stand mumbo jumbo, ritual, spiritual nonsense of any kind, and you refuse to allow for these longings in others.

Astrologers, Scientologists and new–age crystal ball creeps are no different in your view from priests, rabbis and imams. They’re all just weak–minded pilgrims on the road to easy answers. Nature as revealed by science is awesome enough for you, but it’s a nature that needs curbing and taming by us on our evolutionary journey to perfection.

Your heros are Einstein, Darwin, Marx and — these days — Gould, Blakemore, Watson, Crick and Rosalind Franklin. Could you be hiding a little behind those absolutist views, worried that, if you let in a few doubts and contradictory ideas, the whole edifice might crumble? Loosen up a bit and try to enjoy the amazing variety of human belief systems. Don’t worry — it’s unlikely you’ll end up chanting your days away in some distant mountain cult.

What kind of humanist are you? Click here to find out.

` Gee... if internet quizzes are any measure - and they're not! - I must really be a jerk! In reality, since I moved here to live with someone whom I don't think any less of just because he believes that Jesus is the way, etc., I can't be that bad. Frankly, my atheist hippie friends are the ones that worry me, with their reckless faith in non-medicine and apathy.

` Anyway, it's time I ate something for once. Especially since I'm really... dizzy after seeing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire... It was... well... dizzifying.


SOB said...

You're ALL wrong. I will let you know the one true religion. Flying Spaghetti Monsterism. Heaven has a stripper factory and a beer volcano, how could you not want to join FSM.

Oh noodly master please touch these poor souls with your Noodly Appendage and let them be saved.


S E E Quine said...

` Yes, because with His Noodly Appendage, it is He who has made the universe appear to have evolved from a more primitive state.
` In fact, when making judgements, I ask myself; WWFSMD?

` *Shhh!* don't tell anyone!

cassie d said...

The CardHolder

You go out of your way to build bridges with people of different views and beliefs and have quite a few religious friends. You believe in the essential goodness of people , which means you’re always looking for common ground even if that entails compromises. You would defend Salman Rushdie’s right to criticise Islam but you’re sorry he attacked it so viciously, just as you feel uncomfortable with some of the more outspoken and unkind views of religion in the pages of this magazine.
You prefer the inclusive approach of writers like Zadie Smith or the radical Christian values of Edward Said. Don’t fall into the same trap as super–na├»ve Lib Dem MP Jenny Tonge who declared it was okay for clerics like Yusuf al–Qaradawi to justify their monstrous prejudices as a legitimate interpretation of the Koran: a perfect example of how the will to understand can mean the sacrifice of fundamental principles. Sometimes, you just have to hold out for what you know is right even if it hurts someone’s feelings.

i don't know how accurate this is either, but the picture was pretty weird....

S E E Quine said...

` Heh, yeah, those are somewhat nutty illustrations. Seriously, I think I sound more like partway in between both of those...

Galtron said...

According to this survey... I need to get a life.

Also, giant arthropods are tasty.