Ira Glass sings the inspirational hits

December 14, 2012

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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

 


Bill Nye on the age of the earth, oppositional science ideas and how it affects our economy and international perception

December 1, 2012

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Bill Nye was on CNN recently discussing the age of the earth, and how science knows it’s 4.5 billion years old.

You can click the screen captured image above to watch the interview. I suggest it.

He’s not saying anything new to anyone who reads about this stuff, but the discussion about the Dover trial is a bit nuanced.

I found this video at Pharyngula, and PZ gave a great explanation about the importance of bringing up the smoke detector.

He writes:

Ionizing smoke detectors use a tiny amount of radiactive [sic] material to generate charged ions by their decay; these ions are released into the space in a capacitor, and their movement generates a constant trickle of current. If smoke particles enter the detector, they bind to the ions and block the current; that easily measured decline in current is what triggers the alarm in the detector.

This is a very simple system that depends entirely on our quantitative understanding of radioactivity. If radioactivity didn’t work like we thought it did, your smoke detector would not be very reliable, and for that matter, no one would have thought of using this function to work as a smoke detector.

Read more here.


Hooking Kids on Sex II. Who’s obsessed with sex?

February 28, 2012

Planned Parenthood’s business model is the same a drug dealers. Planned Parenthood wants to teach your kids masturbation … because they don’t figure that stuff out on their own.

Oh. My.

This video will blow your mind.

About the video:

Uploaded by AmericanLifeLeague on Feb 27, 2012

Planned Parenthood exposes children to sexual material in order to seed a generation of sex addicts, who will become future customers for the abortion giant. This report exposes Planned Parenthood’s sex-education programs, using images from Planned Parenthood’s own websites, social networks, and events.

Visit http://www.StopPlannedParenthood.com to help stop the madness.

 


Santorum: Obama “A Snob” For Wanting Everyone To Go To College

February 25, 2012

Santorum called Obama a “snob” because he said he wants everyone to go to college. Santorum says that a college education means that students will become indoctrinated by liberal professors.

As if the first 18 years of a kid’s life isn’t enough time for parents and churches to take ahold of a brain.

And what happened to yours truly, who went to a conservative Presbyterian college … and turned out liberal?

It’s not Santorum I’m worried about here, either. It’s the audience who is clapping for such insanity.

Santorum’s opening his mouth, we should clap!

Imagine that: education = a bad thing.

Don’t get smart, ya’ll, that’ll lead to godless hedonism. Stay all dumb and shit so you can raise your stupid kids right.

It’s more like Santorum doesn’t want an educated constituency. Allah forbid any of them knew how to think for themselves.

Scary.

Via JMG

 


I should get paid for this

November 4, 2011

When I was seven, about the age that you act now, I was in the second grade.

Most mornings, my teacher Mrs. Price gave us a timeline of work to do. It stretched from one end of top of the chalkboard to the other. You could imagine a sort of Jeopardy of topics. If you panned across the top of the board, there was one category of work after the other that changed daily.

The first item on the far left might be a math sheet. The next would be a reading activity. The next activity would be a grammar sheet. The fourth one would be learning a bible verse. The fifth would be Potent Potables.

And so on.

Mrs. Price used this method of classroom work to let students work at their own pace. We weren’t all at the same level. While I was on activity 10, my neighbor — who needed to pee so badly he stuck his leg out into the aisle and shook it violently — would still be on activity number one. I’ll never forget how he was too scared to ask Mrs. Price if he could use the bathroom.

In second grade, I was bored a lot. Bored even when Mrs. Price busted out her piano bench and went to town singing the “Bee Eye Bee Elle Eee, Yes that’s the book for me!” and other hits of the day.

It was on the days when I was waiting for the other kids to catch up that had thoughts like, “Why aren’t I paid for this work? I feel like I come to a job every day. I’m going to be an active member of society one day. I’m going to do great things. [I thought I was going to be a doctor back then]. They should pay me instead of my parents paying them to be here.”

I was a disgruntled student. I should have quit and became a doctor at seven. I could have cured cancer by now.

Adults are myopic.

And you. Yes, you. Stop acting seven.


Thundering Thursday Nooner: Convicted Felon Chuck Colson tells you how to talk sex to your children

October 20, 2011

What a failure this Chuck Colson is. He’s a thought leader for belief in this nation? Really?

Around minute 1:15, Chuck says that the biblical view of marriage is crystal clear, despite that absolutely nowhere in the bible is there a crystal clear definition of marriage.

That’s bullshit.

If there’s a market for what believers have done to sex education, it’s what this guy is doing: it’s mimicking an absolute bundle of manufactured horse shit to his constituency.

The right-wing loves to talk morality, but each one of the mouths delivering this nauseating message is so rife with hypocrisy, it’s amazing that lightning doesn’t strike them every time they talk.

As my visit to the Museum of Sex revealed, nature and human bedrooms are chockfull of sexuality that is considered deviant by the Christian right. And thank whatever god you want for it. Deviant sex is fucking fun, goddamnit, so keep your dumb hands out of my bedroom. If Chuck’s sex life sucks ass, it’s not on the rest of us to worry about it.

Chuck Colson does one thing great. He’s the poster elder for deranged lunatic.

 


I may have lost my bicycle seat, but I found my toilet seat

September 15, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry addresses Liberty University students

Back when I wasn’t strong enough to leave the fold, I visited Liberty University as a high school senior. On site, I had to wear a button down and a tie with slacks. The students there were miserable, that I could tell. I attended a couple classes and ate in the lunch room.

Liberty University is a place reserved for students who don’t know better.

Recently I was working a job, and I asked someone where their company was based. She told me Lynchburg, VA. I scrunched my nose. I said, “Is that where Liberty University is?”

She rolled her eyes. “Yes,” she said. “I try to tell people that there is more there than that awful ‘university.’ But people only know it because of that.”

This is the way people talk in passing about that landmark to poorly educated students.

Imagine what they say given the chance to dive in and tackle the topic.


MIT Open Courseware: Take 2,000 MIT Classes for Free?

August 18, 2011

I’m not exactly sure how this works, but apparently MIT is offering 2,000 of its courses online for free. Click here.

I’m going to look more into it, but I was hoping to pass along the information before someone else told you about it.

That way I can always hold it over your head that I was the one who told you about this awesome opportunity.

 


Comment of the day goes to … PDOG

May 21, 2011

This one is top-shelf, flaming-head, face-palming greatness … from this post. The following is a straight quote from one “supid [sic] moron” who goes by “PDOG.”

hey george snakes are not the same as they were in the garden of eden and adam and eve could understand animals back then, and the snake was not a true snake but the devil in the form of a snake you supid moron

You hear that, George, you SUPID moron. Don’t you see how dumb you are? Adam and Eve could talk to animals. If the Black Crows could record that one hit of theirs again, the lyrics would be, “She talks to animals / They call her out by her name.”

It looks like PDOG goes to Mansfield University, a college that claims to specialize in educating leaders of the future. Thankfully, they don’t claim they teach grammar and writing, because PDOG is lacking those skills. That is one gorgeous run-on sentence, don’t you think?

He may have been raptured, but in the event he’s still around … I hope he comes back to play.

Congratulations, PDOG. You won your own post.


Regrets of the Typical American

March 28, 2011

Surprise, surprise … Americans regret decisions they’ve made regarding romance.

Here’s a link to a study about Americans’ regrets. You might want to check it out.

A snippet:

Key findings from the study include:

  • About 44 percent of women reported romance regrets versus 19 percent of men. Women also had more family regrets than men. About 34 percent of men reported having work-oriented regrets versus 27 percent of women reporting similar regrets. Men also had more education regrets than women.
  • Individuals who were not currently in a relationship were most likely to have romance regrets.
  • People were evenly divided on regrets of situations that they acted on versus those that they did not act on. People who regretted events that they did not act on tended to hold on longer to that regret over time.
  • Individuals with low levels of education were likely to regret their lack of education. Americans with high levels of education had the most career-related regrets.

 



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