The great computer crash of August 2012

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On Saturday, we had a photo shoot with a young woman at the studio.

Bill wanted to have a young woman wear a skull cap to do a sort of cyborg idea that he’s been mulling over for the past year or more.

The issue with the shoot was there was no issues. Everything was going smoothly. Too smoothly.

It was so smooth that I said, “Someone needs to break my camera on the ground in a zillion pieces. Something needs to balance the equilibrium of everything going so well.”

I spoke too soon.

When I got home that night, my computer informed me that it had fallen and couldn’t get up.

There have been indications that my baby wasn’t feeling well. But it all came to a head when I wanted to dump the day’s photography onto it.

I noticed some problems leading up to that night, so it wasn’t completely unexpected. But it still never feels good.

I’m still dealing with some of the issues, and I’m planning a dinner party tonight where I’m making at least four pizzas …

So while I’m dealing with work and backing up hard drives, you can take a look at what Stan from TYWKIWDBI is posting. The Internets know he’s more interesting anyway.

I’m hoping my computer issues are solved completely here soon. Thanks for your patience.


What gets me is the believers who don’t fall for faith healing, don’t very vocally condemn it

Whatever you feel about this video of a faith healing from con-artist Rodney Howard-Browne, it’s the believers who don’t condemn it who bother me.

Some believers hate feeling inferior, yet they don’t speak out against this kind of con-artistry. Snake oil sales are lucrative.

It’s not bigotry or hateful to protect people from falling for these money-hungry jerks. Sometimes salvation is helping the needy not fall before the wolves.

One comment at Youtube stuck out:

Their laughing is shared by the audience, as they are being overcome by what is known as being “intoxicated by the spirit”. This “phenomenon” that is used as “proof” of the “Holy Spirit” is nothing more than an example of a semi conscious state that I’ve heard refereed to the black community, here in the South, my whole life as “falling out”. This has as much to do with “proof” as does hypnosis, snake charming and fire walking. It is simply a very easy to achieve state of consciousness. Boo!


Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta Go. In other news, Romney’s not the best candidate, but Ryan gives him wings

This is an interesting read from Niall Ferguson called “Obama’s gotta go.”

From what I could tell, there were a lot of dismal looking graphs delivered without citation, but who actually cares where their information comes from.

The best part of the article is in the end, when Ferguson explains that he knows, likes and admires Paul Ryan while he understands that Mitt Romney isn’t the best candidate.

Apparently a crappy president with a great second-in-command will turn this country around!

Read it. Love it. Hate it.

Enjoy argument from weakness. That’s always impressive.

From where does your “science” information come

If you get your science information on human sexuality at sites like Christian Life Resources, you deserve to be marginalized like Rep Todd Akin.

There’s an article that reads similar to how Akin described pregnancy from rape in his recent controversial statement.

Finally, factor in what is certainly one of the most important reasons why a rape victim rarely gets pregnant, and that’s physical trauma. Every woman is aware that stress and emotional factors can alter her menstrual cycle. To get and stay pregnant a woman’s body must produce a very sophisticated mix of hormones. Hormone production is controlled by a part of the brain that is easily influenced by emotions. There’s no greater emotional trauma that can be experienced by a woman than an assault rape. This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy.

Yet the goal of the organization is to show compassionate care to the woman (i.e. the rape victim).

Compassion might be learning more about science from a reputable sources. Hell, a wikipedia article would be a good start.