Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Goodbye Mr Wizard

A long long looooooong time ago, when I was a little girl, there was a cable station called Nickelodeon. This is not the Nick we know today, the home of Spongebob and every tame fart and spooge joke known to man. This was home of Black Beauty reruns from the BBC as well as foreign educational programs (remember the Canuck jewel Today's Special?) and of course Mr Wizard's World. Mr Wizard was the cool old neighbor who let the kids come into his house and do science experiments. He taught us kids how much fun science could be, all while wearing a nice crew neck sweater. He was like a smarter Mr Rogers. Don "Mr Wizard" Herbert died of bone cancer today at the age of 89.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

My sister is old!

Happy Birthday Shannon!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Stupid Jerks

I would like to start donations for the Send The Fred Phelps Family On A One Way Trip To Baghdad Fund. :) Let em wave their signs and see what happens! You Tube's server would shit itself with all the hits it would get.

Sigh. Sometimes I wish I was brave enough just to say "f-ck it" and become an atheist so I wouldn't have to share God with these losers.


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I'm Gonna Put Down The Sudoku Before I Hurt Myself

I've been into Sudoku for the last couple of weeks now. It started as a whim, when there were no good mags at the CVS next to the Patient First I was planning to visit so Dr. Mohle could tell me exactly what the hell was with this throat thing I had (turns out, it was just a throat thing. Advil helped, and I'm feeling mucho better). I've been working the easiest of the easy puzzles, and it's actually quite fun. I think it may help with my concentration, and I've managed to work through my PTSD when it comes to numbers and math. However, as John and I found out last night, combining Sudoku with the movie The DaVinci Code can result in a strange phenomenon.

We've also been on this Dan Brown kick ever since we finished Angels and Demons, and since Barnes and Noble was having a DVD sale, we purchased a copy of The DaVinci Code. Last night we ate turkey burgers and watched the Tom Hanks classic. I started working my puzzle and actually almost imagined I was Sophie Neveu using my large brain and hottie intellect to crack the greatest mystery of all time, using of course, my Sudoku. I am a really huge dork.

Around 10 my benadryl started kicking in and soon I was sleeping. Of course, like anyone in a really good dream, I didn't think I was really sleeping. Instead, I was in Westminster Abbey with Langdon, Teabing, and Sophie, and the fate of the Holy Grail seemed to hang on my ability to solve this one particularly gosh darn tricky Sudoku puzzle. Of course in the dream, the sudoku puzzle was a floating glowing electronic orb-like apparatus. Suddenly, it came to me, and I sat straight up in bed and proceded to tell John, who was sitting at the Mac checking his email, exactly how the solution came to pass:
"I..I gottit. I...Okay. It's orange, and you have to put the '8' in the upprng..."
In my haze I noticed my husband staring at me. It's the same look he gives Bob when Bob meows for no reason.
"Hon? You've uh, you've lost me. What are you talking about?"
I sighed. Here I was, flirting with mathematical brilliance, and John just didn't get it. Poor dumb sap.
"Its. Its." John said I then just put my head back down and went to sleep. And Langdon, Teabing, Sophie and I never found the grail. Apparently it only reveals itself to those who are worthy.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Julia Sweeney's Letting Go Of God

Julia Sweeney is that woman who used to do the character of Pat on SNL back in the days of Hartman, Carvey, Myers, Farley, and of course, Julia Sweeney. It was one of the few times when SNL was truly truly brilliant and funny, in my opinion. Since SNL, Julia has had her ups and downs. Her one woman show God Said Ha! detailed her scary ordeal with cancer. She has acted in a few movies, and adopted a little girl from China (she did a one woman show on that as well- In The Family Way). She is now performing her newest show, Letting Go of God. I was intrigued, so I bought a CD copy of Letting Go Of God from the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation- more on that later, most likely in our other blog, Floyd Loves Janice).

Sweeney was raised a devout Catholic and waxes poetic about her early life and how Catholicism helped shaped her. It was the same teachings however, that helped shaped her decision to become an atheist. Whether or not you agree with her viewpoint, Sweeney's honesty, eloquence and intellect shines in the show, and you can't help but find her endearing. Sweeney reports that one of her childhood friends, still a devout Catholic, is introducing the CD to her rosary group for discussion. It's new and refreshing look at religion, science, critical thinking belief and faith. I've linked Julia's blog to the site. It's definately work a look.

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