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Mar. 28th, 2007 | 09:50 am

"Remember, always be yourself.

Unless you suck."

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Feb. 16th, 2007 | 04:03 pm
music: Ed Harcourt - This One's For You

Rofl. Here's some of the ones I liked:

Punkgoth--the original flava!
Crankygoth--primarily focused in female goths once per month
Geekygoth--those who have achieved the delicate balance of geekdom and gothdom
Purrygoth--those who like cats more than people
Noodlegoth--those on the ramen/maccaroni/spaghetti/pasta budget
Germanogoth--Jackboot wearer, & knows how to use them; can be depressed in 2 languages
Valleygoth--"like, oh my goth"


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Feb. 14th, 2007 | 04:20 pm

You Are 36% Capitalist, 64% Socialist

You tend to be quite wary of businesses, especially big business.

While you know that corporations have their place, you tend to support small, locally owned shops.

As far as the rich go, you think they're usually corrupt and immoral.

Never Date a Taurus

Stubborn, materialistic, and even a little greedy - you don't fit into a the strictly crafted inner world of a Taurus.

You definitely need more excitement than a Taurus offers. After all, even expensive dinners get boring after a while!

Instead try dating: Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius, or Aries

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Feb. 2nd, 2007 | 12:22 pm

A quick note to job seekers in the design industry … there's recently launched a new web service that may be useful to you.

Krop.com, a creative jobs marketplace helps companies advertise job openings in the Internet’s top design communities.

Krop targets creative and tech professionals by bringing great job opportunities directly to them. Featuring an instant search tool that makes finding the job you're looking for quick and simple based on title or location without having to leave a single interface. Krop lets visitors spend more time browsing jobs, and less time filling out surveys. Krop customers enjoy the full featured control panel allowing them to track and manage multiple posts with as little overhead as possible.

What I find interesting is that Krop also features an affiliate system which many may be interested in as a way to further monetize their site traffic. In well under an hour you can put a fully branded job board directly on your site. The affiliate kit is by far the best feature in way of simplicity.

Now, if only we could tie in multiple job sites, that'd be great.

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God is not a Moderate

Jan. 31st, 2007 | 03:13 am

 A blogologue between Harris and Sullivan

I have been a pretty avid reader of Andrew Sullivan's blog for the last year or so.  He supplies a very interesting point of view; he is religious moderate endowed with a huge amount of skepticism(unfortunately not to the point of out and out atheism, but one can hope).  He is a conservative that supported the war and Bush co. at first, but since then has been sane enough to see that Bush and co. or clearly insane.  He is also a HIV positive homosexual, something else at odds with the traditional(American) idea of conservatism(read: Christian Conservatism).

Sam Harris is a "Atheist Superstar"(if I dare so so), recently penning such books as "The End of Faith" and "Letter to a Christian Nation."  These two guys have started a "blogologue" to be found Beliefnet.com, the topic being Religious Modertism, and, just how bad is it?

Continuation of the Harris/Sullivan Blogologue
Things are heating up.

It is not my intention to go on at tiresome length, but your last post has opened so many doors to the winds of unreason that I can't resist running from room to room trying to settle things down. You seem to have taken particular offense at my imputing self-deception and/or dishonesty to the faithful. I make no apologies for this. One of the greatest problems with religion is that it is built, to a remarkable degree, upon lies. Mommy claims to know that Granny went straight to heaven after she died. But Mommy doesn't actually know this. The truth is that, while Mommy may be rigorously honest on any other subject, in this instance she doesn't want to distinguish between what she really knows (i.e. what she has good reasons to believe) and 1) what she wants to be true, or 2) what will keep her children from grieving too much in Granny's absence. She is lying--either to herself or to her children--but we've all agreed not to talk about it. Rather than teach our children to grieve, we teach them to lie to themselves.

Fantastic stuff.

Julia Sweeney's "17 Books I Read Along the Way.."

Here is a list of the 17 books Julia Sweeney read as she started to deeply question her religious upbringing.

The "along the way" part is summed up in a one-woman monologue, which is excellent.

I was extremely happy to see Sagan's Demon-Haunted World on the list.

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The Counsels of Defeat

Jan. 31st, 2007 | 03:08 am

One of the greatest hooks almost ever (surviving) religion has is that of eternal life.  The idea that we keep on trucking after our bodies have died, and seemingly our consciousness as well.

This hook applies less well to some people, myself included, because we don't accept that death is an absolute certainty.  In the past this was true, but times are different now.  Our expanded knowledge of how reality works not only lets us have refridgeration and 500 television channels, but the basic workings of human biology will soon be revealed to us.  Death is a serious disease, and soon we will have the cure.

Ask yourself what will become of most of the worlds religions once we do conquer death?(presupposing that religion doesn't topple our civilization first)  Many people persist in their belief out of the desire to take part of heaven "just in case" their particular belief system turns out to be the right one.  What if there was no end of consciousness to worry about?

Here is a few snippits from this wonderful blog I read today, you can find the whole post Here

Andrew Sullivan today quotes Leszek Kolakowski on the counsels of defeat:

Religion is man's way of accepting life as an inevitable defeat. That it is not an inevitable defeat is a claim that cannot be defended in good faith... One can accept life, and accept it, at the same time, as a defeat only if... ne accepts the order of the sacred."

I categorically reject such counsels of defeat and despair. I reject a retreat into delusion and lies in the face of death. I pity those without the imagination to contemplate victory. And I'm filled with disgust at those traitors to the human spirit who would undermine our chance of victory to justify their cowardice.

The hundred millennia and more of all of human existence is a merely a blink of the eye in the age of the universe. In that short time, the blind uncaring forces of evolution have shaped us, and we have shaped the tools--language, art, technology and science--to make ourselves as great as we can imagine ourselves to be. We can surpass any limitation, overcome any obstacle, and achieve any victory--even over death itself--but only if imagination does not fail us.

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Stonehenge News

Jan. 31st, 2007 | 02:06 am

Ancient Village Sheds Light on Stonehenge
AP WASHINGTON (Jan. 30) - A village of small houses that may have sheltered the builders of the mysterious Stonehenge - or people attending festivals there - has been found by archaeologists studying the stone circle in England. Eight of the houses, with central hearths, have been excavated, and there may be as many as 25 of them, Mike Parker Pearson said Tuesday at a briefing organized by the National Geographic Society.
"These are people who knew how to party," he told CNN.

The ancient houses are at a site known as Durrington Walls, about two miles from Stonehenge. It is also the location of a wooden version of the stone circle.

The village was carbon dated to about 2600 B.C., about the same time Stonehenge was built. The Great Pyramid in Egypt was built at about the same time, said Parker Pearson of Sheffield University.

Julian Thomas of Manchester University noted that both Stonehenge and Durrington Walls have avenues connecting them to the Avon River, indicating a pattern of movement between the sites.

    "Clearly, this is a place that was of enormous importance," he said of the new find.

    The researchers speculated that Durrington Walls was a place for the living and Stonehenge - where cremated remains have been found - was a cemetery and memorial.

    The wooden houses at the new site were square and about 14 feet along each side. They were almost identical to stone houses built at about the same time in the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland, Parker Pearson said.

    He said there were indications of bed frames along the side walls and of a dresser or storage unit of some sort on the wall opposite the door.

    Stone tools, animal bones, arrowheads and other artifacts were uncovered in the village. Remains of pigs indicated they were about nine months old when killed, which would mark a midwinter festival.

    Stonehenge was oriented to face the midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset, while the wooden circle at Durrington Walls faced the midwinter sunrise and midsummer sunset.

Two of the houses, found by Thomas, were separate from the others and may have been the dwellings of community leaders or perhaps were cult houses used for religious rituals. Those sites lacked the debris and household trash that was common in the other homes, he noted.

Durrington appears "very much a place of the living," Parker Pearson said. In contrast, no one ever lived at the stone circle at Stonehenge, which was the largest cemetery in Britain of its time. Stonehenge is thought to contain 250 cremations.

The research was supported by the National Geographic Society, Arts & Humanities Research Council, English Heritage and Wessex Archaeology.

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Jan. 28th, 2007 | 02:34 am

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.

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Jan. 25th, 2007 | 12:18 pm

Remember Rock Paper Scissors? Here is a new twist. This guy came up with 25 new moves. He has done a really good job. Now it's hard to remember what does what. Print this out and study it. Visit the guys site for complete combinations and the newest moves.


Here is a picture of the combos

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Jan. 21st, 2007 | 01:13 am

I'm so tired of people confusing metal and goth for being the same genre because fans of the two genres wear black clothing. What does metal and black clothes have to do with goth? I'm not really into metal, I am into goth however (surprise surprise). As for clothes I wear different colours. I wear whatever the hell I feel like, my clothes don't show what kind of music I'm into if that's even possible. Goth isn't a trend or a fad or a marketing device. It's a subculture that goes back to the late 1970s with post-punk bands like Joy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees. It grew and evolved into goth music and subgenres that sprouted from there. Goths are people who listen to goth music. There are no goth beliefs, no goth rules, no goth mindset, no goth attitude. Go on goth.net and see for yourself just how different everyone on there is, the different tastes, beliefs (including religion and politics), the different outlooks on life and more.

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