Archive for December, 2008

Have the people at Fox News taken a baseball bat to the head?

Posted in Odds, Religion on December 20, 2008 by The Prince of Pithy

To be up front, I did not see this bit in its entirety. I came in late and I left because I was stunned by their … assholelery.

Apparently, there is a woman in Florida who has premarital sex with her boyfriend. She let this slip to a member of her church, who wanted her to go up in front of the church and confess her sins, or whatever. The woman refused, and left the church. But the church, I guess, is still planning on doing something about her situation and she is trying to get them to stop because her sex life is a private thing.

In steps Fox News. To discuss this pressing social problem, they tell the woman’s name, the name of her town, and even a picture of her. This woman who doesn’t want her ex-church discussing her sex life, doesn’t have to worry anymore because everyone who watches Fox News now knows that she has had premarital sex with her boyfriend.

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Cool photo

Posted in Spaceflight on December 20, 2008 by The Prince of Pithy

shuttle

Here is the caption from the NASA homepage:
“Fresh from the STS-126 mission space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, flew over California’s Mojave Desert on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 10, 2008.”

Send a postcard to the ISS

Posted in Spaceflight on December 17, 2008 by The Prince of Pithy

This is something I found interesting on the NASA homepage. You can send a “postcard” to the International Space Station with a short note for the Expedition 18 crew. I sent them one with just a quick little note, but if I can think of something better, I’ll send them another.

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/postcard/

I’m becoming a crotchety old man

Posted in Humor on December 14, 2008 by The Prince of Pithy

Every few days for the past week or so, a screen has popped up asking if I wanted to update to the latest version of Firefox. I’ve usually been in the middle of something so I’ve clicked on later, but today it caught at the right time so I did update to the latest version, although right now I wish I hadn’t. I’m a very basic, simple, man. Even online. There are about a dozen sites I go to everyday. Now, back in the good ol’ days – about an hour ago – when I had the old version, these sites were in the drop down menu of the address … place … thing. I’d click that, move my mouse down to where I wanted to go to, and off I’d go. It was easy. But after I updated, all those sites were gone, replaced with Internet Radio or whatever. Things I’ve never gone to and don’t really have any desire to go to. And I couldn’t get rid of them. I had to delete the history and bookmarks like three times before I finally got rid of them. And now I don’t even use the address … place … thing anymore because as soon as I start typing something, it comes up with all these suggestions – something I find really annoying. So now, instead of using the really simple drop down menu, I now have to use a bookmark folder that does the same goddamn thing. At least on Google you can turn that crap off. This super-duper, all tricked out, bells and whistles version has too much stuff I don’t need and will probably never use. You young whippersnappers having to make everything more … fancy and crap. Things were simpler and better. In my day, people were smarter than their computers and would have been insulted when their computer suggested stuff to them. Grumble, growl, drool, get off my lawn! 😀

Instead of atheists, perhaps Christians should be talking to these people

Posted in Religion on December 12, 2008 by The Prince of Pithy

http://shelleytherepublican.com/2008/01/25/what-is-atheism-1.aspx

http://www.g33k.infinitesecond.net/weblog/archives/2008/01/15/the-only-good-atheist-is-a-dead-atheist/

http://myblogisagoodblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/no-tears-over-dead-atheists.html

http://dockbillin.multiply.com/journal/item/1297/You_atheists_are_so_STUPID

http://www.parallelpac.org/murder.htm

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.agnosticism/browse_thread/thread/a43a6b312e0c64fd

The Duty Code

Posted in Humor on December 11, 2008 by The Prince of Pithy

A couple weeks ago, I saw something on TV about the Bible Code. If you don’t know, some people claim that if you take all the words in the Bible and take out the punctuation and spacing, and set the letters up in a matrix, you can find messages. Skeptics have said that if you take any sufficiently large source of words, you can find whatever you want. Well, I have written a novella titled “Duty” which I have submitted to various magazines, but with no luck yet. Anyway, I took “Duty,” stripped out all the non-letters, and set up a 13X13 matrix. Why 13? Why not? I did this to prove that the whole Bible code is bunk. But is it?

If you look at the first paragraph of “Duty,” “As the sun rose over the ocean’s edge, Roj Hasol washed ashore in a dark blue, serge suit, a thin, navy blue tie and black wing tips. His body remembered to cough out the seawater and breathe. His body had to do this on its own for his mind was not functioning,” and arrange it in a letter-only, 13X13 matrix, you get this:


asthesunroseo
vertheoceanse
dgerojhasolwa
shedashoreina
darkblueserge
suitathinnavy
bluetieandbla
ckwingtipshis
bodyremembere
dtocoughoutth
eseawaterandb
reathehisbody
hadtodothison

Just a bunch of junk you say? Well, in about half-an-hour I found within this mass of letters the following words either going up and down or at a slant: huh, her, cat, hag, sat (twice), son, say, inset, a bat or tab a, row, oar, rut, hit, peg, soy, sot, bar, Dow and Tet. What all that means … well, I don’t know. I’m still working on that part. But, even stranger, if you connect the bottom with the top, you also get the 80’s rock band Ratt. How weird is that?

But, it gets weirder. Now, I called this a matrix, so is it surprising that in the first four lines I found Neo – three times!


asthesunroseo
vertheoceanse
dgerojhasolwa
shedashoreina

The one Neo is on a slant, and I’ve put it in bold. The other two Neos are in blue. These are if you start at the ‘n’ and count back two letters. All this means is that I picked the wrong matrix size. If I have picked a 2Xthe whole thing matrix, then these Neos would just run up the side. But, it gets even weirder. Starting at the ‘n’ in the slant Neo and counting ahead four letters (I just picked the wrong matrix size again) you get Nero and the ‘o’ is the ‘o’ in one of the backwards by two letters Neos. So apparently, there is some connection between Nero and Neo! I have yet to figure that one out.

Now, you may be skeptical, like I was. But if you look closer at the first matrix, two very important words stand out. Here they are in bold and red.


asthesunroseo
vertheoceanse
dgerojhasolwa
shedashoreina
darkblueserge
suitathinnavy
bluetieandbla
ckwingtipshis
bodyremembere
dtocoughoutth
eseawaterandb
reathehisbody
hadtodothison

The Duty Code is “real” and you should “heed” what it says. What does it say? Well, I haven’t worked that out yet. This is just the very beginning of “Duty,” I still have thousands of letters to arrange and words to look for. The Bible Code people have computers to do that, I’m just doing this by eye … on my computer. But once I do get it all worked out, I’ll write a book about it and make millions. 😀

‘Tis the Season

Posted in Humor on December 10, 2008 by The Prince of Pithy

For parody Christmas songs. 😀