Friday, November 30, 2007

Good News from the Pope

It's hard to find a picture of pope ben where he doesn't look like a creepy, boy-raping corpse, so enjoy this one; I think he looks quite dashing, actually.

The occasion, of course is the release of the encyclical by Benedict XVI in which he attacks atheism and calls for a renewed hope in god or something. This sounds like good news to me. The pope and his pals spent months writing this thing that says they believe in god and that atheism is bad. No shit!? The pope is not an atheist? He's not even agnostic? Next we're going to hear that Kirk Cameron is not an evolutionary biologist. The good news is that the "new atheists" are making enough noise that the Vatican feels the need to release an encyclical (I guess it's a big fancy term paper with quotes from saints and everything) to address the apparent interest in atheism in the developed world.

It seems like Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, et. al are doing a good job. It looks like people are thinking about the issues rationally and refusing to accept some of the insane bronze age mythology that has dominated our thinking for far too long. It appears that the Church is scared. Sweet.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Alright. I'll do this for you north county blogger fools.

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle/Random
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
Opening Credits:

REM "You Are the Everything" (damn it. my movie is gay.)

Waking Up:
Velvet Underground "I'll be Your Mirror" (not bad, somehow)

First Day At School:
Electrelane "On Parade" (I haven't even listened to this song yet.)

Falling In Love:
Simon and Garfunkel "The Times They are A-changing"

Breaking Up:
Nirvana "Sliver"

The King's Singers (Elgar) "Deep in My Soul" (I didn't go.)

Life's OK:
Frank Zappa "Bamboozled By Love"

Mental Breakdown:
Ernesto Martinéz "Estudios Micro Rítmicos A 4 Part 1"

Massacre "Say Hey Willie"

Ernesto Martinéz "Estudios Micro Rítmicos A 4 Part 2" (weird)

Getting Back Together:
Tom Waits "Walking Spanish"

Sex Scene:
Neutral Milk Hotel "Song Against Sex" (ha.)

Dance Sequence:
Pixies "This Monkey's Gone To Heaven"

Ruins "Nivaftopoftz"

Birth of Child:
Bologna Ponies "Porcus Rex" !!!

Final Battle:
Radiohead "Scatterbrain (As Dead As Leaves)"

Funeral Song:
Beethoven "Symphony #9 2nd movement - Molto Vivace

End Credits:
Finntroll "Fiskarens Fiende"

I only cheated on tracks that weren't really songs, like recordings of me singing vocal parts for b.p. songs and shit. I was kind of hoping "Does My Cock Look Fat in these Brand New Pants" would come up for something, though; I would have answered with that one but, alas, it didn't.