Thursday, December 26, 2013

Some thoughts on Jesus by John Fugelsang

Jesus was a nonviolent revolutionary who hung around with lepers, hookers, and crooks; wasn't American and never spoke English; was anti-wealth, anti-death penalty, anti-public prayer (M6:5); but was never anti-gay, never mentioned abortion or birth control, never called the poor lazy, never justified torture, never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes, never asked a leper for a copay; and was a long-haired brown skinned homeless community organizing anti-slut-shaming middle easter jew.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Christmas Message From Edward Snowden

Snowden seems to me to be a rare breed in America.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Moving thoughts of a soldier in Afghanistan.

Great quote about porn.

“The porn films are not about sex. Sex is airbrushed and digitally washed out of the films. There is no acting because none of the women are permitted to have what amounts to a personality. The one emotion they are allowed to display is an unquenchable desire to satisfy men, especially if that desire involves the women’s physical and emotional degradation. The lightning in the films is harsh and clinical. Pubic hair is shaved off to give the women the look of young girls or rubber dolls. Porn, which advertises itself as sex, is a bizarre, bleached pantomime of sex. The acts onscreen are beyond human endurance. The scenarios are absurd. The manicured and groomed bodies, the huge artificial breasts, the pouting oversized lips, the erections that never go down, and the sculpted bodies are unreal. Makeup and production mask blemishes. There are no beads of sweat, no wrinkle lines, no human imperfections. Sex is reduced to a narrow spectrum of sterilized dimensions. It does not include the dank smell of human bodies, the thump of a pulse, taste, breath—or tenderness. Those in films are puppets, packaged female commodities. They have no honest emotion, are devoid of authentic human beauty, and resemble plastic. Pornography does not promote sex, if one defines sex as a shared act between two partners. It promotes masturbation. It promotes the solitary auto-arousal that precludes intimacy and love. Pornography is about getting yourself off at someone else’s expense.” ― Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Helpful links to learn helpful stuff.

You could learn to code with or
You could learn excel with or other computer skills with
You can improve your typing skills with, or
You can learn a new language with or
You can learn the very basic of typography with
You can learn the basics about circuits with
You could learn to draw with
You could learn photography with or (NSFW language obviously) usually has more links to this kind of stuff.

Writing tip:

"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It's like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage them with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums. The crash of the cymbals - sounds that say listen to this, it is important."
-Gary Provost

The Cinematic Orchestra - 'To Build A Home'

I want a crow.

Sunday, December 08, 2013