Extreme Physicist

Currently occupying 11 dimensions of space-time.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

New annual Bar Crawl!!

Well, the summer is winding down. This is the last free week before school starts again and until this past Friday, it was a relatively quiet summer (barring the murder across the street). Now, this past Friday, we had a spur of the moment bar crawl. For those of you who have been to the area, you can imagine what the bars are like. It was quite hilarious. We hit nine bars within the "south county" area. Next year, we are planning it better, with t-shirts, more people, two minivans, the whole nine yards. Yes, minivans! This is the only bar crawl that involves are short jaunt on the interstate! So, props to Kara for her awesome idea and to Casey for driving us. We ended our journey at Casey's were Kara made everyone Flirtini's (raspberry vodka, triple sec, lime juice, pineapple juice, fresh raspberries, and topped with Champagne), but after 1 Killians, three cap n cokes and a double scotch, it was very tasty. It went well with the grilled cheese.

So, for those of you who missed out this time, we'll get you in next time. A tip before you come, beef up on your crap beer taste (BPR, Old Milwaukee, Staag ect.), this could be the cheapest bar crawl ever!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

On the lighter side

It just dawned on me a few days ago that all my postings have been rantings. So, here is a little comedy to spice things up.

First, if you are conscious at all, you will love this. Warning, the animation is a little bad, but there is lots of bloodshed.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8546806313350412673&q=Ultimate+Showdown

Second, for those of you who like folk music, comedy and good taste, let me introduce "Flight of the Conchords". Yes, that is the guy from the Outback commercials and the other dude made an appearance in "Return of the King".
http://www.conchords.net/audio.html

Enjoy, and I will try to interject these posts as often as I can among my "healthy debate".

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Church of Shut Up and Pay Attention

This post is, in general, a response to the events of Friday, May 19, 2006. On this fateful night I, along with a very select group of friends, witnessed the failure of the christian faith. Everything started so simple with a trip to see "The DaVinci Code". Upon arriving at the theatre, we were visually accosted with enraged Christians attempting to dissuade viewers from broadening their horizons. I was shocked and appalled. "Who the hell are these @$$holes that think they know what is best for me?" Needless to say, we went to the show anyway, and, thankfully it was much better than "Passion of the Christ" (too bad Mel Gibson). Now to the point of this whole rant.

Shut up and Pay Attention!!

People everywhere should heed these words. Instead of spouting bullcrap about salvation, hellfire and brimstone, sins and Jesus loves you; look at whats going on in the world. We have teenagers who think gangsters are idols, parents who have children as trophies of their own success, a government that allows child molesters and rapists to walk the streets, and drugs everywhere (and thats just here in Illinois).

Furthermore, people are getting stupider. Instead of trying to fix the problems, they are following the lead of business and medicine, and just fixing the symptoms. Let's help everyone with welfare, lawsuits and fast food. Now we have obese people who make a living off of welfare and nobody can afford health insurance. Honestly people, stupidity should be painful not rewarding.

At the same time, we have intelligent people who are working to get ahead and are working 60 hour weeks, fighting with their spouses (I love you Sarah) and in many cases never starting families. At this rate, the next generation will be completely populated with trash from trailer parks and ghettos. Honestly, I would rather see the spawn of Rabida that whatever my sister's little monster turns out to be.

So, Christians, your message has died. I don't care what Jesus would do and you're not doing it anyway. Quit preaching at me and start making a difference. Give a man a fish vs teach a man to fish. Get people off welfare by teaching them useful skills instead of using charity as a way to bolster your congregation and your sense of decency. Support your local government instead of fighting Hollywood. Teach your kids to think for themselves instead of trying to censor what they are exposed to.

I know that it may be difficult for you to think for yourselves. The whole reason you go to church is so someone else can tell you what to think a little at a time every Sunday. Do you like the way your pastor dresses? How about his wife, is that the kind of woman you could wake up to every morning? My point is, unless your willing to live someone else's life, you can't let them decide how you are going to live yours. I know many people who profess to love their religion but obviously hate their lives. Do something about it.

It's liberating to live your own life, try it sometime.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Intelligent Design

Okay, so things have been crazy lately. But the upside of that is there is now a lot to talk about. The first of a long myriad of discussions to soon be posted is about "Intelligent Design". Believe it or not, one of my Astronomy students brought this in to me. It was an e-mail he received and I have no idea who the author is, but he states some old ideas in a newer, cooler way.

"As I understand the argument for intelligent design, it boils down to the belief that nothing as complex as life and the universe could possibly be the result of the random factors inherent in the universe. That anything so complex must have been the deliberate construction of some, to us, stupendous intelligence. I like this approach for the very reason its proponents should not. If this is true, it is inherent in the belief that that intelligence must itself be even more complex that His creation. I like this because it leads me to ask a significant question, while giving me the opportunity to provide a crucial answer.
Where did it all start?
If the complexity that is life and the universe, of itself, demands that a creator exist, then assuredly the complexity of that creator must demand no less. Intelligent design is then left with only two possibilities: First, that there is an endless progression of creators, creating creators, with no beginning, but ending in the creation of our universe and us. This would specifically require that the creator of the universe was the last and least of all this myriad of creators. Remember that each step back up this chain demands a greater complexity. It would also require that He was disposed to terminate creation with us, or that we are destined to become the Gods that continue the progression. This answer should be quite unpalatable to those presently promoting Intelligent Design as what it truly represents is the DEVOLUTION of DEITY, and makes the God that created us the least and worst of previous deities, while indicating that we are ourselves Gods to be. Second, that the evolution of the intelligence of which we are now a part shall at some future point reach back through time and create that which we perceive as our universe. This answer is the one I like since the imagination to create the idea behind it identifies the source of deity in our universe. This source is therefore responsible for initiating that which will become the Gad that creates the universe, providing us with a starting point for everything.
I also like the second answer best because since I came up with it, that makes me the source of your God, if you believe in Intelligent Design. As such, I insist on no less than He, and will expect your tithes and worship retroactive to your professing this belief, immediately."

Sunday, February 26, 2006

What is age anyway?

Well, my birthday has come and gone for another year. Thank god that's over. I find myself thinking about all the people I know, the people I like, the people I wouldn't mind if they dropped off the face of the Earth. I find it strange how things are so much different now than they were just a few years ago. Now the people I talk to on a regular basis are either much older than me (co-workers, professors, relatives) or much younger than me (students, children of relatives). Is this because I've changed? Is it because of my job? Is it part of growing up? When I do find people of my own age (excluding the very cool friends I have from college) they have children. What are Sarah and I going to talk about with people who have kids?! I think the solution is to speak to several people of all ages because once you pass 18, all bets are off. No one is living the same life as you and no one else has the answers to your problems (despite what the church might try to shove down your throat). So, who's up for a beer!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Workin' for the man?

What's the point anyway?!? If I get up in the morning, go to work and change a kids life, then I know there was a reason for getting up today. But how could I have known that's what I would be doing today when I was in college getting the knowledge I needed to make that change. Then there are the people who get up and go to work just to get paid on Friday. Why bother? You don't really need the money anyway, you've been brainwashed that you need CD's, a nice house, a car .... If you really tried, you could get by on a lot less and not have to work as hard. So, we end up with all these people, working 60 hour weeks to pay for things they don't get to use because they spend all their time at work. I just don't get it.