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Life, the universe, and god?

I had an interesting conversation over a bottle of whisky the other night. I was basically asked if the universe had a beginning and an end.

Now before I start bear in mind that its Xmas, and both parties had half a bottle of whisky in them at this point, and were starting to make a second bottle feel very uncomfortable.  Its actually a small miracle that in the middle of this night i was drinking whisky with a very religious man who once called me “satan” and not in a loving way – he actually meant it. Its worth mentioning this guy only knows a few words of english and we actually had a mish mash of 3 languages going on – whisky doesn’t make it easier to understand each other – it dumbs you both down so your language skills are at a common level.

So my response – to keep it simple to the question does the universe have a start or end wasn’t my most thought out response ever  – i should have gone with “i don’t know” but feeling kind of argumentative i said it rather depends on how you define beginning and end – are we talking about time? or are we talking about distance? He thought this was bollocks, and said so. “Answer the question yes or no”.  Even though my real answer was don’t know and don’t care, i insisted that really he needed to qualify what he meant.

So he said “the answer is yes”. At this point he was never going to win the discussion because he couldn’t possibly back that up with a watertight argument – so i asked him to prove it – i was kind of surprised and slightly amused. His argument was scientists have proven it, and I wanted to know how. This he couldn’t answer and I’m kind of familiar with the scientists estimation of the age of the universe (12-14 billion years i think it was) but he wasn’t. So I asked him outright if you can really trust the word of scientists given the fact they once thought the world was flat and science works by one person saying something stupid and everyone else in the community saying why (please remember i had been drinking a lot of whisky).

During the course of this whole discussion whenever i said something he like he was saying “good… ” amd whever i disagreed i was “an idiot”. The devil in me (remember i’m Satan) really wanted to play devils advocate and take a hard stand on a position i dont believe in, because the more upset he got the easier it would be for me to win, but maybe its the christmas cheer –  i didnt. The conversation went on several hours, and he was very passionate, and i know what he wanted to do –  he was trying to appeal to the scientist in me and get me to say i dont know, and then emphasise the point my science was flawed and that the real answer could be god. I kind of ruined it for him and because he cant actually prove either the age of the universe or the existance of god i could block him at every turn.

To be honest maybe there is a god, just like the age of the universe i don’t know – but i do have my theories, i would never argue them because i cant prove them. I knew from the start of the conversation I couldn’t lose, so really just settled in to enjoy watching him trying to outsmart me. I have an open mind and would have been happy if he could have come up with an idea I hadn’t thought of, but it didn’t happen – i am not even saying i am more clever than he is, because its quite possible i am not.

It got to about 4am and I declared it was bedtime – and that was the end of an interesting evening.

Lady Goo-Ga.

Lady Gaga... The pic says it all.

I switched on the tv the other day to be presented with a music concert – a woman was playing the piano in a set of leather underwear with fishnet tights – her hair was an unnatural yellow and she looked like a bit of a skank. This was Lady Ga-Ga or however the hell you spell it. She kind of reminded me of the hooker android in blade runner. Now i dont know much about her, ive heard one or two of her songs, and i have liked some of them – as a musician she is very talented – but the way she presented herself in that concert was a bit shocking. It wasnt just the crazy outfits it was some of the things she was saying. things like “i love liars”, and a whole load of other stuff that just bordered on insane stupidity.  I googled lady gaga quotes, and some of the stuff she says is quite good – but the concert i saw was shocking. Either way though its clear she really needs a therapist.

Shes talented, sexy, and completely f**ked up.

 

 

Wacom Bamboo medium graphics tablet

I got to play with one of these today and was fairly impressed – Its a mid range tablet but is really good, though having never really used one before it takes some getting used to. I was using it connected into photoshop and was able to do some pretty detailed work with it. I’m actually considering getting one but to be Honest I worry about getting used to having such a thing – going to someone’s pc  when they don’t have one would become a pain after a while. I feel myself turning into a graphic designer sometimes. I would recommend this tablet to anyone though. It seems to be really nice, and doubles as a trackpad should you wish it to.

A summary of doctor who

This two minute video is silly and funny – I quite like it! Craig Ferguson summarized doctor who!
 

Halo Helljumper

I caught the trailer and liked it….
 
I wasnt too sure what to make of it – halo was an awesome game and theres been rumours of a movie for years, and i didnt want to get my hopes up.  The trailer is awesome and I love the music in it. To read from the site: 

Halo Helljumper is a short series of films that follows the life of one human ODST from his enlistment in the UNSC before the Human-Covenant War to around the Fall of Reach. Unlike a lot of soldiers, he was lucky enough to survive through 27 years of a losing battle against a hostile alien civilization, known as the Covenant. Through his experiences, we’re going to expose you to an amazing universe full of devastation, grief, affection, and most importantly, hope.

 
….so I am keeping my fingers crossed, and hoping ! 
 

Matt Lively is a genius!

…. Or maybe not, but to be fair could be. I have to say though that occasionally he does come up with extremely good ideas. My favorite one popped in my mind this morning when i popped my iPad out of its case to clean it – Matt and I have the same case and it alwas had a problem that the iPad would slip in the case, making it difficult to plug the headphones in without 5 minutes of hassle.

Matts idea was simple – a little bit of velcro on the flap (Think of the case like an envelope). The flap stopped moving and so did the iPad. Thats logical thinking for you, and I’ve often thought i should give him credit for this.

…It feels kind of weird being nice about people!

Lentil Soup

Plant added to make it look sexy.

Im not really a fan, but i had lentils and wanted to use them! Recipe is simple, when i say “cup” in my quantities i don’t give a damn what the proper capacity is – i just used my own normal size coffee cup.

  • 2tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 segments of garlic
  • 2 mid size carrots
  • 1 pack of chopped tomatos
  • 1 cup of lentils
  • .5 tsp salt
  • .5 tsp pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 vegitable “oxo” cubes
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp paprika

Method:

  1. Add 2 oxo cubes to 1 litre of water. mix and let it dissolve whilst you go to step 2.
  2. Rinse the lentils in water
  3. Take a big pot. Chop the carrots and onions, crush the garlic, put in the paprika, and olive oil – fry for 5 mins, letting the mix brown and stirring.
  4. Add the oxo mix, wine, salt, pepper, bay leaves, tomato, and lentils
  5. Add one raisin – will be interesting to see who’s plate it ends up on. Drink the rest of the bottle of wine you just opened – your the chef after all.
  6. Leave on a low – medium heat for 1 hr and let the mix reduce a little – its ready once the lentils are tender.

Verisign Digital ID Subscriber Policy

This is the Verisign Agreement for downloading a digital ID or at least part of it, and it did kind of make me laugh:

If you click “I ACCEPT” or download or use the Certificate, you certify the following:  I am not a citizen, national or resident of, and am not under the control of, the government of: Cuba, Iran, Sudan,  Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, nor any other country to which the United States has prohibited export.

I will not download or otherwise export or re-export the Certificate, directly or indirectly, to the above mentioned countries nor to citizens, nationals or residents of those countries. I am not listed on the United States Department of Treasury lists of Specially Designated Nationals, Specially Designated  Terrorists, and Specially Designated Narcotic Traffickers, nor am I listed on the United States Department of Commerce Table of Denial Orders. I will not download or otherwise export or re-export the Certificate,  directly or indirectly, to persons on the above mentioned lists. I will not use the Certificate for, and will not allow the Certificate to be used for, any purposes prohibited by United States law, including,  without limitation, for the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, chemical or  biological weapons of mass destruction.

I understand why legally they put these disclaimers in – if anything should ever go to court if they had not stipulated these misuses then there could be a protracted debate about interpretation and misuse – but still its kind of funny imagining a terrorist reading through the terms and conditions, and thinking “oh no, I’m manufacturing biological weapons, so i better not sign up for a digital ID, because if they find out I could get in trouble…”

 

Thanks for the package!

 
My parents send a package every year to make sure I am fed. Its got a lot of different things in, xmas pudding, chocolate, brandy butter, wine, and much more….Thanks guys! 
 
 

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