Monday, September 28, 2009

Sometimes titles are just hard to come by

Lately, I have been following Bif Naked's blog. Have I ever mention here how totally awesome she is? I went to her show when she was here in July and it was the best rock concert I have ever been to. She absolutely rocks better then anyone else on the planet. You should check out her blog, it radiates happy energy.

My "theme" song, or whatever you want to call it, at this point in my life is "Nothing Else Matters". It's a song that is originally by Metallica, but since Bif is my girl, I always sing it to her version.

So close no matter how far Couldn't be much more from the heart Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters Never opened myself this way Life is ours, we live it our way All these words I don't just say And nothing else matters Trust I seek and I find in you Every day for us something new Open mind for a different view And nothing else matters Never cared for what they do Never cared for what they know But I know
.

That got me thinking to what my theme song was back in high school. It was "Superman" by Goldfinger. The lyrics are here, in case anyone is interested, the song is too wordy to post. So full of teenage angst I was. I am so glad I am not a teenager anymore. That was the worst, most awkward and uncomfortable time ever. Being an adult is so much better.

The Detroit Tigers are currently in first place in their division. They are 2 games up on the Minnesota Twins. They have a 4 game series, which was set to start tonight but was rained out, against the Twins. With only 7 games left in the regular season, this is a definitive series. History is not, unfortunately, on the side of Tigers. The Twins have always had their number. My Dad is hoping for a split. I think that is the best we can hope for. I'm trying to stay positive and say they will take 3/4. With the rain out tonight, they are playing a double header tomorrow. The series is being playing in Comerica, so hopefully home field advantage will play in their favor.

Dollhouse Season 2 premiered on Friday, as I mentioned. What I saw of it was good. Unfortunately, I fell asleep. Trying to stay awake to focus on a t.v show that is on after 10:00pm, is just becoming impossible. I'll see how next week goes.

And, I'll end this post with a line from tonight's episode of The Big Bang Theory:

"If you people spent less time thinking about sex and more time thinking about comic books, we would have fewer of these embarrassing moments." ~Sheldon

Friday, September 25, 2009

Apparently twitter is useful

Because I found out that the Dollhouse season premiere is on tonight! I didn't even know that it had a second season coming. I am really bad at following stuff like this though. That's exciting. And I thought I had nothing to do tonight. (Jon is working nights for those of you who don't know).

Two of my favorite geek things in one place

So, incase you don't know, Wil Wheaton will be guest staring on an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory. His blog- WWdN: In Exile has had quite a lot of buzz about it the last couple of days. I can't wait for this episode. I also love that Wil Wheaton is such a geek. He is also guest staring on this season of The Guild.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Odd

So, thanks to Twitter, ah Twitter I have been exploring an online physics forum, FQXi. There's this guy, he responds to every article posted with complete and utterly bizarre nonsense. For interests sake, I googeled him. He is a part of every single online networking community out there (ie- facebook, twitter, Hi5 etc). He has a blog, it has one post that makes no sense. He seems to like spheres and thinks that everything in nature is the result of spheres, or something like that. I don't think he actually knows any math, or really what any words in physics mean. I'm pretty sure he takes words that he thinks sound cool together and puts them together. It's odd because FQXi is an actual serious forum for physics discussion and yet after every article, here is this guy, putting in his two cents. Maybe they allow it for amusement? I am not really sure. I'm sure this blog sounds mean, but people like that are irritating. They contribute no actual, real science to the world, yet they go around stating that other people who are actually doing real science are wrong. Just flat out wrong, no explanation or supporting proofs, they are just wrong.

A number of years ago, I received some books from someone that were all about the "Christian answers to astronomy". I read the books. They irritated me a great deal. One of them was titled "Designs and Origins in Astronomy vol. 2". Each chapter in this book discusses a certain topic in astronomy. Pretty much the same stuff that I learned in my third year astronomy classes, but with very minimal math. At the end of each chapter, however, there is a conclusion. All of the conclusions boiled down to the same thing- since there are some problems with the current scientific theories and the idea that evidence suggests that the universe is billions of years old is ridiculous, it must mean that the universe was created, out of thin air, just a few thousand years ago.

This just all seems lazy to me. Like they are saying, we don't want to take the time to understand what is actually going on in the world around us, so we will just go with the out of thin air creation, because we don't actually have to think. In my experience, a great deal of Christians don't take the time to think about anything. You can't have a logical debate about any of these things because their only answer is "because the Bible says so". I stopped using that answer when I was 8. I knew there was more to it then that, at 8 years old. Yet there are people who go to their grave with their only answer being "because the Bible says so". Is that faith, or is it just being lazy? I've always taken the stance that the only way to actually know God is to learn as much about the universe as possible. Laziness in thought just irritates me. I know not everyone gets math and physics, but you don't need to be a wiz at math and physics to come up with a better answer then "because the Bible says so".

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Big Smiles, The Big Bang Theory and other such things

Here is the best picture ever. It makes me happy. Isabelle will be two months old in a week. Crazy. As you can see from the picture, she has the biggest smile ever.

Season 3 of The Big Bang Theory premiered last night. It was funny. Season 2 ended with the boys headed to the magnetic North Pole in search of magnetic monopoles. I was hoping that they would come back having detected magnetic monopoles. It would be interesting to see their spin on a universe where magnetic monopoles have been detected. But I guess they didn't really want to move the show in that direction.

Season 3 of The Guild started late August. There are now 4 episodes streaming on MSN. I would encourage all to check them out. Wil Wheaton is guest staring on this season. Ah Wil Wheaton...

I meant to put a lot more into this blog post, but then I got distracted and it is getting late, so that is all you are getting...until next time.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

10 years

(A note before I get started. I have somehow changed the keyboard settings to being in French. So, when you see this É, read it as a question mark. Does anyone know how to change the settings backÉ)

Today it has been 10 years since my Grandpa Joe (my Moms father) passed away. He was a wonderful person and a great man. So, in rememberance to him, I thought that I would share some of my favorite memories.

This first one, I do not know if you can call it a favorite memory, but it certainly was significant. The first time that I experianced motion sickness was in his brand new car. Can you blame meÉ New car smell mixed with the oppressive heat and humitity that is summer in Windsor.

Next when I was probably about 6 years old, Kim and Katrina were about 2 or 3 years old. The whole family had gathered at Auntie Barbs house. We were swimming in her pool. Kim and Katrina were playing on the pool stairs. One of them, I think it was Katrina fell into the pool. Grandpa was up out of his chair, fully dressed in his white sneakers, front pleaded pants and short sleave button up shirt, and into the pool before the rest of us realized what was happening.

One year when we lived in Prince George, Grandpa came to visit. I was downstairs watching t.v. with him and he was eating an apple. He always cut up his apple and pealed the skin off. So I asked him why he did that. He said it was because he did not have any real teeth. I was confused and he must of seen that because next thing I knew he had taken his false teeth out of his mouth. I was shocked, until that moment, I was not aware of the fact that people could have false teeth. Grandpa seemed to find the look of shock on my face funny, I did not know what to think.

One year in Vancouver when Grandpa came to visit, he brought my cousin Stephen with him. One morning, Grandpa blacked out in the kitchen and fell. My Mom was worried but he insisted that he was alright. Later that day, Grandpa decided that he needed to pick a few things up from the grocery store that was within walking distance of our house. Grandpa insisted on going alone. Mom was still worried, so she gave Daniel, Jeremy, Stephen and I a mission. We were to follow Grandpa to make sure he was alright. We set out after him. The grocery store was staight down the hill from our house. He was a few blocks ahead of us. We followed behind him hiding behind trees and mailboxes. We even J-walked across the busy street because we could not cross at the light at the same time as him but we knew that if we waited for the next light we would lose him in the grocery store. We followed Grandpa around the grocery store, ducking behind shelves and going up ailse parallel to the ones he chose. It was fun. Looking back, I am pretty sure there is no way he did not notice us, but he never said anything. He let us believe that we had successfully spied on him the whole way. We were quite proud of ourselves and we reminised on our victory for the rest of the visit.

Lastly, when we lived in Trenton, this is from the last time that he visited us. When I woke up one morning, I noticed that my hamster, Kes, had died. I went upstairs carrying her and I was crying. Grandpa saw me, gave me a big hug and asked if I wanted him to make me some tea. Because of course tea helps to make everything feel better.

I got married in my familys church, South Windsor Citadel. The last time I had been there before my wedding was for my Grandpas funeral. I was one of the pallbearers at his funeral. The oldest of his grandchildren got to be. That was one of the hardest things that I have ever done. But it is also the greatest honor that I have ever had given to me. I love my Grandpa so much and I still miss him not being there for the big things in our lives.

So today, I am raising my mug of tea in rememberance to my Grandpa Joe.