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I expect I didn't score very high because I'm not at all a science geek:

I am nerdier than 72% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

The science questions left me either staring blankly or guessing wildly. Sadly, my nerdiness lies in English. Show me a list of things with commas out of place or ask how to use a hyphen properly and I'll all over it!

Okay, why is it that people keep falling for the SAME BS from the Asshat Administration every single damned time? Congressman Jack Mutha is another true Veteran, multiple decorations, and because he dares to speak his mind about Bush & Cronies playing war with other people's kids, now they're painting him as a coward, just as they did with McCain, Cleland, and Kerry. WHY is anyone still buying it? When is someone going to kick Dick Cheney in the ass?

Okay, I really enjoyed this article, mostly this bit:

It was a widespread belief in the 18th century that lightning was God's instrument of choice when manifesting his displeasure. In fact, it was a common practice to ring a town's church bells upon a storm's approach in an 11th-hour plea for mercy. To the grief of many a poor bell-ringer's widow, it was not a tactic that met with much success. But Franklin's idea of mounting pointed iron rods to the tops of tall buildings was so effective that their use quickly spread around the globe, making Franklin internationally famous two decades before he fixed his name to the Declaration of Independence.

And it was precisely the effectiveness of Franklin's invention that drew the blame of some in the city he had run away from at the age of 17. Lightning rods meddled with God's usual mode of reprimand, went this line of thinking, causing God to reach for another, more terrible weapon in his arsenal. "God shakes the earth because he is wroth," insisted Prince in a sermon he published soon after the quake. He warned his flock that the more lightning rods were erected around Boston, the more earthquakes would afflict the city as a result.

While not present at this sermon, Adams wrote that he heard idle talk of the "presumption of philosophers in erecting iron tods ... attempting to control the artillery of heaven," and dismissed it a drunken nonsense. For his part, Franklin was amused by the reaction. Why, he wryly asked, was it acceptable to build a roof to keep out the rain but blasphemy to place a rod upon the roof to keep out the lightning?


This is precisely my question to the current batch of "God-fearing" morons -- they can't bear the thought of science interfering with their "intelligent design" theories, but I didn't notice a single one of them pointing out that keeping Terri Schiavo alive was actually going against God's will, because it was only science that was keeping her from dying. God didn't insert that feeding tube. Science is okay as long as it provides something they want. Hooray for Ben Franklin. God gave us brains for a reason, and it wasn't to let it wither into the size of a walnut believing everything some guy tells us to believe.

I hate it when I find empty CD cases and have no clue where the CD is. This goes along with having the CD, but being unable to find the case (I like that conundrum better, somehow). In the former case, it's Billy Joel's Turnstiles, which is probably his second-best ever, and I really need to find it.

Two reviews coming up. As Dale Watson sings, "Rock-n-roll back in the 70's are country hits today." So it is, what I'm reviewing is Poco, Bareback at Big Sky. Poco is good, but it's 70's rock, not country. Although admittedly they're WAY more country than Kenny Chesney. The other one is a working Montana cowboy who cuts records. Good songs, but he sings like, well, a working cowboy (although many working cowboys I've heard can really sing, like Chris LeDoux and Andy Hersey, so it's not a good analogy...).

Anyway...

Listening to Johnny Cash. Why does Lori Piestewa, an Indian woman who died driving a truck, get a mountain named after her, while no one remembers Ira Hayes, an Indian man who actually helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima? (Just something that's been bothering me for some while...)

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typographer
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
I am nerdier than 85% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
sillymagpie
Nov. 21st, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
I'm even less nerdy than you are...

I am nerdier than 56% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
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