Dracil’s BlogJournal

December 4, 2008

Prop 8 The Musical

Prop 8 The Musical.  It’s about 3 min long.  Contains quite a few big names in the cast.

While we’re at it, let’s ban divorce.

November 14, 2008

Dan Savage on Colbert Report


Heh, I love reading his columns (Savage Love).  He’s also the guy who coined the word Santorum to mean “The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex” in honor of Senator Rick Santorum‘s comments on homosexuality.

September 3, 2008

McCain, Palin, and LOL

So McCain picked Palin for his VP.  And immediately afterwards a bunch of scandals surface.

First, she’s under investigation for some corruption.  Typical stuff, but here’s some juicy bit from Pharyngula.

” 3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.
Sarah and Todd Palin say their 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant.The couple said in a statement released by John McCain’s presidential campaign that Bristol will keep her baby.”

Can you say oops?  Now, what her daughter does is her own business.  But the fact that her 17-year old unmarried daughter is pregnant shows how useless her abstinence only education really is.  This reflects badly on her ability to do stuff.

Also, ” 11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

SP: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.”

So according to her, apparently the United States’ founding fathers were still alive in 1954.

June 20, 2008

Bad idea

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dracil @ 9:10 am

I can’t imagine many parents being too happy about this.

June 8, 2008

A Gentlemen’s Duel

Oh man, why didn’t I see this earlier.  That was a rather unexpected plot twist.

You should check out the other stuff that Blur Studio has done as well.

May 29, 2008

OMG Ponies!

Filed under: personal — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — dracil @ 8:55 am

This is referencing the new Bella Sara card game and Ponystars online game.

I’ve never gotten why ponies/horses seem to be a primarily girl thing.  Or at least they seem to be marketed mostly to girls, though I remember watching and enjoying My Little Pony as a kid.  You can read about Tycho’s comment about it all here.

Is it because horses were mainly seen as a guy’s thing in the past (knights and cowboys) so this stuff became a sort of outlet for frustrated girls not being able/allowed to ride horses?  Or is it the magical fantasy worlds these horses tend to reside in?  But I like magical fantasy worlds too!  Though not usually this colorful :P.  Or maybe it’s just the Hallmark effect, and this is simply a manufactured desire.

May 28, 2008

Left Behind Insurance

Wow.  Just Wow.

The sad thing is that there are people who would probably fall for this.  There are three sites.

The first is You’ve Been Left Behind.  They state:

We all have family and friends who have failed to receive the Good News of the Gospel.
The unsaved will be ‘left behind’ on earth to go through the “tribulation period” after the “Rapture”. You remember how, for a short time, after (9/11/01) people were open to spiritual things and answers. (We are still singing “God Bless America” at baseballs’ seventh inning stretch.) Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You will also be able to give them some help in living out their remaining time. In the encrypted portion of your account you can give them access to your banking, brokerage, hidden valuables, and powers of attorneys’ (you won’t be needing them any more, and the gift will drive home the message of love). There won’t be any bodies, so probate court will take 7 years to clear your assets to your next of Kin. 7 years of course is all the time that will be left. So, basically the Government of the AntiChrist gets your stuff, unless you make it available in another way. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.

“WHY” is one last chance to bring them to Christ and snatch them from the flames!

All for the low low cost of $40/year for the rest of your life.  And all you get is 150MB of encrypted storage and 100MB of unencrypted storage, and only 62 email recipients?  Why such arbitrary limitations?  I feel tempted to call out Poe’s Law on these people.  The PayPal link is very real though, so I’m tempted to call scam instead.  Especially since they don’t go into any details of how their system will even work.  I mean, seriously, if these people are “Christians” who really believe in the Rapture, they won’t be around when the Rapture arrives.  It’s also extra fishy that they decided to register their domain via domainbyproxy.

Now, the Post-Rapture Post at least is honest.

Just write your letter and it will be hand-delivered immediately following the exodus of the pure from the Earth. But you must be thinking to yourself, “How can the letters be delivered after the Rapture?” The answer is simple. The creators of this site are Atheists. That’s right, we don’t believe in God. How else would we be able to deliver your correspondence after the Rapture?

The emphasis is in the original text.  See?  At least that would work.  Costs range from $5 for a handwritten letter to $10 for a typed letter on resume quality paper to $800 for a medieval parchment.

The best one though is probably Rapture Letters.  Unlike all the others, this one is completely free.  And it operates off a dead man’s switch so it’s guaranteed (theoretically) to send the letters out should the owner disappear (whether via the Rapture or through physical death).  Now that’s the correct way to do things on the Internet.

Still, Pre-Tribulation Rapture beliefs are pretty hokey to begin with and these websites are a glimpse to the kind of life such beliefs entail.

May 21, 2008

Chicken gives birth to gecko

Ok, that’s oversimplifying it. But imagine the surprise if you cracked open a chicken egg for dinner and found a dead gecko inside.

No no, this isn’t the holy grail that Creationists have been asking for as proof of evolution (which would actually disprove evolution if found). Nor is this the result of some mad scientist’s experiment. The truth is much more… well, not exactly mundane. The lizard crawled up the chicken’s cloaca and into the oviducts where it became an egg.

As Pharyngula puts it, “I don’t know about you, but a system that muddles excretion with reproduction and that allows random lizards to crawl up your butt and squat in your oviduct doesn’t sound like great engineering to me.”

Edit: deneb7 suggested that maybe the hen was mating, and when the cloaca inverted to suck up the sperm, it sucked up the gecko along with it.  As for why an egg hen would be with a rooster, “They did it secretly when the farmer’s asleep :p”

May 20, 2008

Things younger than John McCain

Yeah, the Kentucky and Oregon primaries are going on today, but Oregon’s results won’t be out till 11PM. In the meantime, there are much more interesting and important things to talk about, like John McCain’s age.

Did you know that John McCain is older than both of Obama’s parents?  Yep, that old.  He’s also older than both Alaska and Hawaii, and was a full-fledged adult by the time they were both incorporated into the good ol’ 50-state USA of today.  Heck, did you know he’s even older than the Golden Gate Bridge?  Think about that the next time you take a walk or drive on it.  At least the bridge is made out of steel and won’t have to travel around the world like McCain would if he was president.  Talk about a true relic of ancient history. :P

May 13, 2008

CARM’s guide to Internet Apologetics

When this was posted, a lot of us thought this couldn’t be real, this must be Poe’s Law.  But nope.  They really do encourage this.

  1. Using the mouse to copy and paste
    1. It is easy to select the text with a mouse.   After selection the text by clicking and dragging, then right mouse click on the text.  A small window will open.  Click on “copy.”  Then go to your destination window, right mouse click and select “paste.”  The copied text will then be pasted where you need it.
  2. Using the keyboard to select, copy, and paste.
    1. You can select text by putting the cursor where you want it, holding down the shift key and pressing the arrow key.  Your text will become selected as the cursor moves through the text.
    2. Copy the text by hitting CTRL C.
    3. Once in the window you desire, CTRL V will paste the material into the window.
      1. Note:  By having your left hand on the keyboard, and with your thumb and forefinger (thumb on the “alt” key and the finger on the “tab” key, you can move between windows.

They truly have no shame.

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