Google must die!

Dear Google,

I first came to blogger at the tail end of 2003. I appreciated its design, ease of use, and advanced capabilities. Then you bought it. Although the newer interface was delightful, you set the groundwork for what eventually became this new failure.

When Blogger in Beta first came out, I was about as excited as a part-time blogger could be. I thought y'all were breaking some new ground, and I could be on the cutting-edge of new blogging technologies. I couldn't have been more wrong.

You people added junk that Wordpress has had for forever. You turned the nice PHP/HTML hybrid into a mess of some strange dialect of XML. Not only did you turn us off by ######## with the code we had come to appreciate, you then simplified the whole shootin' match into a few basic tools that are hellish in their rigidity. I don't know what the sam hill you nerds were smoking when you came up with this crap, but it's not appreciated.

Furthermore, your minions attack microsoft for the same things that your corporation does with no scruples. I call to mind your stupid purchase of YouTube just so that you could remove competition. THAT is monopolistic, and is reprehensible. Also, your "premium editions" of tools that you want to push is horrible. At the very least, don't screw microsoft over when they do the same thing.




Look! Another Post!

Well, to all my imaginary readers who wondered where the heck I was, the only answer you'll get is "busy". *cues laugh track*

Most of my budding frustration with the new blogger is beginning to fade. Happily, Haloscan has rolled out a new version for the new blogger, and Blogger itself is changing for the better. That's cool.

I may actually begin tweaking my template here before too long. Who knows?


Evolution-Creation and what I think

I'm so stinkin' tired of the polarization between "science" and evangelical "Christianity". Especially when the separate groups try to make you think that you can only believe in evolution to the exclusion of God, or vice versa. I have no problem with an evolutionary worldview that doesn't undermine my Catholic faith. Frankly, it doesn't matter one iota in what way God created the universe, as long as we understand that he did.
Granted, we must assume a few things before accepting evolution wholesale, such as the humongous difference between humans and animals (animals don't have professor types trying to figure out if they're animals), the existance of a rational soul in humans that animals didn't get, and the procreation of the human race from two, and only two parents. Evolution doesn't rule any of this out, and as a matter of fact, I seem to recall a discovery channel documentary some years back on how the human race could have indeed come from two parents.
Another stupid fallacy I want to overcome is that of the "stupid Catholic" namely, that Christians as a whole care nothing for science and reject facts because they don't square with beliefs in God. We owe our understanding of genetics, planetary motion, and the big bang (to name a few) to Catholics. A little-known fact is that Georges Lemaitre, a Catholic priest, was one of the first framers of what we know today as "the big bang". It was initially rejected by the scientific community as being "too creationistic" they themselves believing in an infinite, static universe. This continued until Edwin Hubble's observations of redshift indicated that the universe is expanding, implying that... anyone? it must have a *gasp* beginning to expand from.
This is not to say that Christianity is without its share of bad science. My favorite happens to be the work of "Dr." Kent Hovind. It's so full of straw men and non sequiturs that it almost looks as though he's trying to make Creation scientists look bad. Our dear friend Jack Chick evangelized Hovind's data in another of his laugh-inducing tracts entitled "Big Daddy". Note the usual intolerant teacher with the intelligent Christian student.
Likely, you're probably going to ask, "What about Genesis? It says that God created the world in six days!" That leads us to the question of what the bible really is. First and foremost, it's a book written that we may believe that Jesus is God, with a nice sampling of what the Catholic Church teaches thrown in. It's not the sole rule of faith, as the protestants claim, because that would mean that you'd have to prove that based on the bible (which it doesn't assert). It would be absurd anyway because any book could make that claim. If it's not the sole rule of faith, it's certainly not the sole rule of science. First, there's the absurdity of the 24-hour earth day being the timetable for God's creation. The sheer unlikelyhood that all, or any other planets in the universe have the same day causes that to die in absurdity. Also, our understanding of physical processes makes the six-day system seem almost impossible. What then is the genesis story doing in the bible? We can't very well say it's untrue as that would throw the whole bible into question. We can however question whether or not it's intended as concrete truth or symbolic instruction. I lean toward the latter with the view that it is not intended to teach scientific truth, but simply to show that all creation comes from God.
To tie up this more-random-than-usual post, just don't be afraid of science! It can't disprove God. But wishing it away to protect the Genesis story is stupid. Let's get back to restoring some morality to this country. We don't have time for useless debates.


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99 rooms

So I saw this thing on Tim's blog.

The animation is crazy cool, sort of a David Firth meets Myst gone bad.


The second post

Well, after looking over Blogger in Beta's "raw HTML editor", I've given up trying to add Haloscan for now. When I have more time, I'll decipher their code and find a loophole. Until then, I'm stuck with blogger's stupid combox. *slashes binary wrist*

Anyhoo, I'm going to actually start telling people about this blog, so traffic should jump from 1 hit a day to, gee, maybe three or four!

*clicks heels in glee*


the first post

Hey, welcome to my blog! I'm basically going to use this place for a rant space, although I talk about a wide variety of topics, pretty much based on however I feel at any given moment.

So, a little about me. I'm a Catholic who follows the Church's "narrow, dogmatic" teachings to the letter, and I'm a freer man because of it. So, I'll posting a few things about my faith, and the Church's teachings on morality, etc. Feel free to argue with me, I need the entertainment.

When I'm not talking about really serious stuff, I'll make the occasional post about technology and whatnot. I'm a bit of a geek, so I like to tinker with internet stuff. Once I figure out Blogger beta's new system, I'll be posting some of my thoughts on their new stuff. I'm also going to try and put the haloscan commenting system on here.

And now coming to the end of this incredibly narcisisstic post, I want to remind you all that pi is approximately 3.14159.