Monday, December 28, 2015

What to do if your co-worker self-identifies as a cow?

In order to avoid the wrath of the New York Commission on Human Rights, you should not insult him/her/it by attempting to communicate in anything other than "moos".  Cows are known to urinate and defecate where ever it is convenient, so if they happen to do this in your personal area, you must take any no notice.  Cow Identity is a serious self-image issue, and we cannot tolerate unlawful discrimination.  The commission can impose civil penalties up to $125,00 for violations, and up to $250,000 for violations that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct.  See the above link for additional penalties.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

These pictures should be familiar to all Mac users now.



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Bajirao + Mastani

Resistance to The Force is futile, so I ended up at the theater anyway.  My wife wanted a distraction and wasn't wanting to be seen in a Star Wars movie, so we ended up in a very large auditorium as the only alien species present.  In fact this was the only time we can remember in 36 years of being together when we were both aliens at the same time.  The theater was entirely filled with Indians.  Fortunately we arrived 40 minutes early, because it sold out completely and we would not have gotten a decent seat otherwise.

Thus, we found ourselves watching a Hindi movie with English subtitles, Bajirao Mastani.  The Indians are taking over Fremont, California, and as the saying goes, "If you can't beat them, join them".

My sense is that the setting and story line were concocted for the more important aspects of the visual effects along with the singing and dancing.  The purported setting being the rise of a Hindu empire that was gradually reducing the Moguls.  The theme of the movie seems to be something like "love conquers religion", although there are some, um, minor snags along the way.  Like the first wife.  And the fact that a military general needs to spend almost all of his time in the field, rather than dallying around with his wives.  Then we need to explain how it is that the general, being married to an actual Miss Universe, becomes exclusively enamored with another woman.  But I am not Indian, so I won't pursue this line too far.  The ending seemed a bit Shakespearean to me.

What I wonder the most about this is the handling of polygamy vs monogamy.  The surface message is that monogamy is the only things acceptable, but some religions promote polygamy.  There is another part of the movies message that it is somehow cruel to suppress the true love that can only be realized in polygamy.  I tend to view love more as an issue of responsible commitment, so there is no question of polygamy.  But then again, I am not Indian.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Social Justice Empire Strikes Back?

I am still struggling to understand the hoopla around the latest warming over of the Star Wars brand.  Discussions at work have morphed into critiques of the quality of the films, and in what order a wannabe star wars noob might see the earlier films.  Then there is the other extreme of heated political commentary.  My advice is this:  Watch the films when you are too young to know the difference between good and bad, enjoy them, then get over it.

"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I gave up childish ways." - 1 Corinthians 13:11

But then again, I am not Paul and am known to periodically return to childhood temporarily.  Or maybe for extended periods.  The important thing is to not try to mix adult thinking into childlike fantasies, and vice versa.  Bipolar distinctions must be maintained.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

El Niño Watch

Marijuana growers are rejoicing.



Monday, December 14, 2015

The Best Solution I Have Heard So Far

Although I would have appealed to God in the name of Jesus Christ rather than the Virgin Mary.  That is the difference between Christians and Catholics.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Happiness is completing a semester of Greek

The course was one on Greek syntax, which was irritating on the one hand but profitable on the other.  The challenge is figuring out what words go with each other as you sort out all the clauses and sub-clauses and sub-sub-clauses in a sentence that runs on for a paragraph.  The word order of Greek is much looser than English, but the extra cases together with three forms of gender and greater distinction of singular/plural, together with more distinctive verb conjugations provide a lot of clues as to the ordering of things.

The third semester of Greek disappeared from the online course schedule, which has me a bit annoyed.  But not too much.  I will take a semester break.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

POTUS Speech on Terrorism: The denial will continue until the problem is solved

That is my interpretation of what I heard.  What we are in denial about is that the war is entirely about religion and ideology.  All the bombs and bullets that the US has together with NATO and Russia will not nearly be enough for us to prevail.  The reason is that the West is in the midst of a ideological civil war with the Leftists relentlessly trying to destroy Christian civilization, while Muhammedism is unified in its goal of reducing the world to slavery to Islam.  Since Leftist ideology only exists as a reaction to Christianity, it has no defenses against Islam, and in fact, it will always see Islam as a preferred ally in the principle war, which is the war against Christianity.  But the more the Left wins, the more young people will be tempted to choose Jihadism over the social chaos that always comes as a result of Leftist policies.

As always, I believe God is in control and that He will turn everything upside down in the end, so will continue to maintain my cheery demeanor:

"Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 
'Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.'
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
'As for em, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.' ... " - Psalm 2:1-6

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Happiness is a big, red, juicy, slab of meat

I always knew that carnivores were happier than herbivores.  Now we have proof.