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August 12th, 2003

(no subject) @ 12:17 pm

the act of procuring coffee helps to create the surface for active and interesting writing.

Coffee is procured, ready for infusion, and litteral pen is ready to roll. **ner takes deep breath forges onward.** I've been continuing to review music that I downloaded off the newsgroups Once I get back up to school I'm going to recontact some record labels so I can get this stuff legitimately and for free. I figure the artists really wouldn't care being that I'm going to play their crap on the radio.

I get to do two shows this weekend, both at the same times but one's on friday, one's on Saturday. I met a random person on msn who was in the studio and informed me that she was taking a random selection of people on the msn list to see what people wanted to hear. I won't paste it in here because there's lots and lots of bitching in it and ... I must protect the innocent you see? The short story is that she's said that she's going to help me get things shut down and started up if necesary so ... northwest Arkansas and the world via internet of course, is going to be blasted with two hours of crapolicious Celtic on Saturday and ACB Radio On friday as usual. I'm actually ahppy though I'm still waiting for 40 gb of new music that's supposed to be coming on a dvd from my buddy Steve. Will bring my collection up to 7000 or so Celtic songs, 4000 new age. That, a, lot, of, music.

I got up this morning, having a major urge to make me some hash browns. I had boiled some potatoes earlier last night so I threw them in the skillet and made me som mean hash browns. They weren't the greatest mostly because I used a lot of oil, toomuch, but they were filling, and I'm consequently full (redundant I know but ...).

Last night was a bit tough for me as me and my sister had the deep "religion and what it means to me" conversation. She asked me some tough questions, but I answered them from my heart and I think that is a good thing. She's told me some good books that I can look at (of course with a Christian tilt) and I plan to check them out and hopefully that will help me out. Book Share has the one she specifically told me I should read, so I'll download it later and peruse it. Its about a guy who turned from being atheist to being a Christian by researching different religious texts and historical documents. Its just one man's view and I made sure that my sister knew that I thought that there should be other views out there rather than one "right" way. We'll never agree, and we were able to concede that point.

I got all my files copied and sorted, and then started talking on various instant messengers. I really think I should consider getting my masters in social work, I think I would enjoy giving people advice and getting paid for it though my orthopedic doctor says that he thinks I'd get frustrated a lot. I think it would also balance out. I want to get my engineering degree done and then see where it takes me; surely it will be doing something exciting and interesting. Money won't be a huge consideration, enjoyment will be everything.

Well, must go and veg with my music. I've got some stuff I need to move from laptop to hard drive and then I'll need to organise and concatinate and catalog. Should be a good day of database excitement all in the name of organization of course.

Sorry for the non random nature of this post. I enjoy writing randomly but sometimes I feel the rate of entropy going down in life so I have to stop, take a breath, and write. All the best. Oh on the close, my advisor's found a lab partner for me whose in my chemistry fraternity. Her name is Iona, for real, so if it works out, we'll have eona and Fiona, how confusing will that be. Not really though, it'll just be confusing name wise, Fiona the dog I'm sure can't mix chemicals too well though she can be surprising sometimes.
More later

From: Adviser
to: Prospective lab partner
Brother Ioana: I hope you had a great summer. In a few days we will all be back in the full grind of classes and labs. I have a deal for you if you care
to participate.
Our Alpha Chi Sigma brother Noel Romey will be taking CHEM 2272 along with you. Because he is blind he needs a good lab partner (his dog Fiona is usually
his partner, but she had a hard time pipetteing) who would act as his eyes in the lab. I believe (but Tresa Wells at CSD will have to confirm this) that
there will be compensation for this service. I believe you would be a great partner for him. If you are agreeable get back to me at your early convenience.
And I will see you shortly.
 
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From:sunnyblue
Date:August 12th, 2003 05:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you and your sister had the religion talk. i think that is good for both of you, that you will look into some things and she will agree to disagree on one certain way to believe/practice religion.

That message to your lab partner was pretty funny. Too bad Fiona isn't good at pipetteing. Though, you know, I wasn't so good at that myself. I'd prolly blow stuff up if I was in realy chemistry classes, i.e. not high school.
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From:lucid42day
Date:August 12th, 2003 07:11 pm (UTC)

been there

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If "Iona" is a woman, why does the advisor refer to her as a brother?

I will try to remember about your show on Friday. I'll probably still be here at work, so I should in theory be able to listen to Celtic music. I assume there's more to Celtic music than weepy Enya-esque women wailing epically in a dead language.

My ex-girlfriend used to try to pressure me to read a bunch of ill-considered Christian books and such. Although she claimed to be non-denomonational, it was obvious that she was actually just stubborn and inflexible. I never saw any actual verifiably Christian acts on her part. She wanted me to read things like MacDowell's "More than a Carpenter." So I had her read Hyam Maccoby's "The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity." I don't think she did.

Various instant messengers? Different clients, or different protocols? I like the gAIM client port to Win32. I used to use Trillian, but it's just an ugly interface. gAIM is much cleaner, IMO.

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From:djner
Date:August 12th, 2003 07:27 pm (UTC)

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Celtic music is much more than talking in the daed language of Gaelic. Did you know that there's dudes that still speak in Irish, which many of my songs are in or some I should say. Try this. switch your language in lj using <a href="http://www.livejournal.com/changelang.bml>This</a> link. Switch the language to Irish, weird weird crap man. But yeah there's much that is not boring stuff like that. Some of it you might not like, but some I am sure you haven't heard at all. Clients I'm saying mostly. I can't use one of the clients that talk to lots of different servers such as trillian. They tend to be very speach unfriendly meaning they don't work well with my screen reader. Its a bitch and a half. So, its very confusing when I have people talking to me on Aim and then on MSN. Oh how I'd give for trillian to be accessible to blind people. Not to be though. Doubt GAim is though I will have to check that out. Will be glad to have you as a listener, if you have winamp or windows media or something, you can listen for sure.
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From:rangoon
Date:August 12th, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC)

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When you uninstall Trillian, it gives you a form to vent and explain why you are removing it from your system. I, of course, pointed to the accessibility issues. I'm sure my comments got lost in the oblivion of the scrapheap, but it was a valient effort to try anyway. If you're an engineer, I don't think you will like fields like social work. The humanities don't have the same level of precision that engineering does, nor are they built heuristically on any definite axioms like physics and chemistry. If you want to help people, you're probably better off resorting to a more exact science like Dianetics. And if you're interested in an academic discussion of Atheism vs. Christianity, you might be interested in "Atheism Vs. Christianity, Where does the Evidence Point: The great Debate." I found it to be very engaging, even though it didn't bring me to any definite conclusion concerning the matter.
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From:lucid42day
Date:August 14th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)

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Dianetics? LOL.

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From:djner
Date:August 14th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)

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Wow, I actually went to that web page just now. That is kind of funny. Sorry sam, but no, not interested in dianetics :).
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From:rangoon
Date:August 19th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC)

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Which web page did you go to? Both of them, or the one I cited, or the one Joe cited? If only one, how did you decide which one to read? J/C
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From:djner
Date:August 19th, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC)

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I went to the one that joe sited, not yours. I'll look at yours at some point today.
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From:rangoon
Date:August 19th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC)

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It is clear to me that you obviously have not ever tried to apply the procedures of Dianetics, otherwise you would be aware that Dianetics works and that these sites are clearly intended for the purpose of attacking L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. The author has obviously misunderstood the concepts of auditing and their purpose. Much of the imperical evidence sought by the author is provided in the book referenced in the link I provided in a previous post. You can rely on others for the truth and take their word for it, or you can find it out for yourself. The choice is yours.
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From:jumpingjuniper
Date:August 13th, 2003 07:01 am (UTC)
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As you can see I got to the D's this morning on my friends list. Ok thats bullcrap I got to the C's and those bored me so I skipped to yours. Lol

Is your new lab partner Joe and you two will be making my crown this semester?
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From:djner
Date:August 13th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC)
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Yeah that's all organized. What the hell, you read your friends page in alphabetical order. I just read em as they come in.
From:caneprints
Date:August 13th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC)
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Hi Djner. If you read my journal, you know that I am agnostic. Agnostics don't deny that there is a god, but they sort of aren't sure, which sounds like where you are at currently. I started questioning my faith as a very young teenager and haven't found the answers yet. It's okay to question your faith. Questioning, being skeptical and needing evidence of things is what intelligent people do. One thing you might want to do is read books on other religions and philosophies. You may end up forming your own concept of faith in the end. You may decide not to be a part of any one religious faith, but to have your own set of belief systems and values, and again, that is okay. You've inspired me to write about this in my own journal, which I will do at some point when I get home from work.
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From:djner
Date:August 13th, 2003 09:16 am (UTC)
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Very very nice, I'm glad I am not the only one who believes in this. I'm sure to continue to write about that topic as I'm very much surrounded by religion at home. I've looked into the Unitarian faith but being now that my sister and mom say tat they are "way out there" I don't know. My sister said when I mentioned Unitarianism, "don't even get me started on them." Who knows. I'll be looking forward to your entry.
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From:lucid42day
Date:August 13th, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)

heh

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I have also "looked into" other faiths, but then I realized that the simple act of trying them on in this way is somewhat fraudulent. What purpose would it serve in your life that nothing else is currently serving? Is it honest for you to attempt to wear a faith to please your mother or sister? It seems to me that it's the sort of thing that should be done as if no one else exists.

Understand please, I'm not attacking you. These are the sorts of things that I considered when I had a crisis of unfaith. I was guilt-tripped into becoming Christian. I'm still not entirely sure why I did it, but I understand that proselytizing is a way of using someone else's hopes, fears, ignorances, and sympathies to get them to do what you want them to do.

I remember afterwards I would carry a Bible around with me, mostly for reading. That was where the problems began, I think. I remember asking other people questions, and being unsatisfied with the answers. It only took me a few months before I ran into some basic philosophic problems with the Christian outlook. I remember the first one, "What is evil?" The best definition said it was the opposite of something that nobody could define.

Well, enough rambling from me.

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From:djner
Date:August 13th, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC)

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As usual Joe, your comments are very well reasoned. I wouldn't be trying on new faiths, I'd be researching them, trying to understand them. I don't want to become christian again just because "everyone's doing it" I want to do it because I fully believe. I still don't know how I stand on the issues, its a difficult one.
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From:rangoon
Date:August 19th, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC)

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In a deeper sense evil actually proves the existence of God. In order for evil to exist, objective moral values have to exist. How can something be considered evil if there is no absolute standard by which to judge it? Without God, there are no objective moral values. All morals are relative, and hence nothing can be classified as evil. Therefore there is no contradiction between the statements "God exists," and "evil exists." There is no philosophical reason why these two entities cannot coexist or cancel each other out. How could you call something unworthy of God if there was no god?

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