Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sorry Suze

A day off work is detremental to my bank account. I spend way too much time online. Which leads to online shopping. Today I bought a transmitter for my ipod so I can finally listen to all the music I download in the car. Also bought Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life from Amazon. And then I was browsing through bikes for sale on Craig's List (which I do daily), and finally found one that sounded promising. A Schwinn Ladies Cruiser for a mere $40. I went to check it out, loved it, and bought it (while four other hopeful buyers were on the way).

Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to take my year-old weimaraner on a bike ride. This will be interesting if not life-threatening...

Friday, March 27, 2009

wasted time

Finally finished reading I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max. I usually breeze through books much more quickly, but it was almost a chore getting through this one. The stories were the same. How many different ways can you say you got drunk and had sex? And he acts as if he invented black out drunk (aka "Tucker Max Drunk") and having sex every day of the week. Most of the guys I know do the same thing. They just don't write about it. He's just like any other drunk idiot at the bar. But with halfway decent writing skills and too much time. Yawn.

Without Slingblade (the only interesting person in the book), I would have quit reading halfway through. And I've never not finished a book.

Next up... Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey. I really need to read a real book soon...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What's he waiting for?

I just watched Religulous, a documentary by Bill Maher. It's BRILLIANT. Every doubt and every little thing I find funny about religion was addressed. My favorite is when he discusses the story about the whale. A guy lives in a fish for THREE days and people actually believe the story to be truth. Why? Because it's in the Bible. If you step back and actually think about it, it's absolutely ridiculous. Maher gets this. I get this. The majority of America, sadly, does not get this. Why did we ever stop believing in Santa Claus if we continue to believe stories like this? Santa was more fun anyway.

Some of my favorite quotes from the documentary...

Bill Maher: Why doesn't he just obliterate the devil and therefor get rid of evil in the world. Fake Jesus: "He will." Bill Maher: "He will?" Fake Jesus: Yeah, it's coming." Bill Maher: "What's he waiting for?"

Bill Maher: “You're a senator. It worries me that people are running my country who believe in a talking snake.” Senator:“You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the senate though. He he!” 

Bill Maher: “If Santa Claus can hit every house in the world.” Steve Berg: “No, we don't believe in Santa Claus.” Bill Maher:“Of course not, that's one man flying all around the world and dropping presents down a chimney. One man hearing everybody murmer at him at the same time, that I get.” 

George W. Bush: “I believe that God wants everybody to be free. That's what I believe. And that's uh, been part of my... foreign policy.”

Bill Maher: Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about. And those who preach faith and enable and elevate it are intellectual slave holders, keeping mankind in a bondage to fantasy and nonsense that has spawned and justified so much lunacy and destruction. 

Bill Maher: Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. Most people would think it's wonderful when someone says, 'I'm willing Lord, I'll do whatever you want me to do.' Except that since there are no gods actually talking to us, that void is filled in by people with their own corruptions and limitations and agendas. 

Bill Maher: The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions, is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble and that is what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting shit dead wrong.