” Super Size Me “ is not a serious look at a real health problem. It is, instead, an outrageously dishonest and dangerous piece of self-promotion. Through his antics, Spurlock sends precisely the wrong message. He absolves us of responsibility for our own fitness. We aren’t to blame for being fat; big corporations are! And the remedy, he suggests, is to file lawsuits and plead with the Nanny State and the Food Police for protection. From CapMag.com Read More
If you use specially shaped tiles you can create what is called an aperiodic tiling . See also the Geometry Junkyard and Aperiodic Colored Tilings . I could have sworn that I saw an aperiodic tiling using a single tile shape, but the web sites I’ve looked at recently say that such a tile has not been found.
Robots by Blue Sky Studios was just released. They were the creators of Ice Age and Bunny , which won the Acadamy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1998. Blue Sky Studios also created the digital cockroaches in Joe’s Apartment (1996) .
According to IMDb.com they also did special effects for these films:
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Fight Club (1999)
Jesus’ Son (1999)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
A Simple Wish (1997)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Titan A.E. (2000)
… [T]he Hybrid has a strange influence on some people, as evidenced by Road Test Editor Chris Walton: “This car has a mysterious effect on my otherwise pedal-to-the-metal driving style. I find myself trying to (a) improve my mpg, (b) “earn” more battery-bars back by charging off-throttle, (c) be generally gentle and kind on the car–what’s happening to me?!”
There is controversy as to whether the Ten Commandments should be allowed to be posted in schools and government buildings. Those who claim that posting them does not promote a particulare religion are mistaken, in my opinion. Here are the Ten Commandments as taken from Exodus 20:2-17.
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
10. Thou shalt not covet.
Only three of these commandments have anything to do with modern day law as far as I can see. Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt no steal, and thou shalt not bear false witness. Even then bearing false witness is only a crime as it pertains to upholding contracts, courtroom testimony, truth in advertising, etc.
I don’t believe in evil. I believe Hitler was a human who was following human desires. I believe he deserved to die for his deeds. I hope no one ever commits the crimes he committed ever again. I do not believe there is an absolute right and wrong. Right and wrong are concepts created by humans. Some would like you to think that a certain behaviour is wrong because “God” said it is wrong. If we want the human race to survive, we must cooperate and agree that we will not do certain things to each other. I value my freedom and therefore would like to live among people who respect each other’s freedom. This I feel is a good enough basis for making laws. There is no need to rely on laws given by any god.
My brother, Bob, asked me, “Is there anything that you are sure exists but that is not material?”
My short answer would be, “no”, but instead I replied, “I feel like everything can be put on an existance scale. On one end of the scale, say the left end, are things which I feel pretty sure exist and things on the other end, say the right end, of the scale I’m pretty sure don’t exist. This is not an absolute scale. Each thing is placed on the scale relative to other things on the scale. For example my shoes would go to the left of elves and other non-material things would go to the right of elves. So I wouldn’t say I’m sure things like ghosts, souls, angels, demons, etc. exist. I’m just less sure they exist.”
I forgot to mention to him that I think ideas exist and are not necessarily material, but can ideas exist apart from a mind? Is an idea written on paper still an idea if no one is around to read it? By the way, in my opinion the mind is a physical object made of neurons, synapses, etc.