Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Future is Now: Street Fighter 2010


In 1990 Nintendo came out with Street Fighter 2010 to follow the arcade game Street Fighter (both part of the famous fighting franchise Street Fighter series).  It paints a world where people can enhance their body using a combination of computer technology, biological engineering, and really cool shades that scream of a Mad Max post-apocalyptic world.  People, or at least the main character in the game, can shoot energy from his hands and feet to completely ravish his opponents, can do acrobatic flips that prove to make him invincible, and can travel through interdimensional portals in order to move from planet to planet faster than the speed of light.


Apparently technology has not kept pace with the imagination.  The future is so lame.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Uranium For Sale: Funny Stuff

Seriously.  It's over on Amazon.  But that isn't what is fully.  The comments are hysterical!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Will The Real Santa Please Stand Up: Other Faith Traditions Share Their Views On Santa

How do the various ideologies and faith traditions view the man in the big red suit?  Here is how I imagine some might comment on Santa.
  • Vegetarianism: “That brute! Enslaving those cute reindeer. I bet that fur isn’t even faux. Where is my bucked of fake animal blood?”
  • Mormonism: “Have you heard that Santa came to America after Jesus rose from the dead to give gifts to the lost Jewish tribes who live in America?”
  • Buddhism: “There is no Santa”
  • Hinduism: “Santa is all of us.”
  • Fundamentalism: “There is no Santa in the Bible. Besides, Jesus was born in the spring, so we celebrate Christmas then.”
  • Darwinism: “Santa evolved from a common ancestor to the Red Lemur.”
  • New-Age: “Santa is the goddess.”
  • Episcopalianism: “Check out those kicking threads! He’s really gay you know.”
  • Catholicism: “Santa. You mean SAINT Nick! Where’s my eggnog?”
  • Moonies: “Santa is so happy.”
  • Agnosticism: “I don’t know if we can be certain as to whether or not there really is or ever has been a person who fits the definition of the person we know as Santa.”
  • Materialism: “I want a new iPhone.”
  • Atheism: “There is no God and therefore can be no saints and no Santa.”
  • Judaism: “Quick, Abraham, light the menorah.”
  • Capitalism: “Buy Santa! Buy!”
  • Rationalism: “Santa is a made up human convention so that parents can trick their kids into behaving nicely for one month out the year.”
  • Confucianism: “To give is to be Santa.”
  • Islam: “INFIDEL!”
  • Mysticism: “Santa is as Santa does.”
  • Pentecostalism: “Praise God! It’s Santa!”
  • Existentialism: “Who is this ‘Santa’ of which you speak?”

Monday, December 21, 2009

Rant: Deceptive Commercials

You ask what it is to be deceived.  Listen to me.  Here I am an expert on the topic, as I have been deceived my whole life, and you have too.

I've purchased the tacky bad smelling body spray, hair gel, body wash and shampoo.  I've purchased the right kind of cheep bad tasting beer, rum and other liquors.  I've purchased the proper cologne.  I've purchased the approved tailgating supplies, car and other sports stuff and equipment.  I've worn the right clothes and even said the 'right' things.  I've danced the way I was shown on TV.  I've used the crappy infomercial workout equipment that promissed a lean ripped body just from looking at the equipment to which women then flock.

Never have I -- and I do mean NEVER -- been tackled by or chased by hordes of tall, slim, scantly clad, athletic women for buying the right running shoe or shampoo.  Never have I had tall, dark, scantly, clad women walk up to me and make out with me because I drank the right mixed drink.  Never have women gravitated towards me as if the body spray I used granted me a gravitational pull that only affected beautiful and scantly clad women to come to me, who then found me strangely irresistible.  Never has the Swedish Bikini Team skydived out of a plane then paddled down a river to find me because my friends and I decided to take a poor tasting light beer with us on our paddling trip on the Natahalaya river.  Never has a hot hot woman, who only weighs a  buck-o-five, walked up to me and rub her cheek against my face in a seductive manner for merely shaving with the proper razor and shaving gel.

In short, I have never been rewarded with a beautiful, exotic woman for purchasing a product that according to the commercial should be coming my way for buying a company's product.  According to all these commercials, I should have troves of women after me at all hours of the day.  Yet, that is not the case.  Many of the commercials I have see on TV portray women as rewards for men . . . like a trophy or ribbon for winning a contest.  That is, the makers of the TV commercials still futher the objectification of women.  "Women aren't objects" is a message that many boys and girls hear when growing up.  Yet they are constantly presented with this mixed message: buy [this product] and [this objectification of women] will be the fabulous outcome.

Is anyone else slightly bothered by this deception?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Notre Dame's Heretical Theology Professors Still at It

Seriously. This is just too much. When are they going to shut this place down?

New Address

I bit the bullet and finally purchased my own custom domain name.  www.aliveandyoung.com was taken.  But I was able to get www.aliveandyoung.net.

I did it mostly so that I can get around the firewall at work: these catholic school don't allow access to blogger and I often have things I want to get off my blog to use in my classroom.

The old blogger address should still work, but be sure to update your links, especially if you work at a place with an obnoxious firewall.

www.aliveandyoung.net

Monday, December 14, 2009

Random Thought: Mother Church, Father God?

Why is it that no one ever seems to have a problem with referring to the church in the feminine form?  Seriously.  People complain: "Oh God isn't Father! It is men who have made it thus! We can call God Mother, Being or Thing. If it pleases."  or "Ohhhhh the all male priesthood.  It is so degrading to women.  It is not equal.  When will the church finally give women their chance?"  Yet, I never hear anyone complain about Mother Church, the Bride of Christ.  I have yet to hear anyone say with gusto, "The Church is not Mother!  The Church is not Bride!  These are terms imposed by the men of old, the school men of the middle ages, who opposed all things feminine and sexual."  Hmmmm, I wonder why?

Moral of the story: if you are going to complain and attack something, at least be consistent with your logic (and logical too).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Look At Me in the OSV!

Contributing editor Emily Stimpson's article on being a Savy music consumer, in which I was interviewed and used as a resource, was run in OSV's Weekly on November 29, 2009.  I finally was able to get my hands on a copy, and I was surprised to find that I was given my own little box off to the side of the article.  I am likely violating copyrights with this, but if they ask I'll take it down.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

What Catholic School Text Book has Obama Been Reading?

Obama gave his nobel peace prize acceptance speech today.  Beside the numerous logical fallacies in his speech, what caught my attention in his speech was the mention of "just war".  He doesn't call it a theory, so I'm wondering from what poorly written catholic high school text book was he quoting?


Here is the quote:
Over time, as codes of law sought to control violence within groups, so did philosophers, clerics, and statesmen seek to regulate the destructive power of war. The concept of a "just war" emerged, suggesting that war is justified only when it meets certain preconditions: if it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the forced used is proportional, and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Breesus

I've been a NOLA fan since in the womb.  So seeing the Saints to a 12-0 start certainly is a great treat.  But I wonder if NOLA is taking it a bit too far.




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