Archive for August, 2005

The Belief-O-Matic

Given the fact that I’ve been hanging out at Beliefnet a lot lately, and my adoration for pigeon-hole personality tests that cram you into some character or character type, it should come as no surprise that I’ve discovered the Beliefnet Belief-O-Matic. This test asks you a bunch of belief-related questions, and based on your answers, it tells you what religion(s) you’re most compatible with. Obviously, this test isn’t an “end-all, be-all”, but I’ve found it to be pretty enlightening, since it isn’t too far off the mark. (The questions are somewhat general which, to the dismay of many Christians and Muslims, means that religions are treated as “comparatively equal”, or that they’re all equally (in)valid in their historical facts, and that which matters most is the overall belief system or practices.)

Anyway, so I took the test and here are my results…

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Posted by Gnorb - August 17, 2005 at 1:21 pm

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Online Game: Funky Truck 4WD

In this online game you drive a little truck through some dirt mountains and hills. The goal is to not flip the truck over, and if you do, then to flip it back as soon as possible before your energe goes down. Playing instructions are easy: Up arrow -> Go forward; Down -> Go backward; Left arrow -> tilt back; Right arrow -> tilt forward.

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Posted by Gnorb - August 16, 2005 at 11:28 pm

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Like Hair?

I just recently overheard the following conversation:

Guy 1: So, what do you think of her?
Guy 2: Eh.
Guy 1: What “eh”? She cute?
Guy 2: Eh.
Guy 1: So no.
Guy 2: I’ll put it this way, I make it a rule not to date women with more body hair than me.
Guy 1: Dude, she’s not that hairy.
Guy 2: Dude! Have you seen her back?!

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Posted by Gnorb - August 16, 2005 at 10:31 am

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Music for the body and mind?

It’s funny to think that my first article for this blog would be about a subject that I actually know very little on and yet here I am. For the past few months I have given my health far more consideration than I did in the past. This includes both dieting and exercising. Frankly I am very pleased with the effects, but today I noticed something rather strange. Senior had come across to buying an iPod a week ago. Today he just happened to just leave it home, where I just happened to come across it. Having gone to the gym, I have seen many people bring cd players and mp3 players while exercising. I figure I will give it a try, see if it makes any difference in my performance. Personally I doubted any real significant effect, because the body just has limitations right? So I thought.

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Posted by Junior - August 15, 2005 at 4:50 pm

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Number One, Number Two, Number… Three?

“I’m glad that the act of giving birth has not come to be known as ‘going number three.’”
– Matthew Baldwin, DefectiveYeti

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Posted by Gnorb - August 15, 2005 at 10:46 am

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Overcoming Fear Through Understanding

Before I begin this post, I think it’s important to put something into perspective: Over the years, I have developed an affinity towards learning about different points of views from my own, specifically in the areas of philosophy and theology. I can remember reading for the first time a number of religious texts: the Qur’an, the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dharmapada Sutra. I was raised Catholic, then Southern Baptist so doing this wasn’t something kindly looked upon. But what drove me was a curiosity to find out why people chose their faith. Yes, I understand family history is a big deal when it comes to that, but having been raised with the belief that Christianity was the one and only path to eternal salvation, it seemed only logical to me to question why people would turn their backs on the Truth, and instead embrace a faith that was obviously false.

Needless to say that after reading the texts and meeting people of those faiths, my mind opened up a bit. Yes, I still hold my own spiritual beliefs about what’s right and what’s wrong, but studying other faiths allowed me to do something no one else I’d ever met was able to do: see people as they see themselves, instead as what I’d been taught to see them as. (Whatever that may have been.)

Until recently, I thought that I had overcome my fear of learning about different (although not necessarily opposing) points of view on questions of theology. After all, I can now converse with people of other faiths without feeling the need to convert them or avoid them for the sake of my own soul. I can see the world — although a bit dimly, I must admit — through their eyes, or at least through the eyes of someone who understands their ethos.

But something happened a few weeks ago which put all this into question. As I walked around one of the malls in Tampa, I saw something I’d never really seen before: a booth dedicated to Scientology. There were three ladies around the booth talking to people about their beliefs, as well as a stack of Dianetics books. When I saw that I went pale. I was affraid they’d come up to me, just like countless Baptists in state fairs, and begin attacking me with a set of esoteric questions aimed at getting the responses they wanted to hear.

(I must admit, even mentioning the topic in this site makes me a bit uneasy, which speaks more of pre-concieved notions than anything else.)

A curious thing happened then: they didn’t.

They didn’t stop me. They didn’t try to convert me. Heck, they didn’t really pay any attention to me. (Even if they did, my pale look and rigid walk was probably a good indicator that I didn’t feel comfortable talking about the subject.) I was glad. My heart, which I felt racing in my chest, started to calm down, and I walked away without a second thought. At least then, that is.

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Posted by Gnorb - August 15, 2005 at 12:44 am

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Which OS Are You?

This is a follow up (I guess) to “What Character of [X Movie/Show] Are You Most Like?” I saw this thread on Fury-Tech forums and, being a computer nerd, I just had to take this test. As it turns out, the OS I’m most like is…

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Posted by Gnorb - August 13, 2005 at 8:16 pm

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Never Ever Ever Ever Graduate

In college, I used to know this guy, Larry. Larry was a pretty intelligent guy. Not the wisest of guys, but generally pretty smart.

There was one thing about Larry that I’ll never forget: he was the first professional college student I’d ever met. At 30 years old, Larry had degrees in a number of fields: chemistry, biology, mathematics, theater, history… none of which he ever really did anything with. His philosophy: “I’m learning so much stuff here. Why should I leave.” Yep, Larry was a professional college student, through and through.

Although I haven’t thought about Larry in years, something today — a certain “je ne se quoi” — got me thinking about the “good ol’ days” of working in the USF College bookstore, a calm environment where students could both study and work, and where a young college guy could meet just about every beautiful lady in his school, including the one who would later become his wife.

(For those of you who may not know, the best way to meet girls at your school is by working in the text book area of your school’s book store. That’s because whether they like it or not, students will generally visit the bookstore at least once a year, though probably more than once. This is a great way to get to know them, talk to them — even if you’re not especially attractive — and practice your people skills. Oh, and get their phone numbers.)

Anyway, I remember a conversation I once had with Larry about graduating. Although it was only my second year, I was already looking forward to graduation. Given Larry’s history, I’m not sure he was the best person to talk to about that. Still it was a chance for me to ask him why he wasn’t doing something with all that knowledge. After all, having that many degrees would mean that he’d make a lot of money, right? And if you had a chance to make a lot of money — well, wouldn’t you want to get on with your life? I mean, everybody wants to get out of college, right?

Right…?

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Posted by Gnorb - August 12, 2005 at 1:47 pm

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Is the Fox Watching the Henhouse?

If you’re wondering what Microsoft’s been doing since Windows XP came out — outside of the courtroom, that is — wonder no more. Quantum Skyline has an overview of Microsoft’s latest addition to their software pantheon, Microsoft AntiSpyware. Of course, this begs the question: “WTF?!” I mean seriously, does anyone trust Microsoft with security?

The answer is yes, though these people are in the minority right now, unlike people who trust MS for the desktop. Of course, having bought out an anti-spyware company is making some believe that the Redmond Giant can become a formidable force in the world of Internet security.

“Microsoft did create Windows, which has been proven to not have the greatest security track record. Microsoft is also responsible for the tight integration between Internet Explorer and Windows, and the problems that’s caused. Finally, Microsoft is responsible for the implementation of Outlook Express, an email client, which has been all but completely wiped out. In their wake, we have an entirely new industry that addresses the problems that were introduced…. With their purchase of Giant Company Software Inc. for their well-known GIANT AntiSpyware tool, a few analysts have been asking if Microsoft is attempting to profit from their mistakes. In essence, people are asking if the fox is guarding the henhouse.

Recommended reading for anyone using Windows.

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Posted by Gnorb - August 12, 2005 at 12:39 pm

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Technorati Battles Continue

I just finished XHTML validating the site. Now for the RSS feeds. Maybe Technorati will finally start looking at my site.

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Posted by Gnorb - August 11, 2005 at 12:11 am

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