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very exciting this computer magic

Oh my god I can download youtube videos and put them on my iPod and it works and I can watch Thai lakorn wherever I go!

Also I have a job but that is much less exciting than PORTABLE LAKORN.

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oh no gay

 

MONTPELIER — Gay marriage opponents are launching a radio campaign aimed at marshaling opposition across northern New England.

The “Don’t Mess with Marriage” ads, which will be aired in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont starting Monday, are sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage, a Princeton, N.J., group that has been active in fighting same-sex marriage initiatives in California and elsewhere.

I am 100% certain that the NOM is a Christian organization.

(checks)
Close. It's Mormon. They're involved with Abovethehate.com

Oh man, MORMONS lecturing about the sanctity of marriage.
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Behold... Calendar II!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's... a mystical magical ancient "lithic" stone chamber in Woodstock, VT.

I get a certain feeling at power centres and I was picking up on this feeling as I found a standing stone and a recumbent stone with Iberian Ogam inscriptions believed to have been written by European Celts 3000 years ago So much for Columbus "discovering" Amenca. At the centre of this cosmic place is a beautifully preserved underground chamber called Calendar II because it is oriented to the midwinter sunrise. If you sit inside the chamber and look out the entranceway on the morning of the winter solstice, December 21, the sun will rise in the centre of the entrance. Analysis by archeoastronomer Byron Dix shows that the chamber was also used in lunar observations and eclipse prediction. This is only one of many such sites found all over New England.


I can't find any non-woo resources on it, so I'm guessing this is actually from 1849 or something.

I don't remember Joseph Citro ever mentioning it.

There's pictures of other chambers. This includes more amusing claims of Ogham script... but if you ignore all the mumbo and jumbo, the fact that there are these little rock chambers dotting VT is kind of interesting. Are they root cellars, or something?

It seems to be very well known among purveyors of woo.

The Double Square is found in some of the best known sacred spaces in the world, from the King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid and Solomon's Temple in the Bible to the interior of Calendar II, an important underground stone chamber in Vermont, USA.
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"Big Tent Atheism"

I read Boing Boing, and they introduced a really wacky guest blogger guy.

Eventually he got around to his take on atheism.
I think closeted atheists who participate in other religious activities are the future of atheism. They know that prayer feels good without a needing brain scientist to tell them, and they know you don't need God to want to feed the hungry, heal the sick, and provide homes for the orphaned. What if they simply stopped reciting the words that they didn't agree with during religious services, without calling attention to it? In many places I don't think they would be kicked out or turned upon and beaten just for that.
The comment thread is epic polite smackdown.

But maybe I'm biased...
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fake homework

Glen Beck's "We Surround Them" thing is pretty fucking creepy.

So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.

Apparently you are only American if you are a religious libertarian.

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

Not that I'm really ashamed to be called unamerican.

In other news, I'm currently reading a couple interesting books on linguistics. Trying to challenge myself and read some more technical literature. It's kind of a crapshoot, because the field is large and I'm not sure quite yet what I want to focus on. One book is Linguistic Theory and Language Description, the other is An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research. The former is probably slightly out of my depth (it's dense with new concepts) but I'm still learning a lot from it. (Plus it's making me less scared to try tackling Chomsky.)
The latter I'm taking a look at because of my own foreign-language study and possible interest in TESL/TEFL. It seems accessible.

God fucking damnit, I want to go back to college.

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jots and joots

I have:
  • Health insurance.
  • A vague understanding of descriptive vs structuralist linguistics
  • Sushi
  • No clue how the fuck to type Vietnamese like seriously is it that hard to add a fucking diacritic?
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Feb. 26th, 2009

Lou Dobbs is very strange and obviously has a bias against the UN, and I'm not a huge fan of Hitchens, but the story underneath does seem really fucking scary.

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