Sunday, December 31, 2006

Christmas!

Okay, so I'm finally gonna get to blogging what I got for Christmas.

First off, we stayed at my Grandma's for three days over Christmas. We opened our presents, and then my Uncle, his wife, and my cousins (one with his girlfriend) arrived.

I guess I'll just plunge in now:

Lego Armored Ofnir Dragon vs. Viking Double Catapult (from my Grandma)
Lego Viking Ship vs. the Midgard Serpent (from my parents)
Celtic Woman concert DVD (from my whole family)
Celtic Woman: A New Journey CD* (from my sister)
Civil War Matthew Brady Photograph Calendar (from my Grandma)
Castles Calendar (from my Dad)**
Two $25 gift certificates to Borders (from my Aunt and Uncle)***
$50 in cash (from my Dad)
"S" shaped notepad [for my name, it's like a post-it note pad] (from my sister)

And...wasn't that it? I'll post again if I remember.

Now, today I was finally able to get away from Mervyn's (I haven't had a day off since Christmas day, and all days but the 26th have been eight hours or more), and went to Borders. Here's what I got:

Mort Kunstler Civil War Paintings Calendar
Diary of an Airborne Ranger, by Frank Johnson
The Pacific War, Daniel Marston (ed.)
Beowulf, Seamus Heaney (trans.)****

And since they had a special deal at the bookstore today (buy three get one free!), I got Campaigns of World War II Day By Day by Chris Bishop and Chris McNab for free. And I still have $10 left over!

Okay...now to the $50 in cash...yesterday I placed an order at Vision Forum, my favorite store in the world. I just found a $10 off coupon a few days ago, plus they were having a big clearance sale (still are, if I'm not incorrect. Might want to go check it out...www.visionforum.com...8-) ). So, I bought:

Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer, by Kelly Brown (now Kelly Bradrick)
College Without Compromise, by Scott and Kris Wightman
From Bull Run to Appomattox: A Boy's View, by Luther W. Hopkins
The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved! by Ken Ham
Yankees vs. Rebels audio CD (lecture by William Potter)
Women and Children First! audio CD (lecture by Douglas W. Phillips)*****
Making Wise Decisions About College audio CD (lecture by Douglas W. Phillips)

I shoppum well...me saved tons, big chiefum! ;-)

So, I guess that's it...some nice stuff, eh? Well, lemme know whatcha think of it all!

Bye now!


*This CD is yet to be released (it will be on the 30th of January), but she preordered it for me anyways to insure that I would be able to have it when it came out (which might not have happened if we hadn't done it now).

**This one includes a samurai castle--OOOHH!!!!!!

***This was a real surprise, as I wasn't even expecting a single thing. It was really, really kind.

****I've been wanting this for a very long time. It's a medieval poem about Beowulf, a warrior who kills the dragon Grendel (an obvious dinosaur), Grendel's mother, and other monsters. I love those actual from-the-period thinga-ma-bobs!!

*****Acting President and Founder of The Vision Forum, Inc.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Video of Saddam Hussein's Death

Make sure you are ready to watch this before you do.

Some of my readers might not want to.

It is done...

They finally did it. Well, we'll see what happens next.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dates...

Today Bastogne was relieved, and is also the birthday anniversaries of Kepler and Pasteur.

Check it out!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Hello all!

Okay, so I'm back from work...

An update on news. Somalia, a Muslim nation, has apparently been picking on Ethiopia, which is also apparently a Christian nation (I didn't know all this). Well, as I read in the paper on Christmas day, Ethiopia is striking back, and the Somalians are reeling back. My first inclination...to get an Ethiopian flag pin and wear it! (I wore an Israeli flag during their war with Palestine in July of this year).

Check it out here:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/12/26/somalia.ap/index.html
(From this article it would seem that some Somalis are fighting the Islamic militia as well.)

We should have dealt with Somalia when we had the chance. We went so far as to try to capture the warlord Aidid in the famous "Black Hawk Down" incident over ten years ago. Okay, so we failed that, and many of our men died. But why did Clinton the Coward then decide, after we'd gone to all that trouble, to back out and let Aidid go free as well all of the Somalians who fought and killed our Army Rangers? Who mutilated our men, and drug them in the streets?

I wish Ethiopia all the best of luck. Wait, no. I wish them Godspeed.

And now to science news...fellow blogger Lady of Longbourn actually beat me to this (hey, I wasn't home!), but here it is anyways:

http://nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061222-giant-squid.html

It's absolutely breathtaking. Never before have I, or any other man for that matter, been able to look into the eyes of this...creation of our Lord's.

It's enough to take your breath away.

RETURN!!!!!

I have returned!!!

On December 26th, 2006, I slogged ashore on the island of Home House in the Phillipines, finally fulfilling my promise given at the time I was ordered to flee from Corregidor....okay, so I guess I won't convince anyone that I'm really General MacArthur, but I can dream, can't I? ;-)

Anyways, I'm back. Expect a real post later on about Christmas. In the meantime, I have to work tonight.

Hope you all had the best day ever yesterday!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A note...

Hi there!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm going to be gone tommorrow morning (I'm visiting with family) and won't be back until after Christmas (the 26th). Every day after that I will be working eight hours a day, so, basically, you won't see much of me at all until probably about Sunday the 31st or later.

I'll miss you guys! See ya later, love you all, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Spencer

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Women...

My belief about the protection of women is something that I will never surrender. It is my weapon. It is my sword. If I die with it, you would not be able to pry it from my cold, dead hands. It is my passion. It is my life. It is my death. It is who I am.

Sauropods did not employ the use of gastroliths!?!??

At first I was kind of...numb about this. How can this be? The paleontological community has believed that sauropod dinosaurs did indeed possess "gastric mills" for so long that we, or at least I, have accepted it as a given. What else could the mass of polished stones found in the body cavity of sauropod dinosaurs be? But before we toss out all the textbooks, let's examine a few things here....

First of all, they did this experiment (the one dealing with the ostrich farm--see article) using birds. This is due to the Evolutionary bias the the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs, and, as some contend, even are dinosaurs. I strongly believe in comparative anatomy and don't necessarily object to the use of birds in comparisons for positations, but I don't think anything can be seen as definite. These sorts of studies must be taken with a grain of salt. After all, it's not exactly something that can be proven by scientific methods. (Dare I bring up Mokele-mbembe here?) I'd like to see a study done on crocodilian gastroliths.

Second, I find it rather...well, let's say weak, to assume that these sauropods accidentally gulped down stones as they ate. Let's remember that sauropods are widely considered to be browsers (or are we going to throw that one out the laboratory window too?), and they had very small mouths in proportion to their bodies. I don't find it very likely that these dinosaurs maniacally chowed down on any and all food in their way, swallowing up other matter as they went. It seems to me that their mouths were more designed for selective, or at least pseudo-selective feeding. I mean, they most likely ate green plant matter, and probably didn't swallow whole trees like in the famous early dinosaur cartoon Gertie. (Okay, so that's exaggerating.) Where do stones come from? The ground. Sauropods are tall. They likely ate plant matter that is higher up. Of course, that doesn't eliminate the possibility that they came down to dine every once in a while, but it just doesn't ring as a very solid explanation for all the stones found in sauropod skeletons over the years, at least not to me.

Plus, most stones are stuck in the ground, and are not found lying about loose all that often. I don't think it there is much in the ground that would entice them to gobble at the dirt, either. Besides, their teeth don't seem to be designed as digging tools.

To be fair, the paper did point out that there could be other explanations for the existence of these "stomach stones," but, I've yet to see one all that convincing yet. We already have examples of gastroliths in modern animals...maybe I'm just ignorant, but I'd like to see some good, well-established examples of animals ingesting stones purely to benefit from the minerals, (if there are any). I don't find it particularly compelling that the relative size of the stone gatherings are smaller in sauropods as in ostriches, either.

If anything, the findings about the unpolished nature of the stomach stones is the most interesting, and potentially useful, piece of evidence, in my opinion. But everyone knows about Mohs' Hardness Scale, perhaps that has something to do with it? Call me stubborn and hopelessly old-school, but I won't be 100% convinced about even that little "fact" until a full study is done on the stones themselves and their respective attributes, the grinding actions of the gut, and other possible factors.

So maybe they really are gastroliths? Maybe they aren't. Who knows? I'm just not sold on this one just now. At least, not yet.

Dr. Paleo signing off.

ABC's "Wife Swap" Wants AFOLs?

This has got to be one of the wierdest things to occur in the AFOL world in a while.

They did this to Jennie Chancey of LAF (Ladies Against Feminism - http://ladiesagainstfeminism.org/), and she declined too.

I agree with what those at TBB (The Brothers' Brick) are saying completely. I don't watch the show, but have seen some, and that is more than enough to say that I think it's awful. It is a freak show. They do make everyone look like cooky whacks. They'd only try to make us Lego fans look like crazy, immature retards, and they probably would do a pretty good job of it, to.

But you know what? The thing that bothers me the most, is that they insult and make fun of Biblical values, homeschooling families, and just the whole family thing. And swapping wives? HE-LLO! What is the definition of adultery these days?

First they attack my God, and now they're attacking my hobby? I got something for you, ABC...you should know better than to expect us to co-operate with you.

Sorry, but you're just to attack us with this. Try again. Because, in me, you've got opposition every step of the way.

8 Marines face charges in Haditha killings

I would never condone the killing of innocent civilians, but, somehow, I can't accept what these officials are saying just because they are officials. If it's true then that's too bad, but part of me knows that this is war, and the enemy acts like civilians. Couldn't it just have been an accident? Who says they weren't terrorists anyway?

No matter what, I find it pretty sad that the journalists and the world liberals, who have never seen a day in combat, will judge these men.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Different View of The Night Before Christmas

Although I want every one of my readers to know that I despise Santa Claus, the lies that parents tell their poor children about him, and the entire concept so created by the Evil One, I'd like to post this wonderful poem, shown me by a friend of mine. I think we can overlook the Santa part here...for our boys.

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD
CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED
FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Volcanic blast likely killed and preserved juvenile fossil plesiosaur found in Antarctica

Excerpt:
"...The researchers speculate volcanism similar to the massive eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington in 1980, may have caused the animal's death. Excavation turned up volcanic ash beds layered within the shallow marine sands at the site, and chunks of ash were found with plant material inside. That suggests a major blow-down of trees as was observed when Mt. St. Helens erupted. Either the blast or ash dumped into the ocean, the scientists say, may have caused the baby's demise. Moreover, silica released from the ash allowed spectacular preservation of the skeleton...." [Emphasis mine.]

Really? No! Volcanic plus ocean environment...couldn't be the Genesis Flood and all that, could it now? Exactly as predicted in the Bible? Volcanism in the sea? No, of course it can't be true!

Right. Pull the next one.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Well well well....

Looky at what we have here. Blatantly promoting Star Wars in his church isn't enough for him, is it? Well, be sure that I'll never buy any book of your's buddy.

It's a downright shame that this is what modern Christianity has become.

Now for Matt Chancey!

Don't you just love this guy? ;-)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Jennie Chancey Responds to Titus 2 Cynics

This is just too good to comment about. Read it yourself, I say!

P.S. Oh, and btw. I'm with Jennie, and not with Sandlin. Got it?

King Tut Died From Broken Leg, Not Murder, Scientists Conclude

Hmmm....

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Line in the Sand

Happy birthday, William Barret Travis!

P.S. 99 posts!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Fun with Math?

This is really neat, and no, you don't need to fear this. Check this out!

And equation that tells you your birthdate, without fail! Look what our Lord has created....

Beauty and the Brick

Ooh, these are the absolute best Lego customs I've ever seen. I mean it too! I've never seen anything to equal them!

If only he would start selling them... :-/

Thursday, December 07, 2006

I've been posted on VignetteBricks!

I almost wanted to hug Bruce about this one (he runs that blog). I can't believe I've finally been posted on one of the most famous Lego sites on the planet!

I have no idea why my Bunny Brigade vignette was posted, but who cares? WOOHOO!!!

And I'd like to take this oppurtunity to thank Nathan. I got the idea to do rabbits from him!

The Bunny Brigade is on the way, hoorah! Hoorah!
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=197961

December 7th, 1941

If you don't remember what happened today, I'd waste my breath trying to remind you.

Water on Mars?

And this means that life exists on Mars, why?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A Different Christmas Poem

If this does not touch your very heart, then you have none. I'd like to know who wrote this.

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts...

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"

Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother...

Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time thatthis flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."


Read that again if you need to. And, plus, wearing red on Fridays now means support the troops. And I just bought a red shirt.

Thank you to a good friend of mine for alerting me to this. Just one thing, I loved the poem and don't mean to be a damper, but, just so everyone knows, I can't stand the idea of women out there dying as they are in the rightful place of men only.

My New Title

I'm loving this. I didn't know that this was so widely known. Well, as my sister said, my reputation precedes me.

I like it. I shall now call myself, Ye Olde Crusader. I speak softly and carry a big stick--no, a sword. A katana!!!!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Oh, the Syrens!

It seems that Celtic Woman can be quite dangerous, so I should warn the new convert, Mr. Cunning Ham, about their most dangerous nature. ;-)

Last night, it was late (like 1:00) and we were going to bed. My dad alerted us that Celtic Woman was on TV, so I ran back into my room to get my clothes, turned off my light, and headed for the bathroom to get dressed in a hurry so I wouldn't miss the show.

Unfortunately, I slammed my foot into the foot of my bed--hard, and went down. My finger hit my bookshelf, but I seemed to be okay. I live in small quarters, and have big feet. Needless to say, I stub my toe quite a bit.

So, I groaned through my teeth a bit (I hit it hard), and stamped off to the bathroom. I paused before going in to watch a few seconds of the show, as the song Dulaman was coming on (I love that one now!). In the dark, bluish-light emitted by the television, I noticed that my finger was bleeding, and the blood was running down my hand. Not that bad (the last two times I've cut my hand before that--both at work, once when I ripped a cuticle, another time when I banged my thumb and the impact caused the skin to separate from the nail--it dripped too, so no biggy), but it suddenly occured to me that if my finger, which had not been hit relatively hard, was bleeding that much, what did my toe look like? Now since I've been working, I've gotten tons of blisters on the tips of my toes. They're not too painful and I just deal with them, but they're blisters nonetheless. I bent down to feel my throbbing toe, and my fingers came away with sticky blood all over them, and I could feel the skin hanging from the broken blister (which is what caused all of the bleeding I guess), but at the time I thought it was my toenail. I went to the sink to clean my finger so I could bandage my toe. I was annoyed since I was missing my song. But, as I tried to stop the bleeding on my finger, my toe started dripping, big time. Six or seven quarter-sized drops of thick, dark blood dripped onto the floor at this time. Eventually, I discovered that blood was over by where I bent to feel my toe--on carpet! My genius of a sister knew how to get it out (with hydrogen peroxide), and as I took care of my wounds inflicted in the love of music, she amazingly got it all cleaned up. My toe doesn't look bad now, but it was sure funny. Even at the time, I thought it was really funny, and yet neat that I was bleeding so much. I don't think I've ever seen such large blood drops! :-D

Anyways, later my sister said that you know you are a diehard fan when...you are bleeding to death and all you can think of is that you're missing your favorite song! But we had to turn it off to go to bed, as they were just like the Syrens, calling me out of bed. ;-P

So, that's what happened. Be warned, all ye Celtic Woman fans!

The Phillips Family Welcomes a New Addition

I've been wondering when they'd have another blessed child.

May God be praised.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

A Celtic Woman Day!

Edit: Some of my post is strangely missing, so I've added it in in the bottom.

So, today I got up early because I needed to get to the bank, and I also wanted to hit a special annual sale at my local Friends of the Library Bookstore.

It was a little over-blown and not quite as big as they seemed to make it (it was more than just books), and a little overpriced, but I came away with a few good purchases, especially The Book of Five Rings, which I've wanted for a long time!

I had to get to work at 11:00 after that, for only a four hour shift. It was nice, since the last two days were eight-hour shifts. It went by quickly (we were swamped), and then I got off at 3:00 and we finished up the errands for the day.

And now to the main subject of my post....I bought the Celtic Woman Christmas cd on eBay, and it came today. I listened to it and it's great, and, plus, when we got home, I was delighted to learn that the new show on PBS for the new Celtic Woman album, A New Journey, was on tv. It was just great...I tell you, they've got some bouncey movin' songs, a good one called Dulaman, and then it was on again just a few minutes ago! Ha ha! It was a good performance, the girls were all moving around a lot more than usual (Mairead is such a blur!)

Thursday, November 30, 2006

2006 Vision Forum Henty Essay Contest Winners!

As promised, today VF posted the winners of their latest Henty contest. Although I didn't win (I never have, ;-P), let's give the winners a round of applause anyways!

*clapping*

Happy Birthday, Winston!

Today is Winston Churchill's birthday, it is! Woohoo!

Oh yeah...and does anyone know his second name? Yup.

It's Spencer! ;-)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Bigfoot research makes professor a campus outcast

Go Jeff Meldrum!!!

I don't care how much you are persecuted, you are making a difference. You've made a great name for yourself as one of the top sasquatch researchers in the world (which, in my mind, is most highly prestigious), and you know your stuff. You've already proven sasquatch to me, so don't worry about proving it to the idiots who say you're nuts.

You continue on with this great work, because you've still got your fans.

For he's a jolly good fellow!
For he's a jolly good fellow...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Menagerie of Quotes

Historical, scientific, you name it, I've got it. There are many more quotes that I like and love, and this is not meant to be a list of any sort, only a compilation of those that I have found interesting recently.

Historians are the most useful people and the best teachers, and they cannot be sufficiently honored, praised, and thanked.
--Martin Luther

Diplomacy without arms, is like music without instruments.
--Frederick the Great

Look at an infantryman's eyes and you can tell how much war he has seen.
--William Henry

Duty is the sublimest word in our language.
--Robert E. Lee (courtesy of Nathan Cunningham)

The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.
--Robert E. Lee

Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
--Winston Churchill, October 29 1941, speaking at Harrow's boy school

It is only the biblical Christian who can truly see and appreciate the "rhyme" of mathematics; its inner "poetry" (resonance) as revealed by a seemingly unending series of connections integrating one branch of mathematics with another and its "rhyme" with the patterns of creation - how the creational laws are in sync and expressed (modeled) in, through, and by mathematical propositions. It is only the biblical Christian who knows the true source for this internal and external rhyme (harmony) - it is the covenantal laws of God in Christ upholding every iota of creation - invisible and visible.
--James Nickel, on www.biblicalworldview.com

If you really want to do something, and work hard enough, and take advantage of opportunity, and never give up, you'll find a way. Follow your dreams. If you really want to do something, don't let anybody tell you that you can't.
--Jane Goodall, primatologist

No matter what anyone says to you, don't give up or be discouraged from pursuing your dream.
--Rick C. West, araneologist


The last two quotes were taken from Talking With Adventurers, by Pat Cummings (National Geographic Children's Books). Rick West is a famous tarantula expert, and if I have to tell you who Jane Goodall is, I won't even try.

But to my point. Read those two quotes again. You can see it, can't you? The persecution--because that's all I can really call it. Whenever someone wants to amount to something in this life, and that particular field doesn't accord with the usual ideas of the world (not a sports star, a Hollywood star, pop singer, or a couch potato), especially science, the people all around them do everything they can to stop them from fulfilling their dreams, and to stop them from doing what they themselves find untasteful. They cannot understand, so they hate. It hurts. It really does.

But you know what? It doesn't work. It hast the exact opposite effect. I find it actually encouraging, in the opposite way. So to all who have done that, I'd like to thank them for unwittingly encouraging me. You only brought yourselves down.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The 1's of Christian Courtship

I only want ONE woman
I only want to fall in love ONE time
I only want ONE girl to love me, forever
I only want to see the altar ONE time
I only want the hand of ONE girl in my life
I only want to have a love interest ONE time in my life
I only want to kiss ONE woman
I only want the companionship of ONE woman
ONE plus ONE equals TWO TOGETHER

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Matthew 19:6

Is this not beautiful?

This is truly a most beautiful thing indeed. This is the real meaning, of true Christian courthsip, and of true Christian marriage. Again, all at Vision Forum have hammered the nail expertly in this article, "The Return of the Marriage Covenant".

Please at least read what I have quoted:

Long ago, both Peter and Kelly had pledged their bodies and their hearts to the one true love with whom they would someday be yoked in marriage. Recognizing that the successive emotional relationships promoted through the dating culture of our era are fraught with trouble and lead to physical and emotional defrauding, they purposed to take the more difficult but higher path which involved receiving wise oversight, direction, and blessing from their parents in laying the foundation for a true biblical espousal.

...

After the vows were read and the bride and groom pledged their troth to each other, they sealed their covenant with a kiss — a very special kiss, the kind you don’t hear about any more. A kiss of purity and innocence — a genuine first kiss.

As one of the men selected to officiate in the ceremony, I had the glorious, ringside seat to the very first romantic kiss in the life of both the groom and the bride. This is now the fourth or fifth time in my life that I have had the privilege of watching such a “first kiss” as an officiating minister to a wedding ceremony. Here are my conclusions:

First, these beautiful kisses are worth ten thousand sermons. They are an antidote to the cynicism of the age. They are instructive and inspiring. They give hope to mothers and fathers, young men and ladies, and the children we hope will also grow up in purity before the Lord. We are all better off as a community of saints when a pure woman marries a pure man. Our job as parents, elders, friends, and relatives is easier, because of this godly example.

Second, these kinds of kisses are victory kisses. Against all “odds” the couple has run the race to the finish line. They have won the first great race of their lives. Victory is sweet.

Third, they are also covenant kisses. They represent the blessing of God on the faithfulness of parents, their children, and the children yet to be born who will drink deeply from the testimonies of those who went before them. (Visit Doug’s Blog for more photos of the wedding celebration and the bride.)

Finally, they are biblical kisses. I call them biblical kisses because these kisses (as much as any part of the wedding ceremony, other than the vows themselves) restore the biblical imagery of the marriage covenant to its beautiful representation of the eternal, holy groom and his spotless bride. Body and soul, bride and groom have kept themselves only for each other.


Beautiful, isn't it?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Four "Eeeews!" in Two Nights

Tonight was good. Busy, but not too bad. It just got rather dull after being practically alone for two hours. Anyways it was fun to plot my revenge, after one girl kept bringing the go-backs from her department (Women's) to mine (I was in Home).* I finally got a bunch of clothes for Women's, but she wasn't there when I brought them! Argh! My plot was foiled!!!

Anyways last night had some more colorful fun. I found an ant on the register desk in Men's (which was where I was last night), and was able to get it onto a piece of paper. I showed three girls all total, and every exclamation was the same: "Eeeeww!"

My coworker in Men's speedily disposed of the insect (he said he hates them) by quickly reaching out and smacking the piece of paper in my hand. I held on to the paper, but alas, the poor ant was gone, rocketed off into oblivion!

Later I was pleased to see a tiny, ant-sized spider. (You would think that I do nothing on the job, but trust me, this is as far as it's ever gone. ;-D) I took him in by getting him onto a tag. My coworker said he wasn't afraid of spiders, but I soon called his bluff. You know how spider's will go down on long strands of silk? That's what it was doing on the tag...and I swung it towards him, and he immediatley smacked and wiped at his arm, thinking I had gotten it on him. I said I hadn't, but he seemed to feel better only after checking his arm again. ;-)

Anyways I let it go right outside...and when another coworker was leaving just minutes after, I told him to make sure not to step on it...he walked outside and shouted so I could hear him, "Oh, I see it!" and slammed his foot down on the ground with the grin. Ha ha! :-)

I'm snickering just writing this...but last night as I was recounting this to my sister (I was both exhausted and feeling silly--bad combo for me!), I was laughing uncontrollably. I get that way. :-D

Anyways, that's all for now. See ya!

*Yeah I know...Home gets both dull and busy, but hey it's better than truck. The same girl as being spoken of here said, upon me telling her where I would be for the night when I arrived, "Eeeeeww!"

Edit: Btw, Happy Thanksgiving all! I'll be gone tommorrow, with family. Love ya all! Catch you later! ;-D

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

BFRO Utah Expedition

My readers may take great interest in this. Check it out!

Results of the BFRO West Virginia Sasquatch Expedition

As always, they've done it again. They got some good evidence. Who can deny the existence of this creature? These findings are the norm for BFRO expeditions. (Certain people will think that there's a bigfoot-believer conspiracy here.... :-P)

It sounds like it was pretty bad there, for two hours. Three sasquatches, one perhaps 10-ft tall, throwing rocks at, and actually herding, the group? I feel sorry for any ladies in that group, if there were any.

And see that sketch...yeah, I think I'm gonna wet my pants now.... :-D

Sunday, November 19, 2006

New Species of Phorusrhacid Discovered

Sorry I got to posting this late...but isn't it really neat though?

Oh and by the way, I wanted to wish a special friend a very happy birthday. Happy birthday!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Feeling Patriotic

Please do click on the link.

It really is a great tribute to our nation's beautiful flag. I wouldn't have used the word "worship," but you can see their innocent meaning behind it. Overall, it's just wonderful.

Oh yeah, and check this out.

Jihad THIS!

http://www.cafepress.com/trackemdown/721564

Friday, November 17, 2006

Are they insane?

I ask, what is wrong with South Korea right now?

North Korea has been there biggest threat for fifty years now, they just tested a nuke, and they think that now is the time to hold back?

First I must say that I think I understand S. Korea's stance here. They don't want, nor do they need, another brutal war. They remember the last one. They think that America (i.e., Bush) is creating an even larger rift from a country that some naively think was calming down and softening up (I think that's been shown to be rather false by now).

But I challenge anyone to give me one good example of a time in the entire history of the world, where a country ever retained all their freedoms, and attained a state of true peace, after they backed down and let their enemies walk all over them.

I didn't think so.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Wha!!!!!

All I can really say right now is "Wow!"

So I listened to most of Chloe's CD...and it's really great! Vivaldi's Rain is just gorgeous! Well, okay, I said that about the last two CDs...stop me!

;-)

Yahoo!

Right now I just want to get back upstairs to my room and listen to the new Chloe Agnew CD I bought on eBay that just came. Mairead's solo album and the Lego Advent Calendar (I'll have to wait to open that one...hmph) came too, so I can't wait to get off here!

75 posts!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Answers!

Hello my loyal audience!

Just now released are the long-awaited answers about the very boring guy who is called Dr. Paleo. Please enjoy my boring answers, for what little entertainment they are worth! (Note: questions are in order as asked, and are grouped by person, as in, whoever commented first, gets answered first.)


army man

1- what do you expect out of life, or where do you want to be?

I expect a lot of things, and hope for many more. I expect to be married, to have many children, to have a successful career as a dinosaur paleontologist (or is that more hope?).

2- What is the one thing you want most out of life?

To amount to something in this life.

3- Why do want to be a paleontologist?

Because, I love it, it is really like the most exciting thing I can think of. I love the discovery, the research, the "finding out" aspect, and all that. I'm very curious, and often find myself wondering about these animals. There is basically two sides to my brain. One, like a scientist, and the other, like a warrior. This job will also enable me to not only be a scientist, but to fight. And to fight for God. I want to devote my life to something more. I want to get in on the fight against Evolution. If it takes everything in me, I will use all of my power for as long as I live to endeavor to bring it down. If I knew beforehand that it couldn't be taken down in time before Jesus returns, then I would still fight it anyways. I've before been told "And you think your just the person to do this?" (to defeat Evolution). No. I'm not. I can't do it. God can. And you know what, he's my general. I just want to be his soldier.


nathan

So, with the nation focused so much on politics this week, I gotta know--what is your opinion of the Governator?

Not a good one. He's really a liberal in conservative clothing. He supports too many things that I abhor. It seems to me that's how many Republicans are these days. I'm not Republican. I think I'll chose the Constitution party!

What are your thoughts on America's current political state?

It is downright sad. We murder babies for absolutely no reason. We give more rights to criminals and illegals than good, law-abiding citizens. We are in serious debt, and, of all things, trade closely with China, one of our greatest enemies ever. (What happened if they just decided to stop trading with us? Next time you shop, look at how many things come from China. Yeah. It wouldn't be pretty.) Now we want to give rights to sodomites, and we penalize newlyweds and look down on people who have lots of children? Basically, we're being insane. We're asking for it. To me, it is not a question of whether or not America will fall. It is when.

What do you look for in a girl?

Short answer: alot.

Long answer: Modesty, inner beauty, etc. She must be at a similar stage in her walk with God, must wear skirts only, want to be a homemaker and have many, many children, and things like that. She should be able to put up with my bone obsession, and bonus points if she has the same obsession. Yes, I am very old-fashioned--so what? But that's it, in a nutshell, silly personal preferences aside (which do not matter too much, as long as she's no football fan! Heh heh heh....).

If you could be any living thing other than a human, what would it be and why?

A sasquatch, hands down. They are bodily similar to humans, and likely are the smartest animals around. Besides, who wouldn't have fun scaring some campers to death?

You are given the choice between a rake and a shovel. You choose the shovel. Why?

Because rakes are wimpy. I mean, leaves? Come on. Move something more! Shovels can make foxholes, trenches, and, when you run out of ammo, they sure come in handy for swatting little Nazis or Commies on the noggin.

How many fossils are in your collection?

Oh, I don't know! I have over a hundred low-grade shark teeth. Ammonites, trilobites, some dinosaur eggshells, some dinosaur teeth, and bone chunks, some shark vertebrae, things like that. But lets examine some of my better specimens.

I have a Flexicalymene trilobite with a bit of "matrix" (rock) on it, and on this matrix is some sort of sea plant, or something that is very fine, and radiates outward with hair-like ends in a palm-frond manner.

I once bought a Spinosaurus tooth mismarked as a shark one for $2, but unfortunatley, since it was packaged in a plastic box with shark teeth, the enamel had flaked off in parts. It would have been a perfect tooth before that. On the other hand, this enables me to see the dentine structure.

I have a very deformed (pathological) shark vertebrae. It is fascinating to look at, since it is all twisted and all out of shape. It is very porous in spots, and this may indicate the site of a tumor.

Some of my "low grade" shark teeth are fascinating too. One was eaten by sea worms (you know, how the sea shells look?) before fossilization, a few others have these little, almost sea-urchin like growths on them too. One tooth, which I believe to be a small Carcharodon megalodon tooth, is broken off at the tip, but the enamel has been moved over the broken part, now partially covering it, so, obviously, that means that the most likely scenario was that this occured during fossilization. Perhaps the break occured before, maybe even on the shark's prey.

I also have a large Spinosaurus tooth, of low grade, but definate beauty, and a C. megalodon vertebra, and, of course, an Oviraptor eggshell fragment (among others) given to me by an actual paleontologist. See here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=198200

I also have some replicas, too. A sabertooth cat claw, a full-size Baryonyx walkeri claw, some small skeletons on slates, a Tyrannosaurus rex tooth, and a Pterosaur skull.

Where is your dream vacation?

The entire UK. England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the whole thing.

What is your favorite thing about yourself?

To say something nice about myself I find extremely difficult. But for you...perhaps my beliefs about the protection of women.

Do you prefer Corn Flakes or Raisin Bran?

Raisin Bran. That rooster is just plain dorky. ;-P

If you ruled the world, what would be your first order of business?Well, a ruler of the world would be someone like the Antichrist, and it would be wrong to aspire to it. But, to answer the question, I'd stop the baddies from being bad. Basically, I'd instate laws and things, keep the Commies down, etc.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

I love so many it is very hard to choose. Perhaps some of the ones in Job, discussing Leviathan and Behemoth? Maybe Deuteronomy 7:26?

How do you feel about America's influence around the rest of the world?

We have an influence. And we're using it mighty badly.

If you could choose only one possession to take with you beyond the grave, what would it be and why?

My choice might be different in the future, but right now I can't think of anything I'd want to die with more than what I wear about my neck daily. It's called the Shield of Faith, it was created for soldiers during the Iraq war, and is like a dog tag but is shaped like a shield with a cross on it. On the back, it has Joshua 1:9b on it. In fact, I'm wearing it right now. For a certain private reason, it means something to me.

What is your dream vehicle?

Uh...a tank? I really hate cars...how about a well-rounded war vehicle?

Would you ever run for any political office?

I doubt it. But I think we need more Christians anyway. Michael Peroutka, anyone?

What would be your weapon of choice in the event of an aardvark infestation?

A rifle. With a scope. (How DO you come up with these crazy questions?) Or wait, would poison ants be better? No, they might damage the delicate ecosystem....

What has been your favorite grade in school so far?

Oh, I have no idea. I really am liking chemistry, but then again I loved biology. I don't know! I'm sorry...maybe just to pick I'll pick now, my senior year.

What is your favorite color? Black. Then dark hunter green.

If cities were being established on the moon, what would you name the capitol? Lunaris.


lisa of longbourn

In what grade are you?

I'm a senior.

What kind of church do you attend?

A non-denominational church. Since it is impossible to find a church that fully accords with my own beliefs, let me tell you what I look for in a churh. I want it small, I want hard teaching, none of this feel-good fluff, I want Creationists, very conservative all together. In short.

Are/were you homeschooled?

Yes, I am indeed homeschooled. As of now, and always.

Why do you call yourself a doctor?

Because I want to be a doctor. I want an alphabet after my name! It will show that I've really done something in life, not to mention the knowledge that comes with it.


jane

-like lisa, i wanna ask what church do you attend?

(See lisa's question for the answer.)

-how old are you?

18.

-what do you look for in a girl?

(See nathan's question for this answer).

-if you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

To famous fossil sites, of course!

-if you could meet one person, someone you admire, either dead or alive, who would you meet?

Although there are many very admirable people in history, I'd have to pick Stonewall Jackson. Of course, that's barring Jesus. He's no. 1.


laetificus letificus

1.Do you like pickles?

I love 'em!

2.What size shoe do you wear?

Uh, a 13.

3.What kind of shoes do you wear?

Whatever's comfy! Sandals are the easiest to put on, therefore I wear them as much as possible. It just seems to me that I have better things to do that worry about tying shoelaces. :-D

4.What do your glasses look like?

Thin, silver, and wire-framed. Nerdy, perhaps, but then again I am a nerd.

5.What kind of shampoo do you use?

Uh...whatever doesn't smell like a girl, and doesn't come in a pink bottle! That severely limits my choices...so mostly Suave and Pert.

6.Would you ever go skydiving?

No. Not unless I could do it military-style. Then I would.

7.What color is your toothbrush?

Usually green or something like that, but I wish it could be black. Right now, I have to do with a plum-colored one...they were all out of green.

8.Do you use a brush or a comb?

Brushes are for girls. :-P

9. Do you use hairspray, gel, mousse or none?

Hairspray rarely, but usually nothing. It often messes up my hair, and doesn't fix it.

10.Do you like pineapple?

No, not at all.

11.What kind of girls do you like?

Christian ones, of course! (See nathan's question for a full explanation).

12.What is your favorite type of jacket?

One that isn't pullover.

13.What kind of music do you listen to?

Celtic Woman, Chloe Agnew, Civil War music, etc.

14. Do you know any dances?

Not a one. Unless the corrupted jigs I do when I get silly count. :-)

15.If your feet could taste, what flavor would you want your socks?

WIERD questions! Um, maybe...pasta?

16.King Kong or Godzilla?

Godzilla, definitely. He could smoosh kong with his little toe. Of course, he is innaccurate, shouldn't be able to stand upright like that, is scientifically impossible...so maybe kong?

17.What is your favorite type of cheese?

American, maybe. I'm not really a cheese guy.

18.What is your favorite flavor of popsicle?

I don't eat sweets, remember? ;-)

19.Can you tell me what color of eyes you have? and if so, what color are they (if you don't answer this one I completely understand!)

Oh no, I'll answer it. My sister says that they are a steely blue. But I like green much better...like yours, I guess.

20.Do you like crackers?

Some are okay.

21.Do you like seafood?

Not too much. But squid are mighty good, and them octopi must be perdy tasty....

22.What is your favorite game?

Um...board? Chess, then. I'd like to learn the "real" version of Risk instead of just muddling along with an ancient version.

23.Are you in high school, college or none?

High school.

24.If you could go anywhere where would it be?

A famous fossil site! Of course, I want to visit many US sites, the UK, Japan, S. Korea, Australia, and would love to go to China and Egypt for all the archaeological sites, but it's rather obvious why one can't.

25. Tell me some of your fun, random goals in life.

That's easy, I have lots of them! Well, I want to visit many places, see many battlefields, many world museums, I MUST, absolutely MUST go on a BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) expedition, to learn a language or musical instrument maybe, try on a samurai suit of armor, shoot weapons, an antique Civil War musket maybe, things like that. You know, all the nerdy stuff.

26.Around Christmas time which color do you like best...red or green?

Green!

27.What is your favorite Christmas song?

Um, maybe Carol of Bells? Mairead's is downright nasty! ;-)

28.Do you like tacos?

Oh, man, I love 'em!

29.What are you thinking right now?

Uh...nothing much...just answering your questions!

30.Did you have a dream last night? If so, What about?

Actually, I was at Mervyn's, the men's bathroom and the back room were one, and there were ponds and little areas where turtles, lizards, and snakes were kept. Lots and lots of snakes! Neat, huh?

31.Have you ever done pottery?

No, and I likely never will.

32.Do you know any other languages?

None at all, although I've taken Latin and know a few words of other languages here and there. I know English, though. (Hee hee!)

33.Have you ever had braces?

No, but my ugly teeth sure need some.

34.Do you play any instruments?

Oh, I wish. I wish so very badly. Violin....

35.What is your favorite movie?

Raising the Allosaur! (It's a Creationist paleo documentary. Duh!) After that I'd have to choose The Great Dinosaur Hunt...another documentary! But since I'm told that documentaries never count, how about Gods and Generals? Check my profile for more though.

36.What was your first impression of me? (I want the truth!)

Even during your absence when I first came to the Sly Piggery, I knew that I would like you from your posts. That's the honest truth. You're so much fun!

37.Do you have any pets?

No, but I've had frogs, etc....

38. Do you have short hair?

Yes, somewhat, but not like, crew cut or anything.

39.What is your favorite story from the scriptures?

Job and the Leviathan and Behemoth, the Genesis Flood, etc.

40.Do you like camping?

I've never been...but since that's how you find 'squatches, I have this feeling I'll do it someday.

41.What was your favorite vacation?

Uh...I've been on like, hardly any. Um, maybe one to Arizona? Most of my "vacations" are just daytrips, really. If those count, then the day I went to a Creationist Nuclear Physics conference (the illustrious RATE study).

42.Milk choclate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate?

I don't eat the stuff!

43.Do you like raisins?

Sometimes, I like them squishy.

44.Do you have a favorite tv show?

Uh...maybe some of PBS's stuff, barring liberal mud...or maybe some Japanese or Korean stuff? Home Shopping Korea just isn't the same since Grapehead left.... *sigh*

45. Do you have a favorite musical?

I HATE musicals, absolutely HATE them! I don't care what anyone says, NO ONE breaks out singing and dancing in the streets!

46.What is your favorite Disney movie?

Disney? I boycott Disney!

47.What time do you go to bed and what time do you wake up?

Um, normally, or since I've been working? I'll do normal. 0900 hours to 2000 hours. (I am still doing my schoolwork later than most).

48.Which would you rather have...a jar of toothpicks or a jar of cottonballs? You cannot open the jars and cannot use what is inside!

Toothpicks. Cottonballs are wussy.

49.Do you like turtles? ostirches? Giraffes?

Turtles beat the other two. I mean, come on? They're herps!

50.How many siblings do you have?

Just one, a sister.

51.Paris or Rome?

Rome, hands down. I'm no fan of the French kind of stuff...and Rome has all that ancient Roman stuff! *Ooh!*

52.Do you like video games? Computer games?

Some, like war games, I have a few. I like to hunt down my family members whenever they challenge me in Army Men, and of course I play this Civil War computer game where I get to be general....

53.Why do you like history?

WHY? Why NOT? As Douglas Phillips says it, it is the "revealed providence of God", it really happened, and we can learn from it. If you don't know history, you won't know what's going to happen in the future. Besides, it's downright fascinating.

54.Do you like salsa? Mild, medium, or hot?

Yum! Salsa...some like it hot..like me! I love my Mom's avocado salsa...mmm!!!!

55.What is something you really like about yourself?

Man, that's hard. (See nathan's question for the answer).

56.When you look at or meet a girl what is the first thing you notice?

Oh, I don't know! This is like the kind of questions that my sister asks me! Her face, I guess, and then the way she dresses. "To be modest, or not to be modest. That is the question!"

57.What is your favorite dish that your Mom makes?

Ooh, that's so hard...tuna casserole? Tacos?

58.What is your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid?

I don't know if I've ever had it, actually....

59.What is your favorite flavor of frosting?

When I used to eat it, I like vanilla.

60.Do you like sour cream?

Sometimes.

61.Butter or margarine?

Butter! Margarine's for those wimpy Fabio types....

62.Salt or pepper?

Salt, unfortunatley....

63.Chicken, beef, or pork?In that order. ;-P

64.Mozart or Beethoven?

Um, I actually don't really know. I like lots of classical music, but don't really know who plays them...I mean, how am I supposed to remember stuff like "The Fifth Concerto of the Eighth Assembly, First Movement"? But really I think Mozart.

65. Do you like the smell of chlorine?

Not really....

66.Clocks- digital or analog?

Digital! On military time!

67.Blondes or brunettes?

Um...brunettes, maybe? I don't mind either...they're both girls, after all...right?

68.Do you like squash?

Yup! I squash things all the time.... (No I'm just kidding! Yes, I like the food.)

69.Do you like taffy?

Uh, no.

70.What is your favorite kind of pie?

I used to like pumpkin a bit, but I don't eat it anymore....

71.Do you like fried chicken?

It tastes good, but is too greasy and is downright unhealthy....

72.Tricycles or wagons?

Wagons, of course. Tricycles are for tots!

73.Dragons or unicorns?

Dragons! Come on, white horses with poky things coming out of their heads? *bored eyes*

74.Pens or pencils?

Pencils. Mechanical.

75.How often do you write in cursive?

Um, my writing is called cursive italic...so somewhat often.

76.How often do you go to the beach? Swim?

NEVER! I might as well take a dip in my toilet for what it's worth. Seriously, there are constantly sewage spill problems out here...I'm dead serious.

77.Make-up or no make-up on girls?

A little, maybe...I usually don't notice. My sister will come away and say, "Oh, could you believe her? Her whites didn't match!" as if she had just committed some great sin. To quote Mr. Bingley, "I must confess it quite escaped my notice."

78.Have you ever been on a train?

No, never.

79.Do you know how many keys are on a piano without looking it up?

No.... ;-D But I'll take a guess. Thirty-six?

80.If you got a tattoo, what would it be of? (btw, I think tattoos are disgusting!)

I morally object to tattoos (the Bible forbids them), but I guess I'll answer anyways for you...a spider probably.

81.Have you ever worn a bow tie?

As like, a six-year-old! They're so wimpy!

82.Do you like flip-flops?

Only for very informal occasions, like garbage duty.

83.Ducklings or piglets?

Sorry Nathan, but pigs are germy. Ducks all the way!

84.Do you like pancakes?

Nope....

85.Do you own a plaid shirt?

Uh, yeah...but they're too small....

86.Have you ever popped your collar?

No, what am I, a fat poindexter??!

87.Have you ever said..."Sup my homey-G?"? If not, say it and write a response.

Never heard of it. "'Sup, my homey-G?" "Nothing, just diggin' for bones, as usual, yo!" (There, did I do that right? I didn't think so....)

88.Have you ever gone surfing?

NEVER!!!!!! Yuck! The ever-prevalent surfing culture out here annoys me.

89.Have you ever eaten sushi?

Only cooked California rolls...you remember, we both carry hand sanitizer? Yeah, it's the germs. It's a shame though, they always look so pretty...and nowhere else can I find eel meat to try. Humph.

90.Do you like horseback riding?

Um, no...my sister does though...horses are rather smelly animals.

91.What kind of jam do you like?

Grape, maybe? Blueberry? Some sort of berry...maybe black. I had one kind that was all mixed and was great.

92.What kind of bread do you like?

Whole wheat!

93.Turkey or ham?

Turkey. Ham is for sly pigs. ;-)


Well, it looks like that's all for now! Anyone can ask some more questions if they like. This is loads of fun!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My Thoughts/Quotes

As long as I live, I declare war on those who would harm women. It's high time you've been stopped, you beasts. Prepare for war, because your most devoted foe is coming. And he's mad. Really, really mad.

A true warrior draws his sword not to take a life, but to save one.

ICR: Father of Slain Student Blames Evolution for Killings

This sobering article makes a lot of sense.

It just does.

Monday, November 13, 2006

A dolphin with "legs"?

Yeah, sure. You want me to believe that? Just because you all found a deformed dolphin with an extra set of fins means somehow that they are really "legs" even though they look just like fins?

Okay, fine, suit yourselves. I'm not convinced!

Anyways this is a good article by the respected Creationist Dr. Ken Ham. Make sure to read it!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Exhasuten!!!!!

Yeah, so what if I misspelled exhaustion? I'M EXHAUSTED!!!!!!

Actually I'm alright...just an eight hour shift (plus dinner break) at work can get tiring. The first four hours was almost completely spent at the register...the stupid thing hates me, I swear. Computers...bleh! Anyways, it wasn't too bad...I was working with a girl the whole time, so I at least had help and a companion...'cept she left at nine, so I was bored for the next hour. :-\ But anyways, everyone is encouraged to open at least one new account...I didn't, except at 10:00 I did! Ha ha, how funny!

But anyways, check the link out. Special credit goes to a special person for making me aware of it.

Veterans' Day

Today is the day that we honor our nation's fallen, the heroes of wars long since past. I wish I could write more now, but I need to get ready for a nearly eight-hour shift at work, so suffice it to say that this day means a lot to me.

This is the day that we remember.

If you don't, then you do so at your own peril.

P.S. Check out the link. Patton's b-day, the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, etc. Plus, if anyone wants to ask more questions, get to it now.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Gideon Algernon Mantell: Died, 1852

Today it would seem that the great British fossilist and discoverer, Gideon Algernon Mantell, died. He was a genius, and one of the forefathers of dinosaur paleontology as we know it today. I like him more than his rival, Richard Owen (who named the Dinosauria in 1842, not 1841, as the myth commonly goes), too.

Happy birthday, Martin!

Today is Martin Luther's birthday!

And, of course, today in 1775 was the birth of the Marine Corps!

"Once a Marine, always a Marine!"

Semper fideles!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Oh, I think I am going to faint with delight....

An American Civil War video game?????? Oh, somebody pinch me!

For years I've wanted one, even though I'm not a big gamer. But this one looks so good. The screenshots look just drooly!

If anyone has any info on this, the computer version, or has played either, please let me know!

P.S. What's a good WWII game?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Died Today, 1935

Paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn! I'm hurrying (I only have five minutes left in the day, lol!), so read this link, although due to it's Evolutionary bias I'll call in Disclaimer 101 (although it can always apply.)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Let's play a game....

Spurred on by Nathan Cunninghams's blog game, taken from his friend Nick's blog, I have decided to allow any commentor to ask me a question about myself. You can ask anything (At least ALMOST anything...we must keep proper, children. :-D), and I will most likely answer it.

Be what it may, ask away!

Some Fun!

Last night I worked...I had a good night. I talked about dinosaurs a little (to the interest of one of my readers), but still need to pull it on the two I have in mind. :-D

Anyways, I did get a reaction. One girl was shocked that I wanted to study dinosaurs and believed in Creation at the same time. She thought that Carbon dating proved the Earth was billions of years old...*grimace* The R.A.T.E. (Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth) study, done by the Institute for Creation Research debunked that myth well (actually, if anything, it proves the opposite: a 6,000-year old-Earth!) And the conference that they released this officially at was just today last year...I had the greatest time there...perhaps the most fun thing I've ever done. It's quite an enjoyable culture shock, to see skirts everywhere. ;-P

But to this girl's credit, she DID know of Mole Day...before I even mentioned it!!!

But some of the strange things that get discussed...from dinosaurs to spiders, to C-sections (I cleared my throat on that one, due to how women get when they forget about the guy there...lol!) and ghosts!

One customer lady did come to my rescue though, when no one knew who Jane Goodall was...I was trying to make a point, which was, that she is likely the most respected primatologist the world over, and although I don't apply to her views, she's outspoken about the belief of the Sasquatch! For that I applaud her.

Oh yeah, Friday night, it was pretty funny...in the breakroom we kind of ended up sitting all in a rough circle...and something occured to me. I was surrounded by nothing but women! I said, "Boy am I outnumbered."

Oh, and one last thing. Back to last night (Saturday night), there is this one Japanese guy I work with. He goes by a shortened version of his name, and I asked him his real name, and his last name. Right there, I was able to spell them both, and accurately too! He was quite surprised...also he said I was the first person to find his name easy to pronounce! It's actually a nice Japanese name, I think, better than the, say, guttural Gorobei. He also said that I know more about his country's history than he does (he's only been to Japan once as a young child, and is really more of an American than a Japanese), which, although I don't like to say anything good about my self, is really sort of true. 8) One girl replied, "That doesn't even seem right!"

Catch you later, friends!

Saddam sentenced to Hanging!

Ding dong, the witch is dead! Well, not yet really...30 days it should happen though...but we'll see were that leaves Iraq.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

2007 Lego Aquaraiders set

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! *mouth waters*

GREEN snakes!! Can you believe it? They're just gorgeous! I want this set bad.... 8-)

Wow!

Look at all those birthdays today! Daniel Boone, presidents, and a physicist! Oh boy!

Good day to you!

Well, how are you all? Good, I hope?

Well anyways last night on the job I learned that I use big words. :-P "Conspiracy" was too confusing of a word to be used for them, and it was deemed "big". I didn't even know I had used a big word until...is that a big word? I didn't think it was.

Oh yeah, and the only "Nero" my coworkers know of, is (guess what?), Robert Deniro. :-/

Catch you all later!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Meet Jane: A Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, or a new species or genus?

Well, it looks like the prestigious Chicago Field Musuem, home to the drop-dead gorgeous lady Sue the T. rex, renowned paleontologist Paul C. Sereno (will he EVER stop discovering things? :-D), and a current exhibit on the father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, will have this specimen (I think it's a cast) of "Nanotyrannus."

So, basically, there has been a debate for a long time about this particular animal. Is it just a young Tyrannosaurus rex, or is it a whole new species or even genus, just a smaller kind? Juvenile, or new? That is the question!

So, I have wondered about this myself a bit. I thought that I was decided when I heard the results of the x-ray study on the skull (Robert Bakker was involved in this). Basically, young animals, including humans, have loosely attaches skull bones. In older individuals, they have grown closer together. This study's conclusion said that it was a new genus, Nanotyrannus.

But now, the guy in charge of this new exhibit, thinks it's a juvenile T. rex. Now I'm confused yet again!

Oh, so many questions, so few answers.

P.S. Oh, by the way, today Martin Luther nailed up his 95 Theses. That's what I'M celebrating, instead of Helloween!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Just stuff....

So, I got my buddy training at work, had two hours of register training, etc...and am getting fed up with Helloween! Er, it's spelled with an A , right? Who cares...check the link out anyways.

Jennie and Matt Chancey's Courtship Story

This is really one of the most uplifting, and joyous stories I've read in a long time. It's really the way I want to go, and it even lacks all that "the parents choose, never the child" junk!

Whether you agree with it or not, read it. It surely brightened my day. Hopefully it will help me explain the difficult-to-explain stuff about courtship. It's not easy to explain to those who have never heard of it....

Anyways, get your grubby mouse on it, and read it!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A day off!

So, I've got the whole day off from work! Woohoo!

Anyways, I worked last night...and the store was packed. I roamed the store twice looking for a stroller/cart for customers (only once being successful).

But they was one noteworthy riotous occurence last night (they seem very common, lol). A strange discussion started up (don't ask--things from karma, ghosts, and to wierd teenage movies get brought up) about the existence of Satan Claus, er, I mean Santa. ;-P I said he was fake. Two other girls decided to have fun and take the other side of the issue. Who knows why we debated this, but it got to the point where one of my coworkers said that I get calculators and stuff for Christmas and all because I don't believe in Santa Claus. Well, I innocently said something to the effect of (can't remember exactly), "Oh, no! I really need one! I need a scientific calculator! I don't have one!" This excited some laughter, needless to say, and then the same colleague asked, "Please tell me you're joking?"

Of course I was serious...but I'm not sure they quite understood me when I tried to unsuccessfully explain to them that I needed it for my scientific notation equations, or at least one that was longer than like 35 spaces. Oh well...I at least found out that Santa doesn't give me calculators. He keeps them from me! :-)

Anyways, it was a pretty funny night...one guy, when the discussion came to generals of history (guess who started that one? ;-D) said "Seriously, I'm not used to, like, intelligent discussions." And another guy was convinced that it was the Civil Rights War, not the Civil War. :-/ Oh well...funny enough for some laughs...makes the time go by quicker at least. The looks I get sometimes...man, it's priceless. :-D

Oh yeah, and did I mention that I am the unofficial representative and am always asked what should be done since I am the only one who "listens"? If I'm gonna do that, I need a pay raise...:-D

Anyways, later, bloggy buddies!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

WAR!

Agincourt! Leyte! Let us remember!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Hey all!

This is just a quick post to say that I will not be on much till November at least, that is if I find the time then. I'm just so busy right now!

Anyways, last night at work my folding was called "beautiful" twice by my supervisor. ;-D Plus, she finally noticed how tall I am. While walking behind me, she said, "Wow, you're tall!...I'm walking behind you, shorty me here."

Plus, early into the night, one woman wanted to know the price of a shirt she found on the clearance rack. I took it to the register. Come to find out, it had no price tag. So, I had to try to find another shirt like that. Eventually (with the help of a coworker) we found where she had gotten the shirt. There was no shirt exactly the same. So, back to the register I went, and was told to find one similar in its stead. After much looking, I found one. It had no price tag. And then, finally, I found one that was sort of similar, and also had a price tag. Success! But then, come to find out, the woman didn't want the shirt anyway. I think she thought it was too expensive (she didn't speak English too well), because it was like $3.74.

Yeah. I know. The girl who tried to help me was obviously annoyed. When I went back and told her...her shoulders slumped. Her face was funny...but I was annoyed myself at the time.

Anyways, enough for now!

Oh yeah, and check the links. A good blog post by Nathan Cunningham!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Happy Mole Day!

It's Mole Day tommorrow, and I'm excited! It's my "first" mole day in the sense I didn't know of it last year, but I do now!

Basically, it was created to celebrate Avogadro's number: 6.02 x 10>23. (>23 means the 23rd power.) This number is called a "mole" (just like "dozen" and "couple" are words that denote a specific amount), and is used with chemical equations to tell you how many atoms or molecules are in the sample. I am dead serious. It really does work! So, you can say something like, "I have four moles in this sample of H2O." The "2" in there needs to be a subscript, but I don't think I can do it here.

I've done experiments with it, but do not quite fully grasp it all, so I'll trust the minds behind chemistry. ;-P

But, it is tommorrow because it is October 10th, or 10/23. It starts at 6:02 tommorrow morning. Neat, huh?

If I remember correctly, Avogadro did not discover this number, his work only led up to it.

See the link for the official Mole Day Foundation's website. No, it's a real day! Really! It is!

Happy Mole Day, everybody!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

More Dates!

Sekigahara! (1) Trafalgar! (2) Ball's Bluff! (3) So neat!

(1), 1600, samurai wars, (2), 1805, Napoleonic Wars, (3), 1861, American Civil War

And who else is gearing up for Mole Day?

Friday, October 20, 2006

All in a Night's Work

Phew! Okay, so I'm back from my first night on the job! (Mervyn's). So guess what I did from 6-10 P.M.? Folded Clothes. Fixed piles of jeans. Hung up fallen clothes. Picked up after a messy customer or two. Folded some more clothes. Oh yeah, and did I mention that I folded some clothes?

But actually I didn't mind it really. The only part I disliked was what I shall call "The Wall from Hell." First off, the entire team (we were in a group of newbies, mostly other teenagers) tackled the young mens'. Their were armies of jeans. And, consequently, me and only one other woman ended up doing it. Eventually, the entire rest of the team left to young girls'. Me and this woman fixed, folded, arranged, folded, folded and folded the jeans for like two hours straight. We were even forgotten about to the extent that no one told us about the break everyone else went on! We still got it, but without our team member's (it was mostly spent in walking to the breakroom and the restroom, lol). So, next men's was taken, then women's. Much better than The Wall, let me tell you! Our supervisor did get somewhat annoyed when she found two shirts that were not folded right, and a prompt folding lesson ensued. But hey. At least I was away from the Wall! (Our comrades left us without reinforcements, under heavy enemy fire, for an extended period of time! Shame on them! JK, ;-P)

One guy did actually get gently corrected (In the form of, "_____, are you keeping busy?"), because he was rather chatty, and not so worky, to put it nicely. A nice enough guy, but I was just happy I didn't do anything wrong! :-D

So, I'm done for the night, burnin' the midnight oil, eatin' yogurt, and bloggin'! I'll work again tommorrow (with at least two of my coworkers from tonight). It looks like I'll be working five nights a week. Goodbye, my big fat reading schedule!

Anyways, I'll see you all later. Valete!

Fossil Sea Monster Graveyard!

Whoa! Nice, eh? So many different creatures, all piled together in what they call a "graveyard"! This is so exuberating!

And it's funny...these graveyards couldn't have been caused by any big ol' global flood, now could they? (Yeah, right.)

Oh yeah, and these are not dinosaurs either, my readers! Perhaps I should give a full discussion on this, after Insects Part 2 and Spiders?

Hey all!

So last night was my oreintation at Mervyn's. Not bad, not too shabby (only I gladly consented to a stretching-session asked for by a co-worker after sitting for a long time, reading the manual and watching a video ;-) ). It was interesting to see all the places where they keep all the stock, and all the mazes of passageways. I sure hope no one ever has to take one, like by urban warfare. It'd be nasty, lemme tell you.

Oh, and today in 480 B.C., the battle of Salamis was fought (look it up if you don't know what it is, ;-D), plus the discoverer of the neutron, Sir James Chadwick, was born today in 1891. Hoorah for neutrons!

Anyways, I've got to work tonight. Sayonara!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Dates and My Day (yesterday)

1781- Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington and Count de Rochambeau at Yorktown, Va. Cornwallis surrenders 7,157 troops, including sick and wounded, and 840 sailors, along with 244 artillery pieces. Losses in this battle had been light on both sides. The Revolutionary War is effectively ended. [Cornwallis, true to his ego, refused to personally hand over his sword to the victorious general--Washington--instead having an aide do it. which was dishonorable in 18th century warfare. Washington had an aide of his own receive it. -Dr. Paleo Ph.D.]

1812 - Napoleon Bonaparte begins his retreat from Moscow.

And also, in 1864, the Battle of Cedar Creek was fought in the Shenandoah Valley. Confederate General Jubal A. Early's troops effected a surprise dawn attack on the Yankees and met with success, until the Unionist general, Philip Sheridan, rode all the way back (since he was not present on the field at the time) and rallied his forces, turning their enemy back and winning a victory.

Okay, enough of that now....

Yesterday went well. Science class was just chock full of fun (I would've gone on if I could have!) Algebra was a blitz--something that I rarely see. ;-)

Also, outside in my backyard, there is a little crack beneath the sliding glass door. I once enticed a black widow spider out of it by taking a leaf and wiggling it in the web, imitating a trapped insect. (I killed it, even though they rarely bite.)

So yesterday I saw another web there, and since there are a lot of termite alates around right now (i.e., winged male and female termites, Coptotermes formosanus), I caught some (one I had caught already) and dropped them in the web. It was so neat to see the spider dash out and snatch them! In fact, there's an alate on the screen right now....*ponders potential feeding*

Anyways, I'd best be off now!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Warrior: Terrorist Hideout: A Lego Vignette

Attack!

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=195712

Here, in my second vignette and in this series, we have our hero, The Warrior, attacking the abandoned wherehouse hideout of a terrorist sleeper cell. Giving them battle, he overcomes his foes, and successfully foils their unknown plans. The Warrior's entry is by no means sneaky, as you can see here:

http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Histo-Sci/TheWarrior/02TerroristHideout/lego_the_warrior_terrorist_hideout_06.jpg

He's comin' in with guns blazing!

Inside the wherehouse, we see three terrorists making a bomb, and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices, the "roadside bombs" of Iraq.* One can see the radios in their hideout that they use to detonate these bombs). Also included are a flat-screen computer, miscellaneous weapons, an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) and its accompanying launcher, dynamite, and some artillery shells.

So, as you can see, it's up to The Warrior to stop them! Please tell me what you all think!

Inspiration: The broken wall in Sir Nelson's "Spider-man: The Lizard" Vignette is where the inspiration for my glass came. As always, Sir Nelson knows his stuff! Thanks Sir Nelson!

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=190128

*This was inspired in part when those home-grown terrorists were caught in a wherehouse hideout back earlier this year. Strangely, I knew that IEDs were Iraw road weapons, but made them here anyway. Later, I learned that the homegrown terrorists, if I am not mistaken, strangely did have IEDs.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Today's Dates

Check out these Historynet.com summaries for the events of today:

1777 - British Maj. Gen. John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 men at Saratoga, N.Y.
1806. [Go Rebels! Woohoo! -Dr. Paleo Ph.D.]

Napoleon Bonaparte arrives at the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic, where he has been banished by the Allies.

1863 - General Ulysses S. Grant is named overall Union Commander of the West.

1913 - Due to rising anti-Semitism and anti-intellectualism in Hitler's Germany, Albert Einstein immigrates to the United States. He makes his new home in Princeton, N.J.

1941 - The U.S. destroyer Kearney is damaged by a German U-boat torpedo off Iceland; 11 Americans are killed.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Ah, the beautiful music of the Celtic Women!

Their new Christmas album is out! Oh, I'm so elated! I can barely contain my excitement!!!!!!

Don't you just love it in "Ding Dong Merrily On High" when all those gorgeous voices echo out "Glooooooooooooooooooooooria"? Isn't it just the most beautiful thing you've ever heard? Okay, so I said that about the last album, but so? Why can't a guy love them both, tell me that? ;-D

But anyways if I didn't know any better, I'd think I was hearing angels singing.... ;-)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Introducing...The Warrior!

I have my vignette series blog debut! (The original debut was on the Sly Piggery) The story centers around a fictional "superhero" character of sorts--his name is "The Warrior"!

(*Drum roll*)

The Warrior: Purse Thieves: A Vignette

I was thinking...I have wanted to try a vig but never came up with a topic. I always love Nathan's, but to tell you the truth I saw Sir Nelson's Spiderman ones and, even though I am by no means a fan of Spidey, I fell in love instantly! Being in a vigging frame of mind, I hit upon the idea of my very own superhero. It had nothing to to with Spiderman, since I've played with the idea of my own superhero since I was a kid (Seriously! I even have concept drawings to prove it!!!).

This first vig centers around a bunch of purse thieves picking on a young girl, and our hero just has to save her! I know, kinda old-fashioned, but I just love those old guy-rescues-girl, guy-gets-girl stories. I didn't want to have dorky comic-booky supervillains in costumes all the time, so I'm going to keep it to mainly believable baddies. I wanted to keep the "cuteness" of the Legos down. You know, no smiley, happy people, but it's okay if a building turns out "cute" (That happened in this first vig!). I wanted to take away the usual happy-cuteness, while attaining a level of grittiness. You know, think of a really good action movie!

The scene for this one takes place in front of a house (complete with a welcome mat, a mail box with mail inside, and a silver doorknob) and a brick wall. On top of the building the wall is part of is a vent or whatever those spinning things are called, you know what I'm talking about? And of course is a lamppost, a sewer, and a rat snuffling around in an overturned garbage can with a newspaper in it (Actually a Flatfoot Thompson wanted poster from the Cowboy bank set!).

Please tell me what you think of it!

Today's Dates

Copied from the link:

1066 - William of Normandy defeats King Harold in the Battle of Hastings.

1806 - Napoleon Bonaparte crushes the Prussian army at Jena, Germany.

1912 - Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is shot and wounded in assassination attempt in Milwaukee. He was saved by the papers in his breast pocket and, though wounded, insisted on finishing his speech.

1944 - German Field Marshal Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Thesis on the Existence of the Sasquatch

I promise to do Part 2 of the insect lesson, but right now this is already typed up!

First off: Scientists do not know everything. The mainstream scientists may think that they do, but they do not. Just look at all the new discoveries popping up all the time. In fact, undiscovered creatures should be EXPECTED, not disregarded as silly nonsense.

Again, Evolutionary scientists DO have presuppositions with which they channel information into. A presupposition is a preconceived notion--you "presuppose" the fact or theory in question--that the scientist takes for granted at the start, and with which he measures all evidence he comes into contact with. Although the existence of presuppositions is suppressed they no doubt exist and are not a bad thing. It's how science works--indeed, science could not--even WOULD not--work without them. Having said that (and I don't mean to be offensive to anyone who thinks the contrary), my presuppositions are in accord with young-earth Creationism (none of this "But God used Evolution, didn't he?" stuff).

Now, having said that, I will go on. The existence of a large, elusive ape species (or perhaps more than just one species, although the popular misconception of just one creature existing is so false it does not even deserve more than a passing mention here) is not without the realm of possibility in any way, shape, or form.

Did you know that, according to normal scientific procedures, Bigfoot has literally been PROVEN! Competent wildlife biologists (that means SCIENTISTS) have seen these creatures and acknowledged their encounters.

A TON of irrefutable physical evidence exists to prove the creature's existence, as well. Let's examine some of this incredibly compelling evidence:

The thousands upon thousands (perhaps even hundreds of thousands) of reports that have surfaced over the years are almost identical in nature. The creature is nearly always described as having no visible neck, a massive build, and a backwards-sloping skull ending in a peak at the back of the cranium. They are usually described to be black, brown, or reddish-brown in North America (although white or silver is not unheard of). These reports have been told for centuries, by American Indians, all sorts of people, and even Theodore Roosevelt wrote of an encounter told to him by a man in his book, The Wilderness Hunter . And don't forget, the Viking explorer who beat Columbus in discovering North American encountered large, hairy ape-like animals that walked with an upright, bipedal gait. Sasquatch-like creatures have been reported in many, many countries all over the world, namely, the Ye Ren in China, the Orang Pendek in Indonesia, the Yowie in Australia, the Alma in Russia, and even a Vietnamese version of the creature exists. North America, including Canada, seems to have a relatively large population of them. All of these creatures are described as bipedal, ape-like creatures. The similarity of the sightings (barring the expected regional differences, slight as they are), are striking. If this is a hoax, how can people all across the world, some of them so poor and living in such rural conditions that they would not even have a speck of knowledge of an "American" hoax, all say practically the same thing? But wait, there's more.

Hairs corresponding to sightings have been found, and some of them have been tested and found to be from some sort of UNKNOWN APE SPECIES.

Calls, screams, and howls have been recorded. These sounds have been studied and are of primate origin (although sometimes a human source cannot be ruled out). They sound so strange and eerie, that the people who hear them often state that these cannot be of human origin. Don't think so? Listen for yourself. http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=37 (Note: I am not recommending the site. This site also purports aliens, etc., and things which I do not believe in. The clip is here for the sound clips--that's it.)

Tons and tons of footprints have been discovered. Some of the more biased scientists have claimed their impossibility to be actual ape footprint casts, but there are many VERY RESPECTABLE experts who say that they ARE real. Primate feet have ridges in them that are the foot's equivalent of fingerprints. These ridges, known as dermal ridges, are almost impossible to fake. Some say that the footprints are blown up casts of human feet (this can be done). But what they don't consider is that the ridges of the Bigfoot prints go in the EXACT OPPOSITE DIRECTION (lengthwise instead of across) that they do in humans! Even the toes are very different, all of them being closer to the same size as each other than human toes. Many respectable criminologists (i.e., actual detectives) have professed their genuine nature. Remember, just because someone doesn't believe in something doesn't make it false. It wasn't until the early 1960's that plate tectonics was even accepted as geologic fact.

Also, a good amount of pictures and even some video camera footage have been take over the years. The most famous is the footage shot in 1967, near Bluff Creek, California, by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin. The footage, although discounted by many people, has yet to be effectually refuted. In the film, muscle movements in the animal's body (it was a female) can be clearly seen. Also, a very compelling fact to consider is that the creature turns its whole torso to look at the two men. Humans turn their heads over their shoulders. Big apes can't do that! I am therefore convinced that this footage must then be real. There have been many other photos and other tapes, as well.

Another piece of evidence, is the Skookum cast, which was taken from a genuine mud imprint. It was discovered in a region of Washington where the locals called Bigfoot "Skookum". This cast, the result of a Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization expedition, shows imprints of an arm, a leg, and the buttock region as the creature endeavored to reach for food laid out for the creature. On the team of the expedition were many respectable Sasquatch scientists, including the late Dr. Grover Krantz, John Bindernagel, and Jeff Meldrum.

One note, is that some BF sightings are involved in so-called "UFOs". Now, first of all, I do not believe in aliens. The concept of aliens exists, on one side of the issue, because Evolutionary thought requires it (that is, without other life forms, the Evolutionary hypothesis would be severely damaged as Earth would seem "special"). However, I do believe that "alien abductees" are not liars. I believe they are telling the truth. I believe that these so-called "aliens" are actually demons--demons impersonating other-worldly creatures in order to draw them in. This idea is lent credence by the fact that the "abductees" are so terrified and disturbed that it seems that they have had some sort of Satanic experience. I believe in Ron Rhodes's theory, posited in this superb book:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1565078497/sr=8-1/qid=1151101866/ref=sr_1_1/102-2160490-3947321?%5Fencoding=UTF8
(Also see Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion)

I would encourage anyone interested to read it. He tells of much more evidence than I am recounting here. What this has to with Bigfoot, is that some say the creature is an alien. I think this is rendered moot by the fact that most BF encounters/sightings have nothing to do with UFOs. Some other encounters supposedly have a Bigfoot holding glowing orbs. Those that have to do with either UFOs or orbs, may indeed be of demonic origin. (In my own research, it seems fiery balls are sometimes attributable to Satanic phenomena.) But, I think that, since most BF encounters have nothing to do with these criteria and there is a great amount of physical evidence, and Sasquatches have even been seen eating and doing all sorts of things demons would have no need to do, I must conclude that Sasquatch still exists, and is nothing more than a natural primate. Not a human, an ape. Perhaps Satan is scheming to get people to think that Bigfoot is an alien as he is trying to purport alien existence and draw the unprepared in that way. Perhaps these "alien" UFO, orb-clutching Bigfeet are of demonic origin. Still (and I have thought this over again and again, and then considered and pondered and mulled some more), all I can say for sure is that Bigfoot exists, and these other encounters may either be untrue, or not of actual Bigfoot origin. For more on the Evolutionary side of these Extraterrestrial theories, see Gary Bates's Alien Intrusion (I haven't had the chance to read it myself yet though, but it has been recommended by a good source.)! Also please note that since my comments are from a Biblical perspective, I still have no wish to offend anyone. I would like to hear everyone's opinion on the matter. I would recommend the interested person to peruse--no, SUCK IN--the material available at the website of the most prestigious Sasquatch research group in existence (at least in my opinion), The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. They hold expeditions all the time, often with very positive results.

http://www.bfro.net/

Even just a quick jaunt in their Report Database will show the viewer just some of the many, many sightings that have occurred. Although these researches have an Evolutionary viewpoint, I still highly recommend this site. It is the best Sasquatch site in town in my honest opinion, and they even have recently launched their own discussion board. They have an FAQ section that deals with common objections to the idea of Bigfoot.

http://www.bfro.net/gdb/show_fAQ.asp?id=405
Any questions?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wowee, pretty neat!

Well well well, Dale Russel and James Farlow, themselves! Well whaddya know? :-D

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Time to live up to my "Bricks" name!

This new set is so reminiscent of the old Aquazone theme from the mid-to-late 1990's (1996-1998). I just love that gorgeous shark! I makes that Creator shark a few years back look downright wussy!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Enough sad posts. Let's be happy!

This is so funny, I just had to post it! I think it really captures cats and dogs, at least in a less-than-serious, humorous sort of way. Credit goes to the link, and also to my sister for sending this to me.

EXCERPTS FROM A DOG'S DIARY

Day number 180
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 1081
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 2082
8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
1:30 pm - ooooooo. bath. bummer.
4:00 pm - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!


EXCERPTS FROM A CAT'S DIARY

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair...must try this on their bed.

DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was...Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call "beer". More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time...