Dec 312005
 

Ganked from roadster_guy

Google the phrase “(Your name) looks like” and pick 10 things that come up,
don’t forget to put it in quotes, otherwise it won’t work!

1. Ryan looks like he is fighting off a case of downs syndrome.
2. Ryan looks like a god not a monkey.
3. Ryan looks like every woman’s sexual desire somehow compressed into human form.
4. Ryan looks like some fat chick just went up and grabbed his ass, turned around and turns out to be a guy…
5. Ryan looks like a gay biker from the future.
6. Ryan looks like a crack monkey.
7. Ryan looks like a great kisser.
8. Ryan looks like her lips got stuck in a pool drain!!!
9. Ryan looks like a boss-eyed, knock-kneed comic character who shoots as if kicking a metal weight …
10. Hey Ryan, looks like the masses have spoken! You’re a hit! 🙂 Just don’t forget us “little people” when you’re all famous like! 😉 …

Dec 212005
 

Here’s a short list of things that are currently filling me with Solstice cheer, in no particular order:
1. A wonderful husband, great friends, a comfortable home, and a full life.
2. Anticipating my mom’s reaction when she opens her present.
3. The impending visit of mrimp and odysseyseven for most of next week. Fun and n3rdness galore!
4. The gift from my in-laws. We can now get our new washer & dryer, OR a plasma TV. Hmm, decisions…
5. Visiting my sister & her family, and seeing my new nephew, in California the first week of January.
6. Seeing the results of all my recent exercise.
7. The great Yule party we attended last weekend.
8. Hearing the I-word pop up all over the place from members of the House and Senate, commentators, and newspaper editorials. Happy Happy Joy Joy!! (Impeachment, for those of you not paying attention)
9. A federal judge, APPOINTED BY BUSH, slapping down the “Intelligent” Designers, and telling them to get their creationist bullshit out of the classroom and back in the mythology section where it belongs. WHEEE!

Hope you all have a great Solstice!

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“For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don’t mind sharing it with them, but we don’t like this pretense of theirs that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun–Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic of sun worship.

The customs of this time of year endure because they are pleasant customs. It’s fun to hear from distant family and friends, to gather, to feast, to sing. Gifts, as Robert Ingersoll once said, are evidences of friendship, of remembrance, of love.

The evergreens displayed now, as in centuries past, flourish when all else seems dead, and are symbols, as is the returning sun, of enduring life.

In celebrating the Winter Solstice, we celebrate reality.”

— Anne Nicol Gaylor, president emerita, Freedom From Religion Foundation. Speech written for the 8th annual Winter Solstice Party, New Jersey chapter of FFRF, Dec. 22, 1985. (Freethought Today, Jan/Feb 1986)

Dec 152005
 

There’s a bunch of carolers who just came into our suite and started singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. They’re not bad, actually.

Ugh, now they just started on “Santa Baby”, so I’m crawling under my desk til it’s over.

Now we’ve got “Ding! Fries are done!”…or whatever the actual name is…

Dec 152005
 

House Defies Bush and Backs McCain on Detainee Torture
By Eric Schmitt
The New York Times

Thursday 15 December 2005

Washington – In an unusual bipartisan rebuke to the Bush administration, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly endorsed Senator John McCain’s measure to bar cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners in American custody anywhere in the world. Although the vote was nonbinding, it put the Republican-controlled House on record in support of Mr. McCain’s provision for the first time, at the very moment when the senator, a Republican, is at a crucial stage of tense negotiations with the White House, which strongly opposes his measure.

The rest of the story…

Dec 132005
 

QUESTIONS:
1. My username is ____ because ____.
2. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
3. My subtitle is ____ because ____.
4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.


ANSWERS:

1. Nerdimus Prime because my friend Jim liked to call his friends by silly nicknames taken from the 80s cartoon shows we used to watch, and twisted a bit. It wasn’t anything deliberate, just one of those inside jokes that develop between friends. Besides, I like this better than the other one he used to call me: Ryan-O (as in Lion-O from the Thundercats).

2. I called my journal Vita Absque Deus (“Life Without Gods”) because, at the time I created the LJ, I was in the throes of my newfound atheism and utter rejection of all things religious. I’m not as in-your-face about it as I used to be, but I still despise the negative influences religion has over culture and, especially, politics. I still have a soft spot for Wicca (having been a Wiccan), despite not believing in gods, because it’s one of the most tolerant belief systems I’ve ever encountered. Buddhism as well.

3. I never came up with a subtitle I liked, so never bothered.

4. see #3

5. My default pic is one that Aaron took of me on our sailboat dinner cruise in Toronto a couple years ago. I’m not very ugly, but I don’t photograph well, and this was a rare pic of me that I was happy with.

Dec 102005
 

In a little known technical procedure, PC performance can be improved by over 33% IF YOU SET THE JUMPER ON YOUR MOTHERBOARD TO THE CORRECT CPU CLOCK SPEED WHEN YOU INSTALLED IT A YEAR AGO!

I lost SO many geek points today… *sigh*

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Dec 082005
 

Art, Truth, and Politics

Any Nobel laureate who makes the following statement part of his acceptance speech has my complete attention:

“How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice. But Bush has been clever. He has not ratified the International Criminal Court of Justice. Therefore if any American soldier or for that matter politician finds himself in the dock Bush has warned that he will send in the marines. But Tony Blair has ratified the Court and is therefore available for prosecution. We can let the Court have his address if they’re interested. It is Number 10, Downing Street, London.”

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