Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I went camping this past weekend.  It was a fun trip, though it wasn't as arduous as usual.  In fact, I felt kind of guilty because it wasn't even hard at all, but that's another story.

We, me and my family, went camping in upstate NJ, High Point, with some other families.  Though they were of the religious persuasion, the only duties we had to perform were to thank God for our food before eating and reading a passage from a book about living in harmony with nature.

While I didn't do much reflecting while on the trip, the drive to and fro left plenty of time for ruminations.  While I agree that nature is beautiful and all, I can't help but think that it is quite fragile and possibly even flawed.  I almost felt guilty for swatting mosquitoes just for feeding on me.  Almost.  Luckily we spotted a medium small black bear in the woods.  It wasn't 20 feet away and walked right by our campsite.  Pretty awesome.

But that's where I have some questions.  Wouldn't nature be better if eating and sleeping were optional?  If you are lacking in either of these, it is pretty hard to function at all.  And what about gravity?  I thought about this last night when I was in bed, tired as hell.  I felt like I was pulling 2 or 3 g's just lying there.  I can't say why, but I have a gut feeling that gravity is the key to everything.  More on this later...if I can ever put that gut feeling into words. 

Possible project

Had an idea today while I was meeting with a rather successful client this morning.  One of his staff walks in because he overhears someone talking about a client that is going bankrupt.  The guy congratulated his boss on another victory...  Then they mentioned a couple other stores which have fallen recently.  Makes me wonder about putting together a google map with competitors that have gone under in the last few years...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What if God isn't all powerful?

Happy Father's Day to me and all of the fathers out there to try to one of the hardest jobs around.  Collectively, we think of the Father, God, that is, as an all powerful being who had control over all things good and bad, not unlike my 4 year old son who looked up at me with his all entrusting eyes, as he gave me a Father's day card that he made at school.  Later after thinking of that moment, I realized how my role on the Earth ballooned ten fold.  Not only am I assigned the role of father, breadwinner, maid, cook, handy-man, playmate, driver and story reader, now I am also slated to be "role model," which is as hard as all of the other duties and then some.  That's a tough job.  I do the best I can, and I am certainly not going to win Father of the Year anytime soon.  There is a lot to learn and since my Dad isn't the advice or support giving type, it's a series of trial and error events.

Now, just as I may not be as perfect as my son thinks (I dread the day the truth comes out), I wonder if God Almighty suffers the same fate.  What if God has a limited capacity to help us if any at all.  I recently have been wondering why God doesn't live on Earth with us and maybe the answer is because he can't.  Why wouldn't he want to.  Just think, you'd never lose another library book again and have to spend two days looking for it and end up having to pay a $1.20 fee.  He could tell you to not to supersize your #1 meal at McDonalds because you don't need to add any more cholesterol to your diet, not to mention the extra few pounds to your gut.  Life is hard and I think that it is designed that way.  So for all the fathers who get up every morning and think about their wife and children before themselves, I commend you.  Happy Fathers' Day

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Links for June 14, 2010

MS Expression Training Videos


"Every house has an altar in its main hall (or at least in its main room when it cannot rise to the luxury of a hall); in it are set both the images of the gods that the household chooses toworship and its ancestor tablets (or substitutes). . . .

"An individual tablet is usually 'dotted': it has a red dot (ink or blood) imposed on it to establish a hun (soul) of the dead person in it, or at least to provide the hun with a place to settle. That ritual act sets up one instrument and distinguishes it from all others that may come to be made for the same person. As far as domestic worship is conceredn, the 'dotted' talbet should act as the focus wehn all those who are the descendants of the person for whom it stands wish to serve it jointly. In theory, a stock of tablets passes down the generations by primogeniture, and it is in connection with his right-duty to maintain the stock that the oldest son may claim and get an extra share of property when a patrimony is divided up among the brothers. . . .

"On any domestic altar there may be two kinds of tablet: individual and collective, the latter designating 'all the ancestors'."

Freedman 1970, 165, 167, 173

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