November 30th, 2004

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Another anniversary...

Because this is a Movie Quote of the Week entry, it is going to be saved as a memory. This will be my 100th memory saved. While this is certainly not as monumental an event as my 500th Entry (which apparently is being debated as a possible national holiday in the future), it is a milestone of sorts. Just a really minor one. So I'll be making it a twofer...


Movie Quote of the Week

The Usual Suspects



Fenster

You do some time, they never let you go. You know. They treat you like a criminal. I'm not a criminal.

Hockney

You are a criminal.

Fenster

Now why'd you got to go and do that? Trying to make a point.

Man, I had a finger up my asshole tonight.

Hockney

Is it Friday already?

Fenster

Why, you want some? Come on, you know I love ya.



Movie Quote of the Anniversary

The Lord of the Rings
The Return of the King



Théoden

Eomer. Take your éored down the left flank. Gamling, follow the King's banner down the center. Grimbold, take your company right, after you pass the wall. Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise. Arise, Riders of Théoden. Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered. A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises. Ride now... Ride now... Ride! Ride for ruin and the world's ending!

Death!

Rohirrim

Death!

Théoden

Death!!

Rohirrim

Death!!

Théoden

DEATH!!!

Rohirrim

DEATH!!!

Théoden

Forth Eorlingas!!!

Théoden rocks.
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Harrumph

My grandmother was switching through channels and came across The Rundown.

Tell me something, why is it that Vin Diesel gets gargantuan Hollywood blockbusters when, in addition to not really having much in the way of acting ability, he has one of the most annoying screen presences in recent memory... while the Rock, who actually does have a perfectly acceptable acting talent and great screen presence is stuck making stupid movies like these?

I don't get it.
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Mmmmm-hmmmm.

See, now, why wasn't this, or something like it, included on the original DVD?

I mean, come on.

Still no evidence I've seen that the scouring of the Shire has been reinstated.
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Science vs. Dogma

Last night I had an interesting conversation with suitboyskin about an intriguing issue.



Last semester, I had a class in the First Amendment, and the issue of teaching Creationism in schools came up. Another student said that he didn't feel it made sense to be teaching evolution in schools either, feeling that it was misleading to be teaching something that was only a theory. I feel that I was successful in explaining to my classmate that the fact that evolution was a theory did not invalidate it. Science, I explained, calls everything a theory because it is in the nature of scientific method to constantly question and refine those theories. It is a given that new information will come to light, and so it is built into scientific nomenclature that what ideas are accepted will change over time. Just because it is a "theory" doesn't mean that it hasn't been accepted, which it has.



suitboyskin mentioned that a Freud exhibit at a museum was picketed by feminists who considered his work misogynistic. There is no way around the fact that Freud got quite a few things wrong in his works, among them inseminating into the public mindset quite a few serious misconceptions about women. This does not alter the fact that he is the single most important figure in psychology because he was the primary developer of the science. Just because there are things he wrote about that have not borne true does not invalidate his entire body of work. It is a science, and his theories were just that, theories. Over time, Freud's theories have been refined, and different theories have been developed to compensate for those that haven't stood the test of time, and areas of the science have opened up that were inconcievable to Siggy back in the day.



Both of these issues illuminate a major issue that people have in understanding the scientific method. It is designed to change over time. What people seem to expect from science, which is an ever-expanding search for knowledge about how the world around us works, is something concrete. Something permenant. Science can not provide that.

The problem here really is that people expect dogma from science, and they are two different things. This is not to say that there is not a certain dogmatic element to the scientific heirarchy in practice (scientists, like everybody else, are human, and are subject to the same weaknesses as all of us are), but in its purest form, science is not able to provide people with the comfort of knowing they are absolutely right. Anyone who knows anything about science will have to agree that there is no such thing as an absolute. One can not get simple answers to complex questions, and the questions in science, by their very nature, always get increasingly more complex. This is disturbing to most people because it runs counter not only to how their worldviews work (usually religious - read: dogmatic), but also to the nuts and bolts of living one's life.

Science, however, is one of those cases where the mission statement, learn all that is learnable, is a self-fulfilling prophecy that does not exclude. Furthermore, the fact that it is constantly evolving means that there is always something new to fascinate. Science has become a function of the human creature by this point in history, for the better (the development of medicine) or for the worse (the pollution of the environment).

Besides, science can sometimes get weird.


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...and now for something completely different...


"Here we are proud to present
some absolutely ludicrous quizzes..."



You scored as Pissed at the World Cat. And here we have the next serial killer. Try having some cotton candy, it'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, Psycho.

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Pissed at the World Cat

67%

Couch Potato Cat

50%

Ninja Cat

42%

Love Machine Cat

33%

Drunk Cat

25%

Deranged Cat

25%

Nerd Cat

0%

Which Absurd Cat are you?
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I'm pretty happy about this next one...

You scored as Transformers. It's a car! It's a bus! It's a McDonald's! Well, kinda. . but who wants to choose just one novelty when you can have 50 in 1?

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Transformers

75%

Shera

67%

Voltron

58%

Thundercats

50%

Smurf

33%

Strawberry Shortcake

33%

Heman

0%

Which 1980's Cartoon Character are you?
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Now, I never realized this about myself, but I have to admit that its pretty true...

You scored LINK BRACELETS as your inner hatred.



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Now, this one really rocks. Please give me back the Illudium Q36 Explosive Space modulator or I will get very angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry. See what I scored on the absurd cat quiz?

You scored as Marvin Martian. </td>

Marvin Martian

92%

Wile E. Coyote

83%

Tweety Bird

83%

Bugs Bunny

75%

Taz

75%

Daffy Duck

67%

Petunia Pig

58%

Porky Pig

58%

Sylvester Jr.

58%

Yosimite Sam

42%

Sylvester

42%

Henry Hawk

42%

Elmer Fudd

33%

Foghorn Leghorn

17%

Which Looney Tune Are You?
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You scored as Creative. You appreciate many things in the world that others take for granted. You are a warm person who has many interests.


How creative are you?
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You scored as Buddhist.

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Buddhist

80%

Anarchist

70%

Jewish

65%

Cult

50%

Christian

40%

Catholic

25%

Religion
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Now, I do take at least one shower a day. I don't know where the poop smell is coming from, but its definitely not me...

You scored as Dirty Hippie. You listen to Phish, wear patchwork clothes and smell like poo. You are definately a hippie. Sometimes people piss you off when they litter or cut down trees, but all you can really do is show people you love them. Love will make everything better. If that doesn't work, smoke some pot.

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Fascist Dictator

32%

Dirty Hippie

32%

No good dirty poop eater

29%

Pop Star Princess

18%

Baby Jesus Lover

14%

What kind of human are you?
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You scored as Werewolf. You are a werewolf. You hunt and live by the phases of the moon. Or maybe it's just PMS.

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Werewolf

65%

Alien

50%

Zombie

50%

Vampire

35%

Banshee

30%

Which Supernatural Beastie Are You?
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Okay, at first I was annoyed at having gotten such a lame cheese, but then I looked at other options available.

You scored as nacho. you are nacho.

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nacho

100%

gardenburger

83%

veganarian

83%

having sex with cows

67%

lettuce

50%

what type of cheese are you?
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What a complete but entertaining waste of time and bandwidth!!!
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