Thursday, May 25, 2006

"Telecon" spoof Telecom advertisement

Allow me to stick it to The Man.

Some brilliant soul made this awesome parody of the T3G Telecom ad featuring emotional manipulation through children.

I think this sums up the general sentiment of hard-core internet users or anti-monopoly pundits.

(Hello to all the Gamers out there)

And now, I'm proud to present to you - the video that Telecom had banned from YouTube.com...



Nice.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Great Quotations pt. 2

Here's a modified quote, I believe the author would forgive my presumptuous changes:

Christ said "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" and when asked "who is thy neighbour?" went on to the parable of the Good Samaritan. If you wish to understand this parable as it was understood by his hearers, you should substitute "[Arabs] and [Terrorists]" for Samaritan. I fear my modern day Christians would resent such a substitution, because it would compel them to realize how far they have departed from the teachings of the founder of their religion.

Bertrand Russell (wiki & quotes)

Granted, the application doesn't work for all, but none can deny that it points the finger at some.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Ethnomusicology

This has got to be the coolest dancer/comedian this side of the sun.

My friend Chris showed me this, it's called The Evolution of Dance. This dude (who can obviously dance well) goes through a medley of all the dance styles in the last few decades. Very funny, and well timed. It's worth the loading-time!

Oh, and you'll really want sound or it won't make sense, now will it?

Friday, May 12, 2006

Where is the Love?

This is a really great entry into a Flash competition that went down at Flashwars.net.

It features the Black-eyed Peas song, 'Where is the Love'. I love that song, I like this flash movie.

Check it out (if my piecemeal HTML hacking works..., otherwise its here).



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Up & Down





"You work so hard, you do everything you can to get away from a place, and when you finally get your chance to leave, you find a reason to stay."

-- Vincent, Gattaca.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Another random test

Hat Tip: Josh.

So, it says I'm Straight with 38% gay, but it also says I'm in the 79th "Homopoints" percentile for my age and gender.

That seems pretty far up the percentile rating. Wait, did I type that in public?

Ohhhh, the stories I could tell.
Yet I won't. And neither will Charlotte, on pain of death.

I don't know, I think I'm more of an ubersexual, right Frank?

Or maybe a SNAG... *cough*

The Straight
Stand up and be heard! You're 38% gay!
You're straight! You can choose whether or not you should be proud of that. You have just enough gay in you to not look like a liar, but too little to be really gay. You're suprised, aren't you?



My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 79% on homopoints
Link: The Am I Gay? Test written by alone2gether

Faith, Hope & Videotape

I've been thinking.

Certainty can't be a precondition for salvation. Allow me to explain.

I have decided that faith and knowledge/certainty are mutually exclusive. If faith is, "the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1), then it presumes a state of uncertainty. If God revealed certain portions of information to us, was extremely clear in personal Revelation etc, then our facts would lead us to a certainty that can only come through experiential knowledge.

But knowing isn't faith.

In fact, Jesus said, "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29).

I think that faith when somebody says, "Okay, God, I'll give you the benefit of my doubts", or even maybe a kind of eternal hope, "O God, I hope that what the Bible says is true. I trust that You've got us all in Your hands!"

But I also think that faith fits with the person who says, "I don't know," because they can also say, "No, I really don't know if what my family/church/bible/friends say is true. But I have faith that it is. I trust that God has got me covered, my hope is in Christ".

I think that if God wanted more from me than, "I don't know if its true but I have faith (trust/hope) that it is", then we would get a lot more divine confirmation on our confused planet full of religious seekers;

But that would be knowing, facts, data... and that wouldn't be faith at all.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

My Personal DNA - Animated Inventor

Hat tip: Rhett's wife, Sarah

Hey all...

I'm an ANIMATED INVENTOR.

In other words: (mouse over to see details)



No clue? See my Personal DNA report in full

Homework for my friends.

Contextual statement:
People will believe what they have been told to believe until something shocks them into a different belief, and when you are surrounded by people who consider any doubt to be proof of an evil character you have a strong incentive to keep your doubts to yourself.
Presupposition:
We cannot know anything except what we know ourselves, that we were told and who told us. . . . Once believing something becomes an act that is regarded as good in and of itself all prospects of knowing what has really gone on have been lost.
So then we get to this...

Claim:
How can you take the faith of the faithful seriously any more than you can trust the testimony of the murderer's wife? People of faith believe not because they know but because they choose to believe in order to receive a reward [such as entrance to heaven, avoidance of hell, or being socially accepted by their Christian peers, Church, or family.]
Critically evaluate this statement, focusing on your basis of faith and belief with particular consideration in how to communicate this truth to others in practical & specific ways, giving examples.

I'd include reference to the original article, but this would risk drawing the post away into other areas discussed by the article.

Comments very much welcomed.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

In a distant land where geeks rule

Hat tip: Wilson Tan

I Am A: Neutral-Good, Gnome, Mage/Bard


Alignment:
Neutral Good characters believe in the power of good above all else. They will work to make the world a better place, and will do whatever is necessary to bring that about, whether it goes for or against whatever is considered 'normal'.


Race:
Gnomes are also short, like dwarves, but much skinnier. They have no beards, and are very inclined towards technology, although they have been known to dabble in magic, too. They tend to be fun-loving and fond of jokes and humor. Some gnomes live underground, and some live in cities and villages. They are very tolerant of other races, and are generally well-liked, though occasionally considered frivolous.


Primary Class:
Mages harness the magical energies for their own use. Spells, spell books, and long hours in the library are their loves. While often not physically strong, their mental talents can make up for this.


Secondary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.


Deity:
Mystra is the Neutral Good goddess of magic. She is also known as the Lady of Mysteries. Followers of Mystra wear armor and carry shields with her symbol on them. Mystra's symbol is a ring of stars.


Find out What D&D Character Are You?

Done the test, but forgotten what it means?
Want to know what other characters there can be?
The list of all possible character results, and full descriptions, is here.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Fun Quotations pt. 1



An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

G. K. Chesterton



G. K. Chesterton was a journalist, poet, novelist, playwright, debater, and Catholic apologist in the early twentieth century.
Information and a library of his works here.





Poet and liar. -- The poet considers the liar a foster brother whom he did out of his milk. Hence his brother remained weak and wretched and never even attained a good conscience.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche was a German, existentialist philosopher of the late 19th Century. Along with sources such as the Bible and Shakespeare, Nietzsche's collective works has made him one of the five most quoted authors on earth. Nietzsche popularised the phrase, "God is Dead", and stupid people can still quote that even if they haven't read his books.
(Notably, Nietzsche wrote a letter to his sister denouncing anti-semitism, so you can't blame him for everything in the 20th Century.)
Information at Stanford and Wikipedia.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Turn It Up - TCP/IP Style

Allow me to revisit music on the 'Net.

Those of you who happen to be among those lucky ones who are able to appreciate a wider variety of music than that found in the latest pop-cult charts and repetitive radio track listings may find this reminder useful.

Here at Phrenic Philosophy, we love a good electronic track, especially one laid down among cruisy rhythms, a bit of funky break-beats here and there to crescendo the musical journey at just the right time, and maybe the odd pleasant female vocalist or ambient soundscape.


Digitally Imported Internet Radio has altogether a massive selection of TWENTY EIGHT different genre 'streaming radio' channels. There is virtually no advertisement, save the occasional self-promo or sponsor ad squeaking in (but that's like once-every-never). The good thing about streaming radio is that you can pick the style of music that you like, and that's ALL you get.

Might I add, this is FANTASTIC for social gatherings. You can just hook up your stereo and away it goes playing hours of 99.5% seamless music. Great if you choose funky background music (such as Lounge). Of course, if you desire something with a bit more bite, you can always choose another genre.

My favourites there (in no particular order) are:

Lounge, hear some grooves:

Vocal Trance, float along:

Chillout, wind down:

(The bit-rates are: WinAmp@95K, WMP@32K stream)

With the internet, you don't have to get R&B addicts hoping that Eight will end shortly, or Rock junkies bemoaning TobyMac.
You surf, you find the channel you want, you hope your internet connection can handle it, and you ease into an state of audiogenic bliss until your ISP cuts you off.

Clearly, my preference (in terms of a wide variety of Dance music) is DI.fm, but another streaming radio favourite is Soma fm, which also has an indie rock channel, a lounge channel and... well... others.

While the following aren't as "pure" as the above in terms of ads or music, other convenient NZ internet listening choices that I like include Life FM, RadioLive (er... not for music though), and MoreFM (Auckland, or choose your city).

Enjoy.