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Explorator Urbanicus, part three

Now, I know that I promised to do more blog posts than I actually have, so I'll do a third one now to try to keep up with the pace I set for myself.

This time I won't even bother trying to hide where I went because the moment you see the pictures it will be obnoxiously obvious where I…

Added by Louis on September 26, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

Explorator Urbanicus, part two

Sorry I haven't updated. A few other locations beckoned, I've taken a lot of pictures, and I've been separating the wheat from the chaff. Why god would make chaff at all... well... that's anyone's guess.

Ok. So, after I had gotten my feet wet exploring the abandoned missile station I went a…

Added by Louis on September 26, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Explorator Urbanicus, part one

So, I've been trying to figure out a way to post stuff here regularly. I have the odd tendency to disapperate every few weeks for a few months and I don't really like that. To deal, I need to set it up such that I come back here at least once a week for some reason or another.

To do this,…

Added by Louis on September 22, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

Random Crap That Annoys Me, ep 2, Homeopathy

This will be short, more will be added later.

I'm writing a research paper on Homeopathy -- I read Organon. If you like science and/or philosophy I highly recommend you don't read Organon.

I've since noticed a vein popping on my head -- it's been there for days...

Added by Louis on December 13, 2009 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Random Shit That Annoys Me, ep 1, People Who Don't Play Video Games

So, my family and I have come to an agreement. I don't have to go to church, in exchange I'll stop telling them that I don't want to go to church.

As such, Church Adventures is more or less suspended and will only appear on the off occasion that I go to church for odd family functions where my not-going would put me in a situation of far more annoyance than going.

Therefore, in lieu of Church Adventures, I've decided to start: Random Shit That Annoys… Continue

Added by Louis on December 6, 2009 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

My Grandfather is dying

My grandfather is dying. Not in the tongue in cheek sense that 'we're all dying,' he is going to go to sleep one day, very soon, and never wake up again.

Seven thousand miles from where I am right now, he is in a hospital bed.

He spent about seven years living by himself after my grandma died. He suffered a stroke was almost totally immobile. It was only a few months ago that we finally convinced him to move into an elderly home so at least he would be with… Continue

Added by Louis on October 11, 2009 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

On Ghost Hunting

Now, I love SciFi, or SyFy, or whatever... I love it a lot. They put out a lot of really interesting shows and I wait eagerly for the new Stargate -- but -- why do they keep entertaining the curiosities of idiots?

I'm talking about Ghost Hunters, its spin off Ghost Hunters: International, and something painfully similar, Destination Truth.

I have to ask myself, 'Do they ever get tired of finding nothing?' I mean, honestly, they never find anything. Joshua Gates, the host… Continue

Added by Louis on September 24, 2009 at 8:17pm — 4 Comments

Jack's Church Adventures! Week of 6 Sep 2009

For those of you sadomasochists out there who are curious about the goings on of the Catholic Church, let me be your proxy. I will go in your place, tell you what nonsense they tell me and let you have a window into what it's like to be a Catholic from the comfort of wherever it is that you are that isn't a church.

This week, robed man wanted to inform us that it's ok to be poor but also that God is going to help you stop being so poor.

The reading was James 2:… Continue

Added by Louis on September 7, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Jack's Church Adventures, Truth Edition, 31 Aug 2009

(note: I just realized I set this such that only friends could read it; that error has been remedied and this has be re-posted)

Proper Church Adventures will resume next week.

A few months ago I watched a video of Eddie Izzard with Bill Maher on Politically Incorrect in 1998 around the time the Monica Lewinsky thing came around that I didn't care about, still don't care about, and had I been the age I am now back then probably wouldn't have cared about… Continue

Added by Louis on September 3, 2009 at 3:24pm — No Comments

On Almost Dying

So, as some of you know, I should be starting dental school next year, and in the mean time I'm taking some extra courses at my local city college to keep my study habits up in the interim.

Yesterday there was a shooting at my school. No one died, but one person was hospitalized. Apparently it was some argument over a parking spot. Yesterday I was planning to go down during my lunch break to do some lab work but decided to go book shopping instead. During that time, the shooting… Continue

Added by Louis on September 3, 2009 at 3:23pm — 5 Comments

Jack's Church Adventures, Banana Edition, week of 16 Aug 2009

As some of you know, my family is out of town and so the impetus to go to church at all is likewise not here. Not being as masochistic as some may like me to be, I've decided not to go to church.

However, to avoid a big gap between my church adventure entries I've decided to do some non-church-adventures into other forms of idiocy.

Today we tackle...

... the Banana.

Kirk Cameron's best friend...…


Added by Louis on August 22, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

On Why There are More Women than Men

(Note: This was originally intended just for Herculaneum, but I'll also be posting it for the general A|N population)

I was at the gym this morning finishing my morning workout. Today is Monday so naturally it's my heavy lift day and afterward I normally do light cardio on the bike so I can read (switching the load every other day). Today however I wasn't feeling sufficiently exhausted after my routine so I decided to do some heavy running on the treadmill for a few minutes because… Continue

Added by Louis on August 17, 2009 at 11:49am — 3 Comments

On Gut Feelings

In a couple of days my family is going on a vacation without me. I'm stuck here at home going to classes and such.

Lately, I've been having a really bad feeling about their trip. I keep getting this feeling that something bad is going to happen to them while they're away. I don't know why I feel like this, but I do. And it's not going away.

I'm not so much worried with the flight itself, flying is still the safest way to travel, they're flying on the new Airbuses and not… Continue

Added by Louis on August 15, 2009 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Jack Chow's Church Adventures! 2009 Aug 9

Hopefully this will be the first of many.

So my parents have taken to a different tactic to get me to go to church. Either I go to church or I have to spend every Sunday explaining to them why I don't believe god exists. It's not is so many words, but that's essentially what's going on.

I don't mind it so much, I usually think about tits for an hour or something like that but the inevitable always happens and some bullshit falling out of the priest's mouth manages to flick… Continue

Added by Louis on August 12, 2009 at 10:13pm — 7 Comments

On the Blasphemy Challenge

Ok, I know I don't like getting into vocabulary wars, but I love language. I love language too much to let this keep going on.

Stop calling the Blasphemy Challenge the Blasphemy Challenge. Yes, I know what they mean, but please stop calling it the Blasphemy Challenge.

What the Blasphemy Challenge is is not blasphemy.

Blasphemy is the objectionable use of a religious name or practice.

On a side not: Heresy is teaching as religious doctrine something… Continue

Added by Louis on July 31, 2009 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

On People who Pray

In case you haven't picked up on it in some of the threads or in chat; I've been going through a bit of rough patch since graduating from University. Finding work with a BA is damned hard. I've been working on applying for dental school and talking with recruiters should everything fall through the cracks.

Two days ago I took a standardized test for applying to dental school. I spent the better part of six months teaching myself two years worth of science that I wish I had taken more… Continue

Added by Louis on July 29, 2009 at 5:49pm — 5 Comments

On Obama Birthers and the Obama Citizenship Conspiracy

If you've been living under a rock since the 2008 Presidential Election, you may need the following information.

In the United States we have a stupid, fucking, unjustified Constitutional stipulation that dictates that only US Citizens who are citizens by birth are eligible for the office of the President. Whether not you agree with it, it is the law.

Now, since Barack Obama has become the President there are those who still cannot come to terms with election and have… Continue

Added by Louis on July 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

On the History Channel

I do not watch much TV, I do not like most of it; apart from the news and few enough sitcoms to count on one hand, everything I watch is intended to give me some new piece of information I did not have before.

Typically it isn't useful, but at the very least it is insightful.

This being summer and me being a student, I've had much more time to watch TV than I ever wanted and I've begun to notice some things.

Finding intelligent programming has become… Continue

Added by Louis on July 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

On Holy Scripture and the Reading Thereof

One of the things that I learned after becoming an atheist is the dearth of religious people, particularly religious moderates, who have read their own holy text.

I've read the Bible, I've read the Talmud, I've read the Koran and Hadith, the Book of Mormon, Buddhist cannon, the Hindu cannon, what passes a Wiccan fundaments, I've read the Chinese philosophies that people confuse as religion; I've read as much as I can find and devoted as much time as I can spare to learning about… Continue

Added by Louis on July 18, 2009 at 4:00pm — 16 Comments

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