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Friday, October 24th, 2008 - 8:37 PM

"Just Forget About It"

Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

For those who are wishing to erase those painful memories, take heart, the leading powers of the world are working on it. Read how scientists have managed to erase specific memories in mice. I can't help but be reminded of a quite interesting movie. If you've seen the movie, you probably already know which one I'm talking about.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet was a brilliant film. The somewhat complex and colorful plot follows the story of two people who meet by "chance" - though the film is more about destiny and fate than chance. It's about the memories that people encounter and store up through life, and what it would be like if we had the ability to erase some of the more painful ones. I'd strongly caution viewers to expect a few inappropriate scenes, without which the film would probably be practically perfect in every way, like Mary Poppins (the movie and the fictional character).

I think many people don't realize how ridiculously good of an actor Jim Carrey is. If all you can think of are crazy faces and silly jokes, you haven't seen his best work. He is an incredible talent. I wish I could fully recommend this movie, for it has aspects of genius... but I do so only with reservation because of some of the content. :( The name alone is worthy of an Oscar, which consequently, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind rightfully received.

The film and this news article brings up an interesting point. I think we all have memories we'd like to erase at times. I myself have gone through some immensely painful and dark times. Nevertheless, I've maintained the perspective and belief that it is in these times of pain and trial that we are tested and approved to become the very people that we are. Through the Old Testamant of the Bible we receive the story of the Israelites, showing God's faithfulness in spite of their lack thereof. I believe our own stories do the same. It is in our weakness that the strength of God is declared. It is in the darkness that the Light shines.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

As with most of my blog entries, I'm just peeking through the door of possibilities. Most of the time when I write, I end up making new and exciting discoveries through the process of writing, rather than communicating the completion of ones already made. So bear with me, please. If it's too much to read, no need to feel obligated. But I cannot stop sharing what God is doing in my life, for He doesn't stop doing what He is doing! Praise the name of Jesus!

So I'm not willing to subject myself to a mind-sweep if and when such a device is invented. All my memories are precious to me, for they are God-sightings. If I were to erase all that I consider "bad", I think much of God's work would be undone, and I'd be left the fool of a dark shadow, a destructive path of lies and sorrow set before me. Yet God is good, and I wish not to destroy the memories that I look back at with great fondness, even the painful ones! For me the painful memories, though encompassing much time in my past, point me only to Christ Jesus my Lord. The brightness of the good He has done so far outshines any difficulty that I am humbled to worship Him constantly in tears. Scriptures like these are not anecdotal or forced by effort in my life. They are the story of my life, and I rejoice greatly as I read them.

I hope you don't skim over or skip these verses I so "painstakingly" cut & paste here :) I know I am tempted to gloss over such things - cuz I think I know what it says already. Consider this though: it's not my words that have the power, it's God's Word! Though the story God is creating in me also has power and is something I rejoice over, it is by the power of the Word that it is at all possible! All of this... see all of this I've been talking about over the last few weeks? Guess what? Every bit of it has come out of being absorbed in the Bible and by the Spirit of God speaking in my heart! I encourage anyone and everyone to seek after God's Word fervently and without ceasing. The moment I fail to do so is the moment I lose.

Mordor

A battle is brewing on the horizon. Even so, it is here at our doors. Think of when Gandalf looked out to see the fiery storm over Mordor with ominous discomfort. However, don't fear. The darkness better be shaking in their boots, for the Lord Jesus Christ is the true Light that not only is coming into the world, but He is here. He is alive, and let me tell you His enemies will all be placed under His feet!

God's Word will not return to Him void after having been sent out to me by His grace... for His miraculous changing and healing waters have flowed through me, and there will be a harvest of joy, gladness, and praise! He can and will do the same for you as you feed on the tasty morsels of His Word!

Consider what God has done
Who can straighten
what he has made crooked?

When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, a man cannot discover
anything about his future.

Ecclesiastes 7:13-14

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 5:3-5

I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
Let him sit alone in silence,
for the LORD has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust -
there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
For men are not cast off
by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to the children of men.

Lamentations 3:19-33

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Thursday, September 4th, 2008 - 11:09 AM

"The Latest Wave is... Death to Humankind"

It has long been a conspiracy theory of mine that all these waves we emit via technology through the air are destructive to the health and safety of humans. I believe in addition that much of our food processing has a similar affect. Both of these things are regulated by federally legislated agencies, and the amount of waves and chemicals out there are all "approved" for the health and safety of the average American citizen. In short, it's my belief we are killing ourselves

This legislation provides a false security. It is documented fact that certain transmitted waves and chemicals in concentrated form are either lethal or destructive - often causing defects and serious diseases such as cancer. Despite this danger, rather than banning these sources of death and disease, the government simply regulates their volume. As long as we don't absorb or consume over a determined amount, we are "safe". Nonsense. Poison is poison.

There are many scientific factors that could nullify any measurements that are decided to be "harmless". For example, perhaps cell phones, TV, radio, microwaves, satellites, wireless internet, wireless phones, bluetooth, and a HOST of other wave generating devices are individually regulated and determined to be harmless (a questionable determination already). However, who is monitoring the affect of all these waves together? My bet is no one - at least not adequately.

Another perhaps unforeseen or at least unregulated factor is the concentration of such waves and their emitters. Almost everyone has multiple TVs, radios, cell phones, wireless devices and so on - in nearly every single household in this country! In some densely populated metropolitan areas, this can amount to an astounding number of wave emitters in a relatively small patch of land.

Here's yet another reason for deciding against getting a cell phone: one of many articles on the affects of cell phone use. Now, I just read that a 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz (or even higher frequencies nowadays) cordless phone emits the same level of wave destruction as a cell phone. If I was super-paranoid, I'd probably get rid of my cordless phone. I get so few phone calls that it probably has little affect, since the waves are likely only transmitted (or at least increased) when the phone is disconnected from the charger/base and in talk mode.

My theory is that, if accurate records were available, a trend of disease could be tracked that fairly directly correlates to the number of wireless devices and increased chemicals found in modern processed food. Unfortunately I don't think we have documented records to support it all, for medical records haven't always been as informative as they are now (or could be better even now?). After all, modern knowledge of cancer (to name a key disease potentially linked to wireless devices) has only blossomed in the last 50 to 100 years, along with modern science. It is therefore difficult to know how trends have changed since the advent of wireless technology. To me, even without the data, it seems like a no-brainer (sorry - bad pun considering the subject matter) that cancer and other diseases have increased sharply in connection with modern technology and chemistry.

While the cellphone popping popcorn or cooking an egg videos might be hoaxes, I still believe there is something to being concerned with the vast increase of waves beaming through the air. At the same time, I utilize many such devices and don't live in total fear. Even if I were to rid myself of all offending devices, I'd still have waves messing with my cells from all my neighbors and my city's infrastructure. We all die some day... I guess it just means maybe more of us will die of cancer. Even if there were no unnatural waves traveling through our atmosphere, I'd still probably get cancer or some other defect from all this pop I drink. Food for thought... or perhaps for death... or perhaps it's not even food at all. Yeah, that's it. Not food for death, aka starvation. Oooo, that's deep! okay, not really. The End.

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Monday, October 23rd, 2006 - 2:34 AM

"Zoo Trip October 2006 and Contemplation Ad Infinitum"

Okay, so I was intending to put online a slideshow showing my most recent trip to the zoo. It took way too long because monkeys make me think. Rather than organizing it into seventeen blog entries, I'll point you to the EsoShow. You can come back here and post your responses, since I haven't added commenting ability to EsoShow yet. Technically I need to write a book about the thoughts that surfaced, but maybe you guys can instead finish or decimate my thoughts by commenting :D Besides, it's stupid late, and I need to go to work in a few hours! If you do write a comment, start each reaction with a reference to a specific slide number if your thought is spawned by something written there. This will help others follow yours and my trains of thought, be they ever so off-track (sorry for the lousy pun).

The EsoShow

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Thursday, August 24th, 2006 - 8:47 PM

"Arbitrary Appellation and Assortments I: Planets"

Pluto
Supposedly this is the highest resolution image we have of pluto. If this is our sharpest eye into our universe, how on earth are we making assumptions about anything in our solar system, much less outside it? The Hubble telescope must have the original GameBoy graphics engine installed. Methinks this is misinformation because take a look at some of the images retrieved from Hubble of places much farther away. Meu nome é Disco Planet.

Tragedy of all tragedies. I just learned through a friend that Pluto is no longer considered a planet by leading scientists. My whole existence and happiness is drawn from that moment 20 or so years ago when I learned that there were nine planets in our nameless solar system. It was one of those factoids that I never forgot, the nine planets in order. Kinda like the books of the Bible or the 50 states and their capitals. I remember very little, but 9 planets is one of those eternal givens - that is, until earth's destruction on September 18, 1996.

Pluto was knocked off the charts because of its small size and somewhat irregular orbit. Apparently the word planet was never formerly defined by a uselessly organized set of rules, so an enormous gathering of highly paid experts in the emerging field of defining the word planet came up with the rules we can now refer to as "Kill Pluto: I Never Liked How He Jumped Up on Mickey and Never Thought He Was Funny Anyway". Since the discovery of Pluto in 1930, many bodies of similar size and behavior have been discovered in our solar system. For consistency, the scientific term, planet obviously needed some consideration - it simply wasn't scientific before. I generally agree with this standpoint. If we are going to come up with names and scientific terminology, it should at least be based on something that is constant and absolute. Sentimentality doesn't fly in the world of science, sorry Pluto.

After I bore the news this afternoon, I started thinking, "What is a planet anyway". From childhood, I always considered a planet to be big, round, circling the sun, and generally not in a big heap with a bunch of other masses (like asteroids). This is seriously what I was thinking. Then I looked up the Wikipedia article on the whole issue, and guess what 19 great scientists determined? A planet is "a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit." Um, is that anything new? Well, actually, since Pluto crosses over Neptune's solar orbit, scientists have reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet. Apparently since Gimli has such a cross personality in Lord of the Rings, they created a new scientific term in his honor.

By the way, don't you think it strange that our "solar system" is nameless? It would be like calling earth, "the planet", the milky way "the galaxy" or "Delectable Chewy Chocolatey Goodness", Antarctica "The Icy Wasteland Where No Sane Person Lives But About 4000 Human-Like People Call Home" or "Unique Brazilian Refreshment", or our moon "the moon"... oh wait, um... With all this balderdash about naming conventions, you'd think they'd've (double contraction) been more particular about our own system's name. Aliens must snicker when they get the answer to their question, "What do you call your solar system?"

Interestingly enough, Hades was not particularly upset at being tossed out as one of the main seven gods because 1) He already experienced being tossed down once, and 2) If there is a real representation of Hades, it would be Satan, who was also tossed down, and prefers to operate in stealth mode anyway. The less people who acknowledge his existence, the better he can "work" on his deceptive, murderous plan for humanity. If you don't like dark, secret war mongers who want to kill you, see here for a solution and for methods of thwarting evil plans.

Oh, and throw in your suggestion for naming our solar system (or sun or moon or universe). Be sure to pick a cool, timeless name so if chosen, we don't regret it and think, "Man, that is totally like 21st century!" I vote for "Indiana Jones", "Nugget", "Earth's Hoam", or "Sista Buff Judson, Sizing Up Competitors and Losing Combinations Named 'Crud from Blue-Finned Budapest Cafe' Cry Baby 'I Never Liked Skaw Music' Deluxe Delight System 2006 Times Two". The "2006" is to make sure the name is modern, up-to-date and kinda techie-sounding. And if we ever start thinking "2006" or some of the other words in the name kinda date us or produce slightly negative vibes, well then you can just use the expression, "All's well that ends times two", which means that any combination of words when multiplied by an unexplicably large number, such as 2, turn out right in the end, like sunsets in movies. Feels much better now, like ice cream churning in the belly.

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