Last night I had the pleasure of watching UFC 60 at one of my favorite Irish pubs in the world (also known as Kilkenny's here in Calgary). While the main event between Royce Gracie and Matt Hughes was sort of disappointing. In so far that it was so one sided it wasn't a particularly interesting fight. A number of the fights on the undercard were quite good. For example the fight between Dean Lister and Alessio Sakara.
I learned a new lesson today. One should not rely upon an melanic advantage to avoid sunburns. To do so only results in tremendous pain and mockery from one's fairer skinned friends who championed the use of sunscreen.
Stupid ultraviolet radiation always making me look foolish.
The strangest thing though is that the worst burns are on the backs of my arms. My face, head, neck, and shoulders only have the slightest of sunburns but my triceps feel like they've been branded.
It occurs to me that in the two years that I've been blogging, I've talked about school and about my research area kind of roughly but I've never actually mentioned my area of specialty, which is evolutionary approaches to psychology and cognitive science. So I thought I'd introduce everyone to my interests by posting an interview with E.O. Wilson, the founder of sociobiology, which morphed into the more contemporary evolutionary psychology championed by people such as John Tooby, Leda Cosmides, Jerome Barkow, and Dan Buss. Now I do think that all the people listed are at least kind of wrong but this interview is still a good start.
Friday Not-So-Random Ten: Best Drinking Songs Edition.
I realized it's been forever since I've done any music listing, but I thought that instead of just letting my MP3 player randomly spew songs at me I would do the song choosing to fit a theme that I wanted. So for the triumphant return of Friday song listing. Here are the best ten drinking songs ever.
10. Dead Kennedys - Too Drunk to Fuck 9. Sublime - 40oz. to Freedom 8. Mojo Nixon - Beer Ain't Drinkin' 7. Corb Lund Band - Time to Switch to Whiskey 6. Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon - Are You Drinkin' With Me Jesus? 5. Reverend Horton Heat - Sue Jack Daniels 4. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Rascal King 3. Tom Waits - The Piano Has Been Drinking 2. NOFX - Bottles to the Ground 1. Any song that you friend Barry's Newfie uncle taught you.
Normally when I read about religious figures in the news, it's always a matter of something bad (like child molestation or protesting at funerals) or something tremendously stupid (like someone declaring that there's a war against Christianity, or trying to suggest keeping intelligent design out of science classes is censorship). However, today I read about an Italian Cardinal who made the news for being so sensible (you know that things are a little off when you make the news for being sensible). Here's a few snippets from the article:
The former Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, said condoms, when used by married couples, were a "lesser evil" than passing on the disease to more people.
"A spouse infected with Aids is obliged to protect the other partner who also has to be able to protect herself,"
Using condoms to prevent AIDS! Who'd ever think that a senior member of the Catholic hierarchy would say something so reasonable?
Cardinal Martini also pledged his support for legal abortions and the use of frozen embryos to enable single women to produce children. "It is difficult for a modern state not to intervene, at least to prevent a brutal, arbitrary situation from developing," he said, adding that the legalisation of abortion, which occurred in Italy in 1978, had been a "positive" development in that it had "contributed to reducing and eliminating illegal abortions."
Preventing clothes hanger abortions by giving women a safe and regulated alternative? I'm definitely picking up what this guy is putting down.
(Cardinal Martini said) he would not condemn people who are involved out of "altruism" at the request of people who wish to end their lives (i.e. cases of assisted suicide/euthanasia).
And this guy isn't the Pope? If this guy wore the Papal crown, I'd convert to Catholicism tomorrow. Well, maybe the whole not believing in God thing might get in the way....
Anyhow, there needs to be far more religious figures like Cardinal Martini and fewer that are like Pat Robertson, Fred Phelps, and Tom Cruise.
I've quit smoking now for three years and look at what the below quiz says about my relationship with tobacco:
The Moderate Smoker You scored 62 Nic-fit Factor!
You, the moderate smoker, are likely to regularly smoke a good brand of full-flavored cigarettes. You probably know your way around other forms of tobacco as well, and you could probably get ahold of some cubans if you felt the urge. You are well-experienced in the world of tobacco, and are more than capable of keeping up with some of the heaviest of smokers.
The difference between you and heavier users is self-control, being that you have some.
Be sure to rate the test, thanks!
My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
I was sitting around thinking about my impending move and it struck me that I was moving to the midwestish city in a Republican state on the Kentucky border, which I assumed was smack in the middle of the US bible belt. Immediately I had flashes of raging bands of evangelical Christians chasing me with their pitch forks and bibles demanding that I repent my sins and embrace the savior.
However, PZ Myers of Pharyngula fame has disabused me of my irrational fear of religious mobs trying to convert me. It seems that Cincinnati happens to be in, what I would like to call, a Godless Heathen Zone. You don't know how relieved I am to discover that. I was almost expecting to burned at the stake for my blasphemous "evolutionist" views.
P.S. I think the term "evolutionist" is stupid.
P.P.S. I feel kind of bad for PZ 'cause he seems to be stuck in a Super Religious Hate Evolution Zone.
For today's installment of Macho Dating Advice for Women I thought I'd change it up a little. Instead of going over someone else's advice and noting why it's utterly stupid, I've decided that I would find questions posted on advice sites. Those sites always give those sickeningly sweet "it's him not you" bullshit answers to people's questions. Well those aren't the types of answers that I'm going to give, because in my opinion it's most definitely you not him that's the problem.
So here we go. Here's the first question that I found at About.com:
I saw my Godmother's nephew who I had always had a crush on and he asked me for my number and told me he always liked me as well and really wanted to spend time with me. He called me that night and we hooked up, he asked me to call him the next day and I did and we spoke a few times that day and we spoke again the next day and he said he would call me back and he hasn't yet. I know the phrase "He's just not that into you", but he told me after we hooked up he felt lucky and that my ex-boyfriend was a lucky guy. What is going on?
Your ex-boyfriend is lucky because he got rid of you. Your Godmother's nephew feels lucky 'cause he's getting away from you. You must really suck in bed if he ditched you as soon as you "hooked up" with him. Either that or you smell kind of bad. Not bad enough that he noticed right away but bad enough that when he got close to you it made him somewhat nauseous and as such he really doesn't want to get that close to you again. Dosing yourself with patchouli isn't the same as taking a shower you stinky hippy.
P.S. It's also kind of sad that you have to resort to dating the relatives of family friends. That there's already a sign that there's something wrong.
Me and my boyfriend have been dating for two days and I always thought that once you start dating things come easier but every time we are around each other we feel a bit weird and don't know what to say. Is that bad or just normal?
You've been dating for two days and you're calling him your boyfriend and you're already asking for dating advice online from complete strangers? You know what your problem is? You're a psycho. Next.
I don't ask very many questions and I met this guy, Mike, who wants me to ask some questions to get to know him and his personality better. I really like him what are some good questions to ask him. I know he is interested in me because of his best friend. I am 18 and he is 19 we have know each other for a few weeks now. Thank you for your help.
Ask him why he dates idiots then let me know what he says.
I've found another reason to think that biblical literalists are nuts. Here it is (it's a quote about an Ipsos-Reid poll in the National Post):
In Canada, 20% agreed with the statement that "the world will end in the Battle of Armageddon between Jesus and the Antichrist." In the United States, 46% answered in the affirmative.
I don't know about you but I find it rather alarming that 1 in 5 Canadians and nearly 1 in 2 Americans not only believe that the world will end in a battle between Jesus and the Antichrist but would say so to a public opinion poll. That's the kind of idea you hear from schizophrenic people who are off their meds.
Have you ever thought it would be awesome if you could catch cow farts? I know I have. I mean, cows go around all day stinking up the joint with their flatulence, which, by the way, contributes to global warming. It's about time that someone did something about it.
A good article about one of the stupider things promoted by alternative "medicine".
Now I must admit I'm a guy who holds a grudge especially when it comes to debates where the people I'm debating with are being idiots.
That's sort of what this post is about, something like three years ago I somehow got into an argument with a proponent of alternative "medicine" who was trying to suggest that the kernels of apricot seeds can cure cancer and that the "western medical establishment" was suppressing the information about it so they could sell more drugs. Now anyone else would have simply called that person a moron and moved on. However, I managed to get into a running debate with them that lasted for several months.
So when I came across an article from the BBC today noting how consumption of apricot kernels can kill your ass I couldn't help but post it here.
Watchdog warns over apricot seeds
Some claim apricot seeds can cure cancer Apricot stones sold for health benefits could be fatal in high doses, the food safety watchdog has warned. Apricot kernels are thought to contain high levels of vitamin B17, which is described as an immune system booster and even sold as a cancer treatment.
But the Food Standards Agency said they also produce cyanide and can be poisonous in high doses.
It is now recommending that people consume no more than two bitter apricot kernels in a single day.
An FSA spokesman said there were reports from overseas of "very serious health effects" being associated with the consumption of 20 to 30 kernels in a short period of time.
He added: "They could be potentially lethal in high enough doses."
Natural food retailer Julian Graves was selling packs with a recommended daily dose of 10 kernels and has since pulled them from its shelves.
It said it had begun selling the apricot kernels due to customer demand and would do so again with a revised recommended dosage if the food watchdog gave it permission.
The seeds however are also available through specialist websites.
Cancer Research UK says of vitamin B17: "According to claims made on the Internet, this substance found in apricot pips is a highly active compound that can cure cancer.
"Unfortunately this is simply not true. The whole reason for the existence of Cancer Research UK is to find cures for cancers.
"If simply eating apricot seeds could cure cancer, no one would be more delighted than us."
With all the effort and resources that go into medical research I can't understand why some people think that medical problems as complex cancer can be cured by something as simple as eating seeds. If it was that easy we'd have cured cancer by now.
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Sunday Night Fights: Lister vs. Sakara
I've been burninated....
How often do you get to say "melanic" in a sentence? It's got to be once in a lifetime.
My wife uses "tornadic" quite often. Usually, when she describes me coming home from a night out ... not sure why ...
Sunday Night Fights: Genki Sudo vs. Royler Gracie
I would so go to this guy's church.
Rock 'n' Roll just isn't as awesome anymore.
Ahh, to be 14 again. When Dio seemed cool.
Strangest article of the day.
Sunday Night Fights: Gracie vs Sakuraba
Friday Not-So-Random Ten: Best Drinking Songs Edition.
I have a new favorite Cardinal.
To some, it may appear that Martini is breaking with the pope and official church teachings.
But in fact, Martini's comments in the Italian magazine are entirely consistent with the church's reverance for life.
The church teaches that no one should use a condom or any other type of artificial contraception.
The reality, though, that if everyone follows that teaching, people will likely die.
Martini is not a relativist. He is not arguing that the church shirk its beliefs and adapt to contemporary, secular morality — or immorality, if you will. He is not calling for condom distributions after Mass.
Martini just wants to make sure that whenever possible, the church avoids a greater evil and, even after man has sinned, always stands up for life.
I'm not trying to suggest that Martini is a relativist nor am I suggesting that he's particularly secular. I don't think that Martini's views aren't in line with Catholicism. I agree that many of the things he says, though different than the official party line, are in line with the spirit of Catholic dogma and doctrine. I'm just noting that it's a breath of fresh air that a major figure in the Vatican is being so sensible.
I'm sure he'll be called into the vactican's woodshed soon.
Damn, I was a good smoker.
I'll be moving to a hotbed of heatheness!
Macho Dating Advice for Women: 04/17/06 Edition.
That is some funny shit.
I find it alarming that it's not 0%
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Ever wanted a cow fart catcher?
Fun little quiz.
A good article about one of the stupider things promoted by alternative "medicine".