The Longevity Thesis Book Video

Saturday, April 26, 2008

I don't know what to think.

I'm so confused. Does all this mean my little bubble has burst, or that I just need to adjust my perception of things?

Pagan Christ

Zeitgeist Movie

Bart Ehrman's Investigations

Jesus' birthday might be wrong

Maybe we're all pagans. Hmm . . .

25 May '08: More food for thought:

The Catholic View of all this.

Someone who took the time to check the details

Sunday, April 20, 2008


After NINE podcast episodes! NINE! After fussing and fretting about how to increase the dynamic range of my recordings and boosting the sound to noise ratio and blaming the microphone . . . Jen finally figures out that all she fricken needed to do was reboot the computer!!!!

How on Earth was I supposed to figure out that putting my machine on standby would mess up the microphone settings??!?!???!?! How!?!?!?

Anyway, this week's podcast is VERY crisp and I'm quite happy with it. For others who may have been experiencing the same problem, here's the fix:

1) Reboot!

2) Record!

3) Select a small portion of what is supposed to be background noise, then select "Effect", "Noise Removal".

4) Click on "Get Noise Profile".

5) Move the Step 2 cursor all the way to the left. If you don't, it makes your voice sound all underwater-warbly.

6) Remove noise! Done!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

How quickly damage is done

I always tell myself to factor in intent when I detect myself starting to feel slighted. Did the other person mean to offend? Were they aware that the action was offensive? If the answer is no, then the usually recommended course of action is to let it pass, but be ready with a gentle, boundary-establishing statement to prevent further hurt the next time -- one that does not offend in itself.

When angry, it really feels good to just cut loose and let the other person have it. This is *never* worth the momentary satisfaction gained. First of all, how well do you know that other person, and what they are capable of in terms of retaliation? If they took one blow from you in the past, how many more will they take? Unfortunately, such things have a cumulative effect. If a person is mean one day and nice the next, the effect of the nasty behaviour does not fade over time, and reset everything to baseline. Eventually the recipient of said anger will take steps to protect themselves. These steps may include removing themselves from your presence (if enough people do this, one is left with no friends), vicious retaliation, or bringing down a third party on your head. Eventually, through repeated strikes, people get the measure of one's character, and respond accordingly.

Secondly, what kind of world is it that we want to live in? Both courtesy and rage are contagious. It's not right for us to bring negative energy into the world. We do have to take responsibility for our actions, because we each have to live in the atmosphere we surround ourselves with.

Third, we never know where "news" of our behaviour will go, or how far reaching the consequences can be. Maybe the person we just mouthed off to is the favoured nephew of the boss, or has the ear of your boyfriend's mother. One never does know.

In a matter of seconds, a few harsh words can do irreparable damage and cost one more than is initially realised. Not everyone is strong enough to forgive a strike and take another (and another), because we are all entitled to protect ourselves in some way.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Photoshop Tutorials

Donnie Hoyle from My Damn Channel has one of the best tutorials around:

He's got loads more helpful tips on YouTube.