You know, some people get really uptight if you use a word outside of its normal dictionary meaning. Some people also get into hysterics if you spell a word wrong or use poor grammar. I'm not one of those people. I do think though we should value the meaning of words in general. My main issue is that today's culture is so "politically correct" that certain words are just thrown out there without much consideration as to the impact of those words. For example, people throw out accusations of raci
Though I am in seriously early stages of my education, I tend to think far ahead about where I want to go and what I want to be and that leads me to the title of my blog post. Though I am technically a 'leftist' I am actually so close to the center that a 'real leftist' may mistake me for a conservative or worse but that's beside the point. Anyways, the main reasons I believe I am unsuited for academia are simple. I am not a conformist, I am not a die hard liberal and I am certainly not politica
I've been reading "The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man" by Robert Price and he has often remarked that his writings are not to necessarily be adopted as truth but simply an alternative point of view for one to examine and spit out whatever bones one finds. I have learned a lot (and will continue to learn until I finish the book) but I cannot accept everything he has stated wholesale. He has helped me develop my thoughts quite a bit and this is sort of where I am at the moment:
Today I clocked in 129.1 kilograms. That's about 284lbs for you yanks Now, I realise this is still fat as fuck, but I was at one point 165 kilograms so I'm pretty chuffed at the moment. I still have about another 29 kilos to go until I am anywhere near a healthy weight but at least I'm past the halfway mark. As it stands now, I am lighter than I have been in years. In fact I think when I first joined ex-c, I was probably about 10 kilos heavier than I am now, to help put it into perspective.
So, I haven't exactly been making strides, I am finding that I am drinking soda every now and again but it is still less than what I use to drink before. Some days I don't drink at all, other days I'll have it with a meal. I kinda went all out a couple days ago when I had a pretty rough day, I guess for me food is my own form of self abuse.
Anyways, the cardio pretty much went nowhere. I have barely touched the elliptical so I decided to start doing what I actually enjoy which is lifting wei
Today has been a better day than yesterday. My mood has been higher than the last few days despite being home all day (usually a disaster for my mood). An interesting thing happened today which threw me off guard. As some of you may know there is a girl that I am kinda interested in. Whilst I haven't made any direct moves, my indirect moves have gone unnoticed (or I didn't initiate, which is more likely but more details to follow). I'm the kind of man who doesn't like risks (because I don't like
So, I guess before anything I need to clarify some differences, or perhaps "perceived differences" between American universities and ones over here. Firstly, it's been my impression that to get into the elite universities, you need to have more than good grades. Generally speaking, you need to have extra curricular activities that show that you're awesome; on top of very awesome grades. In Australia, you are judged by your results only so there isn't a need to go out there and do all these thing
Do you ever just hear something - something that is perfectly 'normal' but at that particular moment it just strikes you? I guess I'll explain what I mean. Not that long ago, after arriving at the university I sat down in the library and started going through the appropriate paperwork. As I was doing this a couple of girls sat down behind me and started having a conversation about their studies.
The thing that stood out was talking about their timetable; what one of them said was 'yeah, I go
Most people don't know how to define faith. The faithless mock the concept as one simply believing something based on nothing whatsoever but we'd all agree that that isn't what faith is, or is it?
When I was a Christian I came to a place where I labelled myself a "Presuppositional Evidentialist". In other words, I was at odds with a Fideism. I didn't believe faith was believing without reason. It was inherently tied to it. My view of faith is this: Faith is the ladder that takes us from the
So I started my workout today, it's official. I got some basic gym workout stuff the other day and put it all in what is now I guess you can call my "workout room". Here's a glimpse:
I have somewhat improvised with some of the things in there. For example, the table there is used as a stand for my lappy so I can listen to tunes and check up on things if needed (It's surprisingly easy for me to forget the order of the workouts I'm doing), the mirror I use to double check my form - especi
So, I decided last night to get back on track to losing weight. I was feeling really defeated and wasn't really in the state of mind to go forward with confidence but after reading some weight loss success stories I have boosted my mood and today I began my first set of changes, albeit minor ones. They are simply this, every day use the elliptical for 15mins and to cut soda out of my diet completely. This includes juice, cordial or any other sweet beverage in place of water. It's in essence a wa
I was waiting for a friend to get a taxi today out a "Jews for Jesus" store today. The store was well located if I do say so myself, it's right at the heart of the "Jewish district" here (you see HEAPS of men with their payots and/or kippahs walking around, not to mention a lot of grocery stores have "kosher" sections). Looking at the store got me to thinking about a passage in Matthew that I use to really enjoy. It was Matthew 11:28-30:
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and
I've never really had any female friends, the only experiences I ever had with the other sex growing up was negative. I'm in my mid twenties now, and other than my partner I have no female friends (I barely have male friends at that!) and have never really had them. I have acquaintances (who I might refer to as friends for ease of discussion) that are female, but that's about it. As such I have never really experienced the "friend zone" that seems to be posted all the time now.
The closest I
Many years ago now I purchased this book, you can get it on Amazon here. At the time of purchase, I read about a third of it, found it fascinating and didn't touch it again. This of course changed in the last week or two as I made it my mission to go through old books of mine (and books I've always wanted to read) and begin working through them. The first of these was Price's book and it's not exactly a light read, my Kindle estimated about 15 hours reading time, and it wasn't too far off that.
This blog title actually comes from the Quran funnily enough. I cannot help but be drawn to religion, not in the sense of converting to a religion but it's just a topic that fascinates me and to an extant, is holding me captive. I want to know everything there is to know about various religious beliefs and philosophies, I want to know more about man and his origins and genetic make up, I want to know where we go after we die and I want to know what is right and what is wrong in the whole scheme
I recently hit my 30s and I've realised over the last couple years a couple things have happened. Firstly, as I keep getting older the X that marks the left simply keeps moving to the left of me and secondly, not only was the X moving to the left as I stood stationary, I myself am now moving to the right of my own accord. I'm not even that old, and I feel in general I am losing touch with what's current. It continues to be a weird transition for me; to move from the "happening crowd" to the lepe
Someone I know recently was involved in an "altercation" that left them pretty badly injured. As he lies in intensive care his family updates everyone on the situation and all I see are messages thanking God for helping him recover and all that shit. The only thing I can think of reading these messages is this same piece of shit who is apparently helping him recover also caused him all this harm.
In the book of Job, it opens with all that Job had and details how he lost it all. The book ends
I generally live a stress-free life but university study somewhat fights against my attempts to do that. The last few months have been especially stressful as I've been struggling with motivation with my university studies, dealing with family pressure to move closer to home and as a result it has been bringing me down. I notice the stress gets so bad sometimes I feel ill. I guess that is why blogging can be cathartic - it relieves stress that's been building up (which is why I am probably doing
So today I was reading something in the paper and I noticed that the said the current value of the item was 6.47% less now than it was a year before and that its current value is $66500. Now, I vaguely recalled there was a way of figuring this out, but I didn't just want to look up the formula. I wanted to see if I could get to the formula myself and below are my initial steps. You see I've been recently seeking to improve my math skills so I've been starting off with algebra and have gotten up
One of the reasons I don't post so much, if at all on this forum is because I am just tired of arguing. You know, I realize none of us are really enemies and that we're essentially just pissing in the wind with our discussions, it is nevertheless draining to argue and counter and respond to points or critiques to your argument, as well as the person you're talking with. I can really appreciate how some people want to just say what they want to say and leave it at that. It get's a bit tiring to h
One thing that has resonated with me for a while now is the forced harmonization of the biblical texts. What has happened is you have many different authors with sometimes vastly different theologies being forced into a small box. Everything is then harmonized and if unable to be harmonized, abrogated appropriately (think of the excuse why Christians don't follow the law). This has been happening for so long that people no longer see the obviousness of the forced harmonization, even when it stic
I watched a film called "12 Years a Slave" the other night, it was about a man who was captured and made a slave. As the film drew to a close it made me think of all the horrors that happened during slavery. That during the hundreds of years that these people were made slaves, that all the deaths, all the suffering, the misery and pain that happened; all of this year after year, person after person - million in fact and for centuries has been reduced to a blurb in our minds.
Slavery in the U
The Prince is a relatively short text that wouldn't take more than an hour or two to read for most. Most of it is what I would perceive to be common knowledge (but it has a couple of interesting points I'll dive into momentarily). It's far more interesting reading up on those who were influenced by the text itself. From royalty across Europe, to the US founding fathers to the Italian-American mob bosses.
Essentially the text describes what someone in power should do in order to ensure they
I'm a very private person, and perhaps a bit of a sensitive one while I'm at it. I don't like telling people things because my thoughts, feelings and desires are precious to me and I don't appreciate it when people piss and shit all over them. You ever tell somebody you're doing some non standard hobby and their immediate reply is either "man, you got so much time on your hands" or "why would you do that"? Both responses crush your spirit at a time when you're trying to bring somebody close to b
Long post ahead, be ye forewarned.
I watched an interesting video recently on the effect of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence has and will have on humanity. You can view the video
. Basically, the video argues that shit will hit the fan when robots take over human jobs because we'll put the vast majority of people out of work. Most jobs that people have are ones where a robot with basic artificial intelligence could take over. The chief example is driving which we already h