Monday, October 31, 2005

Spread the Word

Spread the Word

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Friday, October 28, 2005

Being Stalked by Intelligent Design

American Scientist Online - Being Stalked by Intelligent Design

An excellent essay describing the need to take up arms against the religious fanatics who are trying to undermine science education in the US. (Because it won't stop there.)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

New kid on the blog

Thus Spake Zarathustra

Welcome to Zarathustra, my new house-mate. He's just started blogging, but I'm sure we can expect some interesting stuff there in the near future.

Go, look.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Insufferable snobbery

A little while ago someone called me an “insufferable know-it-all”. I couldn’t dispute that… it’s true. In fact I quite like the sound of it.

But then yesterday someone else called me an “intellectual snob”. Now I’m starting to think that I’m getting a bit of a bad rap, so I’d like to try and set the record straight.

I’m well aware that I have an annoying habit of correcting people all the time. I often get complaints, and I try to keep a handle on it when it’s not appropriate, but sometimes it just gets away from me.

Not everyone takes offense though. And I suspect that to a large extent, people who do take offense misunderstand my motivation for doing it.

In my life I strive for accuracy. When I make an error, I do my best to learn from it so that I don’t repeat it. Problem is I’m not in a position to be able to detect every error I make. So when other people spot me making a mistake, I hope they’ll tell me about it. I appreciate it when they do that, and because I appreciate it, I automatically return the favour.

I suspect a lot of people think that when I point out an error I’m trying to show off how clever I am, that I know more than they do. I can understand why they might think that, but it’s simply not the case. I’m just trying to help.

Perhaps the issue here lies in the way I do it. I try to be as congenial and discreet about it as possible, but perhaps that’s the wrong approach.

Here we have another situation where I can’t detect my own error… I would greatly appreciate some assistance in this regard.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Dinosaur Comics - May 8th 2003 - dinosaur comics - May 8th 2003

Probably the most cerebral webcomic I've found so far... I like this one cos it deals with the concepts of self definition and personal identity over time... subjects I touched on in my lecture about Transporters.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Ctrl+Alt+Del - Tragically l337

Ctrl+Alt+Del - Tragically l337

Guns don't kill people. Kids who play video games kill people!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Intelligent Design Trial

Intelligent Design Trial | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

I don't think I need to say anything...

The ensigns of command

Wow, this is turning out to be an awesome week for me, with regards to my STARFLEET career. I just received this email:

To: Commander Owen Swart, Executive Officer, USS Dauntless, NCC-74214
From: Rear Admiral Jennifer Rosbury, Region 2 Coordinator
Through: Fleet Captain Thomas Donohoe, Commanding Officer, USSDauntless, NCC-74214

The Region 2 Coordinator and Captain of the USS Dauntless has special trust and confidence in the honor and fidelity of Commander Swart. Based on these qualities effective immediately you are promoted to the rank of CAPTAIN with all the rights and privileges thereof.

Captain Swart, report to the Commanding Officer of the USS Dauntlessfor further orders.

How awesome is this?

Monday, October 03, 2005

It's back again

So I wrecked my back last weekend, and twice again this weekend. While the pain isn’t constant, the discomfort is pervasive.

I can’t even concentrate on reading comics today, I’m so uncomfortable and tired from the lack of sleep.

I think I need to replace my spine with an artificial one… made out of titanium with guns that pop out. That would be cool.

I so rock!

In order to make my promotion to Executive Officer official, I had to complete the Officer’s Command College (OCC) exam from Starfleet Academy.

It was a lot more difficult that I anticipated. It took me a few weeks to complete, and I was stressed out about it, terrified that I wasn’t going to pass.

Well, the results came through yesterday – not only did I pass with Honours and a Distinction but I scored 114%!

I couldn’t believe it! I still can’t! The certificate is going to look really cool in its gold frame on my wall next to my SFI membership and OTS graduation certificates.