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Muppets vs Fox News

I’m guessing most people have seen this by now, but if not… Enjoy!

I’m not sure what’s funnier. The video or, if you follow the link, all the Fox News Zombies posting on the thread.

Faith, it’s a God Thing

Sorry for the time between posts everyone. Went on a short vacation and then caught the latest stomach virus going around. So I’ve had a few posts bouncing around in my head. I’ll see if it’s still worth posting them all, but this was one of them.

Anyway, I’m driving back from vacation with my family, and I pass a church, which like most churches, has a board outside to post the message of the day. Today’s message was:

‘Faith, it’s a God Thing’

My thoughts as an atheist was ‘How Very True’ and how sad that it is.

Faith is, the believe in something based on trust and with a lack of proof. I can have faith that my son will find his lunch in his backpack (I just got a call from him at school that he can’t find it), but I have no proof that it is going to happen. It’s possible to have faith on a lot of things.

The problem is that religion can affect so many areas in your life and in the lives of others, both good and bad. It is sad that many people accept it so blindly. Clearly there is no other organization that anyone puts that level of trust in. Have that kind of faith with your Car Dealership, Local Soccer League, etc? Likely not.

This is likely one of my biggest problems with faith, it keeps the mind from thinking critically at what you are accepting on faith and that is never a good thing. The Atheist Experience talked about this a little this week:

And now, I will email my son’s teacher to tell her where my son’s lunch is in his backpack, because faith is something as an Atheist that I just can’t follow…

10 Commandments – NonStampCollector Style

NonStampCollector makes some rockin’ videos. He doesn’t put them up often, but they are hoot.

Enjoy!

David Silverman on the Magic Sandwich Show

Hey, David Silverman will be on The Magic Sandwich Show. Past shows are here.

I’m not a big fan of the Show. I like all the people on it, but it rails on wayyyy too long. Still, I’m sure they will be talking about the Reason Rally.

If you are wondering about the show’s name, watch below. In short DonExodus below says that he has a sandwich that will fix cancer and it just go off from there…

Review: Star Trek Fleet Captains (Part 2)

I’ll start off by descriping a game played by my wife and I.

My wife picked playing the Klingons. She was assigned the Ships:

IKS Bortas

Bortas

IKS T’ong

T'ong

IKS Somraw

Somraw

My ships as the Feds were:

USS Venture

Venture

USS Defiant

Defiant

USS Enterprise A

Enterprise

So the game starts out with the Klingons getting a lot of combat missions and the Federation getting mostly Science and Exploration missions. The Feds spread out to ‘explore new worlds’ while the IKS Bortas and T’ong more forward to attack, while the IKS Somraw scouts Klingon space. The Klingons move into Fed space uncloaked and miss their chance to attack the USS Defiant. All three Federation ships pounce on the Bortas and the T’ong and direct their fire toward the smaller T’ong. Some fancy flying keeps the Enterprise from attacking, but the Venture and Defiant pound the T’ong and come close to destroying it. The Klingons cloak and the T’ong limps back for repairs. The Klingons get some Victory Points for the battle and the Feds get a few for building a Star Base and Exploring space. So things are fairly even, but a slight lead for the Fed.

So a new mission pops up for the Feds to rescue an away team from a Klingon planet that is luckily not too far from Federation Space. The Bortas and the repaired T’ong go to the planet and beam up the away team to the Bortas. The Enterprise (with Captain Kirk now in command) continues their mission to explore ‘Strange New Worlds’ and the Venture and Defiant speed to the planet to help the away team. They warp into the area before the Klingon can cloak with full power to the sensors and shields. The Federation is able to overpower the Bortas shields with their combined sensors and beam the team off of the Klingon ship and onto the Venture. The Klingons are furious and direct all fire at the Defiant. Only the T’ong can get a clean shot at the Defiant and she is nearly destroyed. Too damaged to cloak, the Venture and Defiant try a quick retreat with the Venture trying to cover the damaged Defiant, but the attempt fails and the Defiant is destroyed by the Bortas.

The Defiant is replaced by the USS Sutherland.

Sutherland

The fleeing Venture is able to help complete an Exploration mission the Enterprise was working on. Between that mission and saving the away team from the Klingons, the Federation is up 9 to 4 on Victory Points. At this point it was getting late and my wife gives up (very un-Klingon), but the goal of this game was to get the feel of the rules.

So the point of that session report is to simply ask the question: Does that sound like Fun?

If you are enough of a Sci-Fi geek to say yes, then this game could be for you. I liked it a lot. Despite the issues with the game parts themselves (and my wife was tossing a few comments about the game components as well (not positive)), I would buy an expansion if it came out and re-deal with the issues. Hopefully WizK!ds will have learned their mistakes the first time around as well.

There are already some varients rules floating around. There are some good player aids as well to help with the rule book if needed.

If boardgames and Sci-Fi is your thing, I think there is enough here plus fan support as well that you can get a lot of fun out of this game. If WizK!ds makes add-ons to the game, I would buy them in a second. Does the game have issues out of the box, yea it does, but if you can get over that than at least I can say that I’ll get my $70-100 out of this game easily.

Red Tails

January 12, 2012 3 comments

Now I want to see this movie just for this interview on The Daily Show.

George Lucas, a person who you would think would have lots of pull in movie studios, had to help bank this movie because the studios saw no money in it because all the major roles were filled by black men. He claims that it’s one of the first action movies done with an all black cast. He could be right. Blade comes close for example but had Kris Kristofferson as Abraham Whistler.

It looks like a fun movie and I want to see it, but now I’m also going to go to show that Lucas was right in making it.

We have No Time for Sillyness

This stuff drives me crazy: CNN Link

America’s Protestant pastors overwhelmingly reject the theory of evolution and are evenly split on whether the earth is 6,000 years old, according to a survey released Monday by the Southern Baptist Convention.

When asked if “God used evolution to create people,” 73% of pastors disagreed – 64% said they strongly disagreed – compared to 12% who said they agree.

Asked whether the earth is approximately 6,000 years old, 46% agreed, compared to 43% who disagreed.

A movement called Young Earth creationism promotes the 6,000-year-old figure, arguing that it is rooted in the Bible. Scientists say the earth is about 4.5 billion years old.

The Southern Baptist Convention survey, which queried 1,000 American Protestant pastors, also found that 74% believe the biblical Adam and Eve were literal people.

Wow, just wow! I guess it shouldn’t shock me too much that 3 out of 4 pastors in this survey believe Adam and Eve really existed. To start, it’s not possible from genetics point of view. That’s not even getting into fossils and everything else.

As for those who believe that the universe is 6000 years old. 7th grade math and what we saw with Supernova 1987A shows that’s not the case. Of course the universe is older then the 168,000 years that 1987A shows, but you have to start somewhere with these folks.

For those who need more information, here is Potholer54’s excellent vids on the matter: