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Saturday, April 24th, 2010
8:44 pm - Conservative Gymnastics
Conservatives spend a lot of time bending over backwards to say things that they believe aren't just selfish and evil.  I was listening to some other self-serving wank on the radio talking about how justice and compassion are two completely different things, and shouldn't be mixed.  What is the point of justice without compassion?  How can it be justice?  What this guy thinks is that as long as he can create a piece of legislation that protects his buttery ass in court and as long as he has some heartless judge that interprets the law exactly as he likes, all will be right with the world.  Of course in that regard he's right.  But what if you're the guy whose family, home and future are ruined by his selfishness?  Seriously, he doesn't care at all and he feels that if a judge feels differently that there is no justice.  That's right, no compromise is possible in his position because it's his universe and we're all just a zombie hoard trying to steal his money.

I just wish we had a relocation program for these pernicious ticks.  I want them all to go to Alaska or Texas and just live out their vapid vampirical lives far away from me and my children.  I'm sure I've mentioned the other favorite twist where these religious types correct that the commandment is not "thou shall not kill" but "thou shall not murder."  Seriously, go to Alaska and Texas to live with more folks that want to kill anyone that they feel is beyond saving, which is everyone that performs a criminal act and anyone that goes against their understanding of the Bible.

Uughh.

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Sunday, April 18th, 2010
7:25 pm - Writer's Block: Take me as I am
Would you be upset if a long-term partner confessed that s/he'd committed a serious crime before you met? How do you think it would affect your relationship?

There is a difference between criminal behavior and that which is wrong.  While I would be very anxious that my spouse confessed some crime to me that she had committed in the past, I would be far more concerned about what punishment was lingering out there for her, as whatever it was would undoubtedly punish the children and I.  You see I don't think my wife would be likely to do something wrong, and if she had there must have been a very good reason and an even better one that she hadn't made amends somehow in the intervening years.  As to whther it would change our relationship, I hardly think so.  Compared to the other things we've been through, some midnight confession that she was a drug mule who had to kill someone in Turkey in the 80's would be an amusing anecdote.

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009
1:56 pm
My Political Views
I am a far-left social libertarian
Left: 8.3, Libertarian: 3.55

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Foreign Policy Views
Score: -6.28

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Culture War Stance
Score: -7.05

Political Spectrum Quiz

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1:43 pm



John F Arnold's Dewey Decimal Section:

388 Transportation; ground transportation

John F Arnold = 05846184524 = 058+461+845+24 = 1388


Class:
300 Social Sciences


Contains:
Books on politics, economics, education and the law.



What it says about you:
You are good at understanding people and finding the systems that work for them. You like having established reasoning behind your decisions. You consider it very important for your friends to always have your back.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

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Sunday, December 14th, 2008
1:58 pm - ganked from michelf
I am Rabies. Grrrrrrrr!
Which Horrible Affliction are you?
A Rum and Monkey disease.

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Friday, December 5th, 2008
9:42 pm - Ganked from Ladybug218

Name: John
Date: 12/5/2008
Colorgenics Number: 54310267


 

You are in a state of constant expectation and want interesting and exciting things to happen to you. But in fact, you are a 'Walter Mitty' at times - a dreamer - over-imaginative and often given to fantasy or day-dreaming. There is nothing wrong in 'dreaming' - how boring life would be if one just followed the doctrines of everyday life - but one must not continue leading a life of continuous fantasy. You need to face reality in spite of all its possible shortcomings.

Being a likable person you get on well with neighbors and friends. You don't need anything to 'Rock your boat'. You want to 'love' and to be loved'.

You feel truly deprived - not getting your fair share, but you have accepted the fact that that is the way things are at this time and that it is prudent to let matters slide and not hit your head against the wall -so conform and agree for a while. Accept the situation - nothing can last forever.

Presently, you are experiencing stress because of restriction on your independence. You need and seek respect from other people and it is essential that they appreciate you for yourself and not for what they would like you to be. You have your own beliefs and convictions and you would like to be respected for them. You are anxious to avail yourself of every opportunity that may come your way but nevertheless, come what may, you have the need to control your own destiny without imposed limitations or restrictions.

You don't like conflict and you endeavor to avoid criticism. You want to do your own thing and to be able to decide what is right for you. You have considerable personable charm - and this is used with considerable effect on those that keep your company.  And you want to wear their skins.

http://www.goldinuniverse.com/default.asp

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Sunday, November 30th, 2008
10:12 pm - Turkey day round up
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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
10:56 pm - Phonemes
Hi all,

I just received this via email and found it very funny...

A teacher friend's five-year old students are learning to read.
Yesterday one of them pointed at a picture in a zoo book and said,

"Look at this! It's a frickin' elephant!"

She took a deep breath, then asked..."What did you call it?"

"It's a frickin' elephant! It says so on the picture!"

And so it does...

" A f r i c a n Elephant "

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Friday, November 21st, 2008
5:31 pm - Batter Blasters a review
Encouraged to try by "friends" I purchased a suspiciously pressurized container of "pancake" "batter".

Because I am an aficionado of pancakes/flapjacks/hoecakes I feel compelled to give my honest and rather unpleasant opinion of these "pancakes." In the interest of specificity I will remark upon them in order of ingredients. 
First I would draw attention to the idea that they are "Organic"  and thus somehow better for you, which may be true but if anyone believes a pancake is good for you or that that is a requirement for a pancake, you should stop reading this now, as you will only be enraged.

Filtered water
Well this is not objectionable, but I would point out that if the water requires filtration it can't be very good water.  I would also point out that some feel that water of any sort in a pancake unless it's soda or mineral water is objectionable.  The proteins and sugars in milk are better tasting and make a better pancake.

Organic wheat flour (unbleached)
It's best that the wheat flour is allowed to sit in this can for months on end, allowing the fiber aspect of it to swell and mellow. 

Organic cane sugar
I find it unnecessary to claim cane sugar is superior to other organic sugars, but this is fine.

Organic whole egg solids
So they powder the eggs?  Why?  It certainly ruins the possibility that the pancakes will rise properly.

Organic soybean powder
I guess to put the protein in that they didn't get from milk.

Sodium lactate (lactic acid from beet sugar)
Again replacing the milk it should have with something squeezed from a turnip.  Also worth noting that sodium lactate is popularly used in bologna, well known for it's use in baked goods.

DiCalcium phosphate (leavening agent)
Also called baking powder.

Sea salt
Also called salt.

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
'Nuff said. Probably reacts with the steel can producing that autopsy table taste.  Sure the table might be clean, but do you really want your tongue on it?

Organic rice bran extract

A vile tasting thing discarded from rice, this trash is added to blaster to what?  It stabilizes the batter so it doesn't separate and increases shelf life while increasing the moisture content of the finished product.  I can taste it like burnt tire in the pancakes I produced.  No, it's vile vile vile.  My youngest son was very excited at the prospect of being freed from the need of parents on Saturday mornings, but upon tasting this told me, "I don't like this." and pushed it away.  A 5 year old push away a pancake?  I would previously have thought it would have to have spoiled raw meat on it to elicit such a reaction.  A new low in pancake science, I would point out that the propellant is probably CO2 because it tastes like it sat in a steel cylinder for a few months, and that cylinder also had burnt rice in it.  So, it's vile.  Did I say that?  It's vile.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
8:29 pm - Writer's Block: Department of Stereotypes
One of the most popular gender stereotypes is that women ask for directions while men would rather be lost than ask for help. In your personal experience, does this stereotype hold true?
Sadly yes.  In defense of this position I would claim that women are more social creatures, so they are more inclined to talk to persons along the way anyway, directions is just an excuse.  I would prefer to live like the grunty caveman of old, and thank goodness for women, or there would be no impetus for men to invent the internet, or bathe.

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Saturday, November 1st, 2008
8:33 pm - The Sixth Commandment
Thou shall not kill.

For upwards of 600 years, christian theologians have translated the sixth commandment as thou shall not kill.
Now, it's true that the 'proper' hebrew translation is, "Thou shall not murder."  Thanks to Lutherans for crossing the t's and dotting the i's on this one.

What purpose does it serve to encourage anyone to believe that they should decide whether a person is deserving of death?  Or that anyone has that right? 

I am not a christian, and yet I often feel that his most oft repeated maxims are not without merit.   The Old Testament I consider to be primarily the rantings of the mad, however the commandments do not fall beyond what I consider ethical and right but for the First, which we can give a pass for professional self-promotion.  Everybody does it.

We are all humans, part of a vast species of bipedal hominids, our whole genetic variation traceable to one ancient mother.  All of us have relied on the social structure of the cultures we have found ourselves in since time immemorial.  What do we evolve toward?  This question becomes more and more relevant as genetic engineering becomes more and more available.   But beyond the manipulations which will improve individual survival, prolong and/or alter reproduction, improve disease resistance, and change our metabolism through alterations of our biochemistry eventually the mysteries of cognition will yield to interference of the same sort.  The various intelligences enhanced and expanded, our sensorium altered and further sensitized, all these things will pass and the machines that we put to such purposes will only exist for those whom medical science will fail for whatever reason.  As our intellects expand, what of ethics?  Will the very definition of humanity change?  When we claim that killing is sometimes desirable, do any of us believe that it will always be necessary?  If we do believe in that day in the future when killing will be unnecessary, will humanity still desire to kill?  Are we then to be more or less human when we surrender to that desire?

I am angry that I am confronted by this bloodthirstiness, and that those irreligious types feel that their bloodthirst is condoned by the holy.  That holiness aspires to a perfection of spirit I think is beyond argument.  How does killing any man contribute to that perfection? 

There are plenty of conservative preachers, people who believe that a more accurately translated Bible is a good thing.  We should be beholden to the packaging of the deity as accomplished by men 300 years before the birth of Christ in the Bible, books should be excluded for conflicting with other books and not presenting the original as desired by modern religions, but we should hurry up and make sure that the sixth commandment is translated as accurately as possible.  I just see this as leading us to darkness.  Since their hypocrisy only extends to the born, experimenting with fertilized eggs is murder?  But not if it's a chicken, or an Iraqi.

Those people will have their own earthscapes to play with in the future, and my progeny will have no interest in them, for they will be nightmares beyond my intelligence's capacity to imagine.

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10:38 am - Halloween
My youngest son, Ryan, went out as The Jackal and Luke was a ghost as last year.

I set up the new Frankenstein's monster with the giant inflatable spider and created The Pumpkin King out of an 8 foot folding ladder, about 40 trashbags, an 8' length of 3/4" copper pipe, two giant monster hands I bought at an halloween store, and inflatable beach ball that is illustrated to look like a skull, and an infant onesie stuffed with packing material to resemble a headless infant child hanging from the king's grasp.  Took about 2 hours.  We didn't host last year at all so this year turn out was low, but some people driving by were new neighbors and had never seen the Pumpkin King.  Pictures were taken, shouted compliments from the sidewalk parent gallery, all much appreciated.

Tory took the boys trick or treating with Laura and her family.
Highlight:
Ryan was trick or treating with a large latex mask on and with a large group of kids, so he would say, "Trick or treat! and trick or treat for UNICEF!"  Most people, unaccustomed to hearing this from a 5 year old in a rubber mask while the candy melee is already in process wouldn't hear him.  The first time this happened, he got his candy and stood there while the other kids all fled.

"Where's the money?" 

(Taken aback)  "We're not giving that out here."

Tory stepped in to intervene, "He's collecting change for UNICEF."
"Oh, okay, here."

Ryan then 'got' it and was able to ask fully for change for UNICEF, but that first exchange just got me rolling.


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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
11:15 pm




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Thursday, October 16th, 2008
12:24 am
Red Baron: How lucky you English are to find the toilet so amusing. For us, it is a mundane and functional item. For you it is the basis of an entire culture.

- Private Plane

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Friday, October 10th, 2008
6:58 pm
What John is doing.

John is studying Fuel Gas Code.
This includes hydrogen.

I will write something this weekend about gases talking about their distribution, storage, and things that I have found interesting in my recent studies.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2008
9:54 pm
Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next sentence* in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"Let guests think they're getting the specialty of the house."
Food Editor's Favorites Treasured Recipes

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Saturday, August 16th, 2008
7:17 pm
 I'm at the beach.  I have been all this week.

I've been with my boys and not watching the Olympics, which is a great difficulty for me because I'm such an Olympics geek that I've actually watched some online stuff.  These have just been the best ever.

Which doesn't mean I love China any more, it just means I'm disappointed in a capitalist system that doesn't sufficiently enjoy the opportunity to throw one big honking party.

I have a 210 hour tivo and right now it has about 110 hours of Olympic glory waiting for me to sift the 20 hours of commercials out of it.  So Tory's here now and I have some stuff to do down there.

One is create a Sanctum Sanctorum for her.  The other is setting up one of the rental properties for a kitchen floor replacement.  

So two weeks without kids after spending 5 days with nothing but kids up here at LBI.  I have one word for you all.

Starcraft!

The other word is OLYMPICS!

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Friday, August 8th, 2008
9:09 pm - Writer's Block: God For a Day
If you could be God for a day, what three things would be at the top of your to-do list?
Number One?  I'd totally get rid of the confirmation trap* in our brains.
Number Two?  Rednecks?  Gone! and as I've pointed out, every continent has them.
Number Three? Make faster than light transport possible.**

*Confirmation trap- in psychology,  taking information that confirms one's own hypothesis as fact and disregarding or discrediting contradictory information.  fMRIs indicate that this is actually hardwired into our brains.

** May relate to number one.  

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
7:15 pm - Because we're stupid monkeys, that's why.
This is amazingly stupid.

Spray it on your legs, to refresh them. Is it the water? Or is it the alcohol that refreshes?  And despite it being "revered for centuries" I have never heard any idiot say, "Rub the daisies on your legs, you'll be able to hike for miles more."  Perhaps though it is some long neglected nonsense for children, as the Plains Indians used to tell their children that if you rubbed the dust of butterfly's wings on your chest it would make you a faster runner.  Which totally works by the way, any kid who spends all his time chasing butterflies is going to end up being a faster runner than say, Tonka, whose parents told him that if he watched enough t.v. he'd be famous.  Well here you go little Tonka, you're on the t.v.  That's famous isn't it?
And because morbid obesity among Native Americans isn't funny, here's a link to a serious website about the issue.
  I could totally see myself telling my kids that if you rub the daisies on your legs you'll be able to hike that much further.  Is it the rest?  Is it the association with magic?  Could it be that hiking down the hill is easier?

More Astrology.  Courtesy someone who also feels as I do, though maybe not about daisy spray for your legs.


 

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Monday, August 4th, 2008
9:32 pm - UPdate
 

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