Doubt

December 31, 2008


I saw Doubt last night. The movie was thought provoking and extremely complex. I was familiar with it’s concept going in, but I was weary about how the movie would end. A religious movie entitled “Doubt” will either end in favor of doubting religion, or embrace the faith. (Spoiler!) Philip Seymour Hoffman is a priest who acts sketchy with a vulnerable young black boy. It doesn’t look too good, but there isn’t any real evidence. One nun believes he’s guilty, one nun needs evidence (very faith vs. science). Faith wins and the potentially sketchy priest is bullied out of the Catholic school. The accusing nun draws the parallel between the acting upon the unseen in this issue and her faith in god. The movie ends with her in doubt of god. Really, really good movie.

I showed Ashley the moon last night through my new telescope. In between celestial objects we peeked in on the second floor window across the road and saw a girl pee (I saw her butt, it was cool).

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The Cartoon Guide to Physics

December 21, 2008

I bought The Cartoon Guide to Physics from Barnes & Nobel.  This is basically a melding of graphic novel and science books.  It explains motion, and gravity and all the goods. I highly recommend it. Most of it’s subject matter is a refresher, but it moves at such a pleasantly slow and enjoyable pace that it gives the physics time to sink in.

I just learned about how the tides work:  When the oceans are closer to the sun then they are the center of the Earth, they are pulled towards the moon causing the tides to rise.  When the Earth spins around to the opposite side, the moon this time, pulls the Earth away from the oceans, again causing the tide to rise.  Then when you add the sun, the tides get even more exciting, check out the animation below:

During this particular Barnes & Nobel trip, I also picked up a signed copy of Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now.

I had never heard of the author or the book before so the signed attribute was just a happy extra.  I browsed through it and it looked like a fun read.  Tomorrow we’re leaving for Ashley’s Parents hosue.  We’ll be spending 2 nights with her parents and then moving on to my Mom on Christmas Eve.  These trips usually mean lots of sleep, lots of reading, lots of good eats, and lots of family time, sounds like good times.

Ashley and I are terribly impatient.  Last night at about 6:00PM, we impulsively decided to have Christmas 8 days early.  My goodness did I make out well!

Britney Spears – Circus

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I made it though the album on my way in to work this morning.  Most of the songs are just OK.  I think about 3 or so songs are really good.  And there is one really awkward song entitled “My Baby” about…. her baby.

Moon in My Room

The Moon in My Room is awesome, you hang the moon on the wall and you can set it to light up in whatever phase you so choose.  It’s for ages 6 and up.

Harmony Universal Remote 550

We have 4 remotes that we constantly lose.  Thank goodness for over-the-top personal electronics.

Wide Angle Lens

I can be artistic now!

Wall-E Blu-Ray

I’m sure this is going to be the prettiest Blu-Ray ever

James Randi – Flim Flam

Teach me how to spread hate for all things pseudo scientific.

Skeptics Dictionary

Again, all about spreading the hate.

Socks

For my feet.

Lens Brush

I’ve graduated from cleaning lenses with my t-shirt!

Evolution T-shirt

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My good buddy Charles drew this diagram for me when he realized that we are all related.

Book Light

So I can read in the dark.

Push Lights

So I can see in the dark.

Starbursts

It’s just candy.

Santa Pez Dispenser

More candy.

Hannah Montana Brush Tunes

Hannah Montana sings to me for 2 minutes as long as I’m brushing hard.

Monopoly Travel

Monopoly so simplified, you can play it in the car.

Daily Pill Organizer

So I don’t forget to take my anti-depressants.  I’m suffering from depression.

Car Air Freshener

It’s for the car.

Advil – Travel Size

It’s for my head.

Spore for Mac

When I get home from work, I am going to lock myself in my office and not come out until I have evolved.

And I’m sure I forgot to list something awesome.