Sunday, September 30, 2012

In the development of new technology, the moment that "if" becomes "when," so does "should" become "how."

Once a significantly influential technological idea has been proven and released to the world, it will be developed.

Those who oppose the technology waste their time by trying to halt its manifestation.

Our focus should lie instead on spending our energy in community-wide collaboration to minimize the negative impact of progress.

Taking sides and fighting over morality and ideology only precipitates misuse.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

How is it that so many right-wing conservatives can fight so adamantly against abortion and euthanasia and yet actively support the death penalty? How can these two viewpoints be held simultaneously without generating insurmountable levels of cognitive dissonance?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Step 1: Decide to go back on your diet and get back into your exercise routine.

Step 2: Get excited about going back on your diet and getting back into your exercise routine.

Step 3: Immediately drink two beers, eat a piece of cheese, and cry yourself to sleep.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Yes, it looks easy to make a smile, but it's really a complicated job. Any Tom, Dick, or Harry can make a smile last a second. For me, a smile that lasts a second won't do; I want a smile that lasts a lifetime. For example, did you know that people can enjoy being frightened? Did you know that sometimes people start crying when they're happy? It's so tricky! That's why, in order to create a perfect smile, you need an environment that you can control. 

"That's why I created Smile Land: for that pure, sweet smile that must be protected—that wonderful smile that spreads happiness all across the world! I wanted to make a place where people could forget about reality—a place where they wouldn't feel the least bit frightened, until the very end. Yes, the citizens of Smile Land enjoy themselves from the moment they're born until the day they die. And when the end of the world inevitably comes, they won't know a thing. They'll just be as happy as ever. Isn't that amazing!"

- Will B. Good, Ergo Proxy

(For those unfamiliar with the show, Will B. Good is clearly intended to be a Walt Disney analog.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Assuming for a moment that our existence really is due to the all-powerful creator being of the Abrahamic religions, I can not imagine it to be the benevolent and loving creature as which it is so often portrayed. To create a host of beings with the ability to reason and then demand that they live a life of active denial of that reason or suffer for all of eternity is nothing short of malicious.
I want to live in a place where it is always cold.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"He got up. He said nothing and walked out of the house. He never saw that girl again. Gail Wynand, who prided himself on never needing a lesson twice, did not fall in love again in the years that followed."

- The Fountainhead

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"From the perspective of others I am part of the world, but when I observe the world from my perspective, I am nowhere to be found. To observe is to create perspective. I can never cease to be the point of origin from my perspective. I observe that which is not myself. This is the first principle defined."

- Ergo Proxy

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Step 1: Wake up, go to work.

Step 2: Realize as you walk into the office that you forgot to wear a belt.

Step 3: Feel wrong and out of place all day.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Even if it were true that evolution was not supported by evidence, that would not make adopting the inherently non-evidentiary teachings of young Earth creationism a more logically sound decision. Dismantling one theory does not automatically increase the validity of your idea, particularly when the theory that you are attempting to dismantle has almost two centuries' worth of aggregate data standing in its favor.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Two years ago, I watched through an anime series that, in many ways, changed my expectations of not only the animation medium in general, but also of myself.

I have been reminded of its impact on me - in one way or another - every single day since my original viewing of the series.

Today, after over a year of worrisome questions within the industry about whether or not it would ever be reprinted, I finally own Ergo Proxy.

Today, I am content.