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Feb. 16th, 2010

Ryden

worth watching

I just noticed that one of the best "reality" shows I have ever seen (with a not-so-great title) will be shown three times in the next 24 hours, starting tonight at 9 pm. If you get the chance, check out "Blood Sweat and Takeaways" on Planet Green.  If you like it, also look for "Blood Sweat and T-Shirts".

Nov. 5th, 2008

Ryden

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Before I go to bed, I just want to say: Congratulations to everyone!

For the first time in a long time I feel like America has done something to be proud of. Hurrah!



In smaller news: We also got a compost bin at our building yesterday, so I now can feel a bit better about my trash too.

Nov. 3rd, 2008

Ryden

Hello.

I haven't posted for ages. I don't have anything earth shaking to report; it just seems like it must be time to say something.

I am getting pretty excited about the big day tomorrow. I sure hope that America, at least, will decide to pull its head out of its ass and make the right decision. It seems like just about everyone's tired of this mess. I just hope that this country will have the courage to go for a change.

For anyone who hasn't heard from me since my last post: I finally got a job. It's in air quality, which is what I wanted, so that's good. Sometimes I feel like a working stiff, but I am getting used to it. Kind of. I keep trying to convince them to let me work from home more often, but they want me in the office. They have some good reasons for this. The job is pleasant enough, and I am learning a lot about environmental regulations so it's fine and good, and I think I am supposed to be patient.

I've got my fingers crossed!

Apr. 18th, 2008

Ryden

Scary Movies

Here are clips from the only two movies that I remember being really frightened and haunted by as a child.

The first was The Incredible Melting Man. I was probably about 6 years old when we saw it as part of a double feature at the drive-in.

Later that week I was having trouble sleeping because I was afraid that the Incredible Melting Man was going to get me, so I got out of bed and went to my parents. They comforted me by inviting me to join them in watching Barbarella. When I went to back to bed, I was terrified of those dolls. I always thought it was silly, but looking at it again, the scene still scares me a little bit. Now I want to watch the whole thing again. I am glad though, that I never developed a full-blown fear of dolls. My parents were always good at explaining the distinction between fiction and reality.
[Edit:] I don't know why I am having so much trouble getting these two clips to work right on here. I will try to fix this later.



Mar. 9th, 2008

Ryden

Rock music...

from the underground scene in Iran.

Thanks delta_S!

Mar. 5th, 2008

Ryden

Miss Information

I  watched a news story tonight about a company, BioEnergy Solutions, in Fresno CA, which is now producing power from cow manure. Great!! I have been wanting to see this kind of technology put to use in the US for a long time! The news story showed a whole lot of cow poop being piled up mechanically by a conveyor thing into a gigantic pile, while the narrative explained, "...the manure then turns into mostly water, and that water is then turned into gas, which is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric."

You don't have to be a chemist to know that huge piles of poop don't just turn into water, and water doesn't then turn into natural gas! If either of those were true, a whole lot of our problems would be solved.

I found another news story, closer to the source, which explains that the manure is dissolved into the water in a covered lagoon, where the gas from the manure is collected and then cleaned. That's not so hard to understand, right? It makes a lot more sense than turning water to gas. Now I am just wondering if anyone at King 5 even realizes how stupid and impossible that story sounded, and I am wondering how many viewers out there even noticed. They need a new science writer, and we really need to improve the education system in this country.

Mar. 3rd, 2008

Ryden

this is not surprising

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Science/Math Nerd
 

(Absolute Insane Laughter as you pour toxic chemicals into a foaming tub of death!)

Well, maybe you aren't this extreme, but you're in league with the crazy scientists/mathmeticians of today. Very few people have the talent of math and science is something takes a lot of brains as well. Thank whosever God you worship, or don't worship, so thank no deity whatsoever in your case, for you people! Most of us would have died off without your help.

Literature Nerd
 
Social Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Drama Nerd
 
Musician
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

Feb. 19th, 2008

Ryden

vocabulary malfunction

What is it called when a group agrees on something by consensus, but then someone in a position of power does something else? Like, years ago, when Seattle voted against a new expensive sports stadium and we got it anyway. Or when we voted for a mass-transit rail system and they did not build it. (Although it looks like they are finally building one now, several elections later.) Or the latest presidential elections. -- What is the word for that kind of thing?

Feb. 13th, 2008

Ryden

Getting published!!

The research group that I was with last year has just submitted a paper to the journal, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACPD). I am listed as one of the authors! I am so proud! Now I feel like a real scientist, still unemployed, but real nonetheless. Wooo!

Feb. 12th, 2008

Ryden

Caucusing and Patriotism

I went to my first caucus the other day, and I was surprised by how disorganized and chaotic the whole thing was. I wondered why they had all of us crowded into to one location, since we were split up into our individual precincts anyway. But, I suppose that having us all together makes for a much faster tally and a sense of camaraderie, to go with the madness and lack of parking. In my precinct, we had about three times the number of attendees expected and I'm guessing that the expected turnout made a big difference in the planning, or lack of it.

I was a couple minutes late, and I sat with two people who live in my building. We all admitted that this was our first caucus, and that attendance made us feel more like “real adults”. One of them mentioned something about the Pledge of Allegiance being led by a 12 year old. I was surprised, and I asked, "You said the Pledge of Allegiance? ... I probably would have been uncomfortable with that." They looked slightly disappointed in my disloyalty and asked me, "Why?" I gave them my short answer. I told them that it had something to do with the state of our Union, and what it has come to be under current leadership.

In truth, I have avoided The Pledge since I was in the 3rd grade. I was the only person in my class who refused to recite it in school, and I did that for "religious reasons”. I was a non-religious kid, and I didn't like the "under God" statement, mostly because of the separation of church and state issue. I had to get my parents to write a special note, excusing me from the daily ritual. Since then, the Pledge of Allegiance and the image of the flag itself have slowly come to represent to me, something that seems more and more corrupt every day: the US Government. And, under our latest regime, the hypocritical use of American symbolism coupled with injustice in the name of freedom has turned my stomach so many times that I can't keep track of it anymore. As a result, I had come to see our flag and most forms of patriotic symbolism as something offensive.

At the caucus, my neighbors reminded me that The Pledge of Allegiance is not a pledge to the President, or even to our current government, but rather to our nation and all that it is supposed to represent. It was an uplifting thought. It felt lighter, and more hopeful, to separate the symbol of our flag from the corruption driving our government, and to think of the flag as it was meant to be. I had not forgotten the freedoms and liberties that it was supposed to represent, but they have been buried under a whole lot of ugliness. The next time that someone asks me to pledge my allegiance, I might be able to do it in a whole new way -- with "under God" omitted, and with hope that our country will one day represent the best things that our flag and our constitution can offer.

Now, don't get me wrong here; I am not saying that I'm going to go out and buy a bunch of American flags to hang in my windows, or anything like that, just that patriotism can mean a lot of different things, and it feels good to have hope.

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