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Jonas Married, Caldwell Quits Council

July 31, 2010

*Congratulations Jonas and Lily!

*Thank you for your service Marrisa.

July 31, 2010   3 Comments

Determinism vs. Free Will

Determinism: the philosophical view that every event, including all human thought and behavior, is determined by previous events.

Free Will: Screw previous events.  “I do what I want” (Like Eric Cartman).

Determinism or Free Will?
Free Will
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Please note: right now on the Google there are:
About 2,460,000 results (0.31 seconds) for “free will vs determinism”
About 170,000 results (0.23 seconds) for “determinism vs free will”

That means alphabetical order is not usually followed when people put those two phrases versus each other. People like free will better. They may not believe in it, but it’s kind of a bummer to say everything is predetermined and there is no free will. Doesn’t exactly make you Mr. Laughs at parties. Still though, nobody will ever know so you might as well live like you have free will anyway. I mean, how could you not?

Yep. I’m putting my philosophy minor to good use.

July 28, 2010   4 Comments

More to come.

July 25, 2010   Comments Off

Political BBQ 2010

Thanks again to Philip, Odum and everyone for making this year’s politcal barbacue and hamburger summit fantastic fun. Here’s a few pictures and a short film from the event.

Poopsie’s all into Shumlin now.

Philip getting animated.

Yana and Arnie Gunderson’s dog.

Ed Adrian, me and Philip. My five year old Koko took this picture.

Charity did the honors and took our family portrait this year.

July 19, 2010   Comments Off

Poopsie for Shumlin II

Poopsie endoresed Peter Shumlin for Governor at the 2010 VDB/GMD Hamburger Summit at North Beach yesterday.

Peter Shumlin and Poopsie 07.17.10

July 18, 2010   2 Comments

Blogger Barbecue Today

At North Beach today from 1-5.  Has it been a year already?

July 17, 2010   Comments Off

The Old Ground Round

Before it was a sports bar. or Mongolian grill, or Hooters, or whatever, there was a restaurant on Williston Road Called “Ground Round.”  Before that it was also called Ground Round, but it was cool.

Anybody remember the old Ground Round?  They used to have a movie screen playing old Lone Ranger movies and Loonie Toons.  They had popcorn and video games, and funny mirrors.   It was awesome for kids when I was a kid.  I was lucky. 

This was back when Inda House was a Big Ben’s Pizza.

July 13, 2010   13 Comments

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday.  Thank God the work week has ended and I have a chance to sit down and write to you.  It’s a fleeting chance because I have go to Toys R Us when the Fam gets here in a couple of minutes.

I just wanted to say I’ve been thinking a lot about death, and how we all die, and how we like to say things like “man has controlled fire for thousands of years” when in reality one person has ever lived that long.  My father is, let’s just say- ehem- over 100 years old.  The police asked “how old is your father” before they let me on the plane out of Armenia last year.  I of course gave them the answer that matched what his passport says.  The other day my father was telling me a World War II story about meeting a former Bolshevik army officer.   Bolshevik.  Did you know that during the time he was a Nazi slave- he had a girlfriend in Hungary?  He dressed up as a Nazi soldier so he could enter her house and got rid of a gun that would have sent her to prison.  He saw 14 other prisoners shot to death as punishment for other prisoners’ escape.  It’s hard to explain.  He was dragged around Europe with chains on his feet for two years.  He said he was very near the battle of Stalingrad.  He is a story machine right now.  I think he’s feeling his age a little.

So we all die, including our own children someday.  As a parent you have to come to grips- Not only that you are responsible for that new person – but also for his or her eventual death.  How horrible.  I have to weigh that when thinking about whether I want a third child.  Sako the diamond dealer says more room will always somehow be made at the table.  But I have to ask myself whether I really believe that.  Look at the state of the world.  People are hungry and we’re eating into the natural environment at an alarming rate.  All economics are based on the wealth derived from the natural environment.  You can’t eat money.

At least as it is I can pretend to rationalize that me and my wife with our two kids have justifiably replaced ourselves.  We have a boy and a girl actually.  A little me and a little her.  In reality I know that since my wife and I are both living, we haven’t replaced two with two others.  We have added two to two.  And Poopsie and I are not the worst offenders, believe me.  My father for example.  He had seven children (two are deceased)…that we know of.

Family is home.  Time for a trip to Williston.  Whoo.


Update 8:40pm: Back from Toys R Us.  The climate in that store sucks.  Everytime I go in there I feel like I might as well be in a warehouse in China where 98% of the toys were made.  Warehouse air and warehouse lighting.  Cheap plastic crap carrying trillions of invisible dust mites from accross the Pacific. 

The point I was going to make about death is that it makes all of life seem like a dream.  Despite the fact that it’s all we know, it’s existence that’s the aberration, and non-existence that’s the norm.  Think about it.  Time went back forever before you arrived, and it will go on forever after you’re gone.  Is life even real?  Is time?

Anyway.  Mr. Brown said “life is what you make it.” 

That’s essentially what I’m saying too.

July 9, 2010   2 Comments

It’s Hot

Everything else is irrelevant.

July 8, 2010   1 Comment

Such a Beautiful Day!

Happy fourth of July Y’all!  Whoo!  I hope you’re all out there doing what you’re doing.  Barbecue, Revolutionary War reenactment, swimming- or what have you.  I went to a barbecue at Poopsie’s sister’s place and took a quick dip in the Huntington River.  Last night we saw the fireworks from Battery Park.  Not bad but they got started too late for the kids.  Yana was getting fussy.  “Me no love those pretty things!” she fussed. 

How about that stunt plane before the fireworks?!  Was that some crazy flying or what?

Anyway- God Bless America and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

July 4, 2010   Comments Off