An awful lot of people that talk about systemic racism and evil and talk about...– Tim Keller (via kristiloos) That first part, about crusaders being self-righteous—-that’s half of Tumblr in a nutshell, Christian and otherwise. There’s a reason the term “social justice warrior” is usually used sarcastically.
A university is not, thank heavens, a place for vocational instruction, it has...– Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles (via tharfagreinir)
Buddhism always sounds like an awesome idea—-right up until I sit down and try to meditate.
People on Tumblr make it hard to take religion...
starrynights-: shouldertappingghosts: If I was a famous author I would publish a book with ten different endings which all went to print with varying degrees of rarity, but not tell the fans about it so that I could watch their confusion as they disagree over how the story ended. Then when they figured it out I would ‘come clean’, telling them that I had released eleven alternate endings and...
Well, it took me all day, but I have a working Arch Linux installation again. I also have partitions set up for another distro (either Debian or Slackware, probably), and reams of space for others. (It could have taken me less time, but I decided to go with more modern stuff like GPT instead of MBR, Syslinux instead of GRUB, so I had to learn those things from scratch. But for the first time I...
Getting My Geek On Today
I realised: I have two 1-terabyte drives. There is nothing on either one of them that I need to save (everything is backed up). I can use one for my data, and the other has space for multiple Linux distros, so I don’t have to choose between Arch, Slackware, Debian, and whatever else. I can pretty much install as many as I want to; each distro doesn’t even need more than 100 GB...
I got home today to discover that the latest updates for Arch Linux (yesterday) borked my system. I can’t boot the damned thing. Lovely. On the other hand, this may be one of those blessings in disguise, because: It gives me a chance to have a fresh install, free of the accumulated junk of a couple years of installing, tweaking, and removing software. It gives me a chance to revamp my...
I saw a Mother’s Day platitude saying: “What a different world it would be if the nations were governed by mothers!” My first thought: “Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher…” Essentialising groups of people is not useful. There are no personality traits that are inherent to mothers any more than there are to fathers, or people of colour, or Muslims, or gay men,...
I went to jumu’ah yesterday at the university’s Islamic society. It’s the only equivalent of a mosque anywhere nearby (i.e., for anything else, including an actual mosque, you have to drive an hour each way). There’s no imam, just members who take it in turns to deliver the khutbah and lead the prayers. I feel the need to go to church tomorrow just to hear a decent...
Why are people up in arms about the possibility of Yahoo’s buying Tumblr? Why is the assumption that if it happens, Tumblr will be ruined?
Ramblings of an average human.: Zeitgeist: The... →
jamesfromta: ovechkin: I want every single religious person to watch this movie. I then dare you to say that you still believe in what you do. Everyone, believers and non-believers should be aware that this film is not true. This film uses falsehood and declares it as historical “fact”. It’s a bit… AAAUGH!!!! WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL CIRCULATING THIS PIECE OF TRASH??????????? How can...
nuevassenoritas: Have such conflicted feelings about the term “——- is mine” like in a relationship context. I enjoy saying “he’s mine” and find it sweet, i’m flattered when someone wants to call me “theirs” but the people at the polyamory workshop did remind me of one very important thing- nobody “belongs” to anyone. I don’t own my partner, and they don’t own me. but should I read that much...
I feel like a disloyal geek
The trailers for Star Trek: Into Darkness make me want to skip it. It looks like a fucking Michael Bay film. Blech.
What we call ‘I’ is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we...– Shunryu Suzuki (via passiveperiphrastic)
"But Not All Christians Are Like That!"
threestories: Whenever I read conversations about social and political injustice toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* people online or hear about them in person, invariably three things will happen. Someone will quote the Bible, almost always out of context and in a blatantly self-serving way, as a justification for why institutionalized prejudice and bigotry is perfectly acceptable; ...
If people were half as religious in real life as...
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. – Ludwig Wittgenstein (via quotedojo)
You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is...– Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig (via whattheycallloveisarisk)
I want to write again, but I am drastically out of practice. I haven’t written any fiction in years.
If the church were Christian, mirroring compassion of Jesus would be more...– Philip Gulley, If the Church Were Christian (via evolvedstardust)