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Singing

Sounds a bit funny to me and a bit meh as well. If you know the original song then you will probably laugh. I know I did!

Anyhoo, really like this song. It’s extremely innocent and upbeat. None of that ‘different ho’s in different zip codes’ type of business.

I used to listen to this a lot on my DISCMAN. Remember those? You could carry your entire CD collection with you and listen to it while on the road! Amazing! That was in an April kinda like this one… farking hot!

The song itself makes more sense to me now than it ever did before. Though the song suffers with too much studio effects sadly. And yes it’s sung by Natalie Imbruglia. I shall get in to the whole gender crossing business another time I assure you.

Life is complicated. The song is not.

Anyway here it is. As usual the completely unfair disclaimer applies and you don’t get your money back.

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Tick Tock Tick Tock

Our lives unwinding

Like the gears on a clock

Moments passing

Moments approaching

Tick Tock Tick Tock

Your time will come

This is it

This is your life

Do what you must

Before your last tick

And your last tock

Holy Templar

The number of religions on this Earth is quite staggering. Through the ages men and women have come to practice a multitude of faiths, each with the absolute conviction that they are the definitive religion. One thing is clear, only a few have survived the test of time. These are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and there may be others. Buddhism isn’t supposed to be a religion but it has become one in certain countries.

But have you ever heard of Wicca and Satanism? These are just two of what I like to call ‘non-mainstream’ religions that are still alive and well. There is a Church of Wicca and people practice its teachings all the time. It has something to do with elements. Satanism on the other hand has to do with believing in the darker side of man, though it’s a lot more complicated than that. They have their own beliefs which obviously they believe.

Then let’s not forget Scientology and its biggest advocate, Tom Cruise. It’s somewhat scary when you watch his Scientology video and you can see that he has absolute faith in what he’s saying. But maybe to us it looks like he’s been brainwashed, but you can’t really judge until you read the basic text behind the entire religion or cult as some would call it.

A further area of concern with religion is in the fact that indoctrination is always used to keep membership. What is indoctrination?

“To instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., esp. to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.” Taken from dictionary.reference.com

Now the word biased might have you up in arms… but it could be biased in the right way. Still the word indoctrination has a negative ring to it.

Anyway I once told a friend of mine that all religions use indoctrination, namely with children. I said that it was wrong and that people should make up their own minds as to what religion they should follow. He replied “then who would ever follow a religion” and went on to say that it was ok to do so.

Personally I believe people should be able to come to conclusions freely and I highly disapprove of religious schools that drum messages in to kids. Why can’t children make up their own minds as to what faith to follow? Why must they have it drummed in? If religions are that good, why can’t we let people grow up and make their own choices?

My mother has often said when she is mad “you turned out this way because you don’t have a religion” and at other times “it’s not too late. You can still have a religion”. I just LOL at those. Yes, I am a terrible, terrible Godless person who has never been to a religious educational institute in my life. Therefore I am evil and clueless. I drift without enlightenment.

But what I find most hilarious are the people who have gone through the religious system their whole life, behave like absolute bastards and then have the nerve to holy book thump in my face. I find this highly irritating.

Even more fascinating is the way people just pick up a holy text and then proceed to interpret everything the way they want to thereby justifying whatever it is they are doing. Look no further than the crusades and terrorist groups such as the Taliban.

Religion revolves around faith. What is faith? To avoid selective interpretation I bring you all 6 out of 8 (the missing two being irrelevant) from dictionary.com:

1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.

2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.

3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.

4.belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.

5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.

8.Christian Theology. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.

I would select no.2 because there is no concrete irrefutable proof that will convince everyone of the existence of God. I also like the example about hypothesis because in that regard I have faith too though sometimes you are proved wrong. 4 is also good.

I can have faith in something, but I want to be damn sure before doing so. Once you put your faith in something it’s pretty much the end. Coming back from that is near impossible. I leave you with the Cruise scientology clip. Look at his eyes and you will see the conviction he has in his faith. He KNOWS that he is right. Is he insane or just a devout follower? That’s up to you to decide.

Heavy Rain

Every now and then again you get something that’s totally profound. Heavy Rain is video game that completely blurs the line between movie and video game. The trailer that was released somewhere in 2006 blew a lot of people away with its intensity and frankness.

The game only recently shipped, but pretty much everyone says the script is adult. This is not to say its got nudity, but rather its very mature in its tone. Two videos follows. The first is the amazing amazing E3 ‘Casting Trailer’ that was made quite some time ago.

The second is an ‘interesting’ part of the final game. Looks very fascinating but sadly it’s only on PS3. Really it is one of those games you just HAVE to play if you’re a gaming enthusiast.

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Bite My Shiny Metal Ass

Trying to prove or disprove God is seemingly impossible.  But assuming that God is real I still have a major beef with the organised religions of the world.

Think about your grandpa or maybe great grandpa. Did he come from a time when women mostly stayed at home and did the cooking and cleaning? No? Well then think about his grandpa and I’m sure the answer is definitely yes. Now imagine your old ancestor came down today and saw all these women running about all independent like. He might start clamouring for them to get back to the kitchen.

Would you listen to him and start rounding them up? I doubt it. Well from our perspective he’s from a point of view that is largely dead or forgotten. But now think about the guys who wrote your holy Bible, Quran, Torah etc. Those guys are from an age even the dinosaurs probably forgot and would make the previously mentioned ancestor seem like the “Hipster”!

People seem to harp on about how good ‘ancient’ texts are… but really? Old just means it’s out of date and since no one can make amendments it remains that way. I mean is the dictionary from 1957 ‘better’ than the one from 1967?

The truth is in my opinion, long ago some enlightened/educated/scientific men in more than one civilization created ‘holy books’ that were to dictate the most suitable way of living. They threw God in to the mix to give the book additional weight, after all without the Fear of the Almighty, who the heck is going to follow some lame rulebook? You guessed it… no one.

What’s even stranger is that if there was some almighty divine creator that he/she/it would actually come down and pass a message that could be comprehended and written down as a book. That just sounds unlikely and farfetched. Really if there is a God I’m betting all the religions have got it completely wrong and have missed the point entirely.  Sticking to what was correct eons ago doesn’t make much sense to me.

Case in point, there seems to be all this evidence of how scientific the Quran is. Yes, indeed one of the rules is not to eat Pork. Why… because it’s an unclean animal apparently.  Well actually there is good reason to not eat pork. Back then they couldn’t cook the fat ass pig very well and so sickness would have been more common. But even today there is reason to not eat pork and that is because it has a lot of fat in it which makes it tasty and also clogs up your arteries. I don’t think that was a message from God, but more likely some dudes’ scientific observation.

Circumcision is yet another ‘divinely message’ that is also found in Torah as well. I don’t know what reason is given to justify the process, but there are definitely benefits which are mostly reducing disease though other ancillary benefits do exist.

I just don’t see the work of any ‘God’ here.

And you know what else… I just have no idea why God is such a vain being that he commands complete and utter devotion to ‘him’. Respect the entity… fine. But get down on your knees and pray? Ask for forgiveness? Hmm…

I leave you with the best definition of God I have ever seen. I find it far more realistic, rational and believable than any other. This is from the Episode “Godfellas” of Futurama. In the episode Bender has organisms growing on his body as he floats through space. These eventually evolve in to humanoids and he becomes their God. Needless to say he fails and they all die. This is the scene that follows.

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