Vid's Space

Hello! You are visitor number 83852! I may be a bit narcissistic, but I don't quite want to talk about myself for pages and pages on my website anymore.  I could, but that might be a bit depressing.  Meh, at least I have a job.

Suffice it to say I'm a pansexual nudist roadgeek with issues including but not limited to depression, selective eating disorder, and possibly Asperger's syndrome.  But again, this page isn't about me.  Instead, it's my space for random thoughts which I hope you'll find interesting or amusing. 

By the way, if you don't like the fonts or colors on my website, now you can override them using the Style Chooser!  As for other improvements to this site, I really need to redo the guestbook, get the counter/greeter system to work how I originally intended, and oh yeah, get in the habit of adding content more often…

Random Quotes

I hope you'll find the following quote amusing and/or thought-provoking.

“If I saw an amputee being hung, I would just yell out letters.”

— Demetri Martin

A new quote is randomly selected three times each day. For your convenience, here's a permanent link to this quote.

Cool Story, Bro!

Here you'll find brief anecdotes which usually are worth the time spent reading them.

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L Fan Club

So this one time I was at a mall in southeastern Michigan, wearing a T-shirt featuring the Deathnote character known as L. A group of young women complimented me on the T-shirt and asked me where I got it. I told them I'd purchased it at Hot Topic, then I asked if they were cosplayers. Indeed they were. How did I know, you might ask? That's a good question; the young women asked too. I told them they had “anime hair”. Pitch black, unmoving, spiking at odd angles — definitely anime hair.

Late Night Munchies

I took a day trip with some friends to Cedar Trails Nudist Retreat once. It's my favorite nakation destination, you know. So we were leaving around midnight, and we realized we were all hungry. Not a lot of restaurants are open late, particularly in rural southern Ohio. Steak 'n' Shake came to mind, but we couldn't recall any locations along our usual route via Washington CH. None of us wanted to wait the full 2-hour drive back to Columbus before eating. After a bit of phone-based research, we decided on a SnS restaurant in Chillicothe.

One of the ways people get to Cedar Trails from the Columbus area is by way of Chillicothe, but I'd never gone that way myself. So I checked on some maps I had with me, and we started off down Straight Creek Road — a road I'd never driven before, narrow with no edge lines, in the middle of the night. By the way, I don't know if the creek is actually straight, but the road certainly isn't!

We reach Chillicothe safely, and we're heading down Bridge Street looking for the Steak 'n' Shake. We're almost there when we spot a Donato's that's still open. Donato's being clearly superior, we ate there instead.

Halfway through the meal I remembered there's a Donato's in Washington CH.

Police Chase

One time, I was driving home from somewhere in Columbus. On the freeway, I had just moved out of the left-most lane when two vehicles passed me at high speed on the left. When I got home, my older brother was there, and I told him I though I'd seen a high-speed police chase. He said it was probably just a couple of idiots racing.

“Well in that case, the guy in the police car was losing!”

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Passing Thoughts

This is the opinion section of my site. If I have something to say to a general audience that won't fit in a tweet, it'll probably end up here.

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2012

Everybody says the Mayans predicted the end of the world towards the end of 2012. No, they didn't. The Mayan calandar is actually kind of complex, but one of the simpler ways the Mayans wrote dates was by counting days up to groups of 20, and up to 18 of those groups in a larger group of 360 days, just about a year. The Mayans liked multiples of 20 as much as modern society likes multiples of 10, by the way. Anyway, those year-ish periods were grouped into packs of 20, and those packs grouped into even bigger groups of 20, which archeologists call a baktun. A baktun is about 394 years long, and this December, we're going to hit the end of the 13th baktun. That's pretty much it.

But what are these baktuns counting up from? Here's where it gets interesting. The Mayans didn't just start counting the first baktun when they invented this system of writing dates. Similar to that monk who figured out how long it had been since Jesus was born and allowed us to start numbering the years, (that started sometime in the 600s, by the way) the Mayans believed Creation had occurred a few thousand years in the past, so the first baktun was actually a time before the Mayans were around.

Sorry, here's where it gets interesting. The Mayans believed that we're actually living in the fourth creation. Apparently the first creation wasn't good, so the gods tried again until they got it right. The third creation lasted — get this — exactly 13 baktuns before the gods gave up on it and started this one. The Mayans seemed to think the number 13 was special too, by the way.

So how's creation doing this year? Is it good, or are the Mayan gods going to hit the big reset button again? It's possible that this December, we'll really see Judgement Day — not some spacey planetary alignment or gravitational shift, but literally judgement passed down from the gods themselves. That is, if the Mayans were right. About the gods and creation. And even then it's just a maybe. As far as I know, the Mayans themselves (yes, they still exist) aren't expecting the world to end this December.

The Dems vs Christianity?

These days I hear lots of people saying that the Democrats are waging a war on Christmas, or Obama is crushing religious freedom, or various similar nasty-sounding things. These things aren't true. Something similar is true, but I'll get to that in a bit.

Liberals in the United States generally tend to believe in a concept called separation of church and state. There is no national religion, and no religion should be given special treatment by government. The only way these policies attack Christianity is to say “get back in line with all the other religions” when Christian organizations attempt to assume some kind of official or universal-default role.

This has been happening a lot lately, it seems. This is particularly true in local government. In many local governing bodies, the vast majority of participators are indeed Christian. This leads to assumptions of Christianity being the de facto source of guiding principles for that governing body.

The problem is when Christians in government begin to assert their opinion that Christianity should be the source of guiding principles for everyone. I understand that part of being a good Christian is to save others by converting them to Christianity, but this is where things get problematic.

Government in the United States is not to be used as a tool to convert people to any specific religion. It is not to enforce specific moral rules of one religion on everyone else. It is not to give members of one religion more freedom to practice that religion, than to members of any other religion.

It seems a significant fraction of Christian citizens of the United States believes that this country is and/or should be a Christian nation. They have ambitions to use government to save the whole country and/or punish sinners. These ambitions are incompatible with the separation of church and state — which is, in fact, a founding principle of the United States of America. It is these ambitions that are crushed by those politicians who uphold the separation of church and state.

To crush the ambitions of national (or global) domination by one religion is not the same as to crush that religion.

Disclaimers: This is an opinion site, not a debate site. You are entitled to your own opinion, as I am entitled to mine. We are not, however, entitled to our own facts. I have done some light research on this topic. If you disagree with the facts I have asserted, do your own research; I hope you'll discover those same facts. Beware of any “facts” presented as part of an argument for a political position (such as this essay).

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Cool People

Cool Famous People

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Cool Obscure People

Here are, in no particular order, some of my favorite people of whom you may not have heard:

Best of my LJ

You know how radio shows often run "best of" shows during the weekends or when the stars are on vacation?  Well, I haven't posted to my LiveJournal much recently, but there are some good nuggets from the past I thought I might share here.