Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Your Character?

I was thinking today, as I was looking at the slides of a lecture flash by, which TV character I would like to be. I don't mean to perform as the character in the show, I mean live out what they do, do their job and function in their world.
I thought long and hard.
JD from scrubs,
Dinozzo from NCIS,
probably not.
Maybe a Simpons character would suffice,
but alas, another group of No's.
Peter Petrelli,
The character I decided on was that of Danial Jackson from Stargate SG-1. I have been a fan of the show for a while and have always found his element of the show more interesting than all the guns, battles and spaceships, not to say I'm completely against those. Danial Jackson is an Archaeologist turned Historian, Intergalactic Explorer, ascended being, fallen ascended being and earth saving hero, numerous times over. A life full of adventure, knowledge, new discoveries and purpose. It would be full of glory and praise if people where allowed to know that aliens almost killed/enslaved the whole of the population earth, but I could do without that.
Question: Who would you be?

Monday, 18 June 2007

A Blog On Purpose

I was reading Ben's blog quite recently and had a question/thought that was stirred by reading it. I had had the feeling that I should post a comment but didn't find it overly relevant to the rest of the discussion. Also I needed a new post.

I have many problems with the fundamental structure of the christian faith/church/beliefs. This doesn't stop me from calling myself and believing strongly in the fact that I am a Christian, because I do believe in much of the same things, it just means that it can get frustrating, confronting or confusing at times.

It was not only Ben's post but also something that was said during the church service on Sunday by a member of the Church that struck a chord in me and does every time I hear it. It generally goes something like,
"The sole purpose of the church is/should be to convert/save all people." Implying that all that we do as a group of people is done so that we can reach the ultimate goal of converting everybody to Christianity.

I guess, to me there is a greater goal or meaning to what we are doing and that is something along the lines of simple human decency. The above idea has never ever sat well with me. I'm not entirely sure why. I think it has something to do with the fact that I associate the statement more prevalently with words like heaven hoarder, arrogance, shallow, selfish, glory seeking, than words like self sacrificial, helpful, saving, grace, love or caring. It just doesn't feel right to me.

I didn't expect my blog to turn into some sort of religious discussion board but with who I am I should of really seen it coming. It's an idea that has been bothering me and I have been a honest as possible so I hope I don't deeply offend anyone. I would greatly appreciate honest response to the thought.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Mastering Minesweeper

I have finally achived a life long dream.I finshed minesweeper on expert. What a glorious day for humanity.
I have always wanted to complete it, but have never been able to concentrate for long enough or had enough know how. I only finished the beginner minesweeper a few weeks ago.
The picture above is of my second completion of expert minesweeper. The first time I completed it was at the house of my coach, Ben Chong. I completed it just under the time limit the first time and I'm getting quicker.
Well now that I've completed a life long goal I need to find another goal to keep me going. Maybe becoming a solitaire master.
Best of Luck with all your Goals.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007


I was "thinking" about what I could right a post about and I thought a post on thought could be most appropriate. Over the last week I have been keeping myself and other members of my family amused by watching videos of talking animals on where else but You-tube.
The ability of these animals to produce words and even short sentences of speech in response to their environment, most commonly for the promise of reward, was something I found quiet hilariously interesting.

I has for a long time been my opinion that animals act purely out of instinct, but what makes us so much more advanced. Many will say the because our brains are more developed we are able to function through conscious thought, but could we be "thinking" in otherways.
I propose that our every action and every thought are instinctial responses to the world around us, either through the learning, remembering and production of actions of others or the instinctial use of a response that is programmed genetically within us. The feeling that we perceive as a consciousness is our mind processing which response to follow, either the learnt or genetic. This will always result in the most instinctively powerful one being used but the brain can take some time to decide which pathway it will take, such as those long and difficult decisions that we ponder for weeks.

Even worse is when the body has no memorized or inbuilt response and this leads to the bodies most basic instinctial response of STOP. AKA shock and in more severe cases fainting. Shock can be overcome though the discovery in the mind of a situation one has viewed or confronted previously that was similar and the use of the response used for that situation. The fainting situation is over come in the same manner but requires a greater length of time and for the to be only responding to this incident independently of anything else, hence why it shuts all other none essential actions down until such time as the brain finds a similar situation and hence a suitable response.

I hope you enjoy thinking about thinking about what i have written and I look forward to coming up with justifications for my theory if you have any queries.

P.S I would have attached one of the videos of the talking animals to this post if I knew how or could be bothered working out how, but I don't and I can't.

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Ling Waters and Chong rule this place