Monday, June 20, 2011

Oh the awkwardness of FB

Friend on facebook posts about parents coming to visit from out of the country.
One of her friends posts "yummy" as a comment.
ummmm, gross?
Patricide/matricide followed up with a bit of cannibalism?
Yummy? Seriously, there's gotta be a better adjective.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The intrinsic value of an accent

Not pronunciation, but the thingie on vowels in Spanish: á é blah blah blah...

One of my dad's friends who's a FB friend of mine posted this on his wall:

Felicidades a todos los buenos papas que cuidan y aman a sus hijos!

Without that all important á accent in papás, the sentence got turned into Congrats to all the good popes that care for and love their children.

Oh, accented á, why did you desert him at a crucial moment?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The advantages of being behind a semi

Normally being stuck behind a semi or a tow truck or whatever can be undesirable. But I tell you what, it's the most desirable position to be in if you're queuing into one of those double-laned stop-light on-ramp thingies. "Why?" you may query, "for trucks are so slow getting their giddy up going." Yes. It is true. But not only is there a mass exodus of cars into the other lane because they don't want to get stuck behind the truck, but the semi takes the place of at least three, if not four, cars. Today, for example I moved up seven cars because of the mass-exodus + 4-car-length advantage.


Also, here's another tidbit about me:

Friday, June 10, 2011

This made me very happy

I had long supposed that this was the case and was glad that a more complete and narrowed statement was sent out today.

In totally snarky related news, I wonder what all of the LDS people on FB posting things like "I stand with Arizona" are now going to be posting.
Yes, I recognize how snotty that was, but few things have disgusted me more over the last couple of years.

I'm not jumping in with these guys.

I think being a Mormon can sorta heighten one's senses concerning religious freedom. Maybe not, maybe I'm just weird. Perhaps all of the Sunday School classes about the saints in Missouri and Nauvoo are stuck on repeat in my brain.

So thought #1: There's been a subtle switch of phrasing over the last bit that is interesting. What once was Christian men set up a nation has turned into Men set up a Christian nation. One word switching place has had far-reaching repercussions. I tell you what, Christian men (with some very differing views) setting up a nation is what really happened and it's significantly safer to our religious freedom to think of it that way. Any other way is no bueno and dangerous and is false history.

Thought #2: There's an undertow of "not-in-our-nation" that is kinda the flip of "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." Oklahoma, for example, passed a law banning Islamic or international law as a basis for decisions in courts. (This, thankfully, has a permanent injunction on it by a federal judge.) But what's really going on there is they're setting up an establishment of religion by piecemeal.

If you start defining what the US is or isn't by religion, especially as a means of exclusion, that's a religious test by default.

The reason why I think about this a bunch is because if this continues, Mormons are excluded. We like to think that we've made huge inroads, but if we allow people who are using religion as a weapon in elections to win and don't stand up for what the Constitution plainly says, we're in for a world of hurt. The people that do things like this do not love freedom of religion, they fear it.
Lots of Mormons like to walk hand in hand with socially/religiously conservative people thinking that they're in on the party. They're not, in the end, and they're going to find themselves out in the cold.

Whatever the reason, religious freedom has been on my brain for months and months and I wanted. throw a couple of half-formed ideas out into the blogosphere.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

UVU DS/Mark of the Beast

So I'm walking by UVU's digital sign board (there are 2 in our building, that's why I post on this so much), and I see this professor with the mark of the beast. Or at least something to that effect:

If you look closely, you'll see it:

It was the weirdest thing. So I asked about it, why the professor had the mark of the beast. It comes from this picture:

They did great at editing the white board, but sorta ignored his face. Oops.

Also, if you look closely, you'll see the student playing a bubble bursting game: