Archive for July 2007
My co-workers regularly say things that would get them fired in an office. They’re not afraid to be politically incorrect, or to insult and threaten each other. But it’s a rough job, and they need some way to keep things interesting; anyway, they say, they’ve all been working together too long.
It think it’s refreshing and funny most of the time. Here’s a great example from today, after I did some quality mason-work:
Grizzled Foreman: Good job James, I like how you’ve been showing initiative. I’m promoting you to lead temporary.
Other Temp: So I guess I should start working harder?
Boss-man: You could show some initiative by taking that brick and hitting [grizzled foreman] in the head.
A pretty compelling case that’s it’s all been done before, and Butters/Dr. Chaos once found on South Park, it’s been done by the Simpsons.
People are often trying to define what it means to be human, and what separates us from other forms of life. Baron-Cohen’s answer: “Dishonesty is one defining characteristic of what it is to be human.”
If anyone comes up with a satisfactory answer on this one, I’m buying them a pizza and getting them a book deal, for starters.
This question concerns what I see as the biggest problem with Christianity / the biggest obstacle to my faith.
Why should we feel responsible for our sins if God created us to live as sinful creatures?
Preemptive response#1: Yes, the Fall had to happen before we were sinful creatures. But I would contend that the Fall was really a part of our creation, fully planned on.
Preemptive response #2: I realize that a Free Will response is the easiest answer to this question. I’d still love to hear one, but this question is directed especially at Presbyterians and other predestination-ists.
Looking forward to hearing from you all, whoever you are.
Dilbert guy tells us how his ego screwed up a great opportunity. Of course, this served as a life lesson and things worked out for him in the end.
By his analysis, I think my “winner decision” would be taking a merit scholarship at a school no one in Maine had heard of instead of going to a more respected institution and graduating with $80,000 in debt.
Why work when you could get payed not to?
Our crew consists of 5 regular guys, 2 summer guys (myself included), and one boss-man.
I just finished my 5th week, and we’ve had the full crew in for a grand total of one day.
Taking my first day off next week, for El’s birthday!
It’s hard to find a good Americano in this town. But I’m on the trail and getting closer.
Antiques Marketplace and Cafe: “What’s an Americano?” *Consults the menu to find out*
Starbucks: “Would you like it hot?”
Borders: “How much cream would you like?”
Getting closer each time… it seems Borders is the best bet here.