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Spawn: The Recall (Fan Film)

This fan film is amazingly well done. Much better than the 1997 movie.


Great Aussie Saying

We got an old saying out bush; sometimes life gets you down, all you can do is put on a brave smile, take a fuck load of MDMA, then you're walking distance from the beach. Don't matter where you live, you do enough MDMA you're walking distance from a beach. Just don't forget a towel.


Low-Carb vs Low-Fat Diets

It's been debated to death for years, but the scales are tipping in favour of a low-carb diet as opposed to a low fat one. The latest studies, done by the American National Institute of Health show that people favouring a low-carb diet have better cholesterol, better body-fat percentage and more muscle mass. Read more here: A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat


Being an Extraverted Introvert

I came across the listicle "19 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Introverted" and thought it awfully familiar. I thought I'd cross-post it here so thought I wouldn't lose it.

1. You’re not anti-social, you’re selectively social.

2. At any given point, you have one (maybe two) best friends who are your entire life. You’re not a “group of friends” person. You can’t keep up with all that.

3. Social gatherings that are supposed to be “rites of passage” like prom and dances and other such typical nonsense is just… not for you. You don’t understand it. You want nothing to do with it.

4. When you do choose to grace a party with your presence, you are the life of it. You’re dancing on the table and doing body shots until 3 a.m.

5. … You then retreat into three days of complete solitude to recover.

6. You go out of your way to avoid people, but when you inevitably have to interact with them, you make it seem like there’s nothing in the world you’d rather be doing.

7. Dating is weird, because you’re smiling and laughing and talkative at dinner, and then you don’t want to answer their texts for four days, because like, you just want to be left alone…

8. You’re accused of being flirty with everybody, which is hilarious, because in reality, you can only tolerate like four people.

9. You retain an air of mysteriousness about you, completely unintentionally. (There’s no mystery. You just feel no need to update the social sphere on what’s going on in your life every two hours.)

10. Not to mention the fact that you either have days in which you’re tweeting and status updating every five minutes… or you delete your accounts for a month.

11. You become unintentionally awkward because you at once feel the need to be a social life jacket for other people, though you’re just as uncomfortable yourself.

12. You’ve never really understood the whole “introvert vs. extrovert” dichotomy (can we call it that?) Because you’re… both…

13. You’re always run through the ringer because people think you’re best suited to be the one who gives the presentation, confronts the boss, gives the speech, etc. Meanwhile, you’re practically throwing up over the thought of it.

14. You ebb and flow between wanting to be noticed for your hard work, reveling in the attention and achievement you receive, to sinking and panicking over the thought of somebody else paying more than 30 seconds of attention to you.

15. The entirety of your being is a conundrum, so needless to say, indecisiveness is your Achilles’ Heel.

16. You’re at your happiest in places like coffee shops and cafés: surrounded by people, but still closed off and keeping to yourself.

17. You prefer to travel alone, but meet up with people once you’re there, on your own terms and at your own speed.

18. It’s taken you years to figure out that you’re different than many introverts you know. Literal years.

19. While we were chastised as children for daydreaming, we do so deliberately as adultsas our inner lives are rich, fertile, and sustain us.

Edit: This TED talk is relevant to the subject.


Recombinant Cuisine

Having now lived for a few decades in parts of the United States and Canada where cooking was treated quite seriously, and having actually employed personal chefs, he was fascinated by the mid-western/middle American phenomenon of recombinant cuisine. Rice Krispie Treats being a prototypical example in that they were made by repurposing other foods that had already been prepared (to wit, breakfast cereal and marshmallows). And of course any recipe that called for a can of cream mushroom soup fell into the same category. The unifying principle behind all recombinant cuisine seemed to be indifference, if not outright hostility, to the use of anything that a coastal foodie would define as an ingredient.

REAMDE, p. 219-220


Opposite of Courage is Conformity

I really enjoyed the Joe Rogan podcast with Rickson Gracie. While I'm certainly not the Rickson nuthugger that a lot of jiu jitsu enthusiasts are, I enjoyed what he said in the following clip, summed up by what he says: "The opposite of courage is conformity." I don't know if it's necessarily true, but it's an interesting philosophy that, if kept in the back of your mind, might enhance your life and make it a little bit closer to what it could be.


Google Knows EVERYTHING!

Happy birthday Dennis

Another reason to get rid of my gmail account. Please, if someone has an alternative, with a couple of gigs of storage, https access and preferably some encryption options, let me know. Willing to pay!

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Dank je wel, mamma. Dank je wel, pappa.

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I'm getting tired of people suggesting that atheism is a belief in the same way that faith is a belief. Atheism isn't a belief, it's an absence of belief. The word "atheism" shouldn't even exist, just in the same way that no word exists for "not a fireman". Or "not a believer in astrology". Religious normativity has labeled atheists as believers because they idea of not believing is so far removed from the norm that it's considered impossible. Atheism isn't a thing, and labeling yourself  as one opens you up to that type of false criticism.

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International Space Station

I've been visiting this website for a while now, and I thought it was about time I shared it with you guys; ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment on UStream.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The coolest thing is that they now also have a google map from which you can track it on a map! (It has an annoying javascript alert, so I'm putting it behind a "continue reading" link.)