Sunday, August 29, 2010

Seattle... and too many pictures.

Last weekend we took a 24 hour trip to Seattle. It was pretty awesome. We took the ferry on the Puget Sound, went up the Space Needle twice, saw Inception at Imax, and check out downtown Seattle. I took a bunch of pictures on my cell phone, and here are a lot of them...

Susannah and me... being weird.
Some light reading on the way in the train...
Seattle from the ferry.



Susannah looking deceptively sweet...

And then strangling me...






This picture was too awesome not to put on my blog.


Sunset over Bainbridge Island.


After the ferry we walked through town to take the monorail over to our hotel and the space needle. We stopped at a Starbucks along with way, where Bethany got a delicious drink... It looked and tasted like blended up grass. Seriously.

Bethany with the "Crappuccino"
Space Needle at night.
We got a deal on Space Needle tickets that allowed us to go up twice, once at night and once in the morning. It was cool to see the lights at night, and then see the view in the morning.

View from the Space Needle deck. I was disappointed there was wire barrier...
The Space Needle's design is pretty awesome.

Susannah with I-beam. At time of construction, these were the largest I-beams in the world.
View from the coffee shop at the top.
Awesome.


View of the street below.


Chipotle!
I like pictures like this looking up at tall buildings.
I took a lot like this...
And another...
I think this picture came out really awesome.
Susannah with Library in background. Really cool architecture.
This was just too creepy not to post on my blog...

Weird little dude painted in the middle of the street.

At Pike's Place Market. Not my favorite and I was kind of bored...
[This is where I would have put a really amazing picture of Susannah's face with a whole doughnut in her mouth... but I didn't because I don't want her to hate me. You owe me one Susannah.]

Train trip home. Bethany was really grumpy... until they turned on a movie.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Burnt Pot Pie... and other stuff

So I'm home, and everyone else is out camping at our Grandy's property. I'm going out tomorrow night but I needed to get some stuff done tonight. Therefore this will be short...

I was pretty proud of myself, since I got out a pot pie and "made" it (put it in the oven) instead of just eating lunch meat out of the fridge like I tend to do when no one's around to make real meals. But I burnt it. Fail.

In other news, yesterday was Susannah's birthday. She's 17 which is crazy... But I'm happy she was born. She's pretty rad. And this picture is awesome.




Yesterday I had coffee again after 10 days without caffeine, and it was amazing. I was really wired, and was basically a programming genius at work (or almost...) and solved a bunch of stuff I've been working on. Here is picture of me and my Americano (I'm sure you wanted to see this...).







Monday, August 9, 2010

Job Interview Fails

I just came across this online. It's pretty amusing... and disturbing.

Strange Job Interview Behaviour

Most managers and supervisors (and HR people) have had experiences interviewing candidates for job openings. I'm sure each of you has, at one time or another, been baffled by interviewee behaviour, but we're betting you haven't faced some of the behaviours that we list below. Certainly head-scratchers, and amusing (at least to read about). Strange but true.

Based on a survey published via the Internet, here are some of the odd things reported by HR professionals.

1. "... said he was so well-qualified that if he didn't get the job, it would prove that the company's management was incompetent."

2. "... stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application."

3. "... brought her large dog to the interview."

4. "... chewed bubble gum and constantly blew bubbles."

5. "Candidate kept giggling through serious interview."

6. "She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time."

7. "Balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece."

8. "Applicant challenged interviewer to arm wrestle."

9. "... asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to judge the candidate."

10. "... announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office."

11. "Without saying a word, candidate stood up and walked out during the middle of the interview."

12. "Man wore jogging suit to interview for position as financial vice president."

13. "Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm."

14. "Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions."

15. "... wouldn't get out of the chair until I would hire him. I had to call the police."

16. "When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office."

17. "... had a little pinball game and challenged me to play with him."

18. "... bounced up and down on my carpet and told me I must be highly thought of by the company because I was given such a thick carpet."

19. "At the end of the interview, while I stood there dumbstruck, went through my purse, took out a brush, brushed his hair, and left."

20. "... pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him."

21. "Candidate asked me if I would put on a suit jacket to insure that the offer I had made was formal."

22. "Said he wasn't interested because the position paid too much."

23. "While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out a copy of Penthouse, and looked through the photos only, stopping longest at the centerfold."

24. "During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate's brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologized and said he had to leave for another interview."

25. "A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his wife. His side of the conversation went like this: "Which company? When do I start? What's the salary?" I said, "I assume you're not interested in conducting the interview any further." He promptly responded, "I am as long as you'll pay me more." "I didn't hire him, but later found out there was no other job offer. It was a scam to get a higher offer."

26. "An applicant came in wearing only one shoe. She explained that the other shoe was stolen off her foot in the bus."

27. "His attache [case] opened when he picked it up and the contents spilled, revealing ladies' undergarments and assorted makeup and perfume."

28. "He came to the interview with a moped and left it in the reception area. He didn't want it to get stolen, and stated that he would require indoor parking for the moped."

29. "He took off his right shoe and sock, removed a medicated foot powder and dusted it on the foot and in the shoe. While he was putting back the shoe and sock, he mentioned that he had to use the powder four times a day, and this was the time."

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Extraterrestrial Ontology

Aliens... that's what this post is about. Particularly, do aliens exist or not? "Ontology" isn't quite the right word for this, but "Extraterrestrial Ontology" sounds really cool, so I'm using it.


So there are two issues I was thinking about. First, is it possible that aliens actually exist? Second, why are people so interested in aliens and trying to find them?

I'm not going to say that it's absolutely impossible that aliens might exist. But I am pretty convinced they don't, and I think there's a good case for that from the Bible.

First, the biblical account of creation says nothing about God creating life on another planet, which seems to imply that He did not. Also, the earth was created first, while the Sun, Moon, and Stars (and probably galaxies, and everything else in space) where created after earth. Again, the implication is that the focus of creation is the earth and its inhabitants. Genesis gives a detailed account of the creation of Man (on earth), but says nothing about extraterrestrial life forms.

Second, if aliens do exist, are they saved? Do they have original sin, or are they sinless? The Bible says that all sinned in Adam. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22). Adam represented all of the human race, but did he represent aliens too? If he did, did Jesus go to their planet(s) and die for them too? This would definitely be heresy... If the Church is the bride of Christ, and there are two or more Churches on different planets, would Jesus would be a polygamist? Not good...

The absence of any mention of aliens in the creation account, and the fact that Jesus came and died and was resurrected on this earth for the human race are enough reasons, in my opinion, to say the aliens do not exist. Bigfoot though... that's another story.

So why do people try so hard to find aliens? Most of the exploration done by NASA and research by other organizations has focused (and spent lots of money) for the express purpose of finding extraterrestrial life. According to evolutionary theory there is no reason why life couldn't have evolved in other planets, in the same way is supposedly did on ours. Many evolutionists believe that aliens have been "evolving" much longer than we have, and they may even be responsible for life on earth.

In the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed there are many interviews with prominent evolutionists. Richard Dawkins speaks in a number of interviews throughout the movie, and he's always saying the Intelligent Design is a completely "unscientific" theory. But in the final interview, Ben Stein asks what he thinks about the possibility of aliens being the reason we have life here on earth. Dawkins supports this idea! Without even realizing it he shows his true colors, that he's not worried about what is supposedly "scientific" or not. If aliens brought life to earth that's intelligent design, it's just doesn't involve God (Dawkins doesn't tell us where the aliens came from...). And this, I think this the real reason most people are so interested in finding aliens. They think finding aliens would prove evolution is true, and that that would free them from God's authority as creator.

Here's one of the clips where Stein is interviewing Dawkins. He talks about aliens towards the end.




As far as all the stories about "abductions" and UFO's etc. most of those have been proved to be hoaxes. There's a really good book I had (I think Scott Cone lost it...) called Alien Intrusion by Gary Bates. http://www.amazon.com/Alien-Intrusion-Gary-Bates/dp/0890514356
He does a good job of debunking the most popular alien hoaxes, and then looks at actual seemingly paranormal activity that does occur, but from a Christian viewpoint. If you want to know more about it, you'll have to read the book.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

My other "blog"

Here is some of what I've been working on this week instead of finishing my alien post on this blog.
http://benjaminforster.blogspot.com/

I've been told that it's a good idea to create a "portfolio" of projects from college to show to potential employers, so hopefully this helps me get a job...

If you see any mistakes or have comments, let me know. But comment on this blog, not that one.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Drugs...


So far this week I've gone over 48 hours without caffeine or logging onto facebook. It's been painful... I was hoping I'd get a lot more done without facebook, but so far I've come out about even. More time without facebook, but less energy without caffeine... I'm trying to go at least a week without both, hopefully I survive...

I started a blog post about aliens, but I don't think I'm going to have time to finish it until at least the weekend.