Monthly Archives: July 2006

Science is God, and I Won’t See All the Fireworks

Somewhere out there, a million miles from where you are sitting, there is a deep trench beneath an even deeper ocean. This great crevasse in the ocean’s floor has not seen sunlight for 400 million years, and as a result, the creatures that inhabit it have something called “bio-luminescence.” That means that they can light up, even though their bodies produce an extremely limited amount of energy.

Everywhere around us there are solutions to the great problems we are facing. It is science that will bring us closer to those answers. It is science that will redeem mankind of his exodus from paradise, by renewing paradise in the image of man, and thus in the image of God.

To use science to argue with God is futile. To use God to argue with science is even more futile. I’ve always believed that science and God can co-exist in harmony, because they are essentially means to the same end. If we ever reach a point in our existence that we understand God, then science will be there to explain him. If science played the piano, it would play classical.

There is wonder in everything. A beam of light, curiously made visible by a shroud of smoke, takes on a new life as a mystery – it transcends the mundane and becomes an unknowable force of the universe. Science can explain wave-harmonics with mathematical precision, but does not satisfy the question: what makes music sing?

God does not explain, he simply asks one to believe. He has no answers, just the irresistable sheen of an unsolvable mystery. If God played the piano, he would play jazz. 

My honours presentation is officially scheduled for August 8th. That will be the last thing I do in my undergraduate career. Some might say… that I will walk out of that seminar room, and out into the world. But really… that’s stupid cause I’ve been in the world the whole time, and it’s just a fucking seminar room.

PS: Erin, I missed the fireworks on Saturday, as you predicted I might.

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“Yesterday” – The Beatles

This has always been one of my favorite pieces of footage from the Beatles’ career. I like it because the song is “Yesterday” … a song that has become endeared to our culture for over forty years. I’ve never met anybody who didn’t like this song (or if they claimed to not like it, they were lying). The fact that it is black and white, and filmed during the so-called ‘Beatlemania’ days just makes the clip even better. It’s a nice reminder of how brilliant Paul McCartney was to have come up with such a timeless song at the ripe old age of…. 21? The hysterical girls in the crowd are hilarious too.

I believe that The Beatles produced some of the best music the world has ever seen, and ever will see.

Concert in Deer Lake Park

I attended a concert today in Deer Lake Park, Burnaby. The bill was Jets Overhead, The Stills, Broken Social Scene, and Sam Roberts. It ran from 4PM to 10PM on a beautifully sunny Tuesday evening. I attended the concert with my old friend Matthew Gough, and my new friend Katelyn Brown.

I’ll tell you about two of the musical performances:

1) Broken Social Scene: 12 people on stage who have 1/12th the talent of my ass-hole. Bands that need 12 people on the goddam stage need them there to hide their many mistakes. You can’t tell he’s a bad singer cause you can’t hear him over 5 blaring brass instruments, 3 balding lead guitarists, 2 stoned drummers, the quirky-haired female vocalist with no intonation, and the “TV ugly” female violinist. This band is a Frankenstein of dead musical talent parts. They played an encore even though I did not applauded for it. Unfortunately, the 2000 igorant teenage floozy-girls that surrounded me did applaud, and vehemently declared them to be “like…. the most amazing band ever.” Apparently people these days are so stupid that they think a bands merits are measured in how many untalented dumbasses they can cram on a temporary outdoor stage.

2) Sam Roberts: He’s cool looking. He has a cool voice. He has a cool attitude. He plays cool guitar. His guitarist is cool. He’s exactly the kind of person who should be on stage, and he knows it. Every single he churns out is a hit-success: “Brother Down,” “Don’t Walk Away Eileen,” “Where Have All the People Gone?,” “Hard Road”, and most recently “Bridge to Nowhere.” These are all wonderfully memorable songs. Particularly “Bridge to Nowhere,” which surprised the hell outta me with it’s musical maturity and catchiness. Unfortunately, the songs that fill the album are in fact, just filler. It’s forgivable though, because he acts so cool on stage.

I hope I have aptly described this concert experience for you. I find recounting my thoughts on the event would be better than recounting the inane facts. I crammed them all into my intro paragraph this time.

Update: I hope you all like the music video function of this blog. I have not yet tested how many videos I can post at once, but it seems to me like there isn’t actually a restriction. If this is the case, you can check back here for more frequent posts of cool media that I find out there on the Internet. I can be like your own personal ebaumsworld!… in fact, you might as well set me as your homepage.

“JCB (Song)” – Nizlopi

This is certainly one of the more bizarre videos that has come out of the UK. This was done by a two piece band called Nizlopi. I don’t know a lot about it, but for some weird reason, I think both the video and the song are fantastic.

“Strange Days” – Matthew Good Band

This music video came out in 2001. I think it’s one of the only Matthew Good videos that turned out really well. I had completely forgotten about the Lunar Landing Fraud theme in this video! Just makes it even better. Everything in this video comes together.

And so, this blog has now officially become a “vlog.” God I love media. This video isn’t even hosted by WordPress… that’s what makes YouTube such wonderful thing. The internet is becomming incredibly powerful. Tune in later for more videos.

The Story of Box #922092

The industrial revolution was one of the most pivotal moments in the development of mankind. The reasons are fairly obvious – it made large scale production possible, which in turn drastically altered the nature of social organization. It signalled man’s adoption of bureaucracy as the primary guiding principal of our subsequent development – the rules by which we would exist became rules written on paper, stored and filed in some grand filing cabinet. The industrial revolution spawned the concept of wage labour; the idea that human toil could be commodified, traded, and sold like a loaf of bread. And with wage labour came even more social stratification – it made more ostensible the lines of class antagonism. Above all, it gave us containers, and a continuing global effort towards building a world that is utterly compartmentalized.

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Above all, the industrial revolution was about standardization – a concept we are now all too familiar with. So much so, in fact, that we take for granted that pallets are all the same size, hose-pipes all fit with each other, and every mass-produced lamp plugs into any rudimentary outlet. Every cardboard box that gets stamped and shipped has a tag that is monitored by some unconscious overseer – it exists only to a non-sentient database as a checkmark on some clipboard – not something we would consider to be a product of the churning fires of our unrelenting industry.

We often get blinded by smoke-stacks and fail to see the true effects of the industrial revolution – the effects that we feel, but do not directly attribute to industrialization. It’s not really important what’s inside a cardboard box… in the grand scheme of things. What’s important is that the boxes have the same rudimentary dimensions as all the other boxes. They fit nicely onto palettes, which fit nicely into trucks, which are designed to carry cargo containers that fit nicely onto trains, so that they can be hauled from the shipyard where they are stacked one on top of the other like pieces of Lego. The result? You don’t have to be a member of an elite aristrocracy if you want your house to have a shingled roof.

“The Lady in the Water”

This summer promised many great films. One I have been waiting for since last year; “The Lady in the Water” by M. Night Shaymalan. It’s supposed to be a scary movie about an alternate world that crosses over with ours.

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Too bad it sucked. It’s was the most poorly strung-together piece of crap that has ever been called a movie. It gave new meaning to the word “cheese.” I suppose that’s what happens when you let your kids help you write a movie. Kids are idiots! They don’t know how to construct believable plotlines, relatable characters, or intriguing premises. All they know how to do is glue together some half-baked mythology and retarded creatures and give them names like “Narf,” and “Scrunt” (actual names of creatures in film). The story ends up being about a “water nymph” who has to return to the “blue world” on the back of a magic eagle, and a group of tenants at a condominium are the chosen “guild” who need to defend her from the evil dogs trying to thwart her… that is, until the evil monkeys come and kill the evil dogs. Think I’m joking? Go see it. I garuantee you will be pissed, no matter how much you may like Shaymalan’s past work. Just add it to the roster of  summer blockbusters that have ended up being highly disappointing.

“The Eraser” – Thom Yorke

It’s been a long wait, but I’ve finally got a new album that I really enjoy listening to. It’s a solo album by Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke, and it’s called “The Eraser.” It’s electronica start to finish, very similar to The Postal Service. I suppose I like it so much because it’s so goddam weird:

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The music itself does not follow the normal syntax of musical arrangement – there are very few phrases of music that could be easily called a ‘verse’ or a ‘chorus.’ There are very few moments on the album when it is clear what instrument is being played (if any). And yet, Thom Yorke makes it work yet again. It’s very much reminiscent of a couple Radiohead songs (Idioteque, The Gloaming), but the album is still quite unique. There are parts that just make no sense whatsoever… where chord changes seem completely arbitrary and the tempo changes abruptly with no warning. Also, there’s lots of cool beeping noises scattered randomly throughout the songs. I’ve started trying to piece together the story of the album, and all I can gather is that it’s about the world being destroyed by a flood. I recommend it for Radiohead fans, but for those of you who think experimental music is just ‘mental,’ you probably shouldn’t don’t bother with this one, cause it will just confuse and irritate you.

On Social De-coalescence

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It’s a sad and unfortunate fact, that any social group will inevitably devour itself from the inside out. Over the years, people form relationships, break up, form new relationships, and then break up yet again… and all the while, they are slowly chipping away at social cohesion. It’s like chemistry… the amount of energy in a network of people depends on the forming and breaking of bonds.

But out of the seething masses of people, you will always retain at least one or two friends with whom you will maintain longer friendships. It is important, I think, to try to predict who these people might be, and try your best to make sure you don’t cross them in any way that might hinder such potentialities.

The Continuing Evolution of Movable Print

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Welcome to my new weblog. I hope you find this one easier to navigate. I decided to switch because the old page was limiting in terms of the amount of media I could post, as well as the amount of formatting I could do. WordPress has required me to learn a little bit about HTML coding, but less than I expected. The downside is that I can no longer customize each page. That’s right… this page is a generic template designed by some random schmuck, not yours truly. The geocities server allowed me to create my blog from scratch, which is why it was always changing. This blog, I regret to say, will not be nearly as dynamic, and will not change from month to month like the old one.

      
The good news? I can post more pictures, there will be no more ads, and I can link to videos. Also, I don’t have to bother with some of the more tedious administrative tasks involved in blogging (linking archives, updating file managers, etc.) I’m going to try to post a lot more now. Comments are welcome, but if they are offensive or inappropriate, they will be removed. Thanks to everyone who continues to visit this blog. It is your continuing interest that has kept it afloat for over 5 years.