Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Vanessa and the Monkey

Yay! I got the first letter from my sponsor girl yesterday! Her name is Ana Vanessa Mariona Gonzalez, but she goes by Vanessa. Seven years old, and the cutest thing. She lives in El Salvador. I'm slightly confused though, because Compassion says her birthday is October 27, and she said it was February 6. And I'm pretty sure, slight though my knowledge of Spanish be, that she said she had twin uncles who were younger than her, not twin aunts, like the translator wrote.

I'll try and post a picture of her once I feel like getting off my lazy behind and walking to the scanner.

Spent yesterday at my cousin Aimee's dorm in U of C, and as a result have officially decided that my alter ego is now Super Ninja Monkey. And best of luck to you, my dear cousin, if getting those Christmas lights to stay up.

Nothing more to say. I was really just posting for the sake of posting. If I'm not struck with some lightning bolt of inspiration soon, my next post will be on Stargate, I think.

In honour of the random game we played at the dorm last night, I shall leave you with a completely random quote:

"For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks." Terry Pratchett

Friday, 9 November 2007

Words from the Wise

SOOO, as I stated formerly, my life pretty much revolves around school these days. Here are a few gems from my Theology class this morning, all uttered by the prof:

"YHWH is an amalgam of the gods of the middle east."

"The Trinity as the concept we see today did not arise until about the fourth century, as an interpretation of the Greek texts. That's not what the original New Testament means at all."

"The Bible is a literary truth, not a historical truth."

"We can't say ours is the only way, and that it never changes, and that we know it all. Of course it changes! It changes all the time!"

"The Pope is absolutizing something that is only a part of the piece."

Anyone know how to deal with these?

Blackwolf: There are many paths to the same place. Trust me.
Hotchner: Just so you know, you sound like a fortune cookie.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Ponoka for Plato?

Okay, so I don't really have much to say right now, I just felt like I had to write another post before everyone assumes this blog is dead.

Let's see... what to discuss? Since my life currently revolves around school:

Plato's Republic is a hoot. The guy was crackers. I like his other stuff, but the Republic is just amusing. See what you think.

"Our women Guardians must strip for exercise, then - their excellence will be all the clothes they need."

"We must, if we are to be consistent, and if we're to have a real pedigree herd, mate the best of our men with the best of our women as often as possible, and the inferior men with the inferior women as seldom as possible, and bring up only the offspring of the best. And no one but the Rulers must know what is happening, if we are to avoid dissension in our Guardian herd."

"So we must arrange statutory festivals in which our brides and bridegrooms will be brought together... and we shall have to devise an ingenious system of drawing lots, so that our inferior Guardians can, at each mating festival, blame the lot and not the Rulers."

Adeimantus: But one might almost describe your Guardians as a set of hired mercenaries quartered in the city with nothing to do but perpetual guard-duty.

Socrates (representing Plato): Yes, and what is more, they do it for their keep only, and get no pay over and above it like other men, so that they can't go for a holiday abroad on their own if they want to...

"Then is there any human activity at which men aren't far better in all these respect than women? We need not waste time over exceptions like weaving and various cooking operations, at which women are thought to be experts, and get badly laughed at if a man does them better."

I don't think I've every giggled so much reading philosophy or philosophic commentaries as I did reading this. At least they say Plato likely wasn't being entirely serious in putting all this forth as an actual political suggestion...

"Philosophy: unintelligible answers to insoluble problems." Henry Brooks Adams