Mike Brown and The Matrix

6 September 2014 at 4:47 am

FergusonProtestsI’ve hesitated writing about this event because I wasn’t sure what I should or wanted to say about it. But this situation is really eating me up, and since I don’t have anyone who I can talk to about it, I’m just going to blog all my feels.

Mike Brown vs. Darren Wilson

If you’ve been online anytime in the last month, then you’ve probably heard about a young black teenager named Mike Brown who was shot by a Ferguson police officer named Darren Wilson. The evidence in the case indicates this was a bad shoot; that Wilson used lethal force on an unarmed young man who did not pose a threat to him. In fact, according to three eye witnesses, Mike had been retreating from Wilson, but the police officer continued shooting at him until he was dead.

If this had been civilian vs. civilian, the perpetrator would be in jail facing either 2nd degree murder or manslaughter charges. For some unfathomable reason, however, Wilson has not been arrested. Currently, a grand jury has been convened to determine if Wilson should even be charged.

I don’t have high hopes that he will be.

Atheism and Ghosts

31 July 2014 at 2:32 am

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This post originally appeared on my account at Bubblews. Things have been kind of weird over there and I’m concerned about things getting even weirder. So I’m reposting this on my own blog just in case they turn weirdness factor up to an 11.

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Many people in the atheist community are surprised when I tell them I believe ghosts exist. I think it’s because these people confuse atheism with skepticism. Atheism is a non-belief in deities while skepticism is a mode of thinking that precludes a belief in certain thing without evidence. An atheist says, “I don’t believe god(s) exists because of x,y,z reasons.” A skeptic says, “I don’t believe in x, y, z unless you can show me proof of x, y, z.”

You can be an atheist without being a skeptic and you can be a skeptic without being an atheist. The two are not conjoined. Having said that, most atheists are skeptics and I suppose it’s only natural for them to assume that, as a fellow atheist, I’m just as skeptical about everything as they are. For the most part I am.

However, my belief in the existence of ghosts is one that persists despite the sketchy evidence for them. Many ghost claims can be attributed to natural phenomena. For example, infrasound, which is low-frequency sound, can make the eyes vibrate slightly and lead to visual hallucinations. If a person is predisposed to believing in ghosts, then he or she may attribute those hallucinations to supernatural causes when really it’s just your brain playing tricks on you.

Your Time is Limited

26 June 2014 at 10:43 am

Steve Jobs

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. -Steve Jobs

Health and Work Week 1

22 October 2013 at 1:55 am

lazydayLast week I talked about struggling with some health issues that developed due to my sedentary lifestyle and failure to properly care for myself as well as improve my financial status. My goals were to walk every day and to adhere to a regular work schedule.

Since that blog post, I walked five out of the seven days for about 20 to 25 minutes a day. I missed one day because it was raining and the second day because I didn’t feel well. My back pain is still an issue, but I have improved in other areas.

At the beginning of the week, my joints were so stiff I felt like a robot in a meat suit. If Dorothy had touched down near me, I would have asked her to find me a can of oil. By the end of the week, though, my bones and muscles loosened up a bit but I still have a nice duck waddle going on.

My breathing has also improved somewhat. In the last few months, I’ve developed a troubling symptom. It feels like I have fluid in my lungs, which is one of the reasons why I suspect I have heart damage. On the days that I walk, my breathing is better. Unfortunately, I have terrible neighbors.

Atrophy

13 October 2013 at 4:35 am

lazy red pandaAccording to conventional wisdom, if you don’t use a muscle for a length of time, it begins to degrade. You lose mass and strength until your muscle matches the level of activity, or rather inactivity, it’s engaged in.

This morning I went for a walk…let me back up a little bit. For the past three years, my health has been steadily declining. This is primarily due to my transition from full-time employment to work-at-home freelance writer. I hadn’t been taking good care of myself before that change, but sitting at my desk day in and day out without getting any sun or exercise starting taking its toll on me.

In the back of my mind I knew I wasn’t in good shape, but I deluded myself into thinking I could take care of any health problems when I finally achieved the success I was striving for. Unfortunately for me, that success never came. In fact, I suffered a serious setback that led to me moving back in with my parents (albeit to care for my grandmother).

The stress of caring for an aging and steadily deteriorating senior citizen made my health problems worsen to the point where I suspect I have heart damage. Unfortunately, I don’t have health insurance, which means I’m stuck managing on my own and praying I don’t have a medical emergency until Obamacare kicks in.