Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ends justifies the means - Again.

Assuming God is primarily interested in doing that which is good (hopefully a sound assumption), then what do you think it would be more interested in:

  • That which is best for individuals?
  • That which is best for society/the human existence?
  • That which is best for the earth/universe?
  • A combination of the 3, balancing all three against each other.

Secondly do you believe that God would utilise or act on the idea "That the ends justify the means?". And if so do you think God holds to it in most cases or just the exceptional?

As I'm thinking it is likely that the works of God at least as described in the old testament aim to balance that which is good for an individual, society and the universe, in a manner in which the end results are far more important than the means utilised to reach them.

What do you think?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Five Killers

The Five Killers

This looks like it could be an interesting western adaption of anime.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Unspoiled comments.

A good book, it ends the story well, though not amazingly. With the different format (doesn't work on the school year) from the others it's a little bit shorter that the last couple of books and flows somewhat differently.
The hallows seem to be a rather odd inclusion though, appearing from nowhere to take up a reasonable proportion of the book. The book might have been better if less time was spent on them and more on what the other characters are doing during the time period, though admittedly that would be a bigger departure from the previous ones than the hallows.

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Snape's character so deserves further mention at the end though using his name is a nice touch. I wish she'd spent more time developing him in the books.
Also DD comes across in a less pleasant light though out the book, though his final conversation with Harry does a bit to redeem that.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Twiter Sixth Sense?

Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense

An interesting look at twitter and it's ability to provide a sort of social sixth sense.

I'm not entirely sure that such a "sixth sense" is always a good thing. For somethings like knowing when people are busy, and have other stuff to do sure, but at other times it seems like such a system would leave people feeling like though know about every thing that's happening to you. Thus leaving you with nothing to actually talk about when you meet in person. I guess this is quite dependent on what level of detail you but into your twitter posts.

What do you people think?

UN in Africa

BBC NEWS | Africa | The UN's all-pervasive role in Africa

Interesting Article hard to tell if it's actually accurate though.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

HP and the Deathly Hollows leaked

Leaked Potter book photos buzz round the Internet

Amusing and rather nuts! Some ones photographed all the pages of a prerelease copy they've got and stuck them all up online!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Half Blood Prince

Well seeing Era has made a post on the subject and that this post has been sitting in my drafts for a week now I might as well post it with the book due Saturday.

I can't be bothered making as many predictions as Era but based on my rereading of the Half-blood prince last week I suspect we may find out something along these lines.

Snape is Good, and following DD's orders. Various things in Half-blood suggest this.
He makes the unbreakable oath in HB, to help Mal, knowing that DD would expect him too or possibly as he's already discussed this with DD.
The reason being that DD suspects he's going to be killed soon, and that Mal has been ordered to do it and would prefer Snape to do it rather than force Mal to do something truly evil.

Any way I'm looking forward to Saturday!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature

Psychology Today: Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature
An interesting read, and sure to fire up the blood of some people. Includes such things as:

# Men like blond bombshells (and women want to look like them)
# Humans are naturally polygamous
# Most women benefit from polygyny, while most men benefit from monogamy
# Most suicide bombers are Muslim

Any way have a look people at let me know what you think.

I find it interesting that the article links many of the behaviors covered to some sort of "evolutionary" advantage to either one or both of the sexes. Some of which I'm not so sure about would be nice if they'd provided links with additional details/papers in support of there suggestions.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

As you may have gathered from preceding posts...

I handed my thesis in on Monday this means a couple of things.

First for the first time in 18 years I'm kind of at a lose end. Having no idea what I'll actually be doing for the rest of the year and next year onwards, apart from hopefully "looking for a job" and "working at a job".
So soon after 18 years I'm finally going to be out of the education system for at least a year or two.

Any way as a result I'm rather keen to do stuff so if any ones interested in gaming, RPGing, MTGing, Tamping etc please let me know.