could you follow every rule in the bible for a whole year?

..well this guy did.

from the man who brought you “i read the entire encyclopedia,” comes: “i grew a beard and followed archaic regulations!”

this guy identified 700 rules/prohibitions he found in the bible and stuck to them.

he said of the experience:
“I would say I’m more thankful. I focus on the hundred little things that go right in a day, instead of the three or four things that go wrong. And I love the Sabbath. There’s something I really like about a forced day of rest. Also, during the experiment I wore a lot of white clothes, because Ecclesiastes says let your garments always be white, and I loved it, so I look like Tom Wolfe now. Wearing white just made me happier. I couldn’t be in a bad mood walking down the street looking like I was about to play in the semifinals at Wimbledon.”

..and so how did his wife take it?

“Parts of the Bible say that the man is the head of the household and should make the decisions, which did not translate into reality in our household. She found that a disturbing part of religion.”

..and then he gets deep:
“We all talk about freedom of choice, but there’s something very attractive about freedom from choice. Religion provides structure, mooring, anchoring. Should you covet? No. Should you give 10 percent to the needy? Yes. It really structures your life. After my year I felt unmoored, overwhelmed by choice. I have adjusted, but I’m still overwhelmed by choice, as we all are in America.”

read the whole interview with this guy here:

update: npr interviewed this guy

baby orangutans helping baby tigers

awww.. now if that’s not the cutest thing this side of albuquerque, well then i don’t know what is.


“A pair of Sumatran tiger cubs and a set of young orang-utans, all abandoned at birth, have become inseparable after sharing a room at an Indonesian zoo.” …and… “The four have lived side-by-side for a month without a single act of hostility,” said zookeeper Sri Suwarni.

click here for more info and pics

school sucks balls: an intellectual essay.

as someone who went through both public and private schools in multiple cities, countries, and continents, including quite a few years of the best schools the american public school system has to offer, i can tell you from personal experience that the entire structure of american education has pretty much gone to shit (not that it was ever all that great of an idea in the first place).

this is a nice essay i came across that represents my feelings on the subject fairly accurately.

here are some highlights:

“…as long as [our country’s children] are learning meaningful, useful, and interesting worthwhile things, there should be no point in forcing them to fail in subjects that have no purpose or meaning for them. […] there is an “opportunity cost” in trying to teach [things] to people [who are] not likely to learn them and not interested in learning them at the time. Those students’ time could be much better spent [being taught] things they appreciate…”

“Schools ought to be places that nurture individual and social strengths, not places that, at great expense, forcibly try to inculcate and remediate what students cannot learn and what teachers in some cases cannot teach. In an ideal world, teaching would inspire students to want to learn as much as they can all their lives, and give them the foundation to do that. “

…and don’t think for a second that our way is the only feasible way anyone has come up with. there are lots of civilized countries around the world, and some have far superior educational systems. there are plenty of great educational philosophies and alternative schools that work wonders.. why don’t we make one of the ways that work the standard?

to read the full essay, click here.

dennis kucinich sounds pretty cool.. [video]

apparently this guy has values AND he’s running for president…

this is getting ridiculous, what do we have now, like three decent presidential candidates?

…pretty soon we’re gonna have a working democracy and i’m actually gonna have to feel guilty about not voting.