Sunday, February 27, 2005

Mystery Religions and IBLP

Well, knowing that I think that IBLP is a performace based religion I was quite amused when I came across this gem in my Classical Mythology class.

"Mystery Religions:
A Mystery Religion is an organized or semi-organized form of worship promising immortality in return for following a ritual or lifestyle".

Sounds like someone just pegged IBLP center mass with a .50 caliber bullet.

My Classical Myth professor was using this to describe three "mystery religions" of the ancient greeks. the Eleusinian, Bacchic and Orphic mystery religions. Might as well add a fourth huh?


Is IBLP the foundation to Mystery Babylon? :-P I'm kidding here.. But... Seriously folks. From the outside, after having been inside. If you are still trapped in IBLP you need to get help from someone not trapped in it to help you get out of it.

LOL... I'm watching my Classical Myth class (video) and the professor was just talking about the "Greek" organizations and called one of them.. "Tapa Kega Day" (Tap a Keg a Day).. Sorry that was a side note but it was humorous.


Thursday, February 17, 2005


I do rightly apologize. As I was sitting here working on a paper for my Creative Writing class I remembered that I'd left out another of my favorite comics.

A Miracle of Science deals with Mad Scientist disease. So throughout the story you have maniacal laughter from mad scientists who build guns capable of blowing up lots of stuff. Main character is a recovering mad scientist.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Favorite Webcomics

Okay, I'm too tired tonight to think of a good rant. Unless it's against excesses of homework.
I spent 7 or 8 hours last night working on an Organic Chem II take home test. Thankfully that's done.

So, instead of ranting I'm gonna do a post on my favorite web-comics And maybe a quick liner about why I like said comic.

First and foremost. Schlock Mercenary Written by a gent by the name of Howard Taylor this strip has been around since June of 2000. The author now draws this strip full time so there's rarely a day that he doesn't update. The story line takes place in the far future. It is chock full of mercenarys out for the bottom line. Big guns and the grunts who carry them.

Another would be Sluggy Freelance. This author isn't full time but gets a comic up most every day anyhow. On-line since August of 1997 this is a long running strip. Big guns, demons, ghosts, vampires and robotic chicks. Then of course the fuzzy cute talking animals.... AHAHH!! No... No... Bun-Bun I WASN'T talking about you.. ugh.. give me a second to pick pieces of me up.. Bun-Bun is the killer lop rabbit of the story. Fear the Rabbit.

I also enjoy GPF. General Protection Fault. It's been around since 1998; interesting storyline and twists and turns. Terminator rip-offs. It's a geek thing.

Well, I've got a ton of homework left so I'll have to call it quits for the night now. Watch this space for more rants once I get some sleep


Monday, February 14, 2005

Probably the worst day in the world.

Today, "St. Valentines Day" has got to be one of the worst days of the year. Like it's not bad enough during the rest of the year seeing couples together. Then they have to go have a day that celebrates the fact that they got lucky and us singles haven't yet.

So.. Here's my propsition. (hehe.)
Have a day where instead of leaving the single people out the couples (or at least just one of them) takes a friend or group of friends who are single out.

Either that or parents of the world need to loosen up their grip on their kids or have more daughters instead of sons.

Asking girls out is a new realm for me after being so brainwashed in the whole "can't even make eye-contact with a female" way that IBLP has. I was so brainwashed in that idea that I even attempted to once participate in their "proper" way to ask a girl out.

This basically consisted of saying nothing to the young lady at all tell I'd so bottled up the emotions that had no simple outlet that I couldn't help but ask her dad if I could "court" her in an attempt to marry her. d'oh. THAT was a bad move.. Being so engrained in "their" mindset though that it took 3 years of wondering "what I did wrong" before I realized that the only thing wrong that I did was to not just ask her out and get to know her better before becoming actually serious about any kind of relationship.

So.. 3+ years later, learning that I need to get over my deeply engrained brainwashing that was IBLP I started just hunting around for a nice girl to ask out..

Know what? I think that they are all taken.
Here's my thoughts on the idea.

"Girls are like parking spots.
All the good ones are taken, or are in a different lot.
All the ones that are left are way out there of handycapped."

So... Here I go facing another Valentines day with no close female friend (I actually have female friends now which is a major step) to treat nicely and show off to other singles.. :-P

Boy.. This was a rambling pointless post. But I had to rant about something. I needed the break from application essays.


Friday, February 11, 2005

REU's and You

REU... The National Science Foundation's "Research Experience for Undergraduates" is a cool concept. Give grants/funding to universities who are carrying on a varity of research programs. Chemistry, Astronomy Physics etc. Each school has a professor (with a doctorate in his/her field) ,who has an area of interest, and oversees at least one or more students for a 8-12 week period. During this time each student, sophmore or juniors usually, learns how to: create a research concept, plan the concept/idea out, use lab equipment, write coherent reports on information learned, and present said information.

Why'd I give this overview? Cause I've spent the last 4 hours working on my own applications. I'm sending out 5 applications to schools who look like they've got some interesting research directions that they are going. Loyola University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, South Dakota State University, and two to two different departments at Stony Brook State University on Long Island New York.

I'm really hoping to be able to get a research internship this summer as well as maybe next summer also. Said internships would do several things for me. Help with my grasp of concepts, always helpful to keep up and even ahead of my learning. It will also look really good on a resume after I graduate to have said internships, along with research done at my own university (which I hope to start next semester) . Since I hope/plan to be a research chemist having lots of research experience will greatly increase both my starting salary (always helpful) and my ability to procure a job.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Friends' Blogs

Till I figure out how to link to friend's blogs in a more perminant fashion this will have to do.

Here is Bakemono Senpai's Site.
This is Semirrahge's site

I'll get other's up late.

Here is a link for my school's main web-site.