By: Rachel Womek
Good news Constant Readers! I got my birth certificate and we sent off for my expidited passport today. Celebratory exaltation is in order!
Yesterday I was bored so I watched Lawrence Krauss mop the floor with some philosopher in a debate on whether there is evidence for a deity, which can be seen here. The philosopher would have done better if he hadn’t tried to stick with a strictly Judeo-Christian version of God and if he hadn’t have continued to insist that the universe was fine tuned for “embodied, interactive, angels”, whatever that is supposed to mean. Krauss also showed a more respectful and open minded attitude to all possibilities than his opponent did, which ultimately may have pushed him over the finish line. Also empirical evidence, or in this case lack of empirical evidence, must be the final word in ways of knowing.
I also spent quite a bit of time playing Skyrim, which is about the ultimate method of ignoring the fact that time only goes in the one direction and entropy is progressive. I got a mod to spend dragon souls on perks, which is great, but then I used all of my souls so I had to get a perk which would allow dragons to spontaneously generate more frequently, so that I could kill a larger number of them. So yesterday and today I traveled around Skyrim trying to find and kill as many dragons as possible. so that, of all things, I could decorate one of my houses with weapons I made myself. Is that not the most pointless and inane of all endeavors? Well maybe not, I have seen that Rebecca Black video…
The rest of the day I spent on more practical, but also less fun efforts of trying to learn even a little but of Arabic. Like this one, written by Kiki, for me to translate: as-sayyaara al-‘aswad wa as-sarii’ or The yellow car is fast. 30 more sentences like that and my brain is ready for another inane Skyrim vacation.