Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Intelligent Design vs Evolution

There have been recent discussions in parts of the States about introducing students to Intelligent Design (ID) in their science classes, as well as evolution. As we all know, evolution is the idea that we are related to the apes, and that we as a species have evolved over time. Intelligent Design is the idea that there is one greater being, such as a god, who is controlling our destiny and the world around us.

The fact that Intelligent Design is not testable, scientific fact, does not seem to be putting off the school boards. This recent article in The Register, is proof of how bad things have become. Since when should a school board be able to determine what is and isn't science?

But my personal favourite has always been the letter that Bobby Henderson wrote to the Kansas School Board. I'm off to order an FSM mug...

Monday, September 26, 2005

A night on the town...

Well, I headed into town the other night with some of my mates and we went around a few bars, so I thought it would be good to start with a review of some of them.

We started off at Zinc, on Manchester Street, a nice loungy bar, with good music and comfy couches. The loud music doesn't really suit a lounge bar though; everybody sits around smiling at each other with nothing to do except drink. And it was pretty much vacant for the hour or so that we were there....

We then headed next door to Iconic to play some pool. Iconic's quite cool, with plenty of pool tables and a good selection of music. Again, the volume was a pain. While the loud music is great for those dancing, I generally want to be able to talk with my mates as I play a game of pool.

We called into The Loaded Hog, on the corner of Cashel and Manchester Street, for a bit. Fancy intelligent lights, good music, and you could actually hold a conversation with the person standing next to you. Like Zinc though, it was damn near empty....

Later, we headed across the road to Shooters. A cross between a bar and a dance hall, this place was damn annoying. You had to fight through the crowd to move anywhere, your skull vibrated inside your head in time to the music, and your shoes stuck to the floor with all the spilt drinks. How can you dance when you're crammed in like sardines in a can?

When I go to a lounge or pool bar, I expect to be able to hold a conversation. When I go to a dance bar, I expect to be able to dance. And why do none of the DJs know that bass sounds better when it's not wound all the way up? Bass is great, loud bass is better, but distorted bass is just painful. Maybe I'm just getting old....

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Interviews with Gabe Newell

This site has a couple of videos interviews with Gabe Newell, one of the head honchos at Valve. It's interesting to see what their planning next for the Half Life series and Steam...

The interviews at 1up.com