January 18th, 2008

Loon

A "borrowed" post ...

I hate posting stuff that I don't have a "source" source for, but a link to a posting in a journal was posted over on antitheism and this list was in the posting of that poster in their journal (convoluted enough for ya?), but I found it hilarious, and rather than just pointing you to a journal that I know nothing else about (you could always backtrack through the aforementioned group if you feel the need), so I'm doing a cut-and-paste here for your amusement ...
Top Fifty Atheist T-Shirt and Bumper Sticker Aphorisms

1. Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers

2. Honk If Your Religious Beliefs Make You An Asshole

3. Intelligent Design Makes My Monkey Cry

4. Too Stupid to Understand Science? Try Religion.

5. There's A REASON Why Atheists Don't Fly Planes Into Buildings

6. "Worship Me or I Will Torture You Forever. Have a Nice Day."­ God.

7. God Doesn't Kill People. People Who Believe in God Kill People.

8. If There is No God, Then What Makes the Next Kleenex Pop Up?

9. He's Dead.
    It's Been 2,000 years.
    He's Not Coming Back.
    Get OVER It Already!

10. All religion is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
      - Edgar Allen Poe.

11. Viva La Evolución!

12. Actually, If You Look It Up, The Winter Solstice Is The Reason For The Season

13. I Wouldn't Trust Your God Even If He Did Exist

14. Cheeses Is Lard. Argue With THAT If You Can.

15. People Who Don't Want Their Beliefs Laughed at
     Shouldn't Have Such Funny Beliefs

16. Jesus is Coming? Don't Swallow That.

17. Threatening Children With Hell Is FUN!

18. GOD - APPLY DIRECTLY TO FOREHEAD!

19. Jesus Told Me Republicans SUCK

20. God + Whacky Tobacky = Platypus

21. God Doesn't Exist. So, I Guess That Means No One Loves You.

22. When the Rapture Comes, We'll Get Our Country Back!

23. Q. How Do We Know the Holy Ghost Was Catholic?
     A. He Used the Rhythm Method Instead of a Condom.

24. You Say "Heretic" Like It Was a BAD Thing

25. I Love Christians. They Taste Like Chicken.

26. Science: It Works, Bitches.

27. "Intelligent Design" Helping Stupid People Feel Smart Since 1987

28. I Found God Between The Sheets

29. I Gave Up Superstitious Mumbo Jumbo For Lent

30. My Flying Monkey Can Beat Up Your Guardian Angel

31. Every Time You Play With Yourself, God Kills a Kitten

32. If God Wanted People to Believe in Him, Then Why Did He Invent Logic?

33. Praying Is Politically Correct Schizophrenia

34. ALL Americans Are African Americans

35. I Forget - Which Day Did God Make All The Fossils?

36. I Was An Atheist Until The Hindus Convinced Me That I Was God

37. The Spanish Inquisition: The Original Faith-based Initiative

38. If we were made in his image, when why aren't humans invisible too?

39. JESUS SAVES....You From Thinking For Yourself

40. How Can You Disbelieve in Evolution If You Can't Even Define It?

41. Q. How Can You Tell That Your God is Man-made?
     A. If He Hates All the Same People You Do.

42. Every Time You See a Rainbow, God is Having Gay Sex

43. I Went to Public School in Kansas and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt
     and a Poor Understanding of the Scientific Method.

44. WWJD = We Won. Jesus Died.

45. The Family That Prays Together is Brainwashing the Children

46. Oh, Look, Honey Another Pro-lifer For War

47. Another Godless Atheist for Peace and World Harmony

48. God is Unavailable Right Now. Can I Help You?

49. When Lip Service to Some Mysterious Deity Permits Bestiality on
     Wednesday and Absolution on Sundays, Cash Me Out. Frank Sinatra.

50. No Gods. No Mullets.
I especially like #2, #6, #12, #20, #24, #32, #38, and #45!


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SecondLife

Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwn ...

So, I worked a 14-hour day on Wednesday, and worked a 16-hour day on Thursday, and managed to get out of there after only a 6-hour day today, but that's still 36 hours over 3 days (and add 9 hours worth of commute to that). My brain hurts and I'm butt-dragging.

However, this Big Project (which only came up last Friday when The Boss was downtown pitching a Major Client) went very well. As I previously noted, this was a rather convoluted bit of "bells and whistles" involving a Machinima video being embedded in a virtual PowerPoint presentation being given by an Avatar which was a replication of the Client, with this all being a Machinima video that was then being embedded in an actual PowerPoint presentation being given by the Client (who is the Chairman & CEO of a major corporation) to a group of Key Decision-Makers involved with a HUGE project. And, as I understand it (I wasn't there), it went swimmingly, and not only does it look like the project that we were pitching last Friday (a fairly hefty piece of business in and of itself) is a lock, but it sounds like this is good-to-go as well. PLUS The Client wants us to come up with ideas for a proposal for bringing a Very Famous Place somewhere overseas (that they're involved with) into Second Life as well, along with the mention of another Very Major Potential Project on a whole 'nuther continent.

Mind boggling.

I was getting all sorts of kudos for having scripted the presentation, spec'd out the PowerPoint slides, scripted and assembled the "inner" Machinima video (we didn't have time to shoot new video, so I had to "scour" YouTube and convert and edit several dozen bits of "borrowed" clips to usable form!), done all the audio editing from a bunch of paragraph-by-paragraph recordings of The Client reading from the script, syncing the audio track to the Machimima and slides, and helping with the rest of it (video reformatting, etc.). Frankly, most of the kudos were coming from our "investment team" (who are not usually around the office), which is great, since they have no "reason to" pump me up unless they were actually blown away by the presentation!

Now, don't get me wrong, I was only a part of this ... we had five people in the office till 1:30am Thursday night working on graphics, building PowerPoint slides, and setting up and shooting the "outer" Machinima ... but a lot of this was riding on me, and I'm thrilled to have it work out like it did.

Remember, I spent most of the past six years feeling like a huge heaping pile of useless shit when I could neither get any entrepreneurial project off the ground nor even get fucking interviewed for a job ... so both having things take a huge turn towards real success at work, and my getting praised for what I'm doing are WONDERFUL CHANGES!

We also heard that one of the Venture Capital groups is finally "pulling the trigger" on the seed funding for the Big Secret (in-house) Project that we need to have ready to demo at the Virtual Worlds Conference in April ... which is very good news too. Maybe, just maybe, my next paycheck will creep upwards from the current "Secretary 1" level that it's been at since I started getting paid there!

I'm beat, but it was a very, very good day at work!


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