Sunday, July 29, 2012

Beyond the Scope

Hey y'all.  So this is kinda beyond the scope of this blog, but it was just something I was thinking about, and well, this blog is for stuff I think about.

So I was thinking about atheism.  I like to think a lot, because I'm INTP, and apparently that's the thing we like to do best.  In any case, I was thinking about it, and it occurs to me that the big bang and evolution don't really matter.  Christians don't like evolution because it's supposed to "science away" God (which it doesn't, because it's possible to believe in both or neither), but then it occurred to me that it doesn't really matter if evolution is true or not.  Who gives a crap?  I mean, Christians care because by attacking one part of the theology the atheists are trying to attack the rest, but is such an attack really relevant?

The point of this lays in atheism itself.  The thing about atheism is that it's a negative belief system.  No, not negative as in pessimistic, but because it is based on a negative: there is no God.  There is no positive or additive side to atheism.  It holds that someone else's belief is untrue, and that's about it.

So say you one day decide to become an atheist.  Okay, then what?  What do you do next?  How are you supposed to live?  What gives life meaning?  What's the purpose of life?

It gets even harder for people like me.  INTPs don't exactly get along well with others, being so internal and so focused on fixing problems rather than making friends.  What good does atheism do me?  If there's no God, then the social struggles I go through are nothing.  I have no purpose, no point.  And all those people who make fun of me can rightfully do so, because they are better looking, better dressed, and have better skills than just simply thinking about random stuff for the fun of it.  And they enjoy movies better because they don't have to nitpick.

Even if I was a successful person with lots of friends, what does atheism offer me, other than freedom from morality?  Once I die, it's all gone, and there will have been no point in anything I've ever done, whether that be riches fame, or whatever.  Even if I do good for others, what does that matter?

Let's say I save a country from an oppressive regime -- shoot ahead to the extreme, y'know?  Saving a nation doesn't last forever.  It can just get conquered again.  Or maybe it becomes a morally depraved, glitz and glam shallow society.  Or maybe it turns into one of those dystopian stereotypes Hollywood likes so much.  Or maybe the relative safety of my newly saved country ends up being the home base of the next Stalin or Hitler, because it's just too dang nice to execute people.

So what I'm saying is, there's nothing you can do that can't be destroyed.  Isn't that the second law of thermodynamics?  Everything is in a state of decay.  It'd be kinda nice to know that there's a heaven somewhere, and that stuff there actually lasts.

So that's my rant for today.

Monday, July 23, 2012

How to Doom Your Sequel: Star Fox Adventures

Hey y'all.  So I've been watching let's plays of all the Star Fox games, because it's a great series.  Star Fox is  the story of anthropomorphic animals who save the universe from the evils of the great monkey robot genius Andross, who is constantly trying to take over everything.

Of course, it was a great series before things went horribly wrong.  Obligatory summary-ho!  Just a short one, though.  I get pretty sick of recapping something when I really want to be talking about something else.

Anyway, the glory of the first Star Fox game was in its simplicity.  It's basically where you play as Fox McCloud, a fighter pilot, and you have to fight your way through a path to the planet Venom where you must defeat the evil scientist/robot/monkey Andross.  This is a lot of fun, especially since the graphics on the SNES where so blocky and "retrofuture" -- what the past thought the future would be like.  It seriously reminds me of old sci-fi book covers.

In 2007, I once read an old book where kids from the fifties went into the year 2007.  So, um, why don't we have flying cars again?  Um, yeah.  Retrofuture.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Music Theory

Hey y'all.  So, I was thinking about something, and I'm going to present the idea to you for consideration.  I've noticed lately that music has undergone a serious change.  Now, if you look back at music from, say, the sixties to the nineties, you'll notice that music has remained, for the most part, a pretty fun thing.  Music was always designed during this period to simply bring people to the dance floor, and it was a fun experience.  And now, if you go back to the nineties, you'll find that the music even that short time ago was very much different from today's.  It was fun, and dared to be goofy.

Do you even see music daring to be goofy like that very much today?  It takes itself far too seriously.  Now, it's all about the lyrics, and all the artists are too busy singing arrogant songs about themselves to really pay much attention to their audience.  Now, that's not to say that all music since the nineties is crap, but the more you think about it, you notice certain things.  This is where you come in.  Think about the recent music you listen to, and see if it has these things --