October 10th, 2010

HolyHandGrenade

Is Bending To Touch Your Toes A Religious Experience? I Know I'D Consider It A Miracle....

Longtime readers may remember me taking cheap shots at PraiseMoves, "the Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga!"  It seems there are some Christian people who feel that practicing yoga is sacrilegious because names are related to Hinduism.

Well, here we go again.  God, I hate reruns.

Albert Mohler is the President of the Southern Baptist Seminary, and he's decided to get in on the act.  The Southern Baptists, for the uninitiated, run pretty close to Puritans, being against any remotely human behavior.  They are borderline fascist, monomaniacal, and an affront to the understanding, love, and mercy that the God they worship grants us.  Any chance to denounce sin, they will do it, even if they have to make something up.

Anyway, this guy writes online essays, and urged his Christian flock not to practice yoga.  They "must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga."  He complained about "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine.  That's just not Christianity."  Uh, actually, it is.  What do you think prayer is?  Even Catholics who think they have to use the Virgin Mary as God's receptionist know that.

I used logic last time.  Clearly, that didn't get me anywhere, so I'm shifting gears into "sarcastic jackass."  Let's talk about what's just not Christian.

Christmas.

The Christmas tree comes from pagan Germany celebrations.  In fact, Christmas shouldn't even be held in December (the mention in the Bible of shepherds tending their flocks suggest something around spring or summer).  It was moved to December to muscle in on the Winter Solstice celebrations.  Nowaday, Christmas has even less to do with Christianity, becoming a gift exchange instead of a mass dedicated to the birth of Jesus.  Most of what we accept as part of Christmas was created through opportunism or marketing (Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was created for a Montgomery Wards marketing campaign).  Yoga as currently practiced has as much to do with Hinduism as Christmas as currently practiced has to do with Christianity.

It would be one thing if there was genuine concern over mixing religions.  But this has nothing to do with what is proper in a particular religious discipline.  We're talking about an exercise program that originated in another faith, not animal sacrifices.  This is about control, about bossing around other Christians.  The problem is, when you tell people used to doing their own thing to not do their own thing and don't give them a compelling reason other than, "Because I said so," you aren't going to get anywhere.  And if you read your Bible half as often as you say, you'd see what is wrong with your actions.
Trolled

You Need To See The Doctor

Doctor Who is coming to America.

No.  I mean, they will be shooting part of the two-part opener for next season in the Good Ol' US of A.

No real details just yet.  The scripts are written.  Shooting begins later this month and goes into November.  All that has gotten out about the plot is that it takes place in the 1960's, it starts in Utah, part of it takes place in the Oval Office, and River Song is involved somehow.

This post is intended to piss off mornblade .  I'm sure he'll let me know how good a job I did.
Trolled

Doctor Who What Where When Why How

Several months ago, on the coder channel, some Doctor Who fans started talking.  There is a sizable contingent of them.  But these guys were taking it waaaaaaaay too seriously.  Peter G stepped up and successfully trolled them, getting them banhammered and returning the channel to its usual shenanigans.

Some of them read Peter G's blog, and saw how he enjoys tormenting his brother by choice, Mornblade, over Doctor Who stuff.  Mornblade is very bad at handling cliffhangers, he wants to know what will happen NOW.  He's usually reserved, but times like that, his level of impatience almost rivals Peter's.  Peter watched the last season of Doctor Who and picked up on little details from set design and costuming.  Mornblade appreciated the observations, but also started going more nuts, especially when the concept art leaked and Peter discovered what was in the Pandorica.

So, several coders, reading the post about Who being shot in America, decided to feed Peter some more information they had about the upcoming season.  One of them claims to know someone who works on the set.  This will not go behind a cut, because Mornblade will read it anyway.  Either that, or Peter will hear Mornblade's screams of frustration from his own house.

To emphasize, these are complete rumors, no one is confirming or denying just yet.  So this could all be bullshit.

But that's not going to stop Peter G.

Buckle up, Spanky.

1)  One rumor says no Daleks in this series.  We're talking the whole run of the season, not just the spring 2011 part.  Another says they will be.  After all, they are one of the signature villains and have been in every series since the revival.

2)  We will know exactly who River Song is and what her tie to the Doctor is.  This comes from Moffet himself in an interview on BBC3.  There's a clip of her telling the Doctor, "You're going to find out very soon now.  And I'm sorry.  That's when everything changes."  Also, we will learn who and what Silence is.

3)  Oh, here's a good one -- Omega may be returning.  According to the rumors, he had something to do with the time field cracks, silence, and the TARDIS going ka-blam.   I wonder if he was the voice saying, "Silence will fall"?  Also, the Dreamlord is also supposedly a counterpart of the Doctor.  So was the Valyard.  The Daleks and Cybermen both confirmed it was the Doctor who would destroy the universe.  Also, are the Time Lords going to return again?

4)  Rumor has it Billie Piper will be returning as Rose and John Barrowman will return as Captain Jack Harkness.

5)  Heavy duty bullshit alert -- rumor says Tom Baker will return as the Fourth Doctor.  It would fit, given how Moffat is such a Who geek, but given the amount of time (and no Douglas Adams to really make him shine), I'm not so sure.  On the other hand, Elizabeth Sladen may also be popping up.  SWOOOOON!  Also, K-9 and Romana.  I can see K-9 and Sladen, as The Sarah Jane Chronicles is running (the rumored episode title is "The House Of Nothing").  Romana?  Maybe she's that woman on the coucil?

6)  Neil Gaiman's story will be the third episode of the season.

7)  Matt Smith is saying this is his last season on Doctor Who.

No need to thank me, just doing my duty.....