Sunday, February 15, 2009

IT'S ALIIIIVE....A Super-Post to Make Up For My Hiatus

Okay, so I haven't posted here in...almost a year. Mostly because I'm utterly lashed down by homework. So I'm just going to go right into the Awesome of the Month.

1) DARWIN DAY - February 12 was Darwin day, and I was the only person in town who seemed to be aware of this. I celebrated in private, but it was still awesome.

2) RELIGULOUS - My review, cross-posted from my private blog to save time:

So I FINALLY got to see Religulous today, after waiting since fall for it to show within 100 miles of where I live.

...I loved it, obviously.

I'll be the first to admit that I don't agree with Maher on everything. I don't expect to agree with him on everything, as I don't expect to agree with anyone on anything. However, he was absolutely brilliant, if a bit pretentious, in this.

Basically, he goes around talking to various religious people, presenting them with evidence contrary to their belief, and eliciting some very...revealing responses.

Some memorable quotes....

From the ever-brilliant senator of Arkansas..."You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate." Yeah, I think we could figure that out, based on the fact that you also seem to think the Earth is 6000 years old and don't have any grasp of basic biology.

And Bill Maher, of course. "If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you'd resign in protest. To do otherwise is to be an enabler - a mafia wife." THIS. SO MUCH.

Frankly, if you ever want to know exactly what I think of the Judeo-Christian religions, watch this movie. XD

Rating...8 out of 10, if I take out my OMG-a-movie-that-doesn't-perpetuate-ancient-myths bias. Use caution with children, as it does have a lot of less-than-vague sex/porn/fun stuff references. Especially when he talks to the "ex-gay" guy, and the gay Muslims. Trust me, you have to see it to believe it. For those who aren't challenged in the area of accepting natural bodily functions, it's absolutely hilarious. Prudes will probably be gasping in horror every 5 minutes.

3) WHALES - The new National Geographic series Morphed is detailed, interesting, and, well, evolutionary. I haven't caught the turkey show yet, but the whale show is amazing. I was hooked the whole time.

4) EVOLVE - One of the last things I would expect to see from the History Channel (which is usually pretty biased), I convinced my parents to get me the DVD for this so I could watch it straight through. It provides a lot of information that is useful for counteracting creationist claims - there are entire shows devoted just to one thing, like eyes, skin, flight, and guts.

5) NOT THE FUNDIES - I was surprised at the volume of creationists at my school - and I even have one in my biology class. We will be going into evolution next week. This will be interesting. I'll keep you posted.

And the obligatory bit of poetry....

Yes, I've seen the future -
He says -
Yes, it's spray painted on the
gravestones of the