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Never, Well Just This Once…

“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?”

The above daily post is definitely one that I agree with certainly as far as religion goes, though the same rules kind of apply to political conversations at least to a lesser extent.

Firstly, I am an atheist or at least agnostic, I have generally no idea of what’s going on earth let alone any ethereal or heavenly planes, so ultimately I try to stay right out of any conversations about religion.

It’s also important to remember that although religion and atheism are both belief systems, religion is founded in faith and atheism, at least to me is derived from logic. Logic and faith do not make good bedfellows, whichever side of the line you’re standing on, you will never know the answer until it’s too late.

You can easily tear holes in most religions from a logical perspective, but faith means to believe ultimately without facts to persuade you. (or words to that effect, anyway) Not to mention the idea, that what we think of as fact now is not what we thought was fact hundreds of years ago. Who’s to say that in a few years’ time we won’t prove god exists by way of science. Belief is solid yet logic and science purely depend on current scientific thinking which is likely to fluctuate over time.

Yet, people do argue. Not just over the existence of a god or gods, but over which religion is the true religion, assuming that a true religion can even exist. In some cases they act even shittier to each other. All over religious differences which they cannot possibly prove, making everything inhumanly ironic as I’m fairly certain that most religions have things to say about hurting and killing each other.

Arguing over religion is like a shark and a scorpion arguing over the best way to fly.

Hmmmm well, I guess this post means that I do discuss religion, just not very often and now I remember the true reason. While writing this, I was cross-examining everything I wrote, trying to make sure that I didn’t offend anybody. I wouldn’t have done that if those post was over which Star Trek Captain is the best (cough, cough Piccard then Jayneway) yet for a post about religion I felt the need to make sure I didn’t offend.

So, if you have been offended by anything I’ve written here, then I do apologise. It certainly wasn’t my intention to do so. I don’t believe in a god or gods that’s true, but I do believe in the positive power of belief on both a personal level and from a community level. How a shared belief can bring people together and provide a purpose to their life.

As far as I am concerned, religion can be a shared by the masses or it can be a personal thing, as long as you are using your religion to be a good person, and not using it to generally be crappy to each other you’re ok by me.

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Gamium? What?

English: Statue of Dr Samuel Johnson in Market...Afternoon, today’s Daily Prompt invites us to get all a bit word-smithy and lexicographal as we are invited to create a new word and give the meaning for it.

“Create a new word and explain its meaning and etymology.”

My mind instantly flashed to the episode of Blackadder Third with Doctor Samuel Johnson and the dictionary, where Blackadder tries to convince Dr Johnson that he’s left some words out.

Well, now it’s my turn. Not to confuse and anger Doctor Johnson of course, I think that boat has passed by several decades, but to discover and explain my own word.

I let my brain ponder and think (yeah, like I can stop my brain from thinking anything) and within a few seconds I knew exactly what my word would be.

“Gamedium” (gey-mee di m)

Right, any idea what it could mean?

No?

Well, I’m not surprised really.

Gamium or gamiuming is when you are playing a video game, even though you are no longer getting any pleasure from doing so. The word itself is an amalgam of the words gaming and tedium (see it all starts to make sense now)

…but before I go into more detail, I should probably provide a few more examples of its usage.

  • This is too gamium – (gey-mee-uh m)
  • I feel / they felt gamiutic (gey-mee-uh tik)
  • I should stop gamiuming (gey-mee-uh ming)

For example, I found myself playing Dragon Age Inquisition. It’s a very good game and I am playing it a lot. However, there are a lot of side quests to do, and due to my completist nature I don’t feel I can continue with the main storyline until I have done all the side quest areas.

So I found myself stuck just playing through these areas out of a misguided sense of duty. I was bored there was no two ways about it, utterly bored to tears yet did I stop and play something else for a while? Nope, you bet I didn’t. It wasn’t the game itself that bored just my own self-deluding obligations.

It’s not the first time it’s happened, World of Warcraft often has a similar issue for me. I’ll log on to do some daily quests, not because I want to – heaven forbid, but because I feel that I should, or worse still, feel that I must.

Though gamium refers to video games, there is nothing to say that it can’t be used for other sorts of games, maybe playing a board game you don’t want to, or playing a football match you really don’t care about.

So, there we have it gamium, not a bad word in a game of scrabble either.

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Goodbye Mr Grinch

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Tis the season to be… well it’s sometimes considered  the season to be broke, tired, stressed and suffering from acute indigestion and today’s daily prompt is all about that.

“The holiday season: can’t get enough of it, or can’t wait for it all to be over already? Has your attitude toward the end-of-year holidays changed over the years?”

Though, to be fair although the opening sentence sounded as if all I was going to do was to rant and rave about all the bad things about Christmas, well guess what? I’m not.

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The Language of Things & Poetry

“Quickly” I think to myself, “get some words down for this daily prompt before you convince yourself you don’t have the time to write anything.”

Ha ha, I’ve started writing now so it behooves me to finish. I win stupid, sad head. Right, well today’s daily prompt is right down my alley, a way to convey emotion quickly and painfully without passages and passages of lovey-dribbly stuff.

“You have to write a message to someone dear to you, telling that person how much he/she means to you. However — instead of words, you can only use 5-10 objects to convey your emotions. Which objects do you choose, and what do they mean?”

 

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Egotistical Absurdity

Cousin It adams family long hair monsterYet more time away from the blog not commenting on stuff in a random and I hope fairly interesting way, but I find myself in the rather unenviable position of not really being arsed to do anything. Pro-activity is not really my buzzword at the moment.

Having said all that, I’ve found a few minutes out of my day to write something. I’m not entirely sure what it’s going to be or where it’s going to go, but at least it’s something.

“We all have that one eccentric relative who always says and does the strangest things. In your family, who’s that person, and what is it that earned him/her that reputation?”

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Calling Mr Blueberry Scone

English: Managing emotions - Identifying feelings

“Are you a good judge of other people’s happiness? Tell us about a time you were spot on despite external hints to the contrary (or, alternatively, about a time you were dead wrong).”

Today’s prompt is all about how good I am at judging other people.

In short, I am terrible at judging how people are feeling. I’m not really sure why. Maybe it’s because I have the emotional maturity of a blueberry scone (Bonus points for the person who tells me the librarian that said that.) or maybe if I ever truly empathised with someone I couldn’t claim ignorance about it and would have to do something. Who’s to say? Continue reading Calling Mr Blueberry Scone

Vending Wishes – Emote-o-Vend!

English: Snack Machine

Today’s Postaday from The Daily Post asks the following question.

“Soft drinks, electronics, nutrient-free snacks — you can get all of those from a vending machine. But what type of vending machine is sorely needed but doesn’t yet exist? Share your automated retail fantasies with us!”

To me the answer to this is simple. Scientists need to all get their heads together and find some way to devise an emotion / mental state vending machine. Vending machines where you can buy temporary, and may I also add entirely non-addictive boosts to certain emotional or mental states.

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