|You scored as agnosticism. You are an agnostic. Though it is generally taken that agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in God, it is possible to be a theist or atheist in addition to an agnostic. Agnostics don't believe it is possible to prove the existence of God (nor lack thereof).|
Agnosticism is a philosophy that God's existence cannot be proven. Some say it is possible to be agnostic and follow a religion; however, one cannot be a devout believer if he or she does not truly believe.
Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
What is dying?
I am standing on the sea shore,
a ship sails in the morning breeze
and starts for the ocean.
She is an object of beauty
and I stand watching her
till at last she fades
on the horizon
and someone at my side says:
"She is gone."
Gone from my sightthat is all.
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars
as she was when I saw her, and just as able to bear her load of living
freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me,
not in her,
and just at the moment when someone at my side
says, "She is gone"
there are others who are watching her coming,
and other voices take up a glad shout:
"There she comes!"
and that is dying.
Bishop Brent (1862-1926).
Friday, October 28, 2005
I thought that if you can't do a job properly then don't do it at all and so I was happier with just the splash screen and was willing to wait until my emphusiam gained momentum and I actually had things to put on the site (It's no use having a site if it doesn't actually do anything).
After my revelations of a few weeks ago and my kick-start I've done the site and it's actually getting quite a few of the players visiting.
The key has been the installation of a forum which is providing feedback for the team, information about upcoming matches, and also a place for the team to socialise and chat when not meeting up on a Sunday to punt a ball around.
Due to the dark nights we stopped training in September and so it was only Sundays that we would catch up with each other so hopefully the site will help in other areas.
I'm happy with it and now that other members ofthe team are having an input I'm sure it will be a success.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
I must admit that I just haven't been bothered with blogging which is a little annoying as I hate it from my point when I visit other people's blogs and they haven't been updated for ages.
I'm back off to work in 1/2 hour so this is your lot for today.
I must admit that even typing this small amount is quite nice and maybe I will do a bit more blogging soon.
More stories from Ademland coming soon.....
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
When you’re through with life and all hope is lost, Hold out your hand ‘cause friends will be friends, Right till the end
Tim was Vice-President of the Students' Union in my 3rd year and we got to be good friends as I lived next door to him, and I was also the Communications Officer for the SU (a voluntary committee position). We drank, hung out, played PS2, bitched, and worked well for the SU, even getting their first website off the ground, so I guess I owe Tim for getting me into webdesign. He had a few girlfriend problems and left Chichester when his sabbatical position finished in 2002. We still kept in touch and made the odd visit but after a while nothing.
The last time I saw him was about 1 1/2 years ago when he came down to visit me in Chi and we went to a nightclub in Bognor with Owen and Sam, got stinking drunk, and spent the whole next day eating pizza and playing Sega Bass Fishing on the PS2....Truly a 'Men Behaving Badly' scene.
I was at Pub work last night but actually checked my emails around midnight to find a message in my inbox asking what I was up to. I told Timmy what had been going on in Ademland, and then went off to Sleepyland. This morning I checked my emails at 8:30am to find another reply from Tim telling me that he was doing a Graduate Teaching Programme and was actually doing part of the course at my Campus where I work! I couldn't believe the coincidences and rang him up and we met up at lunchtime for a pint and some grub at the Pub.
It's weird how I haven't seen him for such a long time but on a whim sent him an email and got an email from him the day before he was going to be in my neck of the woods.
Friday, October 14, 2005
The draw was this morning and the teams in the draw were Spain, Slovakia, Norway, Czech Republic, and Switzerland. The final draw was:
Switzerland v Turkey
Norway v Czech Republic
I think Turkey have got quite a good chance of getting past the swiss although it'll be a tight set of matches (Matches to be played 12 and 16 November)
On another point I put 50p on them to win the World Cup at 125-1 a few months ago (I think that the odds have lengthened now though...dammit)
Thursday, October 13, 2005
So what's been happening?...Well nothing of great interest.
Me, and a group of friends have been having HUGE email conversations about going on holiday next summer. Ian started it off because he wanted everyone to be able to get the time off and also save enough money. He first of all suggested Las Vegas and maybe another part of the USA, although this will be very expensive. I said I'd rather go somewhere a little more cultural, although with lots of fun too, and so Egypt has entered the equation. We're still decing on where and when but hey, we've got another 9 months eh?
I was off work yesterday. I never have time off ill but I had felt the ill effects coming on since last Friday, and I finally caved in to some R&R when I had a sore throat, headache, aching joints, and wasabsolutely knackered. I lay on the sofa all day and watched daytime TV, the highlight being "To Hell and Back" - The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history, based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film. The film was made in 1955, when he was 31, but he was playing himself between the ages of 16-18 which was when he served in the Army. Hollywood eh? Still he did well and it was some good escapism TV. And I feel better now.
On Monday after my great weekend away I got working on a website I'd promised to a former work colleague who had left the Students' Union a couple of months ago. Liz is a really talented lecturer, MA student, and also artist, and is branching out into drawing portraits with a difference. I did the site in one day so why not check out MangaPortraits.co.uk
I've now got a few websites under my belt and feel comfortable enough to actually make my own web & logo design website. I'd been putting it off as I needed some sites to put into a portfolio, but I should be able to put something good together. I've been researching other design sites and am going to take a while putting it all together as I really want something that's simple for others to use. I surf a lot and know what I hate and what I like and would like the site to be accessible to all, provide competitive prices, and be something that I'll enjoy doing. A while ago I got the domain SolidMedia.co.uk and this is where it'll be hosted. I'll keep you posted [P.S. Does anyone know the tax/law about having another business? It might not make any money, but what if it does? Anyone got any tips?]
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
I'm not too sure how he found my site, I probably got googled, I must find out. But my blog has inspired him to start his own which you can find at http://stinkies.blogspot.com/. It's in its early day but who knows..
On the point of googling I typed in a few people's names but got back nothing...tsk...who would've thought that....
Sunday, October 09, 2005
I left Ramsgate at around 2pm on Friday and got back at 9pm on Sunday so I had a pretty long break away, the whole weekend virtually.
My first port of call was Chichester. My friend Sam is the Bars and Entertainments Manager at the Students' Union, and I'd rung him a few weeks ago asking when would be a good time to visit Chichester (usually shortened to Chi), and he's suggested Friday as it was the Graduation Ball. I went, I saw, I had a few drinks, and I saw a few old friends.
On Saturday in the spirit of Lord Bargain and Ka I met up with a fellow blogger, this one was Phil, from Bournemouth (I do know Phil though). It was good to catch up with an old friend who I haven't seen for over a year and nice to chill out. We did Pizza Hut, Serenity at the cinema, visits to loads of DVD and games shops in Bournemouth and Poole, and had a good chat and a catch-up.
On Sunday I returned to Chi for a game of footy (this used to be a sunday tradition at Uni) saw a few more old friends and then came back home. All in all I did 420 miles in the old car. Not bad.
For those of you who read my blog regularly you'll remember that a while back I was pining a bit for Chichester and the life I'd left and I wrote this post. After this visit it's clarified things quite well. Chichester has changed a lot and it's not what I rememeber. The University where I spent my time studying and working for 5 years is changing into something completely different to the place where I had so much fun and from what my memory recollects. That was the past and I'm better off for it. I left just before the Student's Union moved into their new building (which I had a part in designing) and before a lot of changes to the way the University was developing. I think that if I'd stayed I would've ended up hating the place and that I would've had to leave or have a bit of a break down as it doesn't have the same identity as the place I loved. I guess I need these little visits to confirm this to myself.
One thing I do miss is the friends there. I keep in regular contact with a handful of them but there are more that I forgot about and have lost contact with. This was brought home to me when I learned that not one, but two of my old friends had given birth! So congrats to both Hannah and Erin! I am a bit sad that I didn't know about this but I've just emailed another friend, who I never contact but who I saw today, and asked him to send me lots of peoples emails and phone numbers who I've lost contact with.
On the drive home I had a glow about me and I felt that everything is going to be great.
Now off to bed for some well-earned sleep.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
I am on the frontline and actually see the results of alcohol consumption. Last night I was at the pub and first one guy punched another guy whom he thought was insulting his girlfriend, and then their girlfriends got into a argument in the toilets. Luckily I went in there [pervert] and tried to get them to calm down upon which they broke into a fight which I had to separate. They hadn't drunk a huge amount but the friction of too many people drinking caused it.
I also see those quiet drinkers who are in there everyday drinking large amounts, and no doubt doing themselves harm.
In other areas of life I try to be ethical and moral....but what about this area? I've worked in bars for 5 years, have seen what alcohol does, but I still work there. Technically I am a drug dealer.
Is it morally right to work in the alcohol industry when I see what harm it causes?
Monday, October 03, 2005
"Television viewing is also now linked with stunting brain development in the child's frontal lobes leading to reduced impulse control and increased antisocial behaviour."
"Teachers are under pressure to vie for the child's attentional resources which have been damaged by exposure to fast changing screen images. This leaves teachers facing a generation of children who find it more difficult to pay attention and thereby learn but also exhibit poor self-restraint and anti-social behaviour," Dr Sigman added.
Even moderate amounts of viewing can dramatically increase their risk of myopia, slow down their metabolic rate and may trigger premature puberty, according to Dr Sigman. It was also found to lead to a "significantly elevated risk" of sleep problems in adulthood, causing hormone changes, which in turn directly increase appetite and body fat production and damage the immune system leading to a greater vulnerability to cancer.
I think it boils down to being lazy. If you sit around watching too much telly, and not exercising of course you're going to experience slowed metabolism, sleep problems, and increased appetite. I get that if I spend even one day loafing around, so imagine what it's like for a growing child. I suppose this report would be an easy solution to the problems facing our children, and we could ban television and save the children but not all television is bad.
The main problem is the sheer dirge of programmes on offer to children and adults alike. If what children watched was regulated by parents and guardians, then TV would have a great place in society, instead of somewhere filled with gardening and makeover shows, puppets talking gibberish, and mindless soaps.
The brain is a muscle and needs to be exercised, if you don't exercise it, then it will cease to function to 100%, or somewhere nearing that amount. I've had times when I've not stretched my mind, gone with the flow for weeks on end and not been able to cogitate or articulate to a level I know I'm capable. But I've corrected this by trying to read more or see more by either reading more books, catching up with the internet, talking to people outside of my usual spere, and also watching selected TV programmes.
I've got to go now......Neighbours is about to start!
Everything was going to plan when my sister 'lost' all the work she had been doing. Apparently she was copying her files to another folder when they 'dissapeared'. I thought she was being stupid and ran a search for them thinking she'd maybe just dropped them into the wrong folder. I was wrong they had gone. I started a recovery programme to find the lost files in the clusters of her hard-drive and some came back but very corrupted. I was doing my best but by now it was 9:30 and I had to go to footy. I didn't have my bath, which was waiting there for me nice warm, taunting me, and so I chucked on some jeans and a t-shirt and when to Footy (incidently I strayed on the bench all match).
When I got back my sisters boyfriend had managed to get some more useable documents off the hard drive and it was a semi catastrophe averted....or so I thought.
I went onto the net on my PC to check my emails and one was a request from my friend Jo for some files from her website which I maintain. I went into my website directory which is in \my documents\sites to grab the files and SHIT....the folder was completely removed! Then it hit me. During the early morning I had downoaded several recovery programmes from my computer onto her laptop using her USB stick and obviously whatever virus/trojan had done that to her laptop had now done it to mine.
I was very pissed off but luckily because it's my web directory, nearly everything is on the web, and it's a matter of just downloading the sites from my remote directory. I've lost a few old files, or works in progress, but every so often you need something like this to realise that the web isn't infallable. I've left the PC downloading my folders (around 450MB worth) and when I get home I'm gonna back-up the ass offa my computer. I did read the Tao of Backup which puts backing up into perspective.
I guess the lesson of all this is make sure you've got everything backed-up that you can't replace. I've got Norton Internet Security 2005 on my PC and it has protected me constantly and not let a thing in so I'm annoyed this 'thing' has sneaked in. I ran a full system virus check but it came back with nothing so I hope it was just a file on the USB stick. If this has happened to anyone else and they've got some tips then let me know.