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The Thinkers Guild
Deuteronomy 22
05/21/12 at 08:24 PM by woominlee2
(I have learned that HugPages does not allow us to share parts of the Bible in large portions. I wanted to be as honest as possible to the passage and wanted to share without editing it down, but due to the limitations put on by HubPages I was forced to edit it down. Please do read the section in its entirety for the most honest understanding. For now, I've shared the most important portions as honestly as possible. I have added notes in parentheses to add context).



I pick up the Bible at random and will read a random portion from time to time. I donít dig into the Bible because Iím especially religious, but because religion has such impact on our world and is important to reference when looking at history. However, every time I dive into the Bible, I seem to leave with questions and with a level of disgust. The book of Deuteronomy did nothing to change this perception.



13 If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her...saying, ďI married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity."

(And if later the parents prove that the women is in fact a virgin)...18the elders shall take the man and punish him. 19 They shall fine him a hundred shekels[b] ...She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.

(If the woman and her family cannot provide any proof she is a virgin...) 21 she shall be brought to the door of her fatherís house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death.



Why not let the wife choose the outcome? After being so viciously slandered, should she not be given the option to extend the dysfunctional marriage or choose to end it? Why punish her? And why does the man get off with a simple fine, whereas the woman gets stoned to death in front of her family? Seems a little lopsided, no?
Tags: Religion, Christianity, Reality, The Bible, Soceity
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"The Avengers" Review
05/21/12 at 08:16 PM by woominlee2
Anyone who knows me knows I am not very fond of these huge summer blockbuster films. I just don't think you can substitute a solid story and a well thought out production with a couple of massive explosions and falling buildings and hope for a good movie. Apparently no one really gives a shit what I think because summer movies have made a boat load of money. This disconnect I have with ďwhat is popularĒ was demonstrated even further during the previews. I could hear the chatter and buzz around me after the ďThe Dark Knight RisesĒ trailer finished. But the buzz after the ďPrometheusĒ trailer wasnít nearly as present. I think people get sucked into hype way too easily. With that in mind, I donít doubt that the new Batman has the potential to be a very special film, I just think the general reaction is exaggerated.

ďThe AvengersĒ, however, did not disappoint. The movie didnít change my life or anything, but it didnít put me to sleep like Transformers 2 or Sherlock Holmes did. I thought Whedonís humor came through very well at perfectly timed moments. The ensemble cast did justice as well. Whedon and team did a very good job making sure each character was distinct and their abilities obvious. The Avengers did what Japanese anime has been doing for years, except in English and with American spin. You can watch any Japanese anime that concerns itself with a group of heroes with power levels and character development and you can see parallels with The Avengers.

The Avengers gives us what we expect from a summer family movie. The movie could even give Michael Bay a boner. Iím still not sure I buy into the 3D movement, but this movie might be worth seeing once in 3D and once in 2D.
Tags: Film, Cinema, Movies, The Avengers, Josh Whedon
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Christian Youth
04/02/12 at 01:41 PM by woominlee2
One of my favorite ways of spending time is to spend it with youth. Perhaps itís because Iím still young at heart, perhaps itís because I enjoy interaction and conversation, but itís most likely a bunch of factors. A church youth group is a great platform for young people to come together and interact. My entire life I have been involved with my youth group and still to this day I am heavily involved. However, more and more lately the negative side effects of a religious based youth gathering are being made apparent to me.
I attend a Korean Seventh Day Adventist church in Minneapolis. Iíve been a member of that church my entire life. Our church is small, humble, and relatively moderate. Achieving a moderate status in the religious sphere is really nothing to be proud of considering how extreme religions are. This doctrinaire approach religions take today seem to be robbing the minds of our youth. There is a fear within the churches that if they donít hook the kids at a young age, some other group will. Many of the children I interact with at churches resemble homeschooled children. Children who are completely sealed off from the outside world and unaware of anything outside of their sphere. With the Internet at our fingertips, there is no excuse for children not to have a proper understanding of all things worldly.
Unfortunately, the harm doesnít end with churches narrowing the critical thought and perspective of children. There is immense danger on how children of very religious families and more conservative churches are educated about sex. These children often are afraid of sex and view it as dirty and sinful act. Not only is their perspective of sex slanted, but they are void of any actual education of sex and do not know how to approach it safely or express their sexuality properly. They are often uncomfortable at the mention of sex or any mild reference of anything remotely sexual. Even a kiss on the television can make a mature 17 year old Christian child squirm. I donít know if churches expect their youth to never come across sex or if they believe that their youth will magically download the sex encyclopedia into their brains, but it is becoming more and more apparent that their approach is dangerous.
Lastly, the more I talk to youth group members the more I find that they are taught to reject logic and science. A high school member of my youth group once expressed that he considers himself a logical person, but when it comes to religion he suspends his logic. Shouldnít something that acts as your foundation easily pass the tests of logic and rational thought? More and more I find youth members rejecting the facts of science as well. There is this strange dichotomy where members of a youth group will claim they enjoy science class and express passion for science, but then reject scientific facts when you talk about them in detail.
If it is our job as adults to ensure that the future of the world and of our species is in good hands through the education we give our children, Iím not so sure we are doing a good job. When we hinder critical thinking and open inquiry and we indoctrinate our future we are doing more harm than good.

Tags: Religion, Christianity, Reality, Education, Society
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Fox News, Obama, and Oil Prices
03/30/12 at 09:53 PM by woominlee2
Out of all the 24 hour news channels, Fox News always seems to hook my attention. This is not because I agree with the network as I barely consider what they do as ďnewsĒ. With gas prices on the rise, I see a lot of segments on Fox criticizing president Obama. They often have panels discussing what the president should do about oil prices. I donít know enough about economics to give you a thesis on the supply and demand of oil. I donít know enough science to tell you how much oil there actually is left in the Earth and what is sustainable and what is not. However, I do think I can say that Obama doesnít control how much oil is left in the Earth and does not have the authority to create more oil. Oil is a finite resource that Obama has no control over.

Now with that in mind, Obama can create the illusion of cheaper gas. He can do this through military means which has many levels of costs. In the long term, it hurts our relationships with other countries which could end up costing us more later. Also, anytime the military is involved, we the people are directly financing military action. Obama could also choose to subsidize the oil so that we can see gas around the three dollar mark at the pumps, but obviously that doesnít mean the oil was actually cheaper. Itís simply just the illusion of cheaper gas. We donít see the cost of barrels of oil every day, but we do drive by gas stations every day.

So, with a wider perspective and some mildly critical thought we can see that Obama has little, or even nothing to do with the supply of oil. Sure, Obama can influence how much oil is allocated for the United States by countries on top of oil reserves, but this still has little to do with how much oil the Earth actually has. Itís fair of Fox News to be critical of Obama, and I think we all should be. However, what Fox should actually be pressuring Obama to do is to come up with a long term plan on sustainable energy because no human being can actually make more oil.

Tags: Politics, Fox News, Obama
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1 Peter Chapter 2&3
03/19/12 at 09:30 AM by woominlee2
Iíve been trying to read the Bible more lately and Iíve been failing miserably. I have however been able to check out the words of Peter a bit. I was not surprised to find that I didnít like what I was reading. I will share a couple of verses I take issue with below.

1 Peter Chapter 2 Verses 13-14 (NIV):
ď13 Submit yourselves for the Lordís sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.Ē
I want to preface the rest of this blog by saying that I am trying my best not to take anything out of context. I have read the chapters in their entirety so if you believe that something doesnít sound right, please read the other verses and correct me. Also, if I am missing some sort of historical context, please enlighten me.

Perhaps I donít like verses 13 and 14 because I am a skeptic. I donít think everything should be taken at face value. Perhaps my rebellious nature also has something to do with. I find it much more rewarding when I challenge a proposed idea, learn about it, and test it myself. In the end, if the proposed idea is still standing after my tests, I will gladly adopt it. Simply by looking at history, we know that authority figures have not always been right. Yet Peter tells us that we should submit to these leaders and that Yahweh has sent them to punish wrong. Did Yahweh send Hitler to murder all those people? If so, Yahweh is no leader I want to follow. Imagine minorities submitting to every establishment. Imagine how far behind our societies would be if we had no one challenging the norms. The Earth would still be flat and the sun would still revolve around us.

1Peter Chapter 2 Verse 18 (NIV):
ďSlaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.Ē
What would America and the world be like if we told this to African-American slaves and they all accepted it? We certainly wouldnít have had a Rosa Parks, a Martin Luther King Jr., or a Barack Obama.

1 Peter Chapter 3 Verse 1 (NIV):
ďWives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.Ē
The level of misogyny in the Bible is something I immensely detest. The world back when Peter was around was primarily a manís world. Women having a voice in our world is sadly a very recent occurrence. Although we have come a long way, I would still argue we live in a world that is created by men. I feel like the world would be very different, and in my opinion better, if the world and history were shaped by women. Therefore, I very much disagree with Peter when he tells women to submit to their husbands.

Oh, but wait!

1 Peter Chapter 3 Verse 7 (NIV):
ďHusbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wivesÖĒ
Verse 7 might completely negate my criticism and justify verse 1. However, if we continue reading:
ďÖand treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.Ē

We learn that Peter does in fact look at the female counterpart as ďweakerĒ. He almost had something nice to say.
Again, at face value, the words of Peter sound nice. Be nice to your king, your president, your god, your leader. Respect your husband and respect your wife. However, when you dig deeper and really think about the words of Peter, you begin to see how dangerous blindly accepting his ideals are. We begin to understand that these ideas would derail the progression of living creatures.

Tags: Religion, Christianity, Reality, The Bible, Soceity
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Not 6,000 Years Old
03/18/12 at 08:32 PM by woominlee2
I was at church this weekend reading a book about the culture of gardening and the book suggested that the earth has been around for 3 billion years and that we need to look to the earth for gardening tips. However, after reading that tip, it occurred to me that some people believe the earth doesnít have 3 billion years of gardening experience to draw upon. Christians believe that the earth is 6,000 years old and this to me shows a certain level of arrogance. Christians believe that this giant blue ball was created in their honor. There is no humility in believing that this beautiful planet was put together just so we could walk around on it and do harm to each other and other living creatures. No, I believe the earth was around before we were, and the conditions happened to be just right for us to make a home on it. The earth was around before we were and will most likely continue spinning when we are gone. There is no humility in believing that the earth was created for us, and that the earth ends when we do.


Tags: Religion, Science, Christianity, Reality
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The N.B.A Needs A Chris Kluwe
03/18/12 at 08:21 PM by woominlee2
I haven't been following the N.B.A lockout closely. At this point, these money loving idiots aren't all that relevant to me. About as relevant to me as knowing if my neighbor took a shit this morning. All I know is that a lot of venom is being tossed around and that they aren't close to resuming normally scheduled N.B.A actions.

One thing the potential N.F.L lockout had that the N.B.A doesn't have (thus far) is a Chris Kluwe. Yes, yes, I understand that punters don't exist in the N.B.A. Kicking the ball is a violation in basketball. What I mean by "A Chris Kluwe" is: a member of either side of the table that stands up and speaks against his peers. Kluwe made some not so flattering comments about the biggest stars in the N.F.L this summer when it came to the labor talks. Then the great, although one sided (advantage Kluwe), conversation between Kluwe and Nate Jackson on Deadspin ensued. If you haven't been able to read Kluwe's rebuttal, go read that now. It's better than anything you'll read on my Hub (Not too steep of a task).

Maybe I missed it, but is there anyone in the N.B.A going against the grain? Anyone that is standing up and saying, "Hey guys, we're actually really lucky to be in the position we are in"?


Tags: Sports, Chris Kluwe, NFL, NBA
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Lights - "Siberia" Review
03/16/12 at 12:04 AM by woominlee2
This album review is a bit late so Iíll keep it short since anyone who is interested in this review will probably have been able to check out the album by now. Valerie Anne Poxleitner, better known as Lights, released her second studio full length, Siberia, on October 4th, 2011. Lights is a Canadian synthpop artist, and although Siberia is still very much a synthpop record, I think her sound is a lot different on this record than her previous album, The Listening. It seems like she stripped away much of the ďcotton-candyĒ sound out of her songs and replaced it with a lot more maturity. Not every song off of Siberia fits this description, but the album as a whole does. For an artist that is primary known for her fun and upbeat songs, I dare say this album is dark at times.

The dubstep movement is no secret at this point. A lot of the people within ďthe sceneĒ seem to be against this movement toward electronic instrumentals arguing that itís not ďorganicĒ enough. Iím not entirely sure how I feel about the movement, but I canít deny that having another avenue for creating music and expressing oneself is a good thing. Iím sure anytime there are any sort of advancements in any field, there is always some form of resistance. Humans just seem not to do well with change. Siberia seems to be Lightsí contribution to the dubstep movement. Someone who listens to Skillrex might see this statement as absurd as Siberia probably isnít considered pure dubstep to most. However, I would argue that Lights takes a different spin on dubstep by using the elements of dubstep and applying it to more traditional music format. She finds a way to create a fusion of the two worlds where she can still use lyrics to convey and enhance the story of the song. Whereas Skrillex is primarily heavy synth and beats without any lyrics. I think this ability to find a balance between the two worlds shows how creative this young lady is. Iím not a huge Lights fan, but I can recommend at least checking this record out.


Tags: Lights, Siberia, Music
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Lights - "Siberia" Review
03/16/12 at 12:03 AM by woominlee2
This album review is a bit late so Iíll keep it short since anyone who is interested in this review will probably have been able to check out the album by now. Valerie Anne Poxleitner, better known as Lights, released her second studio full length, Siberia, on October 4th, 2011. Lights is a Canadian synthpop artist, and although Siberia is still very much a synthpop record, I think her sound is a lot different on this record than her previous album, The Listening. It seems like she stripped away much of the ďcotton-candyĒ sound out of her songs and replaced it with a lot more maturity. Not every song off of Siberia fits this description, but the album as a whole does. For an artist that is primary known for her fun and upbeat songs, I dare say this album is dark at times.

The dubstep movement is no secret at this point. A lot of the people within ďthe sceneĒ seem to be against this movement toward electronic instrumentals arguing that itís not ďorganicĒ enough. Iím not entirely sure how I feel about the movement, but I canít deny that having another avenue for creating music and expressing oneself is a good thing. Iím sure anytime there are any sort of advancements in any field, there is always some form of resistance. Humans just seem not to do well with change. Siberia seems to be Lightsí contribution to the dubstep movement. Someone who listens to Skillrex might see this statement as absurd as Siberia probably isnít considered pure dubstep to most. However, I would argue that Lights takes a different spin on dubstep by using the elements of dubstep and applying it to more traditional music format. She finds a way to create a fusion of the two worlds where she can still use lyrics to convey and enhance the story of the song. Whereas Skrillex is primarily heavy synth and beats without any lyrics. I think this ability to find a balance between the two worlds shows how creative this young lady is. Iím not a huge Lights fan, but I can recommend at least checking this record out.


Tags: Lights, Siberia, Music
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Lydia Album and Concert Review
03/15/12 at 11:56 PM by woominlee2
Iíve been putting off my review of the new Lydia album, Paint It Gold. Then a few nights ago, I went down to Minneapolis to watch Lydia play at the 7th Street Entry. Now that I have even more material and finally have some time, I will condense my review of the show and the new record together.

Iíll begin by sharing my thoughts on the new album. Paint It Gold was released on October 4thof 2011. I wanted to give the album a handful of spins before I wrote a review for it. When I felt I was ready to give the record an honest review, I was hit with a storm of busy. I mentioned in previous posts that I dislike when fans harp that bands need to not evolve and keep one sound throughout their entire career. Iím not one of those fans, but I will admit when I think a particular album off a discography stands out as the masterpiece. For instance, when I discuss Underoath with people, I have no doubt that Define The Great Line is the album that defines Underoath at their peak. Another example is Senses Failsí Still Searching. When it comes to Lydiaís discography, I think many would argue that Illuninate is that album. Does Paint It Goldlive up to Illumanite? Although I wish I could report that it is just as good, I would be lying if I did. This is their first album since the hiatus, and they could be shaking off the rust. Although I donít see that as a valid excuse since Lydia front man, Leighton Antelman, seemed to have kept busy during the hiatus. Antelman has been the primary song writer for most of Lydiaís history. Itís hard to compare how much influence Antelman had on how the songs shaped.Illuminate had a much different lineup from Paint It Gold and Assailants which is the album between Illuminate and Paint It Gold and before their hiatus. One has to ask if Mindy White really did have that big of an influence on how the songs sound. Mindy White is a fan favorite and a former member of Lydia. She was only with Lydia during Illuminate before she left the band to go on to form States. Was it Mindy that gave Illuminate its polish and will we ever hear anything as good as Illuminate without her? Or, could it be that the other members that quit after Illuminate also played a large role? Mindy seems to be at the forefront of this question since she was the fan favorite.

Now I donít want my comparison of the two albums to make it sound like Paint It Gold is a poor album. Itís still a good album and it still very much feels like Lydia. Iíve been a fan of music and a fan of the scene for a very long time, but Iíve never really been a big lyrics guy. Iíve never looked too deeply into the lyrics because I think itís near impossible to know what the writer is trying to get across without knowing them personally. I usually take the lyrics for what they are and try to personalize it. I think what made me a fan of Lydia is that the band forced me to listen to the lyrics a bit more. I say ďthe band,Ē and not just the writer of the lyrics because Lydia is excellent at writing lyrics against the context of their instrumentals to help create an image. When I listen to Lydia, I feel like I donít have to interpret or personalize the lyrics. The lyrics and instrumentals, in a perfect marriage, are painted on a screen for me to understand. Quite often when I listen to Lydia I just close my eyes and just let the song sink in. Antelmanís unique voice with his lyrics and the perfectly complementing instrumentals is a force to give you chills every time you listen to Lydia.

Now because I donít look too deeply into the band and the lyrics, I have a question for fans that might look into the personal lives of the band with more depth. Who is Hailey? Antelman seems to continuously refer to Hailey. And I have to admit, the songs he refers to Hailey are some of my favorite.

The Lydia concert was my second time seeing Lydia live. I never got the chance to see Lydia with their complete Illuminate group which is a shame. However, Lydia was typical Lydia keeping it low key as exemplified by Antelman and other members coming out without any shoes and socks. There wasnít much special production, a customized backdrop, or special entrance. After sound check was completed, they simply walked out onto the tiny stage and begin to play their catalogue of atmospheric tunes. Antelman wasnít pitch perfect, but he can get away with it since he isnít known to be a strong vocalist. His unique voice and song writing skills are what people admire. I didnít mention Lydiaís first album This December; It's One More And I'm Free. I must admit Iím really not a fan of that album. That is the first album of Lydiaís discography I listened to and I thought I would never listen to Lydia again. Luckily, some of my friends learned about Lydia when Illuminate came out and multiple occasions suggested I listen to Illuminate. After delaying listening to Illuminate for quite some time, I finally caved and gave it a chance and the rest is history. After I became a full time Lydia fan, I went back and tried to give This December; It's One More And I'm Free a second chance. Thinking maybe I had missed something the first time I listened to it. Even after giving the record a second chance, I have to say that I cannot get into it. If my memory serves me right, I read Antelman concede that This December; It's One More And I'm Free is not something he is very proud of. And so although the concert overall was good, Lydia really lost me towards the end when they started playing more songs off of This December; It's One More And I'm Free. The song they played for the encore even came off that record, which was disappointing to me. Again, the concert overall was good, very calm and just about the music, but I donít see myself going to another Lydia show for a while. Iíve seen Lydia twice now, and Iíve seen what I have to see and heard what I wanted to hear, but there isnít really much there pulling me back. I could potentially see them in two album cycles or if they make something that matches Illuminate.

Someone should count how many times I said Illuminate.



Tags: Lydia, Review, Concert
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Evolution of Thrice
03/15/12 at 11:42 PM by woominlee2
Just a short entry this time that doesn't really have a lot of meat. Really just an observation I had today.

I've been listening to a lot more Thrice lately and mostly on shuffle. It hit me today while listening to some of their really old material, that Thrice has evolved so much. I think they really capture how a band is suppose to evolve. It annoys me a bit when I'm at shows and fans only want bands to play their old material. It bothers me that fans expect artists to remain complacent and never change.

Thrice formed in 1998 and started as what I would describe as a punk-alternative rock act. In 2003 they released "The Artist and the Ambulance" where I think their sound began to change. This album probably also marked the peak of their popularity. I think the album did so well because they still had their core punk base, as well as a growing group of alternative-rock listeners. Their sound took another evolution when "Vheissu" was released. They really matured with this record, and I think a lot of their older fans felt abandoned, although I thought it was a very strong record.

I was lucky to follow them throughout their evolution. If you're interested in this type of music, I highly suggest going through each of their albums in order.

Identity Crisis(2000/2001)
The Illusion of Safety(2002)
The Artist in the Ambulance(2003)
Vheissu(2005)
The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II(2007)
The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV(2008)
Beggars(2009)
Major/Minor(2011)

Tags: Music, Rock, Thrice
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The Little American Consumer
03/13/12 at 02:41 PM by woominlee2
Donít let the title fool you, there is nothing physically small about Americans. We are large and it is unacceptable if the things we eat and buy are not large. If anything is little about the American consumer, it is our brains. Note that I say ďourĒ as I do include myself in that group of mindless consumer. However, I am attempting to be more conscious about how I consume services and products instead of accepting how we consume as status quo. This is not the first time I had the discussion about American consumers in my head, but the topic was re-visited last week with the release of the new Call of Duty game. There is no doubt that Call of Duty is an immense franchise and that it now has international influence. Call of Duty has become one of those media events where if you arenít on board, youíre just not cool. Itís exactly what its marketers want. However, not all Call of Duty games are made equal.

The Call of Duty franchise started back in 2003 when the game was based off of World War II. The original game, along with the sequel, was developed by Infinity Ward. Call of Duty 3 would be the first game in the series developed by Treyarch. Call of Duty 4 marks a new chapter for the franchise as it was the first game not set in World War II. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was the game that elevated the franchise to the next level. The franchise now has become a yearly event that consumers eat up every year. The original Modern Warfare, back in 2007, is the game that hooked me. As mentioned above, not all Call of Duty games are created equally. If you have followed the series closely after the original Modern Warfare, you will have noticed that Infinity Ward and Treyarch have taken turns developing the Call of Duty games. Modern Warfare (2007), Modern Warfare 2 (2009), and Modern Warfare 3 (2011) were developed by Infinity Ward while World at War (2008) and Black Ops (2010) were developed by Treyarch. I donít know much about the first three Call of Duty games, but I do know that the games since Call of Duty 4 have been immensely successful. My issue with all 5 of these games being equally successful is that they arenít of equal quality. Most fans of the game would argue that the Treyarch games donít compare to the games developed by Infinity Ward. Now I donít want it to sound like the games made by Treyarch are bad, they are at its core still Call of Duty games, but I certainly do feel like they are a step behind their Infinity Ward counterparts. But since the games are still sold under the same Call of Duty banner, they are treated as equal games because the consumers of the games arenít seeing the whole picture. Letís say I get into the smart phone making business which would be horrible because I donít know the first thing about making cell phones. However, I can guarantee you that if I hired people to help me develop a phone that was functional and barely considered a ďsmart phone,Ē but I got to sell it under the Apple brand name, my phone would be a hit. My phone would be a complete flop if I didnít get to sell it as an Apple phone because then consumers would catch on that itís an absolute piece of crap and an enormous waste of metals. This is what has happened to the Call of Duty games. No one cares if the games are of any quality or if they are breaking the mold and evolving games as long as Call of Duty is printed on the cover.

And I had to use the Apple analogy because the same goes for Apple. Again, I donít think Apple makes crap products. I think their products are great but itís the hype created by the mindless consumer that irks me. Call of Duty and Apple have become religions, where any of the mistakes they make are shielded by their army of brainless loyalists. These two names barely have the market anything anymore. All they need to do is mention something and point their zombie followers in the direction they would like the zombies to go. The way Americans consume politics has become this way as well. It is much more dangerous to consume politics this way because of the ramifications. It doesnít matter if the party youíre loyal to goes against your interests, as long as the politician you want to vote for is wearing the brand you love so much. I think this point is more easily seen in the Republican Party. I consider myself an independent because on some issues Iím conservative, and on some issues Iím liberal. However, it is very hard for me to support the Republican Party because of what the party has become and because of the way their zombies consume politics.

Tags: Social Commentary, Society,
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Underoath at The Triple Rock (Review)
03/13/12 at 01:48 PM by woominlee2
Why do I suffer being shoulder to shoulder with people who have let the scent of their body odor ferment on their skin over a week? Why do I keep returning to the pit just to have elbows thrown at my face and to bang knees with other concert goers? Why do I allow myself to have stage divers torpedo at my cranium? To answer those questions simply, itís for the love of music. Itís so I can submerge myself into the art and the atmosphere of live music.

I have been an Underoath fan for many years now, so I was not going to this show hoping to be exposed to new music and to be converted. I went to enjoy myself and to support a very talented band. I knew of the supporting acts, but have not spent much time listening to them. By the time I arrived at The Triple Rock in Minneapolis, This Is Hell was already mid-song. Pretty good opening act, but I was unfamiliar with their music and they didnít do much to draw me to their music. The band I was least familiar with was The Chariot. Looking back, I fully wish I had known their songs because they put on an incredibly energetic show and their fans were as rowdy as ever. I learned later while chatting with Chris from Underoath that The Chariot barely made it to the venue on time. When This Is Hell finished and was loading their trailer, The Chariot pulled in and began to unload. Comeback Kid was the main support to Underoath. They are long time veterans of the scene and they havenít lost a step. For a band with such a large catalogue of songs, it must be difficult to cater to their new and old fans simultaneously.

That brings us the headliner. Grammy nominated Underoath released their newest album, Disambiguation, on November 9th, 2010. Disambiguation is Underoathís first album without founding member Aaron Gillespie, and this was my first time seeing them without Gillespie. I was very interested to see how they would perform their old songs and how Spencer Chamberlain would handle full time vocal duties. The set did not have the production value that Underoath shows in the past have had, but my assumption is the lower level production was mostly due to the economy and because The Triple Rock best serves for an intimate setting. With that in mind, Underoathís performance was still as good as ever. Like Comeback Kid, Underoath has an extensive back catalogue of songs to choose from. They did a great job creating a set list that covered all their albums (or at least the albums since Spencer Chamberlain joined) and did a good job sneaking in slower songs in between the brutal ones. However, the set list in my opinion was not perfect. I very much dislike when fans at shows want bands to play only their older material. This show was no exception as many fans called for songs off of Theyíre Only Chasing Safety, the album that launched them into a larger fan base. However, I was hoping for more songs off of Define The Great Line which is arguably Underoathís masterpiece. It had not occurred to me how many ďslowĒ songs were onDisambiguation until I went to the show.

Regardless, Underoath still put on an amazing show and I had a great time. The concert reminded me of my youth but it also reminded me why I have been a fan of music and of the scene for many, many years. If youíre a fan of the hardcore, screamo, metal scene and have not seen Underoath yet, add it to the bucket list. You can thank me later.

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Tim Tebow Is Not The Answer
03/13/12 at 01:34 PM by woominlee2
I posted a Tweet today during the Bronco's game saying the same thing as the title of this post. Then the Broncos came back to win in overtime against Miami. After the game, I began to get replies on how Tim Tebow might be the answer.

Until I see something to change my mind, and I have no problem changing my stance if I am proven wrong, I am standing by my original statement.

I didn't get the Bronco's game, but all the headlines seem to be crediting Tebow for the win. Can someone give sufficient support that Tebow actually manufactured the win by himself? Plus, the game was against the Dolphins. You're suppose to win! If you're the Broncos and you're looking at the team schedule at the start of the season, you expect to fill in the October 23rd box with a W. Plus, you don't get into the playoffs with one win. Tebow might get a few more wins coming up, making my point more difficult, as the Broncos play the Raiders and the Chiefs after they play the Lions next week. But I'm excited to see what Tebow lovers are going to say after he plays a team that can put immense pressure on him.

More power to Tebow if he can become a successful N.F.L quarterback. I just thnk passing is a skill that most N.F.L quarterbacks need.

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Why Is This Group Taken Seriously?
03/12/12 at 11:16 PM by woominlee2
I have a question and 3 clips. My question is: Why are some of these Republicans taken seriously? The three clips will provide examples for why they shouldnít be taken seriously.

Clip 1: http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/...ns-libya-gaffe

I hardly need to explain or go into detail on this one as Jon Stewart dissects it all for us. But for the defenders of Herman Cain, please do tell us what is going on. Why does it seem like he is buffering data with an old school 56k connection? And is it okay for Herman Cain to answer every question by shaking his head and replying with ď999Ē? The latter should be an absurd question, but I honestly feel like some of his supporters will defend his reaction.

Clip 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WELkanHrSqw

Now I can agree to disagree as I am, in a general sense, pro-choice. But for those pro-lifers out there, can you please help clarify what Cain is saying? How can abortion be legal and illegal at the same time? Why the hell are the people in the back clapping? I can understand the first batch of claps as they probably had no idea of the stupidity that was to follow, but why would you continue to clap when Cain is making absolutely no sense?! At this point, we all need to set aside the issue of abortion, and try to make sense of what Cain is saying. I also love the faces of the other two gentlemen as they are attempting to understand Cainís logic (or lack of). Lastly, I love how Cain asks, ďdoes that help clear it up?Ē as if he were the one making sense.

Clip 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmi_p...eature=related

Now I donít really have a problem with Rick Perry admitting that he canít name the third agency. I would rather have this than people like Bachmann, Palin, and Cain making stuff up and attempting to patch up the holes later. I find Perry quite humble for admitting he canít name the third agency he would get rid of. However, just because I respect and prefer this type of answer, doesnít mean he is fit to be president. You know why I donít run for president? Well, first Iím too young, and because I donít think Iím qualified. Perry is obviously not ready to be president. When people really like or really hate something, they generally remember those things. Itís the middle stuff that they are indifferent on that they usually forget and not the things they feel more passionately about.

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