This is cool; looks like a circle made of dots moving around a larger circle; but like with many illusions in this life our senses are easily fooled. It's really a bunch of dots moving in perfectly straight lines back and forth, to prove this to yourself just keep your eye on one single dot you will see it follow a simple trajectory, never deviating from a straight line.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
So it's "blue Monday" tomorrow, the most depressing day of the year, I can't wait... This year it's extra depressing, what with Brexit, Trump, Bowie, Syria, Putin and ISIS we have a ton of uncertainty and regressive instability to cope with as well. Might just go down the pub at lunch time and not come back until I'm feeling better, how about you?
Posted by Steve Borthwick at 5:10 pm
I noticed a little story on the BBC site today about a church in Glasgow, Scotland that held a service earlier in the month and invited some local Muslims. In order to be inclusive the service included a reading from the Koran, so far all sounds perfectly reasonable. Since then the church has received numerous complaints as well as abusive messages via social media, it seems that the move upset many "Christians" involved in that particular religious sect (Scottish Episcopal).
It's difficult not to read a story like this without a smidgen of schadenfreude; as an atheist one has to quickly learn to turn the other cheek when it comes to being preached too. Hardly a day goes by when I don't hear one form of Christian preachment or other, on TV, radio or simply in conversation; especially when visiting other more religiously soaked countries such as the USA or the Middle East etc. At the end of the day you can read Harry Potter and enjoy it without believing in wizards and there are much worse things in this world than hearing ideas you disagree with (ask people in Aleppo). Perhaps the Christians involved in this dispute should think about showing some tolerance and imagination, perhaps even imagine travelling a mile in someone else's shoes before they play the "offended" card so readily and over such a trivial matter, sticks and stones etc.
Posted by Steve Borthwick at 3:50 pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The excellent J&M illustrating how, if you think you're a hammer, you tend to see everything in the world like it's a nail, and that's ignorant, unconvincing and invariably wrong. BTW if you end up actually hitting a nail then it's by coincidence, not design.
Posted by Steve Borthwick at 1:22 pm
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Monday, January 09, 2017
Sunday, January 08, 2017
I noticed this little story popping up on the feeds today; it hasn't been syndicated much as I suspect stories like this are such a tired old (boring) well trodden path these days. A Woman in Afghanistan was beheaded last month for the heinous crime of... wait for it, going shopping without her husband! I mentioned this to my wife and her comment was that someone should be beheaded for insisting that husbands go shopping WITH their wives, who invariably spoil the experience by constantly pointing out the outrageous prices for items such as handbags, make-up and shoes.
So this is theocracy in 2017; a barbaric, primitive and misogynistic system run by ignorant and uneducated thugs. The picture above is of some Women in Afghanistan back in the 70s, studying at a University in that country, fat chance of the same basic human rights being afforded to the daughters and granddaughters of these people today. Such is the stultifying and regressive effect of religion (or any totalitarian system) when it achieves unopposed worldly power.
Posted by Steve Borthwick at 8:56 pm