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September 27, 2007

Stupid remote shutdown

    The image today is a remake of one I was working on in my digital photography class.  After over 2 hours of work, I began the long saving process to my USB drive (school computers--don' t really have a choice).  This would take more then 20 minutes to complete because of the number of layers.  I left the classroom for a break while the image saved and came back sometime latter to find the computer had been issued a remote shutdown command.  Like some bad movie, I watched as the computer did a count down and the last remaining bars on the save filled in.  In the end, the computer shutdown and I lost my image.  I was not pleased.  I sent the dean an e-mail explaining what happened, trying to control my words.
    So this image is a ruff remake.  It's not as good as the first one, but it'll have to do.
    I recently watched a video message by Pat Condell who brought up a point about religion I never thought of before--how much it must bother religious people who toil very hard to be obedient observers of their faith to see someone like myself completely free of such burdens. I'm not required to attend mass or give part of my (now non-existent) income to the church, I have no need to pray, I don't restrain from doing what I believe to be correct just because it doesn't agree with some religious doctrine (like those who would like to standing up for gay rights but won't because they think it's against god) and I never refrain from taking precautions from danger just because doing so might be a sin (such as getting a blood transfusion). When viewing other religious groups, one might say their efforts praying to Hindu gods is in vain or their rain dances are fruitless efforts, but there's that comfort that those people are also putting effort toward what they believe. Atheists, on the other hand, put forth no effort for faith-based belief and maybe that's like a slap in the face for those who do. It would be like planning for a horrible hurricane while living in Montana--except rather then having a strongly secured roof, easy to board up windows, a generator and stored water, you just have some tax write offs, some knowledge of 2,000 year-old lifestyles and maybe an idea of who makes the best dish at a potluck.
    This is a picture I took to demonstrate the principal of size and scale.

1 comment has been made.

From Lisa

Janesville, WI

October 05, 2007 at 7:22 PM

Andrew...hmmm, I understand what you mean by religious people getting bothered by observing the so called freedoms of persons whom have no such beliefs. I am a Christian and if I simply go through the motions, obeying all of God's laws/commands I would be quite legalistic, no better than the Pharisees. I love the Lord I serve, and He loves's a relationship built upon love. Love is an action, rather than a feeling. By giving Him control over my life, I am assured an eternity in Heaven. There is no other pathway to Heaven, all other roads lead to Hell. This world will not last forever. God does not say that if you are good and go to church you will go to Heaven....He says that a person must confess that Christ lived, was crucified, and rose again as an atonement for our sins, and then make the decision to follow Him all the days of your life. It's very easy to believe in Christ and know what the Bible says is true....even Satan and demons know all that....the true strength of character in a Christian is if they are an actual disciple of Christ. If a person wants historical facts about Jesus's life, that's not difficult to provide. God created all of us for a purpose. He determined that purpose. I can do whatever I want to do too....there are consequences to that though....I, personally do not like those consequences. God gave us all the freedom of will. No, you may not "need to pray", however it sure is nice to have the option to do so, and to be heard by the God of the Universe. I will go to Heaven, and you will never see or experience that place....your only "heaven" will be what your will can create during your lifespan on this earth. I want what is eternal, not temporary satisfaction. I know what it feels like to be in your shoes, with your general mindset, however you have no idea what it feels like to be in my shoes walking with Christ:( I wish you well. I am a photographer as well...I am happy to see you enjoying this form of expression so well....photographs are valuable tools to the memories we carry:)
    I started reading the book "God is not Great  - How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens.  I've read and watched a good deal on the topic of religion and I found Hitchens so far takes a more tolerant position on religious practices then others--notable Richard Dawkings and Sam Harris.  Hitchens's primary background is literature, where Dawkings and Harris are have primary a science background.  The presentation, therefor, is different then what I've read in the past.  Interesting book so far.
    Pictured is a flower I used in my digital photography class, I believe to demonstrate shape.  It is strongly separated from the background do to the depth of field and the shading displays shape quite well.

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From Lisa Marie

September 24, 2007 at 4:04 PM

Andrew, respectfully, you claim to have an open mind, however, knowledge/philosophy can be so simply measured....please allow your heart to open your're too often placing the horse behind the carrige, thus so resulting in many confused pathways. I've been metaphoricaly "in your shoes"(I am also an artist/poet/ photo industry business owner), so to speak....opening your self to concepts much "larger than life" will give you the nourishment needed for growth. It's not all about us:) ~Thanks for being open-minded

From Andrew Que (

Wisconsin, USA

September 24, 2007 at 6:18 PM

I found that comment a little confusing. I'm not sure if it implies that I'm being closed-minded or that, in general, I should be open-minded. And if I am being closed-minded, what about? Religion? Photography? My bias against non-Linux OSs? Good advice though, being open-minded (... or is it)?

From Nathan


September 24, 2007 at 10:30 PM

i was a little confused too, but I can only assume would be about religion. You do not appear to be a big fan of Christianity, and frequently write about various books and other media focusing on discrediting that. But you educate yourself, so perhaps it looks as if you are open-minded to an extent. But everyone is that way. If you're christian, you don't research what's wrong with christianity generally. The fact that you are also reading (or did read?) the bible or parts of it suggests that you are indeed more open-minded on the subject than pretty much anyone I've met. Just not the right kind of open mind for Christians, perhaps.

From wanker


September 25, 2007 at 3:00 PM

Bored at work, thought you might get a kick out of this: Top Ten signs you're a fundamentalist Christian 10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours. 9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt. 8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God. 7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees! 6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky. 5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old. 4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving." 3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity. 2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God. 1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.

From Wendy

September 28, 2007 at 2:09 AM

Exists not many things in this world we can fully trust, if any, including tradition. We "humans" experience life within a constant, multi-faceted/dimensional, confused, chaotic (to the perception of most people), and changeable existence. How can we not mock our visual(uncertain) universe , as it displays, by being exactly as it is(uncertain). I think allowing for uncertainty, and welcoming new perceptions along with change, does expand a person's experience into a more meaningful, possibly more empathic, and vastly inquisitive time spent here. Finally, this all continues adding to our individual character and uniqueness to distinguish us each from the rest of the population. I once read some things that told me we should act out of love, not fear. Is it not what religion/idolizing portrays most to its followers --- the idea of fear? I may be wrong, but if it were such that love truly held the most desirable position of a human, wouldn't you think a god would prefer the followers to dismiss as much fear as possible from their being? By the looks of it, sheer passion for form and beauty, humanitarian efforts, and the endured search for a better way of living safe and healthy lives, enhanced by individualism, keeps our world adaptable to change and growing. When we suffer, we grow/change. Living is growing, without even trying. Without intending change,we will change. Without intending growth, we will grow. *apologizes for babbling"

From Lisa Marie

October 04, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Dear Andrew...I am sorry if my comment confused you...I can see why, as I read your bio and drew a loose mental picture of you. That gauged viewpoint was my starting point. There are so many valid and valuable points to be learned from Jesus Christ. If by chance, your views concerning Christ are inncorrect, then the consequences are very dire and sad. I hope there are some people out there who can see what true Christianity is, and not the "bottled up" bought and sold hupala out there so often mistaken for the Truth. I have seen and heard many false exagerrated conclusions being made over faith based issues. Many people who make claims of being Christians are not at all true to their God (many are hypocritical). Sadley, there are many Christians who do not know the Bible well, however God allows and gives grace to an extent, whereas there is a time/season (and a place) for everything to be done and learned. Some people get closer to God faster than others with weaker faith, etc... As you know, this is a HUGE issue with much to be said. I respect your views and feelings, however I choose to live my life for my Lord whom is Christ. I would gather that you can respect that withstanding your steadfast claims of no God or credible basis for Christianity.
    A very sharp contrasted picture I considered using for my digital photography class.  I ended up using the one of Crystal because I thought it was better.  But this picture is a little unique in that the subject--the person--is not the emphasis; the background is the emphasis.
    Photograph of Crystal.  I used this in my digital photograph class for my example of line--which in this case, is the profile line formed by Crystal's face.

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From Talon

No place in perticular, Life

September 25, 2007 at 3:23 PM

wicked pic mate

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From echo

September 24, 2007 at 1:44 AM

that danielle is rosy! she's my friend nicole's little sister. It's weird to see her all growed up.

From DRE

September 24, 2007 at 10:28 PM

Holy crap Echo commented on a pic of me. Hi Echo. Hey Que my name is spelled Danielle.

From echo

September 26, 2007 at 2:18 AM

of course i commented. people i know keep turning up with my friend. it astonishes me. . . look, astonished face 8 *