lunadelcorvo: (Medieval Facepalm)
LJ's Writer's block: What's the weirdest question you've ever been asked?"

"Is it true you sacrifice goats?"

No lie, seriously. In high school somehow people got the idea I was some kind of devil worshipper. (Honestly, one little game of assassin, and people jump to all kinds of conclusions!) It was amusing at first, but it got old fast. So eventually some little bimbo (you know, poofy, floofy, squealing type) caught me on a rather bad day, so I glared at her and snarled "Only when I can't find a VIRGIN!!" She literally did a 'Home Alone' and ran away as fast as her pooky little pink sneakers would carry her. That may have been my first, genuine, audible, leave-a-red-mark facepalm. Sure, it's funny now, but the principal was not amused (though he totally understood my frustration...). On the upside, they left me alone after that....
lunadelcorvo: (Grrrrr!)
[Error: unknown template qotd]No, I certainly don't. The entire celebrity machine (be it entertainment, sports, or music) is inane and vacuous, and strikes me as merely a lot of distraction to prevent people from realizing just how f*&^%ed up their world really is.

We are struggling with economic meltdown, mass unemployment, alarming numbers of people dying annually of imminently curable conditions merely because they can't afford basic healthcare, global hunger, poverty, corporate exploitation, and a humanity-threatening climate crisis. And we are paying movie stars and football players millions? I mean, seriously?!?!?!?!

And yet those who protect our streets, save our lives in times of calamity, and teach our children often don't make enough to live on, let alone raise their own families. Sometimes, the dumb is so overwhelming, that I mourn in advance for the fate of my species....
lunadelcorvo: (Whammy?)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Given the vastness of the universe, and the sheer unlikeliness of our existence on this small, insignificant speck of rock out on the universal hinterlands, I think it is both improbable and arrogant to assume we are the only living beings out here. However, I also think we require a vastly more open perspective on what 'life' is. The chances that other life forms would be anything we might recognize as such are almost as slim as there being no other life at all.

That said, no, I don't think we have established with any certainty that we have yet found evidence of such life, either here visiting or elsewhere. I admit there are things we don't know how to explain, but I (personally) am leery of drawing conclusions; we just don't know. I'd rather say I don't know that claim I do (based on cultural perceptions & biases) and be proven wrong, or worse, let my claims blind me to clues that might point to a different answer.

So, yes I believe it is likely there is other life out there, but no, I don't believe in UFOs per se, because I do rely on empirical proof.



Things I need to remember:
• Asking for help is not, as it turns out, fatal.
• Laughing is easier than pulling your hair out, and doesn't have the unfortunate side effect of making you look like a plague victim.
• Even the biggest tasks can be defeated if taken a bit at a time.
• I can write a paper the night before it's due, but the results are not all they could be.
• Be thorough, but focused.
• Trust yourself.
• Honesty, always.

Historians are the Cassandras of the Humanities



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