Thursday, July 24, 2008

Off Topic: Baby Names

Normally, I think courts getting involved in family matters are wrong. In the case of abuse and divorce, I think it is appropriate even if I don't always approve of divorce. A first glance, I would still think that a court getting involved in a child's naming is a gross over step in their powers, but when I saw the names parents were trying to give their children, I changed my mind. I think you will agree with me. In 60's and 70's, there were some very interesting names, and it's probably not a hard leap in logic to think that they were drug inspired. Take River Phoenix for instance. I wonder if he was picked on in school. Maybe I am just used to those kind of names now by exposure and the fact that they have always been there. However these new names I have been reading about are quite shocking. I feel sincerely sorry for these children. How can you name your child "4Real", "Sex Fruit", "Number 16 Bus Shelter", or "Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii"?

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This makes me feel even more affirmed in naming my son George. Is this phenomenon limited to New Zealand?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

This Blog's Reading Level

Apparently, my blog has a high reading level. My wife pointed this out to me. She was not too happy with that, because she had received a Junior High Level. I tried to explain that a lower level can be better. You can reach a broader audience, and it's easier to read. Though I think the that irritates her the most about it that I ask her to look over my entries. I miss mistakes often. It's probably due to my dyslexia.

Check this place out if you want. I am not sure how its algorithm works. It might consider sentence and paragraph length. It also might consider things like word choices. If you use lots of longer, less-used words. I am curious how this works. Just don't follow my wife's example and be disappointed if it does not rate how you would like it.

blog readability test

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bishop Vader?

I guess they're letting anyone in now-a-days?

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Off Topic: Bouncing Babies

Some of my college and online friends would make one of those punch a baby jokes and did not really bother me till now. I never found it funny nor did I make one of those jokes. I considered it rather crude. After an article my wife sent me, I feel sick thinking about all those jokes they made. Despite how rude, crude, and socially unacceptable those jokes were, I never really thought someone would actually do something like that intentionally. Humanity can be quite despicable. I never really thought about a sane person intentionally harming a baby. Sure, I've seen enough Law & Order episodes with people doing that, but I always thought of it as a work of fiction despite the episodes being based off of real life stories.

Warning: Do not watch the video if you don't have a thick skin or have a queasy stomach. It's not for the faint of heart.

This news article really brings it to reality for me. The next time I hear one of those jokes, I think I will ask them not to tell it. Anyone who would harm a sweet innocent baby should be punished. Course I think the same of unborn babies. Life begins at conception. It does take a truly sick mind to think throwing babies through the air is funny and then video tape it.

P.S. My wife was in tears after watching that video. She had to give George a hug too.