fifthofnever

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    • Goodbye to a Hero

      11 years ago

      fifthofnever


      Michael DeBakey died last Friday at the age of 99. He was one of the first to perform coronary artery bypass surgery, and in 1953 he performed the first successful carotid endarterectomy.

      He invented a critical component that finally allowed open heart transplants possible, and was a pioneer in the creation of the artificial heart. He dramaticially improved wartime medicine, saving countless lives.

      He performed over 50,000 surguries, and is creditied in saving 100 of thousands of lives due to his techniques and advances. He worked on several heads of state, and was performing surguries until the day he died.

      When some damn reporterter dies, it's the end of the fucking world, though they are all parasites, but here is someone who really made a difference, and yet people like him are never remembered or properly honored.

      It's a damn shame

    • The Mahabharata

      11 years ago

      fifthofnever

      I don't know if anyone else has read this momentous Indian epic, but if you haven't, you should, if you have, let's talk! My new fav

    • I'm Back in Black

      11 years ago

      fifthofnever

      Hey all, been gone a long while, but I have returned. Just finished my BS in Chemistry last month and finished moving up here to West Sacramento. Been a crazy year, but next year will be worse: I start my Ph D program at UC Davis and become somebody's bitch for the next 4-5 years. :( such is life...

    • This journal is awsome

      12 years ago

      fifthofnever

      beer is better than jesus.


      10. No one will kill you for not drinking Beer.

      9. Beer doesn't tell you how to have sex.

      8. Beer has never caused a major war.

      7. They don't force Beer on minors who can't think for themselves.

      6. When you have a Beer, you don't knock on people's doors trying to give it away.

      5. Nobody's ever been burned at the stake, hanged, or tortured over his brand of Beer.

      4. You don't have to wait 2000+ years for a second Beer.

      3. There are laws saying Beer labels can't lie to you.

      2. You can prove you have a Beer.

      1. If you've devoted your life to Beer, there are groups to help you stop.

    • Remember

      12 years ago

      fifthofnever

      A friend of mine died this week, in a car accident. He was a bright kid, with a future. He immigrated here from Mexico, and was making something into himself. It's a damn shame.

    • WTF?

      12 years ago

      fifthofnever

      What is with people posting song lyrics as journal entrys? No offense to those who do, I just don't see the point.

      Do people see a journal full of lyrics, and go "Oh, instead of maybe listening to teh song, I'm just going to read it, trying to put it to a beat"? I hope not.

    • BattleStar Galactica

      12 years ago

      fifthofnever

      Yeah baby! I just finished watching the first season, and for those intrested, it fuckin rocks! This show is not the traditional Star Trek sci fi thing. For anyone who likes the "nature of man" thing, this show comes highly recomended. One of the three shows I consistantly watch.

    • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

      in Forums > The Moon is a Harsh Mistress | Follow this topic

      fifthofnever

      Has anyone else read this book from Robert Heinlein? What did you think, and what were your favorite elements of the book? And just for fun.... Should it be a movie?

      Although a good Sci-Fi book in it's own right, I think the most intriguing theme in the book is that of rebellion and political upheaval. Heinlein gives a good balance of all sides of the arguments surrounding the topic, and comes through with a sound story.

      3 replies

    • The Solution.

      12 years ago

      fifthofnever

      I have promised you all a solution to all of our problems (Including the menonites). Here is the long awaited answer:

      We Destroy the Sun!

      In an early attempt to combat critisism of this solution, I present to you the following:


      "Since the beginning of time man has yearned to destroy the sun."
      -C. Montgomery Burns



      The sun is evil and must be destroyed. The sun has been trying to destroy mankind for millennia. Our only hope is to act now.

      Reasons for destroying the sun:


      - The sun is trying to destroy us. It's only fair. Call it self defense.

      - Skin cancer is caused by the evil sun, and skin cancer is the 3rd most common form of cancer. Skin cancer rates would drop dramatically.
      To date, no one in history has ever died of "Dark Cancer".

      - The sun circles us constantly, always going around and around. Would you like it if a stranger did that to you all day? Circle you around and around and around? Yet we tolerate the sun doing this?

      - The sun is continually shooting out hot plasma to destroy us. The earth is constantly saving us by drawing the plasma to the poles (where few people live) and absorbing it in the atmosphere. Although this causes very pretty northern lights, they are merely a reminder of the evil sun's constant attempts to incinerate us all.

      - Sunburns. Sunburns suck. Have you ever had a burn from asbestos? Yet the government is doing away with asbestos. However, millions of people are sunburned mercilessly each year. Is the government trying to destroy the sun? No.

      It's up to us.

      - Despite what environmentalists say, the leading cause of global warming is not greenhouse gasses, but rather the sun. Even with greenhouse gasses, there would be no global warming without the sun and its evil heat.

      - Every morning when I drive to work, the sun is in my eyes. I hate that.

      - No one can adequately predict the weather. Without the sun, the temperature every day would hover around absolute zero. Predictable weather. You could plan your day without checking the weather forecast.

      - Dry rot in your house will cease. Dry rot is caused by rain, humidity, and ground water seepage. Without the sun, all the water would freeze. No more dry rot in your house. Houses could theoretically stand for centuries.

      - The sun is currently turning into a Red Giant, and will, in just a few thousand millennia, grow large enough to consume the earth. We need to act now.

      - Without the sun and its gravitational pull, our planet would be free to roam the universe. We would fly out in a straight line into space; every day the view would be slightly different. Who knows what cool stuff we might find if we weren't held back by the sun's gravitational field?

      - Do you remember voting to have the sun hold us here by its gravitational pull? Neither do I. It's holding us back without our consent. That's kidnapping.

      - Without the sun, mosquitoes couldn't live. No water, no mosquito larvae. Ever had a mosquito bite? I hate mosquito bites. I have one right now in the middle of my back where I can't reach it. It really itches. Stupid sun and its swarms of evil bugs.



      What can we do about this?

      - Current efforts are mainly limited to small, isolated cells of resistance. Mainly throwing rocks and small animals at the sun. So far these efforts have produced positive results, but nothing close to the destruction we need.

      - Throwing snowballs at the sun has so far produced no results. Most of the snowballs are too small; they melt before causing any significant damage. However, larger snowballs would be capable of pushing through the sun's defenses.

      - Given that the sun's heat is generated by fusion, which is caused by its immense mass and gravitation pull on itself. Breaking the sun into smaller, manageable pieces is necessary to stop this process. So far we're working on a huge knife that would be attached to a long arm on the space shuttle.

      - Comets are always wandering through our solar system, and comets are mainly made of ice and stuff. Small rockets could redirect the comets to crash into the sun, cooling it down to a manageable temperature.

      Now that I have presented my FLAWLESS argument and you are all convinced, who's with me?!?!?!

      Lots of love,
      --Jason

    • Sorry...

      12 years ago

      fifthofnever

      Sorry to all, I haven't been on much this last week. I'm finishing up Summer finals. I've missed you all! *hugs everyone*

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  • Comments (48)

    • Unholy_Crab1

      10 years ago

      Yes. Gwen Khan rocked. Yes. Rocked. Hmm hmm.

    • Reisgar42

      10 years ago

      There are these little white enemies that come at you en masse with a lot of health that are called hobbes.

      They can all go die in a fire for all I care.

    • Reisgar42

      10 years ago

      Have you ever played Fable?

    • MaxGayne

      10 years ago

      It was highly readable and very vivid. The only thing I thought was peculiar is he kept reusing certain similies like (___ looked like a lotus/elephant/God/Demon etc.) The war especially was fun to read (except for said similies) and really got you into the action. Apparently he really shortened some sections(for good reason) like the Bhagavad Gita and Bhisma's instructions. Though I don't think I'd want to read the full versions of each right now (both are longer than the entire text I read...), it would have been nice to have more clarification and ellaboration on the concepts presented. I checked and the Bhagavad Gita is available in its entirety at this library, so at some point I'll check it out.
      I checked for Ramayana but it's checked out.

    • MaxGayne

      10 years ago

      I'm sure there's some moral code against that but still... worth looking into.

    • MaxGayne

      10 years ago

      The translator of the one I read was fittingly named Krishna Dharma.

    • MaxGayne

      10 years ago

      I finished Mahbharata over the weekend and can officially say I loved it. Though there were some concepts that were contradictory (mainly because of translation issues) I found it very enjoyable and thought provoking. Though I thought the war and the hesitation before it got to be a little repetitive. Very good book, and it has definitely sparked my interest in Indian culture. I'll have to look for more books like it.

    • tomii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      well, I have done a small amount of research on the big religions, and I think Christianity falls best in line...

      here's my $0.02 understanding:

      1) Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are essentially the same god.
      2) Judaism allowed atonement, and held strict rituals, etc (which is not a bad thing), but it also led to people effectively buying atonement, which is a bad thing (that whole Jesus kicking over tables in the temple thing)
      3) Christ taught that it's what't in your heart that matters. Be a good person because it's the right thing to do. Don't try to buy your way out - this is a good thing. A lot of what Jesus taught sounds awfully damned Socialist/Communist - that's a damned bad thing, at least in this world. (I say help out where you can, but don't force people to do it *cough* obama *cough*)
      4) Judaism thinks that Christians are misguided, that Mary was a whore, and Jesus was a rabble-rouser (maybe they were right, but that doesn't really detract from the message).
      5) Islam thinks that Jesus was not the son of God, but was merely a great prohet. (neither good nor bad) Many believe death to all Jews, because they called Mary a whore. And oh, by the way, they're on that land we want (seriously, the argument always comes around to this if you stick with it long enough), so they should all die. Pretty bad.
      6) Islam seems to not be able to let go of a grudge (pretty bad - makes me wonder if they're the decendents of Cain...)
      7) Mohammed's teachings seem to be a step back from those o Jesus - if Jesus was such a great prophet, then why in the heck did you put together a code of laws that effectively gets rid of Jesus & goes back to the BC rules? This is a throw to the whole bitch about "religions" in general, which is that they are primarily "people control" - bad thing.
      8) The big bitch amongst the various Islamic sects (ie shi'a, sunni, etc) comes down to who the rightful successor to Mohammad was. Seriously. Interesting read. At least Christianity (in most cases) had a reasonable reason for its schisms (eg letting women be pastors or allowing priests to marry)
      9) Budhism is a cop out. Seriously. The tenants are among the equivalent of "oh, he was a bad person - that just means he wasn't ready to ascend to the higher levels, yet - we should help him out & maybe feel some pity on him" I call complete and utter BS. Yeah, I can dig the possibility of reincarnation, energy flows, etc, but it essentially smacks of a lack of holding people accountable for their actions. Bad. And the new-age bullshit that's loosely based on it? *ugh*
      10) Hindi or any other multi-deific? Waitaminnit, let;'s use some logic, here... Each of thes guys is all-powerful, right? So what happens when Vishnu makes a law that is in any way not one hundred percent in-line with Ra's laws? Can you say non-deterministic? SOmething that works one place won't work in another - I mean screw scientific method, it would never work. ... Of course, maybe that's what's wrong with computers, but... So, anyway - if there is a god, it's only one of them, I'm pretty sure...


      So, you can see that I pretty much agree with the tenets of Christianity. There's some serious differences of opinion, even amongst adherents, but we're mostly pretty peaceful about it...

      As far as religions go, there will always be a new one coming up to disrupt all the others. Right now that one is Islam I think. Of course the biggestproblem with Islam (aside from my previous comments), is that it has notyet had a reformation. Christians seriously fucked up about 700 years ago, and we're still paying for it. Back then, Islam was one of the bright spots in the world, and Christianity (in general) had screwed up. Now it's reversed. Islam needs to have that reformation and learn to live peacably with the rest of the world.

      There's a couple of others that I've left out, but... Well, I've read up on them some, but they don't quite do it for me.

      The point I was originally making, though, is that it's damned easy to make a slap at an old, Christian white guy because:
      1) we realize & understand a lot of this past, even if only at a visceral level
      2) we've had our reformation & learned from it, so we won't shoot you in the face for it

      The problem is, however, that us old, Christian white guys are the ones who are trying to fix everything, too, so throwing slaps at the system does nothing to fix it.

      I'm having a real problem, lately, with people spouting what's so damned broke, but not presenting any good/realistic ideas for fixing it.

      I'll end this with one of my favorite quotes:

      "It's easy to have an opinion when you have no responsibility for the outcome"

    • Unholy_Crab1

      11 years ago

      I still have the typical fantasy of wanting to be free from school.

    • Unholy_Crab1

      11 years ago

      Yeah, I'm still in high school. I'll get out in around 2 more years, though.

    • MaxGayne

      11 years ago

      Well it looks like the library only has one translation. It looks pretty recent though which usually indicates a better package overall (usually w/ notes)

    • tomii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      As for the last bit, it was just an example. I have seen many recurring... Themes throughout nature. The fibanacci sequece, as a small example. 2/3 proportionality. certain differential equations. Even certain numbers (some variant of 144 seems to pester me quite a lot, for some reason - and I'm not in communications)...

      It just seems to me, that when I work on things, I have a certain set of tools that I always use, and when I have a problem, I think of it in terms of those tools. My observations seem to hold that the universe is held together with a fairly small toolbox - especially when you consider how many different tools could be used to do the job, regardless of how it all got slapped together.

      I had another thought, but it just escaped me, so I'll quit there.

    • Unholy_Crab1

      11 years ago

      I know how you feel, all my teachers hate me already.

    • Unholy_Crab1

      11 years ago

      Ah, thank you. I try and save my books for school though. Otherwise I wouldn't have any left to read.

    • tomii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      Was an Electronic Warfare Systems Technician - got out in 1992...

      I believe for a multitude of reasons, including (but not limited to) the following:
      1) I choose not to believe in nothing
      2) As you said, there is no proof either way, however, both break down at creation - if there's no god, where did it all come from? If there is a god, where did he come from? smiley7.gif
      3) As a trained engineer, I find there are many formulas that apply to multiple aspects - for instance, I can model heat flow through a material the same way I model electric current through a particular type of circuit. In fact, I have published a paper on that. smiley0.gif
      4) If there's no point, then what's the point? smiley4.gif
      5) It brings me some comfort to know that there is something else, a reason for things - even if that reason is to just be food for a hungry god. smiley6.gif

      Politically, I'm pretty close to a Libertarian (and may well vote as such this time around), but I also acknowledge that the Libertarian party, as a whole, is pretty fuking naive. I'm a conservative, both fiscally and politically. And by such, I mean we shouldn't take people's hard-earned rewards, we shouldn't hand out freebies, and we should not burden people with a largess of rules. We absolutely[/i should let people do pretty much whatever they want, so long as they're not hurting anyone else. And I absolutely disbelieve in legislating morality...

      meh. I'm supposed to be working right now...

    • Unholy_Crab1

      11 years ago

      Dang, old legends rock. I'm going to have to look for it.

    • Unholy_Crab1

      11 years ago

      Ramayana? Never heard of it. What's it about?

    • Unholy_Crab1

      11 years ago

      No. i was disappointed, though. After I was about half way through I learned that the writer had changed major parts of the story. After that, I didn't like it.

    • acidblack

      11 years ago

      The only King book that I really didn't like was The Colorado Kid. It was his stab at pulp fiction. The story was good. His writing was top-notch, but he never solved the mystery. The book ended before the story did. I was quite displeased.

    • acidblack

      11 years ago

      You like King, have you read The Stand?


      That's my favorite of his. I read it back in the mid 80s and then when they released the uncut edition, I read that one, which was much better, I'd say. I haven't been keeping up with his current stuff, though, due to having a lot of other books I want to read.

    • grayfox117

      11 years ago

      i cant open the message. could you re send it please

    • LTBallz

      12 years ago

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      1. To yourself, say the name of the only
      guy or girl you wanna be with 3
      times!
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      2. Think of something you wanna accomplish
      within the next week and say it to your self 6
      times!!
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      3. If you had 1 wish what would it be? say it to
      yourself 9 times!!!
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      4. Think of something that you want to happen
      between you and that 1special person and say
      it to your self 12 times!!!
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      5. Now, heres the hard part! Pick only 1 of these wishes and as
      you scroll down focus and
      concentrate on it and think on nothing
      else but that wish.
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      Now make one last &final wish about that one wish that you picked.
      After reading this, you have 1 hour to send it out to 15 people, and what
      you wished for will come true within in one week!
      u only get one chance!!!!! Now scroll down and think of your
      crush!!!
      Keep going down
      Keep going
      Keep going
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Did you think of your crush? I hope so, that was
      your last chance. Now pay very close attention this important message!
      Sorry but once read, must be sent. Yes, this is one of those kinda chain
      letters that everyone hates. This one has been going since 1863 and if you
      break this chain, you will pay!!!!!! Remember that after hearing these
      stories.

      First Example:
      Take Barbra Wallace.. She was a pretty lucky girl,
      up till she got this same chain letter. She had a crush on the same kid
      since kindergarden. when she got this mail she didn't pay any attention to
      it. She just thought, no big deal. And deleted it. The next day her dad
      got fired and her mom dies in a car crash. If she would have sent the
      letter none of that would have happened and her mom would be alive.

      Second Example:
      Try Freddie D. Now Freddie D. was your average
      nerd. Had glasses, was short and chubby, was in gifted. All the signs of
      your total dork. He also received this letter and sent it to 51 people in
      the hour. Now, like Barbra, he had a crush on a girl since 3rd grade. The
      next day after sending the chain the girl confessed her love for him ever
      since 3rd grade. Freddie D. finally had the courage to ask her out, and of
      course, she had been waiting to yes to that for years. They grew up and
      married each other to live happily forever.

      Third Example:
      Now if you couldn't relate to the others, this'll
      get ya hooked. Listen to this. A kid named Jordan Johnson was just
      getting on AOL to check his mail. He was a quiet kid, not that popular but
      not a geek either. he was just normal. He saw he had mail from his
      friend. It was this exact letter. Now Jordan Johnsen was a smart kid and
      he knew what could happen if he didnt pass it on. He simply pulled a few
      friends from his buddy list and sent it along. The next day, about that
      same time, he got a phone call. It said he had won the lottery! then his
      dad came home and bought him a new bike! His mom bought him Nintendo64 and
      play station! His grandmother sent him a new computer, and his best friend
      gave him tickets to the concert he wanted to go to, Kid Rock and Limp
      Bizkit! Then he inherited a brand-new tv from his aunt! He was goin' wild!
      the next day his secret crush asked him out, and they have been going out
      ever since.

      Now, you heard the stories. I know which person i'd rather
      be, but thats up to you. I wouldn't wanna end up like Barbra but thats
      only me. We all want what we cant have but now's ur chance to go out with
      that special somebody ur waiting for. Take it or leave it. If you send
      this to-
      1 person- you will lose all luck in ur love
      life.....forever!!!!!
      10 people- your crush will say they like you as a
      friend......ONLY!!!!!
      15 people- your crush will say they like you
      20 people- your crush will ask you out!
      25 people- your crush will kiss you!!
      35 people or more- All of the above!!
      Don't blow it, it's ur chance to shine! Have
      everything u wanted, and more! Now, complaining cus u dont have any
      friends. Well theres an answer 4 everything. It's simple, just go in a
      chat room, pick some names and send away! but here's the catch.....you only
      have one hour to send it after being read. Please pass this to everyone u
      know and keep it going

    • grayfox117

      12 years ago

      hay where are you?

    • grayfox117

      12 years ago

      hay i got you a big pic of anubis in my profile.

    • Cptfuzzy

      12 years ago

      I just buy them when they come out on DVD. :)

    • Sensimilia

      12 years ago

      just being thoughtful... and i appreciate the fact that he helped animals

    • exniner

      12 years ago

      yeah, i was up until 230 last night doing homework, and was up at 730 to get ready for work this morning.

    • Alex_vanPutten

      12 years ago

      Everything is a conspiracy to you. 'the government put a chip in my brain' 'the president can hear my thoughts' 'we never landed on the sun' 'they put flouride in my water!!'

    • Qunitvineu

      12 years ago

      please vote for me here

    • exniner

      12 years ago

      congrats!!!

    • Smartalec246

      12 years ago

      contest!

    • Smartalec246

      12 years ago

      yo should join spartan0510's contest

    • exniner

      12 years ago

      contest time!

    • bKtHeSnoWmAn

      12 years ago

      your on my side or heirs?

    • link_0587

      12 years ago

      You're...a monster! Nah, just kidding, So you're a skeptic right? What are you skeptical towards. Please explain. By the way, I found a couple of routers that you maight like. One of them is wireless and is only 13 bucks. here is the link for this one: www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=WR214-C&cat=NET and the wired router is 10.99 and the link is www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=A-8305&cat=NET

    • fifthofnever

      12 years ago

      Watch this!

      The danger of Religion, this time in the form of Scientology:

      theunfunnytruth.ytmnd.com/



      Post edited 7/27/06 10:56AM

    • SupperNeub

      12 years ago

      thanx!

    • Bucksh0t

      12 years ago

      Lol, he is rather funny.

    • CAMAU1311

      13 years ago

      haha that sux

    • CAMAU1311

      13 years ago

      well here it's hot and over there xD ?

    • fifthofnever

      13 years ago

      Free muffins? I'm there!

    • Alex_vanPutten

      13 years ago

      Become a follower of Caboosism!!! Free muffins!!!
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    • justaddwater

      13 years ago

      you know evil puppies always have a soft innocent core within themselves. lol.

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    • CrimsonGhost

      13 years ago

      I am going to accept yours because of:

      A) You like house
      and
      B) I posted a REALLY dumb comment in hear when I was the FU... and it was your first comment it looks like

    • Alex_vanPutten

      13 years ago

      Dont know.Try sending it again, but in a new conversation.

    • Alex_vanPutten

      13 years ago

      I cant see the message you sent me.

    • newmess1ah

      13 years ago

      I too would like a Zeplin.

    • CrimsonGhost

      13 years ago

      Lots of alerts, great oldies (you said good times, I said great oldies...shut up)

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