Today's Featured Biography
50 things about me...
1. What time is it NOW?
A. 9:03 p.m. 02/18/08
2. What's your living arrangement(s)?
A. Ol' Ball-n-Chain (I mean, Loving Wife).
3. What's under your Bed?
A. A rather LARGE warren of Dust Bunnies, I mean, we're talking Watership Down under there!!! (Oh, and a Shotgun... Be very, very quiet...)
4. What color is the most dominant in your closet?
A. Black, and not GIMP Suit Black... More like Sith Lord Black... >B~)
5. What's your first thought upon waking?
A. Good Lord!!! How did I make it all the way to work before I woke up?!?
6. If you could spend the day with someone you normally could not, who would you choose?
A. All my Friends (ALL MY FRIENDS) at the same time, in the same place. Like, the Bahamas...
7. Complete the following: " My perfect day would include a shopping spree at " ", would include a meal at " ", and time for " ".
A. www.bugei.com, www.50bmgstore.com/, http:guncrafterindustries.com/, & www.barrett-jackson.com/ (for the Spree)... Goporam, Taste of India (for the Meal)... And time for a Movie and ... well, you know ... Something Naughty!!! >;)
8. What's the most important accomplishment of your life (thus far)?
A. Reaching Line 8 of 50 Things About ME ... OR ... The Time I saved someone's life... however briefly...
9. What causes YOU Road Rage?
A. Idiots that TAILGATE at night with their Brights on, and will not PASS when it's clear... OR Morons that don't stop, at STOP signs... more to the point... on country roads...
10. If you could take a trip ANYWHERE, where would you go?
A. I Don't do Drugs... OH!!! Not that kind of TRIP! Uhmmm, I really want to Visit the Playboy Mansion at Halloween... or go to Ireland... or Japan... but I really cannot afford to pay attention... So... I do not go anywhere... :(
11.You are on a "Reality Show" what do you take with you, to sleep with?
A. My "Sobakowa®--" Pillows... Not just a great pillow for a restful sleep, but a Deadly Weapon in the hands of a Pillow Fight Master... Which, I am.
12. What kind of car was your first vehicle?
A. 1979 Grand Prix
13. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
14. Storms: Cool or Scary?
A. I'm a Storm Chaser at Heart, Bay-Bee!!!
15. What is your Sign? is it really "you"?
A. Dames Seulement (Oui)
Oh, did you mean Zodiac... I am a Scorpio, of Course... In the Chinese, I am a Fire Goat... and Yes...
16. If you could get ANY job, what would you choose?
17. If you could meet any one celebrity, who would you choose?
A. Cassandra Peterson.
18. If you could find a gift on your doorstep tomorrow, what would you choose?
A. A large (Very Large) sack of unmarked $100.00 (Dollar) Bills.
19. What's the best thing about the person who sent this to you?
A. She has the BEST sense of humor!!!
20. If you could have any kind of pet, what would it be?
21. Do youremember your dreams? (Share one.)
A. No. I wish I did...
22. Describe what you think will happen to you after you die.
A. AHHHHHH!!!!! It's Hot!!! So Terribly HOTTTT!!!!!! AAHHHHHH!!!!!!!! (Just kidding... Everyone knows HELL is cold...)
23. Name something you want to accomplish but haven't yet.
A. Looking like one of the '300' Actors...
24. Describe your Best Friend with a Song Title.
A. Red red wine
25. Describe your 'significant other' as a color.
A. Plum Crazy
26. Describe yourself as a 'natural phenomenon'.
A. Armillaria Ostoyae. (Look it up...)
27. Describe your job as a piece of furniture.
A. Suspension Rack. (Don't look it up...)
28. Describe your style as a building.
A. Pup Tent
29. What's the Purpose of Man?
A. I think this sums it up nicely...
Recently the radio was playing that old song about "the purpose of a man is to love a woman, and the purpose of a woman is to love a man." As someone who has tried to construct his entire philosophy out of lyrics from pop songs, I was struck by the simplicity and clarity of these lines.
I started thinking about how a Darwinian might turn this around. If someone claimed gills evolved so a fish could breathe underwater, the scientist would say we have that backwards: gills happened, and the fact that they helped the proto-fish survive is the reason we now have Salmon croquettes. Survival of the fittest — or, reduced to a tautology: survival of that which survives.
So my straw man Darwinian would say love continued to exist simply because it bestowed certain survival advantages; for one thing, it allowed men and women to pool their incomes so they could afford larger mortgages.
But I've never been totally comfortable with the Darwinian correction of this perceived cause-effect reversal. Isn't it possible that cause and effect somehow caused each other?
If every cell in the proto-fish's body desperately wanted oxygen, maybe that very desire somehow accelerated the evolutionary process by triggering the necessary mutation; in other words, maybe random mutation is not so random. As the ancient poet Cliche said: where there's a will there's a way. If I can move my finger simply by thinking a thought, why can't a thought rearrange one of my DNA molecules?
Call it magical thinking, but until I see a complete, believable explanation of the miracle of life in terms of fundamental chemistry and physics without a lot of handwaving — until scientists can create a gerbil from common household cleaning supplies — I have to wonder whether Darwin only had half of the answer.
Is it possible that, while love may have survived because it gave us certain survival advantages, the flip side of the evolutionary coin may also be true — that love happened because that's our purpose in the universe? Maybe love is the fundamental meme encoded into our genes.
Which came first? Are we survival machines for whom love evolved out of a differential fitness advantage, or were we love machines from the proverbial get-go?
The average Joe understands that the purpose of gills really IS to enable fish to breathe, and it doesn't take an evolutionary biologist to figure out that the purpose of a man is to love a woman (or whatever) — it just takes a songwriter.
Admittedly, songwriters sometimes lie (love does not, in fact, make the world go 'round), but is it so hard to imagine that love might be the very essence of the DNA molecule?
Or do we have to settle for Cliche's post-modernist saying about the woman, the man, the fish and the bicycle?
Additional speculation, 2005:
At what point in the evolutionary chain does love develop? Is all life capable of love? And if not, why does it bother? Do amoebas feel, express or embody love (in their own way, of course)? Do plants? Viruses? Cancer cells?
Wild speculation: maybe cells become malignant when their love genes become damaged, and then they spread out seeking their missing capacity for love or, failing that, revenge. And maybe the cure for cancer will be genetic engineering to repair the damaged love gene.
(Or is love perhaps even more basic than life itself? Is it somehow built in to the universe, an inherent property of space-time? If so, how would we comprehend such a meaning of the word "love?")
Certainly love will be necessary for the continued survival of the human race, as it has been from the beginning; only time will tell if it will be sufficient.
In retrospect, I'm uncomfortable with much of the above, because it's a bit too close to, ahem, "intelligent design." And as James Lileks says, "I want to believe in intelligent design, and hence I am suspicious of anything that seems to confirm my desire to believe."
Over a hundred years after Darwin, it's still hard to imagine the power of the combination of random mutation and survival of the fittest, but that may be merely a failure of imagination. While I have some lingering skepticism about Darwinian orthodoxy, Creationism's roots in the mother of all orthodoxies should suggest a correspondingly greater degree of skepticism. Just because evolution is a theory doesn't mean that intelligent design has earned equal billing.
The Purpose of a Man
by: Earl Vickers
30. Define the difference between Loving and Being in Love.
A. The number of Zeros before the Decimal Point...
How many clothes are on at that particular moment...
I am Loving making money... and Being in Love with life...
31. Describe your vision of God.
A. Raw Crackling Blue Energy. (Ask, I Might tell)
32. If you could get Three (and only 3) wishes - none of which is " more wishes" - what would you wish for?
A. Spontaneous Perpetual Regeneration, The ability to Teleport (or Jump), and lastly, the ability to become "DIM" (Read "Eyes of the Dragon" by Stephen King)
33. What is the most irritating thing you've experienced this week?
A. The weather.
34. Complete the following sentence: " I WAS BORN ... "
A. ...BAD TO THE BONE!!!
35. Describe the craziest thing you've ever done.
A. CENSORED CENSORED CENSORED
36. Describe you most embarrassing moment.
A. I fell at the Bowling Alley.... I went to Throw a Ball, During LEAGUE, and Didn't slide at the line... Fell all the way into the Lane... EVERYONE in the alley turned to see what happened... and watched my ball go right into the gutter... I felt like my ears were going to burn right off my head they were so red!!!
37. Name the Last Book you read or the last movie you've watched.
A. Book: Marlfox: A Tale of Redwall
Movie: Rewatched TRANSPORTER
38. If you could have chosen your own name, what would it be?
A. Luther Ulric Clark
39. If you "knew" this was your last day of life, what would you do?
A. Break a few Commandments...
Steal a Digital Voice Recorder (like they could Prosecute me...) and record as much stuff as I could about myself for future generations of my clones. Rob a Bank...Oh, OK, Rob a crack house, probably has more money than the bank anyway... OH!!! And Sex, don't forget the SEX... lot's and lot's of sex... Did I mention the Sex?
Name your all time favorites:
A. Cinnamon and Cloves mixed together.
41. Board game(s):
A. Pain Doctors or The Farming Game (Using house Rules).
A. Palak Paneer... watermelon... Honey.
43. TV Show(s):
A. BSG... SG-1... SG-1 Atlantis... Doctor Who... Good Eats... Thirsty Traveler... Kenny the Shark... Tutenstein... The Dead Zone... Nash Bridges... Mythbusters... Dirty Jobs... Top Gear... Futureweapons... a lot on Discovery & History (Mail Call!!) Channels... Ect...
A. Boondock Saints... Oh! And Star Wars... Big Trouble in Little China... The Lord of the Rings Trilogy... Ghostdog... Scary stuff... Sci Fi Stuff... Scary Sci Fi Stuff... Scary Sci Fi (B~)
A. Redwall Novels, Harry Potter Novels. Stephen King Novels. Clive Cussler Novels. Anything by Richard Marchinko...
A. Black or White or Grey or Blue or Plum Crazy!!!
A. Olympic Fencing
A. "Assassing" by Marillion or "Lady" by Styx...
49. Place to be Kissed?
A. This is a LOADED question... How about in PRIVATE...
No. Oh, ok how about starting on my lips and going down my neck, working ever so slowly and using lots of tongue downward... ;)
50. So, what Time is it NOW?!?
Holy Moly 9:16 p.m.!!! (This was mostly pre-done...)
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