Friday, December 08, 2017

Hit piece

American Vice President, Mike Pence is well known for being a devoted and faithful husband and father. As a college student, he dobbed in his fraternity brothers for bringing a beer keg into their frat house. His college banned student alcohol use on campus. Big deal. Does he also leave the toilet seat up, or throw out toothpaste tubes before they were properly empty?

http://www.newsweek.com/mike-pence-once-ratted-out-his-fraternity-brothers-having-keg-735711

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Road of bones

I listened to an audio documentary on the forgotten victims of communism. October 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. To paraphrase, some of the younger generations, who are ignorant or apathetic about history, and intellectuals, who do know about history, but ignore facts that challenge their ideology, think that communism is worth trying again, because it hasn't been tried properly before. 100 million victims of communism in Russia, China, and Cambodia might beg to differ.

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/unherd-audio-documentaries/id1261079523?mt=2

Thursday, November 30, 2017

You are an insolent young man

The other day I wrote a short post about the imminent legalisation of same sex marriage in Australia, and the chronological snobbery that helped bring it about. I was brought up to respect my elders, and respect their maturity and life experience. Chronological snobbery was unheard of. That is why it's disappointing to see other adults who are older than I am uncritically embrace new ways of thinking just because they are new, just like younger generations seem to do. 

When I challenge their opinions, they sometimes respond by belittling me. This is not because my arguments don't hold water, but because I am younger than them, they arrogantly think that they are more educated, wise, and informed than I am in every possible way. If their social media activities are any indication, this is not always the case. I believe in the principle of respecting my elders, but now this must be earned. I will not give it to you automatically. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Vulnerability

Victoria is the first state in Australia to legalize voluntary euthanasia. A previous Victorian Labor government legalized late term abortion. This means that Victoria now has state sanctioned killing from the womb to the grave.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-29/euthanasia-passes-parliament-in-victoria/9205472

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bratwurst and schnapps


An office building in central Melbourne is holding a wine and food tasting. Since this is during business hours, moderate consumption will no doubt be encouraged. What are "Australien" producers? Australien is the transliteration of Australia in Danish, German, and Swedish. I'm going to attend this tasting tomorrow. Perhaps it will incorporate the cuisine of Western Europe, hence the typo.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Come on, it's 2017!

Same sex marriage will become legal in Australia by the end of the year. Same sex marriage activists are savouring their victory. As someone who voted no, and believes that traditional marriage should be preserved, I am endeavouring to get my head around the mentality of same sex marriage activists. I want to go deeper than the empty slogans used in their campaign, such as "love is equal" and "love is love."

At least some of them are afflicted with chronological snobbery. This is the argument that the thinking and by extension, the attitudes and cultural mores of earlier times are inferior to that of the present. This can be seen in statements like, "It's 2017. Get with the times," and the description of same sex marriage opponents as "dinosaurs," or "on the wrong side of history." On social media, reacting to a picture of a group of mature aged people attending a "No" campaign event in Sydney, one particularly nasty person slurred them, saying in as many words, that they should roll over and get out of the way, so that younger and more "progressive" people could run things. 

To this we can add latent racism. One letter writer noted the large "no" vote in Australian electorates with high migrant populations. According to the writer, their vote was influenced by the cultural attitudes and religious beliefs of their countries of origin. In other words, if they were better educated and more Westernised, they would have voted differently. The latent racism comes from what appears to be the attitude that Western values are always superior to those of other parts of the world. 

Leftists often like to make out that they are superior to and more virtuous than conservatives. Watch them closely enough, and you can see through their facade. In their own way, they are just as much the bigots they accuse their opponents of being. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pile of shame


I recently finished reading the book, 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die.

Of the games in the book, these are the ones that I have played, but I haven't actually completed all of them:

1080 Snowboarding
ActRaiser
Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Another World
Assassin's Creed II
Asteroids
Axelay
Banjo-Kazooie
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Battle Zone
The Beatles: Rock Band
Beyond Good & Evil
Blast Corps
A Boy and his Blob
Breakout
Breath of Fire II
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
Bubble Bobble
California Games
Call of Duty
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Choplifter
Chrono Trigger
Columns
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Cybernator
Defender
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
Diablo
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Country 3
Double Dragon
Dr Kawashima's Brain Training
Dr. Mario
Duke Nukem 3D
EarthBound
Earthworm Jim
Ecco the Dolphin
Fallout 3
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fight
Flashback
Forgotten Worlds
Frogger
F-Zero X
Gauntlet
Ghosts 'n Goblins
Ghouls 'n Ghosts
God of War: Chains of Olympus
GoldenEye 007
Gorf
Gran Turismo
Guitar Hero
Gyruss
H.E.R.O.
Halo: Combat Evolved
Ikari Warriors
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Jet Force Gemini
Kid Icarus
Killer Instinct
Klax
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
LEGO Star Wars
Lemmings
Luigi’s Mansion
Machinarium
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle
Mario Kart 64
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Slug
Metroid Prime
Missile Command
Monkey lsland 2: LeChuck's Revenge
Moon Patrol
NBA Jam
New Zealand Story
Operation Wolf
OutRun
Pac-Man
Paper Mario
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Paperboy
Perfect Dark
Pilotwings
Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Punch-Out!!
Resident Evil
Revenge of Shinobi
Rolling Thunder
Sam & Max Hit the Road
Secret of Mana
The Secret of Monkey Island
Shadowrun
Shinobi
SimCity
Singstar
Skies of Arcadia
Skool Daze
Smash TV
Snake
Snake Rattle 'n' Roll
Sonic Adventure
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Space Invaders
Spider-Man 2
Spy Hunter
Spy vs. Spy
SSX Tricky
Star Wars
Star Wars Jedi Knight ll: Jedi Outcast
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Starfox 64
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Strider
Summer Games II
Super Castlevania IV
Super Hang-On
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros.: The l.ost Levels
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario World
Super Metroid
Super Punch-Out!!
Super Tennis
Tales of Symphonia
Tetris
Theme Park
Time Pilot
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Transformers
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Uniracers
Wave Race 64
Wii Fit
Wii Sports
Yoshi’s Island
Zombies Ate My Neighbours

I doubt very much that there's anyone who, when they're lying on their deathbed, will regret all the video games they never got to play.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1001_Video_Games_You_Must_Play_Before_You_Die