Pulling off really clever practical jokes
Finding the most inappropriately funny thing to say in any given situation
Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Up, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, Star Wars, The Princess Bride, Office Space, Kick-Ass, Serenity
Comedy: Bill Maher, Louis CK, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Hicks, Mitch Hedberg, Frank Caliendo, Tina Fey, Lewis Black, Joe Rogan, Steven Wright
Music: Jamiroquai, Thievery Corporation, Spylab, Moby, Esperanza Spalding, Imogen Heap, Steely Dan, Swing Out Sister, Everything But The Girl, Coldplay, Sting, Seal, James Brown
Food: Avocados, vegetarian sushi, pizza, Middle Eastern food, dark chocolate, Blue Diamond Wasabi Almonds, Noosa yogurt
Drink: Imperial grade matcha from Teavana, really cold Dole pineapple juice, Zen+Refresh tea (+a couple of honeys! Mmmmmm...), good hot chocolate, Redbreast Irish whiskey, Jameson (if they don't have Redbreast), Simply Orange orange juice (extra pulp), Whole Foods fresh squeezed unpasteurized OJ (screw the warning label), Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
The philosophical points of any system of thought that are, themselves, not proved within that system, but presupposed by it
Why frozen bananas, dark chocolate almond Silk, and peanut butter taste so good when blended together
The compatibility of spirituality with a scientific understanding of the universe
Whether Joss Whedon will ever make a sequel to Serenity sometime before I die
Why I like I-iii-ii-V chord progressions as much as I do
Noosa strawberry rhubarb yogurt and what the addictive crack-like ingredients are that make me buy it
In my every interaction with another person, whether his or her life is diminished or improved as a result of interacting with me, even if I will never see him or her again
You have some good music suggestions/links for me to check out
You know an awesome sushi or Middle Eastern restaurant that I don't know about
You are not offended by this, which I have posted to Facebook (and please note that I am a keyboardist in a church band of a multi-denominational Christian church that is openly accepting of gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender individuals. And odd folks like myself):
Someone recently asked me what I believe.
Although I studied philosophy and religion in undergrad school, I have never written down in concise fashion the main tenets of what I believe, until I e-mailed her back. So I thought, "Why not just post it to Facebook, so my friends, family, and the NSA can enjoy reading it as well?"
Disclaimer: I am not trying to convert, convince, or rankle anyone in posting this, but here it is, for your consideration:
Exists, but is not a man with a white beard in the clouds. In fact, not a man at all. More like a transcendental ground for all being. Any person born at any time in history is able to have some apprehension of God and to live a good life.
Told us how we should live. We should live like him, not 'believe in him.' He didn't think he was God. He didn't particularly want to die, either. Preached an inclusive message to tell God's 'Chosen People' that God also loves the Samaritans, prostitutes, lepers, tax collectors, women, and other disenfranchised and marginalized groups of people, too.
Jesus's biggest message was that how we treat the poor is an indicator of how much we love God.
Was not immaculately conceived, and Jesus wasn't born of a virgin. The author of Matthew mistranslates the Hebrew word 'almah' which simply means 'young girl' (not 'virgin') in the context of the book of Isaiah. The Jews are also not expecting a Messiah to be born of a virgin either, or to be God incarnate (or the Son of God, or both, or whatever).
Does not exist. (Oh, wait, I think I may have worked there a few years ago. In that case, I can tell you who the Devil is.)
The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought. -- Gandhi
He was right.
Who knows? The heaven Jesus talked about was 'among us' -- he was talking about a different possible way of living here on this earth, with other people. A transformed way of being. Not a place in the clouds where we sit and strum harps.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION
Was about first century Rome, not about our future. The author thought the Roman Empire was the embodiment of evil on the earth and that he was living in the end times. He wasn't. Doesn't make the book worthless, though. It was originally a letter to the churches in Asia Minor, telling them to remain faithful to their beliefs, even under threat of death, because Roman Emperor Domitian was stepping up the persecution of people for being Christian. The 'beast' that has a number of 666 was probably a reference to Nero Caesar.
Was not a science textbook.
Is not literally true, and it even describes some horrific things that I profoundly disagree with. It also was written by humans and even contains mistakes.
... what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Mark 12: 30-31
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
Most everything else that has been added to Christianity apart from that has been BS used to subjugate, exclude, or discriminate against other people.
The Pope gets it. Bishop John Spong gets it. The Dalai Lama gets it.
William Gibson was right:
The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.