Right before publishing this, I accidentally x'd out of it and thought it was gone forever. But somehow here it is anyway. Merci beaucoup a Dieu.
So, I found out the reason that not all visitors get added to my little map, either on the old site location or this one here, is that the map itself doesn't show up on the mobile version. I was a little upset to learn that. I wanted to map everyone who ever came here and now that simple little goal is irreversibly ruined. These companies are so asinine sometimes. Maybe I would be better off just hiring someone to design what I want from scratch with no limitations.
Speaking of asinine things, I came across this little gem in my newsfeed, from a group called "God in Science" where brain cells go to die:
"The situation today is like the old story of the little Dutch boy who put his finger in the dyke to stem the flow of water. There are hundreds of thousands of scientists circling the globe, all with their fingers and toes stuck in the holes in evolution theory in a futile effort to stop it from crumbling, but all the while the impetus of scientific discovery is pushing a wave that will surge over the top. When the proponents of evolution are so scared that their pet theory will lose power and thereby lesson their control on the indoctrination centers (so called "schools") and in turn children will then be educated instead of being indoctrinated into the silly debunked religion of evolution....they will do what ever they can to retain their grip on the indoctrination of children all over the world....
"Anything goes for the evo....truth is not a matter to consider. Their silly science fiction will do. The Gospel sets people free.... The religion of evolution is a tool of the Devil that puts the religious adherents of evolution in bondage. The religion of evolution has been debunked and is nothing more than a debunked religious philosophy. Science has demonstrated this numerous times....yet they refuse the truth of science and embrace the frauds and deceptions of neo darwinism."
Wow. What a shame that all those scientists hate God more than they would love to be famous and admired forever for revolutionizing biology and exposing the evolution scam. And aside from that utterly sarcastic remark, I will refrain from commenting further on this because it's so stupid as to carry its own refutation.
I just had to correct myself because I spelled "it's" with an apostrophe. The Internet has made me stupid, too. Though to be fair I've also seen this error in real life, "professional" venues that should know better. I don't understand how a native speaker of English gets those two different words mixed up. Except for me just now, but that was because they've messed with my head.
If you're not a native speaker of English, I have more patience with you. English is a very asinine language. (That's one of my recent favorite words.) That's why I'm so impressed by my new Quebecois friend, whom I've chatted and/or Skyped with every day since I met her. Her English is flawless, which is good because I hardly know any French other than some basic words and a few phrases like "Je ne suis pas une femme. Je suis un homme." (Just in case.) When reading French, I can figure out a lot of words' meanings based on their similarity to Spanish, but I don't know how to actually pronounce them because the rules there are a bit more asinine than Spanish.
We went over some colors, numbers, basic expressions and stuff. I actually forgot a couple of the words I already knew and thus missed an opportunity to impress her, which was a little upsetting. Then the next night she had a wedding to go to, and I assume that's why she sent me this afterward, saying "Here, something to study":
I said, "Sometimes love is too strong a word. Como se dice [yes, that's Spanish] 'I have a crush on you'?"
She said, "We don't have words for that. You have to say 'I'm in love with you'."
I was like, "Woah, you guys are intense."
The next time we Skyped she asked what are the first three things I notice in a girl. That was a weird question because I don't tend to hone in on specific traits in a girl, and if I do it depends on certain factors like what her best features are and what direction she's facing the first time I see her. The first three things I notice are probably (within a couple seconds) 1. that she's a person, 2. that she's female, and 3. whether I'm attracted to her. But once that's out of the way I'll usually pay most attention to her face, so the answer I gave to this question was "eyes, mouth, hair". Because ears and noses are nice, but not quite as much so.
"Very nice," she said. "What's the fourth thing?"
Here are my thoughts on the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner story about which I know virtually nothing: 1. I don't pay much attention to the news. 2. I don't care what people do in (what should be) their personal lives. 3. Love everyone. 4. I don't pay much attention to the news. When I'm a celebrity, I'll tell people to live their own lives and not worry about what I'm doing. To quote Eva Peron, "Don't cry for me Argentina, for I am ordinary, unimportant, and not deserving of such attention - unless we all are; I think we all are." Well, not Eva Peron exactly, but the Broadway paraphrase.
Because my finished novel, "Space Girls", is too long for a first-time author to publish, I need to write a shorter one first. I think I'll make it about fourteenth-century peasants in a fictional city, just recovering from the Black Death, who have to forge an alliance with dragons to fight off an alien invasion. Yay? Nay? It's hard to come up with original ideas, and this is vaguely similar to a really great book called "The High Crusade" by Poul Anderson, but I think different enough to justify doing. I've actually wanted to do a fantasy novel since long before I started "Space Girls", but never got past a few chapters. This sci-fi angle may be what's needed to spice it up enough to hold my interest.
Once again, it's too hot. And we're supposed to have a drought this summer despite the record-breaking rains of May. Dang it. Water is delicious, isn't it? People say it doesn't even have a flavor, but sometimes it's the most delicious thing I can imagine.
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C. Randall Nicholson is a white cisgender male and a Latter-day Saint, so you can hate him without guilt, but he's also autistic, so you can't. Unless you're an anti-vaxxer, in which case the feeling is mutual. This blog is where he periodically rants about life, the universe, and/or everything.