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life is an act, play it your best
20 August 2011 @ 01:17 am
So on the AIM chat for Carpe Brewski, the wonderful Mite and Bullock are writing domestic Erik and Charles. And Mite might be writing little snippets of their freshman year based on her upcoming year. So I am going to do the same for their junior year.
life is an act, play it your best
15 August 2011 @ 01:40 am
So lately I have been pretty interested in learning about the religions of the world. I was not raised with any religious tradition, or even with a disbelief in religion, it's just hasn't been there. My interest in religion started off vaguely Machiavellian, I've noticed that nearly every elected official is at least nominally religious, and I wanted to capitalize, on the off chance I chose to go for public office. Naturally, living in the United States, Christianity was the beginning of my explorations, and I soon noticed an extra benefit of religious research: my super religious "friends" finally stopped trying to convert me and invite me to their events! Super bonus points right there. Of course, that came after a bit of research, and finding a religion that has somewhat resonated (Unitarian Universalist, though I wouldn't truly identify myself as such yet).

Of course, my closest friends know that I am interested in religion, and so explain concepts and invite me to religious events without any background motivators (at least that they present to me- unconsciously or not), which I am grateful for. What sucks though, is that I don't know someone from every religion or school of thought that interests me, but I guess that that is what the internets are for, yeah? So I am trying to learn about religion, and have thus compiled the following topics to research:

  • Christianity

  • Unitarian Universalism
  • Paganism
      surprisingly interesting to me
      Egyptian Reconstructionist

  • Judaism
      Reform Judaism
      just in general, admittedly know next to nothing about this religion (actually this description follows for all the religions below)
      I really wish I knew a Jewish person... for some reason this religion confuses me, though I really like it, actually I wish I knew someone from each religion on this list

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Philosophy
  • Baha'i
  • Shinto
  • Chinese Folk Religion and philosophy
  • Islam

    This'll involve a ton of research, but thankfully, college is starting soon, and there's an amazing amount of clubs, people and whatnot on campus. Eventually each
    religion will get it's own tag... some day.

    Today I found a quiz about religion, and depending on how you answered the questions, it would match you up to three religions that are most in-line with your views. My results are as follows:

    Neo-paganism (100%)

    Unitarian Universalism (93%)

    Reform Judaism (82%)

    Overall, the results indicated the things I am most interested in, though I have never heard of Reform Judaism. Nevertheless, it's going under my list of stuff to research. I've not been as diligent as I would like in my search of world religions and my own belief system. I hope to improve on that.
    Currently in: Miraflores
    Feeling: curious
    Listening to: Good Charlotte
    life is an act, play it your best
    14 August 2011 @ 01:29 am
     I am currently taking a vacation in Peru, visiting my dad who works here. It's a nice summer (well winter actually) vacation, because I get free housing, food, and get to a foreign country, plus a spending allowance. Anyway, mostly I've been hanging around Lima- Miraflores if I wanted to be specific, but today I went out to Pachacamac, which besides having some pretty cool ruins, it's also the home of one of my dad's friends. And we were invited to his house for the day for a Pachamanca, which is a traditional Peruvian way of cooking, described here. It was absolutely delicious, and there was some of the most tender meat I have ever eaten, plus a new one called shoat, which I kid you not, is a cross between a sheep and a goat, supposedly not possible, but the proof stared me in my face and bleated at me all through dinner.

    Besides that I get to go to Iquitos this weekend, and finally see the Amazon! I think I might get a Tumblr just so I can post my photos somewhere other than Facebook... We'll see, livejournal is confusing enough for me.
    Currently in: Lima, Peru
    Feeling: awake
    Listening to: The Beatles
    life is an act, play it your best
    14 August 2011 @ 01:20 am
    Which is your favorite or least favorite comic book-turned-movie?

    My least favorites are definitely the Spiderman trilogy and Superman Returns kinda sucked as well. I absolutely love the X-Men movies (minus X3 and Origins) and Batman Begins/Dark Knight.
    Currently in: Peru, Lima
    Feeling: bored
    Listening to: The Matches