Check out my new blog where I review movie trailers!
Hopefully, it will be a good read!
Posted by austinburns on July 22, 2006
Check out my new blog where I review movie trailers!
Hopefully, it will be a good read!
Posted by austinburns on July 9, 2006
So, I just woke up after my first night in my new apartment! It’s so nice to be without crappy roommates! Hurrah!
Posted by austinburns on July 6, 2006
So, after a couple of months of reading Mallard Fillmore disgrace himself again and again in the Opinion section of the Orlando Sentinel, I decided to write to the editors regarding my distaste for the strip. Here is the letter:
Ok, can we admit a mistake? We tried it out, but it’s just not working. Having Mallard Fillmore next to Doonesbury is just embarrassing. Even if you remove the political leanings, Doonesbury has a decent narrative, tying together multiple storylines to tell a story. Meanwhile, Mallard Fillmore “reports” on “current” events. The problem with Mallard Fillmore is by the time he draws the strip and submits it and it’s published, whatever he was writing about has vanished off the political radar. In about three weeks we’ll get the first batch of North Korea missile test “jokes”.
Another problem with Mallard Fillmore is his hypocrisy. Last month, he was shouting for the media to remember, “Innocent until proven guilty,” with respect to the Marines alleged behavior in Haditha. Within a week, he was back on his personal warpath to condemn the U.N. Peacekeepers who have been accused of trading food for sex in impoverished countries. What happened to, “Innocent until proven guilty”?
And, lastly, I was pretty aware that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed. In addition to the Orlando Sentinel reporting that, the “godless liberal” Jon Stewart told me, too. Do the right thing, Orlando Sentinel, get rid of this lame duck.
Here’s hoping it gets published (doubtful). Anyway, I doubt they’ll pull the strip. In today’s paper, they ran this letter:
Thanks for printing the “Mallard Fillmore” cartoons alongside “Doonesbury” on the op-ed page. It obviously is getting under the skin of those on the left who write you with emotional tirades when they view blunt truths they don’t want to acknowledge. The liberal feedback gives me additional laughs following my daily read of “Fillmore.”
Just to put letter writer Patrick Murphy at ease, we on the right don’t get our facts on global warming from a comic strip. We actually look at the complete factual data over a long period of time instead of buying into Al Gore and other liberals trying to find something to work their constituency up into an emotional lather.
I will admit that we have had a global warming trend over the past 25 years, but in the 1970s, scientists were predicting global cooling. If you get past the hype and look at the real facts, you will see that this has been a cyclical issue since the dawn of time.
The real facts are that the “godless liberals,” as Ann Coulter calls them, believe that man is capable of overwhelming this accidental planet that came into being with our big SUV emissions, as opposed to an omnipotent Creator who controls the balances of the nature He brought into being.
Thanks Sentinel. Keep printing “Mallard Fillmore,” and keep the laughs coming.
I won’t even go into the contradictions in the letter. (You admit a warming trend for 25 years, but scientists in the 70’s predicted a cooling? Didn’t you just prove that global warming is happening? How is it a cycle if it’s not getting colder? And what “balances of nature” is he seeing the world? Arrrghh! Whoops. I said I wouln’t go into this.) I’m just surprised that anyone actually likes Mallard Fillmore. I used to lean pretty conservative (growing up in a religious private school and all), but even then, I don’t think I would have liked this comic strip. There’s no subtlety, no nuance, he just bashes you over the head with his ideals. Ok, time to calm down. Rant over.
Posted by austinburns on June 6, 2006
I’ve never written to my Senators before. That’s probably not a good thing. But, now I can say that I have. I read in the paper that the Senate will be debating a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Wednesday. So, I looked them up and wrote them this:
I am writing you to urge you not to endorse the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. This ban is an affront to freedom. America was built on principles that every person was created equally and endowed with unalienable rights. I consider the right to marriage to be one of these fundamental rights. Especially in our time, where there are so many benefits to being married, from tax breaks to the ability to adopt.
In America, you are free to do whatever you want to do with your life. You are also free to NOT do whatever you do NOT want to do with your life. If you are opposed to gay marriage, you do not have to marry someone who is gay. That does not give you the right to deny others their rights.
Please think long and hard about your decision.
Thank you for your time.
Here is the link to contact Florida Senators: Click here
I hope this does NOT go through.
Posted by austinburns on April 16, 2006
Tables turned again
And you my friend
You and I face each other
Oh time and time out
I know it's sometimes hard
But knowing just oh
That we will get along
Til we're old and gray
And huddled up
We're doubled up, we'll sit
And laugh of times were hard
And laugh of times when we thought
All it would end, it all was over
And know that I'm yours ??
And to leave you, well, I'll die
Oh my friend
It will be you until the end with me
Posted by austinburns on February 23, 2006
It's my last day at work tomorrow! Hurray! I can't wait for my week off and my new job next Monday. All I have to do is make it through one more day. Lunch should be fun, plus I get paid, so it shouldn't be too bad.
Wish me luck.
Posted by austinburns on January 28, 2006
Well, I've done it. I can no longer say I've never been drunk. And I've got The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to thank for that. I won a $75 gift card to Chili's because I entered to win a couch (didn't get the couch). So I went to Chili's with some friends and my girlfriend convinced me to get a drink. Of course it was 2-for-1, and from what I hear, Long Islands are pretty strong.
Now, I didn't get wasted, just feeling good. All in all, it was a good time! Thanks to everyone who came!
Posted by austinburns on January 16, 2006
Hey, if you get a chance, check out my links on the side.
del.icio.us is an online bookmarking tool, so you can see what I'm bookmarking.
flickr is on online photo storage, so you can see all my cool-ass photos!
They're pretty cool.
Posted by austinburns on January 15, 2006
The more I read about deism, the more I like it.
From Deism – Wikipedia:
Deism is defined by the view that reason, rather than revelation or tradition, should be the basis of belief in God.
This seems to me to be the way to go. It makes much more sense to believe that if a God (not necessarily the Judeo-Christian God) were truly all-powerful and all-knowing, he would create and set into motion everything the universe needed to run without having to “maintain” it. It’s a very selfish thought to think that God would intervene in our lives.
Many of our founding fathers were actually deist. Most notably, Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence), James Madison (father of the Constitution) Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine (author of The Age of Reason). The mention of a “Creator” in the Declaration of Independence is a deist reference to a deity.
Deism teaches that the only way to “know” God is through knowledge, not random revelation. My search for God is purely personal and I don’t necessarily adhere to any creed or tenet of any one faith. I try to pick and choose what works for me.
I believe in science and I believe that science will be able to explain most, if not all, of the universe given enough time. Just as we have done in the past, things we once thought of as “miracles” will summarily be explained.
I think the Bible is a wonderful story book. It is by no means infallible. It was written by men, and edited many times from the original text. It is also by no means literal. It is full of allegory and parables. The stories of Adam and Eve and Noah and the Flood are just that, stories. They give us examples of how to live our life. But that doesn’t mean their events actually happened.
Jesus was a good man and a good teacher. I do believe that Jesus actually existed, but I’m not sure if he is actually the Son of God. He taught some wonderful things like forgiveness and humility. Many “Christians” know nothing of humility or forgiveness, and that’s why I think many people nowadays are shying away from organized religion.
Well, I think that this is enough for now.
Posted by austinburns on January 12, 2006
I got this idea from Kottke, who got it from someone else.
My 2005, in cities:
One of my resolutions is to travel more. Even if only for a day.