July 2008 Archives

July 16, 2008

Airport BeeGees

Airport BeeGees from leftsider on Vimeo.

So "To Love Somebody" by the Bee Gees was the first song I've ever purchased from iTunes. This is what happens when you're up late editing silly footage you recorded over your week in Denver. FWIW the song was actually playing in the restaurant I was sitting in when I recorded this--that's how I was able to include the ambient sound.

The video doesn't make sense, but I get it; hope I'm not the only one.

July 5, 2008

In the Garden of Good and Evil

Lately I've been wondering whether I'm a good person or a bad person.

I don't think I've done anything too bad; not that I can recall. But I wonder, are good things what make me a good person? Is it a ratio of good versus bad deeds that determines our goodness quotient? If a genuinely good person does several bad things, is he now a bad person or were those actions done "out of character?"

Moreover, if I do good things only so that I might be seen as good and might generate public consensus to my will based on my reputation, am I still a good person? I would consider that person to be of the most reprehensible villiany that mankind can observe, yet all that she or he has done would be good. If a bad person does good things for an ultimately bad purpose, does that make the good deeds "not good"?

At this stage in my philosophical contemplations, I'm trying to determine what a good person is. Sofar I've come to this: we are forced into socially accepted norms of goodness and virtue. When we gain freedom from these restrictions, or a power that can make us exempt from them, our true identities are revealed. As a theist, I imagine my ultimate power or form-maker; what if there were no god or I was that god? If I look honestly, I see myself having much different actions than I do now; then I imagine, say, Siddhartha Gautama (who was not god nor claimed to be) reaching enlightenment yet leaving its bliss to share the path to others, and I see the distance between me and what I imagine as Good.

Am i a bad person then? Hmm... still out to lunch on that one. But I think it's all a matter of the strokes I make in the process of making my life, and making it better.

July 3, 2008

A New Way to Survey

I've been asked by the church I attend to be director of Young Adult Ministries. I'm not sure how I feel about that, so I suggested that I'd prefer if I could use this capacity to generate data on who young adults are, their interests, values, and concerns; this data I would then hand over to a team of young adults that I'd help to create new and pertinent programming.

Wikipedia says that a young adult is between ages 18 and 40. If you know anything about that age group you will know that:
  • They are least likely to be at church.
  • They are least likely to be at church on time.
  • They are least likely to be at church long after the service is done.
So how do you poll the disillusioned, the disinterested and the easily dispersed? With a novel and portable interview system.
Continue reading A New Way to Survey.