On Bullshit是本奇書﹐四分一張紙大小印刷﹐薄薄的六十多頁卻要賣加幣七元。買回來不到一個小時就看完﹐起初有點被騙的感覺﹐甚至有點認為這書本身就是一個廢話。除了這本書外﹐我還買了另一本Bullshit and Philosophy﹐成本書二百多頁就是用來解釋On Bullshit的理論。當我再把小書翻讀多一遍﹐才慢慢欣嘗到這篇論文何以被譽為經典。這兩本書同是大學哲學課的課本﹐今個學期沒有時間讀那班﹐行書店買其他課本時看見﹐只好買回來自修學習。廢話與哲學﹐這是一個很有趣的課題啊。
What is the photo? Toilet? No! It’s DVC Indoor Range, probably the best shooting facility in greater Vancouver. It opened almost half year ago. Out of many reasons, I couldn’t try the range until today. One of the reason is price. When it first open, it was very expensive. $65 for a lane including a rental gun and a box of ammo. Later they introduce the $30 day pass if you bring your own gun. However the price is still over my comfort zone. The range I usually practice at only cost $5 per night. Recently they start special promotion, two for one Wednesday. What a good deal! So me and my shooting buddy decided to try it out tonight.
The shooting range is very close to work, only 15 minutes drives away. The range is housed in a modified warehouse with reinforce steel walls to keep the bullets safe. The building is air conditioned, so the temperature is kept in a comfortable 20 degree. It has 13 lanes. When we were there, the range is empty. We have pretty much a private shooting session in the first hour. The best of all the perks is the auto target return system. You don’t have to wait for everyone finish their shooting and the range office puts on the green light before you can check your target. You can bring the target sheet back to you at the ease of pressing a button. Not more interruptions to halt your fire while waiting for the green light. It is so convenient.
I think I will split my shooting practice between this range and my usual range. The facility in this range is far superior than the other range. However, I will miss the friendly atmosphere in the other range. It is inconvenient to halt your fire every 15 minutes, yet it gives you the time to socialize with your fellow shooters. The new range not only looks like a toilet, the atmosphere actually feels like a toilet. Everyone occupy one stall and busy doing their own business. People are isolated in their personal space with no communication with each other. The old fashion shooting range maybe less efficient, but it is nice to feel the presence of a community.
Laminin is just one of the boring protein chemical inside our body. It has four arms allow it bind to other molecules. The three short arms bind to other laminin and the longer arm binds to cells, hence it forms membranes as well as internal organs. In short laminin makes our body holds together, without laminin our body will falls apart.
Sometime I must admire the creativity of evangelicals, they can twist the context of anything just to spread their religion. I saw a youtube video from Louie Gigilo on Laminin today. He claims that it is God’s creation that the protein holds our body together is in the shape of a cross. In the video, he told a story of his encounter with a biologist who introduce laminin to him. The story itself is pretty good, the setup is quite interesting. Except the background music is really lame and his tone is kinda crappy.
At the end of the story, he showed the audience a drawing of the laminin molecule in the shape of a cross. Well, any molecule with 3 short arms and 1 long arm can be drawn in the shape of a cross. Next, he show the audience a photo of the molecule which does not look like a cross at all, it looks more like a Nazi symbol with the twists at the tip. Somehow the audiences all cheer up and praise Lord for this life miracle.
Louie Gigilo should research a bit more on laminin before he endorse it as an evidence for God. Some drawing of laminin are in the shape of a pitchfork, the symbol of the devil. Photos of lamini come in various shapes, some indeed remotely look like a cross. To me, some shapes look like X-wing fighters, while other look like Tie fighters. Maybe we all have the good side and dark side of the force inside our body constantly fighting each other. This coincidence could explain Jedism must be the true religion.
Spreading the gospel is fine, but please do it more intelligently. Don’t ashame your fellow Christians. Saying the shape of laminin has significant meaning is like imagining animals from the shape of clouds in the sky. Jesus don’t need this kind of cheesy evidences to persuade his believers. .
I stayed in India for two months, I didn’t practice my shooting for two months. Today when I go the range again, I found my skill is really rusty. My rifle seems a lot heavier than its weight in my memory. My arm is sored and tried after only one box of ammos. I am struggling to hold the rifle stable to line up the sight with the target. I can see the cross hair wobbling left and right, up and down in my scope. When I am lucky to line up the sight, my trigger finger is way too jerky and pull the rifle off the target. Needless to say, my accuracy is much worse than when I was performing at my peak.
I guess shooting is like playing any other sports, you have to keep practicing to stay fit. I know I still have the muscle memory. I can tell when I do everythings right. It is just my physically weakness prevent me from doing the right thing. I guess more practice is the only way to regain my marksmanship.
Here is an explanation about the photo. If I am in condition, 9 out of the 10 rounds should stay within the 8 ring. Tonight, the holes are all over the place. Sigh!