Reading is awesome :)

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”  – Rene Descartes

I miss reading for fun. Since I obviously FAIL when it comes to developing new habits (i.e. regularly posting on this damn blog), scheduling reading time wouldn’t (and doesn’t) work for me unfortunately. I have what turns out to be an astounding lack of willpower…but I feel like I’m becoming more ok with this personal failing though. Can you tell I’m actively trying to reduce my stress? 😛

This is genuinely very sad for me…

Television Without Pity is being taken down…!? And the old recaps and posts won’t even be publicly available anymore afterwards..!!? That’s complete crap! I started reading TWoP when it was Mighty Big TV. I was thrilled that it seemed other people liked and thought about television like I did. I think the first show recap I read was Gilmore Girls and then Dawson’s Creek and Felicity…yes, I was an old school WB baby :-P. I also loved the Doctor Who recaps. Sometimes I would test out a show by reading a recap…that’s how I got into Friday Night Lights, Southland and The Good Wife actually. There are still lots of shows that seem good (there’s so much TV!!!) that I had been looking forward to reading about once I got around to watching TV regularly but…

Aside from being sad because I still go there to read old and new recaps, I’m confused about why they’re taking down the archives for the site…? I may be misunderstanding but most of the articles covering this news seem convinced that the whole site will become inaccessible, etc. I don’t really understand why…obviously I don’t really know a lot about running a website and the expenses and stuff but I can’t imagine TWoP cost a lot especially in the grand scope of NBCUniversal or whatever…

This is just so disappointing…

Not necessarily…

…something that is directly applicable to me at the moment but something I’ve been thinking about…

“In disputes upon moral or scientific points, let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent.So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”  -Arthur Martin

Coming from a religious and conservative background but being a graduate student in the field of science, I sometimes find myself in conversations with friends, family and colleagues that center around faith and science…often faith versus science. For me, the two are completely different spheres of philosophy and principles. While there are definite similarities in terms of methodology of thinking, since I do think the scientific method, i.e. criticial thought, as a way of thinking should be the norm and I know it is used in areas such as religious philosophy and study of religious history and texts, I think that an assumption or basis of religion is faith itself and the concept of faith implies a lack of evidence for your belief…and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing in terms of religion. I think there is a danger in becoming convinced that you can explain God or faith. I don’t know. Just my opinion.

A funny quote that I like (not necessarily directed at the question of faith and science) that’s been attributed to Mark Twain: “…the critic’s symbol should be the tumble-bug: he deposits his eggs in someone else’s dung, otherwise he could not hatch it.” 😛

Aspiration…

“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”

-Kurt Vonnegut