July 22, 2013

I call my son at his room in college. From what I can hear in the background, it sounds like he and his roommate are majoring in laughing and shouting.

"Hey, son, miss me?" I greet.

"Who's this?" he wants to know.

"Very funny. Hey I thought it would be fun for you to come home this weekend. You and I can hang out, maybe go to the grocery store."

"Pass."

"Why wouldn't you want to come home and visit your father?"

"I don't know, Dad, let me guess: college women?"
Bruce Cameron, "Driving Mr. Daddy" (As a carbon-reducing cheapskate he's trying to sweet talk his children into driving him around.)

Realized that I'm still living in the past - even in Windows, I put in an underscore instead of a space when naming directories.

When procrastinating, take a minute to laugh at future you. Ha ha, enjoy the work, loser.

Life is unfair, but that's a good thing. If it were fair things would go even worse for you.

I'm sure religious conservatives had a hunch that they were losing young people long before this polling data confirmed it, just by looking at the people sitting in their pews. Evangelical leaders have been fretting about this loss for a couple of years now, and it's an open secret that the youngest generation finds the reactionary politics and hostility toward science that marks religious conservatism to be repulsive. Some of the kids fleeing the flock just end up having no religious beliefs at all, but some clearly want to retain a connection to faith without having to sign off on the anti-feminism, homophobia, and creationism that comes with the more conservative churches."
I'm still worried about faith, and its ability to cling to a theory no matter what the facts turn out to be (which when turned on full blast becomes fundamentalism, some of the very worst of what humanity has to offer) but still, I can dig this.