actually, it still packed in the box it was shipped in. and it was a Dell flatpanel so it really only weighed maybe six pounds. and it was actually my boss’s boss, not my boss. he wasn’t privvy to this particular job.
i guess it could have been worse. instead of throwing it down a half-flight of stairs at me, he could have chucked it down the WHOLE flight of stairs.
and then, later, he informed after the accounts office closed that he forgot to make sure i knew to pick my paycheck for the past 1 1/2 months’ worth of work up at the accounts office today.
the one good thing about today was that i came home, turned on halo reach, and within 20 minutes made a small child cry because i killed him so much in multiplayer. it was the icing on today’s cake. the rest of the cake was made of shit and ass and thrown monitors but the icing was made of delicious prepubescent idiot tears
i tried to text an update and it wouldn’t send the last two pages of the three page (section? text-page? charlimit? the fuck do you call that) were INCOMPATIBLE and it messaged me TWICE every time i tried to send it and IT WAS ANNOYING. maybe i WANT to text a dissertation typed on my dumb cellphone Tumblr DID YOU EVER THINK ABOUT THAT.
anyways what i was trying to say today was that there is this girl in my modern drama class and she pretty much hates thinking. had two gems from her today:
“i really hate reading these theoretical articles because they’re, like, someone else’s ideas. i guess it just bothers me because they try to use big words to make their ideas sound important and really mostly because they aren’t, like, my ideas, i guess.”
“i usually enjoy reading the plays each week but this one was annoying. mostly because, like, all of the characters reminded me of things and people that are going on in my life right now, and i was just annoyed i guess. like, i read as an escape, you know, not to think about my life or something? i don’t want to deal with my life at a play and they were just, like, extensions of the bad stuff.”
i’m not one to, y’know, debate the overarching “point” of theater too verbally unless asked to, because to each their own and all that, but wow, could you miss the point any more? saying theater should not be an exercise in thought basically admits that you’ve readily accepted your television overlords as your thought control masters and are patiently awaiting for them to beam you to the mothership. or something equally ridiculous
at least i got to portray a man who had been raped and then had his eyes eaten out of his head in this class. got that going for me.
Tomorrow and Thursday, Kerrigan Skelly and his PinPoint Evangelism crew will come to my campus to preach. In preparation, I am preparing a centralized collection of texts readily available on the internet with a bit of searching, written by actual, tolerant, moderate, realistic, intelligent Christians. I make no claims to agree or disagree with either side. For years I have endured these evangelical types without being properly equipped to handle their berating and accusing of innocent passers-by.
This is a collection of information readily available to anyone, for other moderate, kind, understanding Christians to base their own opinions on these “evangelists” preaching “the word of God.” I present these not as fact, but simply for your consideration. What you believe is for you to decide. I take no side in this issue and do this out of respect for fellow students.
PinPoint Evangelism preaches based on the doctrine of “MGT,” Moral Government Theology. These teachings have been debunked and denounced by respected Christian scholars since 1994:
The False God and Gospel of Moral Government Theology
Moral government theology (MGT), rooted in the philosophical definition of freedom as the “power of contrary choice,” denies the fundamental Christian doctrines of God’s perfection in knowledge, goodness, and power; original sin; human moral inability; the substitutionary satisfaction of God’s justice in Christ’s atoning death; redemption; and justification by the crediting of Christ’s righteousness to believers by grace through faith apart from works. As documented in this article, these denials are unbiblical and are so serious as to warrant classifying MGT as non-Christian.
MGT operates on the theory of “Open Theism.” Among other basic fallacies they teach, here are more notable ones:
Open Theism basically states that God doesn’t know the future so when Adam and Eve sinned, “He was surprised.” [Implies a God that has no knowledge of the future.]
Open Theism directly denies the concept of Original Sin.
…and works on the precept that human beings are “good” by nature, rather than sinful by nature. [Implying that sin is squarely man’s fault.]
PinPoint Evangelism revels in knowing that their preachings agitate agnostics, athiests, practicing & devout Christians, and people of different faiths, creeds, beliefs, lifestyles, or nationalities. My campus is featured in two videos readily available on Youtube: one that champions and glorifies Kerrigan Skelly’s teachings for the entirety of his interaction with students, presenting him as the enlightened, persecuted victim of verbal abuse throughout the video as he attempts to preach through careful editing:
MTSU-WATCH THIS! - Kerrigan Skelly (PinPoint Evangelism Preacher) (October 31, 2009)
And another video, proudly showing footage of a fellow evangelist being assaulted by a provoked student from my campus, making a martyr of themselves for their cause:
In this video, you will see John McGlone get assaulted by a female student at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She pushed John off a ledge onto a metal garbage can. Thank God John wasn’t too severely hurt, although he could have been. The student was immediately arrested.
— Youtube description, presumably added by Skelly himself, February 2010
Numerous Christian theologists, academics, and professors have spoken out against these teachings. Here is a sound, lengthy, and religously-founded response to one of Kerrigan Skelly’s partners at PinPoint Evangelism. It cites multiple, oft-overlooked verses of scripture and sound interpretations thereof that loudly refute PinPoint Evangelism’s teachings.
Strangely enough, Kerrigan Skelly has wiped any damning evidence of his teachings that has, for one reason or another, painted him in an “unfavorable light,” such as a video of him teaching young children that the concept of Total Depravity, an idea based on Original Sin, is false. This was documented elsewhere for posterity, or at least its existence and swift fallout:
Kerrigan Skelly Denies Original Sin And Total Depravity, Truth Matters (August 2008)
PinPoint Evangilism actively preaches a message that, if taken seriously, that the Christian God and man are comparable in that neither can see or tell the future, and that by imitating Jesus Christ’s virtuous life, through preaching and lecturing such as these men do, only then can one truly attain salvation and entrance to Heaven. A gracious God is not entirely necessary, per se: beliefs based on the teachings of Pelagus, a 4th Century priest who was never formally ordained by the Christian church proper and was instead declared a heretic.
In closing, if you approach Kerrigan Skelly or PinPoint Evangelism members, whether your counter-point is sound and valid or otherwise, you will be treated poorly unless you identify with them. You will be treated with contempt, and you will be presumed guilty until otherwise proven innocent. PinPoint Evangelism preaches a bastardization of Christianity from a lofty tower of self-importance: they are more holier than thou and you and us and everyone that dares disagree with them, because they are right, their contradictory and fundamentally disowned form of Christianity is infallible, and we have already signed our express tickets straight to Hell with no way out. Ask any one of these preachers and they will tell you that they are perfect, without sin.
You can be the judge of that.
IGN: Rock Band 3 Review [October 25th, 2010]
Wow. Talk about missing the point of the Pro Guitars entirely.
Thanks to Intern Farnsworth for sending this to me after a million years of silence.
tl;dr: “Grow up and quit playing video game guitars.” — A grown man that reviews video games for a living, 2010
This quote comes from a story that doesn’t have anything to do with the videogame industry or gaming media, but nevertheless it’s still relevant. Most gaming news outlets tell us not only what’s going on in the industry but also how we should feel about it. There is so much wrong with that.