The Tamam Shud Mystery

1361604531December 1st, 1948 – An unidentified man is found dead along the beachline of west Australia near the unsuspecting town of Adelaide. Penniless, his sprawled form lies propped against a seawall, face frozen in haunting incredulity, a cigarette tucked behind a single ear while another languishes half-burned, perched upon the lapel of an unfashionably-warm coat of American make. He stares across the water, silently pondering a fate that would baffle detectives and frustrate codebreakers for the next 70 years.

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Vacation 2013: Cozumel

cozumelOn my first international trip, I had no idea what to expect from a land whose language I could barely utilize to ask for the bathroom or even a “biblioteca”. We invited others, feeling safety in groups was the key to infiltrating a country plagued by drug trafficking and cartels, but ultimately departed alone, figuring the water-locked tourist-trap would be safe enough. So what exactly DID we find when we left the comforts of the United States?

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Our Culture Makes it Difficult to Spot “Crazy”: Part 1

caffeine-picIf you’re anything like me, you grow ever more cautious with each approaching day. That student has a backpack! Is he a terrorist? Is that badged man concealing a gun?! Unfortunately, weapons are here to stay so whether or not you are going to get murdered at your workplace falls squarely on the second part of the equation: a person’s willingness to use that weapon. Unfortunately, a bevy of modern-day products and social norms make it especially tricky to notice who is deranged enough to end your life. (It is worth noting that “insanity” isn’t always harmful, but we’re not too worried about that kind, now are we?)

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Dissecting the Afterlife Part 2: Hell

devil-pitchfork-hiIf the Devil punishes sinners, does that make him a good guy?
-Philosoraptor

I’m taking a massive shot in the dark here, but this article continues up on my postulations regarding what awaits us in the after-life, good or bad. In part 2, we will explore some various concepts of Hell propositioned by movies, our religious leaders, and a few theories of my own. Remember kids, there are no “educated” guesses on this topic, since we’re all just creating the myths as we go along. Popular media is as valid as any source, so reach your own conclusions.

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Dissecting the Afterlife Part 1: Heaven

haloIf God is perfect, how exactly can he “change” personality traits between the Old and New testament? Are there two versions of “perfect”? What kind of Paradise has this wrathful/benevolent being designed for when we die?

Humanity’s concepts of an Afterlife are varied and inconsistent, riddled with loopholes and non-sensical details. So many religions feel that they’ve nailed the description, though even the quintessential imagery of the “Fire and Brimstone” phrase has been misconstrued to be a depiction of Hell instead of appropriately applying to God’s wrath, itself. If we can confuse what Hell looks like in contrast to what God does to people who piss him off, how are we ever going to get the facts straight? Let’s discuss what we “know” so far….

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Nukes

H21Our culture is fascinated by Nuclear technology. And why not? It’s that quintessential bit of science that could easily swing one way or the other, be used for good or for evil, another unwieldly power that we apes probably shouldn’t be tampering with. But we do, and have, and will. Pandora’s box has indeed been opened, the world’s (if not America’s) infatuation with the devices sealed with a “boom”.

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Juicing, The Vegetable Kind

benefits-of-juicing-2Sue and I tried “juicing” for a full three days, eating nothing but frappe’ veggie drinks and fresh fruit in an attempt to detoxify, clear our skin, and feel “refreshed”. The only thing I felt was pain, however. I’m so addicted to diet soda, that I had a tension headache for 24 hours. Once that passed, the next 24 hours had me rolling on the floor when I should have been sleeping, instead forcing me to lament the intestinal rumbling that began at 5am and didn’t let go.

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Why Do People Care About Phones?

2001-a-space-odyssey16Hello, I’m in the market for a new phone. I would like to be able to call and text with it please. Internet access would be useful. Oh, and sometimes I entertain the idea of watching videos and maybe listening to some music on occasion, though I can’t really see myself doing that consistently…. Yes. All those things I mentioned, can you point me to a phone that does that? It’s very specific, I know. What?! ALL PHONES DO THOSE THINGS? Shirley, you jest? But then why would my peers go apeshit, touting the perks of their toys, broadcasting the ridiculous amount of money they spend on this finger-smudged piece of hardware with way-too-many icons?

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Coping with Death

At times, the body is willing while the mind is unable; although the reverse is occasionally true and it is the body’s turn to be unable. Heavily, your mind floats. You think of the small things that meant so much, while simultaneously discrediting the things that seemed insurmountable at some point. A very contradicting period. You might be approached by people who sympathize your loss, though you may not understand the gravity of it all until it is written plain on their faces. It somehow supercedes that little voice in you that was keeping it together just fine on its own. Stuttering communication becomes the most painful and it is group healing that may break you. Words are a knot in your throat. Silence is acceptable.

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