Saturday, October 12, 2002

Ha~... fun day I had today.

My sister came home yesterday from Davis. So we've been going on as we usually have in the past. This morning, we decided to wash our cars because well... they were dirty. Now we were just doing car washingness when my dad decided to come on over and show us how to "properly" wash a car. -_- Now I don't know about you, but I think we know how to wash a car. Just moisen it, soap it, wash it down, and dry it, right? Make sure not to scratch the paint. Now we were doing just that, when he comes up claiming that we had to do it this particular way. -_- For crying out loud! We can handle washing a freakin' car! Gwar.... He didn't seem to let up either. He just had to go on and on and criticize our washing every step of the way. I tell you, it's annoying as heck. Gwar....

After that little affair, I headed out to my friend Anika's birthday party. She turned 16. Joy. Thus I went. We did stuff. The girls were playing Twister. I didn't join in. Why? Because I'm not going to degrade myself to that level, thank you very much. Afterwards, we had food. Fooding is always the best part of a party. ^_^ Got to eat some pizza and some cake. Mmm~....

Towards the end, we had a water fight. It was split up so it was the boys vs girls on opposing teams. Now this one didn't involve water guns, rather water balloons. You know what that means? That means that at the pathetic speeds that most water balloons are lobbed at, I'm able to dodge most if not all of them. Today I dodged all of them. It's sad really. I did get a little moist when Ryoko threw some of a bucketful of water at me, but that's because she caught me by surprise and I still dodged in time to only get my shoulder and some of my hair wet. Yeah, I'm good. XD

After the party, I headed out to MGL. This time, instead of playing a lot of SCII (I played some and dominated the pathetic challengers -_-), I played Initial D Arcade Stage for the first time. This game is so cool! When you begin play, you pick a car, and from there you race it to gain experience to upgrade you car. The best part is that all this data isn't stored on the machine itself. Rather, it's stored on a card. When you begin, it gives you a card and from there, to continue playing with your car, you just insert the card into the machine before you play. It's ingenious I tell you! Good stuff. Here's my card. Yes, I'm driving an FD. Hell yeah. XD What amazes me about the game is that drifting is hecka easy! I don't even have to downshift to initiate oversteer. I'm amazed... because that's not right. Oh well... whatever. It's still fun anyway. I'll just have to go by MGL more often now.... XD

That's all for now. I borrowed Kingdom Hearts from Ryoko, so now I'm off to play it. *scuttles off*

Posted by Tsubasa @ 09:23 PM PST [Link]

Friday, October 11, 2002

Just Wingin' It Special Edition Version 1: Happy Birthday Nakoruru '02

Yes, a new layout. I know I've only had the last layout up for a week, but I felt that I had to change the layout. Why? Because today is Nakoruru's birthday. Yes, thus you folks are introduced to the first JWI Special Edition. Well... honestly, I've been putting off working on Nako images from the very beginning of my designing career. Why? Because I've never felt that I was good enough to do them justice. However, because of this event, I decided to put that aside and try out something. I guess I was right. I think this layout sucks. I just couldn't make anything look good, so I tried to make it simple and elegant, but then I messed that up too. In the end, I worked up til about 11:00 PM, which meant that I had to get up something, so I went with the best I had. That's what you see here. It sucks. Utterly. I'm kinda ashamed to put this up as a birthday tribute, but hey, what can I do? Well... I'll comfort myself by telling myself that it's the thought that counts.

Happy birthday Nako....

Posted by Tsubasa @ 11:43 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Recently, I've come to realize just how much of a realist I am (with a bit of naturalist thrown in on the side). I've been chatting with people and seem to find myself in civilized arguments rather often. -_- Now I don't like arguing often, but I can't help it. The people I talk to are just way too romantic. Their idealism sickens me. I guess it's just my view of life. I can't help but to think like this. I see the world as a harsh, unforgiving place; one with little regard to naïve ideals. I can't just leave people to believe in these false ideals, only to learn about their impossibility later, can I? I have to plant some realism in their heads.


Anyway, now I move onto replying to the comments about yesterday's post. Dang... I didn't expect so many counter arguments. At least I know people are reading this log now, don't I? ^_^; Anyway, time to provide my counter arguments:
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Saga:
Sure, medicine's been around for a while. I am well aware of that. I'm saying that it should have never been created in the first place. Sure, it has saved many lives and I'm sure it has saved my life many times, but I still view it as a hinderance to proper human evolution. Just because it has saved my life does not mean that I'm going to defend it.

Yuri:
Alright...

I am not stating that creatures should only be able to live, if they are useful to the earth. I never said anything along those lines. What I am advocating is that it should be survival of the fittest. I'm saying that only creatures that can survive because of their natural ability should be able to live. They don't have to be useful to the earth, as long as they can survive on it.

Now you assert that my argument that judgment via physical ability is subjective, do you? Sure, I suppose I can agree with you on that, but I have to assert a point of my own. You argue that people should be judged by whether they are good or evil. Now I ask you, is this not a more subjective criterion? What exactly will we define as "good" and "evil?" Who is to say what is good or bad? There is no clear point of reference as to what is good and what is evil. Physical ability on the other hand, while still subjective, is much easier to concur upon. If a man is missing a leg, I'm sure most anyone will agree that he has a serious physical handicap. And besides, the concepts of "good" and "evil" are purely human in origin. I am not straying into the realm of human perception. I am staying confined to the concepts created by nature. The most basic of which, being survival of the fittest.

Your computer analogy fails to impress me. You say that medicine is something that "improves life." In one point of view, sure, of course it is. However, I have been talking in an evolutionary sense throughout my entire argument. In this case, medicine is--as stated earlier--merely a hinderance to the natural process of evolution. You state that there's a possiblity that the computer would not have been invented had there not been medicine. I cannot deny that. However, I do have to say that had the computer not been invented, no one would miss it. If humans have no knowledge of what they can have, then they will be content with what they already have. To bring up the old clichéd quote: "ignorance is bliss."

June:
You try to prove me wrong by arguing that great individuals of the past could never have become great individuals; that many discoveries would have went undiscovered. Now I ask you: how does this relate to my argument? I never mentioned anything about the development of the human race in terms of scientific discoveries and the like. What I did argue is that the human race would be evolutionarily stagnant. These are totally different concepts.

Sawa:
Actually, to tell you the truth, I began thinking this way four years ago. It was my bio teacher who introduced the concept to me, when he happened to mention how medicine is preventing the evolution of the human race. This was before I saw any Kenshin. But because I felt this way, while I was watching Kenshin, I really related to Shishio. His philosophy is not wrong by any means. It may seem "evil" or "wrong" to many, but he is merely preaching nature's laws. I like it when I can relate to "villians" like that. Makes a show more enjoyable.

Saka:
Aaa~... IMHO, the best counter arguments of the bunch. Thanks for giving me something meaty to work with and argue against, Saka. ^_^

I like your argument about a child. Yes, I suppose I would have to agree that if I had a child with Downs, I would not like him "eliminated." It's the whole emotional attachment thing I'm bound to have because I am human. However, the child is dragging down the human race because of this disorder, so in a evolutionary sense, he is quite worthy of being eliminated for the betterment of the species.

You argue that no one is perfect. I definately have to agree with you on this one. I know this all too well. However, I am not talking about "survival of the perfect." I'm talking about "survival of the fittest." Sure, no one will ever be perfect, but there will be those individuals that are good enough to stand above the rest because they are physically adequate to survive. That is what is important: whether they are able to survive. In your case, this extra bone of yours is not a major physical hinderance. It is nothing serious that would prevent you from surviving now, is it? In the case that it is, then through the process of natural selection, that trait would be eliminated from the gene pool in a matter of generations.

Yes, you are correct, "survival of the fittest" does not apply to the human race any longer. Thus all the physically flawed individuals present in modern society. I really cannot offer any argument with sufficient evidence to the contrary. However, I can assert my opinion. That being: natural selection should be present in the human gene pool. I personally believe that nature's law should be obeyed, for it is law that merely exists. It was not something created, such as human law. Rather, it is something that exists because it holds true in the real world. Humans are the only exception to this rule and I do not believe this to be "right." Humans should live with the laws that all other creatures must live with. Now this is merely my opinion and I am not trying to convince you or anything.

"If something can be done for a flaw, why not take it?"
Well... if one lets evolution run its own course, then the flaw should be eliminated from the population through natural selection anyway. Instead of "treating" this flaw and possibly have it passed on to many generations to come, why not not treat it and have it eliminated all together?

"I think that every person who thinks and expresses has a purpose for the human race, because as long as we're sharing our ideas, we'll evolve."
This is merely opinion. You may believe that those who think and express are worthy of living and will help the race "evolve," but that is entirely too debatable. What you cannot debate about is the theory of natural selection, and what this theory states is that only those who are physically superior can survive and help the race evolve. I respect your opinion, but I cannot agree with it.
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All in all, some nice arguments ladies, but I'm afraid that all of you made huge, wrong, inductive leaps when it came to conclusions. Most of those arguments seem to have been about things I never even said. ^_^; But hey, it was fun. I should argue every once in a while. It's good, intellectual fun. ^_^

In closing, I'd just like to say to Shelly:
Yes, blow up the world goodly for me, will ya? ^_^

Edit:
I don't wish to make another entry with more counter arguments, so I'll just add onto this entry.

Yuri:
What do I mean by "fit?" Simply put, "fit" will be determined by whether one is able to survive or not. Those who survive are fit enough to continue living. Quite simple really.

Aaa~... good argument about mental capacity. I was going to mention something along those lines last time, but I guess it just slipped my mind. ^_^; Yes, intelligence has a part in natural selection also. If a creature is physically weak, yet smart enough to survive, then so be it. What I am saying is that as long as a creature can survive using its own natural abilities, it should be allowed to live. Whether by physical or mental capability is not the point (however, it generally boils down to physical ability).

Now you bring into the mix the concept of morality. Joy. Now personally, I don't like to deal with morality. Why? Because morality implies religion. Religion is a touchy subject, so please folks, don't flame me or anything. Alright... so you state that those who have no perception of good and evil are morally lost, eh? This is still a matter of opinion. I cannot see how you can possibly state that the perception of good and evil is not entirely subjective. I am assuming you are tapping into your own religious beliefs with this statement, as religion is essentially what dictates what is "good" and "evil." However, there are many different religions and because of this, there are many, many definitions for the words "good" and "evil." I'm sure you've heard of instances where one religion accepts a certain practice, only to have another completely abhor it. You cannot force any one single definition of "good" and "evil" upon the entire human population. As I am agnostic, I care not for morality, and I am sure my definition of "good" and "evil" differs from your own.

You argue that nature is also a manmade concept and this is correct. However, this concept is a necessary one. Being that a concept such as nature is such an abstract concept, the human race finds that it must coin a term if only to be able to understand it. This is not dissimilar to the concept of "time." Both are terms that are human in origin, however, they describe abstract concepts that would otherwise be unexplainable.

You argue that nature itself is evil. According to your definition, sure. However, nature was never intended to be evil to begin with. Only with the advent of humans and their concept of morality has it become evil. There is absolutely nothing inheriently wrong with being selfish, uncaring, and opinionated, as these are all the basic instincts that every creature is born with. Even with the loss of who knows how many essential survival instincts in the human race, these instincts still hold true because they are essentially the most important survival instincts and ensure self preservation. Personally, I find nothing "good" or "evil" in nature. Please do not bring in your subjective concepts of "good," "evil," and "justice" into the discussion unless you can somehow prove that these concepts are inheriently true. Or at the very least, state that they are merely opinion.

Yes, you are correct when you say that humans have transcended the concept of "survival of the fittest." I will not argue with you about that. I have already admitted that in my argument to Saka above. However, I do not believe this to be "right." I believe that all creatures should live by the same rules. Humans should not be the only exception. This is my brand of "justice."

Let me just add something else to invalidate your "good/evil" argument further:
Alright, lets take into consideration if the world were rid of those supposedly "evil" people of which you mention. Would everything be just peachy in the world? No, because with the elimination of the obviously "evil" in the world, a new concept of "evil" would be created. What I am saying is that what is not currently considered evil will then be considered evil because of the absense of the "truly evil," the more extreme "evil." Without the glaringly "evil" individuals, perception of evil would be altered enough that tiny, currently acceptable forms of selfishness and the like will be considered evil. Thus, shouldn't the individuals exhibiting this behavior be eliminated also? It will be a never ending cycle. Well... that is until everyone on the earth is branded "evil" and subsequently killed. For no one is perfect and everyone exhibits "evil" behavior on occasion.

Saka:
I suppose you got a point there. ^_^; Good job pointing that out. Yah, the theory of evolution is also quite debatable. I forgot about that. I guess it's because I'm a big science buff and forgot all about the whole evolution vs creationism debate. ^_^;

Posted by Tsubasa @ 08:28 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Today in my art history class we took an amazing trip... across campus.... ^_^;

Yah, we visited the little art museum located on campus. It's a small place and it's tucked away, so I never even knew it existed. ^_^; Our teacher took us there to look at the pieces and to hear one disabled artist-man speak about his life and his works. It was rather interesting. Got to look at some interesting contemporary art. Well... I wouldn't say that all of it was interesting.... I don't get modern art. ^_^; Some of those things just looked like something I could have done, had I taken a bunch of stuff and tossed them around. But hey, I'm not art educated, so I guess my opinion counts for nothing, doesn't it?

While Mr. Disabled Artist-man was talking, I thought of something. He was going over all the problems he had in life as a diabled man (he contracted I think it was polio and he has problems with his legs) and telling the audience about how he's working on diabled awareness around the world and how he's trying to dispell the stigma associated with diabled people (especially in asia). Now while he was telling us this, I couldn't help but think in an evolutionary sense: "shouldn't these people just die?" Now don't get me wrong. I don't hate diabled people or anything. I'm just saying that for the good of the human race, shouldn't these people be eliminated? It's called survival of the fittest. These people are obviously not among the fittest, so why should we allow them to live and to pass on their flawed genes to another generation? That will not allow the human race to evolve. Heck, while we're at it, shouldn't medicine be done away with too? Many medicines don't actually cure disease, but rather suppress the disease or something else along those lines. That's another reason why bad genes are still being circulated in the gene pool. Sure, these statements may seem inhumane to many of you, but I don't care. I'm looking out for the good of the human race here. And where the heck did the word "humane" come from anyway? When has being human meant being nice?

Nothing else particuarily interesting. I just want to say that I got a 92/99 on my first philosophy test. Yes, I'm good. XD

Posted by Tsubasa @ 09:50 PM PST [Link]

Monday, October 7, 2002

Wow... I'm so good at slacking off it isn't even funny. ^_^;

Aw crap. Math's starting to get a tad harder. We're still doing limits, but now we're on the section on continuity. Sure, it doesn't seem like such a hard concept, but all this memorization! Stuff like "a function f is continuous at a number a if the lim x->a f(x)=f(a)." And I have to remember several of these types of things. Gwar... I don't want to! *pout*

And yes, as I stated in my post earlier today, it was hot. It still kinda is. What the heck is up with that? It's fall! Shouldn't things be getting cooler and all that crap? I'd much rather have that then the kind of heat that we've been having. Stupid weather. *shakes fist*

I feel like I'm getting out of touch with the world. Why? Because I hear about "big" news stories days after it happens or it's resolved. ^_^; I guess I haven't been paying much attention to the news whenever I visit Yahoo, have I? Things like that really big fire they had somewhere in northern California? I didn't hear about that until I saw a newspaper article about how they can't figure out what caused it. ^_^;; Yah, that's pretty bad. Why isn't there some kind of convenient news thing that will tell me the news? Well... sure... I have Yahoo, but then I'd have to expend the extra effort to click the link and read it. ^_^

Heck folks, look at this: a harpsichord made of LEGOs! Now that's just slick! I want to make something like that. Must... get... lot... o'... LEGOs.... XD

That's my randomness for today. Thank you for wasting your time reading my banter. ^_^

Posted by Tsubasa @ 08:44 PM PST [Link]

Ish be hot today. x_x

Just came home from school and when I got out to my car, I was all like, "wow, this is hot." When I opened the door, I was greeted by tons of hot air rushing out towards me. When I actually started going somewhere, the wheel was so hot that I couldn't leave my hands on it. I had to take my hands on and off, as not to cause lots o' bad painness. Yah, it be hot. Just wanted to say that. ^_^

Posted by Tsubasa @ 02:12 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, October 6, 2002

Aw crap! When did it past 11:00? Geez... I've lost my sense of time today.

Today I went out to supposedly watch a movie. Didn't end up watching a movie though. Instead, I went shopping and spent time with friends.

First, I went to Gamestop to look at spiffy gamey goodness. As I was browsing through the anime selection and making comments, one of the employees chimed in and made some comment, which made it darn obvious that he knew what I was talking about. I was all like "ok... so this guy actually knows something." Thus, a conversation was struck up. Not far into the conversation, I realized something. The guy knew more about anime than I did. Now that came as a complete shock to me. I rarely meet anyone who knows more than me, let alone a Gamestop employee. I was taken aback as he went on about how he went to tons of conventions and spent time with a bunch of creators (mangaka, composers, character designers). It was pretty interesting stuff. This guy rocks I tell you. Good man. I'll be sure to look out for him next time I come back. Why? Cause I know he's actually a competent employee. Besides, he's a nice guy to chat with. ^_^

I also went to Media Play and drove to Nikaku. All in all, I got the first volume of the Sakura Taisen 2nd OVA, the last (6th) volume of Princess Nine, and the fourth Real Bout High School tankouban.

After my fun shopping time, I went to Hana's. There I killed about three to four hours. Doing what? I helped her with some homework and goofed off on her computer. Nothing all that noteworthy.

Blah... It's so hot now. x_x I'm dying in here (being the computer room). I don't know if it's the weather or if it's just stuffy. Either way, it's much warmer than I like it. x_x

GAAAA~!!! I need stuff happening in my life. It's so darn boring! Hopefully there'll be some more exciting things to talk about tomorrow because I'm at a lost to say anything else right now.

Posted by Tsubasa @ 11:27 PM PST [Link]


You know you want to. ^_^

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