Thursday, December 29, 2005


The Trinity is supposed to be a mystery, rationally incomprehensible. So unitarians rejected faith in favor of reason. Personally, I've never had a problem understanding the Trinity. I credit Star Trek.
I grew up on Star Trek, and it often has strange aliens with strange ways of thinking and states of existence. I grew up adjusting my mind to radical concepts.
I can almost hear Mr. Spock:
"Captain, the it appears to be an entity of infinite complexity and power, divided into three distinct agents, yet functioning as a single consciousness, it exist outside of our spacetime. Fascinating."

Ok, maybe I didn't capture the full intricacies of trinitarian theology, but my point is that on the weirdness scale, the Trinity does not impress me.
The sad thing is that to traditional christianity, I'm pretty sure that the notion that the Trinity is comprehensible is as much a heresy as the notion that it does not exist.

P.S. By the end of the episode, Uhura is poisoned by an alien fruit, one of the agents dies to save the Enterprise, and they beam Captain Kirk out of the Tomb, just before the door opens.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Christmas Carols

I hope everybody had a Happy Solstice.

We had a solstice celebration at my church tonight, I helped set up.
We had a labyrinth in the parking lot, the path was defined by brown paper lunch bags, weighted down with gravel and with tea-lights inside for illumination. the plan was to shut off the lightposts, so just the light of 200 candles would guide us.
Once we got the borders well defined, Scott had to go get more gravel, and I had to go eat dinner, and get some chocolate chip biscotti for the desert potluck. My sister in law eats them alot, and they have chocolate in them, so I eat them too, when I'm over there. While at the grocery store, I ran into both our Director of Religious Education, and our Administrator. I guess this might be normal church/community interaction, but since I live about 13 miles and twelve tax brakets away from my church, I'm not used to it at all.
Unfortunately it was windy. The candle we were using to light the tea-lights kept going out, and even the some of the tea-lights were going out in the bags. We only ended up with a quarter of them lit.
The labyrinth walk went well anyway though, we left the light post on. We each took a pebble from a glass at the entrance, and carried it through the labyrinth thinking of something we wanted to be rid of. When we reached the center we dropped in into a chalice, and took a sparkler. We lit the sparkler from one of the nearby tea-lights, since the chalice would not stay lit. Then we walked back out thinking of something we wanted for the new year.
The labyrinth did it job, in that even after spending over two hours setting it up, and being well aware of the layout, I got lost. Tammy played the flute while we marched, and I remembered I forgot my drum in the Emerson Room. I decided I liked the walk better without a drumbeat, the lone flute sounded more magical.
nonetheless, when I got out I went and got my drum, and once most of us were out of the labyrinth, Tammy and I let the procession back into the woods. (have I mentioned that my church has about 10 acres of nature preserve?)
We circled around the fire pit, and we all got small candles, those ones with the cardboard circles so you don't get wax on your hands. It was a trial to keep them all lit, so we skipped the symbology of using our individual goals and efforts to light the community fire, and went with the symbology of constantly lighting each others' candles, which I think is neater anyway.
I fell in love with, and consequently ate, 9 chocolate fondue marshmallows. I recommended them to others as 'glorious'.
I also became an arms dealer, showing the children how to make proper snowballs. I also tried to explain to them the implications of the Geneva Convetions, but this was less well recieved.
We sang "Christmas" carols, including 'God rest ye, Unitarians':

To the tune of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen":

Gods rest ye, Unitarians, let nothing you dismay;
Remember there's no evidence there was a Christmas Day;
When Christ was born is just not known, no matter what they say,
O, Tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact,
Glad tidings of reason and fact.

Our current Christmas Customs come from Persia and from Greece,
From solstice celebrations of the ancient Middle East.
This whole darn Christmas spiel is just another pagan feast,
O, Tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact,
Glad tidings of reason and fact.

There was no star of Bethlehem, there was no angels' song;
There couldn't have been wise men for the trip would take too long.
The stories in the Bible are historically wrong,
O, Tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact,
Glad tidings of reason and fact!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Parkour - Home

Before today, I didn't know that I was into Parkour.
See awesome Videos.

I'm very much into running and jumping, my natural inclination is to move faster and more vertically than most people do. If a wall is blocking my way, and I can jump over it, I jump it, where most people would go around.
Now I've discovered that there is a movement for this. It's not just me being crazy, it's a skill with a name. I've got people to compare myself to and learn moves from.

I need to get in shape.

"No violence, No competition, No Groups, No Chiefs."

I also like that this appeals simultaneously to the tough guy part of my brain, and my attraction to pacifism.
I've got to say though, it's funny that a french soldier and his son turned running away into a martial art.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Tim Berners-Lee's Blog

Creator of the World Wide Web, and Unitarian Universalist too!

Thursday, December 15, 2005


I got fired last night. This is the first time I've actually gotten fired. Usually if I'm going to get fired, I'll quit first. I was working in a call center for the Red Cross, call blood donors, get new appointments to donate. I'm not too fond of the phone work, but I liked it because even when I had a bad day, I knew it was a good cause. I didn't feel like a cog in a corporate machine. I was a cog in a blood sucking machine :-) I just started 6 months ago, and this was the end of my probationary period, I knew my numbers were not where they were supposed to be, too surprised. Bossguy will give me a good reference though.
The upsides are: More time to do Christmas shopping, (thought less money with which to do it.) I can stay at my Mother's for Christmas, I can more easily get to the saturday craft group my friend is doing at church, (I make devil sticks).
I'll also have more time to work on my many blogs. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Part of me wants to push my websites into making enough money to pay the important bills, but I'm not sure I can do that in time.
I'm experimenting with a mini-blog in the sidebar of my blogs, for random links and general indrax-related news. If it looks terribly wonky, tell me how and what browser/system you're using.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

The One True Chalice

I don't think the designer is Unitarian, and unfortunately you can only get the design printed on big steins. Maybe if there are requests....

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

My Unitarian Jihad Name

I went to the Unitarian Jihad Name Generator, and I think for now I am going to go with:

The Boot Knife of Quiet Reflection

I wonder what the ideological differences are in the First Reformed Unitarian Jihad.