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Mar 06 2014

donamajicshow:

John Dehlin: The Ally Within (On Being a Mormon LGBT Ally)

Beautiful stuff!

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Dec 12 2013

endlessforms:

Cliff Strike 11/24/2013

Wow!

(Source: vimeo.com)

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Nov 18 2013

The lies come out when it’s time to order food. I get so indecisive sometimes, I can’t make up my mind about anything, even the simplest of decisions, like last night, my girlfriend and I are trying to figure out dinner, she’s like, “What do you want?” and I lie, I’m like, “I don’t know, anything’s good I guess, whatever you want,” and she says, “Sushi?” and I’m like, “Sushi? Didn’t we just have sushi last week?” and I’m like, “Yeah, I guess, but it feels like we just had it,” and she says, “Yeah, well you had pizza for lunch and dinner yesterday, why can’t we have sushi separated by a whole week?”

And I can already tell that I’ve f’ed up, me being the one telling her we could order “whatever, anything she wanted,” but she doesn’t bring it up right away, I know she will, eventually, if I can’t decide on something, but she suggests, “Indian?” and I don’t know, I kind of just stare off into space, like thinking it over in my head, but it’s not even that I don’t want Indian, it’s that I don’t have any feelings for it whatsoever, like her saying the word Indian registered in my head, I heard her say it, but it didn’t spark anything inside me, neither good nor bad, and so I couldn’t respond with anything, I could only continue to stare, to zone out, maybe if I just completely ignored it she’d suggest something else.

“Michael? Indian?” and I need to respond, the best I can get out is, “Eh. I don’t know,” and now I know it’s coming, she’s going to get fed up, I’d be fed up, if I asked her what she wanted for dinner, and she pushed all onus of responsibility my way, of course I’d get a little annoyed if she started vetoing all of my decisions.

But I can’t commit. Do I want Indian? I don’t think so. Even sushi wouldn’t have been terrible, but I already issued a complaint, she interrupts my thought process, “OK, so no sushi, no Indian,” and here would have been a good time to let her in on what was going through my head, “Well,” I could have been like, “It’s not like I couldn’t eat sushi,” but I thought better of it, we were already too far into this that if I had backtracked on the sushi, that would have been it, sushi for dinner.

“Mexican?” and I love Mexican, but the Mexican place by us is so heavy, so at least I have something to say here, I tell her, “That Mexican place is so heavy …” and she rolls her eyes, I don’t want to put off her suggestion entirely, so I add, “But I like it. It’s a great Mexican place. Just really heavy. Do you really feel like eating something so heavy?” and again, I think I got too busy defending my initial reaction, because sure Mexican is heavy, but now that I thought about it, I wouldn’t mind eating something heavy.

“Actually, Mexican sounds pretty good,” but she’s already been swayed by my comment, “No, you’re right, I don’t really feel like eating anything that heavy,” which is my own fault, I set myself up for that one. But now I couldn’t get the taste of those tacos out of my head, “But what about those chorizo nachos?” I try to tempt her, and she pauses, but I can tell it’s going to be dismissed, “No, maybe next time. What about falafel?”

And now we’re swinging the other way, all because of my heavy comment. Note to self: unless I’m really set on not eating something for dinner, don’t describe it as heavy. I like falafel, but, “Honey, that’s not really a dinner,” which, I don’t even know what that means, but it’s the best I could have come up with without giving her a minute to collect her thoughts, a desperate move on my part to try and avoid what I knew was coming next, an exasperated, “OK, so you tell me that you’ll eat anything, that it’s whatever I choose, right?”

There it is. “Right,” I tell her, “So let’s just get Mexican, you said it, obviously because you want it, right? You want it, I want it, let’s get Mexican,” and there’s a pause, I think that she’s considering it, but I’m mistaken, that face isn’t one of consideration, it’s one of apprehension, “But,” and I know it’s not going to happen, “It’s just so … heavy.”

And then I think, well, sushi wouldn’t be terrible, I could eat sushi. So I go, “You know what? Let’s just have sushi. You wanted sushi, so let’s get it,” and she’s like, “Are you sure?” and I should just be a grown up here and be happy with the fact that after all of my indecisiveness we’ve actually come to an agreement, but I can’t help myself, there are selfless points to be earned here, I could use this in the future, I say, “Well, I mean, I’ll get it … if that’s what you want. I can eat sushi,” and she looks at me and smiles and says, “Thanks hun,” and I’m like, “No problem. I’m a nice guy.”

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Sep 18 2013
Perpetual motion solved

Perpetual motion solved

Aug 16 2013
CONGRATULATIONS DMS!!!!!!
donamajicshow:

After 30-years of drought, the wait is over :)
(DMS)

CONGRATULATIONS DMS!!!!!!

donamajicshow:

After 30-years of drought, the wait is over :)

(DMS)

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How General Authorities Eat Their Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (by Greg Belnap)

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Jul 25 2013
Olive Kitty

Olive Kitty

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Coffee

Today at work I overheard a conversation as someone made a cup of coffee: 

Person A: “You drink coffee? You should rethink that, it’s really bad for you.”

Person B: “I’ve never heard that. I think you should recheck your facts about coffee. I’m not sure but I think it’s good for you.”

It got me thinking.  I’ve heard my whole life coffee is bad for you. On my mission we would tell people about the tannic acid coffee contained, the same substance used to tan leather, and that drinking coffee had the effect of making your stomach leathery!  (I have since learned that tannic acid is naturally occurring and a common thing; there is more tannic acid in a banana than in coffee.)

Even after leaving the Mormon church I’d always assumed the Word of Wisdom was probably a good guideline for health, encouraging you to eat good things, and stay away from unhealthy ones.  For the most part this is probably true, but not entirely. 

The Word of Wisdom encourages:

  • A diet rich in grains and fruits
  • A (nearly) vegetarian diet
  • Drinking beer

The Word of Wisdom discourages:

  • Liquor and wine (except for sacrament where wine must be used)
  • Meat consumption
  • Tobacco
  • Hot drinks (presumably coffee & tea)

So I did a little research on Coffee and found some surprising things: 

  • Caffeine potently blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, leading to a net stimulant effect. Controlled trials show that caffeine improves both mood and brain function.
  • Caffeine raises the metabolic rate and helps to mobilize fatty acids from the fat tissues. It can also enhance physical performance.
  • Drinking coffee is associated with a drastically reduced risk of type II diabetes. People who drink several cups per day are the least likely to become diabetic.
  • Drinking several cups of coffee daily appears to reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50%
  • Coffee is associated with a much lower risk of dementia and the neurodegenerative disorders Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Coffee appears to be protective against certain liver disorders, lowering the risk of liver cancer by 40% and cirrhosis by as much as 80%.
  • Coffee consumption has been associated with a lower risk of death in prospective epidemiological studies, especially in type II diabetics.
  • Coffee contains a decent amount of several vitamins and minerals. It is also the biggest source of antioxidants in the modern diet.

Of course, the Word of Wisdom also advocates moderation. Even though coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, drinking way too much of it can still be harmful. At the end of the day, it does seem quite clear that coffee is NOT the villain it was made out to be.

If anything, coffee may literally be the healthiest beverage on the planet.

Jul 05 2013
mtthwwlsn:

Three generations of 4th celebrators. #familytime #4thofjuly

I have a great family

mtthwwlsn:

Three generations of 4th celebrators. #familytime #4thofjuly

I have a great family

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Jun 28 2013
1842: “We believe in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” LDS Articles of Faith, written by Joseph Smith
1843: Among the women Joseph Smith marries this year are Helen Mar Kimball (age 14) and Ruth Vose (one of 11 women that were already married to other men when Joseph takes them as wives). Polyandry is illegal at this time. 
1860: Brigham Young condemns interracial mariage: "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so."
1862: Polygamy is a misdemeanor in the US
1862: Brigham Young denounces marriage between one man and one woman as “nothing but a system established by a set of robbers.” He adds: “Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned.” 
1882: Polygamy is a felony in the US
1890: “Revelation” to end Mormon polygamy, though it is continued, but no longer publicly
1890 - 1904: hundreds of plural marriages performed by the church.
1904: Due to Congressional hearings, another “revelation” ending plural marriage (this time for reals, ok guys?)
1910: Mormons start excommunicating for taking plural wives. Grandfather clause in effect though (all pre-existing plural marriages are still ok)
Synopsis: Mormons break marriage laws for 48 years.
1977: Still no interracial marriage, but the language has softened:  “We are unanimous, all of the Brethren, in feeling and recommending that Indians marry Indians, and Mexicans marry Mexicans; the Chinese marry Chinese and the Japanese marry Japanese; that the Caucasians marry the Caucasians, and the Arabs marry Arabs.” -Spencer W. Kimball
1995: “We solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God”. 
2011: The Church still recommends against interracial marriage (the message is softer still): “We recommend that people marry those who are of the same racial background generally” -Church-authorized Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3, Lesson 31
2013: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between one man and one woman” -Elder Bednar
2013: We believe in strengthening “traditional” marriage.  

1842: “We believe in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” LDS Articles of Faith, written by Joseph Smith

1843: Among the women Joseph Smith marries this year are Helen Mar Kimball (age 14) and Ruth Vose (one of 11 women that were already married to other men when Joseph takes them as wives). Polyandry is illegal at this time. 

1860: Brigham Young condemns interracial mariage: "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so."

1862: Polygamy is a misdemeanor in the US

1862: Brigham Young denounces marriage between one man and one woman as “nothing but a system established by a set of robbers.” He adds: “Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned.” 

1882: Polygamy is a felony in the US

1890: “Revelation” to end Mormon polygamy, though it is continued, but no longer publicly

1890 - 1904: hundreds of plural marriages performed by the church.

1904: Due to Congressional hearings, another “revelation” ending plural marriage (this time for reals, ok guys?)

1910: Mormons start excommunicating for taking plural wives. Grandfather clause in effect though (all pre-existing plural marriages are still ok)

Synopsis: Mormons break marriage laws for 48 years.

1977: Still no interracial marriage, but the language has softened:  “We are unanimous, all of the Brethren, in feeling and recommending that Indians marry Indians, and Mexicans marry Mexicans; the Chinese marry Chinese and the Japanese marry Japanese; that the Caucasians marry the Caucasians, and the Arabs marry Arabs.” -Spencer W. Kimball

1995: “We solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God”. 

2011: The Church still recommends against interracial marriage (the message is softer still): “We recommend that people marry those who are of the same racial background generally” -Church-authorized Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3, Lesson 31

2013: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between one man and one woman” -Elder Bednar

2013: We believe in strengthening “traditional” marriage.  

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Apr 21 2013
The world is a magical place full of people waiting to be offended by something.
— George Takei

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Apr 17 2013
Apr 12 2013
Passed my ATP ride!!!

Passed my ATP ride!!!

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Mar 29 2013

Post-it notes on Andy’s car

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