Diss Bliss, Jason Garfield Juggling

Juggling phenom Jason Garfield juggles the Chris Bliss routine that has been circulating over the net for the past few weeks with five balls. (For those who want to compare, the Chris Bliss video is here.)

I’ve been listening to Penn Jillette talk about how Bliss is considered an amateur compared to “real” jugglers and after seeing this video I finally understand why. The original video and summary is here on Jason Garfield’s site.

The Chinese Calendar

Chinese New Year is the main holiday of the year for more than one quarter of the world’s population. Although the People’s Republic of China uses the Gregorian calendar for civil purposes, a special Chinese calendar is used for determining festivals. Various Chinese communities around the world also use this calendar…

The beginnings of the Chinese calendar can be traced back to the 14th century B.C.E. Legend has it that the Emperor Huangdi invented the calendar in 2637 B.C.E.

The Chinese calendar is based on exact astronomical observations of the longitude of the sun and the phases of the moon. This means that principles of modern science have had an impact on the Chinese calendar.

Did Jesus Exist?

Taking a closer look at the contradictions in the gospels.

For most of my life, I had taken it for granted that Jesus, although certainly not a god, was nevertheless an historical personage – perhaps a magician skilled in hypnosis. To be sure, I knew that some of the world’s greatest scholars had denied his existence. Nevertheless, I had always more or less supposed that it was improbable that so many stories could have sprung up about someone who had never existed. Even in the case of other deities, such as Zeus, Thor, Isis, and Osiris, I had always taken it for granted that they were merely deified human heroes: men and women who lived in the later stages of prehistory – persons whose reputations got better and better the longer the time elapsed after their deaths. Gods, like fine wines, I supposed, improved with age.

About a decade ago, however, I began to reexamine the evidence for the historicity of Jesus. I was astounded at what I didn’t find. In this article, I would like to show how shaky the evidence is regarding the alleged existence of a would-be messiah named Jesus. I now feel it is more reasonable to suppose he never existed.

Neverland Closes

Oops.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) –
Michael Jackson was ordered to shut down his Neverland Valley Ranch on Thursday by California authorities who have fined the pop star $169,000 for failing to pay his employees or maintain proper insurance.

Jackson’s sprawling ranch in the central California foothills was closed, at least temporarily, by an agent of the State Labor Commissioner after the office discovered that his worker’s compensation policy had lapsed in January.

“We went out there this morning and issued a stop order to the security guard at the front gate,” state Department of Industrial Relations spokesman Dean Fryer told Reuters. “We asked to be escorted in to meet management, but we were refused and turned away, so we gave the order to (the guard).”

More Mail

More mail.

To: Cynical-C
Re: A Regular

Hi Chris,

I’ve visited your site everyday now for a good year or so and I’m afraid I
can’t any longer. Regarding your comment the day your wife got her wisdom
teeth out: I must say – I’m shocked and disappointed. I know you are
entitled to your own religious or non-religious beliefs, but I was taken
aback that you would say something so derogatory about the religious beliefs
of so many others, especially with such a popular website.

Just voicing my disappointment.

Thank you,

It’s not my intent to make fun of this letter because it is fairly polite compared to a lot of other mail I receive, (although it’s a bit egocentric to think I would care that I shocked or disappointed someone I have never heard of before) but I do have a question about it. This is a person who was entertained for a year for free by this blog while never once sending me in a link, commenting or contributing in any way whatsoever yet she feels that I have to write opinions that she agrees with? Threatening to stop reading this blog is an empty threat. Blogs don’t get ratings like a radio or tv show. I don’t get paid per reader and the money I receive by google adsense all goes to my host so that I can afford the ever increasing bandwidth. So goodbye up to recently anonymous reader. I have sent you back a refund for your subscription costs as I do with all my dissatisfied readers. The only question I have really is, why is she mad that my wife got her wisdom teeth pulled out?