Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sow the tomato, reap the whirlwind

This is not really a hard hat post. Just the facts mam.. I guess. I do get so sick of all the pure hate "bull" that gets passed around and around and NO ONE ever seems to question it. So here are some questions about a wacky story.

A while a go this thing came round about Islamic groups wanting to ban the tomato because it is somehow Christian. I am not sure where it first appeared, one attribution was the Now Lebanon site.

There was a picture of a tomato cut in half showing a cross shape horizontal cross section with the seeds and some Arabic type script along with a supposed translation. I can't read it so I couldn't tell if it was an honest translation or a just recipe for chicken soup.

Whatever, It went something like this:
"Eating tomatoes is forbidden because they are Christian. [The tomato] praises the cross instead of Allah and says that Allah is three (a reference to the Trinity).”
[God help us]. I implore you to spread this photo because there is a sister from Palestine who saw the prophet of Allah [Mohammad] in a vision and he was crying, warning his nation against eating them [tomatoes]. If you don’t spread this [message], know that it is the devil who stopped you.”

Absolutely. Goodness help us indeed!

Now, for one thing. looking at those words in the English translation, especially the last part, it looks like it has all the ingredients of a chain letter aimed at Moslems with a reason to send it on?

It kind of works elsewhere also just because it sounds wacky and confirms stock ideas.

OK back to that tomato. Notice anything? Go on you must have seen a sliced tomato before... not so many guys maybe?

Of course it depends on how you slice it for one thing, but sliced horizontally you can get anything from two "divisions" or "spokes" (like in a wheel) to almost how ever many you like (at least five). Depends on the variety I guess?

Go on check it out don't just... duhh... accept it.

Mostly the ones I get from the store have just three spokes.

So, for sure, only _some_ tomatoes _sometimes_ show a cross shape, and I figure, not the majority.
OK so was the original thing genuinely from some ignorant cleric who never does his own cooking? Was it from some sneaky cleric (who does his own cooking) but wanted to make trouble (who cares what women think anyway, who let them learn to read anyway)?

Or was it someone who wanted to make Islam look especially crazy/unreasonable?

It sure is bs. But is it fake bs, or the real McCoy?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The stuff dreams are made of?

It is one of "those things" about sl that, if your home location is not available for technical reasons, when you log in _then_ you get automatically shunted to the nearest Hub.

This is most often real busy anyway, but especially if some other nearby home locations are also taken down for maintenance by the lindens. And that is most often so.

It is another one of “those things” that when you log in you rez wearing exactly what you had on when you logged out, unless something weird has happened.

One thing you do learn is if in doubt set to rez at your home location.

Sooo, anyone here ever had that nightmare where you find yourself naked in a crowded public place?. Yes, you see what’s coming, don’t you.

I logged in the other day. I was careful to log into my home location because I had to log out suddenly previously and I only had on a necklace at the time.

So I already had trouble where I had to update my viewer when I realised I was not rezzing at home at all.

There were bunches of people standing round and more rezzing by the second. I was still rezzing, so I looked like a cloud (imagine orange steam in a shower), but I knew what was coming. When I finished rezzing the cloud would fade and there I would be in all my glory.

No time to find anything to put on. The place was laggy with people making me clumsy.

I tried to take off but there was a roof, so I start to run for the way out, all the while trying to fly as well, barging people out the way, feeling bad about doing that, but thinking it is acceptable collateral damage, when what should happen at that moment, but I get am im from one of my oldest sl friends.

“Hi”. She said.

“Where are you? Are you on your own?” I ask urgently.

“Yes..?” she came back.

“TP me! TP me now!” I practically shout as I am fading in running naked and finally leaving ground.

Her tp request comes up and I accept it. “Whooshhh!” Away to safety.

So I appear in this graveyard place complete with ghosts going “wooohhh!”. And there is “A”.

“Oh you are an elf! she exclaims. "Love your hair hon, who did it” she grins, “Better get something on it’s empty here at the moment, but public. No knowing when someone might show up”

“’Wasabi Pills’” I reply. “It’s the same as my latest petite hair do.”

Hugs all round and I now have a moment to put on some high wasted jeans a top and some shoes.

“Oh no Halloween!” I say working out where we are “You are not shopping for Halloween already are you?”

“What’s wrong with that?” She asks defensively.

“I have not had my summer vacation yet is what is wrong with that!”

She laughs. And we turn to discussing where the best hair dos are to be found just now.


Oh the latest news? We have junked the castle and the castle in the sky. Our old beach house is back up in the old beach front property. It has a dancefloor/decking over the ocean.

I have reverted to beach bunny.. elf.

Unfortunately we let some of the land go and it is a bit crowded with other people’s places spoiling the solitude and views. There are places on stilts in the actual ocean. There is half a cruise liner in the bay of all things.

I got myself this lovely sunny Aztec pattern dress and have on my swim suit under.