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by Phill
Wed May 20, 2009 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Most Overrated Artists/Songs
Replies: 241
Views: 33280

Re: Most Overrated Artists/Songs

What I will say is pop bands like Kings of Leon etc are way overrated by the general public. Sex is on fire is one of the most annoying songs i've heard. Agree 100% with the Kings of Leon. The latter part of 2008, it seemed people were talking about their album like it was the best piece music ever...
by Phill
Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 59737

Re: Worst song lyrics

Just had another thought. " Some Girls are Bigger Than Others " by The Smiths. This probably isn't completely fair because I think the song is meant to be humorous, but still. From the ice-age to the dole-age There is but one concern I have just discovered : Some girls are bigger than othe...
by Phill
Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: How did you start liking music?
Replies: 31
Views: 3813

Re: How did you start liking music?

It was a bit unusual with me. I started out listening to my parents records when I was quite young, that was mostly 50s and 60s music with a bit of 70s and 80s thrown in for good measure. All pop and rock n roll kind of music. Then I started listening to the radio, to some random stuff... I don't kn...
by Phill
Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Which radio station do you listen to ?
Replies: 35
Views: 4472

Re: Which radio station do you listen to ?

I listen to Absolute Radio (formerly known as Virgin Radio), particularly Geoff Lloyd's Hometime Show (5-8PM). I also listen to BBC Radio 4, as others have mentioned - particularly their 6:30PM comedy shows. I love "Just a Minute", "The Unbelievable Truth" and a variety of other ...
by Phill
Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

However, it seems that you have a set of belief that is reasonably harmful, so keep up the good work, just be mindful that "belief in Jesus" doesn't mean much as one can put many things in this character. I would also suggest trying the energoumene way of understanding Jesus if your brand...
by Phill
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

This might make sense, but in the context of the story he isn't saying "this is like Israel" or giving any explicit hint about what is going on. He just curses the bush for doing exactly what it would do under the natural laws. Context is everything. In the Old Testament, figs are often u...
by Phill
Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Beatles Challenge. (Lasting Longer Than 1 Hour)
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Beatles Challenge. (Lasting Longer Than 1 Hour)

I agree with what most people have said - the Beatles were a pop band. I still love 'em though. I think if you want to listen to one album to change your mind, I'd probably pick Abbey Road. Quite a tight album musically, well structured, and it's got some cracking tunes on it (one of my co-workers t...
by Phill
Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: PHP: Frameworks?
Replies: 5
Views: 895

Re: PHP: Frameworks?

My current favourite PHP Framework is CodeIgniter. Very lightweight, it doesn't get in your way or force you to do things the CodeIgniter way. It's not perfect but it's probably my favourite out of the ones I've tried (Cake and Zend are the others). Kohana is a good PHP 5 fork of CodeIgniter, althou...
by Phill
Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Does it seems to you like most of the world is irrational in not being christian? You (or maybe it was Phil) said that Christianity has a clear edge over the other religions in terms of evidence and truth, so why don't people see this? If more people were to realize that nothing is fundamentally di...
by Phill
Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

If you don't understand the situation enough to explain it to me, it's reasonable enough to assume you don't understand the situation enough to claim 'it's more complex than that'. If you can't handle a discussion on this issue without reverting to a "You're wrong but I don't know why" po...
by Phill
Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Web Hosting
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Re: Web Hosting

I use UH-Hosting. Their hosting used to be based in London but I think is now based in Manchester. They're fairly reasonably priced and their support is pretty good (have had a couple of issues but they've been dealt with fairly promptly).
by Phill
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

You should have stopped here. Buddhism , Islam , and Judaism all involve real people doing real things in real history, and they're all mutually exclusive from Christianity. Also, Jesus claiming to be God is as much a revelation that we have to take on trust as Muhammad claiming to have spoken to o...
by Phill
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I keep seeing the argument that "Christianity is consistant and old, and a lot of people talk about it... therefore its more valid" I thought you might be interested in the Egyptian God Horus. Horus predates Jesus by over 1000 years and writing about Horus predate all christian writings. ...
by Phill
Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Why would you expect that unless you were assuming a very specific God from the start? If you start with the general idea of a creator, there are many possibilities: It doesn't care whether humans believe in it, it only needs a very of small number of humans for its purposes, it doesn't have enough...
by Phill
Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

By the way, can I see some citations on the whole discovery of matching Biblical fragments dating from ancient history that were clearly geographically and/or culturally isolated? Because I've never heard of anything like that - and if I did, I'd be immensely surprised not to hear something like 'b...
by Phill
Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Jesus was what we'd call today a "faith healer" - apparently healing people of chronic pain, while in reality it's only a psychological placebo effect (and not supernatural). The gospels are not eyewitness accounts, but are written based on talking to people who claim to be eyewitnesses (...
by Phill
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Thru You (one producer's Youtube remix project)
Replies: 4
Views: 1122

Re: Thru You (one producer's Youtube remix project)

I found this the other day via someone's blog. Great stuff. I always find it fascinating how people can construct something coherent out of random clips and samples! Must be really creative, I could never do that.
by Phill
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

And thus it makes sense to accept the explanation that accounts for the exact same facts (the existence of the historical texts) via mechanisms that are more probable. I see your point - miracles are incredibly unlikely. But every other explanation I've heard proposed which doesn't involve miracles...
by Phill
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What to learn
Replies: 30
Views: 2709

Re: What to learn

If you're already learning Java, I would say learn something different such as Python or Haskell. (I've never actually learnt Haskell, by the way, so can't really comment there). IMO C / C++ will be too similar to Java - you'll learn from it but it won't benefit you as much as doing something comple...
by Phill
Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

The simplest explanation for a highly edited and truncated ancient text that lists the rise of a demi-god with super human abilities and a good word to spread is the simplest explanation? 'highly edited and truncated'? Please cite your sources :p Seriously though, I've discussed this in the previou...
by Phill
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I agree with setzer about the miracles being evidence against the Bible being 100% true. Just because something is improbable doesn't mean that it counts as evidence against. What I mean is, the only evidence against miracles is just that "it's highly improbable". But if what the Bible is...
by Phill
Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 59737

Re: Worst song lyrics

@Phill: It's fairly obscure, but facsimile can be used that way. It's used as a more poetic sounding alternative to "imitation" (often in reference to faked emotions.) It plays off the definition; a facsimile is an exact copy, a "facsimile of love" would then be when someone act...
by Phill
Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I did not say they do not have logic. I said that they lack the last jump of logic, the one proving the existence of God, for their faith to be rational. In fact, I consider all faith irrational, if one defines "rational" as "proved" or even "provable at our current level o...
by Phill
Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Absurd regular expressions
Replies: 37
Views: 6342

Re: Absurd regular expressions

The biggest problem with validating an email address is if you screw it up, you seriously inconvenience your end user. A lot of regex's don't take "this+style@of.email.address" or even "this@123.43.111.2" which is also valid. Accept pretty much anything as an email address, stri...
by Phill
Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Worst song lyrics
Replies: 332
Views: 59737

Re: Worst song lyrics

I don't know whether this really counts because the song can't really be called "Music" in any real sense of the word. But I find it quite amusing. The song is "Love Me For a Reason" by some 90s boy band (Boyzone maybe?) I'm just a little old fashioned It takes more than a physic...
by Phill
Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

...if that's to be taken as all people will be blessed through because the only remaining people are Abraham and his descendants, that's basically Jah saying "waffle, I want everyone else either converted or dead". It really doesn't help your point. Otherwise, if you take that as the goal...
by Phill
Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 586716

Re: Religion: The Deuce

The whole 'God used to be a dick, but eight-pounds, six-ounces baby eight-pounds, six-ounces baby Jesus made him all better' thing always struck me as Grade A Bullshit. If Christianity is going to claim to be the religion of peace and fellowship, then they've got to ditch the part of the Bible that...
by Phill
Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: SVN/Google Code: Remove old revision of file
Replies: 4
Views: 2677

Re: SVN/Google Code: Remove old revision of file

mrkite wrote:I don't think you can use svnadmin functions on google code. Your only option is probably to Delete the whole project and re-create it (Adminster->Advanced->Delete Project)


That seems a bit excessive just to remove a file. You may be able to raise a support ticket to get your file deleted.
by Phill
Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 183985

Re: Religion

So either they were all lying, they were all making a horrible mistake, or that they were all 100% correct. My question: Why is only one of these options possible? Why not all three? It could have been a combination of lying and mistaken identity. But I don't think that's very likely, it just doesn...
by Phill
Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 183985

Re: Religion

I keep seeing a lot of claims that a specific religion/religious event(s) has a lot of evidence for it. Where's the evidence for it? Where is the historical/archaeological evidence? Where is the evidence that not only did these people exist, but that all the supernatural claims are true? Not sure w...
by Phill
Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 183985

Re: Religion

As for the whole evidence thing--I think we're just quibbling over the definition of evidence. It seems pretty clear to me that when you say you came to Christian faith based on evidence, you did so based on circumstantial evidence that confirmed things you wanted to believe. The point I was trying...
by Phill
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 198318

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

Flaming June by BT. Hands down my favorite trance song of all time. As soon as I heard it, the first thought in my head was "My god, this is the most perfect song ever made". Just the whole construction of the song creates this epic scope and the main "chorus"(I guess would be t...
by Phill
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Look around you
Replies: 5
Views: 1256

Re: Look around you

Look Around You (first series) is quite possibly genius. Each episode is like ten minutes of concentrated comedy, brilliantly deadpan. "We're running on AC/DC because it's heavy metal." :D I've heard series 2 is quite different from the old Science videos of the (excellent) first series, i...
by Phill
Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 183985

Re: Religion

Aside from the very metaphorical and vague nature of Revelation, the fate of the metaphorical Beast and the metaphorical False Prophet has nothing to do with the fate of human souls in general. If it did, the distinction of that sort of punishment would be trivial, since it would also apply to the ...
by Phill
Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Your favorite stand-up comedian? (Poll)
Replies: 101
Views: 10957

Re: Your favorite stand-up comedian? (Poll)

Why is Bill Bailey on your list twice?

Not that I mind, he's my favourite. Jack Dee would probably be my second favourite. Although to be honest I haven't really seen many comedians doing stand up... I didn't know John Cleese actually did stand-up comedy?
by Phill
Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Learning to play the electric guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 1840

Re: Learning to play the electric guitar

I've been learning the guitar for just over a year now. Acoustic to start with, but a couple of weeks ago I just bought my first electric guitar.

I found the lessons here really helpful: http://guitar.about.com/od/guitarlessons/u/lessons.htm

That should get you started at least!
by Phill
Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song for your funeral?
Replies: 74
Views: 7199

Re: Song for your funeral?

For the irony factor I'd quite like to have "It's My Life" by Bon Jovi. But as for songs which I'd actually quite like to have at my funeral, I think Agnus Dei from John Rutter's Requiem. Also The Lord is My Shepherd, also from John Rutter's requiem, would be a good choice, Random thought:...
by Phill
Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 198318

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

In Karl Jensen's Armed Man: Benedictus, where the orchestra and choir kicks in. Ah yes, great moment, I love when the sopranos come in an octave above the rest of the melody. Beautiful piece of music though - as is all of The Armed Man. But the name is Karl Jenkins, though ;) Staying with classical...
by Phill
Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Horror Stories
Replies: 59
Views: 6784

Re: Horror Stories

The first company I worked at straight out of university was a small setup. Only about 14 people working there in total. This meant that the developers (such as myself) were also sysadmins, tech support - in short, we had to do everything. It fell to me to administrate the Exchange server. One day I...
by Phill
Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1165468

Re: What are you listening to?

"It's Not OK" by The Enemy.

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