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by Phill
Mon May 17, 2010 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes
Replies: 6
Views: 2023

Re: Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes

Looks like they're going down the route of the US version of Life on Mars. I really, really, hope not! VERY curious about the finale(?) next week. Yep, me too. It looks like Manchester is where all the action is. I really hope Sam Tyler is going to make a re-apperance, although exactly ...
by Phill
Thu May 13, 2010 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What instrument do you own?
Replies: 172
Views: 30081

Re: What instrument do you own?

I have a Yamaha digital piano, a Squier Stratocaster, and a crappy acoustic guitar I bought from a charity shop.

Sometimes I do the whole "one man band" thing - plug in the effects pedal, generate a drum loop and record piano / bass to it. Great fun, if a pointless exercise :D
by Phill
Thu May 06, 2010 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 751402

Re: Doctor Who

Apologies for breaking the trend of the conversation here, but Terry Pratchett has written a brief piece on Doctor Who here: http://www.sfx.co.uk/2010/05/03/guest-blog-terry-pratchett-on-doctor-who/ (Found via Twitter yesterday, if you haven't seen it). Just wondered if anyone had any thoughts on it...
by Phill
Wed May 05, 2010 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Let's Compare Size!
Replies: 47
Views: 7831

Re: Let's Compare Size!

On my iPod, I have 2,679 MP3s. Don't know how much in terms of duration that would amount to but somewhere in the region of 2.5 weeks. (I would probably skew the statistics a bit because I have a fair number of DJ sets, which are typically about 1hr long). I think that represents about 600 artists o...
by Phill
Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 751402

Re: Doctor Who

Zamfir wrote:This is brilliant. Someone asks for the episode with a hexagonal energy cube being worshipped in a jungle that is under threat of theft, and there are several possibilities


That is why Doctor Who is awesome ;)
by Phill
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Romantic films that are not terrible awful travesties
Replies: 50
Views: 12064

Re: Romantic films that are not terrible awful travesties

I'm not sure whether these two qualifies as romantic movies, but I really enjoyed the recent Kate Winslet films: Revolutionary Road and The Reader. They're both good but I wouldn't say romantic as such. The Reader possibly, but Revolutionary Road is just... well, bleak! My suggestions would be Mall...
by Phill
Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 751402

Re: Doctor Who

Mhh, Fear Her wasn't that bad. The plot was weak, but the way they filled it in was still decent. Love and Monsters was horrible because it was narrated. It's live-action TV, so show us live action, damnit. Torchwood's Random Shoes was equally terrible for the exact same reason. I quite liked Love ...
by Phill
Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: British Election, take two
Replies: 68
Views: 8065

Re: British Election, take two

Here's a random related question which I've been pondering recently: is the political party system actually outdated? For example, in this election, say for the sake of argument that I like the Conservative policy on education, Labour policy on crime, and Lib Dem policy on health. (Obviously just a ...
by Phill
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs that you can't stop listening to
Replies: 111
Views: 18158

Re: Songs that you can't stop listening to

The song that has been stuck in my head most recently is 'Stop for a Minute' by Keane. It's too catchy :(
by Phill
Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes
Replies: 6
Views: 2023

Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes

Don't know if anyone else is a fan of Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes, but I couldn't find a thread on it (apologies if there is already one, a quick search didn't find any topics dedicated to it). I've not been such a fan of Ashes series 1 and 2 (loved Life on Mars), but I've really got into 3 in the...
by Phill
Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

^correct me if the islamic interpretation is wrong but im 88% sure that the cleric did answer thusly Well I think I disagree with the Islamic cleric's answer. In Islam knowledge is identified as knowable or unknowable (eery overtones of Donald Rumsfeld, I know). Only God has all knowledge (e.g. Qur...
by Phill
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Scott Pilgrim Vs The world (the movie or the comic)
Replies: 169
Views: 22185

Re: Scott Pilgrim Vs The world (the movie or the comic)

Anyway, I'm excited. A friend of mine who never read the comics found the trailer independently and thought it was awesome. I immediately lent him my Scott Pilgrim so he could know what he was getting into. I've never read the comics and I found the trailer pretty awesome. I'll have to look out the...
by Phill
Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Replies: 9
Views: 1581

Re: The Bonzo cheese Doo-Dah platoon of sonic assault techni

Ah, my old flatmate was really into them. I remember they had a song which had a really random line in it (as did most of their songs, to be honest): "And now looking very relaxed, Adolf Hitler on vibes." Bizarre but somehow genius. (Just realised: does that count for Godwin's Law? Cause I...
by Phill
Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Assuming you only go with the books the church didn't reject and then declared heretical and then spent over 100 years tracking down and destroying. Sure if you ignore the book burning, the killing of people who said anything contrary, and the purposfull editing of the Bible.. then yes you find it ...
by Phill
Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

2) Its never safe to assume people remember stuff with perfect clarity. There are tons of studies disproving that premise. Including basic ones like "guy runs into a room and shoots a person" - what did he/she look like, and what were they wearing. Consistantly get different answers inclu...
by Phill
Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20306

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

I'm a choral music man myself. Right off the bat: music never got better than Bach's St. Matthew's Passion . After that, we can throw in the Mass in B Minor , the Christmas cantatas, and maybe even the cello suites and Brandenburg concertos. But seriously, Brahms' German Requiem is right up there t...
by Phill
Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Hi Phill -I don't want to derail the current conversation but I thought I might try to answer your point on Islam. You mentioned your earlier post about Islam, I guess you meant this one Well this is the religion thread, I'd say a conversation about Islam is equally as valid as a conversation on at...
by Phill
Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies that missed the point for you?
Replies: 16
Views: 2452

Re: Movies that missed the point for you?

Hmmm, there are a couple that spring to mind: The Dark Knight - couldn't get into this one. Loved Batman Begins, but this left me feeling unmoved. I don't really know why, but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief. The last 20 minutes or so of "Return of the King". Was probably meant to be ...
by Phill
Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Not quite, no. In the Greco-Roman world, and in most cultures at that time, myths and legends would spring up about somone even as events were unfolding, usually by the uneducated masses. Hell, just look at Alexander. Even as he was conquering places and ruling the newly acquired Persian Empire you...
by Phill
Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

P.S. The theory was neither brilliant, nor logical, and relied a series of arbitrary assumptions and logical fallacies. I think the author was just making the point that if the gospel writers intentionally set out to create a myth, they wouldn't have set the 'myth' in the recent past. It seems that...
by Phill
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

But that doesn't answer the question - how do you decide what to follow and what not to follow? All you have done is given examples of what you think doesn't apply. Funny how a lot of the time it's the bits about giving up wealth which are decided not to apply. To quote Marcus Brigstocke - you and ...
by Phill
Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I have a question for christians: what criteria do you use to decide which parts of the bible to follow? Since I don't see many people who work on Sunday getting stoned to death I assume there is some kind of filter... but what is it, and where does it come from? Just to add to what duckshirt wrote...
by Phill
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I read through a lot of the material you linked, but I didn't find it convincing in the least. Perhaps this is because (as you shrewdly noted) I would have to personally witness a miracle before I believed it happened. Perhaps it is because the excessive amounts of circular reasoning in the linked ...
by Phill
Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

If I read this correctly, you're saying that the existence of Jesus is accepted by both Christians (duh!) and Muslims. However, while Christians accept his alleged divinity (again, duh!) Muslims do not. What are your "good reasons for believing the gospel accounts to be reliable" that con...
by Phill
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

As long as we're on the topic, could you give me an example of something in another religion that you consider wrong? Would you also explain why you think it is wrong and what evidence you have convincing you that your religion is right on that issue? Well, as you mentioned it, how about the questi...
by Phill
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

If there is an objective Truth, all contradictory religious systems cannot be correct. If what one believes depends on where one is born and not all belief systems are right, then it is not a red herring. My point was that one cannot argue that his religion is supported by evidence and another reli...
by Phill
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Concert (aka Classical) music
Replies: 41
Views: 20306

Re: Concert (aka Classical) music

This is brilliant! I'll be at it for days with this many new leads. Thanks! :) Me too! One recommendation I have is Gorecki's 3rd Symphony (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). If at all possible, hear it live. I heard it live at the Proms a few years back and it was, and still is, the most powerful piece...
by Phill
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

These are not rhetorical questions. I'm really interested in your anwers. I want to know how you can justify dismissing others' beliefs when you have no more evidence supporting yours than they have supporting theirs. Just like to add to this... it is true that if I had been born in a different cou...
by Phill
Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Glee
Replies: 77
Views: 12016

Re: Glee

The essential problem with Glee is that it can't decide whether it wants to be sincere or satirical; in trying to have it both ways, it ends up being too prosaic to really succeed as satire (and too sincere to even attempt parody) and too cliched to succeed as sincere drama. I agree with this. I fi...
by Phill
Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs you have on your playlist and you are not sure why
Replies: 11
Views: 2192

Re: Songs you have on your playlist and you are not sure why

I have far too much embarassing stuff on my playlist... my excuse is, I have had a few weddings and childrens parties to DJ at in the past, so I've needed to get all this chart crap which I'd never actually listen to normally. I definitely have a copy of Rick Astley on there, along with plenty of ot...
by Phill
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Hence is execution-he was executed because he claimed to be the messiah, a explicitly political claim. Recall that he was executed by a Roman court under Roman law by a Roman method of execution. But Pilate could find nothing wrong with him. Pilate washed his hands of it. I think the only reason he...
by Phill
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Going from punishment to teaching, changing the wage wars against the infidels to turn the other cheek. I'm not a fan of a god who can arbitrarily decide whether or not waging war is ok. To add to what Black Chakram said - I think God is the same in the Old Testament and the New Testament. A lot of...
by Phill
Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pop Song Techno/Dance Remixes
Replies: 1
Views: 896

Re: Pop Song Techno/Dance Remixes

I quite liked the Oakenfold remix of New Born by Muse (bought that on vinyl, on the flip side were the Timo Maas remixes of Sunburn which were also pretty good) I quite liked the Tilt remix of Mel C - I Turn to You, back in the day when I was into prog house, but I can't find it online. That's all I...
by Phill
Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movies you turned off before you were half-way through.
Replies: 216
Views: 30240

Re: Movies you turned off before you were half-way through.

I turned of "existenZ" half-way through. Although I've since heard that was a poor decision, it's really good, etc etc. I guess I just wasn't in the mood for it that night, it seemed to be moving really slowly!
by Phill
Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I think that is the most major difficulty for me... god's actions are assumed to be maximally good axiomatically, regardless of what we would think of a person who performed those same actions. The result is that it seemingly becomes necessary to do one of the following: 1) Engage in convoluted men...
by Phill
Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I read that statement about 10 times trying to figure it out. I can't make it make sense. If Christ died 2000 years ago, and you 'fuse' with him now, you still haven't experienced the death that supposedly atoned for your sins. Unless somehow time travel is involved here? You die in the present, yo...
by Phill
Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I may have missed something in skimming the article, but it seems like the point repeated over and over is 'we cannot completely understand or justify it in human terms because it is divine'. Is there an important piece of the argument that I inadvertently skipped over? Probably the most relevant b...
by Phill
Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: What did jesus do?

Equating doing wrong with incurring a debt seems somewhat bizarre to me. It makes morality into a twisted economic system... "Well, you burned down my house, which is worth about 60 sin... perhaps if I torture you for six hours at 10 sin per hour we can call it even? Ah... you don't want to do...
by Phill
Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: What did jesus do?

I never really understood this. I'd like to provide an analogy... imagine a human family with a father, a son, and a few pet dogs. The father loves all of the dogs and doesn't want any of them to suffer. One day, one of the dogs viciously attacks the neighbor's child. In order to protect the dog fr...
by Phill
Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587478

Re: What did jesus do?

Am I free to sin now that jesus died for my sins? MoghLiechty2 has already replied to this pretty well but I'd just like to add one thing which I find helpful. By the way, you may find a book like " Basic Christianity " by John Stott to be helpful, it looks like you have a lot of question...

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