Love all types of music with some noteable exceptions (Hardcore, Gabba, Enya). Most genres have their good and bad but each to their own. I hate pidgeon holing music. So if I like it I like it, if I don't I don't! I don't care what it's called.
Dislike closed, narrow, predjudiced or empty minds. War, violence, cheats, liars, bullies, people who have no generosity of spirit, cricket, hunting as a sport (give the animals guns that would be sporting) and Ryan Seacrest, oh and the dude that does Animals do the Funniest Things program.
Like everything else.
Since Jango can't get a handle on the picture comments a lot of it is from my fave artists on DeviantArt so here's a shout to their collective talent. Big up to Pandabaka, Janaschi, Suzi 9mm and Kid Angel.
My Ramblings on Religion, Reincarnation and Stuff :
First off I'll be the first to admit I don't know everything, in fact in the grand scheme of things what I know would probably fit comfortably inside the nucleus of an atom. That said I shall begin.
Religion will be my first port of call. In my opinion the majority of organised religions are nothing but shams. Most Christian religions, and yes I'm afraid I include yours in this, are by their very nature in opposition to many of Christ's teachings. They have in large become businesses. I seem to remember Christ throwing the money lenders out of the temples, but it seems they merely returned after his death.
Where does all the money they raise go? Has anyone seen their accounts? Yes a percentage of the money goes toward doing good work but with that work goes the attempt to convert the 'heathens'. The rest of the money goes towards the upkeep of churches, paying for the needs of priests, pastors, vicars, bishops, administration etc., etc.. But what's left is invested to partly line pockets. There are notable exceptions who truly believe what they preach and for those I have utmost respect, for example the Amish people, theirs is a truly formidable faith structure. Of course there are others but none I admire. My problem with Christianity is this. Why are there so many versions of the bible? Answer : because man has warped it to suit his own purpose. Pieces taken out, misinterpreted, altered, diluted and added. There are texts locked away in vaults in the Vatican which no one is allowed to see. Surely it's everyone's right to see these.
I must sound like an anti-christian which is not the case. I do believe Christ walked this earth, and if he returned now he would cry at what has passed, I also believe that what we know as the world is in actual fact hell and that when we die we will return again and again until we figure out whatever it is that will release us from this damnation known as life. What it is I do not know but I won't stop trying and Christ's teachings are part of it along with Buddha's, Allah's and the striking similarities of Quetzalcoatl's and King Tut's as well as others. There is a school of thought that these were one in the same person and it is a possibility. There's not much I would discount off-hand.
If I followed any religion the one I would choose would be that of the Cathars. A 12th century religious sect which believed in the new testament but not the old, as the new testament was the word of the apostles who lived with and learned from Jesus. To me this makes sense since the old and new testaments are like chalk and cheese. For example in the old testament a holy man is walking past a town when some children run up and start throwing stones at him, he calls on God to punish them and a bear appears from the undergrowth and tears the children to pieces. What the hell is that about. Would a just and caring God do that? I think not. Don't get me started on Genesis. God created the world and everything in it in six days then took the seventh off for a bit of a nap! I once dated a baptist and got into a discussion with one of her fellows on that very subject and he told me that he agreed with my opinions but could not admit it openly in case he was thrown out. As for the Cathars they were wiped out as heretics with entire towns full of people, men, women and children burned in the north of France by the churches inquisitors.
I do believe in a spirit world of some description though what it is I'm at a loss to say. This is due to an experience I had which if it had happened only to me I would have written off to delusion or some other psychotic episode but thankfully I was not alone. My flatmate and myself were sitting in the living room one night discussing topics not dis-similar to what I'm typing now when a presence came through the exterior wall. There was nothing visual, no ghostly ether, no angel with wings it was just a feeling of energy. I felt it cross the room and into my body, it was like electricity came in through my feet and slowly filled my body and exited through the top of my head. It wasn't electricity but I don't know how else to describe it, I was filled with what seemed like a white energy full of peace and love nothing malicious or abhorrent it just felt right and when it left I burst into tears of joy and at exactly the same time my flatmate did the same. Once I had regained some form of composure I asked her for her account of what had happened without once saying what I had felt or experienced and what she said was exactly as I have just described. To this day I have no idea what it was, a ghost, a spirit, an angel, a random ball of energy? I'm left with the memory of an experience and no answers, maybe none are needed.
This leads me on to physics which may seem strange when talking of religion and such like but it ties in with the ideas I have buzzing round my brain. One of the laws of physics states that energy never stops but merely changes into other forms of energy. Take a ball being dropped off a cliff for example, it starts of as potential energy, when it's released the potential energy becomes kinetic energy, when it hits the bottom the kinetic energy becomes heat and sound which themselves are absorbed and changed and so on and so forth. This is a somewhat simplified version of events but my point is that we and everything around us is made up of energy, the entire universe is energy in one form or another. So if energy never ends then we never truly stop existing we simply change to another form.
In essence reincarnation. Whether we remember our previous incarnation or are even aware of being reincarnated on a conscious level I would doubt though on a subconscious level there may well be an imprint or memory and in the next incarnation something may well trigger that memory although we may not be aware why the trigger affects us the way it does.
Well that's me. No answers only more questions. Like I've said for a long time now I'll find out if I'm right or wrong when I die. Hopefully not for a while yet but who knows what fate holds in store. So to summarise, there are those who get it, those who almost get it, those who aren't looking and those who will maybe never get it. Confused? I am but not as confused as some and not as arrogant as those who try to tell us the way of things without looking at the big picture. There are other things like the collective consciousness but I could go on for ever and attention spans begin to wane so I'll bore you no more. Maybe you've thought these things yourself, maybe I've pushed you towards a new way of looking at life or maybe I've just spouted a load of bollocks but if even one thing piques your interest then I've done all I wanted to do which was to open an already open mind a little farther.
Listening to music (obviously), reading, watching movies, computer games, animals, walking and watching football (that's soccer for any yanks reading).
Heroes, Friends (always funny no matter how often you see it), My Name is Earl, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Bionic Woman (why did they cancel, Michelle Ryan was awesome) the list could go on.
Lord of the Rings, Blade, Sin City, Anything by Tarantino, Spagetthi Westerns, Dirty Harry, Bullit, Bond, 30 Days of Night, 300, Blade Runner, Star Wars (yes all of them), there's too many to choose! Currently awed by the writing and acting in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Anything by Anne Rice, Poppy Z Brite, Raymond E. Feist, William Gibson, Tom Clancy, anything that I can get past the first 30 pages of. Just got back into Lovecraft and sad to say I'd forgotten how good he was, going to have to go back to Edgar Allan now too.