Can you handle the truth?

Truth Road Sign - Next Exit

In rewriting our About page, I have done a lot of thinking about what truth is. “What is truth?” Pilot asked Jesus. The question has been asked throughout all of history. “Truth is in the eye of the beholder” a common proverb states. I believe there is a basic truth, an ultimate truth that underlies everything. Many times we find ourselves searching for it, but we don’t really want to find it, mostly because we don’t want to hear it or know it.

“Under law the Quest for Ultimate Truth is quite clearly the inalienable prerogative of your working thinkers. Any machine goes and actually FINDS it and we’re straight out of a job, aren’t we? I mean, what’s the use of our sitting up half the night arguing that there may or may not be a God if this machine only goes and gives you his bleeding phone number the next morning?”
– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Do we search for truth in vain then?  I hope not.  I hope that whatever comes out of this blog can be of some benefit to someone in some manner.  Now whether this benefit comes from the humor we present or in the form of  actual motivation to search for truth yourselves, that is up to you. Just be warned.  Can you handle the truth or do you even want to handle it?

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infinitely complex and confusing Universe, for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters, it does at least make the reassuring claim, that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate. In cases of major discrepancy it’s always reality that’s got it wrong.

This was the gist of the notice. It said “The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate.”

This has led to some interesting consequences. For instance, when the Editors of the Guide were sued by the families of those who had died as a result of taking the entry on the planet Tralal literally (it said “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists: instead of “Ravenous Bugblatter Beasts often make a very good meal of visiting tourists”), they claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more aesthetically pleasing, summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth, truth beauty and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty party in this case was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was in contempt of court, and duly confiscated it from all those there present before going off to enjoy a pleasant evening’s ultragolf.”
― Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Not to dissuade you, but can you stand up to Jack Nicholson and say you want the truth? If so, then let’s get to work!

Who Would You Want Fighting For You?

With our recent Captain Reynolds vs Captain Hammer post, we thought we’d ask your opinion in a poll.

If you are unaware of who any of these people are, here are some reference pointers. Even if you are familiar with them, here’s some video’s for your enjoyment.

Malcolm Reynolds (Played by Nathan Fillion in Firefly) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0003809/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcBSTt2irh0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4pCDDVQGXk

Jack O’Neil (Played by Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate SG-1) http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0005968/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ-FyZw2VVs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huPMkRn-v18

John McClane (Played by Bruce Willis in Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Live Free or Die Hard) – http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0001752/

John McClane

I would have included videos, but John McClane is known to be rather vulgar. If you need reference video for him, proceed at your own risk.