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Pipsqueak just ran out on Shelly!

On the continuing saga of the relationship between Pipsqueak, the lovebird, Shelly the parakeet:

Pipsqueak used to live with the parakeets, but he picked on them way too much. He would chase them around and pull their tails and bite their feet. I took Pipsqueak and his girlfriend out of that house, and put them in their own house next door. They have lived together, just the two of them, for a year or so.

Pipsqueak, lovebird and Shelly, parakeet But, Pipsqueak just lifted up the cage door of his house and went next door to the cockatiel cage. He hung out there for a while, then crossed back over his house to the house where the rest of the parakeets live. He lifted up the door of the parakeet cage and just went in.

I guess marriage is taking its toll on him. The thing is, my six other parakeets, besides Pipsqueak’s mate Shelly, are all paired up in three committed relationships. If Pipsqueak thinks he’s going to have a beer with the guys, he is going to have to get the girls to agree to it, first.

When Pipsqueak is finished visiting, I hope he goes back home to Shelly, after all, she has seven eggs to support…

Maybe in a day or so, Pipsqueak will show up at the foot of the stairs in a torn, dirty T-shirt, hold his head in his hands and yell, Shellllll-llllly!! Then, Shelly will come down the stairs and hold him and then they will slowly walk up the stairs together. Take that, Tennessee Williams!

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X-Evolutionist.com Book links

I’m using Windows Live Writer as a handy tool to make some revisions in my website, www.X-Evolutionist.com. I use draft Windows Live Writer pages a lot to mock up code for things elsewhere online. I decided to link all these to Amazon.com so people can read book reviews if they want. I know nobody’s going to take my word for it.

I thought I might as well click the “Publish” button" while I’m at it. Hey, it’s my Space, I can do what I want, right? That way, I can test my links.

Book Categories

I’ve grouped my book recommendations into the categories below. There are several books I specifically recommend. These books are in bold face. If you only want to read one book on my list, I recommend one of those.

General Topics:

By Design: Evidence for Nature’s Intelligent Design – The God of the Bible
Biblical Creationism: What Each Book of the Bible Teaches About Creation & the Flood
Case for a Creator: The: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
Darwin on Trial
Genesis and the Decay of the Nations
Genesis Debate, The
Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong
Lie: Evolution, The
Many Infallible Proofs: Evidences for the Christian Faith
The New Answers Book
Refuting Evolution: A Handbook for Students, Parents, and Teachers
Refuting Evolution 2

The Origin of Life:

Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
Origin by Design

The Fossil Record:

Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils 
Buried Alive: The Startling Truth About Neanderthal Man
Darwin’s Enigma
Dinosaurs by Design
Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!
Fossils: Key to the Present

The Compatibility of Science and the Bible:

The Genesis Flood
Genesis Record, The: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings
The God Who Is Real
In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood
Modern Science and an Ancient Text
Remarkable Record of Job
Science and The Bible
Scientific Analysis of Genesis
Scientific Creationism
The World That Perished
The Young Earth:The Real History of the Earth – Past, Present, and Future

Some Scientists Who Believe the Bible:

In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation
On the Seventh Day: Forty Scientists and Academics Explain Why They Believe in God
Men of Science Men of God: Great Scientists of the Past Who Believed the Bible

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I do not like going to the doctor.

Rant alert:

I have some sort of lung disease. I can’t walk around without getting dizzy, lightheaded and feeling like I’m going to fall down. I spend all day in my recliner and I feel just fine. As long as I am home in my recliner, I feel fine. I’m used to it.

I feel fine as long as I don’t have to go to the doctor. It was a big production number to go to the doctor – Oxygen bottle as big as an upright vacuum cleaner and a wheelchair, and a lot of stress.

I had to go to the lung specialist yesterday. When I get to the doctor, they send me someplace else to get a chest x-ray of my lungs. They wheel me in my chair and tell me to stand up. I tell them that if I stand up I will pass out.

Oh, it won’t take long, just stand up. So, I stood up. Then I got lightheaded and started to black out, then, rather then fall down and risk breaking a hip, I sat down. Hun, you have to stand up, we need to get a chest x-ray. I can’t stand up, I told you! Please get me stool or something! Finally, they agree to get me a stool and they got me an x-ray.

Sheesh!

Then the x-ray nurse says what’s wrong with you? I said, that’s what I’m here to find out, well, what are your symptoms. I pointed to the oxygen tank and said I can’t breath. Well, what is causing it? Finally I asked is this a psych evaluation? What the heck is going on? Oh, I just need to tell the radiologist what to look for. Well, maybe you should ask my doctor that.

Sheesh.

After I get to the doctor and he says the same thing over and over again without examining me, I tell him I’m going to leave – I am really frustrated and stressed out and I can’t take this right now. (Being short of oxygen makes me cranky) Finally, he examines me – puts clamps on my finger to test oxygen and then finally tells me he has concluded that I feel fine as long as I’m sitting down, and to use the oxygen when I’m walking.

Well, duh. Thanks Doc, but I already knew that.

Sheesh.

A couple of days ago, on Tuesday, I wrote this as a comment in a blog:

I just came home from a wild ride on very icy roads. Here’s the deal, I’ve been having severe nose bleeds for the last couple of days. That is not good, because I’m on oxygen. My hubby is scared out of his wits. He does not like seeing that much blood coming out of his wife.

About two hours ago, I was sitting here typing, and my nose started bleeding really badly, again. Per my hubby’s instructions, I called him, and he came home. (Fortunately, God put him in a job just down the street) So, he picked me up, and we started towards the emergency clinic, since my own doctor couldn’t fit me in.

The roads are treacherous and very scary for somebody in the passenger seat. Anyway, we got to the emergency clinic, and my hubby wheeled me inside. I can walk OK, but the lack of oxygen makes me weak, lightheaded, and liable to fall down. So, we recently bought a used wheelchair to use when I leave the house (which is rarely)

So, we get inside the emergency clinic, and they want me to fill out forms. I can’t breathe, one, because my oxygen is not up my nose, and two because I am holding my nose, and covering my mouth so blood won’t drain out. THEN, on top of that, I think I had a panic attack, or something. I started shaking all over. Having no oxygen in your brain makes you do strange things.

Then, they said, they can’t help me, I have to go to the hospital. (my doctor couldn’t see me, the emergency clinic can’t see me, and it’s very icy, scary roads) Then I started begging my hubby, please sweetie, just take me home. He said, no you have to go to the hospital, I said, please take me home. And so on.

So, here I am, back in my recliner. My nose FINALLY stopped bleeding, and my hubby FINALLY took me home. I’m still not wearing my oxygen, but I feel pretty good right now. My hubby went back to the office, reluctantly.

So now, I’m home with my pets. They are very good therapy. Penny, my sweet cockatiel, is asleep on the armrest. Nicki, one of my three mutts, is taking a nap, Rufus is eating, the parakeets and Jonah, my other cockatiel, are asleep, also. Princess Cujo is wandering around aimlessly, poor little thing. Everything is normal here at home.

When I don’t feel good, I just want to be home. The LAST place I want to be when I don’t feel good is at the doctor, or emergency clinic or hospital. Especially not when there are ice roads.

In case you missed my point, I don’t like going to the doctor.

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My boy lovebird, Pipsqueak, is trying to hatch eggs.

(Edited to add: We found later that Pipsqueak was actually laying the eggs, so she was not a boy after all. But, she would mate with Shelly just like if she was a boy – so it was an easy mistake to make. Pipsqueak has since died and we miss her:  Goodbye Pipsqueak. We will miss you very much Pipsqueak’s mate, Shelly, has found a new love: It is official: My parakeet widower and my parakeet widow are now an item.)


I’ve written a couple of times about my lovebird and my parakeet that are trying to raise a family. Shelly, the parakeet, has been laying different sized eggs. For some reason or other, she lays the small eggs in her nest (food dish) and lays the big eggs on the floor of the cage.

Animals are programmed by God to know how to take care of their babies. It is hardwired into their brains. That is how I define “instinct”. Anyway, for some reason, Shelly is rejecting the big eggs as bad, and abandoning them.

This is not sitting well with Pipsqueak, my lovebird, Shelly’s mate. He has start collecting those big eggs in the corner and is sitting on them. The picture below is from a few days ago, before Pipsqueak started sitting on the eggs. I wish I had gotten a picture of one of the big eggs in this view. The incubation time of about two weeks (for both lovebirds and parakeets) starts counting after the last egg has been laid, but Shelly is laying a lot of eggs. There are four small ones in the nest, and three big ones under Pipsqueak.

I am very curious what we will get, if anything, out of these eggs (the big ones for sure will not hatch – they were cold for too long). They should not be able to produce offspring because according to “mainstream” science they are different “species’. But, in my opinion, lovebirds and parakeets are just variations of God’s created Parrot Kind, and as such should be interfertile.

In my opinion these eggs are fertile as evidenced by the different sizes. I’ve had other parakeets lay eggs, Shelly hatched out of one of those eggs. The four in the nest are regular parakeet sized eggs.

There is still time to wait though. It will be at least two weeks before the eggs will hatch, (if they hatch) if Shelly has stopped laying eggs. The most eggs I’ve personally ever had in a clutch here at home is eight eggs, but not all of them hatched, and not all that hatched lived.

Anyway, time will tell. If an egg hatches, that is scientific proof that parakeets and lovebirds can have babies together. I have seen nothing about this on the web. But, Pipsqueak’s lovebird mate died, and he fell in love with a parakeet. That might not have happened before. Apparently, if they hatch, this will be a first.

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Q: Hey, X! Where have you been? A: Stump the Creationist Group!

According to my profile, I haven’t been here. But, for the last two days I have been very active in my groups. My favorite Group to interact with these days is Stump the Creationist. I’ve been having loads of fun. I am a frequent contributor to All Things Live, also, but It’s not quite as much fun as Stump the Creationist is right now.

I used to debate on message boards a lot before I found the Spaces community. I guess I got burned out, because I haven’t wanted to do so since. But, since that “How Did Life Begin” discussion here on my space, when I was asked to start a group, I’ve been debating like a prancing pony. I’m not sure how a prancing pony would debate, but I’m having a wonderful time, any way.

I was having a great discussion with a guy, and it when on for quite a while, but he quit posting. But, others have jumped in and continued it.

Anyway, that’s where I am. You are welcome to join in. Let’s have a ping pong match that decides which of us is full of beans. I double dog dare you!

 

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Come one, come all. Join the debate: “How Did Life Begin?”

I have copied a new topic of discussion from my group. If you want to get involved in this discussion, please join:

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How Did Life Begin?

Some think that God is an imaginary being that people believe on faith to make them feel good. However, it also takes faith to be an atheist. An atheist must believe that DNA is the result of chance. The DNA molecule is like a very complicated computer program.

Nobody would believe that Windows XP is the result of chance, but many believe that the human brain that created Windows XP is the result of chance.

Is simple one-celled life really simple?

Years ago, microscopes weren’t nearly as good as they are now. The cell used to look like a blob and it was easy to think that a blob could come about by accident. We have better microscopes now. According to Michael Behe, a biochemist, a cell is run like a really a big city with freeways to deliver nutrients and garbage to their destinations. For more information, see his book Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. Recently some scientists who are not creationists say they don’t believe that life came from non-life. They have developed a new theory, the Intelligent Design Theory. Michael Behe is one proponent. He is not a Biblical creationist BUT he still thinks the cell is just too complicated to be an accident. The black box in the title of his book refers to the cell.

There is an illustration of a Bacterial Flagellum on the front flap of "Darwin’s Black Box". This is the little gizmo that turns the little hairs on a bacterium so it can move around. The parts are all labeled, bushings, universal joint, rotor, drive shaft, and so on. It is a microscopic machine just to turn one little hair on a little bitty bacterium. Henry Ford invented the Model T a long time before the microscopes were very powerful otherwise, I might think he used this as an example of an efficient motor.

What Is Spontaneous Generation?

Spontaneous Generation is a theory that was developed many years ago. It said that living organisms developed from non-living matter. It was proven false by Louis Pasteur. Here is an except of an address that Louis Pasteur delivered at the "Sorbonne Scientific Soiree" of April 7, 1864:

No, there is not a single known circumstance in which microscopic beings may be asserted to have entered the world without germs, without parents resembling them. Those who think otherwise have been deluded by their poorly conducted experiments, full of errors they neither knew how to perceive, nor how to avoid.

Pasteur said this in 1864, yet many people still prefer to believe that life can come from non-life rather that attribute the origin of life to a miracle.

Do People Still Believe in Spontaneous Generation?

Even many scientists today can see the problems with proving it, but they "believe" anyway, even without the proof that it needs.

For example, this biologist says flat out says he believes in something that he knows is not proven:

Wald, George, “The Origin of Life,” in The Physics and Chemistry of Life (Simon & Schuster, 1955), 270 pp.

p. 9 “One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are—as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.”

“The important point is that since the origin of life belongs in the category of at-least-once phenomena, time is on its side. However improbable we regard this event, . . given enough time it will almost certainly happen at least once….

“Time is in fact the hero of the plot. The time with which we have to deal is of the order of two billion years. What we regard as impossible on the basis of human experience is meaningless here. Given so much time, the ‘impossible’ becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain. One has only to wait: time itself performs miracles.”

He believes this on faith, and he admits it.

An Example of Doublethink:

One semester in health science class I was taught about how Spontaneous Generation had been disproven. In the Biology class, the same semester, I was taught that is was proven that life emerged from inorganic chemicals.

In his book "1984", George Orwell coined the word "Doublethink" to mean the belief of two contradictory things at the same time.

  • Spontaneous Generation: False
  • Abiogenesis: True

I was able to hold both thoughts for several decades, then I gave up and had to choose one.

Could DNA have happened by accident?

The DNA molecule contains all the directions to make life, every component, the skin, the heart, the brain, the bones, the muscles, and so forth. I would like to challenge any one of you to make a computer program to do any ONE thing where the program fits on an information storage device so small you can’t even see it. When James Watson and Francis Crick “discovered” DNA they didn’t really see it, they saw its “shadow” and from the shadow they hypothesized what the shape was.

DNA can only work in the cell, and a cell is made by the directions in the DNA. The whole kit and caboodle had to come about by "accident" all at the same time or it wouldn’t even work. Scientists don’t quite understand DNA yet. It took years to "map the genome". If it is so simple that it happened by accident, why did it take so long to just write a list of all of its parts?

Why do Bodies Die?

Why do bodies die in the emergency room? Why can’t the repair be made and the body jumpstarted back to life? Life is said to have come from the gathering of random inorganic chemicals. If that is so, why does a body die? There are just as many chemicals before death as after death.

My comments refer to the origin of life. If creation by God is not an option, then random chemicals got together and formed the first living cell. If this could happen (it’s never been proven) how are we sure it would be alive? A dead body has as many cells as a live body.

"Life" is something outside of just the physical components of biology.

How did life begin?

I was too hard headed to just up and believe that there is a God, especially at my age. However, through a process of elimination while I was studying the proof for life arising spontaneously from nonlife, I was able to determine scientifically and logically that it was not true. This was a big surprise to me, I tell you what! I had believed it all my life, and remember I was in my forties. My beliefs were fairly set in stone. However, when I found no proof that life began without god, the basis of my disbelief in god had no justification.

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I have been having way too much fun.

Sometimes, like today, I like to play quietly by myself.I’ve been having tons of fun with some new things I learned about.

yahoo-avatar First, Greg told me about http://avatars.yahoo.com/ where he made his profile picture. I tried to make one for me, but it turned out way too pretty. I am just an ordinary girl who does not wear makeup. Then, he told me of another site: http://www.make-me-mini.com/. With that site, my “portrait’ ended up looking like an angry teenage boy:make-me-mini-com

I was disappointed, because i was really trying to make them both look like me. So, then, I wondered if they could be morphed together to come up with an average that might be closer to me.

I googled “morph”, (sorry Live Search) and I came up with this site: http://www.morphthing.com/ You register with just your email address and a password, then upload pictures and identify a few key points that will be matched up. I came up with this:

morph-thing-com

Well, that did it, now I am hooked. I’ve been morphing some pictures of me and my hubby together.

There is one of him taken after he tried to cut his own hair (oh, man!) and besides, he is wearing fake teeth. I laughed my head off to see that morphed with me.

I am too afraid of this new fangled internet to post the actual picture, even though it doesn’t look like either of us, but there is an option to do this with it:

morph-pop-art-2

So now you know what my husband and I look like.

I am having way too much fun.

 

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