Friday, December 07, 2012

December 7th, outsourced

There are over 200 bodies on Mt. Everest, and they're used as landmarks. [HT Scotty]

I guess I'm just a 14-year-old boy at heart because I find the idea of this facebook prank HILARIOUS.

I love The Piano Guys and I love their latest rendition of a Christmas song (O Come, Emmanuel).

My favorite version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is the Shrek version and also Brian Crain's instrumental version and also Allison Crowe's. I don't like Alexandra Burke's version at all, sorry. How about you?

Check out the generation charts in this article about why parents don't name their girls Mary anymore.

If you ever feel like stirring up vaccination debates, here's a great pro-vaccine article.

The Atlantic's 2012 in pictures.

You might think you'll just sit down and casually watch or skim a few minutes of this 13-minute video about driving in Russia. WRONG. You will click for the HD version and make it full-screen and watch the whole dang thing. It is just that crazy. [HT Andrew]

Did you know that some colleges require swimming skills in order to graduate? It's true (Cornell is one of them). [HT Liz]

I just want to point out two things: one, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now has a website dedicated to issues of same-sex attraction; and two, the statement on the front page that "individuals do not choose to have such attractions" is, as far as I can tell, an almost entire reversal of what the church's standing was as recently as 10 years ago.

11 comments:

  1. Everest beyond the limit. I keep meaning to tell you about it. It is insanity!!! We watched after we finished that escape from Alaska show and then the colony one. It was totally addicting, horryfying, and stimulated more wikipedia searches then any show i've ever watched before. I watched all three seasons in a week!

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  2. To me, the most profound part of the Church's statement on that new site is:

    "...what is changing — and what needs to change — is to help Church members respond sensitively and thoughtfully when they encounter same-sex attraction in their own families, among other Church members, or elsewhere."

    As I began to explore the site, my impression is that so much of it is for the intent of changing the culture of hate/fear/exclusion within the church toward our gay brothers and sisters. I'm [more than] curious about how long it's going to take Mormon culture, by and large, to make that change.

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  3. The thing that stood out to me most (aside from the one you mentioned in the OP) was Quentin L. Cook's quote. Granted, I didn't watch his video segment yet so I might be missing context, but to me, this: "Let’s not have families exclude or be disrespectful of those who choose a different lifestyle as a result of their feelings about their own gender" means, "Continue loving and accepting a family member even IF they choose to live the gay lifestyle." It's what Christ taught, but I still think a lot of Mormons will be shocked by that concept. The site, I think, is more progressive than many (dare I say most? If using my ward as a sample, then yes) Mormons. So awesome.

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  4. I love the Rufus Wainwright version, but not Bono or the original at all. I actually really love the Justin Timberlake version, too.

    (also, I watched the first two seasons of the OC when Connor was a baby and I did nothing but sit on the couch and nurse... and I did NOT know that they killed Marissa in Season 3! WHAT THE HECK?!)

    That Mt. Everest article majorly creeped me out. What on earth? Why doesn't somebody bring those bodies down? Don't their families want them?

    My cousin's baby had pertussis and almost died several times. She was in the hospital for months. I get really angry when people say they don't get the adult pertussis vaccine because vaccines are dangerous.

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  5. Liz, this article (warning: many more pictures of dead climbers) explains more about just how dangerous it is at the top of Mt. Everest, which lead to so many bodies; my guess is that the danger, rather than lack of desire, is why they remain up there.

    http://www.altereddimensions.net/places/dead-bodies-mount-everest.aspx

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  6. I just watched a movie about Everest (think it was The Death Zone). The bodies remain in place because the climbers passing them would likely die too if they expended energy and oxygen on attempting to bring them down. The Russian woman's body was really bothering climbers so a few of them put her over the side of a cliff. It was the best they could do.

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  7. Seriously everyone should watch Beyond The Limit :) You really get a feel as to why they leave the bodies. Even fit people die on the mountain. It takes weeks to get aclimitized, the body starts to eat itself even though they have the best gear and are eating a ton. Science is used to plot the course, and time the assents. The climbers are pushed and pulled by Sherpas, using guidelines and ladders hauled up there by the best Sherpas who are almost superhumans (and even they die on the mountain) and even if everything goes right they might not make it because their bodies poop out. If they see someone on the mountain who is still alive and dying they might just leave them because their body is already being pushed way beyond what it should, so if they leave people who are still alive they certainly aren't going to go up after the bodies. It's part of the deal they sign up for. Seriously nuts. I want to spend some more time looking at that "Mormons and Gays" page. I do think though there is still a huge jump here because we have this, we should love everyone thing but because we see acting on homosexuality as this sort of not compatible with Mormon church worship sin we really give little choice to how one can deal with this orientation. It's been interesting for me to watch this debate unfold. Two of the BYU professors who have come out so heavily in support of gay issues were people who taught me while I was at BYU. It's sort of been comforting to see that they reached the same conclusions I did...of course they are the ones who taught me about human biology, so maybe that isn't so shocking :)

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    1. Ok this article is able to articulate what I was feeling a lot better than I can. I sort of feel like the advice given to just love one another and not break up your family should be intuitive (although I guess if it isn't for some people, then I'm glad this is here). It really doesn't seem to adress what I see as a deeper issue, how our church will choose to deal with gay individuals who want to be partners with people of the same gender and still be active/participating members? Baby steps I guess? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/mitch-mayne/gay-lgbt-mormons_b_2263469.html

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  8. Thank you for the link to the church website. I hadn't looked at the main lds.org page in a few days, so I missed the link at the top of their list of links. Whoa. Interesting times to be alive.

    I always love your Friday links. Thank you for the Piano Guys! I was just telling someone about them the other day, and now I can share this new link with them.

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  9. Thank you for the church website link! I want to make a t-shirt with that statement and wear it every day!!

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  10. Loving one another, period, has always been part of Christ's teachings--no, it's more than that. It is the essence of the gospel. And no matter what our little human minds might think of others, their beliefs, their actions, to be like Christ means purging all that. Let the joy of pure love be who we are.

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