What the Hulk of the Marvel Avengers can teach you about the god delusion

May 24, 2012


by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

I was going to write today about what the Incredible Hulk can teach you about the god delusion – Stephen Hawking actually has no clue about God despite his theoretical aspirations to know the heavens.

There’s a scene in the Marvel Avengers movie where Hulk slaps Loki (entirely) against the floor many times – Loki is the Norse god of mischief. It’s ridiculously funny and a powerful metaphor of what’s going to happen to the 1 percent if the 99 percent get really angry. No delusion of grandeur can stand against the rage of humanity – a rage that is waiting to be uncorked like a great wine.

But then I considered there is an even greater superhero than all of the Marvel Avengers put together – and a greater metaphor – a superhero that inspires me today as I consider the challenges that I face and, also, the challenges faced by those whose names are spoken in my prayers.

This superhero teaches us in his living and dying that we must face our challenges with love. Even as we fall – though our bodies and minds be ravaged by unstoppable and ruthless antagonists.

It was never promised by wise men or true prophets that we should live forever in these bodies. Nor that we shall amass a king’s treasury and live recklessly and light-heartedly like the princes and princesses of fairy tales. Nor prevail against misfortunes – natural or by the unkind hand of others.

Still, we can love. We can shine bright. We can lift others up. This, in fact, may be what it means to do what you were born to do.

And THIS! This does not lack luster or pale in compare. There is beauty in this that defies the wonder and majesty of a million stars, their celestial courts, and all their august adornments.

The superhero’s name is Cody Green. Cody is not an avenger, he is a U.S. Marine. Actually, Cody is an honorary marine.

Cody was recently named an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps. He received this honor for the honor and courage of his 12 year battle with leukemia. A U.S. Marine who came to decorate Cody stood guard outside Cody’s hospital room for eight hours until 12 year old Cody Green died.

U.S. Marine that stood guard at Cody’s door talks about Cody


Stan Faryna
22 May 2012
Bucharest, Romania

The Watchmen: Hot Trending Topic on Google

April 23, 2012

The Watchmen: Hot Trending Topic on Google

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

While I do pay attention to trending topics on Google, I never intentionally write to them. Not until today. Among the hot trending topics today is colorectal cancer (bowel cancer), think like a man, justin beiber, watchmen, and mother’s day. None of today’s hot trending topics were immediately interesting to me as a subject to write about. Ok, I’ll admit that the watchmen did pique my curiosity. [grin]

The word invokes change, unrest, danger, fear, and hope. Perhaps, also, community, responsibility, and service. The word, watchmen, seems as old as literature itself.

I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerulsalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. Isaiah 67:6-7

Trailer for the the 2009 movie, The Watchmen.

Read the rest of this entry »

The question that Hunger Games failed to ask of us

April 22, 2012

The question that Hunger Games failed to ask of us

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

If you really want to hear about it, I didn’t love the movie, Hunger Games. As we were walking out of the theater (Hollywood Multiplex at the Bucharest Mall in Vitan), a guy was telling his girl that the movie was perfect and it reminded him of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

Star-cross’d lovers, indeed!

Eminem, Mockingbird

Read the rest of this entry »

I have nothing deep to say about social media today.

April 20, 2012

I have nothing deep to say about social media today.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Write. Just write. That’s what Jack wrote.

His words resound in my mind.

Like an alarm. Like my iphone alarm at 6am. The nuclear meltdown siren. The message courtesy of MC Hammer:

We got to pray just to make it today…

What ever happened to MC Hammer?

What if I have nothing deep to say about social media today? Is that ok with you?

The Roots, Dear God feat Monsters of Folk

Read the rest of this entry »

PSA: The girls in the windows: Amsterdam and sex tourism (video)

April 19, 2012

PSA: The girls in the windows: Amsterdam and sex tourism (video)

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

You may have heard about Amsterdam’s red light district where underdressed women (from everywhere) sit or stand at large windows or window-doors waiting for sexual solicitations. While most of the window shopping is in one area of the old city, it’s not the only place where you’ll see the working women in windows.

When I’m in Amsterdam, I often pass some of these windows on my way to one of my favorite Amsterdam eateries on Spuistraat: Luden. It’s in a respectable downtown neighborhood and I have to say that Luden has been a consistently good place to eat across the 10 or so years of my visits.

The window girls of Amsterdam

Read the rest of this entry »

Rapper Tupac Shakur rises from the dead and wows Coachella 2012 and the world

April 18, 2012

Rapper Tupac Shakur rises from the dead and wows Coachella 2012 and the world

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

On September 7, 1996, American artist and rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur was shot four times in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tupac died six days later on September 13, 1996. A son of Harlem, he was one of the best-selling music artists in the world.

But death can’t keep a legendary rap star down – not Tupac Shakur. Tupac (aka 2Pac, Pac and Makavli) performed on stage this last weekend at the Coachella Valley 2012 Music and Arts Festival. His performance also included a duet with rapper and record producer Snoop Dog (Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.) and Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young).

Tupac Shakur, Coachella 2012

Read the rest of this entry »

Girls just want to have fun! #fanart

August 22, 2011

Click through the snapshot above to see the wide picture.

The uber Monte Carlo Club in Cismigiu Park, Bucharest.

Lumi living it up the night before the lights went out. A scene from my science fiction novel about the end times. The rough first draft of the story begins here: http://wp.me/pbg0R-98


Lumi as seen/vid recording through K-9s being worn by our protagonist, John.

Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want To Have Fun