There is a laboratory where I work that does research on “extreme deformation and failure of materials and structures.” That’s basically a scientific way of saying that they blow stuff up to see its limits and recommend solutions. I know, pretty cool! I’ve been to the test range, but they weren’t testing at the time – maybe someday. The scientists and staff there do some pretty cool research that saves lives of people in a number of situations.
So that is the Explosions part – now on to Tori…
I was surfing iTunes last night and saw that Tori Amos‘ new CD is called Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Intrigued by the CD title, I did a Google search and found an interview where she talked about her new CD (whose title is a line from Guys and Dolls) and the impetus behind it. Interesting article – here are some excerpts:
“I’m drawn to questioning what traditional authorities have defined sin to be. As a minister’s daughter, I’ve been exposed to the traditional belief system. [Sin] has been used to shame and control people. If you’re controlled by a religious structure, then you’re going to have a very different outlook on life and what you’re open to than if you’re not controlled by these old, crumbling concepts.
I guess I was never a Bible-thumping Christian; I was always trying to question because I had so much religion in my upbringing. I was drawn to those people and those ideas that weren’t accepted necessarily, and it’s not because these ideas in reality are “evil” — that’s just the perception that’s being given. The reality I was brought up in was, “Anything that doesn’t work within the Christian doctrine is sinful.” And that’s a lot of stuff.”
My thoughts – combining both (I write this directed toward Christ followers…me most of all! I will not pass judgment on Tori or others who ascribe to her line of thinking.):