Year 2 – Day 3 – 20th July 2011
Horta, Faial (Ilha Azul, the blue island)
It was back to the painting again after breakfast. I worked on my masterpiece, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, inspired by Pastafarianism. Read on for an explanation.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of theparody religion the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism. The “Flying Spaghetti Monster” first appeared in a satirical open letter by Bobby Henderson in 2005, written in protest against the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools. In the letter, Henderson parodied the concept of intelligent design by professing belief in a supernatural creator that closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs. Henderson further called for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism to be allotted equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution.
After Henderson published the letter on his website, it rapidly became an internet phenomenon and a symbol for the case against teaching intelligent design (and religion in general) in public schools. Pastafarian “beliefs” are generally satires ofcreationism. They are presented both on Henderson’s Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster website, where he is described as “prophet”, and in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, written by Henderson and published by Villiard Press in 2006. The central belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Pirates are revered as the original Pastafarians (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarian), and Henderson asserts that the steady decline in the number of pirates over the years has resulted in global warming. The FSM community currently congregates at Henderson’s website to share ideas and crafts devoted to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Due to its popularity and exposure, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is often used as a contemporary version of Russell’s teapot. While generally praised by the media and endorsed by members of the scientific community, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has received criticism from the intelligent design community. Self-described Pastafarians have engaged in religious disputes, including in Polk County, Florida, where they played a role in dissuading the local school board from adopting new rules on teaching evolution.
Meanwhile Dan worked on the ‘official’ mural of the boat.
I called to the office to check if my parcel arrived and then I walked to the post office, but still there was no sign of it.
When I arrived back at the boat my timing was perfect, it was cake O’clock and time for coffee and cake.
Another day of little jobs on the boat and it was off to bed for a night of biting from Beelzbug.
Breakfast Tea and toast
Lunch Chips with mayonnaise
Dinner Veggie burgers with fried potatoes, stewed fruit and cream
Snack Coffee and my birthday cake again! Sprite