Geektheist (Rocky Oliver)
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I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. --Stephen Hawking

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Marc Poulin commented on Geektheist (Rocky Oliver)'s photo

My latest ink - ATHEIST STYLE...

"Hey Rocky, sorry I didn't see this reply til now. I really appreciate all the love and respect you've given this design, I'm very proud of it. I thought you knew I had a store on Zazzle. I've actually made over $125 in…"
May 6, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"One more piece of advice, then I'll shut up (or I'll try to ;) ): You know that little voice you hear in the back of your head, or that gut feeling you have - where you can't put your finger on it, but something just doesn't feel…"
Apr 25, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"Good information about MLMs in general. Warning - this is a long article, but it is very thorough and well-documented. The Pyramid Scheme Industry: Examining Some Legal And Economic Aspects Of Multi-Level Marketing (NASDAQ Online)"
Apr 25, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"Belle, I wish you the best of luck with your new endeavor, but I have to be honest - with what you've described I have the distinct yet ominous feeling that this isn't going to work out well for you. If, at any point, they have told you…"
Apr 25, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to Noel's discussion 'Twilight Zone?'
"I was going to write the same exact thing, Noel! I, too, took a hiatus when the site changed hands and subsequently changed design. To be honest, I wasn't fond of it AT ALL. I decided to pop back over here and see if TA even still existed, and…"
Apr 25, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"I'm a Software Engineer/Architect/Developer/Consultant/Geek-of-All-Trades. I've written two books (granted, the last one was awhile back - the Notes & Domino 6 Programming Bible, Wiley 2003). ** My last book! :) -- I'm Rocky…"
Apr 25, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to Unseen's discussion 'Sam Harris on the Illusion of Free Will'
"I admit I haven't read the 34 preceding pages, but have only skimmed them. If this has been covered, then I apologize in advance. I understand the concept that, in the end, we are not in control of our relative existence. We are presented with…"
Apr 25, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to justin gold's discussion 'has anyone got an atheist themed tattoo?' in the group Tattooed Atheists
"Well, it appears that this group has faded away (like really old tattoos ;) ), but since I recently got new ink, "atheist-style", I'd show it off here: This design was originally created by our very own Marc Poulin, a member of TA for…"
Apr 25, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) commented on Geektheist (Rocky Oliver)'s photo

My latest ink - ATHEIST STYLE...

"Marc, I'm proud to know that I WAS there when you first created it - like, I think the first day! ;) Anyway, I'm proud to wear your emblem forever - and you'll be happy to know that, because I know you and because I WAS there when it…"
Apr 25, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) and proudAthiest are now friends
Apr 25, 2016
Marc Poulin commented on Geektheist (Rocky Oliver)'s photo

My latest ink - ATHEIST STYLE...

"Hey guys, i'm still lurking around. I still love seeing my work everywhere. I've given up trying to get credit for it, it's just a losing battle. As long as some people know where it came from and were around for it's…"
Apr 21, 2016
Reg The Fronkey Farmer commented on Geektheist (Rocky Oliver)'s photo

My latest ink - ATHEIST STYLE...

"Marc has a lot to answer for :-)"
Apr 20, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"If it's MLM or "direct sales", RUN AWAY. FAR, FAR AWAY. You will just throw all of your hard-earned money down the drain to line someone else's pockets, and you won't make a DIME. If you want to see a great show about this,…"
Apr 20, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) commented on proudAthiest's blog post 'Science vs Religion'
"I would probably file a complaint with the department head, especially if he's in any of the sciences departments. I guess I can give him a pass if he's in a department like philosophy or theology or similar, and was teaching something…"
Apr 20, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) posted a photo

My latest ink - ATHEIST STYLE...

I decided to get my favorite atheist symbol permanently affixed to my body. I think it turned out pretty well.I also wanted to thank Marc Poulin (not sure if he's still around) - in case you didn't know, he's the guy who created that symbol, a…
Apr 20, 2016
Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) replied to Geektheist (Rocky Oliver)'s discussion 'Questions from an old member who hasn't been around in quite awhile...'
"Ahhh, OK. Thanks for the info! Glad to see the effort to keep the community going. Bummer to see Morgan is gone, though. Thanks!"
Jul 6, 2015

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About Me:
Father. Grandfather. Husband.
Atheist. Humanist. Unitarian Universalist.
Veteran. Southerner. Democrat.
Computer Uber-Geek. Author. Speaker.
SCUBA Divemaster (NAUI). Biker (Motorcycles).
Martial Artist (CKD - 1st deg. Black Belt)

Married since 1985 (yes, to the same woman), and we have five exceptional children, and two amazing grandkids.
I'm a professional computer geek, as well as an author. I've written two books, the last being "The Notes and Domino 6 Programming Bible" (Wiley, 2003). I'm also a speaker at conferences across the U.S. and Europe.
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Why are you here?
I stumbled upon this site, and liked what I found. I also love to commiserate with fellow atheists, and participate in lively discussions.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
I could not succumb to "blind faith", or really any faith at all. I am a hyper-rational person, and I find it impossible - literally - to believe in any supernatural entity. I am a slave to the scientific method, and I must view the world through this lens.
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High School Graduation: Attack of the Fundies - Public Prayer During Ceremony

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 8:21pm 0 Comments

I posted this yesterday on my Facebook page**; however I decided to post it here as well, in its entirety. I suspect that there are fellow atheists who find this to be an especially frustrating time because of the continuing fight over sanctioned prayer at high school graduations. At a minimum you may find yourself irritated and disgusted with this whole, ongoing, mess - such as the story of the Valedictorian in Pickens County, SC.

Or your…


Pat Robertson gave me a glimmer of hope that he wasn't bat-shit crazy.... but only for moment

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 11:30am 1 Comment

I was going through my daily ritual of catching up with the goings-on in the world, checking out stories on various sites, when I saw an article that I just had to read: Pat Robertson Dispels Creationist Idea That Earth is 6,000 Years Old, on Huffington Post.

I immediately began reading the article, convinced that this was some tease and he didn't…


Iowa GOP has fallen off the deep end, become bat-shit crazy

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 3:42pm 0 Comments

I have found numerous reports on various sites that the Iowa GOP has a new proposed platform. (full platform on Scribd; Raw Story article and summary;…


Dan Savage called out by NOM's Brian Brown for a debate; Savage says, "You're on, motherfucker!"

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 2:19pm 2 Comments

For those who may not have heard of him, Dan Savage is a gay rights activist - and an outspoken atheist. He engages in many talks around the country, and in the media, concerning gay rights; and since the fight against gays is almost always religious in nature, he tends to call out the contradictions and overall hostility within the Bible.

There's a pretty popular video of him speaking at a high school journalism convention the overall speech is about bullying, and gay bashing in…


The folks at the Creation Museum are at it again - ARK ENCOUNTERS

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 1:00pm 14 Comments

I was looking at some links to Answers in Genesis (AiG) posted in another discussion, and I began poking around this Young Earth Creationist (YEC) resource site. At the top it has links to other related sites, and one of them caught my eye - ARK Encounter ("Help Build the Ark!"). Being the "Click-Curious" type, I clicked on the link and was taken to a site that is currently a…


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At 3:52pm on April 19, 2012, richard vitzthum said…
Rocky: A while back you expressed puzzlement over my "Consolation Sixteen: Sports and Fitness," the sixteenth post in my blog, "Consolations of Atheism." The previous 15 posts are on my home site:
Richard V.
At 5:07pm on April 8, 2012, Nina van der Roos said…

what is the name of the eBook you are looking for ?

At 8:28am on February 5, 2012, Eric Allen said…

Is it ok if I say Hi?  "Hi".

At 3:04pm on December 24, 2011, mary bottoms said…

Thank you so much for your request. I live in Sandy Springs.

Near the drugs r us apartments, down from the drugs r us

apartments. I attended North Georgia College so I'm familiar

with parts of North Georgia.

Think Atheist is the first group I've joined. I'm rather technology

challenged, but I want to learn computers. In March, I was laid

off so I'm trying to get training for computers. It's difficult because

I'm doing it through the State. It's slowwwww.

Have you heard about the State Legislators' plans to change the license

plates?  As of now, it is optional to add to the plate "In God We Trust".

But, the legislators want to make it mandatory. If you do not want it on

your plate, you will have to pay extra. I went by the tag office to buy a

plate. I mentioned to the clerk, "Well, at least it doesn't contain the

IGWT phrase." The clerk told me that would not happen 'til next year.

So, even before the change is considered, plans have been made to

implement it. Fortunately, Americans United for Separation of Church

and State have been mobilized against it.

Tell me about yourself. I live in a condo. My brother lives with me. He's

a chef. I was, for a great deal of time, a proofreader. Majored in English.

Hadn't seen many wesites. Bad spelling, grammar rile me.

Hope you had a great Winter Solstice.


At 11:01pm on November 18, 2011, KaraC said…

Hello Rocky - thanks for the friend request. Yes, the "hardwired" discussion is interesting.

At 2:31pm on October 31, 2011, Morgan Matthew said…

Hi Rocky! Thanks for the kind words in that post. I means a lot! It really does. I have a lot of plans in store for the site in the near future! It's really comments like that, that keep me going! :] Thanks so much Rocky!



At 6:24pm on June 19, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…
Thank you for adding me to your friends, Rocky; totally makes me happy. Nice to meet you!
At 2:55pm on December 8, 2009, Morgan Matthew said…
Featured some songs :] Thanks Rocky!
At 2:33pm on November 03, 2009, Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) added a gift to their profile…
Gotta dig da Darwin, dude!
At 3:25pm on April 6, 2009, Morgan Matthew said…



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