August 2013 Blog Posts (31)

Nutjob Hassan gets death penalty recommendation.

The Fort Hood mass murdering, islamic Army major gets his wish:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/28/us/nidal-hasan-sentencing/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_allpolitics+(RSS%3A+Politics)

I guess he is drooling over those eagerly anticipated…

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Added by Ed on August 28, 2013 at 4:21pm — 3 Comments

Atheist Parables: Recognizing God's Help

There’s a parable, or joke, told by Christians about a man who was caught in a flood. He’s standing on the roof of his house, and the water’s up to his knees as he prays to God for help.

Some people come by in a boat and offer to help him. He says, “That’s all right, the Lord will save me.” Soon the water is up to his waist. A second boat comes by and tells him to hop on, and he says, “No, the Lord will save me.” Presently the water is up to his chest, when a helicopter flies overhead…

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Added by Physeter on August 27, 2013 at 1:51pm — 4 Comments

I'm about to move to Chicago....

I'm about to move to Chicago, and work in The Loop--but I don't want to live in the loop, perhaps a quieter less expensive place that is close to some form of public transportation that could get me quickly to the loop?

Does anyone know anything about Chicago and care to advise me on...anything. This is becoming scary ! 

Added by Elizabeth Williams on August 24, 2013 at 7:18pm — 5 Comments

I've invented the perfect drink. It's called the "John Cage."

I've invented the perfect drink.

It's called the "John Cage."

2 fl. oz. shot glass.

Empty. No ice.

Serve neat.

Sit with it for a non-predetermined duration.

Reflect upon it.

Handle the glass.

Or don't.

Leave when you feel you've finished.

Added by innerspaceboy on August 22, 2013 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

Baffled by the State of Present-Day Consumerism

My life is so far removed from contemporary consumerism that every once in a while, when I am exposed to the day-to-day workings of a consumer lifestyle, I am awestruck with culture shock.

Such was the case today when a realization became quite clear to me - one which had eluded me thus far in my simple life of antique-buying and online marketplaces.

(Bear in mind that I have lived the majority of my adult life without ever walking into a brick-and-mortar store.  But really, in…

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Added by innerspaceboy on August 21, 2013 at 11:02pm — 21 Comments

Atheist Parables: The Better Playground

Welcome to my Atheist Parables series. In the tradition of Plato, Jesus, and Aesop, I will use stories and allegory to examine issues of faith, reality and reason.

Here, I'll share a thought experiment related to Pascal's Wager, and to the charge that "Atheists just want to sin." Is that a legitimate charge, or are there other ways to look at it?

We were pretty excited when our parents dropped us off at the city park.  It was not our own city, you see; we were…

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Added by Physeter on August 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

More proof (if you needed any) that things go in cycles

Samsung has released its new Galaxy Mega, which has a...(wait for it)....(wait for it)...(wait for it)...6.3-inch screen! Tablets tend to start off just .7 inches. 

I have to laugh because after a couple decades of making cell phones as small as possible...…

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Added by Unseen on August 21, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Killing for Fun

I just read an article this morning online about a group teens in Oklahoma who randomly shot and killed an Australian collage student and claim they did it "for the fun of it". All I can think of is, what is wrong with these kids? 



"...Charged with first-degree murder are Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and…

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Added by Nerdy Keith on August 21, 2013 at 8:04am — 56 Comments

Totally Harmless

So, my school may have finally been targeted and criticized by the last remaining coo coo for coa coa puffs organization in America.…

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Added by Logan D on August 21, 2013 at 12:00am — 28 Comments

Grumpy Cat is Jesus.

From the article found here:

Man Finds Grumpy Cat in a Banana.

"Evidence has recently been discovered proving that Grumpy Cat, everyone’s favorite grumpy animal, is in fact the second coming of Christ. The evidence is as follows:…

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Added by Emperor Milos on August 20, 2013 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Governor Christie Bans Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/NJ_governor_to_sign_ban_on_gay_conversion_therapy.html

I believe Christie's legislation is the first of it's type passed in the U.S. I am sure many New Jersey teens are breathing a welcome sigh of relief. Conversion therapy needs to go on the dusty shelf right next to shock treatments. 

Added by Ed on August 20, 2013 at 3:34am — 4 Comments

Jesus Christ, Uwe Boll, can't you learn from past mistakes.

Uwe Boll is pretty much universally known as the Director who can't get anything right.

All of his movies have sucked balls, and he doesn't learn from his mistakes. He suffers from crap actors, crap editing, crap camerawork, and crap directing.

But there was one movie that I wanted to enjoy. I really wanted to like this movie. In the Name of the King, A Dungeon Siege Tale.

He came within an inch of having a decent film. He had good camerawork, he had good actors... okay,…

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Added by H3xx on August 20, 2013 at 1:01am — No Comments

Atheist Parables: Doubting Thomas

Welcome to my Atheist Parables series. In the tradition of Plato, Jesus, and Aesop, I will use stories and allegory to examine issues of faith, reality and reason.

This is a parable based on the story of Thomas, from the Bible. Thomas didn't see Jesus the first time he appeared to the disciples, so he didn't believe at first that Jesus came back from the dead. But Jesus…

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Added by Physeter on August 18, 2013 at 9:20pm — 3 Comments

Nice people say the stupidest shit.

Went to a local annual motorcycle event yesterday to take in the sights and sounds. Wonderfully cool for August BTW. I was talking to a couple fellows from 'off' and we were discussing the local rides that are great for motorcycling. Then I warned them about one particular road that has a habit of devouring riders who can't cope with it's demanding off camber turns and such. I mentioned that each year usually one or more riders become a fatality on this particular route. One of them…

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Added by Ed on August 17, 2013 at 8:49am — 11 Comments

What's in a name, you say?

After disagreeing with the biological father (they were seperated) about which last name her newborn son would adopt a Tennessee woman proceeded to plead her case to a child support magistrate. The magistrate took note of the child's intended first name (Messiah) and informed the mother that she would not authorize the child adopting this particular name because there was only one person who should rightfully be bestowed with that name - Jesus Christ.

The woman has contacted legal…

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Added by Ed on August 14, 2013 at 9:59am — 8 Comments

Atheist Admires Pope Francis. So what?

I ran across this piece by a on a blog maintained by the order.  I thought the piece was quite good, actually, and reflects my own views in many ways, and the comments the author makes both to Catholics and indirectly about atheists might be of interest to those here. 

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It’s not uncommon for my various social newsfeeds to look like an avalanche of news about Pope Francis; it’s an occupational hazard of (i) being a Jesuit and (ii) knowing a lot of Catholics.…

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Added by Dr. Bob on August 13, 2013 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Introduction

After coming to this site every night for two weeks, I have decided to join and share my story. I have felt so alone in my disbelief lately, and I'm so thankful to have found this site! Thank you all.

I grew up in Alabama in a family of extremely devout, slightly evangelical, and very Baptist Christians. To say my family is religious would be an understatement. I became a Christian at age 12 (which was very late in comparison to the majority of the children at our church). I…

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Added by Hamilton on August 12, 2013 at 8:11pm — 10 Comments

Bleh. Shark Week.

From the webcomic Rock Paper Cynic. Full of intelligent, funny, and just plain weird comics, jokes and songs.

Added by H3xx on August 12, 2013 at 2:15am — No Comments

LX200 Telescope

Meade 10 inch f/10 LX200 ACF Meade 10" f/10 LX200 ACF



I'll start with that "ACF" part because that tells you what kind of a telescope I've purchased. It looks an awful lot like a Schmidt Cassegrain because the light path is "folded up" into a similar package to a Schmidt. The 10" f/10 suggests a 100 inch light path but the scope is…

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Added by Brad Snowder on August 11, 2013 at 8:19pm — 2 Comments

What is what

Imagine you are in a dark room. Not completely dark, you can see little. You can see something round on a table and you don't know what it is – that is a mystery. You might think – it's an orange – that is a theory. But you can think it could be also a tennis ball – that is another theory. If it is a tennis ball, it can't be an orange and wise versa – that is a contradiction. You can go closer, take it, smell it and get more information to come up with a better theory – that is science. But…

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Added by Guntis Brazma on August 11, 2013 at 5:25pm — 7 Comments

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