I'm posting this for attention.  I feel like I need to be honest upfront.  Anyone who writes a blog wants people to read it.  With that said, this post is going to be relatively short.  My main goal is to meet like-minded people anyway, and this might seem counter-intuitive, but atheism is really only a miniscule fraction of our lives, right?

Atheism does allow us to scrape away a lot of the bullshit from our lives, though.  But I think I'm going to talk about a few things that are important to me, and maybe I'll get back some things that are even better.

1) I've been following John and Hank Green for about half a decade now.  They have become two of the most influential people in my life, and I often refer to myself as a "nerdfighter."

2) I have applied to the world's very first tuition-free, fully accredited, online university, called The University of the People... and I will know tomorrow whether or not I am accepted.

3) I make a decent supplemental income using a site called Lending Club.  My IRA is hosted by another site called Betterment, which is also doing well.

4) I use the rss reader called Feedly.  If you use RSS feeds, I'd be very interested to know what some of your favorite feeds are... I have tons that I would be willing to share in return.

5) I take advantage of the charity site "Humble Bundle" and there I regularly get very cool indie games, and at the same time I can donate to charity.  I like games that don't take up my whole life and I can still be productive.

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Comment by Franklin Ayers on June 3, 2014 at 1:09am

Hi Maxwell! Did you get into UOP? I looked at the site and it read a couple of stories on it and I can't wait to see how this plays out. As someone who learns on the internet all the time I can really appreciate what this means to folks who would otherwise not get a higher education. I think this is an exciting opportunity for folks.

I am an illustrator and am currently learning javaScript to extend my earning potential. I work in education and am excited about apps that help kids learn. 

I also advocate locally for Church/State separation.

Any way I just wanted to say hi and see how the UOP goes. Good luck to you.

Comment by Maxwell Marovich on June 3, 2014 at 8:28am

They sent my acceptance letter through the email.  Then they gave me asked me when I wanted to start my term (June, Sept, Jan, etc).  They also asked me if I needed a scholarship, because paying $500 per semester for test processing fees is still too much for many who apply.  I can pay it fairly easily so I moved on.


Congratulations! Your enrollment has been confirmed.

Shortly before classes begin, we will be registering you for your introductory courses. You will then be contacted by the Office of Student Services with your student details and information on how to access Moodle, which is the Virtual Learning Environment. Keep an eye on your inbox!

If you have any questions before then, please contact student.services@uopeople.org.

We look forward to learning with you!

Best Regards,

Office of Admissions


Since I enrolled to start in September, most likely none of this will happen for a few more months.

If you want apps for kids to learn, consider this list: http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2013/01/15-online-learning-websites-th...

And this is a fairly new one: https://www.futurelearn.com/

And here is another more extensive list from the Quora community: http://www.quora.com/The-Internet-2/What-are-the-most-productive-wa...

Got any other good ones, let me know.


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