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Thursday, 30 October 2008

OK, I finished The Big Sort, and I have to say that while I agree with the observations of the author and his collegues, and I understand their point, I think that in the scope of their exploration they have missed an important factor.

Far be it from me to nit-pick people much smarter than myself, but they have thoroughly explored the results of insulating yourself from the "sanity check" and your little group become progressivly more extreme.  (Sanity check: compareing your perceptions of the world to those of others as a way to moderate your opinions).

But they don't seem to address at all the power of the reality check.

Granted, the reality check takes longer, because the conflict of an erroneous position with reality generally has to build up consequences to the point where you can no longer ignore them.

However, we have been here before.  There was a time when the world-view of most people was one completely inconsistant with reality...and eventually people began to depart from the demon-haunted view of the world, and turn toward a more reasoned approach.  Some people require a much more strenuous thump-on-the-head than others...but eventually, most people come around.

I'm not sure how much off the track our society has to become before we reach that tipping-point when we return to sense...but I'd like to think we are approaching it right now.

I guess we'll find out soon.

Thursday, 30 October 2008 10:49:41 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Friday, 09 May 2008

I'd like to call your attention to a few new blogs in the blogroll.

I've added some religious blogs, as examples of who I am NOT talking about in my "wacky fundies" posts.

Erudite Redneck    - wacky (in a good way) not fundie.

God & Life            - Fundie - not wacky

Monastic Mumbligs - Not fundie, not wacky (yet strangely, still interesting)

The Watering Hole  -also not fundie, and not wacky

Friday, 09 May 2008 07:26:33 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Or not a Real Christian (TM) with a brain all abuzz with "Sound Doctrine" (TM)...

...but you've always thought that Jesus fellow would be someone you could get behind and root for...

You'll probably like this.

(Hat Tip: The Yurica Report)

Tuesday, 15 April 2008 13:49:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Friday, 21 December 2007

There's going to be a hue and cry about this, and you're probably all going to see it, so you might as well see it here:



It's not going to quite make the "nameing a Teddy-Bear Mohammad" level of outcry...mobs will not be calling for blood because of it, at least not on anything more than a metaphorical level.

On the other hand, you can bet that it WILL create outcry.

I've heard Conservative Christians proudly proclaim that the Gospel is offensive.  They declare it to be "not politically correct".  They use this to justify their condemnation of others.

But even more offensive is the idea that we are called by their gospel to be servants to one another,  to minister to one another, and to forgive one another, and yes, to turn the other cheek. 

This picture of the concept of Christ as an emblem of humilty and healing in the face of great wrong will, of course, be deeply offensive...probably even mocked as the perversion "Gandhi Christ", and appelation I have heard on more than one occasion.

And that offense will serve the very ordinary purpose of covering a very ordinary condition of being unable to transcend our humaness.

No matter how many platitudes and pontifications are made about "foundations of morality" or having been "made a new creature"...

You're still just a human being.  But.  You are a human being who can IMAGINE a condition where a man could bend down and act as a servant to his enemies, giving them comfort, healing their wounds, and dissapating their wrath.

This picture is a challenge, and an offensive, uncomfortable one at that.  By that measure, which of us can succeed?  Fortunately, for the more non-dogmatic among us, falling short is not a death sentance.  It is merely a continuation of the challenge, to cultivate a person who can approach this ideal.

For those of us who HAVE no religion, it is not necessary to believe that Jesus was God, or even if he was a flesh-and-blood man.  The mere fact that we can conceive of a person so humble, so inoffensive, and yet so noble that he can dispell the aggression and hate of his enemies is a challenge, for us to take up or ignore as we are so inspired.  Must the same as our friends and neighbors who DO have religion.

The good news is, that's you are SUPPOSED to be human.  So get to work being the best one you can make of your self in the time you have.

And stop counting on someone else to do it for you.

(Double hat tip to: Monk-in-Training and Random Reflections)


Friday, 21 December 2007 22:46:47 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #

Monk-in-Training has a take on the "Doubting Thomas" story that I have never heard before.

I like it.

It makes a lot more sense than anything I've ever heard on the subject before.

That probably means it's horribly, horribly, wrong and will lead us all down the feel-good primrose path to hell.  :-)

I'd be really worried if I believed in hell.

Friday, 21 December 2007 07:58:32 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
Saturday, 28 July 2007

I'm involved in a discussion group about a book called "Jim and Casper Go to Church" - written by Jim Henderson, a pastor/housepainter and Matt Casper, an atheist hired by Jim to accompany him to various Christian churches.

Disclaimer: Our discussion group is not unbiased- it is held in a United Methodist church, and most attendees are members. However- it has proven so far (on week 4) to at least be a healthy discussion, and not a debate. I'm honestly not a real fan of debate- or the whole "I'm right, you're wrong, and I could prove it if only you weren't so narrow-minded."

The opinions expressed in our class range from socially moderate to socially liberal, but don't cover extremes. As a rule, legalistic Christians view our church as anything from slightly misguided (not enough focus on sin) to blasphemous (preaching the untruth) and therefore steer clear. OTOH- I would say our church doesn't really appeal to the unchurched, atheists, or extremist liberals because it is difficult for some to believe the motto posted on our door "Open Hearts, Open Doors, and Open Minds", could apply to any Christian, no matter how well-meaning they may be.

Jim the Christian, recruited Casper the Atheist from an Off the Map blog contest to find an atheist willing to attend churches and speak openly about his experiences (The site is: Don't look for the same commitment to open-mindedness here-the threads too often are  dominated by people with an agenda-though they are generally polite about it.)

ANYHOO- these two guys, who become good friends, travel all over the country to visit many different types and sizes of churches, and this book documents the experience. In our group of about 20, questions based on the book are posed to us and we are invited to share our perspectives.

Some of Casper's observations demand a response. In one example, at Willow Creek- a mega-church outside Chicago, Casper is astounded to hear the preacher thank people for their prayers to help him land an interview with Bono. Casper says, "People are being killed needlessly in every corner of the world, kids are starving, and people are praying for their pastor to meet a rock star? That's ludicrous."

This does not resemble our church prayer experience- in fact Pastor Bill once got a complaint that his prayers for peace, and to help us to do as Jesus taught- to feed the poor, visit the sick and imprisoned, have compassion for the mentally ill, and to love our neighbors, etc. were too depressing. Yet I think it helps us to understand the perspective of non-Christians who think that at best we are largely failing in our call to help those in need, and at worst, whipping up a frenzy against "sinners" (which means everyone NOT like them), praying for personal wealth while we ignore the cries of the poor (clearly they are poor because they are "sinners") and praying for our pastors to win famous friends and influence people.  When you look at sheer numbers, Willow Creek has 20,0000 attendees each week, so its influence can't be ignored. It is obvious that these megachurches are as good at marketing as the more legalistic churches are at lobbying for political influence (If that point isn't obvious, just search "those wacky fundies" on Teresa's blog, and grab a coffee- cuz' you'll be reading a while.)

A large chunk of the questions from Casper in this book ask "If Jesus did X, why aren't you focused on X?", based on his experience visiting these churches. It is fair to say that this was his take-away more often than not.

There were also a couple of times Casper felt genuinely moved (not moved in the God-sense, but in a way he describes as "the humans' need for expression taking over"), and a couple instances where he was blown away by the positive impact a church had individuals or their community- hard-core criminals who authentically turned their lives around, and one church in an impoverished area that began their mission by providing a washer and dryer for the homeless to use so they could wash their clothes before appearing for a job interview, and now provides a free health clinic, free daycare, and builds no-profit homes for low-income people in abandoned neighborhoods.

Out of curiosity, I looked up some numbers. According to the Association of Religous Data Archives:  US mainline protestants +26,150,866, Catholics 62,035,042, Orthodox 989,106, Evangelical Protestant 39,935,307, Other religions 12,254,099 and Unclaimed 140,057,419 (which includes atheists as well as all others who were not adherents of any of the 188 groups included). Interesting. There are 3x as many Unclaimed as there are Evangelicals.

Our church is lumped in with the Mainline Protestants. Seeing the number 26,150,866 leads me to believe that if we strived to improve on practicing what we preach- that is a LOT of potential to help the poor, sick, and oppressed. Considering many of my friends fall in the Unclaimed group, and I know they too desire to help the poor, sick, and the oppressed- it helps me see how important it is to find common ground and pool our resources, and for Christians to, as Jim puts it "NOT be jerks to non-Christians."  In order to do this, we have to be willing to really get to know people beyond their soundbite "I'm an atheist" or "I'm a Christian" or "I'm a Wiccan", or whatever.

I guess that's the point of attempting to have an open dialogue versus a Convince-Fest.

Pastor Bill is gone this week, and I volunteered to lead the discussion on Wednesday night- and no one objected loudly enough to stop me, so if any of you have your own thoughts or perceptions you'd like to share, I'm interested to read them, and to share them with our group. Thank you to all who are willing to share, let others be heard, and not attempt to dominate the discussion or convince anyone of your stance.

Trees' friend Sue.

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Saturday, 21 July 2007

Ben at Eclecticsanonymous has an entry up about Prussian Blue again.

For me, the relevant quote in the video he referanced is:  "People change".

To me that is the most important thing in the whole clip.  I have watched the twins casually since they first came to my attention on Jason Bock's blog a while ago.

All along, I have told myself that kids grow up and that people change.

Maybe these unfortunate girls will triumph over their upbringing and learn that you can love who you are. and that it isn't a choice between being proud to be white, or ashamed to be white..."white" is a description, and idea, a shorthand.  It carries fragments of an identity, but only fragments.

Just look at the white supremicists sometimes.  Watch them talk to each other.  They can't even decide definativly what "white" is.

"Race" is a powerful part of a peson's identity...but try to define what it's part of you, but what part?  To what extent?  What is there about your race that you can plant a flag in and say "This is what my race makes of me?"

When you try to do that, you realize how slippery the idea really is, and how futile and unnatural it is to try to define everything you are and everything you think and feel and do by your race.  Just as it is futile and unnatural to do so with anyone else.


Saturday, 21 July 2007 06:20:28 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Thursday, 19 July 2007

An upsetting article about a woman who died in police custody.


I don't recall the exact quote, but I recall Paine writing about how brutality in punishment and treatment of prisoners leads to a general harness of heart and general brutality of spirit in a society, such that it cheapens life, humanity, and human dignity generally in society and lessens the ability of the people to excersise compassion.

How do we think it will effect the other people held in that jail, that they watched one of their fellow prisoners die without care, comfort, or help?  Will we be able to expect compassion and decency from them?  Only if they themselves triumph over the experience.  They certainly have nothing useful along that lines from this experience.

When someone says something about Iraqi civillians unable to count on medical care, or hurt as "collateral damage" in the war, people shrug and say 3000 of our own people died on 9/11.  We watched people who became representatives of a whole society murder our countrymen right before our eyes, and many of us reacted by having a brutal and callous attitude to an entire culture.  Brutality and callousness beget brutality and callousness.

If you watched someone die right before your eyes while representatives empowered by your society simply watched and did nothing, would you feel obligated to care about that society or any of its members?  Would you feel motivated to re-join that society as a useful and productive member?  Would you trust any social compact offered by that society?

Thursday, 19 July 2007 08:37:40 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Friday, 13 July 2007



Much is being made of this video.  Some people think that it is a bunch of rude, obnoxious, theocratic extremeists trying to silence a religious blessing upon our government from a holy man from a significant minority group who contributes greatly to the richness of our society.


Nothing could be further from the truth.  The truth is that our Deist founders who didn't believe in organized religion, nevertheless decreed that the United States was a Christian nation.  Sure, natural law was a good enough way for them to live THIER lives, but for the country, they thought that bronze age morality was the cure and they said no other religion could be practiced publicly.

And don't quote me Jefferson's letter to the Baptist convention about the "Wall of Seperation" malarky.  That was just a ruse to lull the non-Christians into a false sense of security.

Anyway.  What's going on here is that the Christians are exersising both their RIGHT to use their free speech to silence other religions, and their SACRED OBLIGATION to harass non-Christian in the country.  And by non Christians, I mean non- Protestants.


Protestants are the REAL matter what the Pope says.


I mean, who does this Hindu holy man think he is anyway?  What makes him think that we WANT to ask to be guided by the supreme deity who created and runs the universe, and have our deliberations and decisions and actions subject to his laws?  What makes him think that we have any obligation to remember that we are part of a country that is part of a planet, that is part of a universal system whose reality we are subject to, and whithin which we are called to function with the best possible expression of our nature?


Oh. Wait.  I guess this must explain something that someone has called to my attention:  Some Christians think that liberal Christians are actually Hindus.  LOL.  Maybe we should re-think the percentage of Hindues that make up the population.  Maybe we need to add more Hindu chaplains.

It seems almost futile for religion to call people to humility anymore.

(double Hat Tip:  Eclecticsanonymous)

Also, Jason Bock has commentary on this.

Friday, 13 July 2007 06:11:24 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] |  |  |  |  | #
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
Sunday, 11 March 2007

"How barbarous, to deny men the privilage of pursuing what they imagine to be their proper concerns and interests!  Yet, in a sense, this is what you are doing when you allow your indignation to rise at their wrongdoing; for after all, they are only following their own apparent concerns and interests.  You say they are mistaken?  Why then, tell them so, and explain it to them, instead of being indignant."

                                                                           --Marcus Aurelius Book VI note 27


I realized that I had been neglecting Marcus Aurelius, and it does show in my approach to life recently.  Since I found this one instructive, I thought I'd share it.

Sunday, 11 March 2007 07:06:44 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  | #
Sunday, 25 February 2007

So here is an entry by a doctor in Texas, who innocently posted some random musings about how he doubts Darwin, and next thing he knows, he’s in an argument with Ben and I about evolution and its place in science class.  He makes appeals to the fact that he has a life outside of his blogging, so it is hard for him to keep up with the conversation.  Fair enough.  Everyone knows that all I do is sit on my ass an eat bon-bons, right?  But anyway, on to the matter at hand.

Read the whole thing, but what I am going to comment on is his final point:

Debates go on within science class about various aspects of the natural world. Debates also occur in philosophy class about the nature of man, the nature of god, etc. But what happens when a student asks the same question in each class and is given a different answer?

This is what the current Great Debate is about. When the science class and the philosophy class disagree, who decides which is right? It would be helpful if the two classes could talk to each other to see whether the differences can be reconciled. Personally, I feel this is what the Intelligent Design movement is attempting to do. But as long as we insist upon keeping the two disciplines separate, claiming that any mixing would contaminate the other, then we'll simply keep fighting until someone gives up or until one side conquers by force, never really knowing if we were right.


I believe that Religion will often give different answers than science because science and Religion have different rules (the good doctor uses the word philosophy, but I think that is not the word to use.)

Whatever Intelligent Design is attempting to do, there is little that it CAN do without breaking both the rules of science and the rules of Religion.  Long-time readers will recall that I originally gave Intelligent Design a fair consideration, much as the good doctor is doing, not because I doubted that Evolution and Natural Selection could make the changes shown in the fossil record from a single ancestor, but because I am a Deist.

So I liked the thought that maybe there were elements to design that could be discovered in our world and nature that could indicate a creator.

But further reading was very disappointing.  Instead of the idea that the world functioned according to consistent and functional rules, the purveyors of Intelligent Design go on and on about how the “randomness” of creation could not give rise to the kinds of changes seen in the fossil record.

What had at first appeared  to be an attempt to explore the Deistic rhetorical device of “creation implies a creator” or of God being the “first cause” that started the universe spinning and expanding, turned out to be a misappropriation used to force the God of Creation back into the Bible.

The God of intelligent Design did not create a universe of perfection and majesty.  The Creator described by Intelligent Design threw together a hodge-podge of wacky elements that don’t work without his constant interference and adjustment.

While the Intelligent Design people may begin the discussion like Deists, they inevitably end it like Medieval Priests, skulking and bowing before a capricious God who doesn’t know what he wants, muddling about in creation continuously, throwing in an eye here, and foot there and giving appendixes and taking them away at a whim without rhyme or reason.

Like the God of the Bible that started out ordering genocides and eradicating  the whole world in a flood (only to show regret later), but then changed in the New Testament to a God that wanted us to love our enemies and turn the other cheek; the God of Intelligent design gets his hands in and mucks about changing this, changing that, intervening and interfering in his work like a mechanic that can’t leave well enough alone.

The God of Intelligent Design is not the one that created the world and said “It is good”.  There is no seventh day for the God of Intelligent Design.

The God of Intelligent Design does not do things for reasons that humans can understand.  His ways are mysterious and unpredictable.  What we know of how the world functions is meaningless because he can just reach in and change things at a moment’s notice.  Add another eye, turn a fin into a leg here, or subtract a tail there for no other reason than that he wants it that way.

If there is, indeed, a way to get religion and science to talk to each other, Intelligent Design is not the way.  It understands too little of science, nothing at all of philosophy, and bows and scrapes too much to the absurdities of Religion, while at the same time contradicting them.

Sunday, 25 February 2007 23:36:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] |  | #
Tuesday, 30 January 2007

There is a traffic circle in front of Grasshopper's school.  The purpose is for dropping off kids without having to park.  You just drive up and stop in front of the school.  Your kid gets out, you complete the circle, and leave in an orderly fashion.  There are two lanes.  The one on the outside is for parking, the one on the inside is for you to pull into when you want to drive out of the circle.


Simple.  Efficient...


And a complete clusterfuck.


For the several years that I've had kids in that school there's always been THOSE PEOPLE.  The ones who drive past the parking lot, where they are supposed to park, pull up into the traffic circle; and park.  They get out, walk their kid into the school, visit with the teacher, run into someone they know and discuss the weather, use the bathroom…whatever…and leave their damned vehicle parked in the middle of the drop-off zone.


All this to avoid walking a few extra feet.  They turn what should be a really sweet, efficient system into a rat's nest, as people try to drive around the parked vehicle, and nearly crash into people in the driving lane, and EVERYONE ends up in grid-lock.


Worse, the chaos spreads out into the public streets, as traffic backs up and people can't even get near the school and decide not to wait.  Impatient moms and dads in a rush to drop their kids and get off to work unload their children onto the sidewalk.  Those kids then have to use the crossing guards to get across the intersection.  The crossing guards then have to stop traffic  in the streets leading to the school to get the kids across – causing traffic to back up to the intersections a block away from the school.


This affects people who don't even have kids, as impatient people who have waited in line to just get to the intersection decide they won't wait their proper turn at the four-way stop, causing more grid-lock.


Recently, the school posted two guys out on the traffic circle to make these assholes get back in their cars and keep driving.  For about three weeks straight, they enforced proper traffic circle etiquette.  Traffic not only cleared up and got more efficient, it got more polite.


People at the intersection of the street and the school's traffic circle began to realize that they had to let people OUT of the traffic circle onto the street in order for there to be room for them to pull in…so they stopped pulling into the intersection (effectively blocking the path of people leaving and causing gridlock).


The effect is noticeable for at least three blocks around the school during rush hour.


There has been no need for any enforcement now for a month.


My observation is:  Enlightened Self Interest works, as long as there aren't too many selfish jerks who gum up the system.  When people realize that what is good for other people is also good for them, they do what is good for everyone willingly and cheerfully.  When they see that other people get to break the rules, while they themselves are expected to follow them, they stop playing, and everyone suffers.


So the school did the right thing.  They found the source of the problem (the few cheaters) and called them on their behavior.  I didn't even require any sort of "punishment"...just having their behavior pointed out to them, and a request to correct it was enough.


They didn't have to do away with the service of the traffic circle.  They didn't have to reduce the number of people using it.  They didn't have to punish all of the people who were breaking the rules simply to try to function in a broken system...


...all they had to do was temporarily perform a small corrective function to the behavior of the few people who were breaking the system and all the other violators went back to civil behavior in a system that worked properly for the benefit of everyone.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007 11:00:25 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  | #
Thursday, 18 January 2007

The Weapon (Part II of Fear)

We've got nothing to fear -- but fear itself?
Not pain, not failure, not fatal tragedy?
Not the faulty units in this mad machinery?
Not the broken contacts in emotional chemistry?

With an iron fist in a velvet glove
We are sheltered under the gun
In the glory game on the power train
Thy kingdom's will be done

And the things that we fear are a weapon to be held against us...

He's not afraid of your judgement
He knows of horrors worse than your Hell
He's a little bit afraid of dying
But he's a lot more afraid of your lying

And the things that he fears are a weapon to be held against him...

Can any part of life be larger than life?
Even love must be limited by time
And those who push us down that they might climb
Is any killer worth more than his crime?

Like a steely blade in a silken sheath
We don't see what they're made of
They shout about love, but when push comes to shove
They live for the things they're afraid of

And the knowledge that they fear is a weapon to be used against them...

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Sunday, 07 January 2007

"When, in countries that are called civilized, we see age going to the workhouse and youth to the gallows, something must be wrong with the system of government.  It would seem, by the exterior appearance of such countries, that all was happiness; but there lies hidden from the eye of common observance, a mass of wretchedness that has scarcely any other chance, than to expire in poverty or infamy.  Its entrance into life is marked with the presage of its fate; and until this is remedied, it is vain to punish.

Civil government does not consist in executions; but in making that provision for the instruction of youth, and the support of age, as to exclude, as much as possible, the profligacy from the one, and despair from the other.  Instead of this, the resources of the country are lavished upon kings, upon courts, upon hirelings, imposters and prostitutes; and even the poor themselves, with all their wants upon them, are compelled to support the fraud that opresses them."


                                           -- Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man, part two" 

Sunday, 07 January 2007 22:19:29 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  | #
Saturday, 06 January 2007
Thomas Paine said it.
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Sunday, 10 December 2006

Remember the American Revolution?  Remember what we were revolting against?  Allow Thomas Paine to remind you, and realize that the American Revolution needs to be refreshed.  If we do it now, we can do it with our hearts and minds and votes:


"A childish set of thinkers and half-way politicians born in the last century; men who went no farther with any priciple than as it suited their purpose as a party; the nation was always left out of the question; and this has been the character of every party from that day to this.  The nation sees nothing in such works, or such politics worthy its attention.  A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great which moves a nation."

                                                      -- Thomas Paine

                                                           The Rights of Man, part II

Sunday, 10 December 2006 07:32:05 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Wednesday, 06 December 2006
Those poor, misunderstood bastards.
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Monday, 04 December 2006
If they can make more money giving us what we think we want, rather than what we need, they will. Whose fault is that? And if we could stop it, but we like the pay-offs...once again, whose fault is that?
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Thursday, 16 November 2006

"Conduct your victory as if it were a funeral."

                             -- Lao Tzu

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Tuesday, 24 October 2006
I provide a link and commentary on an article reminding you that God wants you to know you're a loser so he can make you a winner, as long as even while you believe you will "win", you never forget you're a loser. Because someone said that he said so. I think. In otherwords, Curves Ahead, buckle up.
Tuesday, 24 October 2006 09:46:25 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] |  |  | #
Wednesday, 27 September 2006
'cause I'm movin' out.
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 22:28:55 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  | #
Monday, 04 September 2006
Kickin' it Old School
Monday, 04 September 2006 20:56:19 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Introspection is not a hate crime.
Monday, 04 September 2006 08:59:34 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  | #
Wednesday, 30 August 2006
And a sophomoric storm analogy.
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Tuesday, 29 August 2006
I'm just saying, this is the picture I get from where I'm sitting. I'd be glad to hear what anyone else sees.
Tuesday, 29 August 2006 09:05:55 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  | #
Tuesday, 08 August 2006
Both sides squick me out.
Tuesday, 08 August 2006 12:48:00 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  |  |  | #
Saturday, 05 August 2006
Last installment. I promise. Unless something remarkable happens.
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Friday, 04 August 2006
Active meditation: don't sweat the small stuff.
Friday, 04 August 2006 08:55:23 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  | #
Thursday, 03 August 2006
Or, "yep, let's break open that can of worms"
Thursday, 03 August 2006 22:07:06 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  | #
Sunday, 30 July 2006
An oldie, but goodie.
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Wednesday, 28 June 2006
The service industry: Nice place to visit...wouldn't want to live there.
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Monday, 26 June 2006
It hurts, and you only know for sure when it DOESN'T work.
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Saturday, 24 June 2006
Meditations on the Bible episode of Penn and Teller's Bullshit!
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Friday, 26 May 2006
question about Lay and Skilling
Friday, 26 May 2006 08:34:49 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] | #
Tuesday, 23 May 2006
Or at least, my musings on the short-comings of one would-be AI person.
Tuesday, 23 May 2006 22:26:02 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  | #
Monday, 08 May 2006
Thomas Paine rocks
Monday, 08 May 2006 06:10:45 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Saturday, 06 May 2006
AP, all keep your mits OFF!!
Saturday, 06 May 2006 09:27:57 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] |  |  |  | #
Tuesday, 31 January 2006
Dance Monkeys, dance.
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 09:43:08 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  |  | #
Tuesday, 24 January 2006
In which I somehow manage to compare heaven to a prison.
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 07:31:48 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] |  | #
Monday, 12 December 2005
I loves my blinders...LOVES my blinders...
Monday, 12 December 2005 10:29:18 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  | #
Thursday, 08 December 2005
...because people do what people do." Don't know if I heard this somewhere or came up with it on my own. Don't you hate it when that happens?
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Thursday, 17 November 2005
My take on an article defending changing sceince standards to include ID.
Thursday, 17 November 2005 10:05:23 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  |  | #
Tuesday, 01 November 2005
I miss Halloween.
Tuesday, 01 November 2005 10:33:12 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Tuesday, 27 September 2005
An Interdisciplinary Lecture Series.
Tuesday, 27 September 2005 09:46:26 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] |  | #
Monday, 26 September 2005
It just makes sense.
Monday, 26 September 2005 11:52:50 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Thursday, 08 September 2005
All the cool kids are doing it.
Thursday, 08 September 2005 09:33:20 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
Friday, 24 June 2005
Just because I like it.
Friday, 24 June 2005 20:44:21 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
Tuesday, 14 June 2005
With gratitude to Neal Stephanson.
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 10:52:52 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  | #
Tuesday, 31 May 2005
There's usually a little wiggle room...but ultimatly, reality isn't up for a vote.
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Wednesday, 25 May 2005
I love Penn and Teller. Absolutely love them. I do disagree with them from time to time, but I love how they debunk popular myths, and do magic and juggle and play jazz…kinda.
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Tuesday, 10 May 2005
A primer.
Tuesday, 10 May 2005 09:49:23 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  | #
Sunday, 24 April 2005
And a "great leaping Marlin" of a disaster for everyone else.
Sunday, 24 April 2005 20:18:47 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] |  |  | #
Friday, 08 April 2005
Remember when these people were marginal, kooky fringe elements?
Friday, 08 April 2005 23:41:34 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  |  | #
Tuesday, 05 April 2005
Get wise everyone...this isn't a religion. It's a pathology.
Tuesday, 05 April 2005 09:47:22 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  | #
Wednesday, 30 March 2005
Lobbing humor over the heads of the great unwashed masses in an intellectual game of keep-away.
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Monday, 21 March 2005
The Terri Schiavo case.
Monday, 21 March 2005 07:56:23 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] |  | #
Tuesday, 01 March 2005
We haven't had a shit-storm in a while...
Tuesday, 01 March 2005 14:29:21 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Sunday, 30 January 2005
...or something lke that...
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Friday, 21 January 2005
...and he's a sea sponge...he wouldn't even have to really. He just does it because it's right.
Friday, 21 January 2005 10:46:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  | #
Tuesday, 04 January 2005
And that's pretty much my take on it.
Tuesday, 04 January 2005 11:28:04 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [9] | #
Sunday, 02 January 2005
With apologies to Sir William Blake.
Sunday, 02 January 2005 21:19:56 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [16] |  | #
Friday, 31 December 2004
Or: reports from my life with extreme geekism.
Friday, 31 December 2004 00:06:37 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] |  |  | #
Wednesday, 29 December 2004
Sue makes a second appearance...
Wednesday, 29 December 2004 21:29:25 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Monday, 27 December 2004
Once again...skating the fuzzy line...
Monday, 27 December 2004 13:06:04 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [24] |  | #
Monday, 13 December 2004
Just thinking about the current trends in public opinion of education policy makes my head spin. I don't know which direction to lash out in first.
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Tuesday, 07 December 2004
Or:"Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease"
Tuesday, 07 December 2004 10:54:35 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] |  | #
Friday, 03 December 2004
I know, we're probably all sick of it, but I had more, if you're interested, here's what I think.
Friday, 03 December 2004 14:07:02 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  |  |  | #
Wednesday, 01 December 2004
"...confident their ways are best... the rightious rise, with burning eyes of hatred and ill-will. Madmen fed on fear and lies, to beat and burn and kill..." --Neil Peart
Wednesday, 01 December 2004 11:12:51 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  |  | #
Tuesday, 23 November 2004
Or: Skating the fuzzy line.
Tuesday, 23 November 2004 10:28:34 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] |  |  | #
Thursday, 18 November 2004
Or, Paul Wolfowitz knows what's best for you...just make your "X" and go back to your little life...uncle Paulie will take care of everything.
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Friday, 12 November 2004
The fourth and final installment on my thoughts on life, the universe and everything. You can tell I was running out of steam at the end there...neighbors, community and country all smooshed together...
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Thursday, 11 November 2004
Part three of the huge rant about loyalty and personal responsibility I wrote one night while I was stewing about a bunch of unrealted crap people around me were experianceing.
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Wednesday, 10 November 2004
More moralizing commentary on stuff I've watched going on around me.
Wednesday, 10 November 2004 14:37:34 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Tuesday, 09 November 2004
My not terribly well-ordered, but deeply held, thoughts on how people should treat each other: Preachy and Bombastic, with just a hint of Moralizing and a Pedantic finish.
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Friday, 22 October 2004
...especially if what you want is to have the world re-order itself around what you want...
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Monday, 18 October 2004
"...and gosh darn it, people like me."
Monday, 18 October 2004 09:34:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] |  | #
Sunday, 17 October 2004
...or asinine...depending on who you're referring to.
Sunday, 17 October 2004 09:25:12 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  | #
Tuesday, 07 September 2004
Or: "Why I will most likely always be a weirdo."
Tuesday, 07 September 2004 10:28:52 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] |  | #
Thursday, 02 September 2004
Alternate Title: "A butter-brained nymphet trapped in a linebacker's body"
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Wednesday, 01 September 2004
Alternate title: "Just one example of how I routinely violate my children's personal rights"
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Tuesday, 31 August 2004
Alternate title: "You must realize that a dead emperor is the only thing keeping me from using your head as a teatherball"
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Sunday, 29 August 2004
Hey! I successfully linked to another Blog! Do I get any cred for that? No? OK... :-(
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Friday, 27 August 2004
This one has everything, folks...pseudo-science! Folklore! Tropical Adventure! Monkey analogies!
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Wednesday, 25 August 2004
In which I gereralize wildly, ramble semi-coherantly, and end on a tired platitude due to a bout of insomnia.
Wednesday, 25 August 2004 21:37:13 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] |  | #
Sunday, 22 August 2004
In which I vent my frustrations with people who have not yet succumbed to the power of my stern lectures on personal power and accountability.
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Friday, 20 August 2004
I which I activly piss off Atheists and Christians, and probably inadvertantly piss off all non-Judeo-Christians (with the exception of Buddhists) by leaving them out entierly.
Friday, 20 August 2004 09:58:10 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
Thursday, 19 August 2004
In which I urge the reader to become a lop-grinned space pirate.
Thursday, 19 August 2004 08:04:54 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Wednesday, 18 August 2004
In which I admit to being weird, and explain how I thought this blog name was a good idea.
Wednesday, 18 August 2004 08:32:27 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  | #
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