An Epiphany on Road Rage … Online

road rage

I had to do a silly damned "defensive driving course" at work. It was this SIX HOUR LONG online thingie, where you have to read a short screen of text, and then wait out a timer before you can click to the next short screen of text, and read that. Argh. If you were ever a student and had a writing assignment that included a necessary word or page count, and you used up your facts or thoughts halfway through that assigned length and had to pad things out with extra words, you can imagine what … [Read more...]

Help Get ‘Hug An Atheist’ to a Wider Audience

Sylvia Broeckx writes: I apologise for sending you this message out of the blue, but we could really do with some help. We've made a film about atheists in the USA and it's from the perspective of everyday atheists, dealing with the aspects of life where religions provide solace and guidance such as morality, raising a family, and coping with tragedy. But, what’s the point of making a film that presents atheism in a positive light, if it doesn’t get seen by lots of people that aren’t … [Read more...]

Things I’d Like to Take Home on the Eve of Christmas

Claus

The impulse, I suspect, is in all of us. Put a 5-year-old on a beach with his mother, and he will spend some large part of his time picking up shells, one by one, over and over, running them back to her, proclaiming in awe and delight, “Mommy, look at THIS one!” You find a great new eating place, you go back and TELL everybody. You discover a beautiful little waterfall on a hike, you take pictures and go back and SHOW people. You hear some juicy, or sad, or amazing, bit of news, your … [Read more...]

I’m Part of FreethoughtBlogs’ FTBConscience!

I'll be appearing on the "Atheism and Grief" panel at FTBConscience this Sunday, July 21 at 4 p.m. Central time. Other speakers will include Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, plus Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor. Here's the entire convention schedule, and here's the page detailing just my panel. I'd volunteered to be on the panel regarding the future of atheism, hoping to talk about Beta Culture, but there were already plenty of panelists included there. Hope to see … [Read more...]

Me-me-meeeem!

Uncool

I've been meme-ifying over on Facebook lately. Just little nothings I tinkered up in Photoshop, and most of them no great shakes in the graphic design department — or even in basic message. Apparently you have to click on an image, and then click on it again, in order to see any one of these full-size. The top three are the coolest. If you have time for nothing else, take a look at those.   … [Read more...]

Asking a Bit of Support for a Fellow Warrior

Another unfortunate hit to our beloved Greta Christina: I have some more news of the crappy variety. It’s not as alarming as it’s going to sound: it’s probably going to be fine in the long run, and even in the medium run. So even though your first reaction may be alarm, try to not go there if you can avoid it. But I want to fill you in. And I’m going to ask you for some help. The bad news is that I was just diagnosed with endometrial cancer. I got the initial biopsy results Saturday, … [Read more...]

UnJeeped Comrade Conveys Thanks

Former "desert warrior" Chris Clarke expressed a hasty thanks today as he jetted off to the Caribbean trailing large-denomination bills and a mysterious white powder. Thanks to the generosity of all those who donated, Chris was at last able to ditch the desert schtick and buy an island resort, which he is converting into what he referred to as "a safe haven for women struggling with a pole-dancing addiction." But seriously: For those late on the scene, Chris Clarke, blogger, writer, feminist, … [Read more...]

Desert Warrior Seeks Millionaire. Sort Of.

I doubt he would ask for help. In fact, presented with this piece, I expect to hear from him, and I’m about half convinced he will be annoyed or embarrassed and ask me to take down the post. (And then, crap, I will have to decide whether to honor his wishes in what really is a personal matter, or ... you know, help him against his will.) But ... I have this friend. He’s a distant friend, an Internet friend, someone I’ve met in person only once. But he’s a Friend, with a capital-F, … [Read more...]

13: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

Okay, here's where I shock and dismay many of you. The part where you'll say "I don't agree! My experience is different! You're just wrong!" But I want you to think about this. It's something that's bothered me for years and years, something I think matters — a little detail of compassion that few of us ever think about, but that disturbs me greatly. … [Read more...]

12: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

The End. Except it's not yet 2 p.m. is it? Seems my math, from my original promise to blog from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., was faulty. I figured on 12 posts, but that span of time actually requires 13. While I'm thinking about that, look at this picture. It was taken right here in Upstate New York, near Schenectady. Click to embiggen.  (BTW, there are more Hank Fox photos on my Flickr site.) … [Read more...]