The First Patheos Atheist Blog Carnival

Camels with Hammers' Daniel Fincke took on the task of doing a roundup of recent great posts here on the ungodly part of Patheos. I'm proud to be included with two pieces, but there are some truly good posts from my fellow unbelievers.But go there and see for yourself, hmm? The Inaugural Patheos Atheists Blog Carnival! … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Never Doubt the Power of Religion

The basic rationale for establishing Beta Culture is to provide a balancing force against three "social entities" that are the only current avenues into any sort of future.As I say it: "There's the future we might WANT, and the future we're going to GET."The future we're going to get is the one government, business and religion will get us to. You and I might want a cure for Alzheimer's in ten years, but if government won't help fund the research, if universities, hospitals, pharma … [Read more...]

I’m Ready for My Inheritance, Granny — Would You Kindly DIE??

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I was talking to my friend Dirt Boy (he owns a plant nursery, and I never shake his hand that he doesn't have to wipe it off first) last night about Beta Culture, and we got onto the subject of death.If you're an existing reader here, you probably know about my Cowboy Dad. For you others: I grew up in Houston, Texas, moved to a little mountain town in California when I was 22. I met this guy there who became my mentor, teacher and eventually, "Dad." We were both mule packers and wilderness … [Read more...]

Earth Day 2013: Thoughts Like Falling Leaves

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[This is a repost of a piece I did several years ago, slightly edited for 2013. This essay is also part of the conceptual force driving my thoughts on the need for Beta Culture.]Leaf OneCon games and sleight-of-hand magic work because, one, we humans only have so much attention to spare at any one moment, and two, they direct that attention deliberately in one direction. If you look at where the finger points, you miss … well, everything else.Like the movie teen backing through a d … [Read more...]

Adventures in Cholecystectomy Land – Part 1

Probably more than you wanted to know, but ...I promised myself I would blog about this, and so I am:I went to the hospital on Friday for my pre-admission session, in preparation for gallbladder surgery – by an actual robot! – next Friday. Before surgery, they want to make sure you’re up to it, so they do blood tests, EKG, etc.I aced the tests. One of the nurses even told me she really liked having people like me, because so many of her patients were, you know, smokers and such, and had mul … [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, and met wit … [Read more...]


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