Can’t … Resist … Dazzling … Original … Nature … Song

You're gonna love this. Just relax and let it ... enter your mind. Yes, this is what foxes really sound like. … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Videoactive! Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa

I got invited to Eschaton 2012 in Ottawa last year, and the video of my talk — on Beta Culture and the "end of the world" — has just been released. Be gentle. It was my first time before an audience since the early 1990s, and I was a bit nervous.   … [Read more...]

Atheist Grief Panel Discussion: FTBConscience

Thanks to the kind invitation from Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, I was on the Atheist Grief panel of FTBConscience, and that took place today at 5 p.m., East Coast time. Other panelists were Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor. And here it is, already on YouTube!   … [Read more...]

Free Online Movies, Including One on Atheism

Things to be found on this newfangled Internet: 535 Free Movies Online Including this one: Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief With the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the emotional whiplash that followed, the monotheistic religions of the West took a more stridently political turn. It was in this context that Jonathan Miller, the British theatre and opera director, felt compelled to create a three-part documentary tracing the history of religious skepticism and … [Read more...]

Pain and Healing: Rotten Charities and Wonderful Puppetry

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Couple of things caught my attention this morning. One is a list of America's Worst Charities -- thanks to the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Imagine a "charity" that takes in tens of millions and gives out nothing -- zero -- in direct cash aid to the cause it supposedly champions. It's on the list: Project Cure of Bradenton, Florida. Since 1998, Florida-based Project Cure has raised $65 million to lobby Congress and educate the public about alternative … [Read more...]

A Window Into Past Lives

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Here's a video simply titled "England, Edwardian Era around 1900 (enhanced video)." No idea of its provenance, but it was apparently uploaded on May 17, 2011. The caption reads: This video has been dramatically enhanced in quality, using modern video editing tools. The film has been motion stabilized and the speed has been slowed down to correct speed (from 18 fps to 24 fps) using special frame interpolation software that re-creates missing frames. Upscaling to HD quality was done using video … [Read more...]

The First Music Video in Space … Rocks.

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I know you've probably seen this already. But it's special enough that *I* wanted to put it somewhere permanent. This is so cool it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks to ISS Commander Chris Hadfield. (Hurrah for Canadian intelligence, talent and bone-deep class!) Video below:     … [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...]

Cats Better Than Dogs? Nonsense. Although …

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Dog Eats Fox Alive!

Sorry about the title. Almost makes me want to say "Made you look!" But if my co-bloggers here can post pictures of cats and other cute animals, I can post pictures of cute animals. This is Pepper (I may have had her pic up here before). She used to come up on my back deck and gaze out over the hillside where she and her brother Toot lived and played. (More pics of Pepper and other beasties HERE.) I thought of her today when I saw this video. You may not know it, but red foxes just may be … [Read more...]