1: Blogathan for Secular Student Alliance!

So, here I am blogging from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., one post every half hour, to benefit the Secular Student Alliance. It’s a sorry few hours, compared to some of my co-bloggers here at FtB, who blogged for 24 hours straight, but it’s all I can manage today. … [Read more...]

Tomorrow: Blogathon (more like a bloga-10K) for SSA Week

I'll be blogging for the SSA tomorrow, Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (eastern time zone) — following in the footsteps of FreethoughtBlogs lights such as Brianne Bilyeu, Ophelia Benson, Ian Cromwell, JT Eberhard and Michaelyn Everhart, Greta Christina, Greg Laden, Daniel Fincke, Al Stefanelli, Jason Thibeault, Jen McCreight, Natalie Reed, Ed Brayton and who knows who else. … [Read more...]

If All Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge …

bridge_jumper

A phrase popped into my head yesterday while I was thinking about something completely different, and I’d like to toss it at you: “challenge food.”A challenge food is that stuff you’re expected to eat, not because it’s good, not because it’s something you would normally like, but to prove to your friends that you’re tough. Or daring. Or ... willing to go along with the joke.How many times have you heard people rave about chili hot enough to bring tears to your eyes? Or read some story abo … [Read more...]

Brushing Up My Redneck Credentials

Nothing to do with atheism here — this is me being rustic.Bishop, California, a town on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada (a range of mountains that runs north-south through the heart of California), has a big Memorial Day weekend bash every year called Mule Days. Mules have been a part of the local scene for ... well, a damned long time, having long been used as cargo carriers for people interested in seven-elephants camping in the John Muir Wilderness. … [Read more...]

Lifeboat of Knowledge, Dinghy of Power

A long one, here. Sorry.I’d like to revisit my recent post, Reason Not to Rest, in which I touched on the idea “We won and we can relax now.” I want to expand on that, to look at it from a slightly different angle, and basically reinforce my own conviction that now is definitely NOT the time to relax.  So: … [Read more...]

Short Stack # 14

If your twin brother gets your wife pregnant ... is it still your kid?------------------------------I'm always one of the late adopters. Apparently eating people's faces is all the rage in this week's news, but I think I'm going to wait a few weeks. I'm trying to lose weight.------------------------------Just saw Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets again and I'm wondering ... what would happen if you stabbed a Bible with a basilisk fang? … [Read more...]


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