Derren Brown Plays 9 World Class Chess Players Simultaneously And Loses To Only 3

And shows us the super-cool way he does it in this video. And don’t forget to check out his current trick (and my inspiration to go see more of his past videos) by clicking here.  The trick is that he “predicts the lottery numbers” live on TV. Your Thoughts? Read more

Harvard And Yale Lose Billions

Rather mind-boggling numbers: Harvard’s endowment tumbled 27.3 percent in its latest fiscal year, largely because of problems with its private equity and hedge fund portfolios, lopping off $10 billion and shrinking its portfolio to $26 billion. Meanwhile, Yale University suffered about a 30 percent loss in its portfolio, to $16 billion, the university’s president disclosed in a letter Thursday, adding that final figures on performance were still being compiled. Your Thoughts? Read more

Gorgeous Wave Photography By Clark Little

Click here for more stunningly beautiful photographs like these:   Here’s Clark’s website and information about his new book, The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little. Read more

Valedictorian’s Benediction Gets Way Out Of Hand

Stick with this video to its bizarre ending.  I oppose benedictions and forced group prayer in public institutions because of the offensive presumption to speak on behalf of a mixed group in the case of group prayer and the arrogant presumption that the audience accepts the authority of the giver of the benediction to invoke a divine blessing on anyone else in the case of a benediction.  Of course, I don’t mind at my own school since it’s a private… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Biologists Dating

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Laura Marlingmania

For tonight’s entertainment, here is about 70 minutes of the best of Laura Marling on youtube as conveniently culled by Camels With Hammers for you.  Interview: Her amazing album is Alas I Cannot Swim. Your Thoughts? Read more

What It’s Like To Be An Atheist

Smoke had a great line last night on what it’s like being in a world where not only is religion dominant but where even most of the secularists (in Smoke’s specific case, this means his secular wife) cling to vague “spiritual” notions: I feel like Jimmy Stewart’s character in Harvey, in reverse; everyone but me sees the giant rabbit.   He then quoted Sam Harris getting the issue we face exactly right: “Reason is bigger than atheism.  We have a problem of good… Read more

Ghosts

Laura Marling has one of those rare voices and phrasing styles that seriously makes my heart hurt with its sublimity and keeps me repeatedly hitting the repeat button on my i-pod.   Out of the nearly 9000 songs on my i-pod, those featuring Marling, Lisa Hannigan, Neko Case, Lykke Li,  Amy Millan, Nina Persson, and Victoria Bergsman get the most obsessive play.  Put simply, a woman with a unique voice who can perfectly phrase a brilliant lyric has the power to utterly bewitch me… Read more

Tug Of War With A Child’s Mind

Richard Wade regularly provides wise advice to readers with issues related to socially engaging the world as an atheist.  Today he deals with a really interesting letter from an atheist struggling with his religious parents over the ability to raise his daughter as he sees fit: It’s no secret that my family is discouraged and disheartened by our change of religious views.On several occasions they have made remarks and at one point even gave us a letter stating that they… Read more

Al Franken Draws US Map

Neat stuff.  Of course, having no drawing ability myself, I’m impessed if someone can draw a sandwich let alone the whole map of the US: via Pharyngula Your Thoughts? Read more

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