Atlas Shrugged: Interesting Villains

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Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VIAfter much debate, the assembled villains finally decide to put their sinister world-domination plan in motion:"The picture now is this," said Wesley Mouch. "The economic condition of the country was better the year before last than it was last year, and last year it was better than it is at present. It's obvious that we would not be able to survive another year of the same progression. Therefore, our sole objective must now be to hold the line. To … [Read more...]

An Interview with Anna Dagmar

A few weeks ago, I posted a video of "Satellite," the first single from Anna Dagmar's newest album of the same title. I first saw her play at a concert on Long Island, and not only did I love the song, I thought the subject matter would make it perfect to feature on my blog. I contacted her to ask a few questions about the song and the album, and she agreed to an interview. But if you haven't heard the song yet, do that first - it's gorgeous!Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you … [Read more...]

Music Saturday: Satellite

I love this new song, "Satellite", by the folk singer Anna Dagmar, from her upcoming album of the same name. It's a (I assume) autobiographical account of growing up in a home with a scientist father and a religious mother - "the Story of Creation meets the Big Bang", as her website says. I first heard her perform it at a concert a few months ago, and I've been eagerly waiting for the video to be released:Image credit: AnnaDagmar.com … [Read more...]

Sunday Potpourri

The weekend is a good time to get some culture, and since there are a lot of things lately that I'm enjoying, I figured I'd write one completely miscellaneous post to mention all of them. Music: As I mentioned in the last "random & interesting" thread, I'm always looking to expand my musical knowledge. As much as I listen to streaming sites like Pandora, I find I get more and better suggestions from real people. Here are three artists I've gotten into lately:Books: My current read … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Random and Interesting, Music Edition

It's been a while since I last did one of these, but I want to start making it a regular feature. This thread is for you to tell us about something cool and interesting you've come across lately, something that makes you happy and that you think more people should know about. This week, I'd like to focus on music. What are you grooving on lately? I have to admit, I have ulterior motives for this. These past few months, I've been spending time on Turntable.fm, which if you haven't heard of it, … [Read more...]

The Contributions of Freethinkers: Wole Soyinka

I wasn't familiar with Wole Soyinka, the first African author ever to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, until I got a Google alert for his name the other day. You can probably guess why - it turns out he's an atheist, as I learned from this article in the Nigerian Tribune grousing about it:Although I might not be able to quote him verbatim, Professor Soyinka had replied thus. "The reason why I don't believe in God is simple. I simply cannot imagine that somebody (emphasis mine) will be … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Barcelona

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Photo Sunday: Seville

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Photo Sunday: Toledo

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You Call That Religion?

This is a guest post by Leah of Unequally Yoked. Adam is on vacation.Spoiler Alert: the post below discusses the final number of the musical The Book of Mormon.The Associated Press, in a review titled "Zany Musical 'The Book of Mormon' Will Convert You" said despite the sacrilege you might expect from a show imagined by the creators of South Park, the production was ultimately "pro-religion."  Or, more precisely: Ultimately, believe it or not, this is a pro-religion musical, or at least a … [Read more...]


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