Open Thread: An Unwelcome Change [Updated]

As you may have noticed, post pagination is back, and I'm not happy about it. This isn't of my choosing; it was imposed on Patheos atheist bloggers without our consent and with very little advance notice.This is a cheap and artificial way to inflate page view counts, and it does so at the cost of actively antagonizing people who want to read a longer essay all the way through. It makes information harder to search for and makes the site almost impossible to read on slow or data-limited … [Read more...]

Programming Note


Just a note about what's coming up: Posting will be as normal this week, but on Friday, the 18th, I'm going to Iceland for a week's vacation. I'll schedule some greatest-hits posts while I'm away so things don't get too quiet around here, and I'll check in as I'm able to approve comments and answer e-mails. Pictures when I come back, of course!Also, check out my Icelandic money. I'm rich, baby! (OK, not really: a króna is the equivalent of a penny, not a dollar.) … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Advertising Complaints

I realize that Patheos has to pay the bills somehow, but lately I've noticed a definite uptick in complaints about the intrusiveness of the advertising on this site. I plan on taking this up with the management, but I want to know what the general sentiment is, so here's an open thread.Are Patheos' ads crashing your browser, interfering with your ability to view the site, or just being egregiously annoying? Let me know. (Or if you like them, let me know that too. Hey, someone must.) … [Read more...]

Upcoming Events for Fall 2013


Here's what I'm doing with my time over the next few months:• First of all, from October 4 to 13, I'm going to be on vacation in Belgium. As I've always said, if I had to make a list of the best things that religion has contributed to the world, Trappist beer would have to be near the top. (Chimay? Oh yes indeed.)I expect things will be quiet on the blog, but I'll schedule some posts to go up while I'm gone, and I'll check in and approve comments as I have the time and internet … [Read more...]

Midweek Miscellany

• On Monday, I was on episode 3 of Ashley Miller's web show/podcast, along with her FTB co-blogger Kate Donovan, to discuss sterilization of prisoners in California, The Lone Ranger, and mental illness. Here's the YouTube link - check it out. (Yes, I know, I was harder to hear than everyone else. I need to fix my microphone settings for next time.)• We have two new atheist bloggers here on Patheos! Go say hello to Creative Atheist and Rock Beyond Belief.• And if you'd … [Read more...]

Batten Down the Hatches

As I've mentioned before on this blog, I'm a born-and-bred New York City native. And as you may have heard, there's a bit of rough weather headed our way this weekend. In fact, it seems like freak events are becoming the new normal: first, the absurdly huge blizzards we got this winter, then the earthquake earlier this week (yes, I felt it), and now the hurricane. Sheesh, nature, what did we ever do to you to deserve this? (Don't answer that.)There's no need to fret about me: I'm fully stocked … [Read more...]

New Translation on Ebon Musings

I forgot to post this one along with the other translations that went up recently, but I'm happy to add that Ebon Musings now has a Portuguese translation of "All Possible Worlds". Thanks to Petrucio for the effort (and the pictures). … [Read more...]

New Translations on Ebon Musings

I'm happy to announce that new translations have been posted for several of my articles on Ebon Musings, representing not one, not two, but three languages. My devious plan for world conquest is proceeding exactly on schedule!First up, a Greek translation of "Unmoved Mover", complementing the previously posted translation of "A Ghost in the Machine". Thanks to EvanT for both of these! He's got his own blog too.Next, another translation of Ghost in the Machine, as well as a three-part … [Read more...]

Poll and Feedback: Proposed Advertising Policy

Since the beginning, I've resisted having paid ads on Daylight Atheism. But I'm wondering if the time has come to change that, and I'd like to know what readers think of the idea.I've been thinking about this because, lately, I've been getting a more-than-usual number of e-mails from strangers who want me to promote their projects or give them financial help. The other week, there was one from a liberal Christian pastor who deplored how right-wing Christianity has become and wanted my help to … [Read more...]

On the Treatment of Guest Authors

Hi folks,Now that I'm rested, I've been catching up on the posts written by my guest authors, as well as the 200+ comments they attracted. I'm mostly up to date now, and I have to say a few things about the way they were treated.In particular, I want to speak to Leah's posts on mockery as a component of atheist strategy. I knew as soon as I saw those posts that they'd draw some sharp ripostes, which is fine. I'm not averse to people disagreeing with my guest authors - as some commenters … [Read more...]