The bullies of baseball…

Even though it doesn't feel like it for most Americans, spring really is almost upon us, and with spring comes baseball.  Unfortunately in this country, you apparently can't attend a major league game (or even other kinds of games) without being forced to participate in a religious exercise or risk opening yourself up for harassment and worse. Here's how this particular bully pulpit works.  Usually around the 6th or 7th inning, the spectators are requested to stand for the playing or … [Read more...]

The Feelies

You're about to click away. It's okay, I don't take it personally. This post is about music, not about freethought. Who do I think I am anyway, Lester Bangs? I remember discovering The Feelies records about a decade ago. Something told me that it was so special that I should save them for a day when I gave up on music. I've done this with books too, refusing to read the last book in a series, or even the last pages. Finishing them seemed too fatalistic. Now I'm older and though I haven't … [Read more...]

Why I’m leaving Rock Beyond Belief

^that guy^ Dubble yew Tee Eff!! I've been absent for awhile and I wish it were under better conditions that I was able to make another post. Unforunately, I will be leaving Rock Beyond Belief 2. My efforts to get this movement off the ground running have taken me on a short journey I thought I would never be a part of. I have been fortunate enough to meet so many amazing people within the freethought movement and learn about a community that I previously was unaware of. A community of … [Read more...]

How come all the unicorns in the bible are dead?

The King James bible is my favorite. Not only is it the most poetic translation, KJV also has unicorns! Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. That's my favorite of the bunch. There are seven more verses that refer to unicorns. Neat! Most literalist apologists that cling to KJV refer to unicorns as 'real' but mislabeled. Unicorns are 'actually' aurochs, the … [Read more...]

Earliest Occupy Wall Street, circa 2000

This band really needs to record new material. Rage Against The Machine - Sleep Now in the Fire www.youtube.com/embed/w211KOQ5BMI? Via wikipedia: The shoot for the music video on January 26, 2000, caused the doors of the New York Stock Exchange to be closed. In fact, the Stock Exchange locked its doors mid-day in response to fears of crowds gathering to watch the filming. This was not recorded as a closure as trading on the exchange floor continued uninterrupted. … [Read more...]

Songs that make you not want to die

When I'm feeling like a sad-bastard I don't play sad-bastard music. I put on music about overcoming tragedy. I'm not sure if I invented the phrase 'self-help rock' or not. It's not a real genre, but then again, I could probably fill several mix-tapes with it. This is a list of songs that may even save lives (only half kidding there.) Self-help rock Eels - I Write the B-Sides 2001 This band basically defines the 'self-help rock' concept for me. They snagged three spots on this list, but … [Read more...]

Underground songs for those attempting to be underground

This post is not a personal entry, nor a call for help. Just sit back. Click. It is what it is. Primitive Hands - I'll Die Alone (2009) Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach for my Revolver (1981) www.youtube.com/embed/I8piMHsOya4? Dead Milkmen - I Hate Myself (1989) www.youtube.com/embed/DK51b0Rr3_g? Daniel Johnston - Casper the Friendly Ghost (1983) www.youtube.com/embed/x1CdrKenfXo? Bantam Rooster - This Close To Suicide (Again) [2000] My favorite type of … [Read more...]

Han Solo, early foxhole atheist

A long time ago, in a galaxy redundantly far away... humans evolved (somehow.) One of the earliest foxhole atheists was Han Solo. Potentially the first foxhole atheist. Click image to emwiden and embiggen. (For the wallpaper at 1680 x 1050) or click here to just embiggen "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid." The artwork itself is inspired by The Brian Jonestown Massacre's cover art for their 1998 LP "Strung out in Heaven". In case … [Read more...]

Melodysheep – We Are All Connected

Melodysheep is the creative force behind the Symphony of Science series of music videos. This time around, he fashions together a piece about the interconnected nature of the very small and the very large. As usual, he uses the voices and words of famous modern scientists with clever auto-tune manipulation and catchy electronic music to spectacular effect. He writes: "We Are All Connected" was made from sampling Carl Sagan's Cosmos, The History Channel's Universe series, Richard Feynman's … [Read more...]

Melodysheep – A Glorious Dawn

Melodysheep is the creative force behind the Symphony of Science series of music videos. This was the first in the series. As usual, he uses the voices and words of famous modern scientists with clever auto-tune manipulation and catchy electronic music to spectacular effect. I really liked his treatment of Carl Sagan 'attempting to sing a song'. I'm sure he would have been happy with the results. He writes: "My own musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist … [Read more...]