An Apology to JT Eberhard

It has been quite a while since the deadline I set for answering JT Eberhard's questions after my conversion. One of the reasons for the delay is that I turn out to be terrible at spacing commitments or estimating how much free time I had. (Getting overwhelmed after my announcement and telling everybody "Contact me again in two weeks" was a bad idea).But the other, content related problem is that, based on these questions, JT and I (and atheist!me of say, six months ago) have a lot of … [Read more...]

Squee! GetReligion is coming to Patheos

get religion

Oh, you had better believe that I am capering.GetReligion is a blog run by religion journalists that calls out a lot of religion news stories for omissions, ignorance, and general sloppiness.  The articles they fisk don't usually err out of malice, but they can really skew the discussion of religion issues.  GetReligion's watchdogging is so good that my friends and I say, as a matter of course, "Is there a GetReligion post on this, yet?"There is only one expression of joy pure enough to s … [Read more...]

I’m speaking in Maryland tomorrow

Just a quick housekeeping note.  If you're in the DC/Maryland area, I'm going to be chatting at an Ellicott City Theology on Tap tomorrow night.  You can find the logistical details at the facebook event page.I should note that this speaking engagement has already been a learning experience, as I've found out that, when asked for a title, I shouldn't say "I don't know.  I like puns and math."  Because now I think part of the discussion is going to have to be on epistemology and why I think "M … [Read more...]

Clawing out of the Cesspool

princess bride quicksand

Thanks all for the mostly good behavior on the two preceding posts on queer issues.  I know I've got a fairly diverse audience, and it can be hard to negotiate different frames of reference without misinterpreting or even just taking offense at the wrong thing (and thereby missing the insult your sparring partner spent a while crafting!).After looking at comment thread in the last post, Adam Lee was pretty put off by what he termed the "cesspool of anti-gay hate" that bubbled up.  I can g … [Read more...]

I’m speaking at the CIC tomorrow

I'm going to be doing a conversation at the DC Catholic Information Center tomorrow evening, so DC readers are invited to come out.  The discussion is titled "The Problem of Good" and you can find the details at the linked Facebook event.  There may be a podcast, I'll let you know if one turns up. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to Me! I’m off to Geek Summer Camp!

Bayesian Conspirator

(Not that one, but I do strongly recommend CTY to any readers with children).I'm in California today and for the rest of the week for a rationality minicamp run by the people behind Less Wrong and the Singularity Institute.  This is the kind of summer camp where, before you go, they send you and two close friends a detailed survey, so they have a baseline to assess the impact of the camp on you in a year when they do the follow up.  Squee!As a result, posting will be a little less f … [Read more...]

Comments Tab is Up (just after the nick of time)

Please-dont-feed-the-trolls

Thanks for your feedback on my draft of the comment policy. I've added it to the top navigation bar, but, it turns out I've added it one day too late.  One of the writers at Friendly Atheist took umbrage at commenter Gilbert saying this in reply to the post where I asked readers to chip in to help the SSA deal with DDoS attacks. Any chance of collecting the money on our side? ’cause I really don’t feel like giving the Puppy Kicking League my contact info and ending up on their permanent friend f … [Read more...]


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