PERSONAL: Happy birthday, Hitch.

Yesterday was Christopher Hitchens’ birthday.  I miss him.  Here’s a cartoon: Abraham is held up as an example in Sunday school to children.  He was the good guy because when god told him to murder his son he acquiesced.  The irony is that he could not have failed a moral test any more.  The right [Read More...]

You guys are wonderful.

Hey all.  Just a quick post to remind you how much I love you, and how you reminded me in two posts yesterday. In Gabrielle’s post she said some unpopular things (some of which I disagree with, and have told her so).  Those who commented did so assuming the best, arguing calmly and reasonably.  In doing [Read More...]

PERSONAL: Sorry to disappoint you, Julian.

I often envy people’s abilities to extract hidden meanings from things, almost on a Sherlock Holmes level. For instance, I said that when you disagree with some people in the atheist movement, even people whose goals you almost universally share, they’ll attempt to smear and destroy you instead of resolving the argument.  One keen person [Read More...]

Update and pics from #AACon15. MST3K cast members were at my talk.

Ok, first things first: Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theater 3000 were AT MY FUCKING TALK (for which I received a lengthy standing ovation from the entire crowd, save for one table)! Afterward I got Trace to do the voice of Crow telling my parents what a good job I did (guest [Read More...]

PERSONAL: Mid day lab pics from the wife.

She sends me pictures from her lab most days: Pretty sure her nerd level in that pic is over 9,000. If I walked into a friend’s house and saw that device I would immediately know what it was for.  In a lab setting I have no clue what’s going on.   [Read more...]

PERSONAL: The corrupting power of fame and my love for my commenters.

My father and I were talking about some of the other bloggers in the atheist movement this weekend, people we used to follow.  We weren’t certain if we changed or if they changed, but change certainly happened somewhere.  Somewhere along the line anybody who disagreed with them on some points, even if they shared the [Read More...]

PERSONAL: AT&T sucks.

Behold: $110 of frustration. Michaelyn and I are moving to Kansas City.  We applied to rent an apartment which we got, but the person running it called me and told me I had a collections request for $135 from AT&T.  This surprised me since I’ve not had AT&T in many, many years (thankfully, this won’t [Read More...]

PERSONAL: Cancer sucks.

I have one living grandparent and she’s on her way out.  A few months ago she got a death sentence in the name of cancer and, talking to my parents who are helping to care for her, it’s all the things you expect if you’ve watched someone die of cancer before (as I have, several [Read More...]

PERSONAL: My wife holding a brain.

Got this message from my wife who is in her lab: Boom: Is it weird that I find this incredibly, incredibly, stop-what-you’re-doing-and-let’s-make-out-right-now sexy? It’s weird, isn’t it? I’m weird, aren’t I? [Read more...]

READER QUESTION: What is the best way to get involved in the atheist community?

I got a reader question from Danielle Martin who wanted to know the best ways to get involved in the atheist community: Do you have any advice for someone that wants to be more involved in secular community? I have talked to Danielle Muscato frequently about American Atheists and other secular organizations and I know [Read More...]


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