The mystery pile

I just moved into a new house with my dear friend Cambridge.  Cambridge rules, possibly more than I.  But probably not. Anyway, Cambridge cooks!  She’s always cooking more food than she needs and forcing dishes upon me that I neither paid for or put in the effort to make.  This makes me feel guilty but [Read More...]

Growing up

In 2004 I was an atheist, but I was the live-and-let-live type.  Religion didn’t bug me, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.  Then, for Christmas that year, my mother got me both of Sam Harris’ books.  In The End of Faith there was a single sentence that changed my life forever. We live in [Read More...]

I haz website

A few days ago the interns at the SSA, Ellen Lundren and Dave Muscato, surprised me with this page. It links to a real website.  I don’t really know what to say.  I’ve got the blog and everything, but at least the web site gives me a space to store my speaking schedule.  It also [Read More...]

Ask your doctor about drug X!

Let me tell you how my morning went. Six months ago… JT:  Hi doc.  I have problem A and problem B.  You’re a doctor.  I pay you money to fix those problems and to make me feel normal. Doctor:  Try drug X for problem B.  It exacerbates problem A, but it can fix problem B. [Read More...]

Praise the text message

Date: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM Subject:  Text message alerts Hello, My name is James Pelton, I am a member of Indian Hills Community Church in Lincoln, NE. My church has been looking around for some time for a ‘Text Alert System’ to allow the church to send out SMS text messages to [Read More...]

We know how to party

It’s a commonly accepted fact that atheists have no morals.*  So when my friend Cambridge and I got mostly moved into our new house today, how did we celebrate? Heroin? Orgy? Fuck no.  We pushed it to the limit. * Invitation to quote-mine the hell out of me. [Read more...]


In the next half hour I’m leaving my honey to fly back to Ohio and then pretty much working and traveling non-stop until the end of the year.  This vacation has been good for me.  I was strained.  I’m in much better shape now. Leaving Michaelyn is always hard though.  I wish Kansas and Ohio [Read More...]

Ode to materialism

To assuage my Lebron James-induced rage, here’s a post about things I either now own or plan to own that turn my frown upside down. I now own this game.  It is awesome. I’ve also decided I spend too much time sitting.  I sit at work and I sit to game/write.  So I’ve decided to [Read More...]

A chance encounter and words unsaid

Last night was my last night with my family for a while.  Today I fly to Denver to be a big, bad celebrity atheist poker player (and to vanquish fellow FtBer, Ed Brayton).  Last night we all went out to eat to celebrate a wonderful time home. At the table next to us was a [Read More...]

Maybe I was pushing it a little hard

Since coming home I’ve slept 10 hours each night and napped every day…and I’m still feeling tired. Maybe I’ve been pushing myself pretty hard the last few months… Thanks for tolerating my absence while I get some R&R.  I’ll be back soon.  [Read more...]