After a long hiatus, I am starting the popular OC Pilgrimage series back up. In these posts, I reflect on my visits to religious meetings and spiritual sites in Southern California from my perspective as an atheist and someone who is genuinely curious about religion. In 2008, I am going to try to visit one … [Read more…]
Twice a year, when my NPR station has its fundraising drives, I switch over to the local socialist network, to remind myself that I’m really not that liberal…Also, whenever I’m at my parents’ or my sisters’, I read their right-wing magazines & newspapers. Both of these, I feel, help remind me that not everyone thinks … [Read more…]
Ran across this the other day: a discussion of Hollywood sexism translated to the animal kingdom. Some interesting points that I’d not thought of before, especially since I enjoyed the Lion King thinking that the got at least some of the animal-gender-roles correct. This basically makes me want less to watch Bee Movie even less, … [Read more…]
I’m not sure what it is about this video, but I’ve watched it dozens of times in the past week: Every bit of this video is dense with artistry–the expressions on the father’s and the grandma’s faces and the stories embedded in them, the lines of the apartments in the background, the washed out coloring. … [Read more…]
Exhibit A: Evidence that the “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ad campaign has officially jumped the shark.
The winners of the World Press Photo Contest are posted.
While listening to random iTunes, God Help the Outcasts from the Hunchback of Notre Dame came on. Profound words from The Mouse:
This is about the greatest thing since The End of Faith. The Rational Response Squad (which also operates the War on Christmas website; I guess there really is a war on Christmas! and an “internet radio show” that’s not podcast 🙁 sadness) has put up a Blasphemy Challenge website encouraging atheists to damn themselves to … [Read more…]
Living Green Below Your Means has a great article up on how to save money and resources on Valentine’s Day. Aside from supporting SAD or V-Day, both of which are very good ways to spend what has become a Hallmark Holiday at best, regardless of what it used to be. I encourage everyone interested in … [Read more…]
which is a better result than I expected. Tho I object to the final choice on the “opposite sex” question. It’s like asking someone if they have an accent. I am: Ursula K. LeGuin Perhaps the most admired writing talent in the science fiction field. Which science fiction writer are you? Who are you?
The Turing Test, as we are all aware, I’m sure, is a test to see if a computer can convince a human that it is human. Now, since I name my computers (and car), I may not be the best judge of such a test. The results of Turing Tes seem to me to be … [Read more…]
if not on fire. This article made me think of people who claim that Afirmative Action is no longer needed, or that women have come so far as to be equal so feminism is archaic. If that were true, this year’s Super Bowl would not “make history”; if that were true, this article would not … [Read more…]