A Favorite Quote:

"We are made of 'Star-Stuff.' We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." --Carl Sagan

24 September 2009

I'm still alive an kicking...

Wow, I can't believe I haven't posted for almost 2 months... Yikes! This new job was really taking a toll on my time. But I'm on a new shift with a schedule that is more normal. So hopefully I'll be able to start posting again.

Anyway, I saw this video on Atheist Nexis and thought is was funny. I almost feel sorry for the poor JWs... almost...

30 July 2009

Unbiased Wikipedia

There was a really interesting article in the last eSkeptic, the Skeptic Society's electronic newsletter. Seems that we need more responsible skeptical editors to keep Wikipedia reality grounded. Especially in the area of pseudoscience. Be bold and become a wikieditor!

21 July 2009

Hey! I'm still alive... I think...

It's been a while since I posted. I've been so busy with my new job and my continuing duties at the studio that I just haven't had any extra time. I managed to get a little computer time in today and though I'd put up a quick post. And so, for your viewing pleasure I give you, "God Invents Human Sacrifice:"

12 June 2009

Every Thinking Person Should Hear This

I always knew that Bill Donohue was a jerk but I didn't know that he was also disgusting amoral slime ball. This is not really a video it's an audio recording of a radio interview from Ireland. It's amazing the way Donohue tries to dismiss child abuse as not really that bad. It'll make you yell at your computer so don't watch it at work:

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

10 June 2009

Drifters of the Deep

I saw this on Pharyngula and had to share it. It is a truly beautiful video:

Drifters of the deep from Eugenia Loli-Queru on Vimeo.

I Love the Onion

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. I just started a new job and have been really busy, I've even gotten behind on my blog reading!

Anyway, this article in the Onion was so good I just had to post it. Read and enjoy!

27 May 2009

There he goes again

Pat Condell is in fine form today:

Sometimes he just hits the nail on the head.

06 May 2009

That's Five

Good News: The state of Maine helped to move the U.S.A. a little more toward rationality today. Five down and 45 to go!

28 April 2009

A Positive Portrayal of Atheists

This NY Times Article actually is a positive story about Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, a Charleston, South Carolina organization. Read it and enjoy!

20 April 2009

Stephen Hawking Hospitalized

Dr. Stephen Hawking was rushed to the hospital today with some kind of chest infection. The article said he had been fighting it for several weeks now. This could be bad news for a 67 year old man with ALS. Let's all keep him in our thoughts.

17 April 2009

Republicians Teabagging? Who'd a'thunk it...

If you've never heard the term "Teabagging" before check out the Wikipedia entry before you watch the following video, it'll be alot more funny.

What's really amazing is that the people who coined the term "teabagging," meaning a tax protest, are so socially unaware.

08 April 2009

Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage

Well maybe things are becoming more rational in this country. Vermont is the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. And, by the way, the first one to do so in their legislature. On Tuesday the state house mustered enough votes to over ride Gov. Jim Douglas' veto. Way to go Vermont!

03 April 2009

The JREF YouTube Channel is back

It's good to know that it wasn't a censorship issue but an inadvertent copyright issue instead. I still think that suspending the whole channel for one offending video is overkill. In the past I've had videos that used copyrighted music by mistake and YouTube contacted me and allowed me to change the music content or remove the video. But... they didn't yank my whole channel. So I'm not sure what was going on here. Anyway, he's back...

01 April 2009

New Mode of Evolution Discovered, Darwin Was Wrong!

The Theory of Empedoclean evolution is a breakthrough in biological science. It looks to completely replace Darwinian evolution. It turns out that, via DNA packets, genetic traits can be transferred across species, class, and even kingdom boundaries! I wonder what the ID'ers will think of this. Oh well, they shouldn't worry, after all it is just a theory.

31 March 2009

JREF Banned From YouTube

As you may be aware of, YouTube has recently been suspending the accounts of atheist commentators when they criticize religion, especially Christianity and Islam. But now they've gone too far... they've banned the account of the venerable and highly respected James Randi Educational Foundation.

James Randi is one of the most respected voices in the skeptical, scientific, rational world. He's appeared in more documentary's than I can count. It's just ludicrous that YouTube has become the self appointed guardians of religious sensibilities on the internet. All of us that believe in free speech need to let them know how we feel.

29 March 2009

Let's All Go

The American Atheists national convention is in Atlanta Georgia on April 9 through 12. My daughter, her boyfriend, and I are going. AA has a great line up of speakers including Richard Dawkins. It should be a lot of fun... see you there!

17 March 2009

Happy St. Paddy's Day

I love St. Pat's Day mostly because I love Irish music. I play the bodhran (the Irish frame drum) and used to play with an Irish band called Cara until it disbanded. Anyway, my family always has an Irish dinner. So tonight we'll have an Irish cheddar and stout fondue followed by corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, and soda bread. Then we'll finish with key lime and grasshopper pies for desert (they're green). And we'll listen to Irish music. In honor of today here is a video of the band Evergreen. Actually it's the bodhran player, Abe Doron, playing a solo and then being joined by Gal Shahar for a bodhran duet and then the band finishes with a quick reel. Enjoy and Happy St. Paddy's Day:

14 March 2009

Happy Pi Day!

Today is Pi Day (March 14, 3/14). Now, true geeks were celebrating at 1:59 this morning. But us less than true geeks can celebrate anytime today. My family and I will have a Pi Day dinner this evening. And, of course, we'll have pie for dinner (probably a deep dish chicken pie) and pie for dessert. Also, while you're celebrating don't forget to raise a glass and wish Albert Einstein happy birthday. I've always thought that is was a fitting coincidence that Albert was born on Pi Day. How cool is that? Oh, and just for fun, here is Pi calculated to 1 million digits. And here is a site where you can search for your birthday (or any other date for that matter) within the digits of Pi.

13 March 2009

On Our Way to World Domination...

Well... probably not but... The results of the 2008 ARIS (American Religious Identification Survey) are out and they are interesting. In 1990 non-theists were only 8.2% of the population of the US in 2009 we are 15%. That's the third largest group in the country after Catholics (25.1%), Baptists (15.8%). What's significant about this study is its size, well over 50,000 survey respondents were included. This greatly increases its accuracy. This is good news for the non-theist community.

11 March 2009

Narwhals, Narwhals

If this little ditty doesn't give you an earworm then you're dead!

06 March 2009

Another Reason to Hate Religion

I really didn't need to see this article this morning. Just when you think it's safe to ignore religion and pretend it's not there they give you a new reason to hate them. Here is another good example of why religion is evil and toxic to our society. A nine year old girl in Brazil was raped and pregnant with twins. Physically, there was no way she could carry this pregnancy through to term, neither the girl nor the babies could have survived. So the doctors did the only medically sensible thing they could and aborted the twin fetuses. Now the EVIL and VILE catholic church is raising a big stink about it. This kind of crap makes me so angry... must... calm... down... now... lower... blood... pressure...

I'm okay...

26 February 2009

Children of Evolution

There is a movement in Germany to change their national holiday "Christi Himmelfahrt" (The day of Christ's ascension to heaven) to "Evolutionstag" (Evolution Day). Sounds like a great idea to me. But what's really cool is this video that they made as part of the campaign:

Now didn't that just make your day?

25 February 2009

Magician Fail

I don't know if this guy intended to get a laugh or if he just messed it up, but either way, it's funny:

20 February 2009

Why is Science Important?

A very good question, isn't it? Well there's a website (created by Alom Shaha) that is trying to answer it by having lots of different people, scientists and non-scientists alike, give their answers. Here's the latest example made by Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy:

19 February 2009

Good News for Arkansas Atheists

Rep. Richard Carroll of North Little Rock has introduced a bill in the Arkansas House that would finally lift the ban on atheists holding public office or testifying in a court case. The bill, HJR1009, would amend the Arkansas constitution, effectively removing a law that the federal government has already ruled is unconstitutional. This means that this is a largely symbolic change since the law is unenforceable anyway. But still... thanks Rep. Carroll for the thought. I expect that the xtians in the state will raise a big stink about this. It could get interesting. Let's hope that the legislature is sensible and does the right thing... yeah right....

18 February 2009

The Answer to the Untimate Question

Good ol' Edward Current does it again with another great video. This answers the question: "What will happen to me when I die?"

12 February 2009

Happy Darwin Day!

...Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved. --Charles Darwin: "The Origin of Species"
So reads the last few lines of Darwin's magnum opus. Happy 200th birthday Charles and thank you for changing our understanding of the world. My family and I will be having a private celebration dinner this evening which will include monkey bread for desert (of course). Also, in celebration of the day, Digital Cuttlefish has composed a great song in his honor.

05 February 2009

That's one hungry baby!

This video "squeaks" for itself:

04 February 2009


Here is an example of what religion taken to the extreme can create. This woman is pure evil. She is responsible for organizing the rape of 80 other women so that she could use their feelings of guilt (also induced by religion) to convince them to be suicide bombers. This is the face of a monster. Oh, and let me be clear, I'm not excusing the actions of the men involved. They may have been recruited by this woman, but they have working brains and the capability to think for themselves. They are fully responsible for their own actions.

02 February 2009

Attenborough: Science and Art

Here is an absolutely beautiful video by WellcomeTrust of the UK featuring David Attenborough. It manages to get the gist of the evolution of life on this planet down pretty well. And does it with artistic flare. Very nice...

26 January 2009

The Stupid... It Hurts!

Warning: The resulting flood of unmitigated stupidity, blatant ignorance, and unashamed bigotry emanating from the following video may cause your brain to explode:

Oh, and by the way "Dr." Dobson, the Constitution of the United States of America contains no mention of god or gods in any way. It is a completely secular document. The quote about "god given rights" is from the Declaration of Independence. The laws of the country are based on the Constitution not the Declaration.

19 January 2009

My Own LOLCat

I decided to try my hand at creating a LOLCat. The kitteh in this pic. is our youngest (of seven). His name is Sin and he lives up to it every day!

09 January 2009

The Cat Came Back

I ran across this on YouTube today. I hadn't seen it in a long time. It's one of my all time favorites: