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Jan 28 2012

On This Snowy Saturday Afternoon

Well, it’s snowy here at any rate, just warm enough to be working on icy. So it’s a good day to stay inside and get a few things accomplished. Maybe cooking a turkey isn’t on your list the way it is on mine, but the rest of these are worthy of your time and attention.

Awkward

Too unnatural?

First, go help Skepticon design the most inoffensive atheist banner ever. It is for two very good causes. It will help advertise Skepticon locally in St. Louis and Kansas City, and it will help to settle the question of whether it is possible to create a billboard that mentions atheists without people finding it offensive.

I recommend the awkward puppy and kitten combo for the billboard, but it may be too unnatural for some. It’s in last place currently.

Once you’ve done that, go sign a petition to allow students at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ to set up a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance. The principal is currently requiring that the students who want an SSA chapter collect signatures from other students to say that this is okay. Of course, if the school allows any clubs at all, it is required by law to allow all clubs. When you sign the petition, feel free to express your feelings about a professional school administrator doing something that blatantly illegal.

Then it’s time to do something a little more you-centered. Find out what gender and age Google thinks you are. Me? I’m apparently a 45-54-year-old male. Then again, I’m not the only woman Google thinks is interested in “guy stuff.” The Mary Sue suggests that if you’re a female geek, you might want to change this to let Google know that geeky women exist. That’s assuming you’re cool with them knowing who you are. Then again, once Google’s privacy policies are “consolidated,” you’ll have less control over that, so you might as well make them get their facts straight.

After all that, it’s time to relax. May I suggest you get yourself some hot chocolate, hot cider, mulled wine, or tea, and check out Natalie’s first week of blogging here on FtB? Plenty there to read and think about until the sun comes out and all this snow melts.

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  1. 1
    D. C. Sessions

    Once you’ve done that, go sign a petition to allow students at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ to set up a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance. The principal is currently requiring that the students who want an SSA chapter collect signatures from other students to say that this is okay. Of course, if the school allows any clubs at all, it is required by law to allow all clubs.

    I wonder if they’ll listen to parents or alumni? I’ll point the kids at this.

  2. 2
    Stacy

    Wow. Google’s decided I’m a 45-54 yo male, too. (They’ve got the age range right, anyway.)

  3. 3
    'Tis Himself

    I’m an enigma to google:

    No interest or demographic categories are associated with your ads preferences so far. You can add or edit interests and demographics at any time.

  4. 4
    teragram42

    I am delighted that google infers me to be a 25-34 year old male. Probably because our culture is so youth obsessed. Then I wonder why? What am I doing that changes my gender and drops nearly 20 years from my age?

  5. 5
    Vasha

    I also come up as male, but 55-64 y.o. (at least 15 years older than my actual age). I wonder what I’m reading that’s so much “older” than teragram42′s interests.

  6. 6
    Juniper Shoemaker

    AHAHAAAAAA! Google thinks I am a 25 to 34-year-old MALE!

  7. 7
    Juniper Shoemaker

    P.S. I’ve spent more time than I originally planned reading Natalie Reed’s blog posts. They are definitely worth checking out.

  8. 8
    D. C. Sessions

    Thanks to extremely restrictive cookie policies on my system, Google doesn’t seem to know that I exist.

  9. 9
    Dorothy

    google also thinks I am 45 to 54 male – I suspect that that is their default. I also suspect, judging by the number of advertisements for clothing, shoes and pretty males that I see, that the whole test is a load of bollocks.

  10. 10
    Christina Marie Neighbors

    Hello, my name is Christina Marie Neighbors. I am the writer of the aforementioned petition for the Secular Student Alliance at Paradise Valley High School. I’d like to thank everyone for their support. I never imagined that the petition would gain so much attention. However, this whole situation has been a large misunderstanding between myself and the administration. I never meant to shed Paradise Valley in a negative light. PV is an accepting community of diverse students and staff. I have met with my principal and this situation has been resolved. The misunderstanding was completely on my end of things. Again, thank you all for your activism and support.

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