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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 22 2011

“Personhood” Amendments

The following amendment is up for a vote in Mississippi this year: “SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hearby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include every human …

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Oct 20 2011

75 Books 66-70: Colfer, McGinniss, Hancock, and Jillette

66. Artemis Fowl 5: The Lost Colony – Eoin Colfer I loved this one — there’s a new character called N°1 who I like even more than Artemis.  N°1 is a demon.  Imagine a world ruled by Tim Curry in Legend and then imagine a really dorky, kinda sweet misfit teenage demon who just can’t …

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Oct 18 2011

75 Books 61-65: Dawkins, Colfer, and Dillman

61. Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys – Don Dillman I had to read this for grad school. If you have a major need to understand the intricacies of how to create a survey, this is the book for you. Actually, it was fairly readable and not nearly as dry as one might expect such a …

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Oct 12 2011

Hemant Mehta Apparently Knows Something About Math

I had the great pleasure of hearing Hemant speak this weekend, the Pastafarians of USC brought him in to talk about, strangely enough, math.  It turns out that Hemant has some sort of day job that doesn’t have anything to do with being an atheist. How is this relevant to a secular group?  Well, I …

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Oct 06 2011

Thank You, Steve Jobs

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Steve Jobs passed away yesterday at the young age of 56. He had struggled with cancer and other health problems for half a decade before he died, so his death was not a surprise, but it was still a major loss for the world. There have been few people as …

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Oct 06 2011

Things I should have said in September

Happy 2nd birthday ashleyfmiller.com! Happy 150,000th hit!

Oct 03 2011

Why Alternative Medicine Exists

I have been sick for nearly six weeks, there’s something wrong with my stomach.  I’ve been to three different doctors, had seven tests done, each with different supervisors and doctors and nurses.  I am nauseous, if I eat to much it won’t stay down, and my stomach and intestines hurt.  I have lost 20lbs (and …

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Oct 02 2011

Conferences

I had some success doing things at the SCA, I spoke at TAM, and I spoke at Dragon*Con, but I’m not sure how one turns a couple of successful speaking gigs into regularly being invited to speak at conferences. Thoughts?