What’s Up?

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be joining Freethought Blogs.  Interestingly enough, I was asked to join FtB exactly 2 years after I started blogging about skepticism and atheism.  I am a relatively new voice in this atheist/skeptic/oh-my-god-don’t-conflate-the-two blogosphere, though I have been blogging for 14 years.

Many of you know me, but some of you do not.  So hello!  I’m Ashley, there’s a bio over there that basically says I know too much about movies and talk a lot.  The thing that most people seem to find shocking about me is that I worked on Toddlers & Tiaras.  What else?  They should be bringing my archives over eventually, but my old site is http://ashleyfmiller.wordpress.com

Here is a list of things I love:

  • The World Cup
  • Karaoke
  • Baby Sea Turtles
  • Rainbows, Sparkles, Sparkly Rainbows, Rainbow Sparkles
  • Drag queens
  • Otters
  • Alan Rickman
  • Great White Sharks

Here is a list of things I hate:

  • Perfume
  • Allergies
  • Ron Paulians
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  • Everything
  • Dark Harbor
  • Kevin Costner

In summation:



  1. Marie the Bookwyrm says

    Hello, hello! Welcome to FtB, the Hive-Mind filled with Deep Rifts. I hope Ed gave you your copy of the Mission Statement. :)

  2. chantalyacavone says

    Congratulations Ashley. I know you will continue to find success in your work no matter where you are located :)

  3. Simon says

    Welcome! I propose you add Euro 2012 to the list since its almost as good as the World Cup.

    PS Go Greece!

  4. Hank Fox says

    That’s the WEIRDEST goddam coincidence. I’m writing a movie script right now in which Alan Rickman, menaced by great white sharks while rescuing baby sea turtles and sea otters, moves to the city and becomes a karaoke-singing drag queen who goes on to make the winning shot in the World Cup, at the instant the sun breaks through the clouds and forms a perfect rainbow over the goal line.

    I was hoping to write Chuck Norris into it, too, as a motorcycle rowdy who comes into town and seduces the youth away from use of the Oxford comma. But that would be just too implausible.

    Anyway: Welcome, Ashley!

  5. Konradius says

    They have been combined, though very briefly.
    In one of the Harry Potter movies (nr3, Prisoner of Azkeban) the students must face their fears in the form of a monster called the Boggart. They must cast the ‘Rediculous’ spell that makes that fear harmless.
    So in comes Neville who’s fear is prof. Snape, played by Alan Rickman. He casts the spell and prof Snape is made harmless by wearing his grandmother’s dress.

    Damn, been reading these blogs too much. I now realize how sexist that is…

  6. Soren says

    I love your blog, which I only recently discovered, so congratulations on making the big league 😉

    I’ll be the first to bring up the topic, so I might jinx it, but i foresee some rumbling about how convenient it is that one of the combattants in the recent discussion about sexism in skepticism is now joining FTB.

  7. Sheesh says

    You can rationalize this away! Presume Neville was not acting on subconscious sexism and instead relying on the authentic harmlessness of his grandmother to himself in particular. Now it’s just essentializing one woman instead!

    Harry Potter series is full of “default cultural sexism” though if you look for it; doesn’t make me hate it.

    Baby sea turtles are super cute.

  8. says

    I’ve not read your blog before, but from your introduction… I have a feeling I may end up an avid reader. Welcome!

    Perfume is the worst. I regularly shoot off passive aggressive emails to the office about it.

  9. Ashley F. Miller says

    Yes. RuPaul in To Wong Foo is why I wanted to be a drag queen when I grew up. Luvhuh

  10. Ashley F. Miller says

    He was terrified of his grandmother, so the harmless thing makes no sense. I think in the books it comes off less as haha boy in dress and more that if he combined the two things he feared the most they would have less power. But the humor, other people laughing at it, definitely problematic.

  11. Blueaussi says

    Howdy from the basement of the Graduate Science Research Center. Nice to see more rational voices in South Carolina, even if yours is only here temporarily.

  12. Kevin says

    You have to add vampires in. If you add vampires in, it’ll get a green light in a millisecond.

    No vampires, no green light.

  13. Tony... therefore God says

    Ah, but let’s complicate things.
    Add ZOMBIES and you get a yellow light (if you need some extras, just visit The Zombie Thread on Pharyngula.

  14. Tony... therefore God says

    I’ll take perfume over patchouli any day (not that the former is particularly delightful).

  15. Tony... therefore God says

    Welcome to FtB.
    I do hope you Kevin Costner is not on the “Hate” list because of Waterworld. It wasn’t as bad as Battlefield Earth; which means it was good (and yes, I’m aware of the ridiculous argument I just made).

  16. Ashley F. Miller says

    Neither zombies or vampires are on the list because they each have to be qualified. I do not have a universal love of them, there are bad vampires and bad zombies. I do, however, love them when used as tools of exploring love, death, and the other. Werewolves, which are for exploring man’s primal violence, are not interesting to me. I worked on a short film called Prombies! which was awesome, and have a treatment for a zombie movie. Horror is very progressive, I’m a fan of the genre.

    I can offer unqualified love for Buffy.

  17. Ashley F. Miller says

    Love him, love sherlock. If you’ve not seen it, I highly recommend Martin Freeman is a hedgehog.

  18. Ashley F. Miller says

    Waterworld’s more entertaining than not, I hate Costner for ruining Robin Hood.

  19. samoanbiscuit says

    (Name changed to protect real name)Was she Ms Rachel Tension in that movie? Awesomeness. I’m new to your bloggerdom, but I was wondering if you plan on doing scathing articles about PhiPhi O’Hara?
    I’m a lurker from Pharyngula who was directed here by PZ’s post, just realized who you are w.r.t the whole TAM thing. Thanks for fighting the good fight, and also thank you for replying to me and what seems like everyone’s questions. Wow you have energy!

  20. says

    Glad to see you here!

    Looking forward to seeing what you post.

    I’ll admit, I didn’t know of your blog at WordPress, so I hope you get a lot more readers here.

  21. Ashley F. Miller says

    Yes, she was Rachel Tensions and wore a tight, sequined, confederate flag gown.

    I blog about anything I find interesting. If you want me to write about phi phi, by all means point me to what you hate about her. :)

  22. The Lorax says

    Welcome welcome! *mooshes Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle together to make a Rainbow Sparkle*

  23. New England Bob says

    My likes and dislikes don’t overlap with yours (except ‘everything’), but lets give this a try on my part.

  24. Sheesh says

    Now that you mention it, I am pretty embarrassed about forgetting that! (I.e.,his home life.) Neville is sort of the unsung hero of the series to me, the Wedge Antilles of the Potterverse.

  25. carpenterman says

    Welcome to FTB, Miss Miller. I will confess… the love of karaoke thing has me concerned; but you totally make up for it by playing the ukulele. Oh, and the whole insightful voice in the atheist movement thing… that’s good too.

  26. 'Tis Himself says

    I can offer unqualified love for Buffy.

    What about Weedon’s other kickass woman, River Tam?

  27. 'Tis Himself says

    Jason tries to forget about the Deep Rifts. He thinks if he ignores them they’ll go away. Many of the rest of us have argued with Jason about Deep Rifts.

  28. Nurse Ingrid says

    Ashley, I am so happy for you! And happy for me, because it’ll be that much easier to keep up with your blog now that you’re here at FTB.

    Oh, and the fact that they brought on you AND Zinnia on the same day? That rawks.

  29. Ashley F. Miller says

    I’m not a River Tam fan, I thought her character was underdeveloped and not that interesting. Kaylee, on the other hand…

  30. Drolfe says

    All Firefly characters I would consider underdeveloped. Mid-season cancelation will do that. (ancillary material notwithstanding.)


  31. samoanbiscuit says

    Well, if you reeeeeally want to know (big breath in): I think her treatment of Sharon Needles (for being goth/punk) and Willam (for being more successful and talented) was horrifying. Especially how she used her privilege as a more “mainstream drag queen” (those words sounds like oxymorons anywhere else but in RuPaul’s world) to shovel shit on Sharon Needles. You’d think as a non-white, effeminate, gay man working as a drag queen, he/she’d have more empathy about someone being an outsider, but it didn’t seem to be the case.
    And I was disgusted how the judges and Chad Michaels wrote all this venom off saying “Well, she’s been through a lot!” and “She had a rough childhood!”. I think that’s ultimately a stupid sentiment, because the whole point of advocating for gay rights and feminism is trying to teach people to think beyond the opinions and morals they were raised on and try to be better people. That should apply just as much to an angry drag queen as it does to some sub-literate redneck who thinks the word “fag” is a perfectly fine description of a group of people.

  32. StevoR says

    Welcome to FTB – thanks for your blog here. Looking forward to reading more of it. Best regards. :-)

  33. F says

    o hai! I’m not sure how I missed your blog over the last several days, so I offer a belated “welcome!”


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