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Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 30 2010

Help a Purdue lesbian couple get married

I’m glad I still check out my old student newspaper, because I found this wonderful story (emphasis mine): Indiana regulations on homosexual marriage could be ignored for a Purdue Director of Communication in the College of Education and her partner when they entered to win a wedding in Washington, D.C., where binding their love is …

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Sep 30 2010

Happy Blasphemy Day

Happy Blasphemy Day, everyone! Here’s an irreverent comic for you: Feel free to blaspheme in the comments, though I suppose that’s typical here. Remember, blasphemy is a victimless crime – giggle at the gods and the supernatural, but no attacking their human believers.

Sep 30 2010

During my first day of grad school

I was walking around the building with the professor I’m doing rotations with this quarter, and we ran into (who I now know is) one of the secretaries in our business office. Secretary: Hi! *pauses awkwardly* …Is this…?Me: ?Prof: *long confused pause, then realization* …my WIFE?!Secretary: *nods*Prof: *laughing* No, this is my first roton!Secretary: Oh, …

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Sep 29 2010

Atheists and agnostics are most religiously literate

Honestly, I have nothing to add to this interesting Pew study since other bloggers have already done a good job. I just wanted to stop getting emails about it from you guys, haha. Consider this an open discussion about the study. Just because I don’t have anything to add doesn’t mean you don’t.

Sep 28 2010

How one Christian responded to the "It Gets Better" project

Did you come here hoping this was one of those times a Christian defies negative stereotypes and welcomes gays with open arms? Well, sorry to disappoint you. A couple days ago I mentioned Dan Savage’s wonderful It Gets Better project, which aims to reach suicidal gay teens via YouTube since many can’t get help anywhere …

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Sep 28 2010

I'm now a card carrying atheist

I’m easily amused: Cue cheesy song about finally feeling like you belong.

Sep 28 2010

Atheist groups in less religious areas

Last night I attended a planning meeting for the Secular Student Union at the University of Washington. It’s equivalent to the group I started at Purdue, and also an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance. What was interesting to me, as a Board member of the SSA, was how little regular members they had attending …

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Sep 27 2010

Off to lab safety training!

This morning is the mandatory lab safety training new graduate students have to go through. I probably shouldn’t be excited, since I heard this is actually just a boring lecture. But we do get to use a fire extinguisher at the end, so I’m holding out for that bit of excitement. But we all know …

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Sep 25 2010

Mad scientists are made, not born

Know how I said I was susceptible to madness? It’s worse than I thought:Crap. I’ve experienced everything on that list except for building a Doomsday device. Hopefully my data point is closer to neural failure so the world has enough time to defend against me. (Via GraphJam, thanks to mocha)

Sep 25 2010

Watch out! I'm susceptible to madness!

Biologists are the most common type of mad scientists in books, movies, and television in the last two hundred years. I never thought of starting my PhD in genetics as heading toward the dark side, but I may have to rethink that. I’ll try not to create any horrific chimeras or crazy viruses during my …

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