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Monthly Archive: April 2011

Apr 16 2011

This is what they call a life lesson

It’s not exactly fun when you’re experiencing it, but you’ll be able to look back at it ten years from now and know you learned from it. I went on a fancy pub crawl last night with a bunch of the other grad students. The last place was a dance club, so I wanted to …

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Apr 16 2011

Off my ASS for …myself – Week 15

Starting weight: 186.4 lbsTwo weeks ago weight: 171.8 lbsCurrent weight: 169.8Weight loss past two weeks: 2.0 lbsTotal weight loss: 16.6 lbs Getting back on track. Don’t have much to add this week, except that I’ve gone from this:To this:Next goal*: Be able to take that last photo without sucking it in. *Real next goal: Put …

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Apr 14 2011

To PZ Myers

I second your motion for this: If there were any sense and justice in the world, the next atheist meeting I attend would be populated entirely with angry women looking to overthrow the temples of the patriarchy. Godless Gal Smackdowncon. Who wouldn’t come?! Feel free to discuss you dream speakers and events in the comments.

Apr 13 2011

I’m torn

On one hand, I can totally get behind the message of this public announcement: “Seattle Public Schools has been receiving numerous questions regarding the District’s policy on the celebration of religious holidays. We have a ‘Religion and Religious Accommodation’ policy, approved by the School Board in 1983, stating that ‘no religious belief or non-belief should …

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Apr 13 2011

Well, *my* Ask an Atheist Day was uneventful

Today was National Ask an Atheist Day. The Secular Student Union at the University of Washington had a table out on Red Square. The result? We had seven people sign up for our mailing list. Two white haired, bearded professors laughed and gave us fist bumps. One guy asked what our favorite food was. Guess …

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Apr 13 2011

To Surly Amy

I vote fail. And that’s coming from someone who’s considering posing for the Skepticon 4 pinup calendar (though much more covered than my April Fool’s Day post suggested – don’t get too excited, people).

Apr 12 2011

If 13-year old Jen could talk now

Last night Dan Savage got the following question at an event at Cornell: Cornell professor Ritch Savin-Williams said in the New York Times that he’s concerned that it’s not about gay youth, but about gender-atypical kids. Is the “It Gets Better” campaign too narrowly focused? Dan’s response is spot on: The kids who suffer the …

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Apr 11 2011

Quotes revealed, with context

We have a winner! Chris Hayduk-Costa matched the atheists to their quotes correctly, with the following logic: The only statements I can see Dawkins saying (as a result of his normal speech and reading of hatemail) are 1 and 4. From reading Jen’s blog for a year, I would only feel comfortable attributing 1 or …

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Apr 11 2011

I just bought my genome!

Well, kinda sorta. 23andMe, one of the more popular personalized genomics companies, is having a DNA Day sale today. Usually the price to get your genome analyzed (more on this in a bit) is $199 for the kit and $9 a month for a year for their update service – where they’ll rerun your data …

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Apr 10 2011

Match the atheist to the conference quote

Time for a match game! Our celebrity atheists are: A. Greta ChristinaB. Richard DawkinsC. JT EberhardD. Jen McCreight The quotes overheard at the American Humanist Conference and presented hilariously out of context: 1. “I feel like a prostitute!”2. “Now, back to buttfucking!”3. “Eat a bag of dicks!”4. “Eat shit and die!” Feel free to guess …

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