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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30 2011

Happy Blasphemy Day!

Jen and her new Christian friend

…or if you’re a frequent blasphemer like me, Happy Friday. Today was the Religious Student Organization Fair, and the Secular Student Union had a booth. That alone is pretty blasphemous. But to crank it up, I wore my Imagine No Religion shirt. And we ended up sitting right across from the Jesus Fan Club. But …

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Sep 30 2011

lololol hate mail

Perfect timing after yesterday’s post: The only person I know who uses the term sex positive sucks dick for money. Which I’m sure you’d want your daughter to do in spite of the risks. Or rather, you’d blame the pervading nature of our sex negative society for the consequences rather than the seedy act of …

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Sep 29 2011

“People are terrible.”

Rebecca Watson summarizes the daily harassment and stalking she’s been experiencing ever since the stupid “elevatorgate” kerfuffle broke. I don’t care how you feel about the original issue – this response is excessively vile and misogynist. And downright disappointing, since these are actual members of the atheist and skeptical community, not random trolls or bipolar …

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Sep 28 2011

My run in with the Jesus Fan Club

Religious rice crispy treats

Today was the activities fair for all of the student organizations at the University of Washington. I was helping out the Secular Student Union booth, which was smack dab in an ocean of religious groups. Despite the fair organizers saying no one should set up before 10am, a dozen religious groups came super early to …

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Sep 27 2011

Do this now, OkCupid

Chart of kinkiness vs. experience with clustered data points

One of my favorite blogs is OkTrends (even if they haven’t updated since April, sadface). What’s better than combing dating site data for statistical trends an oddities? All of their articles are super interesting. I was having lunch with some of my fellow graduate students, when the conversation turned geeky (as it tends to do). …

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Sep 26 2011

The perception of female graduate students

Guy in bar: So, what brought you to Seattle? Me: I just started grad school Guy: What are you studying? Me: Genetics Guy: Oh, I would have thought it would be more shallow-like Me: … *eyes bug out* While I think the details are irrelevant, I feel compelled to add that I wasn’t wearing anything …

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Sep 25 2011

Corralling the apathetic atheists

This afternoon the officers of the Secular Student Union at the University of Washington had a beginning of the quarter planning meeting. We discussed the sorts of events we wanted to plan for the fall quarter, but we had one issue. Seattle is a little different from the rest of the country. It’s pretty godless …

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Sep 24 2011

Oh Seattle

This actually happened a couple of weeks ago when I was heading to PAX, but I only randomly remembered it now. I hopped on the bus to head downtown, still a bit groggy. The bus was fairly empty. I was about to choose one empty row, but realized someone had left a Bible sitting there…so …

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Sep 22 2011

Is religion a dating deal breaker?

People have all sorts of deal breakers when it comes to the people they date, and they tend to be highly subjective. Some people have no interests in nerds (an idea which has caused more than one internet kerfuffle), while I consider nerdiness a requirement. I don’t give a damn what type of music you …

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Sep 21 2011

A contribution to the Desperation Theory of Bisexuality

Male deep-sea squid so rarely have another squid swim by, it’s too much of a risk to miss a female. Especially since it’s hard to tell male and female squid apart, especially when you’re at the bottom of the ocean. So they fling their little sperm packets out indiscriminately, sometimes hitting other male squid. This …

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