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Nov 17 2012

Hooray, American Atheists

This is pretty darn cool. American Atheists has installed solar panels on the roof of their office in Cranford, New Jersey, which they say will be enough to provide 100% of their electricity. It happened because the family of George Watley donated money for that purpose. And I’m totally stealing this picture of Dave Silverman (aka Mr. Atheistpants) standing on the roof next to them:

This is really a great thing. Kudos to the Watley family and AA. And by the way, I finally got the chance to meet Teresa MacBain in person at Skepticon last weekend. Yes, the woman who beat me out for the job of PR director for American Atheists! She’s every bit as delightful as I knew she would be, and she’s doing a great job. I only wish I’d been able to hear her talk, and Amanda Knief’s too (she busted my chops about leaving before she spoke, and rightly so, but we really had to hit the road — as it was, we still got home at an entirely unreasonable hour). I got to give Amanda a back hug (she was carrying Sagan, her adorable dog) and a front hug, but no Christian side hug.

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  1. 1
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Good on ‘em. Great to read and see.

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    D. C. Sessions

    What’s with New Jersey, anyway?

    My employer sells a lot of electronics for the solar-power industry, and for some reason I keep seeing big design wins for … New Jersey.

    Seriously?

    Here I am in Arizona, and the business isn’t going here — where we have more clear sky hours in a year than any other State in the USA — but New Jersey is making the top customers list.

    Well, whatever they’re doing there, more power to them.

  3. 3
    Sastra

    “Christian side hug?”

    I never hug an atheist on their Christian side.

    No, obviously you mean something else, that Christians give people a squeeze around the shoulder and therefore this gesture now belongs to them. Atheists can’t give side hugs. It contradicts our “world view.”

    Like hell. I’ll side hug all I want. And I’ll do it while saying “Merry Christmas!” No Jesus, no problem, squeeze him out. “Christian side hug” indeed. Next thing you’ll be giving them the exclusive rights to the “air kiss” and then where will we be?

  4. 4
    Rip Steakface

    Well, whatever they’re doing there, more power to them.

    *groan*

  5. 5
    democommie

    Here’s a link:

    http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/average-annual-sunshine-by-city.php

    It’s to a list of some U.S. cities and their annual “sunshine” totals.

    I was surprised to learn a few months back that Vermont has a fair number of sunny days compared to other parts of New England. Death Valley, now, there you got some solar potential.

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    W. Kevin Vicklund

    Here I am in Arizona, and the business isn’t going here — where we have more clear sky hours in a year than any other State in the USA — but New Jersey is making the top customers list.

    Incentives and demographics.

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