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Category Archive: awesomeness

Apr 06 2014

An Obvious Alternative

You know, maybe we should be debating abortion after all. We sometimes get so hung up on the way things are and the way we think they should be that we forget there’s more than one way to solve our problems. Yes, it’s true that there isn’t a lot of common ground between anti-abortion and …

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Mar 12 2014

The Outstanding Imagery of Amanda Reese

Originally published at Scientific American. You want some Yellowstone? You got some Yellowstone! Amanda Reese is one of my most talented friends, and she’s just got her photography website up. After I did a lot of squeeing and awing and OMGing, she graciously agreed to let me filch a few of her images to show …

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Jun 23 2013

Thank You, Ron

Sleeping Luna.

Dear Ron Lindsay, Thank you for your apology. Thank you especially for this bit of your apology: I am sorry that I caused offense with my talk.  I am also sorry I made some people feel unwelcome as a result of my talk. You could have taken the Way of the Weasel and said so …

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Jun 18 2013

No Longer Donating to CFI? Skepticon Could Use Your Help!

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Thanks to our own John-Henry Beck, I was made aware of this outstanding adherence to principles, irregardless of money: However, after witnessing the actions of one of our years long sponsors, the Center for Inquiry (CFI), it has come to our attention that, in order to uphold the values that we have come to embody …

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Feb 25 2013

Being Visible

Agents of change make status quo folks rather squirmy. Folks who were previously absent or invisible either join up or speak up, and next thing you know, colored people want to drink out of lily-white fountains, and red people want their land back and treaties honored, and homosexuals want to get married, and women want …

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Feb 12 2013

Los Links: I Laughed, I Cried, They Became a Part of Me

Mah new battle standard.

Some of you will remember Los Links from back in the day when I could spend two days out of every week reading blogs, and then share the linky goodness with you. Life’s been too busy for a while for that, unfortunately. It should have been too busy tonight, but my brain said, “You know …

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Aug 21 2012

A+, Plus Drool-Worthy Geology, AW #49 Info, and Other Bits

A+ logo by by One Thousand Needles, with one minor modification by moi.

Blowing the dust off ye olde computer to say “Allo, allo, I’m still alive!” Taking a break, still, although I’m dipping my toes back in to a desultory bit o’ work. Like, this post. First off, I just want to throw my support to Jen McCreight’s brilliant Atheism + idea. When my brain is back …

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Apr 25 2012

This Isn’t A Review of Victor Stenger’s New Book

God and the Folly of Faith. Cover Art credit Prometheus Books.

I’d actually like to do that book justice. I’ve read it. I’m still digesting it. I can tell you my foremost thought whilst reading it: “Damnit, Victor, I’m a geologist, not a physicist!” It’s been a long time since I’ve read up on physics. The middle chapters, in which he drills down pretty deeply into …

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Oct 30 2011

I’m Sending You to the Salt Mines

This. Is. Amazing. If somebody wanted to send me to work in this salt mine, that would be totally fine. I’d be all over that. It’s one of the most incredible places I’ve ever seen. Who would have ever thought that a bunch of salt miners would have spent extra time down in the mines …

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Sep 10 2011

This Student Gives Me Hope

I don’t know who she is, only what she has done. And what she has done is this: become a banned book library. When her school decided upon a list of things the kids absolutely must not read, due to parental outrage and a belief kids can be kept from great literature and harsh truths, …

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