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Monthly Archive: December 2006

Dec 28 2006

Bread

We discovered a trick about bread recently that changed our lives — a small change, granted, but a wonderful one — and I wanted to tell you all about it. (And yes, I’ll be getting back to the Big Questions soon. Come the new year, I’ll be posting about atheism and sex and grammar and …

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Dec 21 2006

Tag, You’re It!

I just got tagged with this, and found it pretty entertaining, so I’m passing it along. I am now tagging Charlie Anders, Jill Nagle, and Carol Queen. Play if you think it’d be fun, don’t if you don’t. This is not a chain letter, bad luck will not follow you if you break the chain …

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Dec 19 2006

The New Comfort Food

So enough for the moment with the heavy blog topics that keep me up at night. About a week ago I invented a new comfort food, and I thought y’all would like to know about it. I came home last week from a day of running errands in the cold and the rain, wanting something …

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Dec 18 2006

Please Think of the Children: Sex Offender Hysteria

I don’t normally expect to get interesting sex news from the Skeptical Inquirer. But they had a recent article about sex offenders and sex offender hysteria — a fascinating and important article, with info that surprised even me. Now, some of the stuff here is just obvious — or should be. You’ve seen those billboards …

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Dec 14 2006

The Science of Cow Farts: My Letter to Debra Saunders

Debra J. Saunders — a conservative commentator for the SF Chronicle, who occasionally used to be smart and snarky and worth paying attention to but is now mostly stupid and snarky — just wrote this column about global warming that I had to respond to. The gist of it is that (a) a few scientists …

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Dec 13 2006

Dream diary, 12/13/06: The Greyhound stagecoach and Weird Al Yankovic

I dreamed that I was taking a Greyhound bus to visit my family in Chicago. I boarded the bus, but soon realized that (a) the bus was being pulled by horses like a stagecoach, and (b) the driver was Weird Al Yankovic. Weird Al handed me the reins and insisted that I drive the bus, …

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Dec 13 2006

Grand Theft Auto: Jerusalem

Sometimes the Christian Right surprises even me. There’s this Christian video game, “Left Behind: Eternal Forces,” in which players try to convert people to Christianity — and if nonbelievers won’t convert, players have to kill them. (It’s in the news because non-psychotic Christian groups are asking Wal-Mart to stop carrying the game, on the grounds …

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Dec 04 2006

No Whining Allowed: Greta reading, Fri. Dec. 8

I’m going to be reading at a cool event this Friday, a benefit for the Women on the Way Festival in January. Come by and say howdy if you can. The theme of the event is No Whining Allowed, and… well, here’s the official blurb. FOOTLOOSE presents NO WHINING ALLOWED: A Benefit for the Seventh …

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Dec 04 2006

A Very Special Christmas Song. No, Really.

Is this the Yuletide? It’s such a mystery Will I be denied Or will there be gifts for me? Come down the stairs Look under the tree and see… This is the best Christmas song ever. It’s Pledge Drive’s Christmas-themed parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” written by my friend Tim Walters and his friend Steve Rosenthal. …

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