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Monthly Archive: January 2007

Jan 30 2007

Atheist or Agnostic?

This question seems to be coming up a lot lately — or maybe I’m just noticing it more — and since my own definitions have been shifting around lately, I thought I’d gas on about it here. For most of my life, I’ve called myself an agnostic. I’d always understood “atheist” to mean “someone who’s …

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Jan 30 2007

Some news

There’s some personal news I need to tell y’all about. It’s not good news, and I’m going to keep it short. My dad had a stroke a little over a week ago; he’s still in the hospital, and he probably will be for a while. The tests show that it was a moderate stroke, but …

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Jan 23 2007

In the Sphere

Well, I seem to be in the blogosphere. My first clue was that my Grand Theft Auto: Jersualem post got mentioned in a Slate.com “Today’s Blogs” roundup of the day in blogging. Fairly exciting. A nice little ego boost that probably earned me some new readers. But my second — and far more convincing — …

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Jan 22 2007

Cheese Factory: Dream Quest

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted one of my porn reviews here. And for an assortment of reasons that I don’t feel like going into right now, this isn’t a great time for me to be writing new stuff. So here’s an entertainingly bitchy porn video review I did for Adult Friend Finder …

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Jan 19 2007

Friday Cat Blogging: “Tuna Is Kewl”

Still don’t have the digital camera working (next week, I swear), so this week’s Friday cat blog is a cartoon from the odd and excellent Wondermark. (Click on the image to enlarge, or visit the original link.) Exceptionally well-suited for a Friday cat blog, don’t you think? This particular cartoon is from the 2005 archives, …

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Jan 14 2007

The Unexplained, the Unproven, and the Unlikely

So if an explanation isn’t proven, how do you decide how likely it is to be correct? There are two big arguments that believers in the supernatural make again and again. One is the “Explain that!” argument — the world is full of things for which there is currently no explanation, and therefore it’s reasonable …

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Jan 13 2007

Make Kink, Not War

(Advance warning: This will probably only be interesting to people who know San Francisco.) You know on Mission and 14th, that huge, beautiful, decaying Armory building that hasn’t been used for years? You know how every time you go by it, you think, “God, what a waste, it’s such a grand space, somebody should really …

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Jan 12 2007

Friday Cat Blogging: “She’s just really mad about something.”

We haven’t yet figured out how to use our new digital camera, so this week’s Friday Cat Blog is a very funny note our catsitter left us last Thanksgiving. Here’s the key excerpt from the text; you can also click on the picture to see it full size. (Quick explanation: The “fluids” she’s talking about …

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Jan 08 2007

The Singular “They”

And we’re back to the heavy topics. No, it’s not sex. It’s not atheism. It’s not the relative merits of “Harry Potter” versus “Lord of the Rings.” It’s grammar. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been deeply buried in Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. I plan to blog about it as soon as I …

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Jan 05 2007

Catfish Doing Yoga: Greta’s First Foray into Friday Cat Blogging

My friend Hayley used her camera phone to take this picture of Catfish doing yoga in front of the heater, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to begin my foray into Friday Cat Blogging. I should warn you: Ingrid and I got a digital camera for Christmas (thanks, Judy and Lori!). So …

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