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Monthly Archive: August 2008

Aug 29 2008

Brief Blog Break/ Open Thread/ Shameless Self-Promotion Opportunity

Ingrid and I are going to be of town for a few days for the holiday weekend. Our neighbors will be looking after our apartment and our cats, but I may be too busy to look after the blog much. I’ll check in to make sure there’s no horrible trolling, and I’ll post a piece …

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Aug 29 2008

Gratitude For Small Favors: “Evolve: Sex” (The Blowfish Blog)

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s a review of the “Sex” episode of the new History Channel series, “Evolve”… and it talks about why, despite a number of complaints I have about the program’s handling of sex, I’m overall giving it a thumbs-up. It’s called Gratitude For Small Favors: “Evolve: …

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Aug 28 2008

Del Martin, and What Makes a Life Meaningful

A very great woman died yesterday. I want to talk about her. And I want to talk about some of the things that make a life meaningful. If you aren’t in the queer community, you may not know who Del Martin was. And I’m not going to give you her whole biography here. But I …

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Aug 26 2008

On Not Being a Crank

How do you be a critic without turning into a crank? Any kind of critic. Social, political, cultural, whatever. When George Carlin died, HBO ran a marathon of all the stand-up specials he’d done for them, from the late ’70s until shortly before he died. We didn’t watch all of them, but we tuned in …

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Aug 26 2008

“I will try not to sing…”: Joe Cocker With Subtitles

I don’t think I have anything to add to this video. Mostly because it makes me laugh so hard I can’t talk. It’s probably funnier if you’ve seen the movie “Woodstock” (or heard the album); but it should still be a darned good time if you haven’t. BTW, the joke doesn’t start until about 30 …

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Aug 25 2008

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! The Humanist Symposium #24, at The Uncredible Hallq. Skeptic’s Circle #93, at City of Skeptics. Carnival of the Liberals #71 at Submitted to a Candid World. And Carnival of the Godless #98 at Letters from a broad.

Aug 24 2008

“People of Faith”: Religion as Ethical Misdirection

Ever since I started writing about atheism and religion, I’ve been troubled by the idea that being a strongly religious person, in and of itself, makes you a good person. I’ve been troubled by the idea that phrases like “person of faith” or “man of God” are supposed to be understood to mean “good person.” …

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Aug 23 2008

Good Stuff, or, Greta’s Sporadic Blog Carnival #3

So what the heck — let’s have another round of Cool Stuff I Saw on the Blogosphere and Wanted to Share with the Rest of the Class. A.k.a.: Greta’s Sporadic Blog Carnival, #3. The Real Religious Terrorism, by Sarah Braasch at Freedom from Religion Foundation. A vivid, chilling story of a childhood as a Jehovah’s …

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Aug 22 2008

The Eroticism of the Olympics, and the Inherent Hotness of Variety: The Blowfish Blog

Please note: This post, and the post it links to, discusses my personal sexuality and sexual practices — not at great length, but in a certain amount of detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that stuff will probably want to skip this post. I have a new piece up on …

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Aug 20 2008

A Clowncar Named Desire: Sex, Humor, and Ellen Forney’s “Lust”

This review was originally published on ALT.com. Lust: Kinky Online Personal Ads From Seattle's The StrangerBy Ellen Forney. Introduction by Dan Savage.Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 978-1-56097-864-8. 168 pages. Hardcover. $19.95. It's completely hot. And it's completely hilarious. That's a hard combination to get right. Sex and humor are a tricky combination. I've written about this before: …

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